Only an Earl Will Do
Book 1, To Marry a Rogue
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The reigning queen of London society, Lady Elizabeth Worthingham, has her future set out for her. Marry well, and marry without love. An easy promise to make and one she owed her family after her near ruinous past that threatened them all. And the rakish scoundrel Henry Andrews, Earl of Muir whose inability to act a gentleman when she needed one most would one day pay for his treachery.
Returning to England after three years abroad, Henry is determined to make the only woman who captured his heart his wife. But the icy reception he receives from Elizabeth is colder than his home in the Scottish highlands. As past hurts surface and deception runs as thick as blood, so too does a love that will overcome all obstacles, unless a nameless foe, determined with his own path, gets his way and their love never sees the light of day…
Each book in the To Marry a Rogue series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Only an Earl Will Do
Book #2 Only a Duke Will Do
Really Great Historical Romance!!!
'Only an Earl Will Do' by Tamara Gill is book one in the "To Marry a Rogue" series. This is the story of Lady Elizabeth and Henry.
Elizabeth's father was Henry Guardian until he came of age. During the time he stayed with Elizabeth and her family they grew to care for one another. They had talked of marriage and did have 'anticipate their vows'...shortly after that Henry convinced her that it would be best that he go to America to make his fortune before he married her. Even though Henry has a Scottish Title the money with the title was gone and Henry didn't want to be taken by the town as a fortune hunter.
But shortly after he left Elizabeth found that she was pregnant. When her family sent Henry a letter who was now in America to tell him he needed to return another letter was sent back saying he would not marry her and the letter said a few hurtful things. So her family set her up to marry a man that had an accident who needed a wife to maintain his title. Now years later Henry is back in London appearing to be upset with Elizabeth for marring and not waiting for him as she promised. Elizabeth too is upset still about the letter he supposedly sent. But once they calm down enough to talk they figure out that someone interfered with their relationship and that he didn't get her letter nor did she get his...and that someone sent the first letter back to break them up. Now Elizabeth is facing another born out of the original issue. Henry son has been giving another man's name and she knows if it gets out either to him or the town her son life will be greatly hurt.
This book hooked me in fast and I could not put it down...I had to read it through the night. I love the mystery of who was behind the misunderstanding. I also liked the secondary people also in this story.
Cannot wait to read more of this series!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
could have been wonderful with more direction and focus.
Mixed bag here for me today: reunion tropes I don’t dislike, but anything that mentions, uses or adds a secret baby to the mix is simply my kryptonite. That being said, the multiple elements and convenient resolutions were a bit formulaic for me, although I was curious to see just what would shake out after reading.
My first issue was with the glaring grammatical error in the blurb – “who’s” is the contraction of who is, where “whose” is the proper form to indicate possession. That aside, I was reading an eArc version of the story, so I hope that the grammatical errors in the text have been corrected prior to release. Now, editor hat off – and on to the story
Growing up in the same household, Elizabeth and Henry were friendly, and as they aged, they fell in love. She’s made a wonderful splash in society, but time in the Americas was Henry’s plans, as he needed to make a fortune to assure their future. What neither knew was Elizabeth was pregnant and on the verge of ruin after he left.
Elizabeth was likable, and her honesty with the husband she had to marry to give her child a name was admirable. In truth, neither she nor Henry were particularly thoughtful before her pregnancy, and that element will be picked up again later. A reasonably happy marriage despite circumstances is Elizabeth’s life until her husband passes. Now widowed, with years passed, Henry returns.
Of course, the post and failed letters back and fro across the Atlantic left both feeling bereft and betrayed. It just took far too long for them to discover that fact, discuss things rationally and openly and move on. Of course, an obsessed Lord is stepping in to do everything possible to keep them apart - so that did play in. But they do find solutions to the issues.
Too many elements – back history for sisters that drops in as hints, moments of intimacy with Elizabeth and her first husband with later passages talking of his impotency, other bits of back and forth that just didn’t add to the story in any meaningful way, added to my bone-deep dislike of secret baby tropes and a rather belated reveal on that front left me overall rather meh about this title, and not sure that I will continue the series. Not great, not horrid – just a middle of the road read that could have been wonderful with more direction and focus.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.