*originally published on 06/06/2016
As promised, today is the book blog tour for IF THE EARL ONLY KNEW! I was happy to read, review and be part of this tour as I really enjoyed this historical romance novel. I have previously read (and reviewed) Amanda Forester’s Marriage Mart Regency series.
IF THE EARL ONLY KNEW (The Daring Marriages: #1) Written by Amanda Forester
2016; 384 Pages (Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Genre: historical romance, fiction
(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)
“The chase is on in award-winning author Amanda Forester’s brand-new Regency romance series!
A sizzling scandal just waiting to happen…”
Orphaned at a young age, Lady Katherine Ashton and her brother have spent most of their lives on the high seas, seeking to restore their family fortune through somewhat dubious means. After that kind of adventure, Kate knows she won’t ever be accepted as a proper society lady.
To the annoyingly clever, temptingly handsome, and altogether troublesome Earl of Wynbrook, society ladies are a dead bore. Kate, on the other hand, is scandalous, alluring, and altogether fascinating. And Kate can’t decide which she relishes more, the thrill of chasing fearsome pirates, or having Wynbrook chase after her…” (From Publisher)
I really enjoy Amanda Forester’s wit and writing. Very much like Jane Austen, Forester means more than what she has literally written. Forester writes strong sassy women that are trying to maneuver in a world dominated by men. I have to say…and hopefully, Amanda reads this…I kind of wish there was a novella when Kate was in her teens to early 20s (I can’t say anymore without spoilers)! With the steamy romance of Kate and John we also have adventures, banter and realistic themes. John’s sister was in an accident and loses both of her legs. I found this portion very interesting as you don’t always get “disabilities” discussed in historical romances. I am really hoping we get more Ellen and how she progresses in life. The adventures in this book involve both Kate and John and isn’t just John rescuing Kate. John, as well as a few other men, don’t seem so rigid about gender roles especially when it comes to women they love (familial and romantic). This is great as a beach read or after a hard day of work…it takes you away but I will warn you that is a bit more than romance fluff!
*Please note: I would read Marriage Mart Regency Trilogy before reading this series IF you like to know all about reoccurring characters. This character makes only a slight appearance but knowing that character’s back story will make you chuckle and feel like you are in on the secrets!