This Earl is on Fire (Season's Original #2) by Vivienne Lorret
Series: Season's Original #2
Also in this series: When a Marquess Loves a Woman
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
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The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family’s rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.
Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can’t see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice—and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips—helps & soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.
Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he—or Adeline—ever imagined.
Adeline comes from a long line of Pimm’s that fall in love almost at first site. When she’s only been in London for less than 24 hours and finds a bloody, unconcious man on her doorstep she feels…something when she touches him. He’s been beaten pretty badly so Adeline and her parents take care of the man.
When Liam, the Earl of Wolford, wakes up to find himself in a strange place with strange people, he’s instantly suspicious of their motives. He’s not a trusting man but eventually comes to believe that the Pimm’s are good people. He’s had his head wrapped because of his head injury so he can only hear their voices and he’s instantly soothed whenever Adeline talks to him. He becomes a bit dependent on her, even when his wrap is removed and he sees the beautiful girl for the first time. He’s been hurt in the past by someone who only wanted his money and title and he won’t fall for that again.
Unfortunately even though his stay with the Pimm’s is (relatively) innocent, Adeline’s reputation is a bit sullied. Wolford is a rake and the fact that he was in the Pimm’s house makes people look at Adeline like a loose woman. She is aided by friends of Liam’s and soon all is right. Or is it? Adeline finds herself falling in love with Liam but he doesn’t plan on marrying for another 30 years and she plans to never marry. On top of that there’s still someone after Liam and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want.
This was a sweet romance that didn’t have a whole lot of angst. The H/h fell in love pretty quicly but didn’t come forward with their declarations until the end. It was well written and a definitely easy to get into.
Adeline was a good person who had been raised by good parents. Yes, they’d coddled her because she had one leg shorter than the other, an accident at birth, but once she put her foot down and told them she wanted to do for herself, they let her. I really liked her parents a lot and between the three of them they made the book entertaining.
Liam was a rake but we never really saw any of that, which was good. He was pretty incapacitated during the first part of the book so I wasn’t too bothered by not seeing examples of his rakish ways. He really was an intellectual man but had hidden that from people so while the ton thought they knew him so well they truly didn’t know him at all. I loved that he cared so much about Adeline and though the end was completely unconventional I still really liked it.
Overall it was a good romance. I didn’t read the first book in the series and didn’t feel that I needed to in order to read this one – it was a good standalone.
Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5