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Guest Review: How to Wed an Earl by Ivory Lei

Posted January 28, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

how to wed an earlTracy’s review of How to Wed an Earl by Ivory Lei

Having regained his fortune, Lucas, Earl of Ravenstone, has to marry in order to keep it. Luckily, he won’t have to search for a wife—he’s known her name since their marriage was arranged in their youth. To fulfill his duty, he travels far from London Society to claim a fiancée who would no doubt be thrilled at the prospect of finally being able to use his name and become his countess.

Penelope Maitland has already been using Lucas’s name—to fend off her stepfamily’s creditors. After wasting decades waiting for him, she reckons it’s only fair she gets something out of her long-standing betrothal before she hears Lucas has married someone else.

When they accidentally meet in a coaching inn, she finds herself fighting dangerous girlhood fantasies about marrying the man of her dreams who broke her heart with his apparent lack of interest. And Lucas finds that in order to keep his fortune, he will have to lose his heart to a woman who is tired of waiting for him.

Lucas, the Earl of Ravenstone, who must finally claim his bride – a woman he’s been engaged to for 22 years and has never met – just so he can receive his inheritance from his father. He’s not thrilled with the idea but finally gets on his horse and heads to her estate. He actually finds her in a local Inn as her best friend works there. Of course he overhears her not actually saying nice things about him but he pushes forward. One of the reasons is that he’s completely intrigued by Penelope. He couldn’t have imagined the woman in front of him and he wants to know more about her.

Penelope is not thrilled to have Lucas show up. She had pinned her hopes and dreams on him for years just to be disappointed when she was ignored. Now she wants something different and goes about trying to get rid of him even though the creditors are hounding her family for money. She ends up falling in love with Lucas and travels to London with him. Once they arrive Lucas all but ignores Penelope which of course hurts her feelings but he feels he needs to distance himself as he wants to spend every minute with his wife and that’s just not how he wants his marriage to carry on. When the truth comes out about WHY Lucas finally claimed his bride Penelope is not happy and leaves him.

This was a cute little historical romance. I really liked Penelope and her family. They were all very down to earth and not about to kowtow to Lucas just because he was an Earl. I loved that about them. Penelope was quite ingenious in her plots and plans but she just didn’t expect the feelings that grew for Lucas. It was understandable that she was hurt by his distance in London but it all soon worked to her advantage.

Lucas was a bit of an ass to begin with, to say the least. He really thought pretty highly of himself and just expected Penelope to fawn all over him now that he had come to claim her. Yeah, right. lol He really came down more than a few notches on the ego scale during the book and turned out to be a pretty nice guy.

There was a portion of the book that had to do with Penelope’s uncle that I just didn’t care for and wasn’t quite sure why it was thrown in there to begin with. Those parts of the book became almost a nuisance to read.

Overall, however, the book was a good one. It had romance and some humor that kept the story on an even keel and had me flying through the pages.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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This title is available from Crimson Romance. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted October 14, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 2 Comments

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was busy but good. The church that I work at and attend had its 50th Anniversary celebrations this weekend which were great. There was a dinner on Saturday night where one of the founding members of the church talked about how it all began and the early years of the church. It was wonderful to hear the stories – some were quite humorous – and see the fabulous media presentation that was constructed. Then on Sunday we had a great service where my old boss preached and it was exciting to have her there once again. As much as I like my new boss I miss my old one terribly. sigh Oh well. 🙂 Anyway, between this weekends activities and driving my kids around hither and yon I read very little this week – I think I’m starting to go through withdrawals! lol

Here’s what I did manage to read:

First up was Torn by Kim Karr. This is book 2 in the Connections series and continued the story of River and Dahlia. I can’t tell you really anything without giving away huge spoilers, especially if you plan on reading book 1 and haven’t yet, but I will say it had both its good and bad moment. 3.75 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Next up was a short story called Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson. The story was about Rachel who is hired by an Alpha werewolf to cast a spell to find his mate. The pack is giving him grief because he hasn’t found his mate yet and so he plans on hurrying things up. Of course Rachel is his actual mate (saw that coming from a mile away) and they all live HEA. This was my first read by this author and I must say I really liked her style. Her writing was engaging and humorous and I was loving the story but then it just ended. It’s like they had sex and that meant everything was A-ok, even though Rachel had said she had issues and wasn’t interested in a relationship. I understand this was a free read but I still would have liked a little more. This won’t stop me from reading more by this author but I must say that was a bit frustrating. 3 out of 5

How to Wed an Earl by Ivory Lei is the story about Lucas, the Earl of Ravenstone, who must finally claim his bride – a woman he’s been engaged to for 22 years and has never met – just so he can receive his inheritance from his father. Penelope is not thrilled to have Lucas show up. She had pinned her hopes and dreams on him just to be disappointed when she was ignored. Now she wants something different but falls in love with Lucas anyway. To say the least she’s not happy when she finds out WHY Lucas finally claimed her. It was a decent read and had some really great parts to it. 3.75 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Another short story was A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden. This had police officer/special paranormal investigator Ava looking into murders that are made to look like the werewolves are the guilty parties. Alpha Julian and Ava once spent a hot night together and neither can forget it. When it looks like Ava is in danger Julian steps up to protect her. It was a cute story that I enjoyed – I always like Eden’s writing. 3 out of 5

Last for the week was the first in a serial called The Inheritance by Olivia Mayfield. The first book The Inheritance: The Will is about Maggie who has attended her very rich grandfather’s funeral and now comes the reading of the will. Maggie, her brother Robert, he ex-best friend who was her grandfather’s girlfriend (by the looks of it), Bethany and Maggie’s ex-boyfriend Andrew are all present. They must find out what happened to Maggie and Robert’s sister, Cassandra, who disappeared one night 8 years earlier. I’ll post my review of this one later this week.

My Book Binge reviews that posted this week:
All of You by Christina Lee

Happy Reading!

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