Sunday 20 January 2019

Book Musings - The Earl's Irresistible Challenge by Lara Temple

Blurb :

Could this infamous rake finally have found his countess? Part of The Sinful Sinclairs.
When Lucas, Lord Sinclair, receives a mysterious summons from a Miss Olivia Silverdale he’s skeptical about whether he can help her. But Olivia, although eccentric, is in earnest about her quest to restore her late godfather’s reputation. Lucas’s curiosity is piqued, and not just by Olivia’s intelligent eyes and lithe form. A new challenge quickly presents itself: keeping Miss Silverdale at arm’s length!

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My Musings :

Source : Review copy from Rachel's Random Resources
Date read : January 15,2019
Rating : 4/5
Reread factor : 3/5

I started reading this book on the heels of the review of another regency romance. So I wasn't sure what to expect but the story was interesting enough to keep me going.

The beginning actually had me questioning the protagonists. It was clear the heroine, Olivia was a bit mad for her scheme and the hero, Lucas wasn't as cynical as he thought himself. But I came to like them quite well enough with their quirks. Lucas has a soft side to him in spite of his reputation. He doesn't reveal it often and he went to great lengths to keep Olivia safe and sound. And Olivia, though naive as evidenced by her thoughts of her uncle's life, is a strong one who will do anything for anyone considered her own. Actually they suited perfectly well though with her innocence and his vulnerable spirit.

As much as I relished following their steps as they went on their secret investigations, I also liked few of the secondary characters especially Nora and Lucas' brother,Chase. One person I disliked was Elspeth because of her not doing her duties properly. I fully blame her for Olivia's escapades. On the other hand, I don't believe that it would be that easy to get out of a chaperone's eyes so I felt that part of the story quite unbelievable.

As the plot progressed ,I was quite embroiled in the mystery and the romance. The romance aspect was very well done. The protagonists were shown to be quite human with faults and they fell for each other in spite of it not because of it. The author was mostly true to the time period and I loved reading all about the Ton and the goings on. The language easily depicted the images and I was able to play out the scenes in my mind. The incident near the end actually had me laughing at Lucas. But isn't everyone vulnerable to that specific emotion? In hindsight, I think it was quite unnecessary but it tied off the finale very well without any problems.

The author is going on my To-be-Watched shelf and I recommend this book to any of the Regency romance fans.

Thanks to the author and Rachel's Random Resources for the review copy. This doesn't impact my review.

My one line review : A fun Regency romance with believable protagonists.

Meet the Author :

Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. After moving around the world for her career as a financial analyst and business consultant she returned to her childhood love of making up stories, and was surprised to discover that other people don’t mind reading them.

She lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream while Oscar the dog keeps her feet warm by sitting on them as she works).

The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge (out December 2018) is the first in her Sinful Sinclair series. In May 2019 Unlaced by the Highland Duke, part of a four book series with three other Harlequin Mills & Boon authors will be released.

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