Release Day Launch - You're the Earl That I Want (The Lords of Worth #3) by Kelly Bowen ~ Includes Brianna's Review
*I received an ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.*
After recently reading and reviewing the novella that precedes this book, I was really looking forward to seeing if the author could capture my attention with a full-length novel. Of course, it helped that the hero of this book was Heath, the brother of the novella’s heroine. Plus, the synopsis promised a lady solving a mystery with intelligence and independence. So of course I was definitely all-in. And luckily for me, “You’re the Earl That I want” didn’t disappoint.
As previously mentioned, Heath was the hero. He was honorable to a fault, and as he was an earl, Heath had many responsibilities. This meant that he was very serious, and wanted to make sure he married someone who wouldn’t cause a scandal. I did like Heath, because he was very loyal to those he considered himself responsible for, but I was definitely hoping he’d come out of his shell.
The woman to make him do just that was the heroine, Josephine. I really, really liked her. She was brilliant with languages, and the author definitely made this a part of her character, and not an afterthought. Josephine was a huge reader, as well. Really, I can’t resist a book lover in any type of story. It helped that she was very independent, and liked to do things her own way. I’m just such a huge fan of the capable, fiercely intelligent heroine. To add to all this, she was funny, and did her best to get Heath to laugh.
The plot of this book was part romance, and part mystery. There was, of course, the love story between Heath and Josephine, which I loved. Heath needed someone to keep him from being too serious, and to make his life happier. Josephine needed someone who would recognize her intelligence. Josephine had loved Heath since she was a young girl, but Heath had always seen her as nothing more than his best friend’s sister. And in this book, Heath was trying to find a wife who would be biddable, with a good reputation. Obviously, Josephine was neither of these things. I didn’t really like how the story got a bit convoluted with another woman that Heath saw as being the perfect wife. I also am not usually a fan of unrequited love being a part of any story. But I definitely got over these things. This was especially true because I knew what would happen with the woman that Heath was considering.
As for the mystery aspect, it was all about decoding documents that Heath was given by a dying Bow Street runner, and trying to figure out how to save whoever or whatever it was that people were hunting for. I found that element intriguing, although I was definitely more invested in the romance. I liked the historical aspect of what was going on, though. Plus, the fact that Heath promised to give the documents to the dying runner’s brother and stuck to that promise really helped flesh out his character.
In the end, I definitely recommend this book to historical romance lovers. I haven’t read the previous novels in the series, but we got little glimpses of the couples featured in them, and I definitely want to check them out now. As for this particular story, the heroin was fiercely intelligent and independent, while the hero was very loyal and chivalrous. The romance was really well-done, and the mystery was something different to what I’ve been reading in historical romances lately. With all that said, I definitely think readers of this genre will find something to really like here.
Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.
But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.
Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.
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