Waiting for an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins

Arrogant and ego driven Earl of Kempthorn doesn’t want his brother involved with the neighbor’s daughter, Olivia.  His brilliant idea is to pretend to be his twin brother, sweep Olivia off her feet and then all the other Lords of the ton will want her and she’ll be away from his brother.  That’s all there is to that…or is it?

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

waitingTitle Waiting for an Earl Like You
AuthorAlexandra Hawkins
Series: Masters of Seduction #3
Publish Date: January 3, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s DescriptionLOVE ISN’T ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.
Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…

Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*

Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

This is part of a series but I read it as a stand alone and I did just fine.  This is obviously a romance and there is two particularly hot scenes, but other than that there is no sex.  This is not a gore filled story, but there is a couple of scenes where punches are thrown and some blood is lost.

At first I really rooted for Gideon.  He was the carefree twin. He was the one that wasn’t so full of pompous hot air, but I guess he has his own story to tell.  The author wrote Justin a/k/a Thorn in such a way that my affection was transferred to him away from Gideon rather seamlessly.  She also easily shifted my attitude towards Thorn from “not so keen” to “I guess he’s all right”.

Olivia is a great heroine.  She has embarrassing moments just like all of us and she brazens them out with fabulous spirit.  She isn’t a swoony, angst ridden female which is a super plus for me as a reader.  She is a balanced character full of life, who badge4v5is deemed beneath those snarky, viperous members of the ton.

The situation that Olivia and Thorn find themselves in has probably happened countless times in history.  It’s not so unbelievable, but it is a tough spot to be made to endure especially when one of the participants is not willing.

I enjoyed the story and although I probably would have kicked Thorn really hard more than once, it was a good book.  I still like Gideon better.

Other recommendations…

…you might try  Amy Corwin’s books Fencing For Ladies or The Bricklayer’s Helper.  Actually, any of Amy’s books are a delight.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.



About Nervous Nell Justice

I read, read and then read. I love my life as a reviewer because I get to meet some awesome people who love books too. It's a fantastic world to live in!My favorite genres: Urban Fantasy, Regency Romance, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Thrillers, Paranormal Mysteries, Vampire Romance, Historical, Contemporary or Futuristic Mysteries and Thrillers, Steampunk Fantasy and Mysteries, Police Procedurals and Political Thrillers.

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