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What an Earl Wants

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  230 ratings  ·  18 reviews
What's a lord to do?

The devilishly attractive Earl of Sinclair is having trouble holding onto servants, what with so many of them pairing up and running off to be wed. Luckily, his able new secretary, J. Quincy, seems scrupulously loyal, and possesses the invaluable ability to flawlessly forge the master's signature. But imagine Sinclair's surprise when he discovers the
Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by Avon Books
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The story was...cute. I enjoyed the verbal sparring between Sinclair and Quincy and their blossoming relationship was quite believable. The antics of the secondary characters made for an enjoyable read, as well.

However, I soon tired of Jo's "masquerade" when it was evident to me only a few chapters in that almost everyone who met her acquaintance saw right through her disguise.

A light easy read that most would enjoy.
Jemma Gutierrez
I have got to give this the BEST ending ever!

SO...What an Earl Wants is a delightful read. I LOVE every bits of it. Well, nearly every bits of it. There is a part on the near ending when the heroine grated my nerves. Sometimes i wanna shout at her DECORUM BE DAMNED! IF YOU LOVE HIM WHO CARES ABOUT SCANDALS! .

It's one of the reasons why i LOVE this generation. Imagine if i live in a time where a nobel womans duty is to go to parties, produce babies, turn a blind eye if her husband is cheating.
sweet, at times humorous, romance about an earl recovering from a debilitating war injury and an almost engagement whose household staff keep falling in love and running off. To fill the vacancy after his secretary runs off with a maid, Benjamin Sinclaire hires J Quincy, who is great at organization and delightfully impertinant...and also a woman in disguise. Jo (Josephine) needs to support a younger sister and a grandmother after her father's death left them penniless, so she continues the ruse ...more
A sweet, light, almost clean Regency romance about Joseph(ine) Quincy masquerading as a male secretary to save enough funds to pay for a country cottage for her grandma and younger sister. And her employer, Earl of Sinclair who's returned from war to find his household in a series of upheavals due to various staff members running off together. Sinclair figures out that his secretary is female soon after she joins work, and finds himself irresistibly attracted to her. Almost everyone she meets ca ...more
3.5 stars. The book had a very interesting story premise, and it was not as unbelievable as other books I've read where the heroine dresses up as a man. At one point, it was a little hard to believe no one realizes she's a man for that long, but on a whole, the author carried this plot point very well.

I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book. The heroine is feisty and Lady Serena is a good villainess.

However, the last 1/3 of the book were only so-so for me. I liked the hero's vulnerability in this pa
Diane K. Peterson
3.5 Stars. A very pleasant story with likeable characters. It was a bit slow and didn't have much intimate contact between them. I liked the emotions involved, but was a little disappointed with the way it ends.

I LOVED IT, this was the first book of shierly karr that i read and i absolutely loved and adored it..the story beautifully written, the character were alive , the conversation and the hilarious moment ..all of it satisfied me

quincy was a remarkable woman, shes support her family and become a man to get a job and shes very good at it, shes smart, diligent, sharp, full of compasion toward the other and shes head over heel with sinclair

sinclair was amazing man, hes knew his pas
Lynn ಠ_ಠ
By right 2 stars would be more accurate since this book was just 'okay' to me but it was a pretty fun and light read so I gave it 3 stars.

The one thing that was constantly on my mind whole time I was reading this book...the mental image I have of Sinclair is that of a mischievous little boy instead of a grown man for some reason. It took me awhile to figure out why he felt different from the heroes I've encountered in other books. I've been indulging in a lot of reading lately (hooray for precio
Mar 21, 2012 Amanda added it
I really enjoyed this novel the H/H had good dialogue between each other. The development of their relationship was paced in a way that didnt make it seem like things where moving along too fast. The chatter was witty and sweet Quincy was smart and caring, but tough. Sinclair was yummily manly but gentle and caring though he DID have drinking issues. I hated Serena venomous witch. But I wish the ending was more. I hated that Quincy fought so long it just didnt make sense...
The beginning was satisfactory and I was intrigued by Mr. Quincy. Unfortunately 3/4s into the book, the story started going around in circles and soon enough all I wanted was the whole rigmarole to end! There were a lot of unnecessary trials that could have been easily resolved. But it went on and on until the book just lost me. I skimmed through the rest of the pages just to see what finally happened to the two lovebirds. :(
I have to preface my review by saying I normally DON'T LIKE romance novels. However, I went to high school with Shrley and she was a good friend. I was greatly entertained by her book and found her humor and sparkle in each page I turned. So, I am giving it 3 stars, which is probably the highest rating I'll ever give a romance novel.
Maggi Hesseling
This novel holds a special place for me. It's the first HR I ever read and I love it so much I keep coming back to it. The characters and the humor are what got me out of a tough time. this is the novel that every now and then, when I need comfort I turn to. That's why I love it and always will.
Samia Ruponti
one of my all time favourites for humor. it was funny, engaging and had likable characters. a great light read.
So aside from the hilarious title and cover, for a historical romance it was pretty enjoyable. While I certainly don't believe the level of gender equality certainly doesn't seem believable for the time, it made the characters likable and it was sweet and funny.
Mar 21, 2012 Eilla rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I can't say that I love or hate this book. It is really cute but I won't be recommending this or re-read. I don't even see the point of writing a review on it.
Loved this book! This is one I can see myself reading over and over...I want to turn it into a movie!
This was just ok. Clever enough premise, although rather unbelievable.
Oh goodness. It's so cute. And adorable. And has FLUTTERINGS.
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Living in England as an Air Force brat gave Shirley Karr an appreciation for all things British. After a brief flirtation with journalism, she embraced the world of romance, trading headlines for happily-ever-afters. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her hero husband of more than twenty years. (She swears she was a child bride.) When not writing, reading, napping, or researching, she designs jew ...more
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“Having realized that her affection for Sinclair went far beyond friendship, there was only one thing for her to do. She took off her hat and banged her head against the nearest lamppost.
Also realizing she was drawing attention from passerby, she put her hat back on and resumed walking.”
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