The Earl's Dilemma
James Hargrave, Earl of Arden, urgently needed a wife--and who better than his best friend's sister?
He wasn't looking for passion in this marriage of convenience and plain Kate Honeycourt had been on the shelf for years.
Why, then, should she so firmly turn him down? Surely she couldn't be holding out for a love match? Although, curiously, the more he saw of Kate, the more...more
You could say it’s a friends to lovers story or a spinster/handsome war hero story but it’s not really either because the author doesn’t flesh out the st ...more
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Kate has loved James since she was seventeen. But after that humiliating summer, she learned to hide her feelings and treat him like the treasured friend he needs. Since then, she's only poured out her heart to her diaries she writes in while secluded in the hidden priest hole of her brother's house. So when she overhears Jame ...more
I finally got around to that re-read – and all I can say is that perhaps I wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I read it first time around, because it’s a really good story with a lovely, well-developed ...more
It was a very light and quick read. I like Ms May writing style very much. Her character driven and story development makes reading quite enjoyable.
Although, l liked it, l can't say l loved it. Unfortunately, l didn't convince how hero suddenly came terms of his live for heroine. It was not suddenly but imo, it lack of emotions that l would love to read in romance.
Despite some minor complaints, it was still very entertaining reading.
This was the first book by Emily May that I have read and I hope to read many more from her in the future. I loved her characters and how they developed throughout her story.
James visits his friend for a very specific reason. His father's will demands that he marries by the age of 30 and his birthday is fast approaching. With his experience, he knows that he will not find the kind of wife he wants during the season. A young chit straight from the schoolroom would drive him crazy with ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this author's The Spinster's Secret (written under the name Emily Larkin, I dunno why), but this book was not quite as good for me. I think that's because there seemed to be too much repetition of the hero and heroine's thoughts about one another. Perhaps it could have been shorter.
The plot was quite clever, though. James has to marry before his thirtieth birthday in order to keep his unentailed fortune. He hasn't found anyone he fancies, so he decides to m ...more
Other than that though, a very sweet, light read.
4 1/2 Stars
James is the type of hero who'd never garner much respect from me no matter what. He might have come close but the author didn't even try very hard to make him all that likable, so his and Kate's interactions throughout the story not only felt forced, strained but also, rather amateurish. As a result, his sudden change of perspective where Kate was concerned in about 3 weeks of spending time felt somewhat u ...more
One thing that I like from this book is that I get to see the hero's inner thought and therefore understand why he falls in love with the heroine despite her being ordinary/plain. However, I find the sex scene is too dispassionate (Well, maybe I've been too accustomed to those HR where sex is oh-so-magical-and-eye-opening?) and - to be hone ...more
It's a quick read, easy to get into, and I liked the characters.
James needs a wife or he will be disinherited, and only has 2 months to find one (of course), so he decides to settle on his best friend's sister. He likes her, she isn't afraid of him (he has a tendency to scowl and "look stern"), and he thinks they will get on tolerably well. Since she's on the shelf and not known for her beauty, he thinks this is a ...more
Although this book is in need of some heavy duty polishing,I did finish it and quite enjoyed some parts of it.
as for me, im 50-50. i like the sweet romance. but i dont like how the author makes the heroine. im not talking about her personality. i love her for her strong prideful personality. what i dont like is how the auth ...more
I also like that the rigid societal ideas of beauty are part of the reason. She is tall, has freckles and red hair which in their circles wasn't deemed attractive. Now of course she'd probably be a model. Her good friend even tells her ...more
So while in the priest hole she overhears her brother Harry and her always had a crush on him, in love with him, but he doesn't know, James talking. James is reaching 30 and in order to receive his full inh ...more
I love unrequited love stories and see how the relationship grows and turn to love. I am also a stronger believer that a good relationship should built on trust, respect and friendship. I also believe that your partner, if not as good as a best friend, should be at least someone you can discuss your day to day life and share the problems and deal with any obstacles together. This story has ...more
The story is simple, James needs to marry in order to inherit. The deadline to marry is coming up and he decides that his best friend's sister, Kate, is his best bet. Kate has loved hi ...more