Title: The Earl’s Return Author: Callie Hutton Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem #7 Genre: Historical Romance Publisher: Entangled Publishing Pub Date: AugustTitle: The Earl’s Return Author: Callie Hutton Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem #7 Genre: Historical Romance Publisher: Entangled Publishing Pub Date: August 22, 2016 Pages: 208 My Copy: Courtesy of NetGalley and Entangled Publishing
London, 1819. Four years ago, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave fled London two weeks before his wedding to Lady Mary’s sister and married another woman. Now a widower, he has returned to seek a new wife.
One woman catches his eye . . .
At first, Lady Mary doesn’t recognize the handsome lord as the cad who ran out on her sister. After giving him the cut direct in a London ballroom, she finds herself running into him everywhere she goes, and fighting a forbidden attraction. Not only has Mary sworn off men, Redgrave is so very wrong for her. But she cannot stop thinking of his kisses. Redgrave means to stay away from Mary but it is impossible. Passion between two people who can never be together is a dangerous game.
A totally delicious historical romance that lures you in right from the start. I love how our hero and heroine are at two different places at the start of this story. Redgrave and Lady Mary are two people who shouldn’t be together, but sometimes fate has other plans.
I like how the Darius, the Earl of Redgrave needs to have an heir. He is finally free to pursue a new wife from society if he wishes now that his time of morning for his deceased wife has passed. He is known as someone who people are somewhat weary of him because of what happened to him in the past and what he was forced to do. I really like how this opened up with hero in the book rather than the heroine.
There is some hesitation when he meets a certain young woman, our heroine Lady Mary socializing with two other young women. When they meet, things get interesting. He knows that he shouldn’t be flirting with her or even talking to her because of what he did to his sister Abagail a few years ago. He knows that things are going to get intense for him. So he decides to try to pursue other women that might want to be with him for life, but an encounter with someone who is bothering Mary in the garden, forces him to intervene. This of course leads Mary to thank him for her rescue.
Lady Mary and the Earl of Redgrave meet up at several parties and events during the season. He also is volunteering and donating his time to an orphanage that Lady Mary also happens to be volunteering at. So this leads them to spend a lot of time together in the book. Darius knows that he should not be spending time with her, but yet circumstances and the fact that they start to realize that things are not always what you want, but need.
There are a lot of things from the past that come up. Darius doesn’t have the best relationship with his former father in law who is supposedly running some kind of investment scheme with a diamond mine. This makes him wary and he wants to warn his fellow peers of this, but his former father-in law decides to pull some of his weight around. He makes a threat that has Darius in the bind. Of course he flashes back to what happened the night before he was supposed to marry Mary’s sister Abagail. We get to see the real tragedy of what happened.
Supposedly he was strong armed into marrying Lady Priscilla because she claimed to her father, that the Earl of Redgrave, Darius ruined her. He was supposed to marry Abagail. Priscilla was a real peace of work herself. Darius pleaded with both his father in law not to force him to do this. He did it because Priscilla’s father strong-armed him into abandoning Abagail at the altar. He always disliked how he handled the situation. We learn that Priscilla never told anybody who the baby’s father was. She also lost the baby and made sure that Darius knew it. Their relationship was difficult to say the least. We get a flashback of what their marriage. It was pure hell for both him and Priscilla who imagined a different life. Then she passed away.
As the book progresses, he runs into problems with his former father-in law who threatens to ruin his reputation if he says anything to anybody about the diamond mine. He is horrified that his former father in law would stoop to that level. He keeps his mouth shut for a while, but things get more intense as him and Mary’s friendship is developing into something more. We learn that they both need the other and are falling for one another. This is dangerous for both of them because of the past. Plus the fact that they start to connect on a deeper level makes them realize that this is a relationship worth pursuing.
Despite his past relationship with Lady Mary’s family, he finds a way to thwart his ex-father in law’s scheme to rob people thanks to Lady Mary’s brother’s help. Their argument was so good when Mary let her doubts almost ruin what they have, yet their scenes were so intense and good, especially the scene where they make love for the first time. This is a couple who doesn’t have the most easiest of roads, yet they manage to come out on top because of being honest and caring with one another. I really enjoyed this book a lot.
I totally found myself loving this story and book so very much. This book was a treasure trove of delights that only Richelle Mead could bring us. WhaI totally found myself loving this story and book so very much. This book was a treasure trove of delights that only Richelle Mead could bring us. What I like about this book is that sometimes one has to let go of the lives they knew to embrace something completely new.
What was interesting is that we have a countess who has a title, but no money, so that leaves, Elizabeth our Countess in quite the bind. Her grandmother offers her a solution. She will marry one of her cousins who quite frankly doesn’t do anything to her, except inspire dread. We get a lot of history about their lineage, etc. This history is important to understand because later on things happen in the book that will make reference to this.
I kind of found it sad that she would be letting go a lot of her own household staff. While doing it she meets a man who will change her life, Cedric Thorn. Cedric Thorn is the son of Jasper. Jasper procures young women who come from very unfortunate circumstances, and they educate them in all manners of subjects from history, etiquette, and other things as well. So that they can make good matches and catch husbands. It’s in some ways a business arrangement as well. These women are in some ways are almost like prostitutes some would say, but they really are not. They are made to be a good companion for their husbands. Their husbands pay a very high fee for the woman of the Glittering Court.
So of course Elizabeth takes Adelaide aside and sends Adelaide to another place and she takes Adelaide’s place at the Glittering Court. Things get very interesting. She meets other young women who come from very different backgrounds than her. Elizabeth now Adelaide makes two friends, Tasmin and Mira who become very important to her. During the training, which I found interesting, but at times could be a little tedious was interesting to see.
Things get more interesting as she meets many young potential men when Jasper decides to go to Adoria and during the very bad ship voyage, he loses one vessel which contained half his girls and because of an argument between Adelaide (Elizabeth) and Tasmin, Tasmin was on the other both that got demolished by the sea, and we all think things happen to these women. Needless to say, while in Adoria, the New World, someone recognizes her and tries to blackmail her into getting married to her son. This is where things go horribly wrong for Adelaide and Cedric. Cedric and Adelaide become very close, maybe even closer than they should. Of course something happens one night that shatters everything for the two of them. The guy, Warren Doyle and his mother are furious and think the Glittering Court is nothing more than a sham. So Cedric and Adelaide are banished to what is considered a wasteland looking for gold, so that they can pay back Warren for what he considers an embarrassment.
When they are in the wilderness, we learn that there are some native tribes and that Cedric and Adelaide/Elizabeth have very different beliefs in their religion. Not to mention they have to do some very hard labor. Things happen that no one can expect. Warren is out for revenge as he feels that Adelaide/Elizabeth should have been his. After several very weird accidents things happen so fast in this book, it’s like I didn’t see that coming. Oh man, that was certainly not what I thought would happen. I totally enjoyed the surprises that happen. Plus the fact that Adelaide/Elizabeth and Cedric got married in secret really was well done. We also learn that Warren has done some really nefarious things.
The twists were done in a way that only Richelle Mead could have done. The ending was totally unexpected, but a good ending overall which lead to some questions. I can’t wait to see which Glittering Court girl is next to get her story. A solid beginning for what looks like a great series.
An awesome book that took me to a very different view of history. I totally fell in love with Sophia and Rene, along with Tom, Jennifer and even LeBlaAn awesome book that took me to a very different view of history. I totally fell in love with Sophia and Rene, along with Tom, Jennifer and even LeBlanc in a way. This book is about someone taking a risk to ensure that people get to be free and fighting those who are the oppressors.
I thought that there were some interesting things about this book. I like that this book takes place in Paris and a very different Paris than the one that they know. We know that LeBlanc is the villain and is imprisoning people for speaking up against his tyranny. So people are scared, yet there is a vigilante/hero named the Red Rook because they leave a red tipped rook feather.
We learn later on that the Red Rook is a woman named Sophia Bellamy whose family has landed on difficult financial hardships. One way to save her family is to marry a man named Rene Hasard who has secrets of his own. There is an attraction between the two of them, but neither of them really wants to be married. They start to get one another through some weird events. Things are not always what they seem with these two. In some ways they are both playing a game of cat and mouse, even somewhat a Catch me if you can. I really found the relationship really interesting as they both discover that their secrets make them even more tantalizing to one another.
I also thought the fact that Sophia’s brother and Rene’s loved ones are threatened because LeBlanc thinks that one of them is the Red Rook and he is right to assume that and devises a plan to entrap them and make an example of the Red Rook, but nothing goes according to his plan because he believes in a Goddess and fate. He doesn’t count on the fact that the Red Rook and her supporters will have one of their own to rescue their loved ones.
Things very quickly change and people’s lives become entwined in ways they can never expect. There are very intense moments. People find themselves fighting to help the Rook and for the very idea of what it means to be free. Plus I like how everyone has to pull together and other characters learn what they are made out of and need to take a risk and take a stand for what they believe in.
This was a good fantasy book and the ending was one of the more believable endings in a long time.
A romance that made me want more of these two wonderful characters from start to finish. I totally enjoyed both Lucky and James, plus their friends anA romance that made me want more of these two wonderful characters from start to finish. I totally enjoyed both Lucky and James, plus their friends and sometimes the complicated pasts that both of these characters have. Sometimes you have to embrace what has happened in the past to move forward.
What I really enjoyed about this book is how this book develops that there is something about the way that Lucky lives her life. She seems to be in a place where things are not going well and is forced to come back to a place where she rather not be. Her and James meet in a coffee shop and things do not go well. In fact she never wants to see the rude, handsome guy, not realizing that he will become a major part of her life.
I really found the interactions that Lucky and her mother, Stella had with one another. Her mother wants her to stick with something. Things are not always that simple. Luckys mother, Stella has had a lot of husbands. The way that Lucky views this as a punishment. Lucky has a lot of things in herself that she needs to deal with. Plus Lucky misses New York (I so identify with this).
What happens is that both Lucky and James need The Star to succeed for totally different reasons. They both are driven individuals. While both of them are working at different things, they find that they butt heads big time. I kind of like that they start off having conflict, but it’s necessary to grow and both of them having valid points and things that need to get done. I also like how Stella isn’t there to settle things. They have to learn things about themselves and each other.
This book takes some interesting turns and twists. We learn that James changed his last name because of something that had happened in the past. His ex-wife is Clarissa Adams and she is a gossip columnist and we learn she really dislikes him and thinks that he should always owe her. Lucky has issues of her own and then something happens that no one expects. Lucky and James find that their family dynamics are equally complicated. Plus they both find that they kind of like each other and what they love about the restaurant business and things happen that neither of them expect. They both begin a relationship that neither of them can imagine. Plus they really start to like one another.
I totally found myself surprised by the fact that one of her best friends Bradley is in a relationship with her mother. It definitely is one of those things that you don’t expect because he has a girlfriend, Sky (who gets the next book in this series). This comes as something that nobody expects. Yet Stella defends the relationship to Lucky. A conversation between Stella and Lucky happens that Lucky is surprised by. It’s one that needs to happen.
I really enjoyed the fact that they made the restaurant successful. This was a good book with a lot of conflict and a romance that made sense. I really enjoyed how everyone had reasons for the things that they did. This was an awesome book overall.