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Taming Her Forbidden Earl

(Lady Lancaster Garden Society #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Everyone knows William Bredon, the earl of Pembroke, has a reputation as a captivating rogue, determined to never marry until his duty to produce an heir requires it. So when he invites Lady Hannah Rochester to dance, Hannah vows to keep her distance. But the undeniably gorgeous William, with his dark humor and seductive gaze, draws her in nonetheless.

Of course, Lady Hanna
ebook, 165 pages
Published December 2nd 2012 by Entangled Publishing: Scandalous
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I very rarely DNF books.

But I got about a third of the way through this and decided to give up. It's too modern in tone and reads as though it was written by a teenaged girl.

I was amazed to discover that the reviews page for it is filled with four and five star ratings, so I thought I'd write down a sort of commentary of the part I did read so you can see that I'm not talking out of somewhere the sun don't shine. I don't normally do this, but it's only fair that I justify my opinion.

This, then,
Oct 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
very boring ! add to dat, i felt no chemistry bet hero and heroine.
Nicole Peterson
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I do so love a good Regency Romance. Jane Austen, of course, started it all with Mr. Darcy.

Hannah was the perfect heroine in this. Independent, but still having a huge heart. William, totally hot and tragic. His father was an abuser. Having witnessed this William never wants to get married, afraid he will become like his father. He does't have the insight that he could never be like his father. Watching it tear his mother apart was a learning experience for him, making sure he would never be lik

By: Catherine Hemmerling
Published By: Entangled Published: Scandalous
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: Lady Lancaster Garden Society #1

"Taming Her Forbidden Earl" by Catherine Hemmerling was a good historic romantic mystery read that was the first from this series: Lady Lancaster Garden Society #1. I loved the suspense in the good romantic mystery, The characters were so well developed and this style of writing(language) that this author use
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TAMING HER FORBIDDEN EARL by Catherine Hemmerling is an exciting historical romance/mystery set in Regency London.First in the "Lady Lancaster Garden Society" series.Fast paced,filled with danger,a bit of intrigue, romance and love. Follow,Lady Hannah Rochester,a member of the Garden Society,and William Bredon, the Earl of Pembroke as they navigate danger,their attraction and deception. When a Lord is determined to ruin not only Lady Hannah's life but the life and wellfare of her brother and the ...more
Feb 08, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I took a break at 70% and then put it down for good almost as soon as I come back. There are no characters here, there are just tropes justifying action without emotional growth or interest. It’s a porn quality plot and characters without any interesting sex.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Taming Her Forbidden Earl is the first in Catherine Hemmeriling's Lady Lancaster's Garden Society Series..

Lady Lancaster's Garden Society..

"Hannah and the four other young women seated in Lady Lancaster’s Blue Salon were visiting under the pretense of a weekly Young Ladies’ Garden Society meeting. As far as anyone knew, Lady Lancaster hosted the social gathering for these select young ladies—all of high ranking and highly respected families—out of the kindness of her heart, as was common of the
Jason Crawford
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Today, I am reviewing the Historical Romance story Taming her Forbidden Earl by Catherine Hemmerling, published by Macmillan. The first in the Lady Lancaster Garden Society series, this novel relates a member of the aforementioned society, Hannah, who, in contrast to the stereotypes of the times, is a frightfully intelligent and observant woman who puts these abilities to good use solving intrigues and mysteries on behalf of the dowager Duchess. The daughter of nobility, she encounters the noble ...more
Adria (Musings and Reviews)
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

I love historical romance with spies. Having spies in a period where there was no technology to aid them makes a historical romance much more interesting. There's more a potential for more mystery, suspense and action. The only downside is that most of the spying is done by the men due to the time period. It's difficult to find a book where the heroine does the spy work without it sounding utterly ridiculous.

Taming Her Forbidden Earl is a rather short
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love a deliciously good Regency romance, wrapped in mystery with lovable characters and a feisty heroine and Taming Her Forbidden Earl delivered just that and more. The first in the Lady Lancaster Garden Society series Hemmerling had me laughing, sighing and completely wrapped up in this fast paced tale.

The dowager Lady Lancaster has enlisted the help of several hand-selected young ladies of the ton to secretly help her solve mysteries, and rescue those less fortunate. The ladies meet under th
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2014
Taming Her Forbidden Earl is a fun combination of Historical Romance and Mystery. Lady Lancaster hosts a group of women who help those in need and solve crimes all under the pretense of a garden society. She keeps an eye out for young ladies who have an independent streak and special talents and invite them into her circle. Hannah has a knack for reading people, since she's a rare lady who reads quite a bit herself. She learns that her brother is involved in some smuggling activities and must pu ...more
Debra Taylor
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

A great start to this exciting regency series from Catherine Hemmerling.
Lady Lancaster's Garden Society : Society matron, Lady Lancaster, and her five young protege's are more interested in intrigue than tea and gossip. Under the tutelage of Lady Lancaster these five young ladies improve society by uncovering the secrets within the ton. Of course, each of the five young ladies will find true love during their assignments.
Hannah Rochester's discovers that her brother is involved in some shady d
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Ooh, this book was SO adorable-I loved it! Taming Her Forbidden Earl was a sweet, delightful historical romance.

I LOVE the premise of this book-and the series as a whole. The idea of a group of skilled ladies who work to help the needy and solve mysteries is so fun and unique among historical romances, so I had high expectations. And this book didn't disappoint.

Hannah was a lovely heroine. She was strong and very clev
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
An engaging start to a new series that is enjoyable to the end.

Lady Lancaster hosts five young ladies on a regular basis at her home; the Young Ladies Garden Society meeting is, for all outward appearances, a social gathering however these young ladies are here for a purpose. Several years ago Lady Lancaster was bored after her husband died and came up with the idea of helping others, usually respectable families, out of the kindness of her heart. And while it may have started as charitable and
Tahlia Newland
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Taming her Forbidden Earl is a sweet, charming and slightly saucy historical romance. It's a light read that doesn't stretch the boundaries of its genre. You get exactly what you would expect from a historical romance, a handsome male lead who is unobtainable in some way - in this case a strong aversion to the state of matrimony - a sweet sassy female lead with intelligence and courage, and a plot involving some intrigue and where our plucky heroine almost ends up with the wrong man - in this in ...more
It’s a known fact that I love historical romance novels, especially ones that offer a unique spin such as time-travel, or maybe a little paranormal activity thrown into the mix. Taming Her Forbidden Earl by Catherine Hemmerling had neither of these things, but it did have the Young Ladies’ Garden Society. Headed by dowager Lady Lancaster, the Garden Society consists of a group of five exceptional young women of the ton dedicated to helping out those less fortunate, seeing justice served where ne ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love regency romances with intrigue (usually they are spies or work for the war department, etc) but this one is a little different. This is the first book in the series about a group of women who belong to a "Garden Society" headed by a strong woman who worked with her late husband while he was at the war department. The "Garden Society" is not what it seems. Each of these women were asked to join because of their intelligence and willingness to help others. This book features Hannah and Will ...more
Anne Glover
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not sure our heroine tames the Earl in question as much as enchants him. And he is only forbidden because he has sworn off marriage.

But title aside, Catherine Hemmerling delivers a delightful part lady spy ring, part Reg Rom ala contempo mass market (which means its a little anachronistic and contains some heavy petting). Part of a series of Lady Lancaster’s Garden Society (which is a group of young crime fighting debutantes from what I gather–only having read the one), Hemmerling’s charact
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review featured at

I have mostly given up on historical romance. I am not sure why I even requested this one from NetGalley but I did so I read it. It is cute. The ladies of the garden society are young and fun. Each of the characters, upfront or background, are delightful. Each one sticks out on their own.

Hannah is a good character who is outspoken and just a strong woman. William is typical historical Earl. He is protective and a gentleman set in the world of the Ton.

Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
William and Hanna were ok as a couple and the story was good, so were the other stories about Hanna's friends, so I'm looking forward the other books in this series!

William e Hanna erano una bella coppia e anche la storia non era male, come anche le piccole storie che preparano i libri sulle amiche di Hanna che ora voglio leggere anche io!

Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, regency
Hannah is a quirky and intriguing character. She and some other girls are involved in Lady Lancaster's Garden Society -- which is just a cover for their investigation into various mysteries. William is a rather forgettable character. He is there as more of a support/protector to Hannah. I did enjoy the story, but I doubt I will re-read it.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Review will post on www.paperbackdolls first.
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Really struggled to stay interested in this story and almost didn't bother to finish it. Found the heroine a bit of a nitwit and the fire plot ridiculous.
Amy Alvis
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great read!
Aggeliki Katsimardou
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adored it!!!!!
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars or a little more
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Catherine Hemmerling has been a technical writer in the software industry for nearly twenty years and has published many user manuals and technical documentation in that time. She has always had a love of writing fiction but has never pursued publication in that genre until recently.

Hopefully it is the beginning of a long new journey with Lady Lancaster and the Garden Society girls. Certainly hist

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