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You're the Earl That I Want

(The Lords of Worth #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  928 ratings  ·  144 reviews

For businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been a damnable nuisance. The answer: find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties. But it's always been clear that Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman. Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball
Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Forever
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Not one of my friends has rated this below 4 stars, so I guess take what I say with a grain of salt and remember, different strokes for different folks :)

I really liked the second book in this series A Good Rogue is Hard to Find and I really did not like this one.

What pretty much killed it for me was the heroine. Look I love a good strong woman but I also like Historical romance. These two aspects can definitely co-exist but please don't put a contemporary woman in a historical setting, which I
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Having enjoyed Kelly Bowen's last book - A Good Rogue is Hard to Find - I'd marked her down as a new author to watch and was keen to read more from her. In You're the Earl That I Want (and would somebody PLEASE STOP with the stupid, cutesy titles that aren't cute so much as they are irritating!), she concludes her Lords of Worth trilogy with another deftly-written, fast-paced, fun story featuring a couple of attractive protagonists, lively dialogue and slightly improbable plot.

Heath Hextall is
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Now this is what I call a worthwhile historical romance!!

The heroine is wonderful! So full of life and so determinate to do the right thig not only for herself for for others too! I just loved her!

The hero, Heath was great too! He's known Joss all her life, but he's still surprised with her actions! And that's wonderful to read! He's bewildered by her every time! I loved that!!

The backstory of their romance is interesting and well done, even if a little bt too fantastic, but still well executed!
Lover of Romance
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review

Heath Hextall considers being an Earl a pain and a bother and he would much prefer working on his business than dealing with members of the Ton. All he needs now is an amiable wife to take care of his domestic matters so that he can focus on his shipyard and his business affairs. Even though he is attempting to court a lovely and biddable but intelligent woman, except there is one problem: he can't stop thinking about one
4.25 Stars

I received a free eARC of this book from Forever via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have read two other stories in the Lords of Worth series and really enjoyed them. Kelly Bowen has a subtle writing style and an adept hand at characterization which appeals to me. So I had decent expectations for the final book in the series which allows the sexy Earl of Boden to finally get his happy ending.

Heath Hextall, Lord Boden, has been a side character for most of the series. His
“I’ve been spending too much time looking for other things I thought I wanted. Things I thought were the right things and would make me happy. But they didn’t. They never could.”
“Oh.” Her voice was barely audible. “But Lady Rebecca---”
“Has found her own happiness. I want you, Josephine Somerhall. On whatever terms you wish. It’s only ever been you.”

Ahh, so lovely *twirls*

Everything about this book worked for me: the heroine, the hero, their romance, even the madcap adventure plot about secret
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3,5 stars!

While I enjoyed the other two books more, Joss made this book great for me.

I didn't care much for Heath at first, but as he stopped being so annoying and actually listened to Joss I began to warm up to him.

I didn't care much for the mystery but since it brought Joss and Heath together I tried to follow with an open mind lol.

I'm a sucker for the friends to lovers trope and while this one wasn't the best I've read, I did love how Heath stopped seeing the little girl he remembered Joss
A nice addition to this series.
I liked the heroine, Joss, who was brilliant, spoke many languages and could work out cryptic code- yep, she was even a good shot with pistols! The hero, Heath, was a bit of a stuffed shirt at first, but of course she brought him around and after some adventures and some neat, witty banter, we have our well-deserved HEA.
Only please, Ms Bowen, do not use "ass" for "arse"- I am immediately transported into modern-day America. Very confusing! Oh, and people do not
Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
Recommended to Yuki by: First Read
As much as I want to like this book and think it can be a perfect romance novel for certain readers, since I don't like bashing authors that are currently alive and don't have a bestseller, the convenient plot devices are simply infuriating.
Lady Wesley
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Appealing characters, a fast-moving plot, snappy dialogue, and a couple of childhood frienemies falling in love make this a very enjoyable read.
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
See Kyra's review of this obnoxious 20/21 c heroine as a reminder not to read this.

Juliana Philippa
3.5 stars / C rating
Read a Tempting Teaser on Fiction Vixen:
Full review to come SOON!


And now 1+ year later ... Yeah, accidentally forgot to come back to this, which probably speaks volumes in and of itself. Another thing is that I browsed review after review, trying to trigger a memory of what it was that I did and did not like about the book ... And nothing!!! And geez, I'm only 30, don't even have an excuse.

Okay, so I do remember Joss
Heather andrews
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Oh Joss your man takes things out of context, or you just get your wording mixed up, “I used a soap in my travels that was made with the flower and coconut oil combined. It was the most heavenly thing I’ve ever put against my bare skin. I immediately thought of you.” Heath stopped abruptly in the middle of the dance floor, and the dancers around them grumbled at the obstruction..." Heath and Joss were the perfect match, they complimented each other beautifully, I loved the back and forth banter:
I forgot to even update that I finished this book.

Ok. SO. I actually LOOOOOOVED Joss. She was an amazing heroine. The problem was that this book was entirely bogged down by plot plot plot that I didn't care for. I wished Joss and Heath had a more personal involvement in the plot, but it just seemed like they were on this adventure for the sake of a plot. So. Yeah. It sucks, because all the Joss/Heath parts where it was just them was brilliant, but everything else was so boring.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You’re the Earl That I Want was a phenomenal read featuring a fantastic romance and an amazing cast of characters.

Heath Hextall would rather be spending his time at his business, but after inheriting an earldom he has little choice but to attend society events. In Heath’s mind, finding a well-bred wife is the perfect solution as it will allow him to focus on his work while his wife handles the societal aspects of his life. But on the first night after making his decision, Heath runs into
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.*

After recently reading and reviewing the novella that precedes this book, I was really looking forward to seeing if the author could capture my attention with a full-length novel. Of course, it helped that the hero of this book was Heath, the brother of the novella’s heroine. Plus, the synopsis promised a lady solving a mystery using intelligence and independence. So of course I was definitely all-in. And luckily for me, “You’re the Earl
Erin Burns
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.

I broke a personal cardinal rule here, I started in the middle of a series. Now I didn’t realize it was a series when I requested it, the heroine just intrigued me so I grabbed it. But when I went to put it into Goodreads to track it, I definitely saw that it was a series. The heroine, “brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown” still demanded I read her
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
Potentially I think that this book held a foundation to be a grand romance and instead I can't help, but to feel disappointed by the finished product.

My biggest fault with this story is the bold fact that the hero and the heroine seemed to have switched places. I felt like Joss, the heroine was more of the hero than Heath really was. Joss took the lead in the relationship, she fought to protect Heath and the love that she possessed for him was real. This might have worked had this idea equally
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kelly Bowen has become an automatic buy for me. I have really enjoyed this series. This story features Joss, the Duke of Worth's sister, and his best friend Heath, Lord Boden. Joss is smart, independent and has been in love with Heath since she was 5. Heath tries to be a proper lord and avoid scandal but can't resist Joss. Along the way there is a murder, a mystery and a childhood love that survived through the years apart. Joss's mother, the Dowager Duchess of Worth (a wonderful secondary ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Kelly Bowen, how I adore your books. Yay for me that You’re the Earl That I Want delivers with intrigue, chemistry and humor. Because we have the best friend’s little sister trope (love this one), a mystery that truly drives the plot, and of course, the infamous chickens. For those of you who have read prior books, you know what I’m talking about. For those who haven’t, all I can say without spoiling the reading experience, is that I love the chickens almost as much as the hero/heroine.

Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Posted on What I'm Reading

I have been reading You're the Earl That I Want by Kelly Bowen. This is a third book in The Lords of Worth series. The stories have been good and cleverly written. They really aren't your typical romance. In todays selection we find a girl who has been in love with her brother's best friend since she was little. If that wasn't all, we also find ourselves in the midst of danger, so lets get started.

Heath Hextall, the new Earl of Boden, he has decided he needs a wife. Not
Nov 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
I specifically DIDN'T read the first two in this series because the blurbs and reviews hinted at them being over the top and ridiculous. And i honestly don't know why i expected this one to be any different. But then again, I'm a sucker for childhood friends become lovers romances. I just can't resist them.

I was immediately turned off by the hero. He seemed aloof and unlikable. Not in the likable, charming way, oh no. He was just plain... boring. In a group of friends that usually get into
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Kelly Bowen and, based on this, I think I have found a new author. For fans of historical novels featuring clever, educated women and gritty mysteries.

Heath Hextall has gone from the son of a soap maker to the Duke of Boden after the unfortunate deaths of several relatives. Unfortunately both his father's soap business and the Dukedom were drowning in debt and old-fashioned ideas. He has spent much of his adult life rescuing both and it has taken over his life. So, he
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like an exciting story with superb characters and lots of action, this is for you!

Lady Josephine Somerhall is back from abroad after 10 years, and she sees her childhood friend Heath Hextall at a ball. Heath, now Earl of Boden, works hard at his business as well as rebuilding his earldom, but his reason for attending the ball is to find a wife: a sweet, gentle woman who will manage his household and not disturb his life. He has always loved Josephine – Joss – dearly but he would never
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: una

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una

Lady Josephine Summerhall is unusual for the time period. She doesn’t want to get married. As she puts it so eloquently she certainly doesn’t want a life where her main duties would be to plan the next meal, run the house and produce an heir and a spare. Joss as she is known to family and friends is well travelled, well educated, can speak many languages and can shoot when necessary. Joss has always loved Heath Hextall
Originally published on My Book Musings.

Reading about Heath and Joss made me feel comfortable, and like I was meeting up with friends I haven't seen in a long time. Weird, I know, but they made me feel that way.

I didn't myself attracted to Heath, but I did find him perfect for Joss. It was amusing for me how Heath and Joss viewed their childhood friendship differently. While Heath thought he had been mean to Joss and that she was pesky, Joss viewed him as somewhat of her refuge. This also served
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kelly Bowen puts forth her 3rd tale in The Lords of Worth series, and it’s a wonderful mystery with a romance element.

Our hero Heath is someone that hails from a family of traders, and now that he’s an earl, it behooves him to get on with finding a proper wife and set up a nursery. To help him out with this monumental task, he engages his best friend and our heroine’s brother.

Our poor heroine Joss has been in love with our hero since in leading strings and she’s not so keen on the matrimonial
Blodeuedd Finland
I do like a heroine that is different. Joss was no shrinking violet. She has been all over the world. She speaks a lot of languages. She loves math and books. She says what she wants to, even when she really should not.

Heath is a proper gentleman, who wants to marry a proper lady who can raise his family and if she is easy to talk to then that is a good thing. He may be an earl, but he comes from trade. And you know how low that is.

Heath is best friends with her brother, so that is how they meet
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars. I really enjoyed this one. Had a good romance between Jess and Heath, as well as a good mystery. The secondary romance between Ben and Rebecca I wish could have been done in a novella or a full romance because I kept wanting to know about how they connected and what they got up do when no one was looking. (I know what they got up to, but I wanted deets. ;-) The cast of characters also kept trying to take over the story with their antics. I would have liked to have know why Jess never ...more
Liz F
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For a historical romance, Joss was extremely progressive. She defied convention at every turn, knew a little bit about everything, and she was genuinely smart. The thing I liked the most about Joss was that she was so smart and brave but she never threw that in anyone’s face. Sure, she gave the hero a hefty dose of good-natured teasing at first...

Read the full review AND author Q&A on Kindles & Wine HERE

Rating: A

Note: Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

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Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.

But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not

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The Lords of Worth (3 books)
  • I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm (The Lords of Worth, #1)
  • A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find (The Lords of Worth, #2)
“It would seem that, years later, Heath Hextall still had the ability to make her feel safe and valuable and visible, just as he had done as a boy. He was, at this moment, and as he had always been, an anchor in the storms she’d never seen coming.” 3 likes
“How was it this easy? When had Josephine Somerhall’s presence become something he required to find...happiness? Since when did he need to be in her company to find the burden of responsibility temporarily banished, the long-forgotten laughter and carefree joy of living reinstated with a single smile?” 0 likes
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