Forever Your Earl
Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her ...more
That said, I don't think anyone who knows me at all could doubt that I genuinely adored this book. To begin with, the "Wicked Quills of London" concept is pretty much everything I'm wired to love--an entire series built around intelligent heroines who write, often inappropriately? YES, PLEASE. A scandal-sheet publisher and an infamous rake as heroine and hero? GIVE ME MORE. <3
The witty banter be ...more
Forever Your Earl is the first book in Eva Leigh’s Wicked Quills of London series and I loved it! I was blown away by to think this could possibly be Ms. Leigh’s debut, until I learned that Eva ...more
When it was announced at last year’s RWA that Zoe Archer was going to be turning her hand to writing Regency romances under the pseudonym of Eva Leigh, I was undoubtedly one of many immediately asking “when? WHEN?!” (and "who do I have to kill to get a copy?") I have enjoyed other books of hers, most notably her Victorian-set Nemesis Unlimited series, which featured tightly-plotted, action- ...more
But, mostly, Avon have done it again (It Takes a Scandal): I was both bored and irritated simultaneously.
This is, like all Avon books, a series of barely connected romcom scenes between a rakish ‘aristo’, as Leigh insists on calling our hero, and the spirited woman who will capture his heart.
He’s handsome and rich and entirely devoid of personality. She’s interesting and feisty, ...more
Forever Your Earl is the first book in The Wicked Quills of London by Eva Leigh and it follows a brilliant woman, Eleanor Hawke, a writer who lives for a good scandal to entertain the readers of her newspaper with. When one of her favorite subjects shows up in her office, the last thing Eleanor expects was to end up experiencing his illicit pursuit by the earls side.
Ashford has his own reasons for allowing Eleanor to tag along on his exploits. As long as the woman keeps her focus on his rakish b...more
Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh
Book One of The Wicked Quills of London series
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***
Summary (from Goodreads):
Eva Leigh makes her Avon debut with the first book in her smart and sexy Wicked Quills of London series!
Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live f ...more
Eleanor Hawke has worked hard to build up her business, she runs a scandal rag and she is quite popular. But her latest victim of a scandal, Daniel Balfour, The Earl of Ashford is quite displeased. He marches into her office and makes demands but offers her a chance to get some juicy tidbits and see what his life is really like. So Eleanor takes him up on his offer. They go from gambling hells to races and a masque ...more
But I loved this tale! Zoe Archer writes the most kick a$$ heroines and I love her for it.
Eleanor is our heroine and she rocks it. She's smart, industrious, driven and hot. There, I said it. I have a fem-mance going on here. This is woman who stands on her own, believes in herself and doesn't hesitate to point out the inequalities between the sexes. She nails it.
"he’d been given an entirely new insight into what it meant to be a...more
• The premise behind the novel—Daniel Balfour, Earl of Ashford, decides to offer himself as a subject to a scandal sheet writer, believing that by appearing in a sc ...more
It's like the author had this check list of the things people are bothered about today (or in the 1900s, I'll give you that) and proceeded to cross out one item at a time.
I can usually suspend my disbelief in romances, but not this much. The story supposedly takes place in the early 1800s! At one ...more
Historical romance is one of my favorite genre of adult romance to read, but I have to admit that I'm very picky when it comes to them. Only certain authors work for me and I'm always a little wary to start series by new authors. Forever Your Earl intrigued me because the protagonist, Eleanor, is a writer. Considering the day and age that the book was set in, that was very much unconventional, and for me, refreshing. I ended up really enjoying this title and by the end, I was ready to read more ...more
Business is booming for Eleanor Hawke, thanks in no small part to the Earl of Ashford, whose society antics printed in her pages have readers clamoring for more. Some may dismiss The Hawk's Eye as rubbish, but Eleanor believes in givin ...more
The premise of the story was a little confusing from the beginning. The hero's motive never made sense to me on why he wanted the heroine to follow along. He could've done his investigation clandestine. Clearly a spy he was not. The heroine for this era was pretty independent. Educated, working woman, editor in charge, sexually active, pretty liberal for those days.
The story was well written but some oomph was missing which would've made me love it. ...more
I adored the heroine. Eleanor Hawke is intelligent and has carved out a niche for herself with her gossip pages. She is aware of her vulnerability due to her gender and class, but she has found a way for herself in the world. When Daniel Balfour, the Earl of Ashford invites her to witness and write about his exploits, she seizes the opportunity. She's smar ...more
I received an eARC of this book from Avon Publishing via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Forever Your Earl is the first book in the Wicked Quills of London series, written by Eva Leigh who I first discovered as Zoe Archer. The series focuses on female writers who live and work in Regency England. Eleanor Hawke, owner and editor of the popular scandal sheet, The Hawk's Eye, is the first heroine and her life gets complicated when she begins to tangle with the rakish earl who is h ...more
"He needs experience, don't you think, love?" Marwood drawled. "Take him upstairs and break him a little. My treat," he added, winking at Eleanor....more
"Uh..." True panic gripped her. What was she supposed to do? There would be some very awkward explaining - and some bribes to pay - if Jenny discovered that Eleanor's manly goods were as false as Jenny's hair color.
Ashford reached out and plucked Jenny's hand from Eleanor's face. "Very generous of you, Marwood. But my aunt would never forgive me if I r
Read this for the Lord Rakehell plotline. It is the best part of the story - so much fun! Eleanor, editor in chief of The Hawk’s Eye, a gossip rag, agrees to accompany Daniel on his nightly exploits so that she can get them ri ...more
I loved Eleanor a lot. She was ridiculously, ridiculously witty, super take charge and bossy, but also very much allowed herself to be vulnerable. I think the natural instinct for a ...more
At first blush, the premise is Okay to Pretty Good. Eleanor Hawke is the proprietor of and also writes for the periodical The Hawk's Eye. She doesn't announce her gender, but also makes little effort to hide it. While she's at work, an ear ...more
I'm no historian, but I had time believing that the heroine would be that "modern" (as the heroine put it) during the Regency era. I could buy it more during the Vic ...more
Progressive, anachronistically so, in fact. Though that didn't bother me. The premise didn't make much sense to me, but I continued on despite that. I liked the heroine, but the hero was bland, especially compared to her. Their romance? Kind of as bland as the hero. They had some great banter, but I can't say I was invested. ...more
Utterly captivating and absolutely unforgettable, Eva Leigh’s glittering and gorgeous Avon Historical debut is, without a doubt, one of this year’s very best! Brilliantly written with uncommon intelligence, command, polish, delicious detail and soul-stirring depth, I simply couldn’t put it down! Every single moment I spent immersed in Eleanor and Daniels’ riveting story felt like a precious gift. Their incredibly charming, dynamic and multi-layered personalities came alive ...more
Eva also writes in multiple romance genres as RITA-award nominated Zoë Archer. As Alexis Stanton, she wrote the novel on which the top ...more