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The Earl's Complete Surrender

(Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  60 reviews
An unexpected passion ignites as secrets are exposed in Sophie Barnes's captivating Regency-set romance...

Despite the diversions offered at Thorncliff Manor, former spy James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying there. He must find an encoded book that exposes a conspiracy within the British aristocracy. And he must do so without revealing his purpose to the c
ebook, 384 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Avon
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Romanza Lettore It's supposed to be both. More mystery than romance in my opinion.

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Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Earl's Complete Surrender by Sophie Barnes
Book Two of the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor series
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: December 29, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

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Despite the diversions offered at Thorncliff Manor, former spy James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying there. He must find an encoded book that exposes
Sissy's Romance Book Review
This is book two in the "Secrets at Thorncliff Manor" series. I have read the previous book 'Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires' but feel this is a standalone book.
James, the Earl of Woodford is a former spy and he is looking to find his parents killer. His parents were killed when he was young. A lead has sent him to Thorncliff Manor where there is said to be a book their with the names of men in a group thought to have killed his parents. While there he meets Chloe Heartly who in her own right has h
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Book!! Sophie knows how to write a truly suspenseful, action packed novel with truly authentic characters and a heart wrenching love story. There are not many Historical Romance writers who can write an alluring and captivating story with such mystery and intruigue that blends so well with the love story of the two main characters.

James and Chloe are in two completely different places in their lives. Chloe is recovering from six years in a marriage where her husband cheated on her and
2.5 stars

The Earl’s Complete Surrender was my first reading experience with Sophie Barnes and it was…okay. Now, the first of the book worked really well for me. After that however is when it started to get off track, especially those last few chapters that felt extra and pointless. (view spoiler) Notably, most of the more negative reviews of the book state that there was too much plot and not eno
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by publisher in exchange for a honest review

I think this is my first Barnes book as far my memory serves but it definitely won’t be the last. As this historical had plenty to offer. Handsome brooding hero, unscrupulous men of the realm , an heroine who has a nose for mysteries and a bit of intrigue and more in this delightful offering from Barnes.

Lady Chloe Newbury has been a widow for a year and is about to come out of her mourn
Bambi Unbridled
This was a sweet historical romance, good for fans who like a bit of historical mystery/espionage without a lot of steam. This story takes place parallel to Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires, which I have not read. As the stories are taking place at the same time, I don't think it will matter which order you read them in.

The heroine of this second installment of the Thorncliff Manor books is Chloe, Lady Newbury. (Chloe's brother, Spencer, is the subject of the first book.) Chloe is recently widowed (a
Linda Cargill
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Earl’s Complete Surrender: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor Review:
The two main characters in the historical Romance by Sophie Barnes are intriguing: James, the Earl of Woodford, the hero, and Chloe Heartly, the heroine. It is fascinating to watch how they overcome their vows never to love again and fall head over heels in love step by step. But there is a third main character in this Regency era romance, too —- Thornchiff Manor itself. A map of the estate is presented to the reader after the ti
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
So this book started off strong but took a couple of turns near the end I didn't really like. Our Hero and Heroine are both book nerds, which is excellent, and Thorncliff has a ton of secret passages, which I also like! The book was going swimmingly until the Hero decided to blame the Heroine for being kissed by another man. “Allowing him to kiss her”….. and now I’m all riled up. Because, don’t you know, if you are accosted in a dark hallway it’s your own fault! I read fiction for escape and THI ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars – rounded

I think I first discovered Sophie Barnes through her Kingsborough Ball series, and after reading and enjoying the first in her Thorncliff Manor series, I knew I would read The Earl’s Complete Surrender. This book combines mystery, romance and a bit of atmosphere to bring the story to fruition. James, an Earl, is a former spy, but at Thorncliff to find a particular book that contains evidence of a conspiracy within the aristos. Chloe is just a year into widowhood, not particul
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Up until 70% this was a four-star book. I really loved how Chloe and Woodford were reluctant to be social with other people (due to past sadness and whatnot) and were especially leery of one another. Then, after several conversations where they realize how much they have in common, they start to build a friendship. Outside the few jealously-induced misunderstandings, which were a little juvenile, I really liked their relationship.

Since I was on an airplane and thus in a very public place when r
Michelle Stanley
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

The Earl’s Complete Surrender: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor is a historical romance by Sophie Barnes. James, the Earl of Woodford, is a spy whose latest mission is to find a missing journal containing names of The Electors, a group of dominating political conspirators. His search takes him to Thorncliff Manor where he meets Lady Newbury. She constantly bumps into James whenever he looks for the journal, and the two soon realize they are attracted
Kimia Safavi
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Earl Complete Surrender is the second book in the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor series, it can be read by itself but it is good to have read the first one in the series and be familiar with all the characters and Thorncliff manor.
Sophie Barnes created another beautifully written romance with suspense, mystery and two characters who don't want anything to do with love or marriage.
Chloe Newbury is a beautiful widow who is recovering from her miserable marriage while she wants to enjoy the beauty
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! The stories intertwine and all the characters make appearances. This is the second book and I couldn't put it down. Complicated characters, good plot, nice romance. It can be read on it's own, though I think you'll enjoy the previous one.

James, the Earl of Woodford, is a spy trying to expose a conspiracy and find the person who murdered his parents when he was ten. He is searching for a book he believes identifies the members of the conspiracy. Chloe, now widowed, married the
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
I will first say that with this being the second book in the series. I began at a slight disadvantage, but in no way did it detract from the main characters interactions. The first book would have been a key to unraveling the occupants and significance of Thorncliff. This would lend to the details of Thorncliff itself.

Chole Heartly and James, the Earl of Woodford are both in search of something. They both end up in the most inconvenient of places for the other. Then it strikes upon them both tha
(Nat) Reading Romances
The Earl's Complete Surrender is a sweet story with a big mystery!

Sophie takes her time to unravel this plot and create an atmosphere of adventure , as both are searching for the same book, for different reasons. I missed seeing more romance and for that I had trouble to feel invested in the story. I wanted more stolen moments, more kisses! Supporting characters are her strongest feature, I loved them! Lady Sarah has a little cameo and you'll enjoy that if you've read the previous book, Lady Sa
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Beth Johnson
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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One: This books needs a minor trigger warning as the Heroine's late husband was an abusive asshat.

Two: She's widowed. YAY!

Three: The Hero is freaking catnip to me. Double YAY!

Four: Interesting storyline/mystery in the background. I loved the role the Lady of the House continues to play in everyone's lives. I had a hard time placing how long past the previous book this one was.

Five: There is NO actual hot, steamy sex in this novel, for which I knocked the book down a star.
Barbara Literski

Excellent story by Sophie Barnes! James was sent to Thorncliff Manor to hunt for a book. Lady Newbury was also there with her family and she was looking for this book. The book was a list of names that belonged to a group called the “Elector”. This story is one that needs to be read because of the different events that happen and to find out who the bad person is.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book. I read book 3 first by mistake, but was so impressed with that book that I had to read book 1 and then this book. I wasn't as impressed with book 1, though it was still good. This book helped to redeem my view of the author. Even though it was predictable, it was interesting and enjoyable.
Donna Foster
How çan you not love a Sophie Barnes book?

I've yet to read a book of hers that I didn't like I don't know how she does it she just has a knack for writing what I want to read this is another in the series of the secrets of Thorncliff Manor! You won't be sorry you got the book!
Kathy Stephenson
Woodford and Chloe

This is one Sophie Barnes best book Woodford and Chloe were 👍 together.
You will fall in Love 💘 with them . Please get an read the book.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable second installment of Thorncliff trilogy. Looking forward to reading next one.
Kim Gasparini
Feb 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Started out ok, got progressively worse.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hard to get through more of a mystery than a romance?
Gwyn Plummer
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sex, lies, corruption…and love – what a scandalously naughty time-taker!

James, The Earl of Woodford has his secrets, but doesn’t everyone? Oh, but his are just a taste more juicy. He’s a spy. A sexy, brave, unapproachable spy. It’s obvious – to him, nonetheless- why he limits his socializing. Not only could befriending him result in a person’s early demise, but he just doesn’t like mundane chit-chat, which his all he seems to get from those who surround him. That is, until he meets Chloe. They s
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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THE EARL’S COMPLETE SURRENDER, the new novel by bestselling author Sophie Barnes, is the second book in the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor series.
James, the Earl of Woodford, has come to Thorncliff Manor to stay for awhile. He is a former spy and he is actually there on a mission from the King to find an encoded book that might expose conspiracies in the British government. His mission constantly takes him into the path of widow Chloe Heartly, w
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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I finished The Earl's Complete Surrender by Sophie Barnes. First off, I wanted to read this book, because I actually loved the cover. I mean the cover is gorgeous with the hero, heroine, and background, perfect cover. Anyway, my progress of this story was a little slow and I wasn't feeling it. I struggle for most of the story, because we had parts that were drawn out. We had the James and Chloe not really getting together. They would cross paths, but never getting toget
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chloe's aversion to remarrying didn't make sense. She was still young, beautiful by written accounts, and incredibly intelligent. But she's cautious, and it made me wonder, "What happened?" It saddened me that her late-husband treated her unfairly, and it angered me that his former mistress delighted in tormenting her by reminding Chloe she wasn't enough to keep him in her bed. It was a shame for a woman who felt so deeply had given her heart completely to a man who didn't deserve it.

After meet
Dee Deacon Foster
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chloe Heartly no longer believes in love. The young widow learned this painful lesson from her philandering husband. The same husband who states he knew who killed her grandfather & Earl of Duncaster & the information can be found in an encoded book at the Duncaster Estate. Luckily her family is vacationing at Thorncliff Manor, the Countess of Duncaster’s estate which gives Chloe the perfect opportunity to look for the book.

James, the Earl of Woodford, as one duty to perform for the King
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Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of al

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“Books are my passion," James told her, "I cannot imagine passing a day without reading.” 1 likes
“I cannot explain what's between us, Lady Newbury, other than to say that I have an uncanny urge to kiss you whenever we meet.” 0 likes
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