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If the Earl Only Knew

(The Daring Marriages #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  496 ratings  ·  87 reviews
The chase is on in award-winning author Amanda Forester's brand-new Regency romance series!

A sizzling scandal just waiting to happen…

Orphaned at a young age, Lady Katherine Ashton and her brother have spent most of their lives on the high seas, seeking to restore their family fortune through somewhat dubious means. After that kind of adventure, Kate knows she won't ever be
Mass Market Paperback, 404 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'If The Earl Only Knew' by Amanda Forester is book one in the "The Daring Marriages" series. This is the story of Lady Katherine Ashton and John the Earl of Wynbrook. This story got you end from the first few pages. We learned that Katherine and her twin brother had to struggle after their father died leaving debts. They pretty much it seem had to raise themselves and fight to get back from under such hardship. Katherine's brother did start a friendship with John's younger brother. Their Katheri ...more
Sammy Loves Books
***4.25 Adventurous Stars***

I Loved this heroine!! But everyone that knows me knows I am a sucker for a strong, intelligent heroine that has a big heart.


The hero was perfect for Lady Kate! This was an action packed adventure with memorable characters.

The love scenes faded to black but that didn't take away from the story at all. Now that I think about it, there was a lot of biblical quotes and references to religious faith. It makes me wonder if this author writes Christian romances. Either wa
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

That was so much fun! Sharp witty banter, a little adventure and danger, a sexy hero and a fierce heroine...gah, yes! If the Earl Only Knew was everything I love about historical romance.

The quick of it is that Lady Katherine and her brother have come to town to meet up with their investors. It should be a simple thing but then their rooms are broken into and then their ship...something is definitely up and they decide to mov
✨ Gramy ✨
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to this audible version via Hoopla, provided through my local public library. The narrator was very articulate and pleasant.

"I believe our hardships give us the fortitude to triumph over our challenges", remarked Emma . . . . "I do not care to glory in my tribulations and patience is an entirely overrated character trait", remarked Kate.

This was a historical romance novel that provided lots of entertainment. The background of the Darington siblings if chocked full of sadness, los
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderfully delightful and refreshing historical romance. I can say with confidence that Dr. Forester is an avid reader of romance at the least if not HRs...because everything I expected as a reader was there in this book. Ohhh Kate was the best HR heroine by far.....she is badass and so crafty....and John..his droll and irreverent personality is the perfect anecdote to Kate's serious and witty one. I absolutely loved this book. It also makes sense that Dr. Forester has a PhD in psycholog ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
As promised, today is the book blog tour for IF THE EARL ONLY KNEW! I was happy to read, review and be part of this tour as I really enjoyed this historical romance novel. I have previously read (and reviewed) Amanda Forester's Marriage Mart Regency series.

(The Daring Marriages: #1)
Written by Amanda Forester
2016; Sourcebooks Casablanca (384 Pages)
Genre: series, fiction, historical romance, romance, mystery

RATING: ★★★★

"The chase is on in award-winning author Amanda Forester's
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I can’t remember when I’ve had more fun reading a book! What a delightful start to what looks to be an incredible series. There are so many wonderful characters in this book, I can’t even begin to decide who I loved more.

Lady Katherine Ashton and her twin brother, Robert Ashton, Earl of Darington were essentially orphaned at birth and later sent to debtor’s prison at age 12. Desperate to restore the family coffers, they resorted to questionable means. So questionable in fact, that Kate knows sh
Rose Blue
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Katherine (Kate) Ashton and her twin brother, Robert, Earl Darington, were greatly wronged when they were just twelve years old. Their father died, their estate was robbed of all valuables, and they were thrown into debtors' prison when they were unable to prove their identities. In the intervening years, Robert became a privateer, while Kate managed and invested his earnings, substantially increasing their fortune. These events have taken a t
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lady Katherine Ashton and her twin brother the Earl of Darington have returned to London to settle accounts with their investors. Left with his father’s debts at a very young age, the earl has been on the high seas for years as a privateer for England, raiding enemy ships and taking the spoils to rebuild the family fortunes. With no other family to take her in, Kate went to sea with her brother and kept his books, investing where she could and building up wealth for those who supported them. Fru ...more
Isha Coleman
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kate was a departure from your average, lady of means, coquettish character that leads most historical romance. She had a past that was provocative and a spirit that could not be tamed. I love these type of leading women because they are more than a pretty face. More depth is hiding behind the exterior. If the Earl Only Knew blended adventurous spirit with action packed storylines and seductive plot twists and intriguing mystery. Was sad to see it end.
Deborah  Cleaves
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A transitions romance.

A romance that gives the heroine much to do that is empowering, including cross dressing as a cabin boy in the navy, and hand to hand battling kidnappers. It takes permission for sexual congress to absurdity by leaving a groom satisfied to have no sex for the rest of his days if his wife does not choose to initiate the sexual act. A lot of heroic action.
Jan 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
90p on amazon, 21st January 2020
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3 Adventurous Stars.

Amanda Forester is a new-to-me author.

The opening scenes to If the Earl Only Knew hooked me from the start. Katherine is a strong, cold, reserved woman who knows how to survive anything. With glimpses of the woman she was meant to be, it was easier to read and understand Kate. But it was not without difficulty as a decisive woman became wishy-washy later in the storyline.

I won't bore you with a retelling o
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't know how I every missed this author but she is delightful. She created a strong independent woman in Lady Kate. A woman who had to do what she had to for her and her twin brother to survive. Since this is a true historical romance, she of course goes on an adventure and falls in love fighting for her independence every step of the way. ...more
Trish R.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. The hero and heroine were great and Kate’s back story was awesome. The story was about Wynbrook who knew Kate 6 years ago when his parents were killed in a carriage accident then she disappeared with her twin brother, Robert. Robert became a privateer while Kate stayed home and crunched numbers, while they became filthy rich, along with their investors. Kate and Wynbrook found each other again when they met at the bank to disperse the money, and the rest is history. ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This book wasn't perfect, but it was a unique story with an even more unique heroine that really stands out in the field of cookie cutter historical romances.

I don't want to say too much about Lady Kate, but she has quite a back story and history. She's unlike most heroines in this genre, which was really a nice change of pace (for the most part. She did have a few moments that were cringe worthy). John is interesting, he's strong, intelligent, trustworthy, but he never came across as an Alpha h
Tracy T.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW this was such a great book! (audible review).

I enjoyed every minute of this book. All the characters were great. Kate and Wynbrook were great together. They had great chemistry and there is nicely written sex scenes. Not erotica, not rated G, just nicely written.

Kate was awesome, loved her character. She was so smart, witty, beautiful, and charming. No simpering crybaby lead heroine in this book! Wynbrook was great too. Handsome, rich, smart, strong, and just the right amount of arrogance.

Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I must say that I greatly enjoyed this complicated and complex story and the reason for it is the heroine who I didn’t like at the start. However, as I came to know her backstory, I slowly but surely came to admire her tenacity and strength.

I also liked the hero because of he wasn’t your cookie cutter, run of the mill Alpha male. He had many faults and quirks which made his character much more real and likable.

This was a very well written story with a solid plot and a pace somewhat slower than
Linda Smatzny
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable romance set in England with a very strong minded woman as the main character. She is Lady Katherine Ashton who has returned to London after living abroad. She meets the Earl of Wynbrook but can't stand him because of some things Kate overheard years earlier. There are disasters which neither Kate or her brother, Robert, understand but they bring adventure into the life of John , the Earl. Eventually all is made clear and lives are changed. The book was a quick easy read. ...more
Della McKay 3rd
Very Misleading

This book was a waste of my time. I love regency romance but this author managed to kill the flow of a very promising story.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jack Vasen
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is written after the Marriage Mart series but is parallel for a bit with A Winter Wedding. There might be a tad bit of spoiler if you read this first, but not really since we usually have a pretty good idea how the lead relationships will turn out.

This book really grabbed me at the beginning. The Darington twins' backstory is compelling and we get just enough of it at the beginning to be hooked. Behind the relationship between Kate and John, there is also an interesting story of impendi
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Orphaned at a young age, Lady Katherine Ashton and her twin brother Robert have spent most of their lives on the high seas, seeking to restore their family fortune through somewhat dubious means. After that kind of adventure, Kate knows she won't ever be accepted as a proper society lady.
John Arlington Earl of Wynbrook, knows he should marry but he can’t forget a kiss he & Kate shared years ago.
An easy reading book with a well paced plot. Kate is not a shrinking debutante but hates society & wo
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This has more of a mystery subplot than other romance novels I've read. Siblings Lady Kate Ashton and Robert Ashton, the Earl of Darington (the Daring Marriages! Get it?), who are in their twenties, return to England after years in Gibraltar where Robert has been a privateer and Kate has kept the accounting books. They are invited to visit the home of the Arlington family, who have shares in Kate and Robert's shipping business. Kate and Robert are pursued by shadowy figures who are unknown to th ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, historical, romance
The back cover copy nearly put me off this book. It made it seem like it was going to be a Not Like the Other Girls thing. That's a narrative device that needs to die in a fire. So I was happy that while Kate is definitely different the other women in the book aren't belittled to make her special. Even when she has a flash of jealousy she realizes that it's her problem and that the woman it's directed toward isn't deserving of it. It was also nice to have a historical hero who wasn't a jackass. ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: f
I don't normally make a point of calling this out but it is nice to see the two leads actually fall in love. Forester takes her time in bringing these characters together (maybe too much time, the book could have been shorter). Kate's arguments about the hypocritical nature of London Society were appreciated, though ultimately it's just frustrating since we don't get any changes or anything interesting out of it. I was also prepared for Kate's reason she couldn't marry to be something really bad ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: z-bomb
While I enjoyed the introduction of characters, the main thing that created a disconnect for me is that partway through the hero starts referencing bible passages, then another character (who —spoiler alert—will be a main character of the next book) does as well, and explicit prayers are made by both H/h in the ending chapters. (Yet no mention of going to church, which seems like an omission given the time period?) Anyway, I have no issues with spirituality/faith showing up in books, but as a no ...more
I read this one after Earl Interrupted, and I have to say I liked this book less, though it's still a good book. I think part of the reason is that I knew what was going to happen (at least somewhat), so I was impatient for the events to actual happen (I didn't realize how much of the book was going to happen before the beginning of Earl Interrupted). The other part was that I just felt more connected to/engaged by Emma & Dare. ...more
Shawna Renteria
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. I loved Kate's fiery personality and how John was able to see the softer side of her. He helped her see it too, and helped her relinquish her past. I liked the pacing of this story, it wasn't rushed at all and it wasn't too slow either, I was able to stay involed and entertained through it all. Would recommend to anyone. ...more
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Amanda Forester holds a PhD in clinical psychology and a Masters degree in theology. As a psychologist, she has worked as a clinical researcher and a university instructor (what they call you when they don’t want to give you tenure). None of which has anything to do with writing romance novels. After trying for many years to stop the internal storylines floating around her head, she finally gave u ...more

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