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The Earl Next Door

(The Bachelor Lords of London #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  975 ratings  ·  126 reviews
American heiress Piety Grey is on the run. Suddenly in London and facing the renovation of a crumbling townhouse, she’s determined to make a new life for herself—anything is better than returning to New York City where a cruel mother and horrid betrothal await her. The last thing she needs is a dark, tempting earl inciting her at every turn…

Trevor Rheese, the Earl of Falco
Mass Market Paperback, 459 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Avon Impulse (first published March 1st 2016)
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1.5 stars

Was there a love triangle involving a staircase in this? 'Cause it felt like there was a love triangle involving a staircase.

The story felt chaotic with all the characters, nosy neighbors, a bachelor earl who simply dramatically can't quit kissing the heroine, cartoon-y villainous mother and five step-brothers, bad guy Greek, and more.

The hero had no depth while the heroine sort of did but the unevenness of her having the courage to travel to England to buy a house on her own but coul
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, gr2016
Kissing her was like taking a hasty bite of something he hadn’t expected to find quite so delicious. Something warm and sweet and too sumptuous to be gobbled up in passing, without giving it its due. Without savoring.

Piety Grey, an American heiress, escaped her cruel mother when she tried to force her into a betrothel to one of her horrible stepbrothers. Because of the money left to her in her father’s will she was able to buy a crumbling townhouse in London, which she is determine to make in

Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I usually let the book “percolate” in my mind for at least a week before I do a review of it. Well, this time I just had to jump on a review because this book, a debut mind you, was so much fun, I couldn’t wait to let you all know about it.

The first thing I noticed is the prose. I just loved it!

"Kissing her was like taking a hasty bite of something he hadn’t expected to find quite so delicious. Something warm and sweet and too sumptuous to be gobbled up in passing, without giving its due. Withou
Mar 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn't connect with the characters. At a few points I even lost interest in it. So only 1 star for effort.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
I have never read anything by this author previously and I probably will never read another because this is one of those authors who rip off the book buying public by failing to do her research and gets historical facts incorrect.

This book is set in 1809 and Michaels has the Earl say that if needed to, he could go to Scotland Yard.
Do you see the problem? If not, I'll tell you. Scotland Yard did not exist in 1809. At that time, London was policed, if we can call it that, by the Bow Street Runners
Paige  Bookdragon

A bit boring for me.

I didn't really connect with the characters. They've got some issues that I know but didn't really understand. Maybe because the author's way of writing is making me dizzy that's why i didn;t enjoy this as much as I enjoyed other regency/historical books.
A (Is For Awkward)
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I got this book as an instafreebie because hello! Free! And it was absolutely worth the read given that price!

But sadly I can't rate it very high mostly because it was a jumbled mess of historical confusion.

I winced every single time they talked about Scotland Yard... In 1809! And discussed going to France for a wedding journey in the middle of the napoleonic wars. There were no discussions of the wars at all in fact. It was some kind of alternate faux-history masquerading as a regency romance.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book confused me. It had a lot of promise, interesting secondary characters but it actually felt like two separate books smashed into one. For half the book you see things from three characters point of view, the hero and heroine barely see each other but somehow really love each other. Then The Americans turn up and are awful, of course. But they just keep going on, and on, and on, and on... and then every little thing that could go wrong goes wrong. And everyone is overly dramatic about i ...more
Lynsey A
I haven't read too many historical romances lately but I picked this one up because I wanted to read the 2nd book in this series. I really enjoyed this book. I thought the writing was very well done. The attraction between our H and h was very well done. I felt as if I could feel the tension in the room between these two. Despite knowing they wouldn't have a future, they can't keep their hands off of each other.

Our hero, Trevor wants nothing more than to travel after a lifetime of taking care of
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I would have given this one star, but there were actual moments of incredibly good writing that made me for a just a second or two forget about all the other things that made me want to throw this across the room, which I would have if I were reading it in actual book form, not kindle. Needs improvement: character names, a character can only 'endeavor' or 'abide' so many times, implausible plot points, and the need for more showing and not telling. I really liked the main chapter, Peity, at the ...more
Sophie Barnes
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A spectacular read that takes the reader on a thrilling journey into the past. This author's incredible skill is evident in the fact that I was completely enthralled by the building of a staircase :)

When American heiress, Piety Grey, flees from her money-grasping mother and step-brothers, she runs as far away as she can - all the way to London. There she buys a house in desperate need of renovation and, discovering her handsome neighbor, Trevor Rheese, Earl of Falcondale, has experience as an a
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Charis Michaels' debut novel, The Earl Next Door unfolds in three acts: the first act establishes the quiet neighborhood of Henrietta Place, which is a character in itself, and is staunchly protected by Lady Stroud, the Marchioness of Frinfrock, who is my favorite character in the book.

We first see our hero and heroine through Lady Frinfrock's eyes, as she observes from the window of her own home the arrivals of Trevor Rheese, and then the arrival of Piety Grey -- who, coincidentally, moved to h
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is so much more than your typical historical romance read. So much more! This story made me think. As a woman in modern times, I take for granted that women didn't always have a voice. Piety's story shows me the frustrations of living in such a world. A world where a woman can't choose what to do with her own money and needs a man to decide for her. To protect her fortune from her selfish, money hungry mother and vile, abusive step-brothers, she runs from America to England, constantly wait ...more
WTF Are You Reading?
This is a stop the presses, hands down, reviewer favorite!
I loved this book.
Review and authoress interview to come.
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3.5 Stars.

The Earl Next Door had a difficult start for me, but I was glad I continued to read when I almost gave up. Be forewarned, the pacing is slow, and the storyline itself takes a long time to reveal itself, neither of which make a page-turner.

The narration is by Piety, Trevor, and the nurse/chaperone, each offered a unique perspective to the story. Trevor is an introvert, longing for peace and tranquility, and it takes mo
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the years best historical romance tales and deserving of a high 5 Stars! I absolutely loved this story and just adore the characters especially our heroine of the tale, Lady Piety, she is such a charming character who is humorous and gutsy!

We first start off on the street of Henrietta Place in the home of Lady Frances Stroud, Marchioness Frinfrock where she and her maid, Miss Breedlowe are seen snooping on the new neighbor across the street who is moving into a home which has bee
Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
Piety Grey is a force to be reckoned with! She has ascended to London away from her mother and a very bad offer of marriage. But she had every right to leave New York. Her father has passed and left her his entire fortune. So she is perfectly happy to purchase a run down old home and fix it up to her liking. She use wants it all done as soon as possible. Miss Grey has been planning this for quite some time and had already arranged with the owner, the Earl of Falcondale, to rent his home next doo ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I really could not get into this storyline. I am so sick of The Improvised aristocratic Lord. In this instance it is Trevor Reese the newly minted Earl of Falcondale. Of course the heroine is a wealthy heiress named Piety Grey. Oh what would a story be without and old cranky Noisy Marchioness named Lady Frances Stroud of Frinfrock!! Usually these stories have a Duchess but this is the same storyline no matter the title. Trevor wanted nothing in life he came across as depressed. He just wanted to ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I started this book when it first came out. I read about 5-6 chapters and stopped. But since it was my book club's read for this month I went back and read it. Overall it's ok. There are quite a few mistakes about what era this book is in. Says 1809 but refers to later things. It does get better as it goes along but there are so many really good historical romance authors out there, I won't waste my time or money reading more of this author.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a great story. What a great premier for this author. Not only is it a testimony of how much women have come in their strive for independence, but it is sweet, and heart felt.
vaneeta naik
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels is d 1st book i ve read written by d author. it was good .
i was bored with d start but gradually i settled in d book ... the story line is good but sorry to say couldnt connect with d characters. the hero Trevor is so pathetic ,confused doesnt ve a aim & gyst to do anything in life even wen oppurtunity rises so his character irritated me...
The heroine Piety is shown to be strong , smart, fiesty & has all d means but still dumb wen it comes to dealing
Eunice Robertson
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of funny moments, and the characters were very well portrayed. Would definitely recommend to other readers. (I voluntarily reviewed this free copy).
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book, then stopped reading and decided a few days ago to start it again. I'm glad I did! What a surprise this turned out to be!
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh how I enjoyed this book! The dialogue was witty, the characters were unique and engaging (for the most part), and the pace was fairly steady (I did notice that it seemed to drag in some parts, but overall I finished this book in just under two days). Definitely not something I expected to come from a debut author, but to be honest, that only adds to my excitement and enjoyment of the story as I have now found a new author to enjoy as she releases more stories.

Piety's family was even more hor
Laura J.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piety, an heiress, has left America for London to escape her greedy family. She has bought a fixer-upper thinking that her family will have a harder time bringing her back to America if she’s spent her inheritance on property. Piety has a sunny disposing, a warm heart and is tenacious. Trevor, the Earl next door, is in the process of selling everything he can. Trevor has spent years taking care of his invalid mother and working for a crime boss before inheriting a bankrupt Earldom. All he wants ...more
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I was so torn over this book. The characters were vivid and likable -- including the secondary characters -- and the premise was engaging. The writing was fluid, and the conflict sufficient to sustain the book. BUT....I honestly thought it would never end. Some of the conversations between characters went on for so long I almost wanted to cook dinner and come back to see if they'd gotten around to stating the point yet. A large number of scenes could have been much more powerful had they undergo ...more
Quinn Fforde
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I have had to DNF this. I love historical romance, I don't mind long books, and I can deal with not a lot of action if the characters are progressing. But this book is just saying the same thing over and over and over. Look, I knew a fake engagement was coming, but it has taken to the halfway point of the book for it to be mentioned for the first time. What has happened the rest of the time? We just keep covering the same ground and worrying about stairs and introductions. Why does Jocelyn even ...more
Ewa (✿◠‿◠)
4,5 stars

I saw the cover and I thought: this book must be mine!
I bought and I don't regret.
Firstly, it is impossible not to get to like heroes.
Secondly, neighbor, which governs the entire street. Something seems to me that it will be the second main character of the series.
Thirdly, marginal heroes very likeable.
Fourthly, the book is quite long. Heroes have time to get to know each other, so you can easily believe in their love.

It may not be so rosy: the family of the heroine is terrible, dreadfu
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I had fun falling for lines line "Kissing her was like taking a hasty bite of something he hadn’t expected to find quite so delicious. " There were interesting and inviting characters. There were even those that could have stayed on the ship or fell off. There was fun to be had all the way around. I look forward to more from Charis Michaels.

**This ARC was provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.**

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CHARIS MICHAELS is thrilled to be making her debut with Avon Impulse. Prior to writing romance, she studied Journalism at Texas A&M and managed PR for a trade association. She has also worked as a tour guide at Disney World, harvested peaches on her family’s farm, and entertained children as the “Story Godmother” at birthday parties. She has lived in Texas, Florida, and London, England. She no ...more

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