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The Earl of Her Dreams

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  450 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Facing the choice of flight or a wedding she cannot abide, Kate Simon has chosen to flee. Disguised as a boy, she takes refuge in a roadside inn, and finds herself rooming with intensely secretive Christian Black. Kate is breathless in the presence of this handsome, mysterious rogue whose piercing gaze seems to strip her naked. But neither suspects that a savage storm and ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Avon
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I had a lot of fun reading this book. There were a few things that I would have liked to have more depth, but overall it was a lot of fun. I really think this book could have done with more pages. I wanted more focus on the relationship, but I would have hated to lose any of the details about the investigation.

Has anyone played clue? I, personally, love Clue. (I also loved the movie version they made of it.) I think the premise is fun. A group of strangers are all staying in a house (or an inn)
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Following an accident that killed her father and scarred her arm, Kate Simmons disguises herself as a boy in order to escape from her scheming brother. She chooses a coaching inn on the road to London to hide and emotionally recover. Unfortunately, the inn soon fills, and Kate finds herself saddled with a rakish roommate full of secrets.

Christian Black, the Earl of Linley, is a man searching for a journal and an escape from his past. When a murder is committed at the inn, he pretends to
Mohamed Omran
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the characters a lot in the book. However it just kept bothering me that a heroine so in a hurry to run away from her family would stay at an inn to solve a murder, particularly with someone she knows is lying about themselves. Not to mention the fact that the murder victim was an unsavory character anyways. I know she's stuck in the inn with the hero because of the snow but it just seemed a little too much of just a setup to keep the characters together. It sort of made it hard for me t ...more
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing

This book was fabulous!

The mystery element was fun, and that arc played out really well - it was a fun romp that gave a lot of fascinating detail to the cast of secondary characters.

But as fun as the mystery was, in the end it was a backdrop for a truly wonderful hero/heroine pair, because they stole the story for me. As always with Mallory, the banter between them was tremendous fun. But more than that, you really did feel like you were watching them develop a real relationship. Not s
Apr 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Weak characterizations, particularly of the many many villain-types, heavy-handed choices for motivations, and a seriously implausible depiction of an investigation of a murder (by a totally inexperienced investigator, no less) made this book pretty difficult to finish.

It read like very little of it was thought through. I couldn't see much effort to reflect human nature or to create a realistic reflection of how people actually react in various circumstances (such as being trapped in an inn aft
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kate is disguised as a man to escape from her evil half-brother and a marriage she doesn't want. Christian is after something stolen from a friend of his, they meet at an inn on the road to London. Time spent together while they are investigating a murder at the inn, and their attraction for each other explodes. He sees the woman beneath the men's clothing right from the start, and she sees glimpses of the kindhearted man he tries so hard to hide. They fall in love, solve the murder, and even th ...more
This story reminds me of the Remington Steele like mystery shows. You have the roguish and seemingly devil may care male character who wears the persona to hide his vulnerabilities and the female uptight strong character partnered up to solve a crime. it's filled with the innuendo banter mostly from the male to get a rise out of the uptight female and a lot of tension as well. It does have a few deep moments thrown in.

This novel is entertaining and a light read.
Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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Lucy Carstairs

This must have been the mildest historical romance I've ever read.

The story literally goes nowhere, the characters are all boring and flat and the writing isn't even that compelling.

A murder takes place and the hero and heroine try to solve it and that is pretty much what happens for the entire book.

Some hints about terrible pasts and insecurities but nothing was really explored.

Anyway, a pretty easy read but nothing that will stay with you after you finish reading.
Elis Madison
Christian Black is on a mission for a friend. Seems his buddy Anthony has confessed way too much, and about way too many people, in his journal. Anthony got stupid(er) and left said journal where a sleazy publisher got his hands on it. Christian has followed the publisher to an inn, and is looking for a place to stay while he waits for a chance to search the guy's baggage.

Problem is, there's no room at the inn (just read a book with a very similar premise—

No—not that one. It's http://www.goodrea
Bronwyn Rykiert
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Christian Black, Earl of Canley, had to find a room at Dragon’s Tail Inn tonight so he could retrieve his best friend’s journal before it could be published. He talked the landlord into letting him share a room with Mr Kaden who Christian quickly realized was in fact not a Mr but a Miss and a very attractive one at that. Kate Simon had dressed up as a boy and run away from her half brother so that he could not marry her off to his friend so that they could share her small dowry. She was not happ ...more
Apr 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: craptastic
This was more crime novel than romance novel and a boring one at that. Too much of the book was used up on a murder investigation that bored me to tears. When we finally got a small bit of romance, it seemed rushed and unnatural.

I liked the hero and was indifferent to the heroine. The chemistry was nearly nonexistent and I just didn't believe there was any real reason or enough time for these two people to fall in love.

Unfortunately, I'm now hesitant to read any more older books by Anne Mallor
I liked the characters a lot in the book. However it just kept bothering me that a heroine so in a hurry to run away from her family would stay at an inn to solve a murder, particularly with someone she knows is lying about themselves. Not to mention the fact that the murder victim was an unsavory character anyways. I know she's stuck in the inn with the hero because of the snow but it just seemed a little too much of just a setup to keep the characters together. It sort of made it hard for me t ...more
Karen Wilson
This is my 3rd book of Anne Mallory and I am starting to see a writing style; her stories are very close to reality. There's no miraculous HEA. The "villain" is still a villain and life moves on/ the main characters grow and adjust and live past the hurts.

There are some concessions, but you're not going to feel completely redeemed and triumphant for the main characters that you sympathize with.

Still a great read and recommended.

I only gave it 3 stars because I WANT the redemption and the big sho
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: hr
It was a pleasant enough read however nothing special.
Didn't really connect with the characters and neither did I care about what would happen to them or who the murderer was.
I was quite disappointed as the book 'In Total Surrender' by the same author was AMAZING and so far I've not read another book of hers that has managed to surpass or heck, even match it. Although, to be fair, 'Three Nights of Sin' did come close.
This is not her best book. It was a little boring but she is still the best author that mixes romance and mystery . Mallory manages to have enough elements of both that you are entertained. It's a good book but not her best .
Nov 18, 2008 added it
It was OK. I felt she was skimpy on the love story. She had some funny dialogue though
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Didn't particularly like it but it wasn't terrible.
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fun, sweet read.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
40% through and just wasn't feeling the chemistry or even worrying about what has happened. Just couldn't emotionally connect with this one even though I really like the author.
Wow, this sucked.
I could not read this one. Just skimmed it for 100 pages, then skipped to the last chapter. I did not like the characters or the premise enough to give it more attention than that.
Megan Riverina Romantics/Meggerfly
I won this from Avon books!
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Technically, I liked the mystery part of the book. The romance part was sort of "eh". I wouldn't mind a bit to read Mallory again if she wrote a straight-up mystery.
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book-nook
Cute and sweet historical romance with a mild mystery as the plot.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, no-thanks
I really didn't like this at all. Boring, annoying mystery with only a dash of an equally tepid and unrealistic romance. Shocked that this was AMs fourth book, it seems like a first for sure.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Oct 24, 2015 01:32PM  
  • Seduced at Midnight (Mayhem in Mayfair, #3)
  • Meet Me at Midnight (With This Ring, #2)
  • The Husband List (Effingtons, #2)
  • What an Earl Wants (The Redgraves, #1)
  • To Wed a Scandalous Spy (Royal Four, #1)
  • The Lady's Secret
  • The Earl Claims His Wife (Scandals and Seductions, #2)
  • One Week As Lovers (Somerhart, #3)
  • Stealing the Bride (Danvers, #2)
  • Her Ladyship's Companion
  • McAlistair's Fortune  (Providence, #3)
  • Indiscreet
  • Tempt the Devil
  • The Devil's Waltz
  • Promise Me Forever (Lost Lords, #3)
  • Never Trust a Rogue (Heiress in London, #2)
  • Never Resist Temptation
  • The Wicked Wyckerly (Rebellious Sons, #1)
Some people have always known they wanted to write. Others fall into it and discover its inherent joy. I’m somewhere in between. As an avid reader, writing a novel had always tickled the back of my mind. There seem to be a lot of people who say, “Someday I’ll write a book.” For me, the feeling tickled, moved into an incessant knocking and finally became a dull roar. All I needed was to make that “ ...more
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