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An Earl Like You

(The Wagers of Sin #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,437 ratings  ·  226 reviews
When you gamble at love...

When Hugh Deveraux discovers his newly inherited earldom is bankrupt, he sets about rebuilding the family fortune—in the gaming hells of London. But the most daring wager he takes isn't at cards. A wealthy tradesman makes a tantalizing offer: marry the man's spinster daughter, and Hugh's debts will be paid and his fortune made. The only catch is t
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Avon
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This is just a really enjoyable, sweet Regency. Likeable main characters. No alpha male douchebaggery, believable conflicts. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up

When I pick up a book by Caroline Linden, I know I’m going to be able to lose myself in a beautifully written character driven novel featuring fully-rounded characters with terrific chemistry, and a romance that evolves naturally and which is always at the forefront of the story.  An Earl Like You, book two in her Wagers of Sin series, ticks all those boxes and then some, as Ms. Linden puts a different spin on the marriage-of-conve
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Is it a marriage of convenience if only one of the two parties is aware of it? Does that make it a marriage of inconvenience for her? Either way, this book from the very beginning outlines how Hugh, the husband-to-be, is basically forced into courting innocent Eliza by the machinations of her devious father. Hugh over time of course begins to see Eliza for the gem she truly is on her own merits, just in time for Eliza to find out what really led Hugh to court her in the first place. All
Joanna Loves Reading
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would say this is a 4+ Star book for me. I really loved most of this book, but it seemed to lack some of the joy that many of her books feature.

It can be trepidatious picking up a new release by a favorite author. What if it’s a disappointment? Because it always happens at some point, right? I make no bones about being a Caroline Linden fan. She is the only author currently writing HR that I just know I will love the story when I pick it up. Others have been or could be on the list, but they h
Addie H
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: p-newauthor

Perfectly ok. The writing is good, but the characters are so bland. Eliza's and Hugh's conversations were completely unforgettable (I've got no highlights in this book). The story lacks bite, wit and some rough edges. I wasn't bored, but it will be very easily forgotten.

Christina ~ Brunette Reader

The writing gets 4, the heroine 2 and the hero 1, so let’s compromise at 2 stars.
The marriage-of-convenience trope is one of my favourite and the premise here was set up in a nice and believable way, but the characterisations of the leads soon became bothersome for me. I just couldn’t overlook the hero’s unnecessarily prolonged weakness and deceitfulness or the ever-obliging heroine’s naivety and obliviousness, always trying to accommodate and cater to all the obnoxious secondary characters’ wis
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
I'm still waiting for Eliza's HEA, as I'm sure Hugh-the-liar cannot be a part of it, can he?
I've given this an A- for both narration and content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up

Caroline Linden’s An Earl Like You was one of my favourite books of 2018, and was actually one of the very few historical romances that really hit the spot for me last year.  If you’re a regular visitor to AudioGals and read my reviews (thank you for that!) you’ll probably know that historical romance has always been my favourite sub-genre – and you may have noticed I’ve been reviewing fewer and
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This is a very easy book to read if you can overcome the hero wanting to protect everyone!

Protectiveness is very nice, but sometimes you just have to have courage to wound someone for their own good. It's difficult, it's tough, it's painful, but I found it in this particulr case very necessary!

Hugh loves his mother and sisters so much that he doesn't want to tell them that their father, who was very much loved, brought them all to the very brink of poverty!

Hugh, when Eliza's father blackmails hi
It's official! Caroline Linden is my new favourite author. I started reading this book the moment I got my hands on it and only stopped to breathe when I had finished it!
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a sucker for the Marriage of Convenience trope for years and years. It all started decades ago with Georgette Heyer's classic A CIVIL CONTRACT and several old Patricia Oliver Signet Regencies, in particular her LORD HARRY'S ANGEL. The trope is still popular and most prolific HR authors have at least one or two in their body of work.

Sometimes the strapped-for-cash hero marries a rich woman of the peerage who'll have him. Sometimes he is so desperate he has to venture out to the classles
Caroline Linden does such a great job of writing heiress romances. This is not a trope I much enjoyed until CL. Hero needs money and marries wealthy heiress in spite of no emotional connection. What is there to like? Yet, this is the third by Linden I have read and loved. Here is the trick: strong and likeable characters in a difficult situation.

Hugh Deveraux, Earl of Hastings, is a good man who is protective of those he loves. His father was apparently equally protective but much less responsib
3.5/5. Hugh Devereux, the newly inherited earl of Hastings, has plenty of good looks but desperately lacks funds as his beloved and highly affable father had depleted the family's coffers with his careless spending. Not wanting to tarnish his sire's memory, he decides to keep their dire financial situation a secret from his mother and younger sisters. However, no secret is safe from a man who has the money, the power, and the interest in the matter and so Hugh finds himself propositioned to by a ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Why is she blushing so much? Totally overkill.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kinga by: Danni Faith
Shelves: pub-2018
I stopped reading romances because it started to feel like the default personality type for the heroes has become a frenzied German Shepherd.

I am just about done with this bullshit "alpha" male nonsense. All those pseudo-romantic behaviours, such as unchecked jealousy, love-bombing, controlling, overprotective behaviour send shivers down my spine.

However, Danni promised me there would be none of that here. Just people, falling in love, making mistakes. Sweet, adorable and a little sexy.

And on
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, audio-books
Love Caroline Linden's writing and the way she tells a story. Unfortunately this was not the story for me. There was one bad event that stayed with me through the end (view spoiler)

What I did like was the ending. Finding their HEA was sweet and everything you hope for in a Hero and heroine. I liked the plotline. It drew me in and promised to be s
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have a confession: I've already enjoyed this book TWICE. It is a sweet story with characters that got under my skin and stayed with me long after I finished reading.

An Earl Like You opens inside of Hugh's head where he learns that his golden-boy father lost the family's inheritance and left Hugh, his mother, and his two sisters in such dire straits that they'd never be able to come back without a dramatic change in fortune. I really liked Hugh. He is a self-contained man who wants to protect h
Innocent "cit" heroine meets Earl desperate for money

Eliza's father is rich beyond imagination and has no scruples to get what he wants. What he currently wants is a titled son in law for his shy and plain daughter. The problem is Eliza wants to marry for love, and her father does not want her to be disappointed. So he buys her a titled, devoted husband that courts her ardently and sweeps her out of her feet.
She is in paradise, but it is all a great big lie.
Hugh would never have considered cou
Barbara Rogers
Series: The Wagers of Sin #2
Publication Date: 8/28/18

This is a wonderful addition to Linden’s ‘The Wages of Sin’ series. It is intelligently written, uniquely plotted and the characters are all well developed and relatable. We originally met the heroine in the first book of the series, My Once and Future Duke. She is one of the nicest and sweetest heroines I’ve read in a while and I really, really liked her. Her father loves her beyond reason and is obsessed with providing her with the life HE t
Tracy Emro
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up

Hugh Deveraux, the new Earl of Hastings has a rude awakening after the death of his father, his wonderful father - who was loved and admired by one and all, the estate is bankrupt and there is no provision for his sister’s dowries or his mother’s widow’s portion. Hugh is devastated and determined to set things right without upsetting his grieving family. His options are limited, so he decides to move the family to London and he will gamble to support them until he can find a
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5? idk I lowkey enjoyed this. It was a fun time, but it still had a lot of issues.
I'm not even gonna lie I'll probably pick up the others in the series because I'm curious.

Things I liked:
-Our main dude (Hugh) wasn't an alpha male so none of that over-protective, don't even speak to another man or look at another man stuff which I appreciate.
-The dog...sometimes. I do think they talked about the dog way too much. You could have called this "A Dog like You" and it would have worked because Wil
Tanya Sridhar
A solid 3.5/5 stars.

My first Caroline Linden, and I like her writing style. I'll be reading more by the author in the future I'm sure.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I appreciated that a heavily overused trope didn't have the same level of melodrama that I was wearily expecting. Hugh may have had to marry Eliza because her father manipulated his impoverished state so that he'd have no choice but to marry her. Still, I liked that there was a modicum of deceny in the whole thing.

Hugh never to
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a pleasant surprise this book was! After the tiny teasers of this couple in the first book, I knew that An Earl Like You would be a treat for me. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but I liked what Caroline Linden did with the book here.

When Hugh discovers that his newly inherited earldom is bankrupt, he rashly agrees to a secret wager with a wealthy tradesman to woo and marry his daughter, Eliza. Desperate, he finds himself flirting and courting Eliza, only to slowly fall for her him
“She was the wife he hadn’t wanted. She was the girl he’d been blackmailed into marrying. He had been forced to court her and seduce her, winning her love by pretending an affection he hadn’t felt, and the joke was on him. Now he was the one seduced...he was the one losing his heart.”

3.5 stars

Caroline Linden continues to utterly confound me as an author. I say that because I shouldn’t have liked this book. I didn’t even make it through the first book in The Wagers of Sin series and yet the writi
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love this cover!!! Caroline Linden is one of my favorite authors lately, and this book lived up to my expectations. I loved the characters, especially how sweet the heroine was considering her circumstances. I loved how she handled the drama when the secret was revealed... although I thought the hero was a little too over the top lovey-dovey in certain moments at the end. If I was to harp on anything... I did get a tad bit tired of constantly being told how "plain and unremarkable" the heroine w ...more
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is the second book in Caroline Linden’s Wagers of Sin series and she succeeds in giving the popular ‘marriage of convenience’ trope a refreshingly different twist in this intelligently written and wonderfully romantic story.

On becoming Earl of Hastings, Hugh Devereaux was shocked to discover that his beloved father had frittered away the family’s entire fortune, leaving Hugh with a bankrupt estate, huge debts and no money for his sisters’ dowries or his mother’s widow’s jointure. How could
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Oh how it pains me to do this… But I just didn't enjoy reading about these two. I liked both just fine (although Eliza was much too sheltered for my tastes), but the circumstances they unfortunately found themselves into were not something I enjoyed reading about. Which is on me. Caroline Linden is an amazing writer, and I will never not read one of her books. I've just been extra stressed and crabby lately, and impossible to please. I did love the drama-free resolution to all the crazyness, tho ...more
Lady Alexandrine
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
It was the first book by Caroline Linden that I have read. And I am glad, that I did. I discovered a new amazing author of historical romance! Charming characters, passionate love story and emotional roller coaster, what's not to like?

I will definitely read more books by this author.
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When a set up turns in to the real thing, how many people will pay for the set up? Hugh Deveraux, the newly appointed Earl of Hastings finds that his coffers are in need of replenishment. The sale of land not possible. The working of a job out of the question. What would a man of the ton do to replenish his coffers? The gaming hells become the place to be. Thing start to look down or up depends on how you see things. The Earl finds a offer on the table. One that could answer all his problems. He ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I had a lot of trouble enjoying a book where the hero is a cowardly liar. Not Linden's best work in my opinion, plus everything seemed very pedestrian. This plot has been done way too many times and is distasteful no matter who's the author.
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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into ...more

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“She turned her head to smile at him, and in that moment she looked rather lovely. With her face lit by affection and happiness, she wasn't actually plain, Hugh realized. Her face was unremarkable, true, but there was a brightness and an animation to her tonight, some spark that made her arresting.” 1 likes
“Hugh paid no more attention to the farce than he had to the opera. He took every opportunity to study the young woman sitting beside him. She didn't hide her amusement at the production on stage, laughing at the pranks of the fool and clapping one hand to her mouth when the hero fell to his knee and proclaimed his love for the fainting maiden. Hugh sensed it was all genuine, as genuine as her nerves and her devotion to Willy and even her welcoming words to him this evening.” 1 likes
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