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The Earl I Ruined

(The Secrets of Charlotte Street #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,599 ratings  ·  258 reviews
She’s beautiful, rich, and reckless…

When Lady Constance Stonewell accidentally ruins the Earl of Apthorp’s entire future with her gossip column, she does what any honorable young lady must: offer her hand in marriage. Or, at the very least, stage a whirlwind fake engagement to repair his reputation. Never mind that it means spending a month with the dullest man in En
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by NYLA
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Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
I am SPECIFICALLY interested in this book because the highest rated review on it slut-shames the hero and bashes people that enjoy that trope.

And then you can't even comment on that review! Ugh.



This book is full of charm, appeal, and sexual tension and I tried to be patient and document at much of this book through updates as possible but I got ahead of myself and couldn't stop reading. I barrelled through this book at a million miles per hour because it wa
Ivy H
OK I didn't write a review when I finished this book because I was too busy. I was so f*cking angry that the hero ended up being a former high class prostitute/courtesan, who worked in a secret sex club ! If I had known this IMPORTANT bit of information I would've NEVER read this novel ! I HATE when MC's are former prostitutes and I know some of my GR's friends share my opinion so I'm writing this very belated abridged review (( I'm still too busy to write details ) as a courtesy warning for tho ...more
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
4 stars

This is my first book from this author and definitely not my last.I was in mood for a historical romance and this has exactly what I needed.


The plot was interesting from the beginning.I like the characters especially Constance . Julian was an interesting character too.There is a lot of back and forth between these two.They are full of angst and there are some funny moments too.

Overall it was a great read.I'm excited to read more books from this author!


Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2019, romance, stars-4-0
Another entertaining historical romance.

This second instalment features Constance, who I found hilarious in book 1. ‘Incorrigible’ is the perfect adjective for her. Of course, her meddling causes trouble and lands her in impossible situations, even with the best intentions at heart. What puzzled me was how the author would portray the male main character, Apthorp, when he had been very much a caricature in the first novel... Apparently, very well :0)
Cathy Geha
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Earl I ruined by Scarlett Peckham
The Secrets of Charlotte Street #2

Two people that danced around one another for years, played games, misconstrued situations, said hurtful things, hid their feelings and then had to come up with a way to repair a ruined reputation could not have been more entertaining than Constance and Julian. I don’t know if you have ever written something that was not for public consumption that became common fodder but Lady Constance Stonewell had that happen to her and t
Corinne Michaels
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Constance in book one and getting to see her in this book was so fun. She's spunky, headstrong, and knows exactly what she wants. I loved also seeing her vulnerability that she hid so well.

This book was my obsession all day. I couldn't put it down and I'm sad that there's not more of Scarlett Peckham's words I can get lost in. Her writing is exceptional and I can't wait to devour all that writes in the future.
Melinda L.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down and found it such a refreshing historical romance. There was no simpering miss in need of rescuing...instead, our heroine Constance was intellectual, savvy, intriguing, independent, charming and clever. She is not without faults, which makes her a sympathetic character that I could identify with. When she makes mistakes or hurts people, she is compelled
Juliana Philippa
She rolled her eyes. “Apthorp, my dear, fretting about what is appropriate between us now is like worrying one does not have one’s parasol whilst drowning in the ocean.”
This is my first Scarlett Peckham, but will assuredly not be my last! Absolutely loved it; definitely one of the most enjoyable enemies-to-lovers romances out there, and combined with a great twist of the secret love trope to top it all off.

Setting. London, England, Spring 1754.

Summary. Lady Constance Stonewell is not my usua
Karina Webster
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this just as much as the first book in the series! I love historical romances, they make me so happy. Both characters are flawed and are playing roles to hide their true feelings/personalities from the world, unbeknownst to each other and their families.

I loved Constance, she’s so bubbly and fun with so much heart and kindness. She gets into trouble but tries her hardest to fix her mistakes that she always appears endearing. And i love, love, loved Julian. More so than Archer in the fi
Em Wittmann
I loved the first book in this series (The Duke I Tempted). I also very much liked/loved the unusual premise that set up the series (Charlotte Street and its secrets). Charlotte Street is a salvation for the hero in the first book; I didn’t find his visits titillating or feel that Ms. Peckham exploited his need to submit to advance the series. Everything worked and made sense.

(I know that for many readers (historical and/or contemporary) D/s relationships and/or sex clubs (regardless of their m
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I pre-ordered this because I loved the first book in the series. I had every expectation of loving this one too, but alas. The Earl I Ruined had one of the most unlikable heroines I've ever come across.
(view spoiler)
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“Lord Apthorp, I am here to do what integrity demands when one’s actions have, however inadvertently, ruined the reputation of another person. I have come to offer you my hand in marriage.”

I have been breathlessly recommending Scarlett Peckham’s writing from the moment I first discovered her magnificent prose in The Duke I Tempted, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting her second novel ever since. A mix of tropes that are essentially my catnip—a marriage of convenience between two people wh
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read from this author. The series looks at the intersection between mid-eighteenth century English upper class people and a covert sex club that caters to them.

Lady Constance from the first book is back as the main character in this one. , She's still a reckless gossip, even though she has the best of intentions,A piece of her gossip goes far afield it's planned audience to ruin Julian, the Earl of Aptorp, someone who Constance has been long acquainted with. She be
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it

I thought it was delightful right up until the hero and and heroine learned to communicate but made a mess of things instead. (view spoiler) If not that, The Earl I Ruined would have been my first four star read this year. Alas.

Sidebar: if "unlikable" (meaning, actual human
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
This book features a pairing of a flighty, flirtatious heroine and an uptight/boring hero. I happen to be a bit of a sucker for that combination. When done well, it's just SO GOOD. Particularly when the hero is also pining for the heroine (see also: Ruined by Rumor). What makes this book extra appealing is that it's a kinky historical romance.

I haven't had much luck the few other times I've read HR with a kinky edge. Those other times the sexy language used didn't sit right or the stories just w
Originally posted on Smitten by Books Reviews blog

4.5 Stars ~ Top Pick

What an absolute joy it was for me to discover a historical romance author whose writing surpassed all my expectations. After reading The Earl I Ruined, I immediately put Scarlett Peckham on my author-to-watch list. Watch this space. She is definitely going places.

Okay, let’s get to the story, which is just as amazing as the prose. The story is set in 1754, a century I’m not used to reading about. The heroine is Lady Const
*The Angry Reader*
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, historicals
I have a great fondness for pining heroes. And I suspect someone recommended this to me when I asked for books in that vein.
And it was some really good pine.
Julian and his secret deep love for Constance hooked me. But it was Constance’s foibles that kept me coming back for more.
I’ve not read this author before. And I found myself a bit shocked by the edge to this book. It’s a bit more raw than I’ve come to expect of a historical romance, and I found that I was rather delighted to encounter so
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Duke I Tempted was the first book I read by Scarlett Peckham, and I absolutely loved it. I was extremely excited when I saw this, the second book in The Secrets of Charlotte Street series. I was a bit nervous....could this book be anywhere near as wonderful as the first, or was that one a fluke? Nope, not a fluke! This book kept me enthralled from start to finish. Ms. Peckham is now officially one of my favorite authors.

I'm not going to explain the plot; you can read the synopsis yourself. I
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett Peckham's THE EARL I RUINED was an absolute pleasure to read and I highly recommend it!
These are some of the notes I made while reading (contains mild spoilers):
- Utterly beautiful, lavish scenes, scrumptious descriptions, swoon-worthy characters, witty banter, intelligent writing, heartwarming & super sexy
- Reversed tropes (*she* ruins *him*), friends to lovers, foes to lovers, unrequited love
- Sex-and body positive/ re-affirming, an instructed masturbation scene, a dildo gift!

i have no words to properly describe how enjoyable it was. so you know how sometimes a book is marketed as a fake dating one, but then they fake date for barely 30% of the book and then that's it? not in this case! this book is wholly immersed in the trope, with a healthy dose of a marriage of convenience and the ever-delicious enemies-to-lovers. moreover, it includes the incredibly rare role reversal - the scandalous heroine ruins a respec
Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, has been ruined for the second time now and is devastated to learn that he's been betrayed by the girl of his dreams, Lady Constance Stonewell. Constance had good intentions, but as usual they've blown up in her face and she's wound up causing problems. To fix everything and save Julian's latest Parliamentary bill from the scandal, she suggests a faux engagement, of course they won't go through with it, but it should be enough to save his reputation. Since it ...more
“𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐤𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐲, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐠𝐢𝐫𝐥?”

If you tell me that you don’t like historical romance, then it’s clear to me that you've never read Scarlett Peckham’s work. I'm completely blown away with how much I loved this book! 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝗮𝗿𝗹 𝗜 𝗥𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 is book two in Peckham’s 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑆𝑒𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐶ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑙𝑜𝑡𝑡𝑒 𝑆𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑡 series, and I’m beyond excited that this author has opened my eyes up to this genre! I think this might only be her second book, but her beautiful prose, flawless writing, and incredible char
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
"'Lord Apthorp, I am here to do what integrity demands when one's actions have, however inadvertently, ruined the reputation of another person. I have come to offer you my hand in marriage.'"

And with this line, I fell in love with this book.

First of all... biggest YIKES @ the top-liked review on GR that is slut-shaming the hero in this book. It's fine to have preferences, but y'all need to expand your minds. You're gonna call out the hero for sleeping with other people for money while enjoying h
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
Oh this was absolutely delicious!!! The Earl I Ruined has the most delicious mix of tropes ever: enemies to lovers, unrequited love on the hero's part, and fake relationship with a dash of kink. And the pairing? My favourite kind: a deceptively stuffy and "boring" hero paired with a lively and feisty belle of the ball. If you have any more recs with this kind of pairing, please throw them all my way as I will devour them. Bonus points for unrequited pining (mostly on the hero's part because I'm ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Leigh Kramer
I wasn’t sure about Constance at first but I positively ate this story up! All the angsty gothic goodness you could ever want in a historical romance.

Constance and Julian are opposites who have a severe misunderstanding in their past that caused Constance to believe Julian found her lacking, whereas he was hopelessly in love with her but felt he was not yet in a position to ask for her hand in marriage. Then a careless rumor blows everything apart and a fake engagement appears to be the only way
Mandi Schreiner
This is a book where at times I loved the heroine, and at times I found her immature and selfish. I thought she could be incredibly selfish in some of the acts towards the hero. And she acknowledges this and he gets angry - but it happens one too many times for me to be okay with it.

But there were other times I really liked her. She is funny and smart and vibrant. I enjoyed their chemistry quite a bit. I'm not always a fan of fake relationships, but I liked this one. I enjoyed the hero's more st
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-release, fiction
A fresh take on historical romance (yay for subverting tropes!). Brash and outspoken Lady Constance writes an anonymous gossip column, and one day she inadvertently ruins the reputation of one Lord Apthorp. Although she’s always found the man a self-righteous bore, she’s not a monster, so she concocts a plan to restore him to society: she’ll offer her hand in marriage. The situation--and Lord Apthorp--are more complicated than she knows, however, and their road to matrimonial bliss is up a steep ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
I am so into this author's style and voice - that's the area that tends to be my biggest struggle for historical romances, but I was completely sold on the tone & writing almost from the jump. That alone will keep me coming back for more. I liked it so much that she even managed to sell me on the more BDSM/erotic aspects that tend to not work that well for me in romance. But was fine with those trope elements, and I really enjoyed how she combined those threads with hate-to-love and fake relatio ...more
Tracy  C
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A truly captivating, unusual story. I will admit that the dynamic between Julian and Constance did annoy me a smidge. They were like two pinballs bouncing off one another in disharmony. She was a meddler and didn't listen to Julian's heartfelt pleas to stay out of situations. He has had to remain so stoic and unyielding, and has felt unworthy of Constance, he has forgotten how to bend. When they finally get on the same, hot, hot! And I really did not see Julian's truth coming. Such ...more
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Scarlett Peckham fell in love with romance novels as a child, sneaking paperbacks from the stash in her grandmother's closet. By the time she came of age she had exhausted her library's supply and begun to dream of writing one of her own.

Scarlett studied English at Columbia University and built a career in communications, but in her free hours always returned to her earliest obsession: those del

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