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The Earl I Ruined

(The Secrets of Charlotte Street #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  480 ratings  ·  112 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 Engla
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by NYLA
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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
Leigh Anne
"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."

Publish date: December 11, 2018
Series: The Secrets of Charlotte Street #2
Genre: historical
Tropes: virgin heroine, fake-relationship

Scarlett Peckham is new to me author. She has been a Golden Heart finalist four times for historical romance and I can see why! Her writing voice is fill
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!


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
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 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)
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 usual
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 who appear
Karina Read
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
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
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 Constan
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
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
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!

The Earl I Ruined is the total, unlikeable heroine package set in a world you can't help but get lost in...

Original Review Post & Giveaway on Lacy Literacy

Since reading The Earl I Ruined, I've kept my feelings about it relatively under lock and key. How am I supposed to talk about a book that made me feel one too many emotions in the greatest way possible? How am I supposed to talk about a book that made me feel like the author glimpsed into my soul and saw everything I needed at the end of
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
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 rel ...more
Taryn Pierson
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
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
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Another great book by Scarlett Peckham; I loved Constance in the first book and was glad to get to know her better.
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.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feminist Romance
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a banger of a book. If you don’t speak New Zealander, that means good.

Con is utterly charming: cheeky and fun within the period /era constraints. She is also an influencer — not the type that hawks poop tea, the type that reads the room and adjusts accordingly.

This book is very, very saucy and Scarlett writes beautifully, without unnecessary words or messy flourishes. She builds settings you can see and doesn’t rest on dialogue, although the dialogue she has really snaps. Lady loves he
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.
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Colette Dixon
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett Peckham is ridiculously talented. This book was a feels-packed joy ride.
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
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 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

ARC graciously provided by Netgalley. “The Earl I Ruined” is the second installment of the Secrets Of Charlotte Street Series, and I would venture to say that I enjoyed this story more than I did the first one. This book features Westmead's, from “The Duke I Tempted,” social darling and interfering sister Constance and the Earl of Apthorp, Julian Haywood, who Constance has nicknamed “Lord Bore.” The story starts out revealing that the supposed “Lord Bore” is truly anything but; a scandal sheet h

I am so bad at writing reviews for books that I loved, but god did I enjoy this. Two stubborn characters who have been hiding parts of themselves for years and pretending that they did not like the other? This book was like romance catnip to me. It was full of angst, cute moments, and great romantic development. I also adored the main characters. Definitely a great romance novel to pick up.
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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 deli

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“He stared at her, struck dumb. It’s an act. It’s always been an act. She was not entirely the haughty, saucy woman she presented herself to be. She just worked very, very hard at pretending that she was. For some reason, this broke his heart.” 3 likes
“God’s elbow,” he muttered. A weak invective, for in his penitent years he’d eschewed cursing. “Dam-fucking-nation,” he tried again. Yes. That was better.” 0 likes
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