The Earl I Ruined
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 ...more
"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
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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)
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
I'm not going to explain the plot; you can read the synopsis yourself. I ...more
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 ...more
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)[The whole thing with the wedding and the confession letters at the end was completely unnecessary, in my opinion. I would have preferred a straight up conversation, even if it had to start with a fight. (hide 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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
The premise was great! Heroine, acting with good intentions on one axis, causes horrible consequences on another, and destroys the hero's reputation. Hello fake engagement leading to real feelings! This is my catnip! But Constance never grows. She keeps hurting Apthorp by doing thin ...more
(I know that for many readers (historical and/or contemporary) D/s relationships and/or sex clubs (regardless of their m ...more
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...more
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 ...more