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About an Earl

(What Happens in the Ballroom #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  29 reviews
An outsider at her first English ball, Jewel is fascinated with the beautiful dresses and the lovely dancing, but she’s vowed to save the Earl of Winchcombe from her cousin’s marriage trap. When she first glimpses the handsome lord, her heart beats faster. As they plan to thwart her cousin’s machinations, she discovers a kindred spirit in Oliver—even if he’s a peer and she ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 27th 2020 by Entangled Publishing LLC (Amara)
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Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
About an Earl
What Happens in the Ballroom Series #2
Diana Lloyd
Release date 01/27/2020
Publisher Entangled Amara

Blurb :

An outsider at her first English ball, Jewel is fascinated with the beautiful dresses and the lovely dancing, but she’s vowed to save the Earl of Winchcombe from her cousin’s marriage trap. When she first glimpses the handsome lord, her heart beats faster. As they plan to thwart her cousin’s machinations, she discovers a kindred spirit in
Barbara Rogers
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, netgalley
Series: What Happens In The Ballroom #2
Publication Date: 1/27/20
Number of Pages: 400

Diana Lloyd is a new-to-me author. I believe she has written a few other books, but I haven’t read any of them. This was the second book in this series, but can easily be read as a standalone. I think the author has a good writing style and the pacing was good.

It is 1775 and the upstarts in the colonies are fomenting rebellion against the British Empire. Julianna (Jewel) Latham is completely oblivious to what is
This book is second in the series but reads perfectly fine as a standalone. Jewel has had her heart broken by an insincere relationship and she is determined to save the Earl of Winchcombe from her cousin's scheming to trap him in marriage.

This leads the two on a quick paced adventure together. It can be rather funny in spots and I especially enjoyed the discussions on dress color. It was surprisingly steamy, so I rather liked that aspect to it as well.

But. It was just one of those books that
Tracy Emro
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Juliana “Jewel” Latham has come to London to visit her father’s sister and to recover from a broken heart. When she learns that her cousin means to entrap the Earl of Winchcombe into marriage, she intervenes. She sends a note to the Earl and when he arrives, he realizes he is not the target, his brother Penry is and he compels Jewel to point out her cousin so he can warn his brother. He manages to save his brother, but ends up compromising Jewel.

Oliver Chalford, the Earl of Winchcombe came to
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Boston native Julianna Latham is out of place and clearly an unwanted guest in her aunt and uncle's London home. She knows her family is up to no good and sets out to prevent Oliver Chalford, the Earl of Winchcombe from being trapped into marriage by her scheming cousin. But when Jewel is caught in a compromising position with the earl herself, her uncle takes the opportunity to banish her to his far flung Scottish estate.

Ridiculed and feared because of the scar that bisects his face, Oliver has
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
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3.5 Stars

Julianna is a Boston native who has traveled to England to run away from and get over a broken heart. She now resides with her aunt and uncle.

Oliver Chalford is the earl of Winchcombe. He has not set foot in town in several years due to a prominent scar on his face. A scar that sentences him to be ridiculed and feared.

When Julianna realizes her aunt and cousin have hatched a plan to nab an earl and force him into marriage, she sends an urgent message to said earl.

This sets off a set of
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
A quote (from ARC):
“Men, for the most part, reacted to his scarred face with more curiosity than revulsion. They wanted to know how he’d gotten it; imagining a duel, battlefield bravado, or piracy. He’d been asked more than once, which was part of the reason why he avoided people. No one wanted the sad, mundane truth of it. They wanted a fantastic story.”

An historical romance filled with adventures and family secrets, “About an Earl”,
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
An outsider at her first English ball, American Julianna Latham (Jewel) is fascinated with the beautiful dresses and the lovely dancing, but she’s vowed to save the Earl of Winchcombe from her cousin’s marriage trap. When she first glimpses the handsome lord, her heart beats faster. Caught kissing the earl, the ball ends in disaster and Jewel’s displeased uncle whisks her away to Scotland.
Lord Scar, as the ton calls Oliver, would rather be anywhere than at a godforsaken masquerade ball
Carole Burant
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this to be an enjoyable read, especially since it has one of my favorite genre....a scarred hero! I love it when a heroine sees past the scars and truly sees the hero for who he really is. "About an Earl" is Oliver and Jewel's story, a story filled with hope, heartbreak, mystery, drama, humor and love.

Oliver has been a recluse for the last 10 years, ever since the day he showed his scarred face in public causing screaming and fainting and being called a beast. Being the heir to the
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
About An Earl is book 2 in What Happens in the Ballroom Novel series by Diana Lloyd. I really enjoyed this book. I think it is witty and extremely creative. The plot was unpredictable and kept me reading late into the night. Set in England in 1775, this story briefly touches on the American War for independence. The heroine Julianna Latham is sent from the Colonies by her father to England to escape the Revolution. When she overhears a plot against a lord, she does what she can to rescue him. I ...more
While the blurb was good and the beginning was intriguing, somewhere after it lost its spark for me. Like I liked how the main couple met, but the story itself was just ok. I think the main thing was that it was way too long and that the story could've been condensed. I will say I'm glad I tried a new to me author.

I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Heather andrews
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oliver really is wrapped around his woman's finger, “Jewel, please.” Oliver squeezed his eyes shut and shook his head. “If you think to make me beg as atonement, I will do so without regret.” I liked this book, I liked Oliver.
Debra Martin
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oliver, the Earl of Winchcombe, has been a recluse for years doing estate business by strictly by post. Bearing a horrific scar across his face from his tyrannical father, has left Oliver weary of socializing with people. His nickname of Lord Scar has only reinforced his belief that it's not worth it to socialize with the ton. For the first time in over ten years, Oliver and his twin Penry attend a masquerade party and Oliver is surprised when he receives a mysterious note to meet in the garden. ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Lloyd surprised me with this book; it was my first book of hers to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was romance, mystery, and twin heroes. Such a recipe for a delightful read and I was not disappointed. Their are alot of small characters but they are sprinkled throughout the book so at no point did I become overwhelmed or not know who someone was.

Julianna is a typical heroine that transforms into a women of heart. Not able to sit by and watch someone be trapped into a loveless
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Juliana (Jewel) Latham was only trying to do the right thing and save the Earl of Winchcombe (Oliver Chalford) from being trapped into marriage with her cousin. She intervenes by sending a note to Oliver to meet yet they together soon realise, that Oliver’s brother, Penry is being targeted. Whilst Penry is saved, Oliver and Jewel are caught together, thus putting her in a compromising situation. Determined to remain isolated from society, if only to be a part of parliament, Oliver refuses to ...more
Candy Briggs
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Earl of Winchcombe, Oliver Chalford, had been scarred as a child by his father. He had not been out in society for ten years. His brother talked him into going to this one ball. He was trying to claim his seat in Parliament but there were accusations that he was insane. Suddenly all kinds of things are going bad around him and he does not know who or why.
Julianna Latham was a cousin of Lord Dunwoody. Her father sent her to England so she would be safe. She was born in Boston, so the upcoming
Sofie Sehested
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I give this book 3,5 stars.

I liked this story because of the plot and intriguing storyline. It is a historical retelling of “Beauty and the beast” with a big historical plot and storyline.
The American Civil war beginning stages leads Juliannas father to send her to England to live with her uncle and aunt who treats her really bad. She helps Oliver and his brother Penry out of a trap laid by her family, but gets sent to Scotland because of this. Luckily Oliver saves her and takes her to his
Amy Alvis
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Jewel's father has sent her to England to be in the care of her aunt and uncle when war is about to break out in the colonies. She soon finds herself at her first ball and totally out of her element. But there is something she must take care of. She has learned of a plot for her cousin to compromise the Earl of Winchcombe in order for them to marry. She doesn't count on getting compromised herself.

Oliver has been hiding in the country and has finally ventured out into society to take his place
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
People often judge others by appearances, where they are from, or listen to gossip. Such is that of Juliana, called Jewel. Jewel is English but grew up in Boston and was sent away due to the war. Jewel expected to come to a welcoming family but was disappointed with how they treated her. When she discovers devious plans to trap a lord into marriage, she intervenes which results in her being sent to Scotland. Oliver, Earl of Winchcombe, also called Lord Scar, is fascinated by Jewel, but who could ...more
Viper Spaulding
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic historical romance!

Set just before the American Revolutionary War, this story follows Juliana (Jewel) as she fights to gain her own independence after being shipped from her Boston home to live with relatives in London. One good turn leads to a forbidden romance, a multi-layered conspiracy, and more than a few true tests of friendship.

Oliver and his twin brother suffered at the hands of their father, whose recent passing has made Oliver the new earl despite his desire to remain
About an Earl by Diana Lloyd is a historical romance with a couple of twists with the main characters. Jewel and Oliver are not the ordinary characters. The Earl of Winchcombe is about to be trapped into marriage by Jewel’s cousin. The mechanisms her cousin is willing to go into just to be married to a man just for the money and prestige disgust Jewel. She is from the colonies and is feeling out of place in London with all the tonne and the class systems, but here she is in the midst of it all. ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I could not put this down! I just needed to know what was gonna happen.

Despite the ball going on around her, Jewel has set out to warn Lord Winchcombe about her cousin's marriage trap. When she first sees the handsome lord, her heart beat's faster. Oliver finds himself intrigued by Jewel and she sets his heart racing When they are caught kissing her uncle sends her away to Scotland.

Oliver comes to her rescue and offers his hand in marriage.

Of course, it's not so simple and straight forward.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - This one was okay for me. The hero was a little, woe is me, no one will want me because I’m scared a bit too much for my taste in the beginning, but the heroine (mostly) helps him to see reason on that front. He had an evil dad and mom who died young, and a twin who looks exactly like him, minus the scar. The heroine is from America and has been sent to her family in London to try and protect her from the unrest in the colonies. Unfortunately for her, the only thing her uncle is ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the setting of this story, 1775, and how some history was brought into the plot. Scarred heroes are my catnip so I was eager to read this story. Even though the mystery was not too mysterious, it was still a good plotline and seeing how it all came together was very enjoyable. The attention to details was the highlight of the book even if the story was a little slow for me and the writing a bit different and a little hard for me to read. All in all, a good story with a nice mystery ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

And not to be missed book. Talk about villains talk about heroes and heroines this book is full of them. Villains you love to hate. Heroes and heroines you love to love. A story with somebody twists and turns it will keep your interest from beginning to end people. It is sensual and sexual. It is the story of hateful family and loving friends. It’s filled with romance. It will bring tears to your eyes for the sadness that has been done to our hero. It will make you shout for joy when the
Dec 28, 2019 added it
Diana Lloyd is an author I found by chance after someone recommended How to Train your Baron. I found it laugh out loud funny and a pleasure to read. I still think about parts of it. I also very much enjoyed About an Earl. I am a sucker for a Beauty and the Beast trope, which must be making a comeback as I have read 3 in the last month! Anyway, this author knows how to make you laugh, cry, and have all the feels! I look forward to her next book and highly recommend both the books in this series.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historicals
This is book two in the what happens in the ballroom series by Diana Lloyd. This can be read as a standalone.In this one we have an Earl that has been scarred in childhood and hides from society and a woman with the worst family ever. I did enjoy the story except toward the end. The Earl kept being a jerk I just wasn’t a huge fan of him.
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Diana Lloyd, mother of gingers, lives in the state shaped like a mitten. Diana has loved books since she first ate one and appreciated them even more once she learned to read. Enjoying an occasional tumble down the rabbit hole of research, Diana writes historical romance by mixing equal parts History, Heart, and Humor. A 2017 RWA Golden Heart finalist with HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BARON, Diana is ...more

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