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Ian Chalmerss dream life didnt include becoming the Earl of Harley or the CEO of Hartley International Shipping, but he obediently accepted the responsibilities when his father and older brother are killed. Duty to the Hartley title and business reputation becomes his all-consuming focus. Ians world revolves around unending work and doing whats expected of him. Then a ...more
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Jenn the Readaholic
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a surprisingly enjoyable read. Ian and Allison are both a tad rigid and set in their ways, and they both deserve to actually enjoy all that life has to offer. After a less than impressive first meeting, Ian has some seriously making up to do and Allison has to decide if shell accept his stilted apologies and attempts to make things right. They move toward friendship and so much more, but reality forces them to either bend together or break apart. Luckily, love can usually find ...more
Margarida (mbooksbycandlelight)
2.5 stars
I was hoping to like this book more. The premise of the story and the way it all happens in a castle seemed enchanting, but unfortunately it wasnt as magical as I had hoped. The main characters lacked chemistry. Ian and Allison were boring, and all the other characters were two dimensional. At the beginning, their actions never matched up with the type of personality the writer kept insisting they had. The dialog felt stilted and fake. The pacing of the story was also strange, we were
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Amelia
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the Modern Masters of Their Castles series begins with a romantic story packed with emotional challenges and a very likable couple. Since Ian unexpectedly became the Earl of Hartley, he has carried out any obligations associated with the title without complaint. It is up to him when his familys ancestral home is in need of repair, however, he had no idea that the person whom he chose to tackle the project would cause such turmoil in his life. Allison is always focused on the ...more
Angela Dee
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Susan Carlisle does an amazing job with this book. She outlines the characters lives/roles in the story with just enough detail at the beginning, leaving you wanting more.

Ian Chalmers, a Lord and Head of Hartley Shipping and Allison Moore,the American construction engineer both have opinions of each other based upon first glance, that they begin to find out throughout the book are not as true as they thought.
Ians father dies suddenly years earlier making him instantly the head of the family
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Eileen
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Ian and Allisons love story in Cornerstone of Love by Susan Carlisle, book one in her Modern Masters of Their Castles series, is a sweet and enjoyable tale. Ian Chalmers never expected to become the Earl of Hartley or the CEO of Hartley Shipping, but when his father and older brother were killed he didnt have a choice. Ian allowed these responsibilities to take over his life, doing whatever was expected of him. When a fascinating, free-spirited woman is hired to lead the repairs on Hartley ...more
Carol Burnside
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Main Characters: Lord Ian Chalmers, Earl of Hartley; Allison Moore, engineer

Ian is ensconced in his world of business obligations and family duty. Allison is longing to finally settle closer to family and do more baking and less business. Hes an English lord. Shes a modern Southern belle from America with fire and gumption nothing like the women hes dated.

From the first page, sparks of interest flew between Ian and Allison, even when they were verbally
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Lindsay S
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Allison is an American constructional engineer who has been hired to see to the repairs at Hartley castle. She expects to see to her work and move on with her life. She has big plans of settling down in her grandparent old home and setting down roots. No more traveling for her.

Ian Chalmers is the current Earl of Hartley and a very busy man. He has to take car of his mother and sister, the family business and take care of the family legacy. He doesnt have time for fun and laughter until Allison
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Jamie Brydone-Jack
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Modern Lord and His Castle

As a lover of historical romance, usually when I read about lords and castles, it is in that context. So I found myself intrigued when I founded this particular book at one of my favorite book review sites. I had to see what a modern lord in a crumbling castle would be like. I found this book to be a lot of fun. The hero and heroine feel attraction nearly instantly, but they start butting heads right away, too. She's an American whose firm has been contracted to
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Cornerstone of Love by Susan Carlisle is the First book in the Modern Masters of Their Castles series. This is the story of Allison Moore and Ian Chalmers. Ian has been left the family title of the Earl of Harley along with the CEO of Hartley International Shipping after the passing of his older brother and father. Never really assume that he would have the title he is now doing his best to get things moving along and the best job that he can. Ian's family home which is the Harley Castle is in ...more
Lisa Sapp
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cornerstone of Love by Susan Carlisle is a wonderful first story in her new series Modern Masters of their Castles.

I found a blurb for this story months ago before it was released and immediately marked it to be read. I was not disappointed!

Cornerstone is the story about Ian, the master of his castle, and Allison, the architecture expert who was hired to restore part of the castle. Modern old world meets modern new world. To say their ideas and personalities clash is putting it mildly.

How do
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Lynn Brooks
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love when they least expect it! With the first book in a new Modern Masters of Their Castles series, Susan Carlisle steps out of her medical romance roots and delights her readers with a whimsical dash of royalty. In CORNERSTONE OF LOVE, we meet a reluctant Earl and a confidant tradeswoman who instantly connect.

Ian Chalmers became  Earl of Hartley upon his father and older brother's death and though it was never the way he expected to live his life, he stepped up heartily and throws himself into
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Nas Dean
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CORNERSTONE OF LOVE (Modern Masters of Their Castles Book 1) by Susan Carlisle is a March 2020 release.
Ian Chalmers is the master of his castle. And his castle needs some renovation work. But he didnt expect his contractor to be a woman. And yet he couldnt keep her out of his mind.
Allison has dreams and goals. And none of it included being the lady of a castle. Yet she is attracted to Ian and they start a fling. Could it be more?
CORNERSTONE OF LOVE is an emotional swoon-worthy romance with a
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Marilyn Baron
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Book and a Love to Keep

I absolutely loved Cornerstone of Love by Susan Carlisle, the first in her Modern Masters of Their Castles series. I love the concept, the writing and the characters, and couldnt put it down. This is sexy, sassy, savvy romance at its best, and I expect nothing less from Susan Carlisle. In the first of the series, Ian Chalmers, Earl of Hartley, an in-control lord of the manor, whos life is out of balance, goes toe-to-toe with Allison Moore of Historical Restoration and
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Floraljoy
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet escape:
I enjoyed this unique and modern take on a Lord-of-the-castle finding his one true love. The story drew me in from the beginning and I had fun journeying with the characters. I felt a connection to both Allison and Ian and was eager for them to find a way to be together. I liked that Allison was feisty, independent and strong whilst simultaneously also having a softer, more vulnerable side. This was a sweet story with a little heat and I look forward to reading upcoming books in
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Heather
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but felt both the main characters to be a little stiff. Ian finds himself as Earl of Hartley. With the title comes another title, CEO of Hartley International Shipping. He has assumed his roll after the loss of his father and older brother. Being so focused on making sure Hartley continues at it should, he never sees Allison coming. Allison is the no nonsense American Construction Engineer that shows Ian how being a free spirit can be a good thing. When the ...more
Maxine Davis
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you look at a book with a castle on it and a gorgeous hunk and think, Yes! Cornerstone of Love by Susan Carlisle is that book.
Ian Chapmans, Earl of Hartley, is everything youve dreamed about as Lord of the castle. Is engineer, Allison, the one to tame him? Things look promising then Ms Carlisle throws a wrench in the story.
Ms Carlisles words come to life and reach out and grab you. Her writing never has a lag or words wasted. I hated to stop reading for anythingdinner, bed?
Her books have a
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Dottie
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Carlisle's first story in her new series "Modern masters of their Castles" is a hit. Ian is definetly the master of his castle . Allison is an expert in architecture hired to restore part of the castle but that doesn't mean that Ian will just let her do her thing. The two of them are independent and headstrong, and believe each knows what should be so how can they possible get the job done? Trust me they will reach the point where they realize that the reason they are bucking heads is ...more
Kerrie Turner
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Cornerstone of Love.
A castle, a Lord and love story... what's not to like.
Ian is the Lord of Hartley Castle and Allison is the American contractor hired to repair the aging structure. Allison has her own way of doing things, with her pink hard hat and need to climb around the structure, that leaves Ian wondering if she is serious enough for the job. However, as they get to know each other he sees her passion for history and need to do things right and she sees hes not as stuffy
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TashNz
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How wonderfully clever to write a modern story feel like a touch historical.

I really liked Ian and Allison's characters, how they were written, their dialogue and their reactions with one another and all that was happening around them. I enjoyed the descriptive scenery and the castle. I loved the attention to detail in all of the above and the way that two opposites can come together when they are crafted by a skilled author. Very entertaining and very enjoyable and love that is's book 1...
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Janie Evans
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Cornerstone of Love (Modern Masters of their Castles Book 1)" by Susan Carlisle was an enjoyable read. It almost felt like a historical romance but the modern day conveniences where in this story. Ian is Lord of Hartley Castle, and Allison Moore is hired as the engineer contractor to refurbish an aging structure in his home. They find themselves drawn to each other and she keeps telling herself that she is there to do a job and prove herself. There is SO much to this story. Find a quiet place, ...more
Kristi
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a new to me author and I was pleasantly surprised. It's an enjoyable read with characters you can't help but like. Their story has emotional challenges that makes it feel more real and not fiction. The story line pulls you in and keeps you turning the pages wanting more of their story. Will definitely be looking for more from this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Sherrie Morgan
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of castles, architecture and Lords, this story is a match made in heaven. Absolutely loved the chemistry between Lord Ian and Allison. The background, knowledge and attention to details made this story so enjoyable. I couldnt put it down. What a great start to a new series. I couldn't stop reading. Ill be waiting for the next installment! ...more
Barbara
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book one in the Modern Masters of Their Castles series a well written story by an Author I have not read before. I want to read the next book. Ian is the master of his castle, and Allison is the architecture expert, who comes to work on his castle. I enjoyed reading their story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Susan Carlisles love affair with books began when she made a bad grade in math in the sixth grade. Not allowed to watch TV until she brought the grade up, Susan filled her time with books. She turned her love of reading into a passion for writing. With over ten books published with Harlequin Mills and Boons medical line, she is still writing hot romances with sexy docs and the strong women that ...more

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