How the Earl Entices
Author: Anna Harrington
What I’m Talking About:
Ross Carlisle, cousin to the original Carlisle men of the first three books in the Capturing the Carlisles series, has found himself in a heap of trouble. He’s uncovered a conspiracy within the British Ambassador’s Parisian office; however, the Ambassador has turned the tables on Ross, making it known he’s wanted for murder and treason. Nearly dying and on the run, he seeks shelter in the widow Grace Alden’s tiny home.
Grace has been hiding her existence for a decade because if her ex-brother-in-law discovered the truth, he’d kill her and her son. Tired of the charade, she’s decided to force Ross, Earl of Spalding, to help her claim her son’s rightful inheritance. The pair embark on a dangerous journey to London in order to secure their futures, but may end up dead in the process.
After absolutely adoring the original three books in this lovely series, I was surprised to discover the release of How the Earl Entices. While keeping the series set firmly in the same world, the author branches out along the family tree. With that said, I had high hopes for Ross and Grace’s story, but ended up a bit disappointed.
One of the things I LOVE most about Ms. Harrington’s books is the strong, unconventional heroines she portrays, and Grace certainly fits the bill. Forced to live outside society and the only life she knew, the new mother made a life for herself and her son. We get the sense that the decade in hiding help shape Grace into the strong woman she has become by the time the story opens. She’s risky and bold, placing the wellbeing of her son first, something I admire. However, after a while I felt she became reckless in her actions, and her dangerous attitude and less-than-smart decisions put her life in danger time and time again. Unfortunately, I had trouble liking her after a while because of this.
As a couple, the pair starts out with major trust issues – which is expected since both harbor huge secrets. After initially forcing his way into Clare’s life, I love that Ross puts himself out there and confides in Clare. I appreciate his frustrations that she will not reciprocate his trust and affection. He cares about Clare and wants to help her. However, when he crosses the line and is caught snooping in Clare’s belongings, I was disappointed that Clare doesn’t seem to mind at all. I felt it was a huge inconsistency in her nature as she refused to confide in Ross at this point.
Overall, I felt the story didn’t balance the romance with the vast amounts of action/adventure. I wanted more of Clare and Ross growing close and falling in love. I wanted more emotion and passion. And unfortunately, Grace was not a heroine I enjoyed by the end of the story. How the Earl Entices does its job in setting up the series with another set of Carlisles as heroes for the series, but it just wasn’t the romantic tale I wanted it to be.
My Rating: C Finished It — Liked some, didn’t like some
About the Book:
Ross Carlisle, Earl of Spalding, has dedicated his life to serving his country. When he discovers secrets that could endanger England, he’s forced into an impossible situation—commit treason and race to London to clear his name before the crown turns against him. He’s prepared to abandon everything he possesses in order to protect England, including his life…until he crosses paths with a woman who’s keeping her own secrets.
Ten years ago, Grace Alden fled the only life she’d ever known in order to protect her son, only to come face-to-face with that past when Ross collapses on her doorstep. They strike a deal—she’ll help him travel to London if he helps her reclaim her son’s inheritance. But as old deceptions turn into new desires, will they be willing to sacrifice everything they hold dear in order to protect the people they love?
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Series: Capturing the Carlisles #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (324 pages), e-book
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds
Reviews in the Series:
If the Duke Demands by Anna Harrington (Capturing the Carlisles #1)
When the Scoundrel Sins by Anna Harrington (Capturing the Carlisles #2)
As the Devil Dares by Anna Harrington (Capturing the Carlisles #3)