The Earl Next Door
Author: Amelia Grey
What I’m Talking About:
The Earl Next Door is full of feisty characters and lots of chemistry. Lyon and Adeline butt heads from the moment they meet but can’t deny the sparks that ignite between them every time their paths cross. Adeline shows Lyon everything he’s ever been looking for in a wife while Lyon teaches Adeline that not all men are as hurtful and controlling as her dead husband.
The secondary characters add fun and flavor without overpowering the overall story line. I enjoyed getting to know them as much as I enjoyed learning about Lyon and Adeline.
My only struggle with the book was at the end. I don’t want to spoil things, but I felt like the reason for the happily ever after was a bit of a cop out, and I wished Adeline had come to her decision without nature forcing her hand. I feel it could have been easily accomplished with another chapter or two, especially since the writing was well down and the characters fun, a few more pages would not have felt like too much.
Other than this complaint I found The Earl Next Door to be a fun, fast paced, and enjoyable escape. Perfect for a lazy summer afternoon spent in the hammock, which was exactly where I read it and recommend you do the same.
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
About the Book:
Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is all on her own after her husband’s sudden death. The good news? Losing him allowed her to find herself. Finally, Adeline is free to do, go, and be as she pleases. She cherishes her newfound independence and is not looking for another man to wed. But seeking out a new lover? Well, that is a whole ’nother story. . .
Lord Lyon, son of the two-timing Earl of Marksworth, wishes to have a respectable, loving wife someday. When he meets the beautiful and self-reliant Adeline, Lyon is instantly smitten. But Adeline would rather have the handsome suitor in her bed than to take his hand in marriage. It’s a scandalous proposal—and one that’s hard for Lyon to refuse. Unless the fire of his passion can melt Adeline’s resolve. . .and he can find a way to be the Wickedly Wonderful Widow’s lover for all time?
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: First Comes Love #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (304 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley