Aug 042015
 

The Daughter of an Earl by Victoria MorganThe Daughter of an Earl
Genre: Historical Romance

Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
ARC provided by Netgalley and Penguin

Synopsis from Goodreads: An American businessman in England, Brett Curtis has little use for the haughty ton beyond seeing his sisters happily entertained in London. But when his cousin mysteriously disappears after inheriting the title of Duke, he sets out to locate him and drag him home.

Lady Emily Chandler plunged into deep despair when her fiancé died in India, and now she is determined to prove that he was murdered. The brash American Brett Curtis’s reputation may be less than sterling, but he’s just the man to help Emily on her quest—if she can convince him to accept her dangerous proposition.

While their alliance uncovers a web of scandalous secrets, their undeniable attraction threatens to reveal something even more dangerous: true love.

Angie’s Review – 4 Skulls – B+

The Daughter of an Earl is the story of a woman consumed by her fiancé’s death, and the man who, despite his better judgment, agrees to help her determine how it transpired. Despite the subject matter, this book had many light-hearted moments between Emily and Brett, and before they join forces, it’s clear they rub each other the wrong way. I couldn’t find anywhere that stated this book was part of a series, but The Heart of a Duke by the same author features Emily’s sister Julia, and her hero Daniel. While I didn’t feel like I was missing anything substantial, I do get the feeling there were moments between Emily and Brett in that book that led us to this story. Because I enjoyed this one so much, I will be reading that one soon!

This was a bit of an enemies to lovers story with sparks flying every time Brett and Emily were together; the banter between them was so much fun to read. I particularly liked Brett. He had a zest for life, and while he was looked down on because he was American and untitled, he couldn’t have cared less. That was a turn of events I liked as well – I’ve read several books with American heiresses who come to Britain to secure a title, but this was the opposite. A Duke or an Earl gives nothing up when he marries a ‘common’ woman, but a woman who marries a man with no title loses a bit of the prestige society demands, which is a reality that Brett is all too familiar with. I really enjoyed Emily’s character, too. She made wise choices (most of the time,) and as the book progressed, it was clear to see that the questionable events leading up to her former fiancé, Jason’s, death were hindering her from moving on with her life. Brett’s struggle with jealously over Jason and how perfectly Emily remembered him brought more depth to his character, and Emily’s struggle with getting close to someone again did the same for hers.

This story was very romantic and sweet. The feelings between Emily and Brett took time to develop, and it was clear they had come to enjoy each other’s company and respect each other. That their relationship would progress to a place of love felt very natural. Emily was persistent in her physical pursuit of Brett, and it was fun to see that side of her along with his fight to resist. It led to some very steamy scenes! The suspense surrounding the death of Emily’s fiancé added an extra element to the story that was obviously the catalyst in getting Emily and Brett together, but we also saw changes in Emily as she finally learned the truth. I think those changes were essential in order for her to move on, and they came along at just the right time.

Overall, I thought The Daughter of an Earl was a sweet and poignant story, and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to PENGUIN and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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