How to Bewitch an Earl by Ally Broadfield
Series: How To #2
Also in this series: How to Beguile a Duke
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 30th 2015
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He never expected the clues to lead to her…
Edward Adair, heir to the Duke of Boulstridge, is more interested in finding a missing family heirloom than a wife. But when his parents issue an ultimatum – marry or lose your allowance – he reluctantly agrees to attend a house party to find a bride. Instead, he discovers attractive but infuriating Miss Isabella Winthrop in his library, reading the private family journal that holds clues to the location of the heirloom.
Though Isabella finds Edward haughty and arrogant, she offers to take him to the next clue mentioned in the journal if he will pay her, which will enable her to help her brother restore his estate. Edward counters with an offer of an even larger payment…if she agrees to masquerade as his betrothed to deter the other ladies until the house party ends.
As they work together to solve the mystery their mutual attraction grows, but just when they begin to think they should make their engagement real, a secret is revealed that could destroy everything.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
How to Bewitch an Earl is a historical romantic treasure hunt. And it was great. This is the story following the first book How to Beguile a Duke in this series, where we get to see the couple’s grown children which I really liked 🙂
Edward grew up hearing the story of her great-great-great-grandmother Catherine’s hidden tiara. He has all the clues memorized but as of yet he has not had any luck finding the heirloom, and he has devoted his life to doing that… and pretty much nothing else. His parents, tired of him being adrift with no motivation for anything, decide to throw a house party so he can chose a wife and settle down, thinking that might give him a push in the right direction.
Isabella has been working under an assumed identity as a companion to an older lady, friends with Edward’s family. She is helping her brother restore her family’s ancestral home to its former glory, after her own father left them significantly in debt and with the family name in ruins.
Isabella and Edward’s first encounter is not at all smooth. She had been granted free use of the library in Edward’s home by his own mother, where she happened to pick up Grandma Catherine’s diary. He almost had an apoplexy but is soon singing another tune when Isabella says to have seen the painting which the first clue alludes to.
Edward, seeing for the first time a real chance at finding the precious family treasure, agrees to pay Isabella for her help, and they start spending more time together trying to follow the new clues they’ve uncovered.
Meanwhile, all the girls in the “find a wife” party are trying to get Edward to choose them. They’re going as far as putting themselves into compromising situations to force him into a proposal. Edward, tired of this and knowing he won’t be offering for any of them (his parents have a love match and he won’t settle for anything less) devises a plan where he will tell everyone he’s engaged to Isabella, so he will be left alone and he can run around with her looking for the tiara without compromising her reputation.
But as time passes, their feelings for each other get stronger and deeper. Now Isabella doesn’t know how to come clean about her identity, afraid it will damage Edward’s opinion of her… but secrets have a way of always coming out at the worst possible time and in the worst possible way.
Isabella and Edward were both very likable characters, ok, Edward not so much at the beginning but we soon get to see the real him and he is a sweety. A stubborn, commandeering, sexy sweety. Isabella was just a lovely girl, sacrificing her own happiness to help out her brother. Their chemistry together was great, there was romance, laughs, and some very, very nice ravishing… (see… I just said that in another review: all the historical girls from romances are improper hussies!)
Ms. Broadfield is one of the authors who’s making historical romances easy to read, when the language used is not complicatedly accurate for the time period, but at the same time maintaining the feel of it with the proper habits and ways of the moment. How to Bewitch an Earl was a very entertaining read and I’m very much looking forward to Edward’s gazillion siblings stories.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 impropriety rules Stars
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