This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Aurora Publicity, Publisher. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Unraveling the Earl by Lynne Barron
Series: Idyllwild #3
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Aurora Publicity, Publisher
Purchase at: Amazon
The Earl of Hastings’ reputation as London’s greatest gift to the ladies has taken on a life of its own, one he is only too happy to live up to in one Mayfair bedchamber after another. Until he encounters a lady more interested in poking around his country estate than sampling his lauded charms.
Georgiana Buchanan is possessed of murky morals, skewed notions of right and wrong, a talent for dancing around the truth, and a penchant for crashing weddings, funerals and charity balls.
When Georgie catches Henry’s roving eye, she turns the tables on the arrogant scoundrel, introducing him to a world of sensual delights and unraveling his vaunted control before fleeing into the night.
Henry is determined to make the elusive Georgiana his mistress while the lady wants only to use his desire to further her own schemes. When they find themselves marooned at Idyllwild during a summer storm, they will both discover they’ve gotten more than they bargained for.
Georgie Buchanan was not given very many options in life and had to use the tools at her disposal. Although I absolutely wouldn’t condone those choices in life I like how this character was portrayed. She was not a wanton hussy but used her options as she moved towards the goal she had in mind. Her character is a strong woman trying to protect herself because she can rely upon no other. It makes her a character you would cheer for.
Henry, the Earl of Hastings is cast as a scoundrel but he truly isn’t. Yes, has bedded lots of women in this story but he did not seek them out, they have all come to him. To me that makes him a man of loose morals but also an opportunist, not a scoundrel. I really enjoyed his character. He had an inflated ego and it made for many hilarious moments in the story. I really liked how Georgie handled him and their interactions together was funny because even though everything was playing out right in front of him he was so full of himself that he just did not see the truth.
What I truly liked was the story that lies beyond the “in your face” sexy times, which abound in this story. The first third of the book is mostly sex, bordering on erotica, but then you start to see that there is story that is full of surprises and is actually very entertaining to read. There are many twists and turns and humor sprinkled throughout this story but you need to read the entire story for it all to come together. Once it does though it is just a fantastic read.
What did I not like? Specifically, the phrases that were being tossed around concerning relations. I understand that there are only so many ways that sexual relations between characters can be described but I felt that something beyond “Diddling your quim and tweaking your berries” or “Perhaps I’ll whet my appetite with a nibble of your long legs, followed by a dip in your honeypot.” would have been preferable. Also, on several occasions I just felt that the wording being used for sexual interactions did not match Henry’s character as described to me as a reader. He comes off as a “rake” which is not a man inclined to care about another’s feelings. Henry has not shown any of those qualities. Yes, he bedded lots of women but he also is sensitive, caring, and naïve, not truly a rake at all. More like a man who has always gotten his way. Given how the character of Henry came across the wording being used seemed almost vulgar, not just dirty talk that happens between lovers. Now, if his character was written a bit seedier then fine but as it was I just disliked most of the sexual descriptions and word play.
As the story goes on the feelings during Sexy Times gets sweet and you can feel a relationship developing. Which is nice. I really did enjoy the main plot. I think if you enjoy historical romance with Sexy Times bordering on erotica and an interesting plot then this book is right up your alley.
*Thank you to Author Lynne Barron and Aurora Publicity for this complimentary copy of Unraveling the Earl*