This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Aurora Publicity. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.My Enemy, My Earl by Tammy Andresen
Series: A Laird to Love #1
Also in this series:Christmastide With My Captain
Also by this author: Taming a Duke's Wild Rose, Taming a Laird's Wild Lady, Taming a Rake into a Lord, Taming a Savage Gentleman, Taming a Rogue Earl, Christmastide With My Captain, Earl of Sussex
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Aurora Publicity
Purchase at: Amazon
Fleeing London, and scandal, Lady Clarissa Burton runs directly into the wife-hunting Earl of Dumfries while traveling on a rutted Scottish road. She wanted peace in Scotland, not a tall and brooding laird who makes her forget that handsome lords are nothing but trouble.
Having spent years of his life fighting English wars, Ewan McDougal, Earl of Dumfries, wants nothing to do with England, or its people, for as long as he lives. He wants a nice Scottish lass to warm his bed and raise a family. So why can't Ewan stop thinking about Lady Clarissa's pouty lips or her curves made for a man's hands? And what happened to her in London that has her running scared?
My Enemy, My Earl is book one in the A Laird to Love series and it is a fun and fast-paced story filled with romance. Ewan McDougal, Earl of Dumfries, has been away fighting in a war for a country that he has no love for. The last thing he wants after returning home to his native Scotland is to deal with one more English person but when he happens across a carriage carrying English passengers he provides assistance to them anyhow. What he never expected was that he would have a surprising attraction to one of the passengers.
Lady Clarissa Burton has just left London on the heels of a scandal. Not a scandal of her making but a scandal that has marked her anyhow and it has also left her bitter towards men. Still reeling from the embarrassment, she is rather clipped towards the man who has stopped to help repair the carriage that has broken down on her way to her uncle’s estate. She could see that he clearly liked what he saw in her appearance and that he must be a rake because only a rake would look at a woman the way he did, even if he was very attractive he had to be trouble.
After parting ways neither Ewan nor Clarissa ever expected to see each other again, so imagine their surprise when Ewan shows up at Clarissa’s uncle’s castle. Clarissa discovered that not only was Ewan an Earl but that he was there to court her cousin. This firmed everything in her mind and she knew that 1) he was most definitely a rake and that 2) she needed to warn her cousin about men like him. After all, Clarissa had most recently had such a dealing and she knew how horrible things could be with such a man. Ewan on the other hand was not thrilled to see the English lass he had helped on the roadside. She was of course English and there was also something about her that he found attractive and that was unacceptable because she was English.
Both Ewan and Clarissa had their minds made up about the other due prejudices but were perplexed because despite all the reasons they had to avoid any sort of entanglements with each other they just couldn’t seem to stop their growing attraction. They both tried to deny their feelings and how wanton they were in each other’s company but they just couldn’t. It became quite clear to both these characters that maybe there was more to be had between them and that they should set aside their prejudices and see what could flourish. Alas, just as they were starting to recognize what they could have with each other life got in their way and they would have to overcome more than just their prejudices if they wanted to be together.
I did find My Enemy, My Earl to be a fast read that was a great series starter. I loved the inclusion of all the family characters and LOVED that uncle Haggis from the series novella, Christmastide with my Captain, was in this story. I loved his character because he cracks me up and he is like a tough marshmallow. I did enjoy the romance element between Ewan and Clarissa but I also felt that Clarissa’s behaviors did not sync up to her attitude regarding Ewan. If she was truly as torn up about her recent humiliation she definitely would not have allowed things to go in the direction they did at the speed they did. That just did not work with me but that aside I did like the romance of it all. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series and had a fun time reading My Enemy, My Earl!
*Thank you to Aurora Publicity for this eARC of My Enemy, My Earl*