Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on November 12, 2014
Source: Free Book
A naive aristocratic young lady makes a list… he is not on the list… oh the fun of her brother’s former tutor teaching Charlotte a little something about love. I spotted the blurb on Trouble With the Earl while it was a freebie and thought it sounded like a fun regency romance comedy.
Trouble With the Earl introduces Charlotte Radcliffe and her lovable though slightly quirky parents right when Lord Radcliffe is concerned about his health and wanting his daughter safely situated. He and his wife and daughter determine to draw up a list of eligible suitors who live close to home because Lady Radcliffe cannot bear to have her children far away. Charlotte is amenable and sees this as a sensible way to go about finding a husband, but then her oldest brother shows up with a surprising family friend. Hugh’s former tutor has gone from poor and ineligible to a gentleman owning his own prospering estate and he is handsome and easy to tease and be around. Unfortunately, Guy Lancaster can also irritate her to distraction, too.
This is fair since Guy is equally captivated and distracted, but he is also annoyed that Charlotte is ready to take the Earl of Buckland strictly for his proximity and title. He tries to focus his thoughts elsewhere, but it is the provoking Charlotte who has taken his fancy and he is determined to win her even though his name is not on her infernal list.
As this was novella-length, it was also a fast read. It was also a delightful, light and well-developed story. I chuckled over Charlotte’s early naive confidence and how Guy came along and consternated her at every turn. On paper, the earl was a great match, but Guy had a way of getting under her skin.
The family group were great and I found them all amusing and added to Charlotte and Guy’s sweet and teasing romance. As swift as this one read, I thought it worked well that the main pair and the family were already all acquainted well since Guy was a tutor in the household for years. It was just a matter of he and Charlotte coming to appreciate their adult selves.
I thought the inclusion of Lord Buckland’s occasional thoughts was a helpful device to develop his character swiftly so the conflict was growing evenly to the crisis point and worked out well.
All in all, this was simply a fun, light Regency romp that gave me an appreciate for the author’s writing and a desire to see what happens next for this engaging family. Definitely a gem I was glad to grab up while it was free and I can recommend to historical romance fans who want a quick and easy read.
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