Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh
Series: The Wicked Quills of London
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: September 28, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades . . . What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?
Daniel has secrets, and if The Hawk's Eye gets wind of them, a man's life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best-laid plans.
But when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever.
Forever Your Earl was a great start to a new series by a new-to-me author. I couldn’t put it down once I started. This might’ve been my first Eva Leigh book, but I assure you it won’t be my last.
My favorite part of Forever Your Earl was Eleanor. After reading primarily about society ladies the entire time I’ve been reading historical romance, I loved seeing a woman in a different station in life. Not only was she a great, strong female lead – I do love a sassy, opinionated, intelligent and stubborn woman – but I really appreciated her views on sex more than I have in some of the other historical romance books I’ve read. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love-love-love books where a handsome reformed rake deflowers an innocent lady, but there’s something to be said for a woman who is in touch with her sexuality, too. Even back when this book was set. Daniel wasn’t without his charms, either. I do love a good rake. I particularly enjoyed how he was unapologetic about his life and choices and offered Eleanor an all-access pass to his life so her scandal rag could print something honest. I was unclear about his full motivations at first, but that became clearer as secrets were revealed.
I’m a big fan of banter in my books and Eleanor and Daniel gave REALLY good banter. Particularly during the first scene when Eleanor dresses as a man to go out on the town with Daniel. The banter about bollocks had me literally laughing out loud. I enjoy watching the hero and heroine going head-to-head and I definitely got this in this book from these strong-willed characters. Once things between these two got more romantic, I enjoyed it all even more. I loved their chemistry and enjoyed the dose of sexy times we got with them. Plus, you know, the romance was wonderful too.
While the reviews for Scandal Takes the Stage, the second book in the Wicked Quills of London series, seem to be mixed, I’m still excited to give it a go. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it as much as (or nearly so) as I did this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.