‘The Earl I Adore’ by Erin Knightley

teia ekSTORY: Sophie Wembley is about to discover two hard truths: When planning a rushed betrothal, one must not be picky; and when the perfect earl happens by, one must not be shy…

After receiving word that her sister has eloped, even ever-optimistic Sophie has trouble staying positive. She needs to secure her future before the scandal destroys her prospects, although she doesn’t relish the idea of a hasty marriage. But her longtime crush has just shown up for the summer festival in Bath. He may be the key to avoiding disgrace and getting a happily ever after…if she can bring herself to pursue him.

John “Evan” Fairfax, Earl of Evansleigh, is one of the most popular bachelors in the ton. However, his easygoing ways hide a dark past he’s determined to keep secret. Evan has always kept acquaintances at arm’s length for self-preservation, but there’s something irresistible about Sophie…and her seductive charms may well sway the confirmed bachelor to seize a chance at love.

REVIEW: Sophie Wembley is a young woman who enjoys playing the oboe and has such fun when she joins up with her friends, May, who plays the zither, and Charity who plays the piano.  They are gathered together in Somerset to enjoy the annual Music Festival.

When Sophie learns that her sister has eloped, her future takes a turn downhill.  In addition to her dowry being less than she thought, it appears that her current season may quickly be ending.  However, her mother is now pushing her to find a husband as soon as possible.  Sophie does not want to settle for just finding a man to marry her, she wants to find a man with whom she can share a deep love.  One man she has had an attraction to for some time is John Fairfax, the Earl of Evansleigh, known as Evan.

Sophie has always been very shy and nervous around Evan.  When she manages to trip on her skirts and fall while dancing with him, she is mortified.  Evan visits her often and is very solicitous of her as she heals from her sprained ankle.  As they get to know one another better, Sophie realizes she is deeply in love with Evan.  However, Evan appears to be somewhat aloof but a complete gentleman.  Sophie can’t understand why Evan is so nice to her but appears to want nothing more than friendship.  Yet, we find that Evan is indeed attracted to her but for a secret in his past that he keeps well hidden, he has decided to never allow himself to wed.

Great story and characters.  Sophie is a sweet and kind gal who has a mother one would gladly push off a bridge.  While the reader may get aggravated at Evan for being so distant, do stick with the story because it will all be revealed.

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Complimentary copy provided by the author

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