Book Review

‘The Earl Next Door’ by Charis Michaels

tend cmSTORY: American heiress Piety Grey is on the run. Suddenly in London and facing the renovation of a crumbling townhouse, she’s determined to make a new life for herself—anything is better than returning to New York City where a cruel mother and horrid betrothal await her. The last thing she needs is a dark, tempting earl inciting her at every turn…

Trevor Rheese, the Earl of Falcondale, isn’t interested in being a good neighbor. After fifteen years of familial obligation, he’s finally free. But when the disarmingly beautiful Piety bursts through his wall—and into his life—his newfound freedom is threatened…even as his curiosity is piqued.

Once Piety’s family arrives in London, Falcondale suddenly finds himself in the midst of a mock courtship to protect the seductive woman who’s turned his world upside down. It’s all for show—or at least it should be. But if Falcondale isn’t careful, he may find a very real happily ever after with the woman of his dreams…

REVIEW: I usually let the book “percolate” in my mind for at least a week before I do a review of it. Well, this time I just had to jump on a review because this book, a debut mind you, was so much fun, I couldn’t wait to let you all know about it.

The first thing I noticed was the prose. I just loved it!

Kissing her was like taking a hasty bite of something he hadn’t expected to find quite so delicious. Something warm and sweet and too sumptuous to be gobbled up in passing, without giving its due. Without savoring.

~~~ * ~~~

She leaned back against the wall and slid downward. To sit. On his floor. He blinked, watching her descend. Past his chest. Past his bloody groin. Between his knees. She sat down on his floor, her bare feet and ankles sticking out from beneath her skirt like sweets from a pouch.

The second thing was the characters, and not just the hero and heroine, but everyone that was introduced to us, starting with the marchioness [if you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, than this character will remind you a lot of Dowager Violet] and Jocelyn, whose POV was refreshing and enlightening. But it’s Piety’s family that will shock, surprise and disgust you, while making you chuckle.

Jocelyn led them all inside; the mother; the shark-eyed one; a fat one; a bald one; a tall one; and Edward, the smallest brother who had turned up in London the week before.

And the third thing was the plot, which turns into the plots, and both were interesting and entertaining.

As for the chemistry between Piety and Trevor, it was off the charts! Every time they were in a scene, I kept picturing that scene from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ in which George finally breaks down and proposes, sort of. Do you know which one I’m talking about? He shows up at Mary’s house, she invites him in, and they are having a talk when the phone rings and Sam is on the phone, and then George and Mary are both on the phone, but neither is paying attention to Sam. George has a plan for his life and Mary is not in them. Mary only wants him and to be his wife. George drops his phone and is furious at himself because he just can’t not love her. He is angry and says some things about his plans, and then kisses her … Just love that scene.

Trevor is the same. He has plans and none involve marriage and he fights his attraction throughout the story, to no avail. Piety understands him and feels sorry for him, but she can’t help but fall in love with him. It was a lot of fun watching them come to terms with their attraction to each other.

And the last thing I expected to find in this story is the name of the country I was born in, Serbia! That was so cool, especially because I love my Serbian history and just glimpsing it in a romance novel was awesome.

Here are my notes from goodreads as I was reading it:

21.0% “Debut book and I’m finding it easy to read and very fun.”
33.0% “At 33% and I can’t put the book down! LOVING IT!”
45.0% “People you have to read this book! It is so fast moving and very easy to read! The hero is just so so good!”

Highly recommending it!

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


3 thoughts on “‘The Earl Next Door’ by Charis Michaels”

  1. Hey, Melanie, it’s Charis Michaels! Obviously I am gobbling up this review! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this book make such thoughtful, observant comments! Virtual Lay’s potato chips dipped in sugar for you (don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!).

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review!
      I just “inhaled” this story and couldn’t put it down!
      I’ll take Lay’s any way you offer it, even virtual ones!
      Think of me if you’re doing a blog tour 😉


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