‘Tempting the Earl’ by Rachael Miles

tte-rmSTORY: A Double Life

Olivia Walgrave is finished with being a countess. Writing under a pen name, her controversial column for the scandal sheets provides her with some income and far more excitement than managing a country estate. Besides, in the three years since the wars have ended, her dashing husband hasn’t spent one night under their roof. So Olivia has prepared a plan, and an annulment. All she needs is his consent…

Harrison Walgrave, the Earl of Levesford, let his father coerce him into marriage, but his true devotion is to his Parliamentary career—and his secret work for the Home Office. Yet now, with freedom in his grasp, he finds he cannot so easily release his wife. Seeing her stirs a hunger no other woman has reached. A distraction now, when he is a breath away from revealing a ring of traitors, could be deadly. Still, wherever his investigations lead, the thought of Olivia lingers. It might be obsession. It might be treason. But the only way to escape the temptation is to succumb…

REVIEW: Olivia Walgrave is eluding someone bent on stealing her essay of the struggles of soldiers returning from the war. She is being followed by men thinking she is passing government secrets. While the press is being used to pass government secrets, Olivia is only intent on seeing political reform happen. She used to work underground for the government, but no more.

Sophia Gardiner, Lady Wilmot, has written a book about botany. A widow, she is happy to see Harrison Levesford, Lord Walgrave, a friend of her late husband there in a bookstore. She is hoping that he will help promote her book.

Olivia used to be married to Lord Walgrave but they have been separated for awhile. Now, after six years, she wants an annulment as the marriage form weren’t correct. This was when both Olivia and Harrison had been agents for the government. Now, Olivia is working in the theater.

This book just did not work for me. It was confusing and rattling right from the first page. It’s like walking into a theater in the middle of a movie. I felt totally lost the entire time. The biggest mistake I find authors make when they write a series is that they jump from one book right into the next one as if the reader has just finished reading the previous book in the series. There should be a summary at the beginning of a new book so that it can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley

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