Loving the Earl: A Loveswept Historical Romance [NOOK Book]

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In Sharon Cullen’s sizzling novel of scandal and seduction, a headstrong beauty is pursued across Europe by London’s most notorious rake.
 
Having vowed never to wed again, widowed viscountess Claire Hartford is about to do the unthinkable: travel unaccompanied across the continent in search of a lover. Her adventure begins sooner than expected, when she meets a magnificent cloaked stranger on her ship’s ...
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Overview

In Sharon Cullen’s sizzling novel of scandal and seduction, a headstrong beauty is pursued across Europe by London’s most notorious rake.
 
Having vowed never to wed again, widowed viscountess Claire Hartford is about to do the unthinkable: travel unaccompanied across the continent in search of a lover. Her adventure begins sooner than expected, when she meets a magnificent cloaked stranger on her ship’s gangplank. He is Lord Blythe, a man whispered about in London’s ballrooms and drawing rooms, a scandalous rogue hell-bent on seduction.
 
Nathan Ferguson curses the day he agreed to look out for his best friend’s wayward sister. The charismatic earl is traveling to Paris to uncover the truth behind his father’s death, but his desire for Claire threatens to be his undoing. From France to Italy, on a journey of passionate discovery and danger, Nathan is honor-bound to protect her—from himself most of all. What can he offer Claire? Only love, as he sets out to prove to the woman of his dreams that she belongs to him—body, heart, and soul.

Praise for Loving the Earl

Loving the Earl is charming and fast-paced. It’s filled with passion, intrigue, a resourceful heroine you’ll love, and a delicious hero you’ll fall in love with. An absolute delight!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jacquie D’Alessandro

“Sharon Cullen is a natural-born storyteller. Her twists and turns will keep you turning the pages.”—Margo Maguire, bestselling author of The Highlander’s Desire

“With its bad-boy hero and spunky heroine, Sharon Cullen’s Loving the Earl is sure to please readers looking for more than the typical Regency come-out story. Intrigue and romance fuse seamlessly in this adventurous romp that takes the reader from Dover to Paris to Venice and finally to a sigh-worthy happily ever after.”—Shana Galen, author of True Spies

“Gripping . . . I stayed up until dawn reading this historical gem.”Romance Junkies
 
“Every fan of historical romance should read this book. . . . All readers will be ‘unconditionally and irrevocably’ in love with the Earl (trust me, Nathan really deserves that capital letter).”Keeper’s Book Reviews
 
“Sharon Cullen makes clear what her novel is about: it is a classic road-trip romcom, complete with an unlikely travel pairing, their perilous adventures and emotional revelations.”Love Saves the World
 
“If you like historical romance with a great plot be sure to pick this one up.”Racing to Read
 
“Sharon Cullen has written a wonderful story full of adventure, romance and mystery. Her love of writing in all these genre has created a marvelous story that will delight many.”Eileen Dandashi

Loving the Earl was a fantastic historical romance. I absolutely loved it and I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, this book is one you’ll definitely want to read.”Imagine a World
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Mistletoe and Magic, What Not to Bare, and After the Kiss.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345540065
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/11/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 2,291
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romance The Notorious Lady Anne and many novels of romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. If you’d like to find out more about the author and her books, you can visit her blog or her website. She is addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion: books.
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  • Posted November 21, 2013

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    Sharon Cullen has created a lovely road trip story here, far dee

    Sharon Cullen has created a lovely road trip story here, far deeper than the initial headstrong woman convinced of her capabilities and unaware of potential censure meets brother’s friend, who suddenly sees her as a woman, and not a little sister to be protected. 




    Claire is heading to the continent after the death of her husband: feeling frustrated with the men in her life assuming what is best for her, rather than asking, she sets out with her maid and an itinerary that will grant her some of the much desired freedom from males. 




    Nathan, while acquainted with Claire’s family is a bit of a rake and not possessed of a wonderful reputation.  His father has just recently died, leaving him conflicted and in need of some answers and time.   When he encounters Claire, as she has impulsively changed her plans, lost her maid and her travel documents and money, Nathan is a welcome, yet unwelcome sight. 




    Claire, we come to learn, is not only often foolishly demonstrating her lack of concern for her situation, but her insistence on fending for herself is confusing until further on in the story.  Nathan is, understandably, attracted to Claire’s beauty, yet he doesn’t discount her conversation or find her revelations off-putting, he comes to hold great regard for her as a person, not just an object of desire. 




    These two characters were masterfully developed: as they start to develop a trust for one another and reveal their innermost selves, we find so many qualities to enjoy: Claire’s resilience and logical approach to Nathan’s problems.  Nathan is frustrated with his life, his acceptance of Claire and his approach in enforcing her self-esteem.  We learn that these two people are far deeper and have much more in common than one would think, and they are also highly compatible.  But, neither is looking for a happy ever after, or are they?




    This book is a fun read and easy to follow, even though there is some frustration with Claire and her behavior in the early chapters, you are able to see the reasons and even come to admire her strength despite her early foolhardiness.  Nathan is less developed early on, with most of his character being examined in hindsight and through comments, but he is no less enjoyable.  Far more to overcome than in most historical romances: this was a wonderful example of the reason why I am addicted to these stories. 




    I received an eBook from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review for Tasty Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility, 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

    This was a fun read! Claire Hartford a spunky heroine tired of

    This was a fun read! Claire Hartford a spunky heroine tired of the strictures of her times and living under the thumb of the men in her life. She sets out to prove her independence by having a solo adventure in France and Italy. Problem is her oldest brother Sebastian is on to her and asks his good friend, Nathaniel Ferguson, Lord Blythe to discreetly look after her. Nathan is a rogue, a gambler, a drunk and a shameless womanizer and the last one who should be asked to look after the safety of a lone woman. Yet, because Sebastian may be the one man in England Nathan actually cares what he thinks of him, he agrees to watch out for Claire. Claire wants nothing to do with Nathan, or any man, getting in the way of her long deserved freedom and is constantly trying (and failing) to escape him. He ends up not only seeing her safely to Calais as her brother asked of him, but on to Paris and then Venice. There journey together is filled with the adventure Claire was looking for as they encounter thieves, highwaymen, a peasant uprising, a blizzard, and all while battling their intense attraction to each other. Neither wants to conform to the rules of society by ever considering an accepted relationship and neither likes the other all that much, but the sexual chemistry and tension between them is off the charts. I loved Nathan and his honest approach to what he was, what he wanted and what he could offer. And that includes when they finally got down to it he was quite the dirty talker *fans herself*. Claire was on a determined mission to prove to herself she didn't need a man yet planning to do so by seeking out a man to find affirmation? She was a hot mess who constantly found herself in a bad situation due to her naiveté, but was actually very creative at rescuing herself. Claire was an admirable heroine because she came from a dark situation with a determination to take charge of her own future. A very progressive woman for her time and as frustrating as she could be for Nathan he could not help but like her for her strength, okay and the fact that he found her beautiful didn't hurt. All in all LOVING THE EARL was a fun read with well great plotting, witty banter, great sexual chemistry between the H/H, a hot hero, and a sassy heroine that I highly recommend!

    *I Received this ebook free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

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    This is a very busy book. Sharon did a good job developing these

    This is a very busy book. Sharon did a good job developing these story lines and making them make sense. Nathan's father paupered his family when he died. Nathan was cut when he became a gambler to save his family. Claire was stuck with an abusive marriage and had to put on a brave face. She is finally free to own life when her husband dies. She decides to have an European adventure alone when she meets Nathan, her brother's friend. Sharon made a story that had me wishing I was with them. The side stories kept me guessing up to the end of the book. Great Job!I hope you like this book as much as I have.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Romantic and fun, an enjoyable historical romance.

    Romantic and fun, an enjoyable historical romance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

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    Sweeping scenery and lovely romance come together for this fanta

    Sweeping scenery and lovely romance come together for this fantastic book. Loving the Earl was a wonderful historical romance. I absolutely loved reading it.

    One of my favorite parts of this book was the setting. The author did a great job creating expansive scenery as the characters traveled across Europe. It was vivid and wonderfully done. 

    Claire was a heroine who desperately wanted independence. She was coddled as a child, courtesy of her overprotective brother and her marriage trapped her in a gilded cage. Her husband hurt her, controlled her, and, when he died, she wasn't having it anymore. Hence, the trek across Europe in defiance of her brother. I really liked her. She wasn't one of those heroines that wanted independence in a way that made her kind of mean and determined to push others away. Instead, she just wanted to have options, to be able to choose rather than have someone else choose for her. She wasn't a perfect heroine. It was clear that she really shouldn't have been travelling alone, since it all went downhill within a couple of days with her on her own and she was smart enough to accept help...eventually. But, with her flaws, she became a more realistic character, and a very likable one. I thought she was a lovely character.

    Nathan was also great. Like Claire, he was a flawed character. He was a bit of a rake, somewhat overbearing, very stubborn, and occasionally a jerk. But, he was also very loyal, determined, and clever. And, he could be so sweet when he wanted to be. I adored him. He was a wonderfully flawed hero.

    The romance was lovely. Claire and Nathan were so sweet together. I appreciated that, while they were reluctant to talk about love or start a relationship, they didn't bother wallowing in denial. They were honest with each other and where their feelings were headed. And, the chemistry between them was hot. There were certainly some steamy moments along the way. I thought they were perfect together.

    The plot was fast paced. I was  hooked the entire way though. There was a huge surprise at the end that had to do with how Nathan's father really died. It started to suspect it early on, but I didn't suspect the full extent of it and it took me by surprise. That element added some thrills to make this book even better. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect.

    Loving the Earl was a fantastic historical romance. I absolutely loved it and I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, this book is one you'll definitely want to read.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    Claire want to have an adventure after her horrible husband dies

    Claire want to have an adventure after her horrible husband dies. She wants to go abroad to find a lover with no strings attached and no worries about it ruining her reputation in society. She runs across Lord Blythe on the ship and is immediately  is attracted to him. Nathan didn't want to watch out for his friend's sister and was expecting her to be easy to watch. She seems to be getting into all kinds of trouble. He is on another mission and that is to find out the truth about his fathers death. The two can't fight what is between them and soon begin a passionate journey. One not without danger. Can a woman vowing never to love again and a man who never expected to marry work things out or will something come between them.




    Claire has been broken down and never let anyone know about her problems. She is beautiful and doesn't see that. She is very good at getting out of jams. She doesn't want to be ruled by anyone again. Nathan is not the most reputable man but he has built up what he has from nothing. He just has to know what happened to his father and won't give up his mission for anything. He is a very truthful man and hates when he has to hide anything. 




    I really enjoyed reading about both these characters and their journey. It is a look into a fascinating time with two people who don't like to live by the set rules. You get to see several different place as they make their way and it is wonderful to see them all. I have to say I wouldn't mind being in a carriage with Nathan. There is danger as Claire doesn't think before she does some things and trust people to easy. I hated her husband and bad to say  I was glad he was dead. He was a horrible person. Nathan makes quite a few discoveries on hos trip about his father and his self. The more he gets to know Claire the more he will do anything to protect her. I love how hot this book is as well. They have lots of chemistry between them. If you like historical romance with a great plot be sure to pick this one up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    This is book two in her series starring Claire whom we met in Th

    This is book two in her series starring Claire whom we met in The Notorious Lady Anne.

    After the death of her physically and emotionally abusive husband, Claire Hartford is ready for an adventure. She is headed to Italy to find herself an Italian lover.  Trying to get out from under the careful watch of her brother, she schedules her departure on a ship not in his fleet. Unfortunately for her, Claire's brother has found out and instead of stopping her, he has sent his best friend to keep an eye on her.

    Nathan Ferguson will do anything for his best friend, even watch over his wayward sister. He manages to tag along with Claire without her knowing that he is keeping an eye out for her.

    Because of one mishap after another, Nathan and Claire end up traveling to Italy together.  Nathan is after some answers to his father's death and that brings some trouble to their door.

    Of course during their journey, they start to feel an attraction to each other.  Claire gets her lover, but he is not Italian. Will she seek out another when they reach their destination? How will Claire feel when she finds out that Nathan was looking out for her at the request of her brother?

    This is the second book that I have read by Sharon Cullen and once again I absolutely loved it!  Although it is not necessary to have read the previous book before starting this one, it does kind of give you insight into how Claire's marriage has changed her. I love when historical novels take me away from England. It allows me to "visit" other places in Europe.  The novel also had the added mystery of the death of Nathan's father. He had always been told it had been an accident, but a letter he has received indicates otherwise. This bit of mystery, just adds that something extra to the story and really makes it an excellent book.

    Thanks go to NetGalley and Loveswept for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    I loved every single part of this book. I have not read the othe

    I loved every single part of this book. I have not read the others in the series but this was fine as a stand alone. The characters were
    wonderfully laid out, explained, examined. The chemistry between the two main characters was unmistakable and beautiful. This
    wasn't just an historical romance. This was full of intrigue and suspense as well. The story was just fantastic and the characters
    memorable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

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    Do you like books that have rakes of the first order? What about

    Do you like books that have rakes of the first order? What about a story with mystery and intrigue? How about sexy fireside love scenes? Well, I have got a book for you!!

    Lady Claire Hartford used to be hellion and always getting into trouble. Her biggest problem growing up was being smothered by her overbearing, over protective and arrogant brothers, Sebastian and Nicholas. When she marries her husband, Richard, her life becomes a living hell. For 5 long years, he mentally and physical abused her. Now she is a widow and finally free to live her life HER WAY with no MEN telling her what to do! Claire is going to tour Europe and visit her friend, Lady Gabrielle Marciano, in Italy. She hopes Gabrielle can help her find an Italian lover.

    Nathan Ferguson, Earl of Blythe, is a gambler, a sworn whiskey drinker, one of London's biggest rakes and an owner of a famous gambling hell. He has very few friends and Sebastian is one of his oldest. Nathan receives a mysterious letter saying that his father death was not an accident and he must go to Paris to get the answers. Sebastian asked him to make sure his sister gets to France safely and he agrees.

    This great misadventure has so many twists and turns. There is 2 lost maids, stolen money, a robbery, steamy scenes, a kidnapping, whiskey drinking, a secret society, an angry mob, more steamy scenes, a spy, an evil villain, and even a blizzard. Claire discovers that Nathan hides his loving and gentle heart. Nathan sees Claire as a spunky, strong and courageous woman. Ms. Cullen writes with such humor, unsuspected situations, fast paced action and I couldn't put it down. Claire was a vulnerable character but Ms. Cullen gave her such inner strength. She also use her signature GIRL POWER!! I give this book 4 fingers up and 8 toes.

    Reviewed from a NetGalley ARC.

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

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    Lady Claire Hartford, Viscountess Chesterman, had been in a terr

    Lady Claire Hartford, Viscountess Chesterman, had been in a terribly abusive marriage but is now a widow. She's ready for adventure. She's ready to be free and out from under the thumb of all men, even her brother. She has a friend in Italy she wants to visit. Before she can get on the ship, she runs into a friend of her brother. Nathan Ferguson, Lord Blythe, has been asked by Claire's brother, Sebastian, to keep an eye on her as they are traveling on the same ship. That old saying "what can go wrong, will go wrong" is how Claire's adventure is going, which is why Nathan reluctantly decides to be her protector. For two people who never want a serious relationship, let alone marriage, fate might have other plans. 

    This author's writing style grabs you, keeps you entranced, from beginning to end. The relationship between Claire and Nathan developed at a realistic pace. I loved the mystery of Nathan's secret meetings. The unveiling of this mystery is definitely unexpected! Fantastic historical with a funny, sexy romance and lots of intrigue.

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Average.

    Just didn't have enough spark. Long drawn out narative, slow beginning, and little action. Plot and purpose lacked interest. Average read.

    S.A.K.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Great book!

    Kept me interested from beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Me encanto

    Recomendable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    B

    He glides his .... into her .....

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Lucy

    I gtgtb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    One cannot put this book down.

    A great story and fun to read. It's a must read.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    recommend reading for historical romance folks

    It really holds you interest from the first word until the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Love'd it.

    I loved this book. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Wow what a good book

    Truly glad i read this story highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    This book is annoying

    I would like to stop anyone from purchasing this book. The heroine of this book is beyond annoying. The heroine at every turn got herself into trouble,and not even in a good way. The previous reviews lied. This book is sooo not even worth the $2.99 I spent on it. I can't even finish the book I'm so annoyed!!!!!!!

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