Surrender to the Earlby Gayle Callen
She wanted a favor, not a fiance...
Audrey Blake's impromptu plan—asking a visitor to help her take ownership of her rightful property—is unraveling in spectacular fashion. Audrey has been kept in virtual seclusion by her family, and now the enigmatic Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge, has complicated her scheme to gain independence,/em>
She wanted a favor, not a fiance...
Audrey Blake's impromptu plan—asking a visitor to help her take ownership of her rightful property—is unraveling in spectacular fashion. Audrey has been kept in virtual seclusion by her family, and now the enigmatic Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge, has complicated her scheme to gain independence, insisting they pretend to be engaged.
Duty brought Robert to Audrey's doorstep. As for what makes him propose marriage...it might be guilt. Compassion. Or something far more urgent and unexpected. Their counterfeit union was supposed to be for Audrey's benefit. Yet it's Robert who yearns to prove to the intriguing Audrey how much they both have to gain by making it real—and convincing her to submit to the most blissful passion.
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Meet the Author
After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than twenty historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award.
Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children, her dog, Apollo, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero.
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Surrender to the Earl by Gayle Callen was a book I wanted to enjoy, after all Historical Romance’s usually are good for a somewhat interesting read. This was a Victorian era romance that never quite lived up to my expectations, especially given the description of our heroine and the catch phrase on the back of the book. She wanted a favor, not a fiancé. This alone piqued my curiosity. I had high hopes for Audrey Blake, a widow that has been blind since childhood. We learn in the beginning of the story that her family has sheltered and ignored her most of her life, it’s not until our hero, Robert enters the story that we see glimmers of a change. Robert, the Earl of Knighsbridge feels duty-bound to Audrey due to what he perceives as a ‘great wrong’ to Audrey’s deceased husband with whom he served overseas. When Audrey approaches him with a plea, he agrees to help her leave her family home and claim the property that is rightfully hers. That is not as easy as it sounds due to her father, it becomes necessary for Robert to propose, something Audrey only agrees to because it’s necessary. Of course, the engagement is only temporary and both will be able to go back to status quo afterward… or will they? For most of the story we learn a lot of background on Audrey, she harbors a lot of pain from her marriage to Martin, and also from her family’s treatment of her, as if she were an invalid. It seems that 98% of the novel is about that, and finally in the last 2% we get our happy ending. If anything bothered me in the story, it was Audrey’s inability to recognize a difference in relationships; to recognize that she’d found a very special someone. It was frustrating that she kept brushing it off so profusely, it’s only by sheer miracle and extreme patience on the part of Robert that we do get our happy ending. While I enjoyed the basic premise of the story, I really feel that for most of the book we are moving at too slow a pace, and in the last 20 pages it’s decided that it’s “TIME FOR A HAPPY ENDING” so everything moves at the speed of light to get us to the happy ending. It’s for that reason that I am giving Surrender to the Earl 3/5 stars. Hopefully in her next book in this series, Gayle Callen will pace the story better and make the characters more realistic.
The second in this series and much better than the first one. Having a blind heroine was certainly different. Audrey was a great heroine and she played her part really well. Robert had the right idea making her his fiancé and then falling in love with her and she with him, at the same time going against her father. This story brought out some of the prejudices that were practiced in the era of the story. Very well done and I loved it.
I love Gayle Callen. The only problem with her books is that there are not more!
I liked this book. I thought her blindness and desire to be self sufficient led a new twist to the genre. I also thought it was very romantic because the hero does all the chasing. However, the sister was not very well developed and left questions as to her motives that could have shed light on the story and made the heroine easier to identify with.
The female lead was a bit irratating to me because sometimes she was too foolish to accept help. The abrupt change of heart of her sister was not believed by me, her sister's excuses for her perveious behavior were not good enough. I felt like her father's character needed to be developed more to give a more plausible reason for his harsh treatment. The husband's child issue was under developed including her servants roll in the plot. It could have been better. It was an ok read.