The Earl Takes All

The Earl Takes All

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by Lorraine Heath

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One summer night, Edward Alcott gives in to temptation and kisses Lady Julia Kenney in a dark garden. However, the passion she stirs within him is best left in the shadows as she weds his twin, the Earl of Greyling. But when tragedy strikes, to honor the vow he makes to his dying brother, Edward must pretend to be Greyling until the countess delivers her


One summer night, Edward Alcott gives in to temptation and kisses Lady Julia Kenney in a dark garden. However, the passion she stirs within him is best left in the shadows as she weds his twin, the Earl of Greyling. But when tragedy strikes, to honor the vow he makes to his dying brother, Edward must pretend to be Greyling until the countess delivers her babe.

After her husband returns from a two-month sojourn, Julia finds him changed. Bolder, more daring, and more wicked—even if he does limit their encounters to kisses. With each passing day, she falls more deeply in love.

For Edward the embers of desire sparked on that long-ago night are quickly rekindled. He yearns to be her husband in truth. But if she discovers his ruse, she will despise him—and English law prevents him from marrying his brother’s widow. Yet he must dare to risk everything and reveal his secrets if he is to truly take all.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Heath draws together a couple whose genuine passion and love are hard to resist in her second Hellions of Havisham Regency (after Falling into Bed with a Duke). Edward Alcott is shocked to become the new Earl of Greyling after his identical twin is killed on the safari that was to be their last big adventure together before the birth of the earl’s heir. Worrying that the news of the earl’s death would cause his wife, Lady Julia, to miscarry—a concern in keeping with the era’s limited understanding of maternal medicine—Edward keeps it secret that the earl has died, announces his own death instead, and poses as his brother until the baby is born. Heath delicately allows Julia to mourn her brother-in-law while giving her enough intuition to realize that the husband who has returned from Africa seems somehow changed—and she quite likes the changes. Inevitably, the former ne’er-do-well Edward must reveal the truth to Julia; quite realistically, she is appalled and saddened to realize her actual husband has died. Edward’s deception creates several barriers to happiness, and once he and Julia realize they’d like to continue being spouses, they must overcome an ancient English law that forbids relatives by marriage to marry each other. Readers will eagerly follow Edward and Julia’s pursuit of an unusual happy ending. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (May)
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“Only a storyteller of Heath’s consummate skills could pull off such an unconventional plotline, [...] with compassion and elegance, reminding readers of the redeeming aspect of love. [...] her skillful, emotional writing compels them to keep reading to discover how, against all odds, there can be a happily ever after.”
The Literary Times
“She writes from the heart and is shows!”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Master storyteller Heath perfectly threads together emotional power and deep romance. Taking her cue from Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist, she reinvents the story so we see what might have happened to the older Oliver. Few writers engage readers’ hearts and minds as beautifully as Heath certainly does.” Top Pick
Katherine Sutcliffe
“Lorraine Heath is an incredible talent!”
Happy Ever After blog on USA Today
“Lorraine Heath has long been an author readers trust when they want to read a heart-warming historical, one that will entertain them and make them shed a tear or two. That’s probably because the emotions in Heath’s stories are genuine.”
Jill Barnett
“Her powerfully moving love stories will touch your heart and soul. . .romance at its best.”
Christina Dodd
“Heath steals your heart, then takes you on a journey that will leave you torn between tears and joy.”
Cathy Maxwell
Lorraine Heath’s books are always magic, but she’s at the top of her writing game with IN BED WITH THE DEVIL. You won’t be able to put it down!
RT Book Reviews (top pick) - 4.5 stars - Praise for LORD OF TEMPTATION
Heath is a consummate storyteller, whose characters leap from the pages. Their powerful emotions and intense passions translate exceptionally well to readers, allowing them to become deeply involved in the fascinating plot and leaving them breathless and wanting more.
Liz Carlyle
“The Duke of Weddington is perfect hero material. Historical readers will clamor for more.”
Dallas News
“Sensitive, funny and altogether enchanting!”
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-03-31
If you've loved a man, can you also love his brother? Edward and Albert Alcott are identical twins, but because Albert is older by an hour, he inherits the title and lands of the Earl of Greyling. Edward becomes a globe-trotting rake, but just before Albert dies unexpectedly while the brothers are traveling in Africa together, he begs Edward to impersonate him to protect his wife, Julia, from miscarrying their child. Edward obliges and is a convincing replacement—but in the course of pretending to be his brother, he falls in love with Julia. Julia, meanwhile, has fallen more deeply for her husband, enchanted by the ways he's changed since his return. Whether their love can survive past the birth of Lady Alberta and Edward's admission, however, is complicated. In the Regency era, it was illegal for a man to marry his dead brother's wife, a legal quirk that takes the stakes of this book to delicious heights. Edward's attempts to avoid cuckolding his brother are tantalizing for both Julia and the reader, and their conflicted love is well-drawn and compelling. A steamy romance that uses the strict rules of Regency Britain to excellent effect.

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Meet the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA's prestigious RITA®. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

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The Earl Takes All 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this story- It made me laugh and cry- My favorite kind of book-
zeeba More than 1 year ago
You will be memorized from the first page when you read Lorraine's book. I adore every single book she writes. Lorraine Heath is a wonderful storyteller; she captures your attention from the first page and keeps you enthralled through the whole story. I usually don't like when one of the characters you like to die, but Lorraine's magic writing makes you love the story and how she makes adore the hero and heroine. I must say I cry and felt their pain, that is what makes an author wonderful. I loved the anticipation of what Julia reaction is when she finds out the truth and how Edward proves his love and overcomes his pain and guilt of being selfish………. There are so many emotional moments, family’s love, sacrifices and most of all the sweetest forbidden love. Thank you Lorraine!
Anonymous 22 days ago
One of the best love stories I've ever read! I'm reading my very first book by this author which means I have many, many more books to read!
Anonymous 30 days ago
A true Lorraine Heath!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed it...
Anonymous 8 months ago
I loved the storyline. Something different. I laughed and I cried..........a lot. It's one of those stories you can't put down, but you want to see what else is going to happen. The ending, which is never my favorite part of a story, was the best ending ever. I cried or sobbed....a lot, but they were "happy tears". Loved it. Highly recommend it. Thank you for writing a great book!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Winner again for L.H......thanks for great stories!!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved this book! I am a long time fan of Lorraine Heath's, and this is one of her best. When I read the synopsis, I wondered how she could possibly resolve the conflict in a believable way. She did so with aplomb, and left me caring deeply for the main characters and even the deceased brother. It was a great storyline with a truly rewarding ending. PSP
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved this book.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Loved the book, couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Ms. Heath is a very talented author, and I think this book is one of her best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful and lovely story as is usual by Ms Heath.
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def618 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Lorraine Heath books for a long time and I don't know how she keeps coming up with fresh ideas and wonderful stories. I love this book! Albert, Earl of Greyling, and Edward are twins whose parents died at an early age and left the boys to be raised by the reclusive Marquess of Marsden along with his son, Locke (Viscount Locksley) and Ashe (Duke of Ashebury). Edward gives Lady Julia Kenney, his brother's fiancée, her first kiss much to her dismay when he teases she can't tell them apart. Several years later, Albert and Edward go on a trip to Africa leaving a pregnant Julia at home. Albert is killed and Edward pretends to be him as not to shock Julia into losing her child, the possible heir. Locke and Ashe, who can tell the twins apart, agree as long as Edward confesses after the birth. Edward always desired Julia and falls more in love as he spends time with her knowing she will hate him when he confesses the truth. When the child is a girl Edward has to confess as he is now the earl though he knows it will devastate Julia. Julia has never hated Edward as much as she pretended. While anger separates them for awhile, reading Albert's journals and seeing Edward with his niece eases her hurt and guilt for desiring Edward. I do not want to spoil the details of this book. I know some FB comments found Edward's behavior horrible but he was following his brother's wishes and he did love her. She also had feelings for him. I remind you that this is not set in 2016 so it's not fair to put current values on historicals. I highly recommend it.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
The stakes, the emotion, and the passion in this novel are stratospheric! 4.5 Stars | Hot Steam After adoring FALLING INTO BED WITH A DUKE, the lustrous first novel in Lorraine Heath’s The Hellions of Havisham series, I didn’t think I could last the six month stretch until the second novel, THE EARL TAKES ALL, was released. *Spoiler Alert * I survived—barely. And was elated to discover, as I'd hoped, that every potent and stirring word of Julia and Edward’s story was well worth the wait! Intimate, affecting, intense, angsty, searing-hot, and positively spellbinding, I devoured their book from cover to cover in one momentous sitting. I’m still misty-eyed and happily thrumming, recalling the unpredictable twists, turns, glorious peaks, and agonizing valleys that comprised this masterpiece of a romance. The stakes, the emotion, and the passion in their novel are stratospheric! From one scene to the next, as Julia and Edward struggle to emerge from tragedy and, then, slowly and poetically, grow together as a wonderfully dynamic, affectionate, open, loving, and cherishable couple, not a feeling was spared from my poor heart. My torrid ticker was on sensory overload—clutched with waves of teary sadness, palpitating anxiety, infinite joy, simmering arousal, divine hope, wrenching despair, and, then, that final tremendous squeeze of euphoria when Julia and Edward's true, pure, and perfect love conquered all. Utter ecstasy! Sure to delight Heath's devoted fans and new readers alike, THE EARL TAKES ALL is a run-don’t-walk-to-your-nearest-bookstore, must-read, must-re-read, keeper-shelf, paragon-of-its-genre, treasure. Bottom Line: Read this book! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
So far, having some real trouble with the premise on this one. Not a fan of storylines where a twin is pretending to be the other twin... especially if that twin is dead and the widow is pregnant. Hoping it gets better somehow.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Edward, Julia and Albert shared a complicated history. With secret trysts, hidden betrayals and jealousy playing a major part. Lorraine Heath's capacity to write a story that has a wide range of depth that consists of events that are unbelievable but haunting was what any reader of a story particularly romance wants. Edward is a character that has had a history of disappointment and heartbreak from an early age. The one constant in his life has been his twin brother Albert. Julia is an interesting character because she serves as a mixture of protagonist and antagonist. She is the catalyst to the brothers unraveling relationship but an advocate for trying to heal it. Although the story did not turn out the way I hoped it was still an unforgettable read. I received an ARC of The Earl Takes It All in exchange for an honest review. Copyright of Night Owl Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he walks in* Its okay.