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The Untouchable Earl
     

The Untouchable Earl

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by Amy Sandas
 

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He's a reclusive Earl with a painful secret that's kept him from knowing a lover's touch.
She's a sheltered debutante tired of living by society's rules.
But when she's forced from the ballroom to the brothel, Lily discovers the dark thrill of falling from grace...and into the arms of a man who could destroy her

Overview

He's a reclusive Earl with a painful secret that's kept him from knowing a lover's touch.
She's a sheltered debutante tired of living by society's rules.
But when she's forced from the ballroom to the brothel, Lily discovers the dark thrill of falling from grace...and into the arms of a man who could destroy her as easily as he saved her.

Lily Chadwick has spent her life playing the respectable debutante. But when an unscrupulous moneylender snatches her off the street and puts her up for auction at a pleasure house, she finds herself in the possession of a man who fills her with breathless terror and impossible yearning.

Though the Earl of Harte claimed Lily with the highest bid, he hides a painful secret—one that has kept him from knowing the pleasure of a lover's touch. Even the barest brush of skin brings him physical pain, and he's spent his life keeping the world at arm's length. But there's something about Lily that maddens him, bewitches him, compels him...and drives him toward the one woman brave and kind enough to heal his troubled heart.

"Are you afraid?"
"Yes," she replied in a soft voice. "But I love the way you frighten me."

Fallen Ladies series:
Luck Is No Lady (Book 1)
The Untouchable Earl (Book 2)
Lord of Lies (Book 3)

What Reviewers are saying about Luck Is No Lady:
"Smart and Sexy."—Booklist
"SEXY AS SIN!"—Addicted to Romance
"Lively plot, engaging characters and heated love scenes make this a page-turner...Sandas has created a book readers will enjoy."—RT Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/12/2016
In Sandas’s steamy second Fallen Ladies Regency (after Luck Is No Lady), debutante Lily Chadwick chases after passion, having been sexually awakened by erotic novels she reads surreptitiously under her covers. Avenell Slade, the Earl of Harte, incites a great deal of ardor in Lily and frequently gazes lustfully at her, but he scorns her company and jolts away from her slightest touch. Lily’s father’s recent death and a mound of unpaid bills force her and her younger sister, Portia, to hawk themselves on the marriage mart while elder sister Emma chaperones. When the debts come due faster than expected, Lily is kidnapped by a moneylender and destined for ruin—until Lord Harte intervenes. Sandas’s emphasis on the sexy portions of the story makes it easy to tolerate the awkward sentence structure and a flimsy wisp of a plot; if a titillating romance is the goal, this will do just fine. Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"A good read. Interesting and unique. " - Smexy Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492618751
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/01/2016
Series:
Fallen Ladies , #2
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
132,483
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Amy Sandas writes historical romance about dashing and sometimes dangerous men and women who are often reckless, bold, and unconventional. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children in Wisconsin.

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The Untouchable Earl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover 3 months ago
I really loved this story! I loved that Avenell came to Lily's rescue at the brothel. It was the first sign that he wasn't the hard man that he portrayed to the rest on the Ton. As we get to know Avenell, we come to understand why he is the way he is and start to feel for him and his childhood. It just made me like him all the more. Now Lily asking to become Avenell's mistress was a little far fetched to me, but I went with it and enjoyed the ride. The chemistry between them practically jumped off the page. This was one of those series that I wish I could read back to back since they storylines over lap and I tend to forget what happened in the previous one. But I'm excited to read Portia's story in Lord of Lies which comes out in July.
def618 11 months ago
I like this book. It has a very unusual hero and a seemingly proper, but brave heroine. Lily Chadwick felt sparks and tingles when she noticed a man with a forbidding expression across the ballroom. She couldn't look away. She later learns his name and that he is the Earl of Harte. When he is introduced to her, and her friends, he slights her but later rescues her from an unwanted advance. Lily and her sisters, Emma and Portia, have inherited their deceased father's huge debt. They have been given a date by which his loan must be paid but the day before Lily is abducted by the moneylender, drugged and auctioned to the highest bidder at a brothel. Luckily, Harte was there and bid an extraordinary amount to rescue her. When she awakens from the drugs she was given she is relieved to find herself at Harte's home. She agrees to be his mistress without understanding all that it entails. Harte has an unusual condition that I won't spoil. This is not a G rated book but the condition the hero has and tries to overcome is real and I really liked the heroine was not disgusted with him but helped him. I look forward to the youngest sister, Portia's story.
sportochick 12 months ago
The Untouchable Earl is an unusual historical romance with spicy love scenes and very unusual twists. I absolutely loved the cover and the blurb for this book and they were the reason I wanted to read my first book by the author Amy Sandas. The Prologue did a fine job of seating up the main part of the story. It created mystery and intrigue as to what was going on with the younger Earl so when the story actually starts five years later the reader has a basic understanding of his sensual proclivity. Lily's character is that of an average looking virgin wallflower with a hidden backbone. As the story develops I quite forgot her average looks and saw her as a beautiful if sometimes silly girl but she still had a backbone. I admired many things in her personality though some of the repeated reminders of her virginity did get a little old. Lily's sisters, Emma and Portia were definitely opposite of Lily's personality but each of their characters were so interesting that I am excited to read their stories. Earl of Harte was just so hard to read.....but like an onion as you peal off the layers you get to his true substance and your opinion of him will change. I connected with him from the first page and the ending for me was very rewarding. I give this 4 STARS and recommend it for readers who want to read something out of the ordinary. Voluntary review of copy via Netgalley
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
book 2 of the fallen ladies series, the untouchable earl, takes its title literally. avenell slade, the earl of harte, cannot bear to be touched. he can barely handle the feeling of clothes rubbing against his skin. so he very obviously has intimacy issues. it's only with the help of the renowned madam pendragon that he is able to desensitize himself enough to handle going out in society. the most unexpected touch can cause him unmentionable pain and he's built up his defenses specifically to avoid situations that could cause him torment. but when he meets lily chadwick, from the first moment he sees her across the room he feels the spark. he knows instinctively that she makes him feel more than he ever thought possible. being with her could be life-altering if only he let himself trust her. because perhaps her touch will give him more pleasure than pain. he resists knowing her from the outset, and it's only when he finds himself forced to save her after she is kidnapped by a moneylender and put up for private auction by the infamous madam pendragon, that he allows himself to get close. when avenell saves her, lily sees her chance to explore the feelings that surge within her whenever she finds herself around him. she suspects that being with avenell could be immensely pleasureable. ever since she read her former governess' stash of erotic novels, she's wanted to experience the things she's read about firsthand. so she strikes a deal. she will become his mistress. she is ready and willing. and then avenell makes her wait. for a long time he doesn't reveal his affliction. and eventually lily puts it together, although it almost takes her too long. there is a lot of foreplay in this novel, and maybe not enough follow through? it just felt like maybe the pacing was off. i think maybe it would have been better to have avenell admit his problem to lily much earlier in the novel, and to have them work together to figure out how to find pleasure together. i enjoyed their story, but i think that more depth could have been added to elevate it. but it's fair to say that this is a pretty enjoyable regency with some unexpected plot twists. one thing that the copy i received didn't have was an author's note explaining what avenell's affliction was in modern medical terms. maybe the author made it up, but maybe she didn't. it would have been nice to know if there was a scientific basis for his problem or not, and what historical records show about how similar patients would have been treated. i always enjoy when fiction contextualizes historical reality. but i'm also a lit nerd. **the untouchable earl will be published on november 1, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/sourcebooks casablanca in exchange for my honest review.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
This one was dark and passionate. It takes place while book one, Luck is No Lady, is so you get to see Emma and Bently come together from Lily's perspective. Her Lord Hart is a cold and angry man, at least in the beginning until Lily discovers why he keeps his distance. She is kidnapped and taken to Lord Hart's brothel where she is auctioned off. The Madame of the establishment invites him because she knows he won't stand for it, though I don't think she knows of their actual connection. When he rescues her, she propositions him into becoming his mistress. She wants him and if the only way to have him is to be his mistress then that was what she will do. She sees herself has ruined due to the brothel situation and she doesn't want to marry, but she does want him. As their relationship progresses, Lily comes to love him and he inevitably pushes her away in order to protect himself from being hurt again. But not for long. Madame Pendragon talks sense into him and he sets out to get her back, and Lily sets out to prove to him that her love isn't going anywhere and that he can trust her with himself. I enjoyed this story, it was easy to get into and moved along well. Lord Hart was an interesting character; he was dark and mysterious, vulnerable and yet strong, and very much attracted to Lily from the very beginning, even when he led her to believe he hated her. Amy Sandas knows how to spin a tale of passion, complicated characters, and a plot line that moves well and is enjoyable to watch unfold.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The Untouchable Earl knocked me off my feet. Amy Sandas has adventure in her soul and compassion in her heart. Having read the synopsis, I couldn't imagine how the author could pull it off. A man sensitive to touch. Living in fear of the most simple of feelings but yearning for love and companionship. What I take for granted every day was a constant source of emotion turmoil. Heartbreaking. The irony was the part of himself that made him feel at his weakest, ultimately proved to be his greatest strength. It gave him a better understanding and empathy for others. It also lead him to his greatest desire. The Untouchable Earl ended being one of the purest stories of love and hope, I have ever read. I would recommend anyone facing personal struggles in their life read it and gain courage.