An Unwilling Earl

An Unwilling Earl

by Sharon Cullen

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ISBN-13: 9781640637801
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/25/2019
Series: Mayfair Men of Mystery , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 18,125
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Sharon Cullen is the USA Today bestselling author of many novels of Regency romance, 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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An Unwilling Earl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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AmyHi 13 days ago
This is a new author for me. I enjoyed Jacob and Charlotte’s story. I thought the chemistry between them was well written. The murders could have been a tad less gruesome for me, but overall a great read! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own,
TammyS32 13 days ago
I really liked this historical read! Plenty of drama and twists and turns. Jacob and Charlotte are great characters and their story really takes you back in time. A fun and entertaining read.
Anonymous 14 days ago
A good balance of mystery and romance with unusual characters and fengaging action.
Brownac101 16 days ago
Ever since her parents died Charlotte Morris has been forced to live with her man-hating Aunt Martha and her son Edmund, Baron Morris. Fearing for her safety and suspicious of her cousin's behavior she suspects he might be terrorizing London. She runs away and ends up in the rookeries fearing for her life, she takes a friends advice and shows up on Jacob Ashland’s doorstep asking for help and protection. Jacob Ashland is more use to the simple life of a common man, but his life has taken an unexpected turn he’s now the Earl of Ashland. When Charlotte turns up on his doorstep he offers the perfect protection and marriage. There’s an instant attraction between them and they agree to marry. They both gradually grow to love one another as they weave their way through the intrigue and mystery surrounding them. A captivating story and one I’m sure you’ll enjoy. I voluntarily read this book and this is my honest review.
MLH438 24 days ago
Jacob Baker, a solicitor, and his friend, Oliver McCaron, Earl of Armbruster, have a weekly "Mayhem Meeting" where the amateur sleuths attempt to solve the crimes they read about in the newspaper. Little does Jacob know that fate has brought the most sensational crime of the day right to his door, when he rescues a "young lad" from being trampled by a horse and later is asked by a Lady Morris to find her runaway niece. The "young lad" Jacob rescues is Charlotte Morris, who ran away from her priggish aunt and her cousin, Edmund, and is disguised and hiding in the London slums. Jacob's first encounter with Charlotte is the catalyst that sets in motion the romance and suspense that follows. Jacob has unexpectedly inherited an earldom and is learning to deal with his new position in society. His developing relationship with Charlotte also pushes him to deal with his reawakened emotions, which were in hibernation after the death of his wife and son. Charlotte is attracted to Jacob but wants to go to America to escape the danger that she fears from her family. "You were the one who said you were frightened of the future. Are you frightened because you do not know what it holds or are you frightened because you suspect what it can hold? The story had definite Gothic undertones and kept my interest. I really liked Jacob's friend, Oliver, and hope he is set for his own story with the lady with dark flashing eyes! I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Noire 26 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. An Unwilling Earl by Sharon Cullen is a nice mix of marriage of convenience and murder mystery. Jacob Baker a widowed solicitor is reluctantly forced to assume the title Earl of Ashland. Eager to escape the marriage mart he offers marriage in name only to Charlotte Morris a runaway orphan that he met when he rescued her from a horse on the street. Jacob and his friend Armbruster are armchair detectives and the mystery intriguing them at the moment is that young women are being murdered and turning up in the Thames missing their head and hands. A story that will keep you eagerly turning the pages to solve the mystery and to learn if Jacob can ever move on from mourning his first wife create a true marriage with Charlotte. Mild Steam, Publishing Date March 25, 2019. #EntangledPublishing #NetGalley #AnUnwillingEarl #SharonCullen
beckymmoe 27 days ago
How have I never read anything yet by Sharon Cullen? An Unwilling Earl was one heck of a read. A serial killer in Victorian "unwilling" earl and still-grieving widower who is also an armchair sleuth with a pretty decent track record...a marriage of convenience (or marriage of safety and convenience, maybe?) and a future countess running for her life, in hiding as a street urchin...yes, please to all of the above! Though it all seems like quite a lot, Ms. Cullen brings all of that together--and more!--into one heck of a story. I loved Charlotte and Jacob, both together and individually as characters. The suspense portion of the romance made my true-crime reading and listening heart want to stand up and applaud (please tell me that the Co-Ed Killer influenced this story at least a little...) even while my romance-loving half swooned at the lovely romance at the heart of it all. Excuse me while I go add more of Ms. Cullen's books to my TBR... Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
FanniAnn 27 days ago
I found this author through Netgalley a few years ago and I have found her stories to be gripping and exciting and this book is absolutely wonderful, the characters draw you in and i could not turn the pages fast enough. I received a copy from Netgalley and I am voluntarily leaving my own honest opinion
georgia1 27 days ago
This is the second book I have read by this author and I can truly say I cannot wait to read more! Sharon Cullen has combined all the elements of a great historical romance to make my heart pound and turn the pages as fast as I could! Mystery, suspense, second chances, great characters and two people who meet by chance (or what it fate?) that were meant for each other. Jacob Baker, solicitor has unexpectedly inherited an earldom. How wonderful you say? Not really because he enjoyed his work and would have to give it up. He works for barristers doing several jobs of helping to find people, interviewing witnesses and research which he finds satisfying. But when he is approached to help find a Baronness's missing niece Charlotte, he initially declines. He is intrigued however by a drawing he was given of her and unsettled by her aunts words. Charlotte has been on the streets hiding until she can make her way to America. Her life had been terrible with her aunt and she had begun to form a suspicion of happenings in London. When he does find her, they are drawn to each other and he really wants to help her. But events take off and there are forces that may pull them apart or cost their lives. Don't miss this first book in a new series that I cannot wait to read more!! Lori Dykes
Pompie1999 27 days ago
I enjoy this author’s writing style. I liked both of the main characters and the mystery was an excellent one that was well-plotted and well-delivered. I absolutely loved that the villains got their just deserts in the end. So often, that doesn’t happen. Jacob Baker is a solicitor who works for barristers doing research, interviewing witnesses, and tracking people down when necessary. He is also a widower who deeply and truly loved his wife, Cora, who died of childbed fever along with their newborn son. He’s been in mourning for five years now. He has also just learned that he has inherited a title, Earl of Ashland, and he is not happy with that intrusion into his life. Jacob is in a bit of a snit because of the title and all of his new responsibilities and the fact he’ll have to give up his law practice when he has a visitor, Baroness Morris, who wants him to find her missing niece – Charlotte. Jacob refuses, but he’s intrigued by the drawing of the young woman and what her aunt had to say about her. Charlotte Morris is the granddaughter of a marquess who disowned Charlotte’s mother when she ran away and married an untitled man of whom he didn’t approve. Charlotte is now an orphan – her mother died in childbirth and her father died five years ago. Charlotte has been living with an aunt and cousin since then. Charlotte’s aunt has spent those five years mistreating and abusing Charlotte. Now that some other events have happened, Charlotte has run away and is living in the rookeries because if she went anywhere else, her aunt would find her. Ultimately, she plans to go to America to teach the husband-hunting heiresses how to properly behave in English society. The mystery could be gruesome if it were spelled out in detail. That wouldn’t bother me, but it might bother some readers. Luckily for all of us, it isn’t detailed. There is a monster loose in London and he (or she) is stabbing women and cutting their heads off. The bodies are found, but the heads are not. Charlotte thinks she knows something that will lead to the identity of the murderer, but she is afraid of what she knows and just wants to escape to America. I thought the mystery was more believable than the romance, but I really enjoyed them both. I did come to believe that Jacob loved Charlotte and it was nice to see them get their HEA. Why didn’t I give it a full five stars? Well, for a couple of reasons. First, there was just way, way, way too much Cora (Jacob’s first wife) in the story. There was even a place or two where he thought of her either during or just after he and Charlotte had been intimate. All of that ‘Cora’ made it much harder to believe that Jacob loved Charlotte. Second, I think the author must have learned the term Dowager, but not its proper use. Dowager is used as a ‘title’ for every titled female in the story who has lost her husband. That is NOT the correct usage and every time I saw it used as it was, it would completely pull me out of the story. I believe the term is in the book eight or ten times and not one of them is used correctly. Third, there were story inconsistencies such as the villain murdering someone with his dinner knife, then later it was said that they were murdered with the same weapon as the other victims. Maybe I have an uncorrected eARC and all of this will be corrected in the published version of the book. Those things I mentioned above aside, I would recommend this book and will be looking forward to the next one.
CaroleBurant57 27 days ago
Now here's a book I had a hard time putting down until I'd finished it! I am very impressed with this author's writing skills and thoroughly enjoyed the whole story. I fell in love with Jacob, he made such a wonderful hero. Having lost his wife and newborn son years earlier, he has no intention of marrying again and is more than happy leading a quiet life as a solicitor until he suddenly finds himself inheriting the title, Earl of Ashland! Just as he's trying to get used to the title, he meets Charlotte Morris, a young lady (disguised as a lad) who has run away from her aunt's care. She has ended up in London's rookery but plans to sail to America to start a new life. Jacob soon finds out why she ran away and ends up convincing Charlotte to marry him to protect her from her aunt and cousin. Not only is there romance in this story but there is also intrigue, secrets, murders, etc!! I was given a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Sunshine1006 27 days ago
Jacob, the new Earl of Ashland wasn't the raised to be an Earl. He was happy being a solicitor working with barristers, interviewing witnesses and tracking people down. When he saves a young boy from being killed under a carriage, he thinks he has done a good deed, not knowing that this encounter will become an important part of his life. When Lady Morris comes to him asking him to find her niece Charlotte, he turns her down. She leaves a drawing of Charlotte with Jacob. Lady Norris is a horrible woman who lives with her son. Mistreating Charlotte is one of the things that Lady Morris liked most. Meanwhile there are women being murdered in London. The heads cut off and the rest thrown in the river. When Jacob finds Charlotte, he realizes why she looks familiar. He must help save her from being returned to Lady Morris and her son, Lord Morris. Will Charlotte be returned to her aunt? Can Jacob love again? This is a great book. Romance, mystery and a serial killer all in one. I really loved it..I received this book from Net Galley and Entangled Publishing for a honest review.
FizzaYounis 27 days ago
This novel is perfection, I loved the story, I adored the characters and everything else about this book is amazing. It is well-written, I really enjoyed both the romance and the mystery side of the story. Although it was a little predictable still I loved it! Jacob is comfortable in his life. He is used to being alone and lives a certain way. But now his life is going to change because of some unexpected events. He is getting used to his new life when Charlotte enters into it and turned things upside down. She is a stubborn woman who is clearly in need of his help. She might accept it but only on her own terms. Charlotte never thought that she would be lucky enough to find someone who cares about her. She is running away from her past with little hope for the future. She only knows one thing; she must leave England if she wants to live because there is no way she can fight this evil on her own. Jacob wants to help her but she is too proud to accept it. Maybe if things were different and they were in love it might have worked but they were not. So, there was no reason for her to rely on Jacob so much. They both have past demons and that just helps them get closer to each other. They know loneliness and that has helped them to be there for each other... Ultimately, they are perfect together. Now, only if they could stay that way forever... I really enjoyed reading this historical fiction and would recommend it to all my friends. I think this is a must read for historical romance fans who love strong characters.
Tink4evr 28 days ago
A scintillating read. Jacob is a grounded and serious character who has gotten set in his role in life. Things are just changing when Charlotte comes marching in and brings with her the potential for greater change. She is fierce in the face of all her struggles and determined to stand on her own two feet. The author does a wonderful job developing the characters and the plot. She weaves the emotional roller coaster that Charlotte finds herself in magnificently. The slow way Jacob allows her to build her trust in him is sweet and endearing. It a beautiful addition to the series. It has all thrill of a mystery and the sweetness of a romance.
Pokeybooboo 28 days ago
This is the first book I've read by Sharon Cullen, and it certainly won't be the last. The story was quite entertaining, a historical romance filled with secrets, heartbreak....and a serial killer. Well, that was different! But it was the delightful characters that I found so intriguing. Jacob was a solicitor and the newly minted Earl of Ashland - the very unwilling Earl of Ashland. He loved being a solicitor, dang it all! He was also a widower, having lost his beloved wife and their newborn son. He had no intention of ever loving again. Jacob and a couple of friends met often, attempting to solve crimes as a hobby. One day after leaving his club, he saved a boy from being trampled by a horse. Later he would learn that this "boy" was actually Charlotte, a young lady and a runaway from the cruel aunt who was her guardian, and her very, very odd cousin of whom she was terrified. I absolutely adored Jacob! He was extremely smart and witty, and also determined to resist his compelling attraction to Charlotte. Charlotte, though totally out of her element living in the rookeries to hide from her family, was a strong, stubborn young woman. When it appears that the best way to keep Charlotte safe was to make her his countess, they marry. However, evil had a way of finding Charlotte. Even though it was obvious right from the start who was butchering women in London, these marvelous characters kept me totally glued to the story. I look forward to reading more by Sharon Cullen. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Anonymous 28 days ago
London - 1850 Jacob Baker is hurrying to meet with Oliver McCaron, the Earl of Armbruster, for their weekly mayhem meeting. On his way, he rescues a lad from being trampled by horses. A frail person, he gives the lad some money and sends him on his way. Jacob is a caring man and always willing to help someone in need. During their meetings, Jacob and Oliver look through newspapers for articles about local crimes and try to solve them. One headline they have been following is the murder of several women found with no head or hands. Many of them appear to be servants. Jacob works as a solicitor and likes his work. But now, after the death of his cousin, he finds he is the Earl of Ashland. Jacob knows that he will soon have to accept his new title and responsibilities. An old woman comes to him and asks him to find her niece, Miss Charlotte Morris. The woman is Lady Martha Morris, the Dowager Baroness Morris. While finding people is not what he usually does, the woman is very insistent saying he comes highly recommended by a well-respected barrister. Jacob hopes the young woman is not a victim of the murderer on the loose. It turns out that Charlotte fled her evil aunt, Lady Morris, and cousin, Baron Morris, after having spent years with them. Her mother passed away birthing Charlotte and her father died several years ago, so she has fled from the Morris home and is now living in the rookery. Her aunt treated her badly saying everything is a sin. Turns out, Charlotte is the “lad" that Jacob had rescued. When he discovers this, he insists that she stay at his home and under his care. He promises that he is simply helping. His own wife and child died in childbirth some years ago. Charlotte agrees and hopes to be able to journey to America where she can teach young American ladies how to win and marry titled English men. As they spend time together, they find they are attracted to one another. However, Jacob still grieves the loss of his wife and son in childbirth. Charlotte is also determined to go to America. But Charlotte feels she knows who the murderer is who is on the loose and they team up to help solve the case. This is an interesting story. The first part of it dragged a bit for me, but finally picked up the pace. I think a lot of the “rookery” part could have been whittled down. However, the characters are strong and I know readers will like and connect with them and the book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover 28 days ago
I loved Jacob and Charlotte's story!! I have found that some of my favorite historical romances have been those that also include a mystery and Cullen has done a masterful job of weaving the two together. Charlotte is scared for her life and had gone to live in the rookeries. She has a chance encounter with Jacob and she believes that he might be able to help her. Jacob believes that they only way to protect her is to marry her. Even though this is a marriage in name only, they both start to have feelings for the other. Can the marriage that started out as a way to protect Charlotte, give them the HEA they didn't know they wanted? I loved watching these two together!! Charlotte knew that she needed help and went to Jacob after her lifetime friend suggested it. In the end, they both ended up helping each other! I'm hoping that this is the start of a series as I would love to see Armbuster get his HEA! I'm excited to see what Cullen comes up with next!!
HeyerFan1 28 days ago
An unexpected historical romance. This is a bit different to the norm, involving a serial killer, a gentlewoman in hiding and a solicitor turned new Earl. This was quite a dark book as the killings are grisly and the romance element is not centre stage. It certainly made a change and I was kept engaged throughout. If you want to try something a bit different give this novel a go. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.