Enticing the Earl

Enticing the Earl

by Nicole Byrd

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Overview

Selfless widow Lauren Applegate Harris is determined to retrieve the deed to her beloved father-in-law’s estate, lost during one of his drunken gambling spells, even if it means offering herself as a courtesan to the Earl of Sutton, who seized the land. No one need know Lauren’s other motive: secretly, she’s always longed to dabble, just a little, in sin!
 
The handsome earl is frankly amused. Clearly this winsome and delicate lady has no experience at such wicked behavior. Yet drawn by her beauty and thinking to teach her a lesson, he agrees. But after a few weeks of pleasure, it’s the earl who finds he has the most to learn, as an outrageous proposal turns into a delightfully amorous tryst with possibilities no one could have predicted. But can love grow from such shocking—and duplicitous—beginnings?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101207178
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Applegate Sisters , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 320 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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Enticing the Earl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liked this book. It was shorter than her usual offerings but still provided a couple of hours of enjoyment.Widow Lauryn Harris will do anything to help her grieving father-in-law. While depressed and drunk, he lost the family estate to the scandalous Earl of Sutton. Lauryn has heard rumors that the earl recently dismissed his latest cherie amie...so she decides to apply for the job.The earl wasn't sure how to react. This obviously genteel woman is no more a courtesan than he is!! As a man of honor, he should turn her away...but she IS quite a beauty...and she's old enough to make her own decisions, and she seems intelligent, and she's such a beauty.These two interacted well and their growing relationship was definately steamy! The mystery was so-so but didn't detract from the story. The character of the countess was quite a hoot. I'd love to read her story one day...it would surely be a doozy!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Unable to cope with the death of his son Robert last year and with no grandchildren Squire Harris left Yorkshire for London where he lost the estate in a game of cards to the Earl of Sutton. Robert¿s impoverished widow Lady Lauryn Applegate Harris vows to get the property back as that is her home. Though she knows her sister would welcome her back, Lauryn offers to become mistress to the new owner Marcus in hopes of regaining the deed.--------- Marcus arrogantly informs her he will give her a two week trial at his country estate. There he realizes immediately that Lauryn is not a courtesan though she stirs his blood like no one ever has. As they fall in love in and out of bed and forge a relationship that includes companionship, a missing ship of his has been found. She decides to give her beloved a gift by investigating what happened to the vessel. Her endeavor and his efforts to keep her safe strengthen their love, but place their lives in danger from a deadly opium smuggler. --------------- This entertaining historical romance is a fun read as a resolute Lauryn and a scandalous Marcus engage in a terrific gender war. Although that theme has been used frequently, the story line is fast-paced from the moment the duo duel and never slows down until their final confrontation. The subplot involving smugglers is exciting, but more critical is that it enhances the battle of the sexes. Nicole Byrd provides an engaging nineteenth century romantic romp.------ Harriet Klausner