Miss Caroline Crispin is on top of the world. But she’s about to take a painful fall.
As the daughter of London’s most in-demand architect, Caro has laughed and danced and pursued her interests with gusto—free from Society’s censure. So when she overhears two lords calling her vulgar names and wagering on whose lover she’ll become, she’s shocked and stung—and determined to teach them a lesson. Though it pains her to ask for help from another brutish lord…
Lord Ryland isn’t the man his father wanted him to be. But he’s about to make an excellent catch.
Adam, Earl Ryland, just wants to get married and tend his country garden, away from the bucks, fops, and gossips who pester him to box like his late father. When this gentle giant meets his sister’s friend Caro—who parries his flirtations with double entendre that would make a barman blush—he’s smitten. But there’s a problem: she’s looking to him for a different sort of partnership. And it’s a risky one.
“Miss Caroline Crispin, daughter to England’s royal architect, speaks boldly and flirts audaciously…Ramsey’s smooth prose and witty dialogue make for enjoyable reading.” - Publisher’s Weekly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Caro is the daughter of a successful architect duo. Her parents are in high demand and therefore she attends many social gatherings. Caro is intelligent and outspoken and she’s also a little bit forward, which she sees as one of her best qualities. Unfortunately two double-faced lords, who pretend to be her friends, have a bet placed on her honor. She overhears the nasty words they have to say about her and even though their scheme breaks her heart Caro isn’t easily defeated, she decides to teach them a lesson. With the help of Adam, her best friend’s brother and a high regarded member of the ton, she sets her plans into motion. Will they succeed? Adam likes Caro’s bold, but sweet personality. He enjoys their easy banter and uses every opportunity he can find to spend time with her. Unfortunately being associated with Caro can now damage his reputation. Adam needs to take his future as an Earl seriously and the wager can ruin the chances at a good match for both him and his sister. Caro understands the risks they run by associating with her, but Adam knows what and who he wants and is determined to win Caro’s heart. Can he help her to find a way out of her dire situation? Everything but the Earl is a terrific romantic story. I adored Caro. She’s smart, resilient, creative and kindhearted. I liked her fierceness and spunky spirit. She’s a fantastic heroine and I enjoyed every single one of her adventures. Caro is used to equality between men and women and I liked how she fights for her rights. Adam is the perfect match for her. He’s equally gentle and he can stand up for himself. They challenge each other and they have a lot of fun, which is a great basis for a relationship. Sparks keep flying between them, but they have to overcome a huge obstacle to have a chance to be together. I couldn’t wait to discover if they’d find happiness together and read their captivating story in one sitting. Willa Ramsey has a lovely warm writing style that’s laced with humor. I was hooked to Everything but the Earl from the very first line and couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved this entertaining story, it has plenty of charm, many surprising twists and turns, a fabulous plot line and beautiful true love. Willa Ramsey’s detailed and dynamic descriptions of both emotions and situations put a big smile on my face. She makes her story come to life in a brilliant way, it has a lot of pizzazz and it sparkles, shines and allures. I absolutely loved this gorgeous book.
A cute romance. The heroine is spunky and outspoken, and the hero an enlightened male. The most interesting character is the heroine's mother, an architect who functions under her husband's name and is glad to be doing so rather than working as a domestic.