Forever Your Earl: The Wicked Quills of London

Forever Your Earl: The Wicked Quills of London

by Eva Leigh

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Eva Leigh's irresistible new series introduces the Wicked Quills of London: a group of bold, brilliant female writers whose spirited allure is beyond seductive . . .

Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades . . . What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?

Daniel has secrets, and if The Hawk's Eye gets wind of them, a man's life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best-laid plans.

But when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062358622
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: Wicked Quills of London Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 299,024
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

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Forever Your Earl: The Wicked Quills of London 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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19269684 More than 1 year ago
Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh is the first book I ever won on It's the one that set me off on my epic adventure of book winning and first book given me for review. So let's take a peek at the cover first. It's pretty- not too bright and focuses on the lead character, Eleanor Hawke. She runs the periodical, Hawke's Eye and tells of all the gossip in London. She's a woman ahead of her time in London's 1800's. The cover fits the story because she's actually drawn into the life she speaks so harshly about. The story tells of how she's invited into Daniel Balfour's world- something she's longed to get into her paper, but in doing so, she'd be putting someone's life in danger - not to mention her own! As Daniel tries to get her to focus on his life, without giving away his own dark secrets, he's got an agenda as well. AND, of course, he falls for the lovely Eleanore en route! **Book was won on for an honest review.
KatinkaB More than 1 year ago
FOREVER YOUR EARL by Eva Leigh is a breath-of-fresh-air, sophisticated historical romance that will delight romance readers with its sexy, smart, and admirable heroine and hero, Eleanor Hawke and Daniel, Earl of Ashford. Eleanor Hawke, 32, is a grown, independent, progressive working woman who revolutionizes the rakish Earl of Ashford’s entitled way of thinking. Before Daniel walked into Eleanor Hawke’s newspaper office, he barely thought about women’s limitations in society and his privilege as a male and an aristocrat. He’s astounded that the scandal sheet that has been documenting his leisurely activities is run by a female writer. Throughout the novel, Eleanor subverts Daniel’s preconceived notions of a woman’s place in society and demands his respect, while Daniel responds with willingness to open his mind and learn everything about her. I liked how their courtship was conducted on equal terms and how there was an equal give and take to their passion and lovemaking. Though Daniel is powerful, charismatic, and authoritative, he doesn’t dominate Eleanor in or out of bed. For one thing, she’s not the kind of woman who would let a man walk all over her. Eleanor isn’t a virgin or a widow, and she isn’t ashamed of her physical needs. In a society that shames single, sexually active women, Eleanor is a true individual. Similarly, Daniel isn’t as much of a rake as society perceives him to be. He treats Eleanor honorably, he’s protective, and he’s loyal and committed to finding his missing best friend and bringing him home. Though I felt at times there was too much exposition in dialogue, I appreciated the world-building and understand how important and difficult it is to motivate men to see the world from a woman’s perspective. I liked how the 19th century London in this novel is refreshingly populated with people of color. Eleanor and Daniel’s sexy, witty banter is laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed their frank discussions on sex, gender, class, and privilege. The secondary characters, especially Eleanor’s theater friends, were lively and entertaining, and I loved how Eleanor had a best friend she could call a sister. The subplot regarding Daniel’s missing friend causes Eleanor and Daniel to embark on a series of humorous adventures, while their class differences present a realistic obstacle to their relationship. But FOREVER YOUR EARL wouldn’t be a romance novel if Eleanor and Daniel didn’t find a way to be together in the end. FOREVER YOUR EARL by Eva Leigh is a smart, sexy, and refreshing must-read historical romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eva LEigh can write banter with the best. Her wit, her intelligence, her sheer love of words shines on each page. No weak, simpering heroine here. No all-too-proper or arrogant hero here, either. Leigh writes of scandal, of the enjoyment of lighter reading, of snobbery, even of PTSD in soldiers returning from war. A rich and rewarding Regency romance. Highly recommended!
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first in a new regency series, Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh is a wonderful start to a new series with clever and driven heroines and the upper-crust males who are baffled, befuddled and bemused by them. Eleanor has worked her bustle off to make a life for herself of her own design. Now the owner / operator and jack of all trades for her own thrice weekly tabloid, her paper focuses on the foibles and excesses of the most notorious members of society. Small in circulation, but gaining popularity, her paper has caught the eye of Lord Ashford, who is not happy with the intrusion and never-ending eyes on his activities. Daniel, Lord Ashford is burdened by guilt, the responsibilities of his title, and the loss of his best friends. As the only heir to the title, he was unable to consider a commission in the military, a regret that he holds to this day. His best friend Jonathan went off to fight Napoleon. On his return, he slowly retreated from friends and family, and has been missing. Daniel has been quietly searching and scouring the less desirable areas of London trying to find his friend, and doesn’t want the scrutiny from Eleanor’s paper to discover the fact, fearing Jonathan will go deeper into hiding, if he is, in fact, still alive. To lure Eleanor off the trail, Daniel heads to the offices of the Hawk’s Eye to make a deal. Open access to his activities, as he hopes the opportunity will allow him to continue the search for Jonathan without exposure. This sets up a series of outings where Daniel provides entrée into the world of a ‘rake’, offering a bird’s eye view of the dubious behaviors of the ton. Fast paced, clever characters and wonderful moments of dialog that are both pointed and funny, this story was an absolute delight to read. Eleanor and Daniel are wonderful characters: both have their own preconceived notions which are slowly realigned and readjusted as they truly come to know one another. Plenty of humor and some truly massacred metaphors showed Daniel’s enjoyment of their banter, and you can almost hear Eleanor’s pained groan. “That apple,” Ashford said, “didn’t fall close to the tree. In fact, it threw itself off the tree’s branches, rolled down a hill, and straight into the nearest theater box, where is surrounded itself with a variety of strawberries of dubious repute.” Fresh and unique, this read never failed to surprise in a trope that, admittedly, could become trite. Add in the search for Jonathan and the slow build of dependence and reliance on the connection between Eleanor and Daniel, and this is a story that is hard to put down. Secondary characters fil out the story with actions and personalities from depraved to delightful, keeping our couple in the ‘feel’ of the time, even with two who are very different from the norm we are familiar with. I can’t wait for the next in the series! I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
MouseyBL More than 1 year ago
Forever Your Earl is the first book in The Wicked Quills of London by Eva Leigh and it follows a brilliant woman, Eleanor Hawke, a writer who lives for a good scandal to entertain the readers of her newspaper with. When one of her favorite subjects shows up in her office, the last thing Eleanor expects was to end up experiencing his illicit pursuit by the earls side. Ashford has his own reasons for allowing Eleanor to tag along on his exploits. As long as the woman keeps her focus on his rakish behavior for her newspaper, he can continue searching for his friend Jonathan and hopefully keep his family out of a scandal that can ruin them, should his disappearance go public. If you have followed me for a while, you know I love my historical romance and Eva Leigh did a good job delivering exactly what I wanted. A swoon worthy romance, an entertaining plot, and well written main characters. Eleanor and Ashford were fantastic together. “You set me adrift,” she confessed. “And you anchor me,” he answered. Seriously. They had so many moments that melted my heart. She was a hard working woman who made a name for herself and built her newspaper from scratch. He is an earl who has a lot of money, lots of free time on his hands and very unsure of the purpose he has in his life. Together, they made a great duo that I could not help but root for, especially when in their day and age, society would frown upon their match. “We’ve degenerated into name-calling now.” She shook her head. “The last refuge of those deprived of wit.” “Now who’s calling names?” He grinned. The banter between them was so much fun. I loved how the two clicked together and the tension that built around their relationship. Eleanor seemed to have bought out a different side of Ashford, a very vulnerable side that not even Ashford he was aware of. His confessions to her about not knowing his purpose was heart touching. The plot I found interesting as well. Daniel (Ashford) search for his friend fueled Eleanor’s writing and the reason why the two have ventured into some questionable places. Jonathan’s story was also very heartbreaking, a veteran of war with demons. I hope he eventually get’s his own book. This was my first taste of Leigh writing and I really did enjoy it. I am looking forward to exploring more of her writing in the future. I leave you with one more… A long while later, she said, “You’ve a peculiar way of showing a woman you love her.” “Never done it before,” he answered. I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 Stars | Hot Steam Utterly captivating and absolutely unforgettable, Eva Leigh’s glittering and gorgeous Avon Historical debut is, without a doubt, one of this year’s very best! Brilliantly written with uncommon intelligence, command, polish, delicious detail and soul-stirring depth, I simply couldn’t put it down! Every single moment I spent immersed in Eleanor and Daniels’ riveting story felt like a precious gift. Their incredibly charming, dynamic and multi-layered personalities came alive and leapt from the page as they humorously bantered, battled and dashed around London covertly seeking and barely skirting scandal. With every witty exchange, thrilling adventure, passionate first and then sizzling and blissfully satisfying steamy encounter thereafter, I fell more in love with this wonderful couple, their perfect chemistry and searing connection. Truly, this novel is so magnificent and affecting that I am still feeling the joy from experiencing it. Eleanor and Daniel are staying with me for a definite re-read until I can savor the next book in the The Wicked Quills of London series, Scandal Takes the Stage. I’m over the moon knowing that in less than a month I get to discover how Eleanor’s best friend, the world weary and romantically jaded Maggie, and the dark and wicked Viscount Marwood find their way to happily ever after. Oh my goodness, they are going to be so good together! I can hardly wait! Bottom Line: Read this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all the great reviews on this and i was looking to find a new book or a new writer to read..I had a hard time with this one..first off I love historical romance and read many different author's, from Johanna lynsdey to lots of erotic writer's.. I like the story to draw you in and have great chemistry and passion..the sex doesn't always have to be detailed but at least pull me in..I prefer books with scandal, true rakes, mistresses...the badder the better. I also don't mind a light funny read at times. The concept of this story didn't sound to bad so I decided to give it a try..I had a hard time with this book. To me it was way to wordy. Daniel is a rake, but does nothing in the book to make me believe he is one, they just say he is..he is looking for his friend and has a journalist miss Hawke follow him around to throw her off his trail. She is a writer and owner of a paper and writes gossip on the aristocrats..that's how Daniel ended up meeting her couse he was in her he decided to let him follow him around( a true rake ) to see what he does so she can write about lord rake well..this is all a ploy..wich is said about 20 times..he needs to find his friend who is now the new duke before scandal touches him and his sister. So he is willing to let scandal ruin earl?? I mean dukes can pretty much murder and the mama's would still throw there daughters at them for the title..I had a hard time with the was slow some parts unrealistic. And half the time had to use my dictionary for most the just felt the writing was overdone on some levels. Half way into the book there was a kiss. And no real scandal or anything going on. So I gave up to....I will try to finish at a later date and will update if it turns out better..wich I doubt since I'm halfway through and find it lacking.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh Book One of The Wicked Quills of London series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: September 29, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Eva Leigh makes her Avon debut with the first book in her smart and sexy Wicked Quills of London series! Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades…What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake? Daniel has secrets and if The Hawk’s Eye gets wind of them, a man’s life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best laid plans. But when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever. What I Liked: Debut historical romance author! I personally don't come across too many of these first novels from first-time authors, so I always make a mental note when I do. Debut novels are extra special! Especially when they're really good, written like a tenth novel from the author. I enjoyed this book! Lots of witty banter, good chemistry, and likable characters! Eleanor is a self-made woman, a writer who owns and runs her business. She writes scandals for her paper, The Hawk's Eye. When one of her illustrious subjects, Lord Ashford, comes to her directly and offers to take her about and show her his life as a rake, how can she refuse? Eleanor knows he has ulterior motives, but she knows an opportunity when she sees one. Daniel, Earl of Ashford is trying to turn The Hawk's Eye away from something specific that he is doing - looking for a fallen comrade. But in the process, this very earl and this very journalist find it impossible not to fall for each other... but can this unlikely romance survive? My absolute favorite thing about this book is all the banter between Eleanor and Ashford! Eleanor is a writer, and a sometimes sarcastic one. In any case, she is observant and has a quick mind, so her tongue is sharp and she is unafraid to tell Daniel anything on her mind. Daniel is a master opponent, just as adept with trading barbs. They play games with each other in words like pros. It is so fun to watch! I enjoy their relationship. Specifically, I like the romance. They meet when he storms in her office, and she takes him up on his offer to let him show her into his life as a rake. Their first night about, she has to dress as a man. This particular night takes up a huge chunk of the book, maybe 20% alone (that's a lot for one night!). After that, things take off. Daniel finds that he cannot stop thinking about his clever companion, and Eleanor cannot stop thinking about the earl who is more than a rich, powerful man. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)