If Wishes Were Earls (Rhymes with Love Series #3)

If Wishes Were Earls (Rhymes with Love Series #3)

by Elizabeth Boyle
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If Wishes Were Earls (Rhymes with Love Series #3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
camaibarb More than 1 year ago
The last of the series and finally Harriet and Roxley. They played such great parts in the first two stories I was glad they had their happily ever after. Having a curse on the town was interesting throughout the three books. This story having an unseen enemy was a great way to end the trilogy. Loved all three books.
RhondaRFK More than 1 year ago
If Wishes Were Earls is the third book in the Rhymes With Love Series by Elizabeth Boyle, a terrific, terrific author. I read this book as a stand-alone and didn’t have any problem except when some of the back story between the couple was mentioned and felt myself lost, but only for a moment. I would recommend that the first two books be read first but only because the couple has known each other almost all their lives and are mentioned in the previous books. This book also mentions characters from the previous books. However, regardless of the references to earlier books, this book can be read alone and it is still a great read. Being friends with the heroines brothers the hero in If Wished Were Earls has been aware and has known the heroine for many years. The heroine, Harriet, is a head-strong, clever, intelligent, straight speaking, making her own decisions piece of glorious work. She has loved the hero, Earl of Roxley, for as long as she can remember and she sets her mind on having him. But nothing is as smooth as it should be and there are obstacles to be overcome before they can be together. The couple spend a scandalous night together after which Harriet expects a proposal of marriage, as it should be. However; because of problems in Roxley’s life, he leaves the next morning with no notice whatsoever and doesn’t see or talk to her for months. Then it seems he is close to marrying someone else. The good thing is Harriet, in no way, sits still for such as this. She is determined to take care of any problem keeping them apart as she has worked to hard to make him hers. He is hers and she isn’t taking no for an answer as she knows he would not simply treat her as if she was of no importance. She feels someone is out to get him and therefore ruin her future so she puts her experience from being raised with several older brothers to use and attempts to save them both. The author combines humor, suspense, blackmail, romance, steamy charisma, adventure, danger, and mystery within this one book and makes it work. The flirty dialogue throughout keeps the reader enthralled with each turn of the page. Throw in hilarious banter between two aunts in the mix of everything else and you have a keeper. I would definitely recommend not only this book but based on this book the others in the series. When you wish upon an earl . . . Harriet Hathaway has only ever wanted one man: the Earl of Roxley. After a passionate interlude at a house party, Harriet is convinced Roxley will do the right thing and propose. But when she returns to London, she finds the roguish earl on the verge of proposing to another. Yet Harriet refuses to believe that her hopes of a happily-ever-after are completely lost—for she can see the desire still flickering in the earl’s eyes when he looks at her from across the dance floor. And when they are alone . . . there is one wish neither can deny. . . . the most extraordinary things can happen The Earl of Roxley is in a dangerous fix—and to keep Harriet safe, he must hold her at arm’s length. He won’t entangle her in the murderous mystery that is threatening to destroy his family and his future. But keeping Harriet Hathaway out of his troubles proves as impossible as it is to keep the determined beauty from stealing his heart.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Harriet Hathaway has known Roxley for most of her life. Now as a grown woman, she wants more from him than mere friendship, she desires him and loves him. One night at a ball they share a memorable kiss, but nothing came from it. Now over a year later, she still wants to marry him and wants to show him that what they have is more powerful than any other match he could ever make with any other woman. Roxley, due to his parents gambling habits, has barely kept himself afloat. Now he is approached by a man who has bought all of his debt, and demands that he marries his daughter. Feeling as if his hands are tied, he knows that he has no choice, even though his heart has always belonged to one woman, a woman who was dare enough to kiss him and change everything. The last thing that Roxley wants is to hurt "Harry", but he doesn't have a choice in order to save those whose welfare are relying on him. Harriet is shocked when she learns that Roxley is suppose to propose to another woman, and is determined to stop it. Then a dangerous plot unravels, and it will take Roxley and Harriet working together to put that which was wronged right once again, and to take down those who would destroy them. If Wishes Were Earls is the first novel that I have read from Elizabeth Boyle. I was able to receive a copy in exchange for a honest review from Avon and Edelweiss. I don't know why I haven't read her before now, especially since I love historical romance. As they say "Better late than never", and I definitely feel that way about this author. I plan on looking for this author at my local library and reading more of her books. Even though this is the third in the series, it could be read as a stand alone, but I definitely wishes I had read the first two beforehand, but it isn't necessary to read this one. First off I want to discuss the cover, which is one of my favorites, including the stepback. When I saw it for the first time, I found the blend of the purples, pinks and the white dress, had such a mixture of soft colors that created a magical scene of sensuality. One of my favorite aspects of If Wishes Were Earls was the way that the story picked up, it starts with the reader seeing Harriet being bold and daring and going after what she wants, which is the Earl of Roxley. But what turns into hopes gets turned into disappointment when Roxley treats her differently after the fact. But she doesn't want to give up hope, so she sets up a plan to make Roxley fall in love with her and choose love over his duty. We see that there are two sides to this situation. Roxley wishes he was free to marry Harriet, but he has to provide for his aunts, and keep those lands that have been in his family for generations. When he ends up being blackmailed, he knows he has little choice. Then we see a certain sub plot of danger and intrigue involving some diamonds, and the plot thickens, and the reader is then taken on a ride of passion, suspense and power of true love. I found If Wishes Were Earls to be a truly captivating story that reeled me in from the prologue. Usually I have to force my way through the prologue sometimes, I just want to get to the story (LOL). But I have found that reading the prologue lends the reader to some background information needed to make sense of the rest of the story. When I first read the synopsis I wasn't sure if I would like it much, but the story was far different than what the Synopsis implied the story to be. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed seeing the change of events and the way the Harriet and Roxley get on together. I couldn't complain much about the setting, I found it very delightful the connection the Roxley and Harry have with each other, even though its subtle at times and too obvious at other times. The one thing that I would complain about this story would be the multiple flashbacks, it could be a bit confusing at times. Other than the flashbacks, I truly enjoyed this story and I can hardly wait for the chance to read the rest of the series, and more from this author. Overall I splendid romance with a touch of witty humor, a hint of passion and excitement, a plot thickened with drama and danger and intrigue that will tie you up in knots, and a love story to charm and entice. A DELICIOUS READ!!!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Harriet Hathaway has been in love with the Earl of Roxley since she can remember and after a scandalous night with him, she fully expected him to ask for her hand. Instead when she sees him again he is almost engaged to another woman. But Harriet can sense all isn’t what it seems; the man she loves wouldn’t callously discard her in that way and there is something not quite right about his supposed intended. Roxley is in trouble and fully intends to help him put things right again. It isn’t very often that it is the hero of the tale that puts me off a book, but in this case that is exactly what happened, it wasn’t that Roxley was cruel or stupid he was just rather tepid. It isn’t that I expect a big bad alpha hero in every book I read but I do like a hero to have some backbone, but Roxley seemed perfectly content to allow himself to be blackmailed and forced into a marriage he didn’t want, that is until Harriet came along and decided to stir things up. Harriet I liked, she was feisty and intelligent and never gave up on the man she loved, she saved me from giving up on this book entirely. Romantically, they did have some chemistry together, there had shared history, but for me it all just fell a bit flat as I never really warmed up to Roxley. Unfortunately I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as I would have liked to and definitely not as much as other books I have read by Elizabeth Boyle, perhaps I will like the next book in the series more. *ARC provided by publisher
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This is a very nice story for Harry. Nice to see her finally get her man. It was also nice to see the depth of Roxley; he is not just another great looking rogue.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable Story If Wishes Were Earls by Mrs. Elizabeth Boyle is funny , romantic. I was looking forward to read Harreit and Roxley story. Like all Mrs.Elizabeth's book this one too was enjoyable with smart , fun characters and adventures.
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It was just ok nothing more or less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed this series very much. I just wish Roxley had a little more back bone, he seemed ok with being blackmailed. As always, Harriet kept me laughing & the story interesting. Looking forward to the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a fan of series. But I am just obsessive-compulsive enough to have to read them all. Had to find out what happened to Harriett, but didn't like the "flashback" style of this story.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
IF WISHES WERE EARLS by Elizabeth Boyle is another exciting Historical Romance. #3 in the “Rhymes With Love” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “And the Miss Ran Away with the Earl” and “Along Came a Duke”. Follow the Earl of Roxley and Harriet Hathaway on a dangerous journey of love, passion and danger. Someone is trying to destroy Roxley. With betrayal, suspicion, danger and passion how can you go wrong. I believe this is by far by favorite of this series. It is fast paced and filled with suspense and action. A must read if you enjoy historical romance, the strong,protector type hero and a heroine who is determined to help her beloved Roxley. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Above the Treeline. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the fact that sh kept the personalities the same over the books. I really liked harriet. I am not sure I could understand her boldness but she was the same in all the books. Very good series. The flashbacks some times got a little boring but it came togethet nicely in the end.
PennylayneOH More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, witty and romantic.
Mariana_Garnet More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I got a little frustrated with Roxley at times. An okay read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked at her greifing clan. She sat with them while meowing, "Its ok. He wouldn't want this."