Kiss the Earl

Kiss the Earl

by Gina Lamm

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ISBN-13: 9781492607823
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: Geek Girls , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 899,507
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gina Lamm, a bellydancing, wisecracking, marshmallow-addicted geek, loves nothing more than penning funny, emotional tales of love, lust, and entertaining mishaps. Married to a superhero, she lives with her beloved family in North Carolina, surrounded by tobacco farms, possums, and the occasional hurricane. She also writes erotic romance for Ellora's Cave under the pen name Regina Cole. Visit www.ginalamm.net for more info.

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One

April 2, 2015

Ella Briley chewed her bottom lip as she gripped her pencil tighter. The cape just wasn't right. Something about the way the fabric curled and flared against the hero's muscular ass didn't make her happy.

Carefully adding more shading didn't help. Using the corner of her gum eraser to fade it a bit didn't either. The clock ticked loudly, and she glared up at it.

"For chrissakes, I know it's late. Nagging me isn't going to help." She hunched over the board again.

"I wasn't nagging you. I just wanted to see if you needed anything."

Ella screeched as her pencil went skittering over the drawing, leaving a jagged line in its wake. Her chair tilted backward dangerously as she clutched her chest. The studio's owner, Anthony, stood in the doorway of her office, grinning at her. His dark hair fell over one eye, clearly gelled to stay put.

"Holy crap, Anthony, you scared me."

Anthony proceeded into the room, flopping onto the ratty couch that occupied the opposite wall. "Sorry. I just wanted to see if you needed anything. It's not like you to hang out here this long."

"I'm okay, really. Finishing up now."

Steadfastly ignoring Anthony's presence, Ella sat back in her chair and stared down at the line drawing. A quick application of her eraser fixed the crooked evidence of her surprise. There. It wasn't perfect, but it would be good enough-she hoped. Whisperwind Comics's offer was an incredible break for her, and if she could land the lead artist spot on Admiral Action, she'd have a steady paycheck for at least twelve months-a nice setup in this business. Being a comic book artist, her lifelong dream, wasn't exactly the most stable of careers. But she'd loved Admiral Action since she was old enough to tie her dad's blue bathrobe to her back and zoom around the living room. She couldn't screw this up. It was too important.

Mentally crossing her fingers, she wrapped the board and carefully slid it into her portfolio with the others. She'd have to hand-deliver these to the inker. The extra step might take longer, but it would make the art look its best, and that was the most important thing.

"Hey, Ella?"

She looked up from packing her olive drab messenger bag. "Yeah?"

Anthony sat up on the couch, eyes narrowed in thought. His knee bounced up and down as his heel drummed the floor.

"Are you okay?" Ella asked.

"Yeah." He laughed, an unfamiliar, nervous tremor in his voice. "Yeah." He cleared his throat.

Bemused, Ella flopped the patch-laden flap over the top of her messenger bag. With Domo grinning up at her, she shouldered the bag, grabbed her portfolio, and went over to Anthony, who was still struggling to speak. She sank down on the couch next to him, careful to perch on the edge.

"What is it?"

He didn't look over at her. "I just wondered, um, I mean..."

Ella shoved her black braid over her shoulder. "Anthony, can you spit it out? I need to get to Max's before he cuts out for the night."

Anthony squeezed his eyes shut and the words shot out of him like fizz from a shaken-up Dr. Pepper. "Would you go out with me?"

Ella froze. She couldn't have heard that correctly. She searched for the right words, the ones that would indicate that she had zero interest in the poor guy without crushing him. She didn't need a romantic entanglement right now. Her career was finally taking off, and the last thing she wanted was to screw that up with a boyfriend. Not to mention that Anthony was nice, but he wasn't her type. At all. He tried too hard, with his skinny jeans and ironic lens-free glasses. When she jumped into the dating pool, she wanted it to be with somebody who wasn't ashamed to be who he really was.

If she jumped into the dating pool, that is. She was pretty sure that particular swimming hole was infested with sharks.

"I mean..." Anthony's laugh climbed even higher. "If you're not interested, that's cool. I know it's weird, since I own the studio and you sort of work for me. We're friends. I mean, we should just be friends. Probably."

"No-I mean, yes, we're friends..." Ella's voice trailed off. She bit her tongue, trying to ignore the loud ticking of the clock in the room. Come on, Briley, say something. "This is kind of sudden."

"Well, you're great. I mean, you're attractive. And I thought maybe we could go catch a movie this weekend. The art museum is showing Fight Club out on the lawn Saturday night. Besides, I think we'd look good together."

Ella hoped that her wince stayed inside her head. It wasn't exactly the most tempting offer she'd ever had. "Gosh, that sounds like fun, Anthony, but I'm busy this weekend."

Anthony leaned toward her, his lips parted. "Well, maybe we could skip the movie. I could just come over to your house, maybe get to know you a little better." His hand rose to touch her cheek, and Ella wasted no time in jumping from the couch.

"Actually, you're kind of my boss, or at least my landlord, and it would probably make things weird. Gosh, it's getting late. Listen, I should probably get this to Max. I'll see you later." She clutched her portfolio tight to her chest and bolted out the door.

Slumping against the side of her rusty yellow Jeep, Ella blew out a heavy breath into the muggy night air. That had been a way-too-narrow escape. Anthony had been after her to go out with him for a while, but he hadn't actually come out and asked until now. She probably should have handled that better, but damn it, she really didn't have a lot of experience with that sort of thing.

Ella glanced up at the rapidly darkening sky. The cloud cover was too thick to see any stars, but she wished anyway.

"I just want to be happy," she whispered to the sky. "I think this job will do it, but if not? I'm sort of clueless. So if anybody's up there, I could use a little luck."

No big voice boomed down to her, no star suddenly appeared with a hopeful wink. Even the wind fell silent as if to say, Fat chance. Ella shook her head and yanked open the driver's door. It gave a loud, protesting squeak.

She carefully laid the portfolio in the passenger seat before pulling away from the small brown building that housed Dare Studios. Maybe someone upstairs had heard her plea. Maybe not. Either way, she was determined that her life was about to start.

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April 2, 1820

Patrick Meadowfair, third Earl of Fairhaven, smiled politely as he bowed his farewell to the young debutante. Turning on his heel, he wound his way through giggling misses and avaricious mamas. The air was thick, clouded with perfume and the stench of too many bodies. His toes ached inside his boots. Though she was nice enough, the poor chit was possessed of two left feet, and that quadrille had seemed interminable.

Almack's was becoming more and more like a slaughterhouse, and gentlemen of his age and circumstance were the preferred victims. If not for Amelia, he'd never show up there again.

The young lady in question caught his eye before he could claim his greatcoat and make his escape into the bitter night. It was unseasonably cold for April, and the chill ran down to his bones. He had the sneaking suspicion that the shiver had less to do with the weather than with the company. Chaperones lined the walls like hungry vultures, and the dragons of Almack's, the patronesses, sat upon their dais, looking down on the mortals as if waiting for bloodshed. Lord, he wished he'd accepted his cousin Iain's offer of a visit to Madame Lisbon's. Though brothels weren't usually his style, a warm and willing female would have been just the thing to ease the chill of the night.

Amelia shot him a beckoning glance that was impossible to mistake. With a silent prayer for mercy, Patrick made his way toward her.

"Lord Fairhaven." Amelia greeted him over with a desperate wave of her gloved hand. She stood in front of a paunchy gentleman whose forehead was shiny with sweat. "You must come and meet Mr. Cuthbert. He's ever so amusing."

Patrick smothered his impatience to be gone and gave her a bow. He'd known Amelia Brownstone since he was a young man of only eleven and he'd been thrown from his pony on her family's property. The tiny girl had announced that he was her prisoner, and marched him nearly half a mile to Brown Hall. Thinking she was amusing, he'd played along at the time. Things hadn't changed much since then.

"Mr. Cuthbert," Patrick said smoothly after Amelia made the introduction.

"Your lordship," Cuthbert said with a bow and a bob of his glistening bald head. He grinned broadly at Amelia, who winced. "'Tis a pleasure to make your acquaintance. Just a pleasure. Such a fine lord as you, yes. I was just telling Miss Brownstone here about my new horses. A beautiful matched pair of bays, you see, with-"

The orchestra began again just then, and Amelia grabbed Patrick's arm with a polite-though thin-smile. "Oh, do excuse us, Mr. Cuthbert. The earl had reserved this dance ages ago, and I mustn't disappoint him."

Before the surprised Mr. Cuthbert could respond, Amelia and Patrick had maneuvered their way into the crowd of waltzing couples at the center of the room.

As Patrick laid a careful hand on her back, he sighed. "You know I cannot rescue you again tonight, Amelia. This is our second waltz. The dragons would have us wed."

Amelia thumped his shoulder surreptitiously with her fan. "Do be quiet, Patrick. I cannot think with your preaching."

Patrick's eyebrows winged high. "Preaching? Dear girl, you were the one who summoned me like a fishwife hawking her wares. I believe that I'm entitled to a bit of friendly advice."

"I suppose." She blew out the words as if they tasted foul. "Thank you for rescuing me from that wretched bore, Cuthbert. He's third cousin to Viscount Langton, and Mother insisted that I meet him."

"Is your father still determined to see you wed this Season?"

Amelia nodded, biting her pink lip in consternation as they made a turn at the corner of the floor. "He still refuses to believe that I love George as I do. He'll never let me marry a poor clergyman, Patrick. Since Father has no heir, he's determined to see me well settled. But I've loved George for so long. Father refuses to believe it, stubborn man."

She turned her face up to him, and his heart softened at the pain in her blue eyes.

"What am I to do? He's threatening to force me to wed the next halfway-suitable gentleman to ask for my hand. I couldn't bear being separated from George forever."

He considered this as their feet moved through the swirling patterns of the waltz. It was a knotty problem. Amelia had fallen in love with the soft-spoken clergyman, George Harrods, when he'd taken over the church in Cromer some three years ago. But Baron Brownstone was determined to see his daughter marry a well-to-do peer of the realm, and poor George hardly had two groats to rub together.

As much as Patrick cared for Amelia, he knew better than to offer for her himself. She'd drive him mad with her schemes. And besides, he was only nine-and-twenty-much too young to be leg-shackled.

"Don't worry. You're a clever girl. I'm sure you'll think of something. You always do, more's the pity." He mumbled the last bit.

She laughed, and the sound made Patrick smile. He hated to see her so maudlin.

"I suppose you're right. If only you were more of a rakehell, Patrick. Then we could plan a scene that painted George as my rescuer." She blinked dreamily, but Patrick's innards twisted at the sudden change in her mood. This did not bode well. He knew her schemes. Her lovesick brain was churning, and he was quite certain that whatever plan she'd concoct would be singularly dangerous to his-

"I've got it! Patrick, I know what we must do." She gave a gleeful hop just as the violinist's string popped and the song ended.

"I have a definite feeling that I am not going to like this plan of yours," Patrick said as he escorted her from the floor.

"You'll adore it! All the ladies will flock to you afterward, you'll see." She lowered her voice to a whisper. "Women do so love a rake. Meet me in our park tomorrow at dawn, and I shall lay down what we must do."

"A rake?" He nearly stumbled at the word. "Amelia, I am not a rake."

Her eyes glittered, her smile wide. "That is what makes this such a brilliant plan."

"What-"

She tutted. "I will reveal all tomorrow at dawn. The park, Patrick. Do not be late." Tapping his shoulder with her fan, she turned and disappeared through the crowd.

Worry tensing his shoulders, Patrick made his farewell bows to his hosts and escaped into the chilly night. Once he'd mounted his stallion, he turned and headed straight for his club. He'd need a bottle of whisky or two to fortify him for whatever Amelia was planning, that was for certain.

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April 30, 2015

Ella squealed as she danced around the living room of her apartment. Finally! The notice she'd been waiting for. Admiral Action was hers for the next twelve issues!

She dragged in an excited breath as she sat down in front of her computer to read the email again.

Ella,

We got your pages, and they're fantastic. Perfect for AA. I'm attaching the contract for you to sign. I'll be in touch next week to go over the scripts with you. With this relaunch, Admiral Action will gain a lot of attention, and we're going to do this right.

We're hosting a gala in Charlotte next Saturday night. There, we'll be unveiling lots of new AA merchandise, as well as the new series. As our artist, we need you there! Send an RSVP to my secretary when you can with your name and your date's name. Anthony Gorse still heads up Dare Studios, right? Feel free to bring him as your plus one if you're single-I haven't seen him in years.

Congratulations and welcome to the AA team!

Rufus Land

Whisperwind Comics

Ella shook her head and read the last paragraph again. Bring Anthony? As her date?

Ah, crap. She groaned and slumped back into her desk chair. This was awful. If she didn't have a date for the gala, she'd have to bring him. She didn't want to disappoint Mr. Land; after all, he was her new boss.

"Damn it," she hissed at the ceiling. "Why'd you have to go and make it weird, Anthony?"

The ceiling didn't respond.

Ella sprang to her feet and started pacing in front of the TV. Anthony could kick her out of the studio if she rejected him outright. While she didn't technically work for him, he owned the space, and the group camaraderie was helpful. There were six other artists there besides her, and they were all great. She'd hate to leave over something so stupid. She had to find a date, and find it fast. But she hadn't lived in the area long, and she didn't really want to spend a few hours with any of the single guys she knew, all of whom intimidated her.

Her cell phone buzzed in her pocket. "Hello?"

"El! It's Jamie. Leah and I are heading downtown tonight. Thought we could use a little girl time. Want to come? I think there's a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening at the Lakeland later."

Ella ran a hand over her forehead in relief. "Sounds great. And hey, I have a little problem I could use some help on. Think you and Leah could lend a hand?"

Jamie's laugh was thin through the speaker, but definitely genuine. "Sure! Anything for you, babe. We'll pick you up in a few."

Disconnecting the call, Ella slipped the phone back into her pocket. This would be perfect. Jamie and Leah had lived here forever. They had to know of some nice single guy who wouldn't mind geeking out at an exclusive Whisperwind Comics gala. And she'd introduce him to Mr. Land as her boyfriend. She couldn't take Anthony if she already had a date, right?

Wow. Boyfriend. That was a novel concept. Humming, she grabbed her keys and headed for the door. Her girlfriends would help her out. They were like the Powerpuff Girls-a great team of kickass chicks. They'd have her back. A date would be no problem at all.

The door closed behind her with a click.

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Kiss the Earl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very simple in plot and writing and I cannot believe it got 4 Stars. I will not purchase this author again
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun time-travel romance.  It really didn't look at what happens to the time line when you go back, it just assumes that it all works out somehow.  I think what I liked most about the time-travel aspect was Ella's reaction to the living conditions.  She has to use a chamber pot - super embarassing.  I loved seeing the reaction of a modern woman to Regency times. Ella was not at all happy to find herself stuck in the past with Patrick, but she'll have to work with him in order to get back to London and find her way home.  Patrick was quite a gentleman, and seemed to be truly worried about the strange crazy girl he accidently kidnapped.  I loved his thoughfulness and he really was just about everything I would hope to see in a romantic hero. Of course, they do find themselves in all sorts of trouble a few times.  But it really gave the story a light-hearted feeling between more serious scenes.  The ending was a bit of a surprise, but I really love it - espcially the part about the toilet.  You'll just to read to find out what I mean! *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
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Clever plot and characterizations. Fun dialect between their worlds. Really enjoyed this.
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I love the story
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Gina Lamm continues her quirky time travel romance series, the Geek Girls with her latest book, Kiss the Earl. Lamm combines Regency England with a modern woman and comes up with an interesting and delightfully original novel. Readers who love a bit a humor with their romance will find this one endearing with a very sweet hero and a heroine that must make the decision to stay in the past or return to her life in the future. A very good addition to the series! One of the things I like about this series is the fact that Gina Lamm doesn't apologize for her heroines. They don't try to mask who they are or try to fit into the Regency mold. Ella in Kiss the Earl doesn't even change the manner of her speech and I think that sort of detail is what makes this series so special. These modern women can't find the men they want in their own time and end up going to the past to find love. I think Lamm is onto something with this kind of time travel romance. It will appeal to the geek spirit in all of us. Ella was a great heroine. Sassy and full of spunk. A comic book artist, so she obviously had a sense of humor and a sense of the unusual. She had traveled to the past before so she wasn't completely clueless about what was going on, she just didn't expect to meet her own Mr. Darcy. I liked the fact that the decision wasn't an easy one for her. She didn't just throw away her career or her Mr. Right on a whim. She was the kind of heroine that you could believe in and I think that made all the difference in this book. Patrick was a good hero. But he was a little too nice at times and it generally ended up getting him in trouble. His best friend Amelia was something else and he was always getting pulled into one scheme or another but when he accidentally kidnaps Ella instead of Amelia, he ends up meeting the woman of his dreams. I thought Lamm did a good job with this character, but he could have had a little more depth. He was just too nice... LOL! If that makes any sense. Bottom Line: Another very good book from Gina Lamm. I like the Geek Girl series for a lot of reasons. The time travel thing is a very of mine and seeing how these modern women face the challenges of the Regency period is always fun. I loved the heroine, Ella and found myself pulling for her to make the right decision, but the hero, Patrick was a little too Mr. Perfect. He could have had a little more depth and I would have liked it better.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity. Summary  Ella, is about to have everything she has ever wanted. She is a comic artist and her first book is about to be released, and just before she is about to go to the gala, she goes to meet her date, only to find herself facing a mirror and ends up in the 1800’s England and finds herself being kidnapped by Patrick St. John. Patrick made a promise to his closest friend, Amelia, to go along with her scheme, so that she can marry the man she loves. Patrick has no one except his cousin and a estate and his title. He would do anything for his childhood friend and that she could be happy with her vicar. But he finds that in his arms is the wrong woman, an innocent woman with strange clothing and purple hair. Then he finds that Amelia’s father is after him, a woman who needs his help from the future, and his friend Amelia lost and he needs to find her. Things couldn’t get any worse right? Well Patrick finds himself falling in love with a woman who is not destined for him, a woman who needs to go back to her own time, and his future looking bleaker, unless Ella and Patrick can find a way to be part of both of their worlds and still be together…. The Hero  Patrick, is the Earl of Meadowfair, he respected and revered his father, who taught him the meaning of duty and responsibility to his title. If he doesn’t have an heir, the title will go to no one, and he made a vow to his father that he would make sure the title would continue no matter the cost. For Patrick honor and integrity is everything to him. When he makes a promise he sees it through. He is true to his word. Patrick was such a lovely hero, he is honest and good, I admired him so much and you see what a strong character he is, willing to sacrifice his own happiness for those he loves so that they can have their own happy ending. The Heroine  Ella is quite the quirky and independent heroine. She is on track for the career she has always wanted, but her love life is a bit weak, never had a successful date in her life, her family and friends going in opposite direction than from her, and she feels more alone than ever. When she finds herself in 1800 England, all she can focus is getting back, even though she could see herself being truly happy with the man she loves. I liked Ella for the most part, but I felt a bit annoyed by her at times. She wants to return back to the future even though she really has nothing there for her except a book of hers to be published, yet she has everything she could have dreamed, people who care and love her in the past, you see how torn she is and that tends to affect her relationship with Patrick. But I enjoyed her spunk and sass, she says exactly what she thinks even in moments where she doesn’t know what she wants. Plot and Story Line  I have read quite a few time travel romances, and this one was quite different from any others I have ever had the opportunity to read. Even though its the third book, and in the beginning I felt a bit disoriented, I was able to catch on quickly, this is the third book in the series, and I think I would have wished to read the previous two books, so I could have some more background information. What I enjoyed was seeing a quirky smart girl go back in time where life is very different. What I loved about reading Kiss The Earl was seeing the differences and the author has a great way of making those subtle yet obvious to the reader. You see the difference in style and dress, manners and way of speech and just the culture. For example, right before Ella goes back through time she is about to go to a gala, and dresses accordingly, nothing too scandalous though. But when she goes back in time, anyone that sees her in a dress a little above the knees and wearing tights and heels….well lets just say they assume she is a doxy….quite hilarious at moments. Because Ella is so far from being a doxy. What I also enjoyed was how Patrick treats Ella, he is very loyal and sweet and even though he is driven to obeying his word of honor, you see how he treats others, and the way he is willing to give up everything for those he loves. I love the bantering between Patrick and Ella, and Kiss The Earl was a lighthearted and fun flirty romance that kept me in tune with the story from page one. Definitely going to need to read the first two books, because I am hooked now. The Cover  Alrighty….who wouldn’t love this cover? Because quite frankly its one of my favorites of all time. I love the wet shirt look…and all that toned muscle and that background….just makes me want to jump right into the cover and kiss that Earl myself. If I had him I wouldn’t want to return to this time. He is sexy as sin right? Overall View  Kiss The Earl is a fun and sweet time travel romance that is engaging and tender. A powerful story of a destined love and two people who are in need of each other, romance at its best here. ENTERTAINING!!
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first in this time-travel contemporary / historical romance series that I have read, and with only a few little questions, it read  beautifully as a stand-alone story.  Kiss the Earl mixes a contemporary woman into a late regency era story, and does this with several  twists that make the story sing.   Ella is a comic book author, and in the midst of a crisis: a launch party to celebrate her release has her in need of a date, something very  hard to come by. Ella is smart, funny, brave and incredibly resourceful, with a core of strength and stubbornness that never quite dances over the line into annoying. Being suddenly thrust into a foreign place and time has to be unsettling, but she doesn’t drop into damsel in  distress mode, she simply does what she knows or believes is best. Having a character so firmly grounded in her own self and personality is refreshing and unique, particularly for those of the regency era that she encounters.  Patrick, Earl of Meadowfair is an honorable man, perhaps too much so.  Even with his unfamiliarity with the sort of attitude that Ella  presents, he’s one of those good guys.  His childhood friend Amelia is due to be wed to a man she does not love. She fears a loveless  marriage of duty and Patrick, underneath it all, completely understands just how horrible that would be for his friend. In a plan that is  both clever and dangerous, he agrees to help her stage a kidnapping so she can connect with her true love.  And then Ella happens.  Oh the introduction and confusion was delicious! Gina Lamm mixes the honor and curiosity of Patrick with the very modern Ella, and we are watching the two get to know one another, and discover an attraction for the ages. One that can’t possibly be enacted upon since they are from different times, and well, Patrick’s loyalty to Amelia is truly one of his first concerns.  And that is what makes Patrick so uniquely qualified and attractive: he is committed to his promises and loyalties to friends – his word I his bond  and he will even risk his own happiness to do what he feels I right.  The struggle is real people: poor Ella and Patrick are, without debate, meant to be together. Yet there is no easy way out of this mess to  give them what they deserve or desire.  Until the author’s incredibly clever twists that make the impossible possible.  Oh I did not see  that one coming at all, and it added yet another clever twist into a story that was layered with them, combining in unique ways that had  me questioning, smiling and wondering what would come next.  With only the barest of explanations to introduce Mrs. Knightsbridge and the time-travel, those very difficult to digest elements seemed to  be second nature to Ella: I would have liked just a touch more about that. I can only expect that as the third of the series, that information  was presented in earlier books: a question that I hope to resolve soon as I have bought the earlier books in the series.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this series, the Geek Girl in me just had to give it a look. The series began with The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl, and was followed by Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes. Since I enjoyed them, the chance to read the third book early was a no brainer. We are introduced to Ella, whom we met in book 2. Ella is into comics, as in an comic artist. She has just been chosen to illustrate her favorite comic book hero and now just has to find a date to the launch party of the new series that the company is throwing. She really doesn't want to go with the skeezy guy who owns the shop she rents space from, but unless she can find someone else fast, it looks like she will be stuck with him.  So Ella asks her friends Leah and Jamie about setting her up on a blind date.  However, Mrs. Knightsbridge, the wonderous worker of the magic mirror from the first two books, tricks her into touching the reassembled mirror (wee spoiler from book 2). Needless to say, Ella is less than thrilled to end up back in Regency England. Patrick, is on his way to "abduct" his best friend. He is doing this in order to assist her in this crazy scheme she has concocted to allow her father to let her marry her chosen man, a much poorer and less worthy vicar. Unfortunately, he abducts the wrong woman, but doesn't realize it until hours later. So commences a comedy of errors. I really enjoyed that this wasn't a revamp of either of the first two books. Though each book is different, they all shared a feel for the reality of life in Regency England, from chamber pots to strange food dishes to how rough and long it took to travel around the countryside. I am picky when it comes to historicals, but I can honestly say that I greatly enjoyed these. I believe that there is enough background that the book could be read as a stand alone, to get the true nuances, I would suggest reading them in order.  And while this book does close the initial story arc, the possibility for further books is left open. This was a great read and I gave it 4 stars.  Oh, and just to mention the scene on the cover of the book? Yep, it's in there. *wiggles eyebrows* Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read and review the book.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Like a breath of fresh air, Gina Lamm’s quirky time traveling historical romance forgoes the heaving bosoms and totally cad-like rake for two delightfully endearing characters who can toss the banter with the best of of them! Ella needs a date, sends out the SOS to her friends and discovers they have something much better planned for her. One trip back in time through the magical mirror and into the arms of one handsome Earl opens a whole new world of love, lust and adventure for Ella. Okay so Patrick mistakes her for a long time friend. Hey, an innocent mistake, have you any idea how many black cloaks there are in the world at any given time? The rest, as they say, is history, of the dangerous, deceitful, yet well-meaning kind that almost gets Patrick killed. Is it possible that the mirror is toying with poor Ella? This man is her wicked dreams come true, but all of that stodgy honor? Seriously? Ella is a twenty-first century woman, and Patrick is no saint, yet each holds back, one out of fear of rejection and one who uses a lie to hide his true feelings. When the shields come down, the heat index rises and the sensual escapades begin! Gina Lamm’s Kiss the Earl is fun, quirky and far from being a dyed in the wool historical romance! Thoroughly modern Ella is no shrinking violet and Patrick is fairly easy going and accepting of what Ella tells him, then again, perhaps she is a little crazy? Ms. Lamm brings humor, romance and a touch of magic to this light and lovely read. Her world actually feels like a wonderful place to be, insulated within the cocoon these two share. Two eras collide, two hearts meet, chalk another point up for Team Cupid.