Only an Earl Will Do

Only an Earl Will Do

by Tamara Gill
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Only an Earl Will Do 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Mixed bag here for me today: reunion tropes I don’t dislike, but anything that mentions, uses or adds a secret baby to the mix is simply my kryptonite. That being said, the multiple elements and convenient resolutions were a bit formulaic for me, although I was curious to see just what would shake out after reading. My first issue was with the glaring grammatical error in the blurb – “who’s” is the contraction of who is, where “whose” is the proper form to indicate possession. That aside, I was reading an eArc version of the story, so I hope that the grammatical errors in the text have been corrected prior to release. Now, editor hat off – and on to the story Growing up in the same household, Elizabeth and Henry were friendly, and as they aged, they fell in love. She’s made a wonderful splash in society, but time in the Americas was Henry’s plans, as he needed to make a fortune to assure their future. What neither knew was Elizabeth was pregnant and on the verge of ruin after he left. Elizabeth was likable, and her honesty with the husband she had to marry to give her child a name was admirable. In truth, neither she nor Henry were particularly thoughtful before her pregnancy, and that element will be picked up again later. A reasonably happy marriage despite circumstances is Elizabeth’s life until her husband passes. Now widowed, with years passed, Henry returns. Of course, the post and failed letters back and fro across the Atlantic left both feeling bereft and betrayed. It just took far too long for them to discover that fact, discuss things rationally and openly and move on. Of course, an obsessed Lord is stepping in to do everything possible to keep them apart - so that did play in. But they do find solutions to the issues. Too many elements – back history for sisters that drops in as hints, moments of intimacy with Elizabeth and her first husband with later passages talking of his impotency, other bits of back and forth that just didn’t add to the story in any meaningful way, added to my bone-deep dislike of secret baby tropes and a rather belated reveal on that front left me overall rather meh about this title, and not sure that I will continue the series. Not great, not horrid – just a middle of the road read that could have been wonderful with more direction and focus. 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.
LadyC More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was my first by this author I am excited to read more by her. A lady facing ruin, a Scottish Hero, and a vile villain what more could you ask for! It was a story about a second chance at love! I really loved Henry and Elizabeth- and felt for both of them throughout the book. The author did a good job with the villain and I was surprised at how vile he really was- but she had me guessing as to who it was until the reveal! I really like being introduced to the Worthingham family and hope to read more about them!!
Teri_D More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Right from the prologue, I was drawn into the story. Elizabeth, left with child and receiving no response from the man she loves as he had set sail for America to make his fortune, married another. A young mother and widowed after a short marriage, she quietly is rejoining society. Henry, the father of her child returns and is devastated that Elizabeth did not wait for him. The real mystery begins at that point. Why didn't they receive each others' letters? Could they find love again? Would the really bad guy, Lord Riddledale, carry out his plan to marry Elizabeth? These are the questions that kept me quickly turning the pages until I had the answers. Henry is one of the best heroes ever. With his Scottish brogue and full and tender heart, he was sigh worthy in each scene. Elizabeth's heart was so tortured and she only wanted what was best for her son, not for her own happiness. I definitely recommend this book and hope there will be more in the series as I agree with another reviewer, there are many more stories to tell with the other characters in the book.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Star crossed lovers, a deceitful Lord and heartbreaking secrets make up this romantic story. Elizabeth Worthingham was deeply in love with Henry Andrews. He was the Earl of Muir and her father's ward. They pledged their hearts and became lovers. He went to seek his fortune in America. When Elizabeth needed him the most, he repudiated her. Now he's back in England and furious that she deserted him. What really happened? Who went to such trouble to keep them apart? I enjoyed the drama and the passion. Elizabeth is a woman of courage. She knows what needs to be done and she'll do it. Regardless of the damage to her heart. Her family depends on her discretion. Henry was deeply hurt by her rejection, but he still loves this English lass. Can he convince her to be his? I was caught up in the drama. I couldn't put down Only An Earl Will Do until I had answers. I loved the setting, the romance and the characters. Tamara Gill wrote a complex story filled with love and hate. I do hope we see more of the Worthingham Family. They have more stories to tell.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Another great Regency romance, this time with Lady Elizabeth Worthington and Henry Andrews, Earl of Muir, as the couple that others have thwarted the romance between. Can they discover who interceded to their detriment as they are reunited after three years or will their mutual enemy achieve his own dreams instead? Orphaned, Henry had been brought up in the same household as Elizabeth because her father was his guardian. Whilst there, the two had become close, planning to marry when he returned from America where he went to make his fortune. Unfortunately, soon after he left Elizabeth discovered she was expecting his child. Letters were exchanged, urging him to return but to no avail, he’d have nothing to do with her. Fearing the scandal that would ensue, Elizabeth had married but shortly after her husband died. Now Henry has returned and claims no knowledge of any correspondence between them - and obviously is ignorant of the fact that he has a son. Now, however, an unexpected foe makes his desires known, threatening any chance of reconciliation or romance between the two. Can they overcome their past differences and reignite their romance? Will their enemy succeed in keeping them apart? This is a story where past errors separated the lovers and her hidden pregnancy and deceptions may keep them apart for ever. Their despicable foe will stop at nothing to get Elizabeth to be his wife and the story is packed with angst and turmoil - including a carriage chase - as things come to a head. It is an action packed novel with blackmail, double dealing, deception and love interwoven into a brilliant novel to start a new series. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical romances where the power of love is tested and proves victorious over the nefarious schemes endeavouring to thwart it. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
This is one of those book which draw you in right from the beginning and you simple can't help but fall in love with the story. Lady Elizabeth and Henry both are interesting characters. And they fit together perfectly. It is a must read historical romance which I'd recommend to all those who enjoy historical fiction. Henry left for America in search of his Uncle and a fortune to save his estate. He wants to be rich before he proposes to Lady Elizabeth. He doesn't want her money to save him. It is important to him and he thinks that Elizabeth understands. But apparently she couldn't wait to get married. It took her only a short time to find herself a groom. Now that Henry is back he has no idea how to deal with this new situation. On one hand he still loves her but on the other hand he feels betrayed.... Elizabeth cannot believe that Henry still wants to be reacquainted after the way he had treated her in the past. Leaving her behind and refusing to marry her. She hates him and doesn't feel like forgiving him any time soon... But the more they talked the more is revealed. They have both been played. There is someone else who has wronged them both. Henry is determined to find out who because no matter how hard he tries he still loves her and wants her to forgive him so that they can be together again... What he doesn't know is one secret she is keeping from him. That one secret might ruin any chance they have to be together, for good. Right now he is trying to redeem himself but when the truth unravels will he be able to forgive her? It's an intriguing story about romance, betrayal. and second chance love. I found it quite entertaining and hope that other readers do too. Happy reading! :)
BarbaraVW More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. Elizabeth has done something so bad that her sisters have no prospects. Luckily, her father knows of someone who needs a wife. Henry hopes his uncle will help him learn how to make money so he can go back to England and marry Elizabeth. Two years later Henry is back home to marry Elizabeth. He has found out that she married shortly after his ship sailed. She didn't wait for him like she promised. When they finally agree to talk, she believes Henry when he said he had no letters from her family. What happened to all those letters? Who would benefit from those letters?
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
'Only an Earl Will Do' by Tamara Gill is book one in the "To Marry a Rogue" series. This is the story of Lady Elizabeth and Henry. Elizabeth's father was Henry Guardian until he came of age. During the time he stayed with Elizabeth and her family they grew to care for one another. They had talked of marriage and did have 'anticipate their vows'...shortly after that Henry convinced her that it would be best that he go to America to make his fortune before he married her. Even though Henry has a Scottish Title the money with the title was gone and Henry didn't want to be taken by the town as a fortune hunter. But shortly after he left Elizabeth found that she was pregnant. When her family sent Henry a letter who was now in America to tell him he needed to return another letter was sent back saying he would not marry her and the letter said a few hurtful things. So her family set her up to marry a man that had an accident who needed a wife to maintain his title. Now years later Henry is back in London appearing to be upset with Elizabeth for marring and not waiting for him as she promised. Elizabeth too is upset still about the letter he supposedly sent. But once they calm down enough to talk they figure out that someone interfered with their relationship and that he didn't get her letter nor did she get his...and that someone sent the first letter back to break them up. Now Elizabeth is facing another born out of the original issue. Henry son has been giving another man's name and she knows if it gets out either to him or the town her son life will be greatly hurt. This book hooked me in fast and I could not put it down...I had to read it through the night. I love the mystery of who was behind the misunderstanding. I also liked the secondary people also in this story. Cannot wait to read more of this series! I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
rabidreaderSR More than 1 year ago
Only an Earl will Do was a fun, engaging, and sensual read. I really enjoyed the premise of how Elizabeth and Henry loved each other and was ripped apart by a vile scheming stalker, the worry of a secret pregnancy/baby, and Henry working to make Elizabeth love him again. I enjoyed the dynamics of the story, and the chemistry between Henry and Elizabeth was wonderful indeed. The pacing was great and I was hooked into reading throughout the night until I reached the end. The only thing I had an issue with was how little Elizabeth saw her son. He was hardly mentioned and barely featured yet he was such an integral part of the story. Overall a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lady Elizabeth Worthingham has a secret. She fell in love with Henry Andrews, Earl of Muir and they anticipated a wedding night before Henry left London to go to America to build a fortune. Once Henry was gone, she found out she had another secret to keep – she was with child. Her father, the Duke of Penworth wrote to Henry in America asking him to return home immediately. The return response that they received was anything but expected – signed by Henry and his uncle the letter called her a strumpet and his uncle said he would never let his nephew marry her. Her parents’ solution, she would marry the Marcus, the Viscount Newland. He had a riding accident as a child and it left him “simple minded” and without marriage prospects. Elizabeth and Marcus agree to be married and he fell in love with baby Samuel as soon as he was born. He was happy to raise the boy as his child and heir. Unfortunately, Marcus died leaving Elizabeth a young widow who was happily well off and not needing to remarry. Back in London for the Season, Lord Muir has returned from America and can only think about marrying the girl he left behind. He couldn’t understand why she hadn’t written or answered any of the letters he sent but he still loved her. Also in London is one of their neighbors, Marquis Riddledale and he is obsessed with marrying Elizabeth; so obsessed that he will go to the trouble of blackmailing her family when compliments and flowers don’t appear to be working. Elizabeth and Henry quickly find that someone had intercepted their letters and written the false letter that set her marriage in motion. While they try to find out who (ultimately they learn it was Lord Riddledale) they become close again. There is only one secret between them – Elizabeth hasn’t told Henry about her (and his) son, Samuel. As the two struggle to defeat Lord Riddledale and recapture the love they once had, the whole Worthingham family is drawn into the plans to be rid of Riddledale once and for all. Unfortunately, as he becomes more desparate, he becomes more dangerous. Will Elizabeth be forced to marry him or will she finally find her happily ever after with Henry. I will leave that to the reader to find out. I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review. I enjoyed the story but did have a problem with the timeline. Henry was gone 2 years. In that time, Elizabeth found out she was pregnant, married, had the baby, became a widow and is already out of mourning (I assume since she is in London for the season). There were also some formatting issues that I assume will be corrected before the final printing. Neither of these issue was enough for me to reduce my rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
England - 1805 Lady Elizabeth Worthingham is the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Penworth and is pregnant with the child of Henry Andrews, the Earl of Muir. Henry had once been the ward of the Duke of Penworth. An old rivalry between the Duke and Henry’s uncle has resulted in Henry being sent to America and not being allowed to marry Elizabeth. Her parents worry that when this situation is discovered, Elizabeth and her sisters will be ruined. Henry had sworn that he will return for Elizabeth when he has earned enough money to save his estate. Monies were squandered by his grandfather from gambling. Even though Elizabeth wrote Henry about her condition, she has never heard from him. Therefore, she thinks that everything he had said to her were just lies. Elizabeth’s parents are anxious for her to marry Viscount Marcus Newland. He had been left somewhat brain damaged after a fall from his horse and no other woman will have him. So, Elizabeth agrees. London - 1807 Elizabeth is now a widow and many men are anxious to make her their wife. But she is not interested in marrying again. She is not interested in marrying again and has her son, Samuel to care for. One man in particular, Lord Riddledale, is pushing her to marry him but she is disgusted by him. One evening at a ball, Elizabeth encounters Henry, now age 26. He has worked hard in America and amassed a great fortune. He is visiting with his cousins from America. One of his cousins, Amelia, is a lovely young woman who obviously has her eye on Henry. The encounter between Elizabeth and Henry is cold. He cannot understand why she married shortly after he left when she had promised to wait for him and she cannot understand why she never heard from him. Evidently, something happened to their correspondence to one another. In addition, Lord Riddledale’s pursuit of Elizabeth has become overbearing and he begins to blackmail her. Even though he continues to press his suit, Elizabeth rebuffs him. That is when Henry takes matters into his own hands. What happened to the correspondence between Elizabeth and Henry? What will Henry do when he finds that he has a son? This was a good story and the plot was well thought out. However, there were several areas in which certain facts did not match up. One thing in one area of the book and it was changed in another part. That was confusing. I liked Henry and I couldn’t understand why Elizabeth withheld knowledge of little Samuel from his rightful father. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth has faced her share of heartache and shame in the name of love. Now she is determined to redeem herself and spare her heart by entering into a marriage of convenience. There's just one problem. The man who destroyed her hopes and dreams has returned to lay claim to what he left behind. Her! Only an Earl will do is steamy battle of wills that had me on the edge of my seat and praying for a reconciliation. It's emotional, playful and excellently crafted.