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Romancing the Earl
     

Romancing the Earl

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by Darcy Burke
 

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Major Elijah Hollister never wanted to be an earl, particularly not when it meant losing his brother. When a bold adventuress shows up at his door seeking a treasure map, Elijah suspects his brother's death may not have been accidental and that the lady knows more than she's willing to share. Whether she's a friend or foe, Elijah plans to keep her close-and hope the

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Major Elijah Hollister never wanted to be an earl, particularly not when it meant losing his brother. When a bold adventuress shows up at his door seeking a treasure map, Elijah suspects his brother's death may not have been accidental and that the lady knows more than she's willing to share. Whether she's a friend or foe, Elijah plans to keep her close-and hope the temptation of her kisses doesn't ruin them both.

Miss Catriona Bowen can almost taste the fruits of her years-long quest to find one of Britain's greatest treasures. The discovery will deliver the recognition and respect she deserves as an antiquary, despite the fact that she's a woman. However, to find the map that will lead her to success, she must ally herself with a stoic, yet provocative gentleman with a different goal. And when a villain threatens their lives, she realizes too late that love is the greatest treasure of all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781514713501
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/24/2015
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. She's also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her new releases newsletter, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/darcyburkefans.

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Romancing the Earl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Darcy Burke’s Regency Treasure Hunters series. It can be read as a stand alone book, but if you were to read the first one in the series, The de Valery Code, you will get even more out of some of the side characters. And you will know a lot more about Catriona’s (or Cate) parents. Cate follows in her father’s (Rhys Bowen, from book one) footsteps when it comes to wanting to be the best in the field of antiquities. She is on the search for the fabled flaming sword, Dyrnwyn, from Arthurian legends. With most men in the field, and being of the fairer sex, as major obstacles for her, Cate had always thought at least her father had her back. That is until she finds out information that Rhys had hidden in his study. Thinking that her father is keeping things from her (which of course he is, but only because of his need to protect her, and a promise he once made) Cate begins searching for the sword on her own. The clue leads her to Major Elijah Hollister (now Lord Norris), who recently moved back from Australia, and received the title of Earl, after his brother died. Cate arrives with her traveling company, Grey, at Elijah’s residence. Lord Norris is immediately taken with Cate’s persistent nature and sense of adventure. From his discussion with Cate, Lord Norris begins to suspect that maybe his brother didn’t die in a accident, but was murdered. He also thinks Cate is keeping information from him, so he wants to keep her close as he begins to investigate his brother’s death. They travel to various towns and estates (of friends, and maybe foes) looking for clues to where the sword may be, and information as to what really happened to Lord Norris’s brother. Along the way we catch up with some characters from the first book, and find out what they have been up to. There is lots of danger, mystery and intrigue along the way, which has the story moving along very quick. And of course, there is lots of sassy banter between the main couple. There was never a question of whether Cate and Norris would get together, but if it would be a complete scandal, since Cate isn’t interested in marriage, only being Norris’s mistress. The sex seams are just as steamy as in the first book, with the perfect amount of build up. But at the same time there’s not so many, that it feels like you’re reading erotica. Darcy Burke does a wonderful job in creating just enough intimate scenes, and leave you craving more. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, and perhaps finding out more about Cate’s adopted brother, Penn.
dfosterbooks More than 1 year ago
Cate Bowen grew up with an antiquarian father and brother which fueled her desire for the same field. The problem – men (with the exception of her father – or so she thought) do not acknowledge female antiquarians and highly discourage their interest in the field. To prove she is worthy of the title “antiquarian” Cate is determined to find Dyrnwyn, the flaming sword, one of thirteen treasures of Britain from the time of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. After all, this is Cate’s passion and calling having sworn off marriage due to a failed love interest. When Cate stumbles upon a poem from the time of King Arthur in her father’s study that gives a clue to the existence of the sword, Cate is first hurt then more determined to find the sword to prove to her father and other antiquarians that females are worthy of the title antiquary. With the help of her faithful companion, Grey, Cate learns of a tapestry that is said to be a hidden map – one that leads to Dyrnwyn – which lands her on the doorstep of Lord Norris. Major Elijah Hollister, former soldier now Lord Norris, has inherited an Earldom upon the unexpected death of his brother. An Earldom and a house overflowing with antiquities that he does not want. The only thing he wants, given his childhood where his mother wanted nothing to do with him and his father drank himself into an early grave, is to live his life alone. When a very persistent young lady appears on his doorstep asking to by a tapestry, Elijah is at first irritated at having his time interrupted and denies knowing where this tapestry is. Until she mentions it could contain a treasure map. This catches his attention as his brother’s last letter mentions a treasure but nothing further. His soldier instincts kick in and he begins to wonder if his brother’s death was an accident after all. After questioning his butler, Elijah is more certain that is the case and this tapestry is somehow involved. As Elijah reluctantly accepts Cate’s help they embark on a quest to find the tapestry and the truth. A quest filled with danger and simmering passion. Will they find the tapestry and is it a map? Will Cate and Elijah go their separate ways if they find the tapestry or will they continue to work together to find the sword and person/persons responsible for his brother’s death? What will happen if they do? Will Cate realize the sword isn’t as important to her as she thought? Will Elijah exact revenge no matter the consequences? Darcy Burke writes an excellent story filled with teasing banter, adventure and with lots of twists and turns that will keep you on your toes. Plus delicious hints of what could be possible stories in the future. Even though this is part of series it can be read alone but why deprive yourself of some awesome reading?!! I know I’m anxiously waiting to see who & what treasure Ms. Burke writes about next!
Theresa25 More than 1 year ago
Romancing the Earl is the second book in the Regency Treasure Hunters series, although it can stand by itself as well. It's about Cate (daughter from the main characters in the first book) and Elijah. Kate wants to be taken seriously in the field of antiquities, in a man's world. If she can find a tapestry, it will lead her to a sword used during the time of King Arthur. Elijah holds the key to finding both the tapestry and the sword. But can they trust each other on their quest for each of these items as they both have different reasons. Along the way they find they start to realize they have feelings for each other, but aren't sure if the other feels the same. I really enjoyed reading this book after reading the first book. The chemistry between the two main characters was very good and I'm looking forward to reading Penn's story.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Never wanting to be an Earl, Major Elijah Hollister is just trying to get his life and estate together after the death of his brother. When Miss Catriona Bowen shows up at his door looking for a treasure map, he starts to believe that his brother's death was no accident. Now on the hunt for answers, he plans on keeping Catriona close to see what she might know. Catriona is trying to make a name for herself by finding one of Britain's greatest treasures, but she needs Eliah's help to do so. Can she convince him that helping her will also help him find his brother's murderer?  I fell in love with Burke's writing when I read The DeValery Code. This story starts the next generation of that family. Catriona is the daughter of the previous H/H. Just like the previous story there is lots of adventure to keep the reader enthralled with the story. I loved Catriona! She was a woman that was determined to do what she wanted and wasn't going to allow anyone to stop her. She wanted to make a name for herself in a profession, that was at that time, for men-only. She needed a man that would allow her to be herself, but was strong enough not to let her run all over him. Elijah was the perfect match! I really hope that Burke is continuing with this series, as it is one of my favorites! Thanks go out to Intrepid Reads via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
AneMailname More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series, although it stands alone quite well, it does have some parts that will make more sense (or just bring back good memories) if you've read the first, The deValery Code. Having said that, this book is fantastic on its own as well! The stories Darcy Burke weaves are fantastical, maybe, but you want to believe them. I really ant to believe that secrets in the books are true. Elijah Hollister never wanted the life he now has. His life was in the military and in Australia. He liked it there. He knew what was expected of him and he had many friends. His brothers sudden carriage accident has left him with no family that he can appreciate and a house full of antiquities that he has no need for. Miss Catriona Bowen shows up at the door of the New Lord Norris and turns things upside down! She is only interested in one thing. A tapestry owned by the family. She believes it is there and she will stop at nothing to find it. Elijah has no notion of who she is but sees right away that she is stubborn and insistent. She is also lovely. What a conundrum! Her maid, Grey, is very stoic and only adds to Miss Bowen's mysteriousness. Once they start talking of the tapestry certain things come to mind for him and he starts to find out more things about this tapestry, such as other inquiries and even an attempted burglary. He begins to suspect his brother's "accident" was nothing of the sort. Miss Bowen wants the tapestry for her own because then she will finally be taken seriously as an antiquarian. The men always disqualify her and she has had enough. She is out to prove that a woman can be as good as a man in this field. Her father is one of the leading antiquaries as was his father before him. She just needs one break. One article to help her show them all! Lord Norris is going to sell her that tapestry. She is sure she can persuade him. The adventure starts when Lord Norris figures out where the tapestry may be. His brother, realizing it's worth, hid it somewhere! They are in this together, whether he wants her along or not. he just wants to find out who may have murdered his brother! Along with her maid, Grey and his valet (and ex-batman) Wade, they set out to find the answers to their own questions. Mystery and intrigue follow this tale of Arthurian legend and romance. There are miscreants and mischief, but nothing Miss Bowen can't handle, except Lord Norris, of course. She is very attracted to him and he to her, though they both deny their feelings. Darcy Burke makes the legend seem real and entices me to learn more about it all. Including Welsh. That would be very interesting. I truly love they way the author writes her characters, with heart and feeling. They are real people with real consequence. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and a great romance! *I received a copy of this book for my honest review (and I honestly give it 5 stars!)*
mscountrylace More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I love this series! I absolutely loved Cate and everything she said and did. The whole adventure kept me on my toes and I was in total shock at who it was trying to steal the tapestry, but loved how that ended. The whole thing felt really real and I felt like I was in the book. Grey is a mystery to me and I want to find out more about her. I was excited to see Miranda and Fox from Her Wicked Ways since they are favorites of mine. It is a little slow to me at first, but then all the action starts and I didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Darcy Burke's Regency Treasure Hunters series and is just as fun as the first one. In this story Cate and Elijah find themselves paired up to find a tapestry that is a map to a long lost sword that the Order is trying to keep a secret and well hidden.  Cate wants to find it because she wants to be known in a man's only work field of antiquities that women can do the same job just as well if not better.  Elijah couldn't care less about the tapestry or the sword except for the fact that he is trying to solve his brothers murder and possibly sell some of the antiques and pay off of some of the family debt. From the very beginning Cate and Elijah are attracted to one another, but neither one sees love, marriage or family in their future.  When things come right down to it Cate and Elijah find that the things that they thought they wanted weren't really that important when what was right in front of them was so much more worthy than anything else.  I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books in this series. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.  Lori P
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Any one that follows my reviews know that I love a strong and fearless female character. Darcy Burke delivered that with Catriona. Never afraid to speak her mind and go after what she wanted, definitely not a damsel in distress. Elijah is one of those stoic characters who doesn't trust very easily yet is drawn to this enigma of a woman. He knows more is going on and wants answers. Romancing the Earl is a historical adventure that will leave you spellbound. I know I was. Received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
Romancing the Earl is the second book in the Regency Treasure Hunters series and features Cate, the daughter of Rhys and Margery, although they aren't prominently featured in the book. I find I'm really learning a lot about how life during the time period featured and that's really interesting to me. I personally understand very little about nobility and propriety during those times and these books give a great glimpse into that. I like that the romantic aspects of this story revolve around two people who don't intend to marry - neither of them do. Many of their decisions around personal interactions are influenced by these feelings; and both Cate and Elijah alternatively reach for each other, and push each other away, due to their feelings about marriage. It influences Cate's decision to flout propriety in favor of her dreams, and it influences Elijah's decisions regarding his alternating feelings for Cate. This couple definitely goes back and forth with regards to dealing with the feelings they didn't know they had and it made for an interesting dynamic throughout the story.  I have read many romance novels with varying levels of sexual intimacy included. I found the way that the author includes the intimacy in this book truly enhances the book.  Due to the politics regarding female behavior and propriety of the time, a woman of society was expected to remain pure until her marriage, so the introduction of sexual tension and sexual chemistry takes on a new meaning when the implications of sex have such far reaching impacts. These aspects are woven seamlessly into the story and really enhances the overall story as it progresses. I also really enjoyed the mystery aspects of Romancing the Earl. The way in which this mystery implies the author intends future books to find more treasures, and this reader is looking forward to future mysteries about the Authurian treasures. I feel the intrigue aspects of the story were secondary to the true mystery of analyzing the clues and identifying the location of the treasure Cate sought, and the author draw in the reader just as Cate drew Elijah in to the excitement of the mystery and the search for the treasure. And while Cate and Elijah are searching for the treasure, and the men responsible for Elijah's brother's death, they didn't realize what they would also find is their love for each other.  Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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