The Earl Next Door: The Bachelor Lords of London

The Earl Next Door: The Bachelor Lords of London

by Charis Michaels

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ISBN-13: 9780062412942
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Series: Bachelor Lords of London Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 392,930
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels is thrilled to be making her debut with Avon Impulse. Prior to writing romance, she studied Journalism at Texas A&M and managed PR for a trade association. She has also worked as a tour guide at Disney World, harvested peaches on her family’s farm, and entertained children as the “Story Godmother” at birthday parties.

She has lived in Texas, Florida, and London, England. She now makes her home in the Washington, D.C.-metro area. Visit Charis at www.CharisMichaels.com.

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The Earl Next Door: The Bachelor Lords of London 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most entertaining historical romances I have ever read! The charachters are likeable and engaging. It is well written with very witty dialog. I will definitely read more by this author!
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’m just going to call The Earl Next Door what it is – a wonderful debut offering from Charis Michaels with clever characters, wondrous prose and a plot that divides into plots, all while maintaining a sense of fun and joy in the story and the process. I’m so happy to see titles that celebrate the lighter moments, using descriptions that breathe life into the characters, demanding that you just enjoy their tale. Michaels takes her time to develop the characters and get us familiar with their voices and personalities, told in multiple POV’s, each character has a unique perspective on the world around them. From the wonderful witty responses from Piety, to the often subtle and occasionally cutting remarks from Trevor, and the narration that uses references that instantly bring an image to life, the story keeps moving forward with new moments at every corner. A bit of a slow grower, the plot has several twists and borderline improbable elements: Piety’s family is distasteful and devious, but their lack of subtlety in the machinations to get this young woman’s money, while clever, is akin to watching a train wreck. She’s not a simple and typical female character: an American testing the waters in England. Oh she and Trevor have sparks- their banter is clever and fast paced, and Piety’s deft handling of Trevor when he’s more hedgehog with prickles than polished gentleman is a treat. She can’t help herself – she is drawn to him, and is fully aware that this introverted man who is so clever and intriguing is completely unaware of his own destiny. An engaging secondary set of characters bring a sense of depth to the story: not everything happens in the drawing rooms, and the clever turns of phrase and description are wonderful to behold. While the pacing does pick up rather significantly in the last quarter of the story, and there are some plot elements that seem to fall away, while Piety’s family seems to have one too many encores, the story is a fun and easy read, and perfect to just hide away in, whiling away the hours. It will be interesting to see where the story moves in the next installment, I only hope to see more from Trevor and Piety as their own connection matures. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed all 345 pages of this good-humored historical romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a little different in a good way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very unusual plot, just enough heat, and characters that win your heart. Great start. I cannot wait for the next one in the series. You will enjoy this book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Laughed out loud and a tear or two, too! My new favorite author!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly enjiyed the read and characters
mary reed More than 1 year ago
A new author for me. She has engaging, spirited heroines and heroes one who are interesting. Like this series very much. This is the 1st book I read of hers and now am reading the 3rd in the series. Recommend this high quality read in the vein of Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Sarah MacClean - enjoy a fun story.
spiritroz More than 1 year ago
This was so a joy to read, 1st time reading this author and it was very good, I ended up buying other books from this author Char us Michael's
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and the storyline . Just enough drama . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, long and enjoyable!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read! I couldn't put it down!
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The plot had several different twists that kept it from being mundane. It was easy to like the hero and heroine. A very nice light read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book....can't wait for the rest of the series
KarenSue More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book a lot. Engaging characters and nicely told story.
police6369 More than 1 year ago
Loved the book!! I realize the book is just fictitious but some dates just did not coincide with history!! Piety ran from her American family to England!! Trevor just wants to be left alone when Piety moved in next door!! They butted heads from the beginning. Lady Frinfrock takes her under her wings. When her family slowly descends on her from America, Lady Frinfrock tells her she is packing her up and bringing her to her country estate!! Piety's family descends upon them and her mother demands she marries one of her step-brothers. Trevor decides to go to the country to help Piety against her family. When Eli her eldest step-brother attacks her, Trevor believes the only thing to do is marry her to save her. So much happens after they are married including the appearance of Trevor's very dangerous, previous employer from Greece!! A great read with a wonderful ending!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems that contrary to the other reviewers, I pretty much hated this story. I thought the main character weak when faced with domineering family; and then reaching midway I was assaulted by profanity that I will NOT tolerate, and find uncalled for and clearly offensive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is a mess and she is on the run! Between the two of them, along with Tiny, the freed slave, the Marchioness F, the nosy neighbor and Jocelyn, who can't do any job right this story just takes you along for the wild ride! Awaiting the Viscount and The Virgin with baited breath, cause, boy is he one tightly wound man!
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Piety Grey is a force to be reckoned with! She has ascended to London away from her mother and a very bad offer of marriage. But she had every right to leave New York. Her father has passed and left her his entire fortune. So she is perfectly happy to purchase a run down old home and fix it up to her liking. She use wants it all done as soon as possible. Miss Grey has been planning this for quite some time and had already arranged with the owner, the Earl of Falcondale, to rent his home next door during construction. Unfortunately, The Earl is now deceased. The new Earl of Falcondale is not interested. In anything Miss Grey has to say or anyone else for that matter. He has stripped the home of every valuable thing in order to pay off his predecessor's debts and be free to leave England, possibly forever. Until he meets the new neighbor. She is a beautiful distraction that he can not deal with. He tries with all his might to ignore her. Even after agreeing to help her with some designs for her rebuilding of her grand staircase, he still wants nothing to do with his neighbor, or the nosy Marchioness from across the street. The earl, Trevor, finally sees that Piety needs help after her family discovers her location. They are the worst sort of grasping people ever and this author wrote them extremely well! But will he be able to walk away after these gold diggers are removed? I truly enjoyed this book!! The characters just jumped off the pages for me! I felt Piety's anxiety over what might happen and I felt her heartbreak at times. It was really achingly sweet. A new twist on the whole type of trying to get a daughter married! I highly recommend this book!
margaret mcilhenney More than 1 year ago
PolishedBookworm More than 1 year ago
Trevor Rheese is the reluctant new Earl of Falcondale. After years of obligations abroad he now has the freedom to pursue his long delayed dreams. All he wants is to leave behind the gloomy bitterness of England and to be alone. What Trevor wants and what he needs proves to be two completely different things. The beautiful and effervescent American heiress Miss Peity Grey moves next door to Trevor’s London townhouse and, quite literally, comes barging into his life. Like a moth to a flame, Trevor is unable to resist Peity’s charms. Try as he might, he cannot stop himself from spending time with her, nor is she willing to forgo every opportunity to needle the curmudgeonly earl. Soon Trevor goes from begrudgingly assisting Piety with the renovations on her dilapidated new home to scheming to protect her from the unsavory machinations of her family. As Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy would say, he was in the middle before he even knew he had begun. Neither party wants to want the other, yet they are exactly what the other needs. The rapport between the two characters leaps off the page. Even when they are disagreeing, there is a mutual admiration behind their heated words. Every scene with Trevor and Piety is well paced and interesting, whether it be a chess match or a bone-melting kiss. The intimacy between them develops naturally, first with honesty and forthright communication leading into a more physical relationship. I absolutely LOVE the conversations and banter between them. I love a brooding, grumpy hero who is unable to resist a disarming, vivacious lady. Piety gives Trevor hope and light while he provides her with respect and undying devotion. The various threads of the plot flow seamlessly together, with excellent pacing. Add to that the engaging and well developed characters and The Earl Next Door becomes a novel worthy of adding to the top of any To Be Read List.
TeatimeandBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
This is one of the years best historical romance tales and deserving of a high 5 Stars! I absolutely loved this story and just adore the characters especially our heroine of the tale, Lady Piety, she is such a charming character who is humorous and gutsy! We first start off on the street of Henrietta Place in the home of Lady Frances Stroud, Marchioness Frinfrock where she and her maid, Miss Breedlowe are seen snooping on the new neighbor across the street who is moving into a home which has been abandoned for five years. To the marchioness surprise it is a single young lady who is accompanied by an African and her new home happens to be right next to the very unmarried Earl Lord Falcondale. Lord Falcondale has no intent on staying at his home, he's emptied it out and dismissed all of the staff and intends to do nothing but put it up for sale. While at home playing a game of chess with his servant boy, he hears a noise above coming from the music room and he knows it's completely empty, pondering the idea of ghosts he seeks out the noise to accidentally bump into a lady who's hidden behind a door. He soon learns this lady is his new neighbor and also that there is a secret passage connecting her home to his. Lady Piety is shocked for she was guaranteed the use of his home while her home was being renovated. However, there's been a mix-up, Earl Lord Falcondale is not the Lord Falcondale she seeks and whom this arrangement was made, it's his now deceased uncle. Upon hearing of the arrangement and payment for this arrangement, Lord Falcondale is absolutely against it and refuses to help Lady Piety. Through a series of events and some amazing twists and turns, Lord Falcondale does consent to a compromise in which Lady Piety may use the passage but not to disturb anything else or enter into any other rooms. Lady Piety's plights are not yet over, there has been serious trouble in rebuilding her staircase and she needs a good architect which Lord Falcondale just happens to be. She seeks his help but here again she's met with an astounding no, so she continues on in her quest to seek his aid. Lord Falcondale is stunned by his new neighbor who shows such striking courage, charm and is absolutely breathtaking, and he soon finds himself falling for the gutsy lady and she too begins to fall for the dashingly handsome yet frustrating Earl Next Door. Will Lord Falcondale consent to helping Lady Piety and will he bear his heart and allow himself to love? Will Lady Piety open her heart to the dashing earl? This was my first book by author Cheris Michaels and she's now one of my favorites, I'm going to be collecting all of her books! What an amazing writer, she sure can weave a tale! This was such a wonderful story with so many twists and turns that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. The characters just draw you in and melt your heart and add many a laugh to your day! I highly recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of romance and loves a good laugh too!
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I have finished The Earl Next Door, and I found the story extremely entertaining. For a debut story it's funny, entertaining, and time worth spent. I found that a list of characters would probably work better for this review. Here we go: *Piety Grey: What a hoot. Oh my goodness this American heiress is fabulous. She's a fast talker, who magically gets whatever she wants. She's also charismatic and everywhere. However, she's a sweet girl, who wants a chance to live her life as she like, which she couldn't do that in New York. Good old mommy dearest. *Idelle Grey-Limpett and her thugs (I mean her stepsons): Mother dearest. She's something else. I totally wanted to throat punch her when she enter the scene. She's horrible person who is extremely selfish. You wonder if it's possible to hate a character that much. She's definitely not vying for the mother of the year award. The stepsons are thugs. *Trevor Rheese, the Earl of Falcondale: All he ever wanted was peace and quiet, uncomplicated but that came crashing down when Piety stepped into his life. His life has never been the same. As the story unfolds you get an understanding why he wants an uncomplicated life, and why he avoids people. *Lady Frances Stroud, Marchioness Frinfrock: We meet her right off the back. She's concerned about her neighborhood. Busybody of sorts. She plays a huge part into get getting Piety and Trevor together. Deep down she's a softy at heart. Shh, don't let anyone know. *Miss Jocelyn Breedlove: She starts off as Lady Frinfrock's nurse/companion. However, they aren't a good suit. Miss Breedlove ends up being companion to Piety, and they become fast friends. *Miss Tiny Baker: African American who is a free slave (I'm sure there is more to Tiny's story we just don't know about) who has been with Piety since she was little. Eventually she ends up being on holiday and hanging out with Lady Frinfrock, and friendship develops. There you go all the important characters in The Earl Next Door. I have to say it's neat to see most of the characters becoming friends with one another. They develop a bond that you just don't see anymore. Yes, most of the friendships are unlikely, but they find a niche. The Earl Next Door is definitely fun read and Piety makes the story with her high energy and enthusiasm. She lives in a dilapidated home, but she makes the best out of the situation. Her friends try to protect her from her mother. At the same time, Trevor's past makes an appearance, and like most guys he tries to do things himself and protect everyone else by keeping them in the dark. Great move *insert eye-roll* All he needs are friends. When Trevor's trouble arises, Charis does an amazing job on introducing Lord Rainsleigh who is tied into the trouble in a roundabout way. By the end his roll changes to the hero of the next book. Pretty smooth. Overall, down right good time kind of read. I laughed. Piety is a big part of the book that she brings life to the neighborhood. She draws these unlikely characters together and have them form a friendship. She tames a surly earl, and smacks him down with her charm. When her feelings get hurt, you feel for her. Granted we do get different views from a few other characters, but Piety is the one that makes the book so good. If you are in the mood to smile, laugh, and engage in a story, you might try your hand in The Earl Next Door. Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I had fun falling for lines line "Kissing her was like taking a hasty bite of something he hadn’t expected to find quite so delicious. " There were interesting and inviting characters. There were even those that could have stayed on the ship or fell off. There was fun to be had all the way around. I look forward to more from Charis Michaels. **This ARC was provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.** More @ http://mileythebookjunkie.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-earl-next-door-by-michaels.html
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I love this cover. When I first saw it I thought it was so pretty! It drew me to the book. I knew I just had to read it and as you can see by the post title I did just that. I really love the idea of this story. The story comes to you through both the hero and heroine but also Piety companion. It makes for a very interesting story. I liked learning the story from not only the main characters, it add another layer to it. I found Piety character to be fun and charming. I really liked her. Trevor at times I wanted to shake with his need to be totally alone. Yes, I know this added to him as a character. His story needed to be told the way it was. Of course that doesn't mean I have to like it. Ha! I also liked the Lady Frinfrock. She is a hoot! As much as I liked the story I found the pacing of the story to be slow and could have ended many pages earlier. At times I wasn't sure where the author was going. Of course she did pull me back in, but I didn't like those times that I was thrown out. Seeing as how this is her debut book I'm hoping that's why I felt the way I did. I will give her next book The Virgin and the Viscount out on July 5th a try. For those who really like historical's I think you'll really like this one.