The Earl's Complete Surrender: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor

The Earl's Complete Surrender: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor

by Sophie Barnes

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ISBN-13: 9780062358899
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Series: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 289,381
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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The Earl's Complete Surrender: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
julieford More than 1 year ago
I won a collection of books from Sophie Barnes and am voluntarily writing this review. When I started reading The Earl's Complete Surrender, I did not realize that it was the second in a series. However, this makes no difference because this is a stand alone story. The Earl's Complete Surrender is filled with action, mystery, betrayal and a love story. Lady Chloe is a widow who suffered abuse and infidelity from her philandering husband. She has sworn to never marry again. Lord James, the Earl of Woodford, witnessed the murder of his parents at a young age and is on a mission to find those responsible. He has sworn never to marry because of the danger surrounding him. Chloe and James are searching for the same item and reluctantly join forces. They grow closer together as danger threatens them. They both must overcome their fears to realize the love they have. Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable book. I am a big fan of this author. This book contains a little bit of everything: romance, adventure, mystery. Although I picked out the villain about half way through the book (that is why I gave it 3 stars, it could have been a little less obvious).
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite The Earl’s Complete Surrender: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor is a historical romance by Sophie Barnes. James, the Earl of Woodford, is a spy whose latest mission is to find a missing journal containing names of The Electors, a group of dominating political conspirators. His search takes him to Thorncliff Manor where he meets Lady Newbury. She constantly bumps into James whenever he looks for the journal, and the two soon realize they are attracted to each other. However, one of James’ rules is to never mix business with pleasure. Lady Chloe Newbury admits she is also looking for the journal so the two agree to work together. Now someone else desperately wants the book and will commit murder to keep the identities of The Electors safe. Sophie Barnes’ The Earl’s Complete Surrender: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor is more than a historical romance. It has a good, suspenseful mystery and a vibrant group of characters who display the typical habits and wit of the specified period. I like the author’s descriptive writing and how she develops her characters. The events are entertaining with sufficient action, and the romantic scenes were mild and tasteful. Chloe experienced problems that are very realistic and these were expressed very well. It’s an interesting read since James is a spy and Chloe is a novice. I think the cover illustration is eye-catching and complements the story. The Earl’s Complete Surrender: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor by Sophie Barnes is a quick, light-hearted mystery-romance read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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def618 More than 1 year ago
I love this series! The stories intertwine and all the characters make appearances. This is the second book and I couldn't put it down. Complicated characters, good plot, nice romance. It can be read on it's own, though I think you'll enjoy the previous one. James, the Earl of Woodford, is a spy trying to expose a conspiracy and find the person who murdered his parents when he was ten. He is searching for a book he believes identifies the members of the conspiracy. Chloe, now widowed, married the wrong man at a young age. She is also searching for the book to discover who killed her grandfather. They continually run into each other and decide to work together. The plot is more complex but I won't ruin it as I dislike plot spoilers. I can say this book is well written with a good story and I can recommend it.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
The Earl Complete Surrender is the second book in the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor series, it can be read by itself but it is good to have read the first one in the series and be familiar with all the characters and Thorncliff manor. Sophie Barnes created another beautifully written romance with suspense, mystery and two characters who don't want anything to do with love or marriage. Chloe Newbury is a beautiful widow who is recovering from her miserable marriage while she wants to enjoy the beauty of Thorncliff manor, she needs to find a specific book. James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying in the Thorncliff manor to find the encoded book that exposes the names of the traitors who responsible for his parents death. I like the thrill of anticipation and the slow building romance between Chloe and James, although from the first encounter they could feel the chemistry and attraction they didn't want to accept their feelings. Can Chloe trust another handsome man with her heart or can James overcome his fear of losing a love one with his profession. This is a great suspense romance with fun encounters, bumping into each other, interesting secondary characters, jealousy, danger, villain and mystery. I love Sophie's books and can't wait for the next one in this fabulous series. Thank you Sophie Barnes
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Chloe's marriage was such a disaster, that she vows never to risk her heart again. James does not think he is capable of love and because of his has decided not to marry at all. They find that they have much in common as they as they begin to form a friendship that turns into a partnership as they search for the journal. There are some twists and turns surrounding the identities of those who are trying to stop them. It is pretty mild in the heat department, though there are lots of stolen kisses and a non explicit sex scene. I enjoyed James and Chloe's story, but not as much as the first book in the series. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Chloe's aversion to remarrying didn't make sense. She was still young, beautiful by written accounts, and incredibly intelligent. But she's cautious, and it made me wonder, "What happened?" It saddened me that her late-husband treated her unfairly, and it angered me that his former mistress delighted in tormenting her by reminding Chloe she wasn't enough to keep him in her bed. It was a shame for a woman who felt so deeply had given her heart completely to a man who didn't deserve it. After meeting James, a man who was the complete opposite of her late-husband, I wanted him to be the man who deserved to claim it, keep it, cherish it. Their relationship was rocky; they seemed to act and speak differently than they meant to. Their run-ins at Thorncliff were filled with buried feelings and conversations that almost always ended on a harsh or awkward note. Yet, the attraction between them grew which was beautiful to watch. It took them by surprise but their individual needs for self-preservation kept them from acting on that attraction from the beginning. But I was okay with that. Given the travesty of Chloe's marriage and the real reason for James' attendance at Thorncliff, I liked that they took it slow. This was my first historical romance of the year, and I'm happy it was. The story moves slowly, there is absolutely no sex, the attraction builds, and the mystery woven into this romance ends with a surprising twist. It's been a while since I've read a Regency romance that was sweet/sensual and moved at such a leisurely pace. Both were a welcome change for this reader. Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I will first say that with this being the second book in the series. I began at a slight disadvantage, but in no way did it detract from the main characters interactions. The first book would have been a key to unraveling the occupants and significance of Thorncliff. This would lend to the details of Thorncliff itself. Chole Heartly and James, the Earl of Woodford are both in search of something. They both end up in the most inconvenient of places for the other. Then it strikes upon them both that maybe they should work together. Each has there own agenda. An agenda that does not include getting entangled with the other or another period. More:
gaele More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars – rounded I think I first discovered Sophie Barnes through her Kingsborough Ball series, and after reading and enjoying the first in her Thorncliff Manor series, I knew I would read The Earl’s Complete Surrender. This book combines mystery, romance and a bit of atmosphere to bring the story to fruition. James, an Earl, is a former spy, but at Thorncliff to find a particular book that contains evidence of a conspiracy within the aristos. Chloe is just a year into widowhood, not particularly comfortable in a return to society, but also desperate to find a particular journal. Both of these characters are more unusual than common in historical romance: Both are bookish, logical and quieter people, although they come to those traits for different reasons. While it would be logical to find a book in the library, as the two search that particular room and try to hide their own reasons, the moments for them to interact give a tentative and testing feel to their romance. As with the first in this series, Barnes has built secondary characters and the setting nicely, giving the couple a ‘star billing’ while not necessarily diving headfirst into the romance. In fact, the romance in this story is often sent to the back burner in lieu of the mystery, as danger levels increase and the two combine forces, more than a bit reluctantly, to find the book. Slowly we are given bits of both Chloe and James’ backstories and history, all the better to help us understand their reluctant attitudes toward relationships. This is a story that allows the connection to build slowly, and while I found that the ‘big OH” moment that solidified their connection with vivid and visceral chemistry never really rose to the levels I hoped for, the path and build of their connection was solid and well-defined. Not as sexy or exciting as some, but certainly a relationship that is built on solid foundations, if not explosively passionate. Certainly a solid book in the series, with a touch of hesitation and restraint in the chemistry of the lead couple that kept the romance secondary to the threads of mystery and grand plots as we watch a spy unravel clues with a greenhorn accomplice. 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.
Romwrit More than 1 year ago
Sex, lies, corruption…and love – what a scandalously naughty time-taker! James, The Earl of Woodford has his secrets, but doesn’t everyone? Oh, but his are just a taste more juicy. He’s a spy. A sexy, brave, unapproachable spy. It’s obvious – to him, nonetheless- why he limits his socializing. Not only could befriending him result in a person’s early demise, but he just doesn’t like mundane chit-chat, which his all he seems to get from those who surround him. That is, until he meets Chloe. They share many interests, and she’s one hell of a conversationalist. Although reluctant to admit it at first, he actually looks forward to their chance meetings. When they discover they’re searching for the same book, they join forces, resulting in more alone time than they both can appropriately handle. As their search becomes a chase to hold on to their findings, as well as their lives, they realize that their strengthening connection to each other is not the only thing to fear. James and Chloe’s relationship unfolded with ease. There was no pressure, no trickery, no need for them to join. Nobody was forcing either or them to get married, although their friends/family did attempt to encourage the widow Chloe to seek out love. Their hassle-free joining did have it’s potential obstacles from others who were interested in both parties, but I appreciated that there was no need for a marriage of convenience, as often found in historicals. This espionage-packed tale is a definite attention-grabber. The story is full of danger and shameless – yet scene-stealing – characters. I didn’t know what to make of Scarsdale. He was one obscene individual, but I did unexpectedly gain some sympathy for him later on. The situation with Lady Dewfield was rather…interesting. A slightly irregular piece of the puzzle. The suspense was very engrossing, and I was very satisfied with the revealing. The pace toggled between fast and steady – all at the right moments, and the flow was devoid of speedbumps. Kudos to Barnes! I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Earl's Complete Surrender by Sophie Barnes Book Two of the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: December 29, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Despite the diversions offered at Thorncliff Manor, former spy James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying there. He must find an encoded book that exposes a conspiracy within the British aristocracy. And he must do so without revealing his purpose to the clever, tempting Chloe Heartly. The lady has a knack for appearing wherever it is least convenient. In the library. In the salon. And, especially, in his arms . . . Somewhere within Thorncliff's labyrinth of rooms lies the journal Chloe desperately seeks. When she realizes the brooding, handsome earl is hunting the same quarry, Chloe enters into an uneasy partnership. But in the face of public danger and enemies hiding in plain sight, both must decide how much they're willing to risk to solve the mysteries of the heart. What I Liked: So many three-star reads recently... unfortunately, this is yet another for me. With this book, I liked it, so it's definitely on the more positive side of three stars. But my biggest thing with this book was the disappointing lack of sexual chemistry James and Chloe - I prefer my historical romance reads to be fairly steamy and chemistry-filled. The potential was there, in this book, but the scenes were not. Lady Newbury (Chloe) has been a widow for a year, and coming to Thorncliff Manor is difficult for her still. She isn't ready to come back into society, especially after the humiliation that her late husband put her through. But she is searching for a journal. As it would turn out, the Earl of Woodford (James) is looking for that same journal. On a mission for the King, James needs to have the journal in order to discover some important information. James and Chloe keep running into each other in Thorncliff as they both search for the journal. When they find out that they're looking for the same thing, they decide to work together. But someone might beat them to it - or prevent them from finding it in the first place. I thought the previous book, Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires, was excellent. This book is set parallel to that story, still at Thorncliff, at the exact same time that book one is occurring (if that makes sense). The premise of this series is really cool, in that manner. James is a spy, working for the King. He is a bit odd, and doesn't fit in with the rest of the eligible bachelors, because he has excellent memory. None of the gentlemen usually want to play cards with him or such, but it doesn't really bother James, because he is very bookish and is often in the library (even when he isn't looking for the journal). James is such a different historical romance hero, with his book-loving tendencies, and the fact that he isn't popular and charismatic like most HR heroes. Yet he has his own appeal and charm, and he also likes to box and fence. Hello, great physique. Chloe is a widow and now eligible dowager. She was totally infatuated with her late husband, but he hurt her emotionally, and then he died, and Chloe isn't ready to be out on the prowl. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)