Undercover with the Earl

Undercover with the Earl

by Robyn DeHart


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ISBN-13: 9781943892051
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Series: Brotherhood of the Sword
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Undercover with the Earl (Entangled Scandalous) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The flow of the story and chemistry between the Earl and Evie is breathtaking. The ending might had given me a fluttering feeling but it was just short, left me hanging.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Evelyn Marrington is the independent-minded and intelligent middle child in a family of six beautiful daughters. While her mother desperately hopes for a match for this country girl, Evelyn dreams of a different life as a writer, living on her own in a small cottage, and writing to her heart’s content, much like Jane Austen. But Evelyn’s cousin, Ellis, has other ideas and plans for her. Ellis is involved in a specialized government agency–known as the Brotherhood–with Bennett Haile, the large, handsome, and very dashing Earl of Somersby. They need someone to stand in for a very young Queen Victoria while she recuperates from a sprained ankle. Victoria’s life is threatened and they need a stand-in for her so that Victoria can continue to make a good impression on a nation who isn’t yet sure of its young monarch. Ellis decides that Evelyn is the perfect foil as she closely resembles Victoria but Bennett, already perilously close to being on the outs with his supervisor for questioning his decisions on previous assignments, is adamantly against this choice. In the first place, he thinks it’s an insane plan that won’t ever work and one that’s also beneath him and his skills. Victoria is Bennett’s cousin but he also doesn’t believe that Evelyn is a good choice for her stand in. But the real reason is Bennett is attracted to Evelyn and this distracts him from his work with this critical mission; but his hand is forced. Evelyn is also drawn to Bennett’s good looks and, as they get to know each other during their close contact, she comes to trust this imposing, quiet, and unassuming gentleman. At first, however, they must learn to respect each other and some of their early tense encounters make for some humorous moments in this lighthearted story. Evelyn accepts the assignment for both the money she will earn in service to the Crown as well as for the adventure she hopes will provide inspiration and ideas for her adventure stories. She also wants the opportunity to escape her gossipy, stifling family life in the country, and her mother’s constant nagging to make a proper match. She will get to see London and be able to stretch her wings and, with the money, she hopes to eventually purchase a cottage so she can live alone and write novels for the rest of her life. Bennett was jilted by his former fiancée and has sworn off women forever, believing them to be manipulative and gold digging creatures. Until Evelyn surprises him with her guile, her intelligence, her bravery in standing up to him verbally, and her beauty. It’s cute how this bookish country miss thinks she’s awkward and unattractive but Bennett finds her breathtaking and stunning. The tone of this romance is sweet but the sexual attraction burns steadily throughout. Bennett is charged with tutoring Evelyn in deportment as Queen and in methods of self defense, but he also becomes her champion supporter, her rock of protection and, eventually, her bold choice of a lover. I really like how Evelyn seizes the day and her happiness and snatches her moments with Bennett without thought for the future. Sometimes you just have to live in the moment. For the rest of this review on my blog: http://bit.ly/1SdVGZF
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Brotherhood of the Sword series. The Earl of Summersby has been told what his next assignment will be, but he don't think it will work. Unwilling to lose his position, he goes forward with the government's plan to keep the Queen safe. Evelyn Marington has been living a quiet life in the country always shadowed by the beauty of her sisters when she is called to help protect the Queen. She is to impersonate the Queen and go to all of her functions until the Queen is well enough to take her place back in society. Can this girl from the country fool everyone into thinking she is the Queen or will she get much more than she bargained for? This was a pretty quick read (165 pgs). There was intrigue, bad guys and a romance. Not much else to ask for in a story!! This is a great start to a new series by DeHart!! Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
rabidreaderSR More than 1 year ago
Her Majesty has been injured and Evelyn Marrington who bears a striking resemblance to Queen Victoria has been recruited to masquerade as the young Queen. Bennett Haile, the Earl of Somersby, was tasked to instruct Evie to act like the Queen. The intriguing premise drew me to this story and I read it in one go curious to see how it all unfolded. I was not disappointed. While the plot was pretty straightforward with no surprises, the authors’ writing is vivid and engaging. She drew me in with her bold descriptions and the emotions (hope, insecurities, lust and love) the characters felt, and I was more than curious to see how it all ended. Evie was a spunky and sweet, and Bennett was the right kind of charming alpha. Undercover with the earl was a quick, sweet and enjoyable read, and I liked the flow of the overall story.
made4books More than 1 year ago
Robyn DeHart's past writing was the reason I purchased an e--reader..and this book just showed me yet again how she is able to weave a story where you "feel" as if you are a character in it,not just a bystander reading some novel..First off let me say,I adored BOTH of these characters from the very beginning ---shy,selfconcious Evelyn Marrington believes she is plain and could never make a man feel anything for her....Bennett Haile has been hurt horribly by a past love and believes it is his flaw,that he could never care for any pushy woman again..she grows as a person in this story,he realizes he can have love and happiness,that he is a worthy person...only read this book if you want a story of a journey of discovery,love, and one of the BEST HEA's out there....
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
An author/spinster heroine who goes undercover with an earl in Victorian England? Yes, please! I really enjoyed reading Undercover with the Earl, and cannot wait for there to be more in this series. I'm a total sucker for spy/undercover stories, especially ones that bring in a person who's totally inexperienced and seems to not be the obvious choice. (I blame my first TV love, Scarecrow and Mrs. King .) Add in a romantic subplot (again, Scarecrow!), and I'm a goner! It doesn't hurt that I really liked both Bennett and Evelyn. She's pretty much given up on making a good match, especially since she doesn't want to settle for anything less than true love. She figures writing is going to be her first love anyway, so she might as well get herself a cottage and sit and write for the rest of her days. Now if only she could afford it... Bennett's been burned by love before. Engaged to be married, he thought he had the real thing only to find his bride-to-be in bed (his bed!) with another man. As she left him, she made sure to express her opinion that no one else would ever want such a large, brutish man--and the feeling has stuck. He feels an instant attraction to Evelyn, but knows that it will never be... But of course, it's a romance, so you know how it's going to end--instead, it's all about the journey. And though this one is fairly short (165 pages, and over a relatively short time period), there's a whole lot of intrigue and chemistry along for the ride. So...when will book two be out? ;) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I really liked both Evelyn and Bennett. They both think that they are not looking for marriage. Evelyn because she doesn't think she is attractive or desireable, and Bennett because he doesn't believe in love or that he is loveable. As they work together to keep the Queen's secret, they help each other believe in a different future than what they had planned for themselves. My only complaints are that the story was too short to fully develop the covert mission and there was no resolution to the mystery behind who was behind the attacks. I'm hoping that the reason behind it is that storyline continues into the following books in the series. Overall and enjoyable read. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
TangledUpInBooks More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! Sigh. Is there anything better than historical swoons? There's just so much about it to get your pulse racing. The propriety, the scandals, the fact that something that we simply think of as "just a kiss" these days was something that a proper unmarried lady just did not do! It makes those stolen moments between two characters who have been doing their damnedest to fight the attractions they have to one another a taboo-like thrill. I love it! I love it all! In a time where women are considered delicate and weak and far more inferior than our manly counterparts, when their only job is to make an excellent match, regardless of age, attraction or feelings, in order to produce heirs and that's pretty much it. Nothing pleases me more than to have a main female character who is both very intelligent and has an independent streak. A woman who wants to be her own person without having to have a man to complete her life. Evelyn was exactly that kind of character. I absolutely adored her. She had dreams beyond being someone's wife and property. She wanted to write adventure novels, and maybe even have them, but mostly to write. Plus she was feisty and fearless and not in the least intimidated by Bennett. Speaking of handsome and hulking Earls...Bennett was just delicious! I loved how he wasn't just the average, run -of-the-mill aristocrat. He wasn't a guy who was going to be content with the idleness that titles and money usually afforded his counterparts among the peerage. He likes living a life of adventure of sorts and action, even a bit of danger. He protects the crown and that's all he ever wanted to do. I think his biggest fault is he doesn't have the slightest clue on how to communicate with a woman. I laugh as I type that because it seemed like, especially in the beginning, every time he attempted to tell Evie what they needed from her it would always come out wrong and they'd end up in an argument because without meaning to he'd end up insulting her somehow. It was quite comedic and fun. I love those kinds of relationships though. The kind where verbal sparring is basically a form of foreplay and stokes the fires of sexual tension that's building between two characters. I think her fire and spirit are what really endears her to him. He's not used to anyone standing up to him let alone a woman half his size who doesn't back down for an instant. When those sparks of anger turn into sparks of desire...boom! I was so pleased that there actually were moments of danger in this book. Not that I wanted Evie in danger of course, more that it added something dark and suspenseful to the story. I liked seeing the protective side come out of Cole. I have a hard time opening myself up to new Historical Romance authors which is something I'm trying very hard to break myself of. It's one of my favorite genres but I put myself in this box of just a few authors I will read from. After reading Undercover with the Earl, I feel safe in saying that my little list of approved HR authors has grown by one and I can't wait to see what else Robyn DeHart has to offer. Thanks goes to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
Catherines_Reads More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. The combination of romance and intrigue made for a wonderful adventure. I live that the heroine wasn't your average Victorian miss, instead she was as headstrong as the queen herself, and the brooding hero was a perfect compliment to her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evelyn Marington (Evie) is the odd one out in her family. While her other 4 sisters are slim, graceful and the perfect epitome of ladylike beauty she's petite with a lush figure and head of vibrant but very red hair. Not to mention that she's intelligent, opinionated and doesn't care for simpering flirtations or heavens! to find a rich titled suitor and make a brilliant match. Evie only wishes to be able to afford her own cottage, settle in and be left alone to write. When the young Queen Victoria is injured and has to retire from the public eye to recuperate; to protect the Queen's reputation the Brotherhood of the Sword - the agency dedicated to protecting the Monarch - hit upon the idea to have Evie, who bears a resemblance, impersonate the Queen. Bennett Haile, the Earl of Summersby who is the Queen's cousin is tasked to tutor Evie, and to protect her. A quick and easy read with wonderful chemistry between Evie and Bennett. Both of them are insecure; Evie who has always thought herself plain and unattractive (in comparison to her lovely sisters) while Bennett similarly thinks that no woman could love him for himself after being scorned and cheated by his erstwhile fiancee. When Evie gives Bennett a little peck to "prove that she can't tempt a man" - the situation explodes quite deliciously! The sexual tension is nicely written as Bennett struggles with the protectiveness and possessiveness he soon comes to feel for Evie. Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review.
cayks More than 1 year ago
Fabulous, fast paced read. I highly recommend this book. I could not put it down. It has a very engaging storyline, personable heroine and hero, with mystery and love thrown in throughout each page. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat thru the entire book.
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
We have our heroine (Evelyn) and Hero (Bennett Haile) the Earl of Sommersby. Fast past story full of Mystery and Intrigue. Evelyn is the Middle daughter and she positively doesn't want to get married but her mother won' think of anything else . During a dance ( ball) her cousin comes to the gathering Soaked with a friend .... The Earl . They are there for a reason . It seems Evie looks like the Queen . . The Earl and Evelyn's cousin are in a secret group called Custos A Vesica-brotherhood of the Sward. The Earl is advised by Sir Potterfield that he has to train Evie how to behave like the Queen to take the Queens place . It seems that the queen fell and her foot was swollen. They go to London so Evie can get started. Little do they know that someone is after Queen Victoria. During their time together Evie and Bennett develop feelings for each other . They are afraid to take a chance. Grab it and see do they catch who is after the Queen . Do they actually take the chance and become one. Who is the one that has it in for the queen and the brotherhood???? Fast past and fantastic read
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
Our heroine, Evelyn Marington face looks like or similar to the Queen's face. Which makes her the perfect decoy to pretend to be the Queen. The hero, Earl of Summersby is a spy for the , Brotherhood, Bennett Haile. His job is to protect the Queen as it appears she is in danger. So with the help of Evelyn they have moved forward to save the Queen...and along the way fall in love.