LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.
Get lost in Waiting for an Earl Like You, the next lush, sensual Regency romance in the Masters of Seduction series by USA Today bestselling author Alexandra Hawkins.
Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…
Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?
About the Author
Alexandra Hawkins is the author of the Lords of Vice Novels—All Night with a Rogue, Till Dawn with the Devil, and After Dark with a Scoundrel. An unrepentant Anglophile, she discovered romance novels as a teenager, and knew that one day she would be writing her own stories. She has combined her love of English history, mythology, and romance to create sensual character-driven stories that she hopes will touch readers’ hearts. She lives in Georgia with her husband and three children.
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Waiting for an Earl Like You
By Alexandra Hawkins
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2017 Alexandra Hawkins
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Malster Park, England
It was a typical Netherwood gathering.
His mother, the Marchioness of Felstead, had sent invitations to all of her closest friends and anyone within a twenty-five-mile radius of their country estate. There wasn't a single room in the entire house that wasn't overflowing with guests. To accommodate the individuals who preferred to take part in the numerous outdoor activities, large tents had been erected to provide refuge from the sun and places to feed everyone.
Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn — or Thorn as he was called by his family and friends — had lost track of the marchioness hours ago. Nevertheless, he had no doubt his mother was savoring the large assemblage as she discreetly directed the servants with the confidence of any general in the British Army.
He had just left the library where his father and a dozen of his friends were engaged in a heated political discussion that had resolved no issues and given him a slight headache. If the argument had dissolved into fisticuffs, it might have been amusing to linger. However, the fifty-six-year-old marquess was well aware that his wife disapproved of such barbaric displays so he would step in and quell any discord between his friends.
Which was a shame, really, because there was nothing like a good fight. It dispelled unspoken grievances, fired the blood, and lightened his mood. Fighting made him think of his identical twin brother, Gideon. Thorn ground his molars in annoyance. Although he would rather cut his tongue out than admit it, he regretted his decision to join the family at Malster Park. There was only so much civility he could bear. Perhaps it was time to concede defeat and rejoin his friends in London.
His grievances with Gideon could wait a little longer.
Thorn strolled through the front hall. Liveried footmen were positioned like sentries at each door as they directed guests who lingered to other amusements or awaited direction from their mistress. The shriek of a young child echoed, and he abruptly halted as the two-year-old ran into his legs. He bent down and picked up the blond-haired boy and held him until their gazes met.
"And whom do you belong to?" he inquired, noting the boy wore nothing under his white frock.
In response, the child stuck his thumb and forefinger into his mouth and grinned.
"Unrepentant about the state of your undress, I see," Thorn murmured and was rewarded with a garbled reply. "Let's say we look for your mother before —"
A wet spot appeared on the front of the boy's frock and was expanding at an alarming rate. Thorn groaned as he held the child away from him. Bystanders pointed and giggled at his wretched predicament while urine dripped from beneath the sodden frock and onto his mother's marble floor.
Thorn glared at the nearest footman. "A little assistance if you do not mind."
The boy chortled with glee.
"Yes, yes ... you have made a fine mess, my lad," he said, handing the child to the servant.
From the corner of his eye, he noticed the approach of his nine-year-old cousin. Lady Muriel Oldman was a beautiful child, with strawberry blonde hair and light green eyes. Her parents, who were distantly related to his mother, had tragically perished in a house fire three years earlier. With no immediate family, Lord Felstead had petitioned to be her guardian. Thorn's younger sister, Fiona, had taken the orphaned little girl under her wing, and the child had flourished in the Netherwood household. He had come to regard her as another sister.
"Muriel, do you know this boy?"
The girl nodded as she grimaced at the puddle forming beneath the wiggling child who was attempting to free himself from the servant's grasp. "He is Mrs. Staple's son."
"Be a good girl and fetch his mother," Thorn said, retrieving a handkerchief from his waistcoat. He grinned at the boy. "Before this mischief-maker has a chance to escape again." He leaned down and wiped the wetness from the toes of his boots.
Always eager to help, Muriel was already walking away. Over her slender shoulder, she said, "I will find her for you." She stopped and turned around. "Oh, I almost forgot to tell you."
"Tell me what?"
"Your brother cannot be found." She sent him a knowing glance. "Lady Felstead has tasked you with finding him since you know him best."
Not as well as I should, Thorn thought. "I will see to it immediately."
Her message delivered, Muriel waved farewell and rushed off to find Mrs. Staple.
He glanced at the footman and his soggy burden. "Hold on to the lad until he is reacquainted with his mother."
"You can count on me, milord," the servant replied, grimacing when the boy accidentally kicked him in the ribs.
Thorn winced in sympathy. He avoided the puddle on the floor and headed for the open front door to find his errant twin.
* * *
Forty minutes later, Thorn was in no mood to be polite to anyone, including Gideon. He had searched the grounds surrounding the house, but his brother had managed to disappear without a trace. It did not help that he could not take five steps without someone calling out his name and begging a few minutes of this time. With each delay, his annoyance increased.
He had lost count on how many people stopped him to inquire, "Oh, where is your charming brother? Or are you him?"
Thorn and Gideon had been asked similar questions their entire lives. No one could tell them apart unless they deliberately went out of their way to reveal themselves. There were very subtle differences between them, like the faint half-inch scar on his outer thigh from a mock sword duel in his youth and Gideon's small mole on his right buttock. And since his mother frowned on them strolling about naked in public, even she had trouble telling them apart.
From a young age, he and his brother had reveled in the confusion, often using it to their advantage. It had been a mischievous game to them, one they had perfected as they became young gentlemen.
Until the day Gideon had announced that he was leaving England to seek his fortune and he did not require Lord Felstead's heir to accompany him on his travels. His brother's decision had cut him deeply, and had left him wallowing in an unrelenting cycle of ennui that still plagued him.
For the first time in his life, his brother's abandonment had left Thorn alone in the world. Now, after years of separation, Gideon was back in England and Thorn was uncertain he could cast aside his unspoken resentment.
The freshly cut lawn gently sloped into a terrace garden. As boys, he and Gideon had raced up and down these same gravel paths as they explored the gardens and swam in the lake that had been created a hundred years earlier. The gravel path became cobblestones beneath his feet. The lake occasionally flooded and washed away the gravel, so his mother had insisted that a few changes needed to be made to the back gardens. That was ten years ago. Now the hedge walls that lined the walk to the lake towered over him. Ornate pots overflowed with pink rhododendrons and white azaleas adding a touch of color. Three paths intersected with the main one and led away from the lake. One led to a private garden that was one of his mother's favorite places to enjoy the good weather. Another took the stroller to a cottage that was offered to guests who valued their privacy. The last one led to a Greek-style temple. He and Gideon had held mock battles beneath the folly's Doric columns as they fought with wooden swords.
Thorn should have found the familiar surroundings and the memories that the gardens evoked soothing. Instead, he felt restless. As if he was on the precipice of another change in his life, one he was uncertain he desired or could accept. The pathway opened to the right, and he stepped onto the wooden platform that extended over the water. It was large enough for an orchestra, but it also served as a dock. He used his hand to shield his eyes from the sun and the reflective glare of the smooth surface of the water as he directed his attention to the man and woman seated in the small sailboat in the middle of the small lake. On the other side, sheep grazed on the overgrown grass.
He did not recognize the lady. Her back was to him, and the bright-red parasol she was holding concealed the upper half of her body as she conversed with his brother.
The pair appeared to be engaged in an earnest conversation, and they had yet to notice Thorn's presence as he stood on the white wooden platform. Annoyance tightened the muscles in his jaw and neck. If Gideon had not been so dismissive of family and friends who had gathered to celebrate his homecoming to Malster Park, he might have left his brother alone to flirt with the chit.
However, their mother had put a great deal of effort into planning this house party for his ungrateful twin. The least he could do was show his appreciation — and if Gideon had lost all semblance of civility during his travels, Thorn was more than willing to remind him by beating some manners into his thick skull.
From the sailboat, masculine laughter floated on the warm air, crossing the distance until it reached the dock.
Thorn scowled. He could not recall the last occasion when he had heard his brother laugh. His gaze lingered on the woman as he attempted to discern her identity.
Lost in contemplation, he did not notice the precise moment when Gideon had become aware of his presence.
"Huzzah, brother! What a timely arrival. A fine day, is it not? I did not think anything could pry you from our father's library."
Gideon's mysterious companion turned and slightly elevated her parasol so she could view him discreetly, but her face was still hidden.
Thorn cupped the sides of his mouth with his hands and shouted, "I have been sent to remind you that you are the guest of honor this afternoon. Perhaps you should think more of our mother and less of yourself."
Even from a distance, he noted Gideon's grimace. His twin murmured something to the woman, and she placed her hand on his arm as if to soothe him.
Gideon glanced upward at the sky and shrugged. "It appears we have lost the wind."
Thorn doubted there had been much of a breeze when his brother coaxed his companion into the sailboat. "A pity," Thorn said, feigning sympathy. "I recommend that you remove your frock coat before you paddle back to the dock. It would be a shame if you strained the seams on such a fine garment."
Thorn's lips thinned with grim satisfaction as his brother cursed. A minute later, the sailboat wobbled as Gideon hastily removed his coat and handed it to his companion. With his task accomplished, he could have left the dock and returned to the house. However, his curiosity held him in place. He wanted to meet the lady who had charmed his twin into forgetting his obligations.
Not that Gideon required any assistance. He was quite capable of avoiding unsavory tasks all on his own. This fete was a perfect example. His brother had been on English soil for ten months and only now had he yielded to Lady Felstead's demands that they celebrate his homecoming with a formal gathering.
Thorn crossed his arms and observed Gideon's progress. Once the sail had been secured, his brother picked up the oar and paddled toward the dock. He took his time as if concerned that his efforts might stir the air and ruffle his hair. His casual strokes sliced through the water while he maneuvered the little sailboat until it glided mere inches from the edge of the dock.
Thorn crouched down and reached for the coiled rope at the bow. He cast an inconspicuous glance at the woman as he tied a knot to prevent the boat from drifting away. She pointedly ignored him. Straightening, he held out his hand and waited for her to close her parasol. "Perhaps I may be of service, Miss —?"
Gideon set aside the oar and held on to the dock to minimize the rocking. "Take Thorn's hand, my dear. I promise he will not bite. He will be too busy lecturing me on my rudeness."
"It is the least you deserve," was Thorn's terse reply.
The woman sighed, and Thorn could not decide if she was bored or vexed by his intrusion. She tipped the parasol in his direction and collapsed it, revealing her bowed head. All he could see was the top of her plaited straw bonnet with cream silk taffeta ribbons cascading down the front like a waterfall.
With an air of impatience, he snatched the parasol from her light hold, causing her to gasp in surprise. She lifted her face and their gazes met and locked as recognition gave way to mild dismay.
Almost a year had passed since he had last spoken with Miss Olivia Lydall. Her father, Lord Dewick, owned lands that shared a border with Malster Park to the north. Six years younger than Thorn and Gideon, Miss Lydall had often found her way onto their lands when she was a child. Gideon had befriended her, but Thorn had been more guarded. Even though she had two older brothers, for some unfathomable reason, she preferred to spend her days exploring Netherwood lands and sharing secrets with his twin. He wondered where the little baggage had been hiding all of these months. There was a time when he could not take a step without running into the young woman. Of course it came as no surprise to him that Gideon's homecoming had lured her back on to his family's lands.
Thorn tucked her parasol under his arm and offered her his hand. "Miss Lydall," he said, daring her to refuse. As a boy, he had been envious of her friendship with Gideon and had not always been kind. As they grew older, the only occasions she risked approaching him was when she had mistaken him for Gideon.
He should have been flattered that she was wary of him. Instead it irritated him.
"Lord Kempthorn," she said politely, her cornflower-colored gaze sliding down to his hand. A few stray dark reddish brown curls had escaped the confines of her bonnet. Catching the sunlight, the hue blazed with an internal fire. Oblivious to his unspoken fascination with her curls, she slowly rose from her seat and struggled to keep her balance.
"Steady," Gideon advised, tightening his grip on the dock. "There is too much slack in the rope."
Thorn switched his attention to his brother. He arched his right eyebrow as the line of his mouth thinned with grim amusement. "Critiquing my efforts, brother?"
"I would not dare," was Gideon's mocking retort. "Everyone knows that Lord Felstead's heir is perfect in all things."
Miss Lydall's nervous gaze switched from Gideon to Thorn. "Ah, gentlemen." She held her arms away from her sides to maintain her precarious stance.
Thorn made a soft chiding sound with his tongue. "I see your insults have not improved with age."
"What does that mean?" Gideon demanded.
"Uh." Miss Lydall reached out her hand, but neither brother was paying attention to her.
Thorn glared at his twin. "Simply put, I thought your time away from England would have seasoned you. I expected to reacquaint myself with a gentleman, not some young puppy who continues to whine over the circumstances of his birth."
"Good god, you are such an arse!" Gideon snarled. In his fury, he lost his grip on the dock.
Miss Lyndall cried out, her arms flailing in the air as the sailboat rocked and floated away from the dock.
"No!" Thorn shouted and lunged for one of her arms so he could drag her onto the dock.
Gideon made things worse by throwing his weight to the side in an attempt to catch hold of the dock again.
Disaster loomed. For a moment, time seemed to slow down for Thorn. His fingers brushed against Miss Lydall's arm, but the rocking boat sent her backward. Without thought to his own safety, he made a second attempt to grab her. A soft cry of distress escaped her lips as he seized her wrist while Gideon clutched at her skirt and Thorn's leg in a futile effort to avoid the inevitable.
All three tumbled over the side of the boat and into the water.
Thorn was the first to recover from the shock of the cold dunking, his face breaking the water's surface as he stood. The water level came to his chest, so there was little chance that any of them would drown. Gideon appeared splashing about several yards away.
His brother howled and then shuddered. "Bloody hell, the chill just shrinks a man's —" His jaw snapped shut as he recalled a lady was present and glanced around for Miss Lydall.
Thorn plunged his arm into the water. To his relief, his hand grasped a section of wet fabric and he unceremoniously hauled the lady to the surface.
Miss Lydall choked and batted at the veil of water that was cascading from her straw bonnet. Sputtering, she exclaimed, "Oh, it is wretchedly cold!"
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1.5 stars plodding in terms of pace, with characters who didn’t stand out I had read the first in this series (A Duke But No Gentleman) and was intrigued to see where the author had taken this Regency romance series. Now we have Thorn, the Earl, and his younger twin brother Gideon. Thorn is more than a touch judgmental and rigid, and he often can’t see people or what they ARE rather than what they had been as children. As he is now of the age (and position) to seriously think in terms of a wife and heirs, he’s unable to get himself to see past the wild hoydenish behavior of the child Olivia, when confronted with her as a now grown woman. Always Gideon’s friend as children, the two were wild, reckless and completely behaving like children. But now, Olivia has sought out her former best friend, Gideon, for some romantic advice. Problem is, she actually found Thorn, and couldn’t tell the difference. Back and forth, up and down, Thorn does finally see that Olivia is a wonderfully kind, passionate, and spirited young woman: truly seeing Gideon as a friend and slid advice-giver. But, Thorn’s dug a hole, a deep one, and he can’t seem to find the right way or time to tell her the truth. Again – I came up against issues and problems with this story as well: the twin switch was far too convenient and made Olivia seem incredibly daft and clueless: which she wasn’t at all. Where in the first book I had issues with a lack of definition and voice for the characters, here the problem became Thorn, Gideon and Thorn playing Gideon – there were no distinctions whatsoever. And that lack of solid voice came up repeatedly – as the author chose to put them in the same scene. What started as a possible misunderstanding made for good intentions (or at least in Thorn’s view) became to feel like a mean prank played on a woman who was too dim, or too besotted and befuddled with all of the sexual tension that she could never see the difference. When you add that reaction to a story that was, essentially plodding in terms of pace, with characters who didn’t stand out – and you get this. Sadly a huge miss for me, and most probably the last I will read from this author. 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.
I loved Justin and Olivia's story!! Twins often switch places and have many tales to tell, but what happens when you start to fall for someone and she thinks you are your twin?? Justin, his twin Gideon and Olivia have known each other since they were kids. But Gideon and Olivia have been best friends for most of that time and Justin has been a tiny bit jealous of that friendship since it started. Not only because of her closeness to his twin but because he has feelings for Olivia. Can Justin find a way out of the mess he has made and find his HEA with Olivia?? This was a great addition to the Masters of Seduction series and I really hope that we get Gideon's story next!!
Justin Earl of Kempthorn or Thorn as he was called by his family and friends. His nine year old cousin Muriel appeared as he found a young boy who wet his pants Thorn gave the boy to a servant and asked his cousin if she knew the boy’s mother. Muriel said she did know the mother and would go get her Then Muriel said his brother was missing and Lady Felstead left it to Thorn to find his brother Forty minutes later and Thorn still hadn’t found his brother, Gideon and Thorn were twins Gideon and Thorn were hard to tell apart. Gideon had left but now he was back.Gideon had announced that he was leaving England to seek his fortune and did not require Lord Filstead’s heir to accompany him on his travels. For the first time his brothers abandonment left Thorn alone in the world. Then he found Gideon with a lady. Thorn then yelled at Gideon that he had been sent to remind Gideon that he was the guest of honor. Perhaps Gideon should think more of his mother and less of himself. I just didn’t enjoy this story. It just seemed to drag for me. It didn’t hold my interest and I didn’t force myself to finish the story But I am sure there are readers out there that will love this it just wasn’t for me.
Justin and Gideon Netherwood are twins. Justin is the elder so he's the heir while Gideon is the spare. As children they were close. Then Gideon left. He wanted time alone. Now that he's returned he's resumed his close friendship with their neighbor, Olivia Lydall. Justin wants that to end. Why can't he keep away from her? Is he jealous? Justin, Earl of Kempthorn, was an interesting character. His standoffish and distant attitude made him difficult to know. My attitude changed as the story progressed and I ended up liking him. As for Olivia, I liked her quick wit and her intelligence. She's a breath of fresh air in the stuffy drawing rooms of the ton. The chemistry between Justin and Olivia is powerful. I enjoyed this book. Their story was filled with unexpected twists as well as devious plots. Alexandra Hawkins did a great job. She pulled me in with her complex characters and their tangled relationships. I couldn't stop reading until I had answers. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Masters of Seducton series. A copy of this book was provided to me. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader copy of this book. My comments here are my honest opinion.
Alexandria Hawkins has a talent for writing historical romances that are the perfect blend of intrigue, sex, and story. This book features Thorn and his twin Gideon and their childhood frenemy Olivia. They are involved complicated tale that is one of the best twin related romances since the Parent Trap. As the reader makes their way through the story a wonderful plot keeps them both interested and entertained. If you are a fan of historical romances, this is the book for you!
Waiting For an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins Masters of Seduction #3 Olivia Lydall grew up next door to the twins Gideon and Justin Netherwood. Justin, the Earl of Thornwood, and his brother have not seen one another for several years because Gideon left to make his mark on the world and perhaps acquire a fortune, too. At first it seemed that the brothers might be vying for Olivia’s attention or even might consider sharing her BUT that is not at all what happened. Both brothers care for Olivia but only one really loves her and has loved her for quite some time. Olivia is not always aware of which twin she is with and the fact that they pretend to be their sibling rather than themselves leads to misconceptions from time to time. There was some romancing, a compromising position that caused a betrothal, a kidnapping and a few other surprises in the story before a HEA was found for Olivia and Thorn. The story had promise and was a fair read but never really fully drew me in. I think I was more interested in finding out who Gideon might be in love with or who some of the other characters might end up with in the future than reading the ups and downs of the main characters in this book. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC. This is my honest review. 3 Stars
Received an ARC for voluntary review for netgalley. Supposedly the hero was Thorn and heroine Olivia, but there were so many other characters and there story that at times you wondered why? are they here. Thorn and Gideon are twins, identical, so much so that even their own mother can not tell them apart. Gideon and Olivia are friends, yet Thorn does not care for Olivia. Thru mistaken identity Olivia falls for Thorn, and he does not admit who he is. Of course eventually it comes out. But there are so many unanswered questions left? And, I hate to read about attempted rape, just ruins everything for me.
A good historical read. This is a fast paced historical read with plenty of drama and suspense. I liked Thorn and I found the story entertaining, as with others I question how she couldn’t tell twin brothers Thorn and Gideon apart. I really love this series and recommend reading the others in the series, I will admit this one was not my favorite, however I will continue reading more in the future. An entertaining historical read.
Waiting for an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins is a totally fantastic read. Ms Hawkins has delivered an amazing cast of lovable characters in this book. Thorn and Olivia's story is a fast paced historical romance filled with drama, humor, sizzling sexy bits and action. You never knew what would happen at the flip of a page, this book will grab your attention at the first page and not turn you lose until the last page. I loved reading Waiting for an Earl Like You and look forward to reading more from Alexandra Hawkins in the future. Waiting for an Earl Like You is book 3 of the Masters of Seduction Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.
This books cover is amazing. It is very dynamic much like the story within the pages. December is a month of reading new authors to me and I am excited to add the Author Alexandra Hawkins. This story drew my attention with the blurb about twin brother's but what kept me reading was the tension between the twins over Olivia. Having always loved watching the interaction between twins this book stands out for the tension between the two which Thorn was at a loss to understand. Filled with animosity between these two brothers it adds just the right amount of tension to make the story very interesting. Thorn is a typical first son. Always in charge and it was fun watching how the author expanded his stiff personality to accommodate Gideon and Olivia's relationship. Incorporated in this story is the drama between Olivia and her future stepmother. Lets just say I loved the solution to this relationship and all the drama around these two woman. My heart was full at the end of this book when Olivia finally understood the dynamics between the three of them. Though this book was amazing throughout I was still left wondering why Gideon disappeared years ago. I am hoping it will be explained in the next book which I will definitely read when it comes out. I give this 4 STARS for the amusing interaction between Thorn, Gideon and Olivia as well as the ending to this book. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Loved it! This was the first time I have read a book by Alexandra Hawkins and i can’t wait to read more. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was captivated from the beginning to the end. This was entertaining and oh so hot! A full story with great details. The authors detailed descriptive narrative places the reader firmly in England during the regency era. I really liked Thorn and Olivia so much, they were interesting characters. Their chemistry was delicious and provided many great scenes of intrigue, drama and angst. I loved how their interactions heated their desires as they refused to give in to their true feelings. Thorn’s deceptions of acting like he was his twin was exciting and seductive. Loved the secondary characters as well. An amazing well written storyline with excellent characters. The passionate and entertaining interludes between Thorn and Olivia is like no other. The twists and turns that the story takes makes it all the more captivating. Loved it! I voluntarily agreed to read an ARC and post an honest review.
Justin Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn, better known as Thorn, has some grievances with his identical twin Gideon who has returned to England from his travels. He has never been sure of why Gideon left England. They are both attending a party at their parents’ country estate along with friends and family. Olivia Lydall is also attending the party. She lives on the neighboring estate and has been friends with Gideon since childhood. Even as a child, Thorn, as the heir, was more reserved and somewhat envious of her friendship with his brother. Lady Felstead, the twins’ mother, insisted Olivia, whose mother had died when she was very young, come to London with them as she wanted to help Olivia with her wardrobe. In London, Thorn and Chance rent a house behind Olivia’s father’s townhouse to keep an eye on her until her father arrives. The garden has a gate between the two and Thorn takes advantage of that to see Olivia. But she thinks Gideon is the twin checking on her. Until the night Thorn escorts her home from a ball and her father opens the carriage door and finds them in a compromising position! I don’t like plot spoilers, so you’ll have to read this wonderful book to find out if they do get their HEA. It’s a very good story.
Malster Park, England The Marchioness of Falsead has invited all of the friends to a house party at the family home, Malster Park. Her son, Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn, or Thorn as he is known by his family, is taking in all of the activities around him. Thorn’s identical twin brother, Gideon, for whom the party is being held, seems to be missing so his mother asks Thorn to find him and get him back to the guests. We discovers him in a small sailboard with Miss Olivia Lydall, age 19, daughter of Lord Dewick who owns land that borders on Malster Park. Thorn, Gideon, and Olivia all played together as children. As Gideon and Olivia are returning to shore, the boat capsizes and all three of them get wet as Thorn has to rescue Olivia. Olivia’s father, Lord Dewick, is preparing to marry Lady Grisdale, a 35-year-old widow. The woman has inserted herself in Olivia’s life helping to guide her to find a husband when, in truth, she just wants Olivia out of the house. Olivia is angry at the woman’s interference. Thorn is a rather staid and strict man who has at times found fault with Olivia which angers her. Even though Gideon is the one who appears to be courting her, she can’t help but be drawn to Thorn. I became quite confused at times trying to figure out who all the characters were and their background. Unfortunately, this is one of those books that needs a warning on the front telling readers that they must read the earlier books in the series or they will be totally lost as I was. I honestly did not enjoy this story at all. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Waiting for an Earl Like You is the third book in Alexandra Hawkins Masters of Seduction series, and it is was fine but slow moving. I am a long time fan of Ms. Hawkins, but this entire series has been a disappointment. The Netherwood twins - Gideon and Justin - have had a strained relationship the last few years since Gideon left England to seek his own path and fortune in life. Justin (Thorn) is the heir to Earldom and has been the responsible, dutiful son. When Gideon returns and pays attention to their neighbor and longtime friend, Olivia Lydall, Thorn finds himself resenting their relationship. He has always been jealous of their closeness and holds a secret tendre for Olivia. When Thorn poses as Gideon and kisses Olivia, things start to get very complicated. He finds himself wanting her more and more, but he knows when she discovers his deception, he might lose any chance with her. I am not sure what took Olivia so long to determine it was Thorn - not Gideon - but I was ready for her to discover what Thorn had done and moved on. There’s a mystery thrown in towards the end, but Waiting for an Earl never caught my attention and is sadly forgettable. ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley, but no one made me write this review and my opinions are honest and my own.
Waiting For An Earl Like You is an entertaining, well-written and captivating historical fiction novel. Identical twin brothers, Thorn and Gideon, have known Olivia since childhood. Although the three played together as children, Olivia gravitated towards Gideon, rather than his brother. Thorn, the young Earl, was too serious and moody for Olivia. She also felt intimidated by him. Since she was only a Baron’s daughter, Olivia didn’t feel worthy of the Earl’s attention. Thorn, however, was jealous of his twin, and the affection Olivia gave him. Gideon told his brother that Olivia was only a friend. The Earl, however, wasn’t so sure about that. Even as a young man, the Earl of Kempthorn, pushed himself to get whatever he wanted. If it wasn’t freely given, he took it. When Olivia didn’t pay attention to him, he stole kisses from her by pretending to be Gideon. However, when Olivia was kidnapped, Thorn was beside himself with worry. He realized that his obsession with the Baron’s daughter was much more than just lust. He was in love with her. Olivia had her hands full with the Netherwood brothers, but that was the least of her worries. The man who she considered to be a good friend and suitor, betrayed her in the most despicable manner. And the man whom Olivia realized, that she was in love with, had proven beyond a doubt, that he cherished her. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It did become confusing at times, but that’s probably because it’s part of a series, and I haven’t read the first two books as of yet. Still, it was easy enough to fill in the blanks and become engrossed in the story until the very end. Many thanks, to the publisher and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Love the story!Can't wait for Gideons story!!!