by Diana Quincy
Series: Accidental Peers #4
Genres: Historical Romance
England, 1819 Vivacious Lady Katherine Granville is the toast of the ton, but society's most eligible miss secretly yearns for her childhood love, an untitled loner who vanished long ago after her father forbade their marriage. After years abroad, the dark and brooding Edward Stanhope returns to England a changed man. No longer a second son with no prospects, his battlefield strategies have won him an earldom. His return should be a victorious one, but the new Earl of Randolph is battling secret demons that no one can discover. Least of all, Kat. When the man she can't forget reappears at her betrothal ball, Kat's perfectly arranged future is thrown into tumult. Edward remains cold and distant, hoping she'll marry a man worthy of her. But nothing is settled when Kat sets out to win back her first love. Can the new Earl of Randolph resist the woman he's loved for so many years?
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Accidental Peers series by Diana Quincy, so when an opportunity presented itself to review the newest novel, Engaging the Earl I jumped at the chance. While this was not my favorite of the series, Quincy once again gave me a feisty heroine to make me laugh and a hero who I felt for even as I wanted to slap him in the back of the head.
Engaging the Earl is a second chance romance. Lady Katherine Granville fell in love with Edward Stanhope, a second son without a title and when her father refused him, he enlisted to earn the man’s respect and win the girl. Kat was young and impulsive, she wanted to dash away to Gretna Green and when he refused she told him never to come back. He broke her heart. Five years have passed, and despite being the toast of the ton, she has put off becoming engaged until now. Aaaand of course this is when Edward makes his return. A war hero and newly titled Earl. Kat of course wants to break of her engagement and marry her true love. But alas, Edward is damaged. Today we would say he suffers from PTSD, but back then, they had no idea. He thinks to be noble, to deny his feelings and refuses her. Which creates sexual tension, arguments and heated moments.
The tale that unfolds offered up some hilarious moments, stolen kisses and even the fiancé’ is up to no good! Things go back and forth between Kat and Edward. There is no denying the attraction these two have for one another and the trip to our HEA was a fun one. I did not particularly care for some shenanigans, and secondary characters. Edward was at times forgive my French an utter ass, and I thought Kat forgave too easily. Quincy tells a well-rounded tale, adds a little heat. Despite being predictable she keeps you guessing as to how things will work out.
Fans of second chance romances with feisty heroines will enjoy Kat and Edwards’s tale in Engaging the Earl.
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