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The Highland Earl (Lords of the Highlands Book 6) Kindle Edition
With two young sons to care for and a large estate to run, John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, needs to remarry as quickly as possible. And beautiful Lady Evelyn Pierrepont would be the perfect match. But there's more behind the English lass's calm demeanor than she's letting on, including a smoldering allure not even John can ignore.
Evelyn has no desire to wed the rugged Scottish earl, but at least she'll be able to continue her work as a spy-as long as her husband never finds out. Yet the more time Evelyn spends with John and his boys, the fonder she grows of their little family, and the last thing she wants to do is put them in danger. As alliances shift and enemies draw closer, soon everything they hold dear is at risk: their lands, their love, and their very lives.
Lords of the Highlands series:The Highland DukeThe Highland CommanderThe Highland GuardianThe Highland ChieftainThe Highland Renegade
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"Intense adventure mingles with sensuous love scenes. Fans of romance with strong, socially progressive heroines will thoroughly enjoy this novel."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B07J6QMCY4
- Publisher : Forever (25 June 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 790 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 385 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 149,021 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Evelyn's father betrothed her to the Earl. John, a widower, needs Evelyn's dowry in order to pay the debts left by his father. Evelyn is not happy to be betrothed to a man whose loyalties are questionable. Theirs become an adventure where they need to trust each other in order to survive the conspiracy and betrayal surrounding them. In the midst of all this mayhem, a strong and beautiful love flourished. Great book!
THE STORY: John Erskine, the Scottish Earl of Mar, is a widower who needs to find the appropriate woman to marry to help care for his children. After the death of the woman he loved, he just wants to find the right woman for a marriage that will be respectful even if he cannot love her. Lady Evelyn Pierrepont, an Englishwoman, seems to meet John's requirements. Evelyn doesn't wish to marry but it will allow her to continue her work as a spy. But her growing emotions for her new husband and his children disrupt her plans and make her question whether it is right to put her new family in danger.
OPINION: I thought the premise of this book was interesting and I liked the relationship between John and Evelyn. There were details that bothered me. I understand why John would need to remarry considering his financial condition and his need for a caretaker for his children, but considering his wife had died not long before this book begins, I really couldn't get into his lust for Evelyn after losing the "love of his life". It just felt off to me. I don't mind lust to love stories, but I couldn't quite believe the supposed intense love of John for his dead wife when he was lusting for a new woman so quickly. I guess I wanted some assurance that he actually loved his first wife by seeing the effects of her death.
John and Evelyn's relationship is complicated and it takes time to work out their feelings for one another. That I really enjoyed as well.
What I really enjoyed beyond the romance was Evelyn's work and the complicated political picture of the time. This is a period of time that I enjoy reading about and this book packs a lot of historical information and political intrigue into its pages.
WORTH MENTIONING: I enjoyed that the author placed this book in real historical context with real historical figures.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE HIGHLAND EARL is book six of the Lords of the Highlands series. This book can be read as a standalone another there are overlapping characters.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in order to prepare this review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
A widowed Scottish Earl known as "Bobbin"John, who is a member of Parliament, a confidante of the English Queen Anne, still trying to get out of his dead father's debt and needs to marry a woman with a substantial dowry. A dishonest Duke, Spanish gold and a French spy. Don't forget this is also a very good romance.
If this doesn't keep your nose in the book, I don't know what will.
A free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.