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The Return of the Earl by [Schwab, Sandra]
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On the Continent they call him the Ice Prince, icy of manner, icy of heart. Now, after thirteen years of exile, Con returns home to England and to Harrowcot Hall, a place haunted by memories of a long-lost friendship and past betrayals, a place where all of his dreams shattered and died.

But the past is over and done with, and can no longer touch him -- or so Con thinks. He certainly does not expect to come face to face with Bryn Ellison again, the man whom he once loved beyond everything and who repudiated their bond in the cruelest way imaginable.

As snow and frost close in on Harrowcot Hall, Con's icy demeanour starts to melt while he grapples with old hurts and newly awakened passions. Will he give in to the lure of the past against his better judgement?

This book contains a very grumpy earl, a dashing stablemaster, some ravishment in various places, several garden follies, a lot of snow, and a horse called Lancelot

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sandra Schwab (14 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, quiet, tender Regency romance 15 May 2017
By Pam I Am - Published on
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Lovely, quiet, tender Regency romance with appealing characters & lots of period detail. Con made a very lovely, grumpy Earl, who really had his frosty hauteur act down, but touchingly, so much the opposite on the inside. And Brynn was just wonderful, all gentle strength and warm smiles, the perfect foil for the highly strung Con.

I did want to shake Con fairly vigorously a few times for being (what felt to me) infuriatingly stubborn & obtuse about a misunderstanding that was the primary conflict in the story, when I felt like the truth should have been obvious - or at least occurred - to him long before that! But considering his upbringing, perhaps it's psychologically sound that he would have reacted that way, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt ;) And the poor thing more than redeemed himself with the intensity of his remorse when he finally realized what was what.

Sweetly romantic with a perfect and, I feel, perfectly plausible HEA ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story. 22 April 2017
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This a different story then I normally read. Con and Bryn were separated for 13 years. They still have the same feelings for each. Con is very bitter about things that were not true and needs to find peace and that includes Bryn!😊
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, slow-burn mm Regency romance! 17 May 2017
By Ellie Reads - Published on
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This was a lovely, sweet, slow-burn mm Regency romance. Sandra Schwab tells a tender and very moving story with some air of melancholy which is further strengthened by the stunning winter scenery she created. The nature as reflection of the characters' emotions was just so well incorporated in this story, the vivid way the scenery and the Christmas season was presented made it fell almost like a character of its own on the story.

I loved both the grumpy Earl (no surprise there as grumpy heroes are my catnip) and his quiet and loyal Stablemaster. Their second-chance friends-to-lovers romance, very understated and quiet at times and all the more powerful and memorable for that, was a joy to read.

The story is told from the point of view of Con, the young Earl of Stanbury and we see very little of the inner world of his stablemaster, Bryn. I liked getting to know all Con's emotions - his anger and fear and desperation and later on, hope and overwhelming love. I really wanted more insight into Bryn's inner world as well. I have to admit that he remained a bit of mystery for me. At the same time Con's attraction and deep affection for him was rather catching and I couldn't help but like him, and like him a lot, myself.

The writing is beautiful, elaborate and rich. It's full of details of the historical period (a bit too much at times in my opinion) and it transports the reader right there and then at the times and place of the story.

I like the supporting characters, we see more of Con's secretary and his butler and less of the staff of Harrowcot manor but I'd love to read more stories about all of them.

This quiet but moving love story is a recommended reading for fans of historical romance.
3.0 out of 5 stars It was just OK for me... 19 May 2017
By Mindy Lynn DeWoody - Published on
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I had a lot of trouble getting into this one. It was mainly because I didn't like the MC. I didn't care for the way he spoke to people or how he treated them nor did I like that he was constantly throwing little tantrums. I found him to be obnoxious and childish.
Most of the book we spend our time in Con's constant monologue of how angry he is. He's angry most of the book. He is desperate to prove that his ex-lover was paid off by his father and then spends another good part of the book being angry and guilty over the fact his father betrayed him and his ex love.
What redeemed this book for me was Bryn and Ross. I liked both of these men but they weren't enough to save this book for me. Especially since we never got either's POV. I think if the author gave us some relief from Con's constant woe is me monologue and gave us a POV from Bryn, who was kind and happy, it wouldn't have been such a depressing read.
What else could have helped the book was giving the men more time together. It was another one of those books were the couple hardly see each other during the book and when they finally get together the book is over. It needed more romance because when the couple was together they were really sweet.
So in the end I didn't love it, but it wasn't all bad either.
If your a fan of historical romance I would say give it a go.

Happy reading dolls! xx
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Much Here 16 April 2017
By Talvi - Published on
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Return of the Earl is a book in search of a plot. I'm not sure how Schwab managed to fill a full novel with pretty much nothing, but the story never goes anywhere and nothing really happens. The Earl returns, he was under the impression his former lover betrayed him, he's mopey about it, finds out fairly soon that he was lied to, they make up, book ends. That's truly all that happens here.

Perhaps if the characters were more nuanced or their personalities had more tics, we might have had something here. But the Earl is angry and confused, the stablemaster is smug most of the time, and both behave in very anachronistic ways (e.g., despite desperate financial times when people can't get work, antagonizing the employer is not exactly smart). Of course, there is 21st century moralizing added in about slavery and treating servants with respect and not as objects. I didn't believe in either character and both felt more like YA heroes/heroines than mature adults. I completely skimmed past the romance.

Granted, M/M genre doesn't always have to be angsty or full of drama. But at the same time, it has a sophisticated enough fanbase who want stories with depth and interest. There just wasn't enough meat on the bone here to make the book worth remembering. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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