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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story. 22 April 2017
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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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 Delightful! 15 April 2017
By Bayou Book Junkie-Reviews - Published on
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4 Stars!

I love historical romances and if they are MM on top of it? It’s like Christmas all over again. So of course, I was going to ask to review this one.

Con, the Earl of Stanbury, Viscount Conway, is back at his family’s home after a 13-year-exile. He’s moody, grumpy and arrogant, all good reasons for him to be known as the Ice Prince in the continent. The last place he wants to be is at Harrowcot Hall, but his secretary convinces him that he needs to settle all his affairs there and then move on if he wants to. The last thing he expects is to find Bryn, the stablemaster’s son and his ex-lover still there, now as the new stablemaster, throwing Con out for a loop.

Aside from a few phrases here and there that didn’t quite make sense to me, the book was very well-written, the descriptions and the imagery transported me back in time and made me feel as if I was seeing it all happening before me.

I didn’t quite like Con up until after the 60% mark or so, grumpy didn’t even begin to cover what he was. Temperamental and moody as all hell, maybe? *shrugs* There were a few times where I wished I could’ve slapped some sense into him, especially where Bryn was concerned. It didn’t quite make sense to me that he would believe his father so readily when the man had never been all that good of a father to him. Or that Con could be so arrogant as to prefer to run away and not apologize for his beliefs. Yes, he made up for it, but by then I was more than fed up by his behavior.

I loved Bryn, he seemed like such a sweet, reliable, strong man. I would’ve liked to read more of his POV than just the Prologue, too. Con and Bryn had great chemistry, at least once Con pulled his head out of his a** and started behaving like a man and not a moody teenager, that is.

Overall, this was a delightful read (when I didn’t want to strangle Con). Very well-written and researched. I think the author did a great job at portraying the era the book is set in and I will likely read it again in the future. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, quick read. 15 April 2017
By avid reader - Published on
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I enjoyed this historical romance. It’s hard to find a good M/M set in the Regency Era. The author did a nice job setting the scene for this period piece. There were a couple of instances where the language sounded a bit modern, but overall it felt authentic. The environmental descriptions were colorful and easily understood. They set a good backdrop for the characters to move through in the early 1800’s. The inclusion of the secondary characters, which in this case consisted of employees, and their relationship with the earl was also a good descriptor of the situations in that time.
The premise that the Earl did not even consider that his terrible father would lie to him about Bryn was hard to take. His coldness and anger began to wear on me also but the story was touching once Con got past his self loathing and the spicy scenes were well done.
The author handled this genre well and I look forward to reading more from her.

I am voluntarily reviewing the advance reader copy I received from the author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 20 April 2017
By Jill G. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. I enjoyed this book and it is well written. It is set in an era when it was against the law for two men to have a sexual relationship. The Earl banished his son (Con), after finding him with one of the stablemen (Bryn) to the Continent where Con remained for 13 years. The Earl dies and after several years Con returns home for a brief visit. The visit is extended due to snow and eventually Con and Bryn rekindle the love they once shared. I would recommend this book because it is a very endearing love story.

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