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An Unexpected Earl: 2 Mass Market Paperback – 23 February 2021
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Second in a sizzling Regency series from award-winning author Anna Harrington
Twelve years ago, Brandon Pearce, former brigadier and now the Earl West, had to give up the girl he loved, Amelia Howard. Now Amelia is a grown woman with a past she desperately needs to keep hidden in order to save her brother Frederick's reputation. In an effort to avoid blackmail, Frederick needs to place a list of gentlemen into government positions, and for that, he'll need an ally in Parliament ― Pearce.
Pearce has been investigating Scepter, a criminal group the Armory believes is behind the government appointments. Pearce must pretend that he sides with the blackmailer, even though it means breaking Amelia's heart. But Pearce is willing to do anything he can for a second chance with her, even when he discovers she's been keeping secrets of her own.
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- Publisher : Casablanca; Bilingual edition (23 February 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1728226244
- ISBN-13 : 978-1728226248
- Dimensions : 12.07 x 1.98 x 17.78 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 420,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Investigations lead to Brigadier Brandon Pearce, now the Earl of Sandhurst, running into a lady he is startled to recognise - Miss Amelia Howard. Twelve years earlier, when Amelia was just sixteen, Amelia’s father caught Brandon in her bedroom and he was forced into the army to silence any gossip, Amelia’s hand reserved for whatever lordling her father could catch. Now it seems Amelia is both still unmarried and in some kind of trouble, hanging about in places she shouldn’t be and trying to talk to men she definitely shouldn’t. Pearce can’t help but step in.
Amelia’s troubles are far deeper than she can share, a massive scandal in her past causing her to be utterly dependent on her brother, who shows from the beginning that he’s untrustworthy, leaving himself vulnerable to blackmail. Desperate to maintain her small measure of independence and continue to support the charity for war widows she founded, Amelia will do whatever she can to get her brother out of the hole he’s dug for himself. Even if that means asking Pearce for help.
The chemistry between Amelia and Pearce is off the charts from the beginning, the romance between them very believable. I definitely liked that Pearce didn’t try to sideline Amelia, involving her in solving the problem when she made it clear she needed to be part of it, and it was great that Amelia actually got to be there in the final confrontation with the villain, allowed to vent her feelings and have a say in what justice was meted out. I did see the villain coming (though I won’t spoil it here) because a few things in the story didn’t quite add up for me, but I admit I was shocked by the extent of the fraud which had been perpetrated.
This is a great story, and I’ll definitely be looking out for more books in the series, as while Amelia’s immediate issues were solved, the Armory didn’t get to the bottom of the Scepter mystery yet, so obviously there is more to come. Five stars for a very good historical romance with some intriguing mysteries at the core!
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.
Another lovely read. Anna gives us everything- romance mystery passion twisted story lines to keep us on our toes. Pearce and Amelia - will they find their way back together or is there too many lies and heartbreak between them? You won’t want to put this one down.
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It is book 2 of a series so far. I am going back to get a copy of the first book ( An Inconvenient Duke ) and look forward to the third at the end of June and hopefully a fourth soon to cover the last of the men of the Armory mentioned in this book. Perhaps book 3 will add some new members who could have their stories added later.
After having read two really poorly done novels in this genre this week , this book has been a real treat. Thank you Ms Harrington !