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A great start to another great series. Who doesn’t love the tormented boy who grows up to get his revenge and show that he is the better fellow and the strong girl who wont take no for answer and knows what she wants. For a short read this book has a lot in it and the set up for the next two books will have you waiting with batted breath. There was a couple of sex scenes and this reviewer as usual skipped them and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book. I am now looking forward to the next two books to see what happens. I received this as an ARC and freely give my review.
Loved this book So much, Bianca was the fiesty lady and Ash the very Red hot Earl, wonderful.ending which has left me ready for the next two books in the series, I've preordered them with not too !omg to wait to read Poppy's story
I love the idea of these books re writing Christmas songs. With someone who doesn’t write as well as Darcy Burke things could have gone very bad. Instead we have this delicious confection right in time for the holidays. Can you tell that I liked it. Must now go read the others.
When I read the blurb for the first book in the Love is All Around series, I wondered how the author would incorporate the Christmas song about Rudolph into the story. What I discovered was cleverly inventive similarities that really caught my attention. Darcy Burke makes numerous details in THE RED HOT EARL not only original but also believable, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Regency period where three siblings are struggling with various issues.
After her brother became the new duke, Lady Bianca Stafford had thought he would continue the custom of hosting the St. Stephen’s Day celebration. She knows how much the local folks appreciate the festivities, and she is disheartened upon learning he refuses to participate this year, but still hopes to come up with a workable solution. A house party at a nearby estate has her meeting a man whom she knew when they were much younger. Ashton Rutledge is now the Earl of Buckleigh, and though he never wanted to title, he finds it may come in handy when Bianca requires assistance.
I truly adored Bianca and Ash, as both are so personable plus spirited. How she stands up for herself and others is very admirable, especially when it comes to defending her childhood friend with honest encouragement. Being a woman during this time period was not easy, and several instances demonstrated just how tough. Ash is also someone who can be counted on when needed, and I really liked how this couple worked through any problems. Their discussions are very candid, and it was wonderful to see their honest reactions. The difficulties with which he grew up could definitely be true, even in today’s society, and Darcy Burke made me feel his anguish and any personal dreams. What occurs to Ash and Bianca as the story progresses is certainly realistic, and I was pulled into every compelling situation that they had to face.
When an Earl who had been a bullied boy meets again his still outspoken childhood friend...
What a lovely tale it was, I loved the positive message it gives. My daughter was at a time bullied too by a group of girls whom disparaged her for her physical look, her choice of clothing and and, the head of this group is what I think a girl uncomfortable in her own skin so she used my daughter as an emotional outlet. It is in the past but I do know the scars it left. Ash was even worse abused, as it was for years and no one put a stop for him, only distance halted the harassment. My heart ached so much for him, I do suppose he suffers from The Gilles De La Tourette’s syndrome. With time he learned to control his reaction and pugilism helped him to channel his anger and other feelings. But still, he feels out of place and his new designation as a titled peer does not lessen his unease among society. Bianca is his opposite, she is no shy miss and speaks her mind. She is one, no bully would choose as a victim as she lets no one cornering her. But when she witnesses how Ash’s old school chums belittle him at every opportunity, she stands by his side. I loved how complementary they were, and respectful of one another’s feelings.
This lively read brings all the right sentiments, to refuse to stay mute or quiet when others are abused, but also in oneself to forgive the offenses. 4.5 stars
I was granted by the author an advance copy but also preordered mine. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.