The Earl Takes All

The Earl Takes All

Book - 2016
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One summer night, Edward Alcott gives in to temptation and kisses Lady Julia Kenney in a dark garden. However, the passion she stirs within him is best left in the shadows as she weds his twin, the Earl of Greyling. But when tragedy strikes, to honor the vow he makes to his dying brother, Edward must pretend to be Greyling until the countess delivers her babe.

After her husband returns from a two-month sojourn, Julia finds him changed. Bolder, more daring, and more wicked--even if he does limit their encounters to kisses. With each passing day, she falls more deeply in love.

For Edward the embers of desire sparked on that long-ago night are quickly rekindled. He yearns to be her husband in truth. But if she discovers his ruse, she will despise him--and English law prevents him from marrying his brother's widow. Yet he must dare to risk everything and reveal his secrets if he is to truly take all.

Publisher: New York, New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
ISBN: 9780062391032
Branch Call Number: HEAT
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 18 cm


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Jun 05, 2016

I absolutely loved this book - full of angst and romantic tension. I was rooting for the hero and his impossible situation (assume his brother's life while suppressing his own feelings for the heroine) from the start of the book. Couldn't wait to find out how they would get to their happy ending. This is the second book of the "Hellions of Havisham" series. The hero and heroine and their general backstory are introduced in the previous novel (Falling Into Bed With a Duke). You can read and enjoy this book as a standalone novel, but for a fuller background on the characters, I'd recommend reading the previous novel first.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 16, 2016

The premise of this book--hero's twin brother dies and he pretends to be his brother so his brother's widow doesn't realize her husband is dead and miscarry due to grief-- is both insane AND very tricky to pull off, which I think is why I was so impressed by it. You, of course, have to suspend disbelief regarding the likelihood of a woman not being able to tell the difference between her husband that she loves and his brother, but once that is done, this is a super entertaining, oddly moving book. I started reading it thinking, "No way can she pull this off" but I finished the book totally satisfied with the outcome. One of the more memorable romances I've read -- and one that I think fellow historical romance fans will definitely enjoy.

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