Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Edelweiss
Harrriet Hathaway has loved only one man her entire life: the Earl of Roxley. But when he ignores her at a ball, she takes rather desperate steps to catch his eye and her plans find her ruined and without any hope of gaining Roxley’s heart. So it is much to her amazement when Roxley proposes marriage to save her from ruin. But Roxley’s proposal isn’t quite on the up and up and when she finds out she’s just another piece in one of his plots and japes, she vows revenge.
Roxley is desperate to pull his family from the brink of ruin, and the only way to gain a lost fortune is to prove to his aunts that’s he’s “reformed” his life and is determined to settle down. But the bride-to-be that he thought would be most amiable is doing everything to turn his life and his heart upside down. Harriet Hathaway had always seemed the most sensible girl he knew, but now this siren of a stranger he’s engaged to is leaving him feeling anything but sensible. Harriet is about to steal not only his heart, but quite possibly the keys to the Roxley fortune.
If Wishes Were Earls is the third book in the Rhymes With Love series. I have enjoyed the first two books and this is a great addition moving the series along nicely. I really enjoyed the relationship between Harry and Roxley; it is a true friend to lover story with intrigue, murder and mayhem thrown in for an enjoyable read.
Harriett Hathaway has been in love with Roxley all her life; she has four older brothers and has never been one to watch what she says and she has told everyone from the beginning that she would marry Roxley one day. On a wonderful evening almost a year ago she thought it would all come true, but he bolted after they were together and she has not seen him in eight months. When
Roxley’s aunts drag Harry to London for the new Season she is amazed at what she finds, Roxley is in quite the predicament.
Roxley, Earl of Roxley has had it easy for most of his life, many will do anything he asks, and he became the Earl at an early age when his parents died in a carriage accident. He has always been intrigued by Harry, finding her at first annoying (when they were little) and more recently he finds her fascinating and hard to stay away from. After their encounter almost a year ago, his life has spiraled down a dangerous road, his luck at the tables has turned and in order to save all he owns and his reputation, he must marry the mysterious Miss Murray.
The plot thickens when the group, including Roxley and Harry, go off toward Bath to try and find out who is blackmailing him and why. Add in some quirky aunts, Harry’s meddlesome brothers and some missing diamonds and the all of Bath is turned upside down before Roxley is ruined.
A fun filled historical that has mystery, blackmail and of course romance. I love Harry; she is witty, speaks her mind and knows what she wants – Roxley and she will do just about anything to get him. On the other hand, I had a problem with Roxley, in the beginning he seemed very immature, he has this persona that he shows the world but Harry knows the real him, yet he rarely drops this personality even for Harry and even when he is in danger of losing everything. He meekly accepts the fact that he is being blackmailed and seemed to wait for others to help first.
The story starts out slow but gains momentum when they travel and make progress on the mystery surrounding Roxley. His aunts are hilarious and add so much to the story; I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between them. The romance between the two is not a passionate one; Harry seems to be the one to push the relationship beyond friendship but when they do get together there is chemistry and it works for me. The story is full of humor and witty dialog between all the characters and as I have read the first two books I am truly invested in the series. You do not have to read the first two in order to enjoy this book, several characters re-appear but are easily incorporated into the story and you would not feel lost. Overall an engaging story of friendship, love and intrigue.
I give If Wishes Were Earls by Elizabeth Boyle 3.75 stars!