The Earl I Adore by Erin Knightley (Prelude To A Kiss #2)

The Earl I Adore by Erin KnightleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Signet

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Sophie Wembley is about to discover two hard truths: When planning a rushed betrothal, one must not be picky; and when the perfect earl happens by, one must not be shy… After receiving word that her sister has eloped, even ever-optimistic Sophie has trouble staying positive. She needs to secure her future before the scandal destroys her prospects, although she doesn’t relish the idea of a hasty marriage. But her longtime crush has just shown up for the summer festival in Bath. He may be the key to avoiding disgrace and getting a happily ever after…if she can bring herself to pursue him.

John “Evan” Fairfax, Earl of Evansleigh, is one of the most popular bachelors in the ton. However, his easygoing ways hide a dark past he’s determined to keep secret. Evan has always kept acquaintances at arm’s length for self-preservation, but there’s something irresistible about Sophie…and her seductive charms may well sway the confirmed bachelor to seize a chance at love.

A delightful historical romance featuring a smart young woman that is in a hurry to find a husband and a regal Earl that has no intention of marrying anytime soon. The witty dialog and engaging characters keep the reader interested until the end.

Sophie Wembley is in Bath for the summer, enjoying the Summer Serenade festival. She has been out for two seasons but was not in a hurry for marriage, until her sister eloped causing the family to worried about the scandal they will endure. Sophie has always been in love with The Earl of Evansleigh (Evan) but is usually tongue tied whenever he is around, so with an enraged mother on her heels, she and her friend May make a decision about her future and Operation Woo the Earl commences.

Evan is enjoying life, not at all interested in finding a wife. However when his sister un-expectantly arrives in Bath he feels the need to protect and entertain her so enlists Miss Sophie to help, with some hilarious outcomes, and surprisingly he finds the desire to spend more time with her.

This is the second in this endearing series that uses music as a backdrop, I enjoy the fact that these three women have their own trio and play unusual music and in this book the author also adds opera to the mix. It can easily be read as a standalone, there are several returning characters but the author does a great job of keeping the reader informed without missing anything.

Sophie is a sweet young woman just biding her time enjoying the summer in Bath. She has a small crush on the dashing Earl of Evansleigh but has a hard time talking to him without stumbling over her words as well as her skirts. She is so cute when she is around Evan, and I love how May helps her gain her confidence, I also believe her new friendship with his sister Jules works well, although it had a rough, hilarious start.

Evan is a wonderful hero, he is thoughtful and the perfect gentleman. He adores his sister and they have a special sibling bond that is sweet. He is suspicious of why she suddenly appears in Bath and the banter back and forth is humorous as he tries to find the truth. Their childhood was not as wonderful as people believed and they are both hiding a secret that guides their futures.

The romance between Evan and Sophie is slow and sweet. He finds he is delighted by her and enjoys her company, she sort of sneaks up on him and he is not sure what to do about it. He wants to protect her from himself, yet still wants to be around her.

The pace is slow but it is summer in Bath and things are a bit unhurried there yet I just thought there were times the story dragged. Secondary characters are influential to the story, I love May and look forward to her story and I thought Evan’s sister Jules was a wonderful addition. There is not a lot of drama and other than some secrets that are revealed the story centers around the romance, and the ending is satisfying. Ms. Knightley writes enjoyable historical romances that I look forward to reading.

I give The Earl I Adore by Erin Knightley 3.75 stars!

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