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Book Review: The Earl Who Loved Her

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Stranded after taking a wrong turn on her way to a friend’s manor, Eve Potter finds herself shivering in the snow on handsome Bryce Harlowe’s doorstep. Even though they both know it could damage her reputation, the Earl invites Eve to stay with him until the weather permits her to venture to her friend’s residence. While the snow flies outside, things heat up between the two, but their respective pasts threaten to put a damper on their fledgling relationship. Can they find shared holiday joy? Or will they be left out in the cold? This is the second book in the Honorable Scoundrels series by Sophie Barnes, but you don’t need to read the first book to enjoy this one. As a point of fact, I actually read this book first then went back and requested the first book in the series because I liked this one so much. This is a fun, light read filled with delightful characters and a simple, yet satisfying, plot. After all, what’s better than a snowed-in romance?

Eve and Bryce are fun characters with well-developed personalities despite the shortness of the book. Eve is stubborn, caring, intelligent, and honest. While Bryce is both charming and frustrating in turn. His interest in gilding flowers was unique and added a depth of character that I appreciated. It humanized him and made him less of an ideal and more real. Even the side characters are fun. I particularly enjoyed Bryce’s butler. Who had this gem of a line:

“Very well, my lord, but as your butler and longtime employee, I think it is my duty to tell you when you are being an idiot."

Five stars

***I received an ARC through NetGalley

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