Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Loving the Earl by Sharon Cullen

LOVING THE EARL: A Loveswept Historical Romance
By Sharon Cullen
On sale November 11, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-345-54006-5
Published by Loveswept


In Sharon Cullen’s sizzling novel of scandal and seduction, a headstrong beauty is pursued across Europe by London’s most notorious rake.

Having vowed never to wed again, widowed viscountess Claire Hartford is about to do the unthinkable: travel unaccompanied across the continent in search of a lover. Her adventure begins sooner than expected, when she meets a magnificent cloaked stranger on her ship’s gangplank. He is Lord Blythe, a man whispered about in London’s ballrooms and drawing rooms, a scandalous rogue hell-bent on seduction.

Nathan Ferguson curses the day he agreed to look out for his best friend’s wayward sister. The charismatic earl is traveling to Paris to uncover the truth behind his father’s death, but his desire for Claire threatens to be his undoing. From France to Italy, on a journey of passionate discovery and danger, Nathan is honor-bound to protect her—from himself most of all. What can he offer Claire? Only love, as he sets out to prove to the woman of his dreams that she belongs to him—body, heart, and soul. 

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My Review:

While this story has the appeal of a lighthearted read, it has surprising depths. There is plenty of conflict and danger to keep propelling this story forward.

Lady Claire Addison is a widow and with that comes a certain level of freedom. I was surprised at times with her na├»ve view of the world, but I also expect that she’s lived a very sheltered life. I enjoyed that she wasn’t the type to let life and the hardships thrust upon her stop her from wanting to explore and experience all the world and life have to offer.

Nathan is a very honorable character who seems well put together with just moments of uncertainty. I enjoy that he isn’t completely the traditional gentleman and is willing to do what it takes to make it in the world even if it’s not something a titled gentleman should do. I enjoyed the way he found Claire’s innocence refreshing even if he was held back by issues with trust.

These are definitely two characters who take their pasts, and blossom from it in order to find true love with each other. Ms. Cullen crafts some interesting characters that felt like they are very much alive and breathing. She crafted a journey that is sweet yet compelling and ultimately ends in love and the freedom that true love brings.

4 Books

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my review.

Author Info:

Sharon is also the author of romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance. The Notorious Lady Anne is Sharon Cullen’s first historical and her debut novel with Loveswept.

If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.

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  1. Oh goody, another historical romance author for me...yea! Always looking to feed my reading habit, Sharon. :-) This one sounds delightful...so thanks for the post! jdh2690@gmail.com