on January 3rd 2017
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LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.
Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…
Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Waiting For an Earl Like You is the third book in the Masters of Seduction series by Alexandra Hawkins. I haven’t read the previous books so can happily report that this can easily be read as a stand alone novel.
This is the story of Thorn, his proper title being Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn. He has a twin brother, Gideon who for the most part he gets on famously with. That can’t be said when it comes to a certain female.
Miss Olivia Lydall is the female in question. She and the boys have known each other since they were children. Gideon and Olivia had great fun together, running around and just being silly. Thorn used to watch them and make out their playing was beneath him, when secretly he was jealous of their closeness because he was growing very fond of Olivia. When an opportunity arose before he had to leave for college, an 18 year old nervous Thorn, kissed Olivia in the garden before taking his leave. Being close to Gideon and not Thorn, Olivia believed that it was the former that kissed her rather than the latter, and Thorn let her carry on believing that.
Now that they are all grown up, Thorn finds himself amongst the ‘ton’ and Olivia again. She still seems to favour his brother, and once again Thorn takes up the twin advantage and shares a few more intimate moments with Olivia with her thinking he is Gideon. His brother isn’t happy at all when he finds out what Gideon has been doing. Both brothers have feelings for her, and at one point, they both kiss her, can she tell the brothers apart? Will she realise that she has been kissing Thorn and Gideon. Which brother does she have feelings for?
This story got off to a slow start for me, and despite loving the main characters, especially Thorn, I debated whether or not I would finish it. Thankfully I carried on because at about half way read the story really picked up and was exciting. Not only did we have the possible romance between Olivia and one of the twins, but there was also some evil going on in the background too. A drama arose that I did not see coming and which was moving to read. For me, the last few chapters of the book absolutely turned this book around from maybe a 2 and a half star rating to a 4 star one. It was a pleasure to read, despite the slow start, and I recommend it as long as you know that things don’t really get exciting until the second half.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.