Published by Altiora Press on February 22nd 2018
The Earl Garrick Helmsley, an earl in both England and Scotland, returns from the Crusades to find his Scottish inheritance challenged by his uncle. Forced to secure his claim in Linkirk, he agrees to marry the daughter of a powerful border lord. But no sooner does he agree to the arrangement than he meets Lady Emma Waryn—the impulsive and irresistible sister-in-law of his old friend, the Countess of Kenshire. Before he knows it, he finds himself escorting Lady Emma to Scotland. The more time he spends with her, the more he wishes to end his betrothal, but the situation in Scotland only becomes more heated.
The Lady Lady Emma loves her elder brothers, but their protectiveness frequently drives her to the brink of madness. The last thing she wants is more of the same in a husband, so she has pledged never to marry a powerful, domineering man. Yet the Earl of Clave is both of those things—and he immediately stirs her passion. Garrick might not be the husband she thought she needed, but she soon realizes he’s the only one she wants.
Garrick’s unwanted betrothal stands between them, but breaking it may well cause a war. Will love find a way to bring the earl and his lady together?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Earl’s Entanglement is book 5 in the Border series by Cecelia Mecca. Although it can be read as a standalone it’s wonderful to have updates on characters from the previous books in this one.
Garrick Helmsley is both a Scottish and English Earl. His uncle believes that he should have the Scottish title, not Garrick, and will do anything to take the title. In order to make sure that doesn’t happen Garrick knows he must make an allegiance with a strong clan who will help if it comes to war with his Uncle. To make that allegiance he agrees to marry the clan leader’s daughter. What he didn’t reckon on is meeting Lady Emma.
Lady Emma is the sister of Bryce and Geoffrey Waryn, both featured in previous books. They are powerful and very protective of the ones they love. Emma often feels suffocated by them and is determined that when she marries it will be for love and to a man who won’t boss her around. Definitely not an Earl or any man used to having his own way.
Garrick is friends with the Countess of Kenshire who is married to Geoffrey. He pays them a visit on his way to Scotland to meet his mother and make his betrothal official. When he meets Emma at the keep, there is an instant attraction between them. He is determined to keep away from her because of that attraction which he can’t afford to have. He is shocked therefore when Geoffrey asks him to escort Emma to see her dear friend in the highlands who is expecting a baby. He can’t refuse and the journey takes place.
As expected, the sparks continue to fly between them and the more time they spend together the more they realise that they want to be together. It isn’t possible though, Garrick has to marry the woman his mother has chosen, and Emma always said she didn’t want to marry an Earl. Is there any way that they can be together without war breaking out? Will Garrick lose his Scottish inheritance to his uncle? Is there any way he and Emma can have their happily ever after?
What a fantastic book this is, full of excitement, drama, lust and love. Garrick and Emma have some fabulously steamy moments despite the fact that they are trying to keep away from each other. Their blossoming love is beautiful to read but the whole time as a reader you can’t help but dread the outcome if Garrick goes with his heart instead of his head. You want their happiness, but at what cost must it come? This book captured me from the first page and I enjoyed every moment of it, especially how it ended. How did it end? Well, you will have to read it yourself to find out! You won’t be disappointed.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.