Published by Zebra on May 29th 2018
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Within the Worthingtons’ extended family circle, laughter and romance rule, and a young lady never settles for less than true love...
With her three good friends all recently married, Elizabeth Turley is ready for some husband-hunting of her own. One gentleman in particular sparks her interest. Geoffrey, Earl of Harrington is tall, handsome, and dashing. He’s also just a bit too sure of himself. But Elizabeth has observed enough about the rules of attraction to pique the earl’s attention. Yet once she has it, the discovery of a troubling secret taints her future happiness.
Lord Harrington must marry or lose a prestigious position in Brussels, and pretty, well-connected Elizabeth fits his needs admirably. But could it be that he has underestimated his bride? She doesn’t bat an eye in the face of the danger they encounter overseas. She’s strong-willed, intelligent, and more enticing each day—yet also more indifferent to him. Now Geoffrey faces his greatest challenge: to woo and win his own wife, or risk losing her for good.
“It would not be only you pretending you might be interested in me,” Lord Littleton explained. “I would be seen to be interested in you as well.”
This still seemed unnecessary. Either Lord Harrington would want her for herself or not. She did not like to engage in deceptions. “To what purpose?”
“My dear lady.” Lord Littleton possessed himself of her hands, his gaze capturing hers.
Good Lord, the man was dangerous. She sent a prayer of thanks to the deity that she was not affected by him. “Do you do that on purpose?”
He shook his head and stared at her. “Do what?”
Elizabeth narrowed her eyes at him. “Look into a woman’s eyes as if she were the only lady on earth you wished to be with.”
“Ah, no,” he said a little sheepishly. “It just happens. I can’t seem to stop myself.”
“It’s like this, Lizzy”—her brother cut in—“any gentleman who’s interested in a lady don’t wish to see another man making up to her.” He gave his friend a disgusted look. “Littleton agreed to help, but you can see how dangerous it is for him to be in Town. He truly can’t help himself from flirting, and he’ll soon find himself in a bumble-bath if he remains too long. He’s not ready for a leg-shackle yet, but he’d be bound to raise some lady’s expectations and that won’t do.”
“That’s it exactly.” Lord Littleton must have realized he was still holding Elizabeth’s hands and released them. “But that’s not the only reason Turley and I thought I’d be the best one. You see, Harrington and I never got on well together. That will give him the extra incentive to court you properly.”
“And,” Gavin added, “Littleton is so full of juice that he is just as eligible as Harrington. Other than the title that is.”
Her brother and Lord Littleton focused their gazes on her, and she glanced from one man to the other. “I understand.” Or she thought she did. Men were such strange creatures. She wondered why Lord Harrington did not like Lord Littleton. He seemed amiable enough. “Very well, then. How do we begin?”
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
You Never Forget Your First Earl is the fifth book in The Worthingtons series by Ella Quinn. Although part of a series it can be read as a standalone book.
Geoffrey, Lord Harrington needs a wife in order to gain the job he wants in Brussels. When two people, his friend and his grandmother suggest that he woo Miss Elizabeth Turley he decides she could indeed make the perfect wife for him. He doesn’t need love, he just needs an amiable young woman who is capable of running a household.
Elizabeth is aware that Geoff must marry as soon as possible before losing his chance of the position abroad. Her three closest friends have not long got married and Elizabeth wants to find her dream man as well. Geoff is very good looking and seems a decent enough man, so she agrees to a courtship with him. It isn’t too long before Geoff offers for her, and Elizabeth happily accepts. They marry by special licence and immediately prepare for their move. The trouble begins when just after the wedding she hears Geoff and his father talking and what she hears breaks her heart.
Geoff realises that something is very wrong with Elizabeth when she stops sharing his bed and barely speaks to him. He has no idea what he has done to upset her. He doesn’t like that they are at odds, and even when he has to concentrate on the war effort Elizabeth is always on his mind. Can he find out what is wrong and sort it out, can he keep her safe in what turns into a war zone? Will Elizabeth ever tell him what she overheard so that they can work at getting their marriage back on an even keel? Or will they end up separating?
I enjoyed this story, although I will admit that the first few chapters of the book didn’t hook me immediately. From the minute that Elizabeth agrees to marry Geoff, and then they begin their travels that soon changed though and I couldn’t read the book quickly enough to find out how it would end. I enjoyed the will they won’t they aspect of the romance, wondering if they could work things out. I especially enjoyed how even though she was angry with him, Elizabeth still very much cared for her husband and was there for him when he needed her. I enjoyed too seeing when Elizabeth proved that she wasn’t just a pretty face, both when faced with would be bandits, plus helping with the wounded soldiers of war. All in all, this book, as with the others in the series which I have read and loved, is a good read and I recommend it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.