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The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family’s rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.
Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can’t see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice–and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips–help soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.
Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he-or Adeline-ever imagined.
“Your swelling has diminished completely,” she said, feeling a strange fluttering in the pit of her stomach. Then she gripped the key tightly as if it were her life’s purpose. “Your flesh is somewhat bruised, however, and purplish in places. When you arrived, we weren’t even able to see that you had eyes.”
“And now that you are able?” There was an edge of mockery to his tone and—yes—to his lips too. Now there were appealing fissures on both sides of his mouth.
“Are you seeking a compliment? I had not taken you for a vain peacock,” she chided, feeling comfortable enough to tease him in return. Yet, that quickly altered when he reached up and closed his hand over hers.
He tugged her closer. “Your expression reveals little. And there are no mirrors nearby to show me whether I am merely bruised or disfigured. That pretty blush upon your cheeks could be because you are here in your nightdress and shy about it, not necessarily because you think I am handsome.”
Were all the gentlemen in London this bold? She held her breath, trying not to move and wanting to absorb every sensation caused by her hand in his grasp. Her skin rejoiced, sending shivers of warmth through her like sparks from flint and steel. His thumb swept back and forth over the mound of her thumb. Then his fingers curled casually as if touches such as these were commonplace. At least, for him…
“I like the look of you,” she confessed, holding his gaze. A man who’d suffered such a beating deserved that, at least.
Publisher and Release Date: Avon Impulse, August 2016
Time and Setting: Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars
Review by Lady Cicely
Sheltered all her life by loving parents, Miss Adeline Pimm is determined to prove that she can stand on her own two feet. What better way to do that than with a London season where she feels she is fully prepared to make this an adventure; her only concern is her secret coming to light. A secret that has her determined never to marry. A secret that she feels elicits pity and/or repulsion. What Adeline isn’t prepared for is family myth affecting her in a way she is not prepared to explore when a bloodied, unconscious man lies at her door.
Liam Cavanaugh, Earl of Wolford, has led an intentionally lonely life. A life that only has room for many homes filled with artifacts, few friends, and a scandalous reputation. A reputation that seems to have caught up with him when he awakens, battered and bruised, in an unfamiliar room, being nursed by someone whose voice alone soothes his pain. As Liam’s body heals, the barrier he has erected around his heart starts to crumble; however, an innocent remark threatens to cement that barrier back in place. When the reason for his attack puts Adeline’s life in danger, Liam realizes what the most important thing in his life is. But will he be able to convince that person of his change of heart?
The Earl is on Fire is the second book in Vivienne Lorret’s series The Season’s Original.
The story is written in such a way that I felt every emotion of the characters, from Adeline’s determination to prove herself and her frustration at being coddled to Liam’s hurt from his long ago betrayal and desire to be alone. The secondary characters are written with depth – they’re not just space filler – without taking away from the hero and heroine and giving hints as to where the next story may lie. The heart to heart between Adeline and her mother had me in tears.
I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next in the series. I would recommend This Earl is on Fire to fans of the author, new readers and lovers of historical romance in general.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original Series.