You’re The Earl That I Want (Lords of Worth #3) by Kelly Bowen

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THE EARL DOTH PROTEST . . .
For businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been a damnable nuisance. The answer: find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties. But it’s always been clear that Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman. Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown.

. . . BUT THE LADY KNOWS BEST
In her heart, Joss has always loved Heath, the one person she’s always been able to count on. That doesn’t mean she wants to marry him though. Without a husband, Joss can do as she pleases-and now, it pleases her to solve the mystery of an encoded file given to Heath by a dying man. It’s put Heath in peril once, and Joss won’t let that happen again. She’ll do what she must to ensure the earl’s safety. And to remind him that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in passion.

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Publisher and Release Date: Forever, September 2015

RHR Classifications: Historical Romance
Time and Setting: Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars

Review by Natalie

Heath Hextall has done everything he can to keep his family together, his newly inherited title and lands in good standing, and build his father’s soap business into an empire. If that meant giving up the things he most wanted in life and always doing what was expected of him then so be it. Now that his life has become stable and he has been (mostly) accepted as a member of the ton he has decided to take the next step; select a wife from the eligible debutantes to become his partner and help him run his household. Heath asks his childhood friend, the Duke of Worth, to suggest some suitable candidates.

Worth is dubious of his friend’s intentions but none the less is happy to have him around, especially since his own younger sister, Joss, has returned from her adventures on the continent. Before Worth can even began looking for a suitable partner Joss and Heath collide into each other and much to Heath’s chagrin are thrown together on a treasure hunt – and then on the hunt for a possible murderer.

Joss has spent most of her life careening around the world, learning languages and making a way for herself in spite what is expected from a woman of her station. It helps that her brother supports her in her endeavors and that her mother is known throughout society for her own eccentric behavior. Joss is happy to be home with her family, although her first foray into polite society has not gone as well as she hoped. That’s when she finds herself in the presence of Heath Hexall, her older brother’s friend and the person who made her felt safe and cared for as a child. Suddenly the adventurous world Joss has built for herself doesn’t seem as rewarding without Heath by her side.

Heath and Joss are both engaging characters and the book is filled with lots of action and suspense from the beginning. It is easy to fall in love with these two characters, knowing that they had always had a way of both protecting each other and getting on each other’s nerves. The relationship that grows between them is well-developed, especially because Kelly Bowen manages to let Heath tame certain parts of Joss as well as having Joss reviving Heath’s long-buried spirit of adventure.

The mystery Ms Bowen sets up at the beginning of the book is intricate and made all the more intriguing by the fact that Joss, her family and servants seem to be far more comfortable around intrigue than your average aristocrats should be.

You’re the Earl That I Want is the third in the Lords of Worth series, and because I have not read the first two books, there were times that I was left wondering about certain characters. In the end, however most of those were explained as having been major players earlier in the series. Joss and Heath are supported by a handful of other characters who are interesting all on their own and I look forward to reading the first two books in the series to learn more about their backgrounds and storylines.

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