Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Goddess Fish Promotions: You Never Forget Your First Earl

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Ella will be awarding a signed copy of the book (International Giveaway) to 5 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

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 . . .

Read an Excerpt:

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?”

Review: Ella Quinn has got me back into reading regency romances again. This was the genre that I fell in love with when I first started reading adult romances when I was in junior high...ok..I was younger than that.

Her books have great characters.

Elizabeth is a strong heroine but she wants a love match. Geoffery is trying to find a perfect diplomats wife. Geoffery isn't exactly the most likable hero. He's ambitious and is more career oriented than looking for love. He's a little bit dim sometimes too. That's what makes the book fun! OK, Geoff is more than just dim, he's the kind of guy you want to shake some sense into. I wanted to do that so many times in this book.

You'll remember Geoffery from her last book, The Marquis and I. If you haven't read that book, you are definitely missing out. I liked revisited the other characters from The Worthington series. Charlotte, who was Geoff's first choice of a bride is Elizabeth's best friend.

Elizabeth is such a sweet character. Like most ladies, she is looking for a love match, and between her friends and family and Geoff's family they work to get him to fall in love with her, and it seems like it is working, until shortly after the wedding.

This is really when you want to shake Geoff.

As they travel to Brussels, she takes control and becomes a "qualified" wife of a diplomat. It is in being such a good wife that she was hurt.

Ms. Quinn, it is not fair to make me cry like that over a character. I had to keep reminding myself that this is romance and that nothing would happen to Elizabeth, but it still made me tear up.

The ending was perfect.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.
She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a Portuguese Water Dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She's currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Beautiful Disaster said...

I really like the cover. I'm looking forward to reading this- already added to my tbr list.

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Thank you so much for hosting me and for the lovely review!!

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