LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.
Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…
Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?
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The Earl of Kempthorn (known as “Thorn,”) is delighted that his younger twin brother, Gideon, has returned from years of travel. Yet, their former closeness is gone, and Thorn feels that Gideon is hiding something. In fact, he seems to want to spend more time with their childhood friend and neighbor, Olivia Lydall, than with his family, even at his own welcome home party. While children, Olivia and Gideon shared a closeness that left Thorn feeling left out, and now he’s feeling that way again. His irritation causes him to treat Olivia in a less than kind manner on occasion. In fact, his hot and cold feelings have him even pretending to be his brother, Gideon, while spending time with Olivia, trying to gauge their real relationship.
Olivia is not at a good place in life. Her widowed father is anxious to marry her off because he intends to remarry, and his potential wife doesn’t want a stepdaughter around, challenging her for his affections and the running of the household. Lady Grisdale is the stereotypical evil stepmother, berating and mistreating Olivia when they’re away from her father’s presence. Then Thorn, who never really warmed up to her, seems to resent her renewing her lifelong friendship with his brother, Gideon. At first, I found Olivia to be a bit of a doormat and was disappointed that she didn’t stand up for herself more. Eventually she developed some self confidence, and I liked this quality in her, but she did make some very unwise choices. Thorn is a complicated man, and while he did have many good qualities, I couldn’t quite fall in love with him. He wavered between being kind, then cruel to Olivia. He wanted her away, then he wanted her for himself.
I have mixed feelings about WAITING FOR AN EARL LIKE YOU. I have read the first two books in the Masters of Seduction series, and I’m glad that I did, or I feel that I would have been somewhat lost in this book. There is an extended cast of characters and some very important events which happened previously that affect this story. Some interesting plot twists and uncharacteristic behavior made for a very compelling read that held my attention, even though I didn’t really feel the romance. So, while I didn’t totally fall for the hero, WAITING FOR AN EARL LIKE YOU was sufficiently well written, complex, and steamy to make for an enjoyable read.