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When a Girl Loves an Earl (Rescued from Ruin Book 5) Kindle Edition
Miss Viola Darling always gets what she wants. Always. And what she wants more than anything is to marry James Kilbrenner, the Earl of Tannenbrook. She’s fallen hard for the giant, taciturn, surly brute, and she positively will have no other. The problem? He’s not interested. Not even a little. But Viola cannot afford to lose. And she has her heart set on James. If only he will bend to a bit of persuasion.
Is an earl like no other
James Kilbrenner knows how determined the entirely-too-beautiful Miss Darling can be—the daft woman cornered him at a perfectly respectable dinner and mangled his cravat before he could escape. He has no desire to marry, less desire to be pursued, and will certainly not kiss her kissable lips until they are both breathless, no matter how tempted he may be.
And only the right one will do
Thrown in her path by a meddling marchioness, James finds himself under sensual siege from a tiny, flirtatious sprite who puts both his heart and his vow to remain unwed at risk. And when scandal looms, he learns the hard way that a man can resist only so long before the indomitable Miss Darling gets her way.
About the Author
Reading romance novels came easily to Elisa Braden. Shes been doing it since she was twelve. Writing them? That took a little longer. After graduating with degrees in creative writing and history, Elisa spent entirely too many years in real jobs, writing T-shirt copyand other peoples resumesand articles about giftware displays. But that was before she woke up and started dreaming about the very unreal job of being a romance novelist. Frankly, she figures better late than never. Elisa lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, where youre constitutionally required to like the colors green and gray. Good thing she does. Other items on the like list include cute dogs, strong coffee, and epic movies. Of course, her favorite thing of all is hearing from readers who love her characters as much as she does.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01KPHKEQ2
- Publisher : Elisa Braden (August 30, 2016)
- Publication date : August 30, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3367 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1540879674
- Best Sellers Rank: #64,779 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story kicks off in Scotland, James “Jamie” Kilbrenner is 16 and just became a stone mason. He grew up as a blacksmith’s son and is content with his life, he fell in love with a girl and wants to ask for her hand when someone shows up saying he has inherited an Earldom. His world is definitely rocked learning he’s a titled lord (from his great, great, great grandfather) and he is pushed to London to learn all there is to know about being the Earl of Tannenbrook and his estate.
We then cut to 16 years later, Miss Viola Darling first sees Jamie and knows he’s the man for her. Intent on pursuing him, she has no idea that Jamie doesn’t plan to marry. Jamie has no desire marry, less desire to be perused, and will certainly not kiss Miss Viola Darling…no matter how tempted he might be. 50% into the book they do get married so I was curious how the story would play out from there. But I was so happy with how it went! The angst between Viola and Jamie was just so good, she finally got the man she wanted and then realizes she doesn’t know anything about him. He takes her to Scotland and to his birthplace and I loved seeing her even realize he was Scottish and learning more about her husband. I liked Viola’s quick friendship with his mother and sister. Her relationship with her own stepmother-to-be was really nice to see grow, seeing her give Viola “the talk”. 😆 Viola is friends with Charlotte (heroine from book 4, The Devil is a Marquess). And then I really liked seeing Jamie take his friends advice to try and woo Viola and how that didn’t work out as well as he planned. I just adored Jamie, his past has some hurts in it and I felt for his character so much. Of course some mistakes on both their parts along the way, but I just loved seeing their growth and how they tackled things together.
James Kilbrenner was raised by a blacksmith and became a stone mason in his tiny village in Scotland, a life he was most content to have, until a solicitor showed up when he was 16 years old and informed him that he was the legitimate heir to the Earl of Tannebrook, a man who had just passed away leaving an estate and tenants in need of his presence in England. Reluctantly, he left his sweetheart with a vow that he would return for her, and he made his way to his new holdings where he reluctantly realized he was needed and accepted his responsibility. When he returned a year later to his childhood home, he discovered a tragic event occurred in his absence, and he blamed himself for not being there. Fifteen years later, he is still resolute that he will never marry so that he can never lose someone he loves again. If only the beautiful, persistent, and irresistible Miss Viola Darling would get that into her head!
But Viola is relentless - she will not give up her dream to be Lady Tannebrook and wed the only man she has ever loved. Will she convince James that she is the right woman for him? If she can persuade him to marry her, will he ever allow her into his heart? And if he cannot, will Viola accept having the man she loves knowing he can never give her all of himself?
What I liked:
--- I love the strong, silent, giant Scot H - totally up my alley!
--- Viola's efforts to get James' attention were entertaining
--- Fun revisiting of characters from earlier books in the series
--- STEAMY GOODNESS
What I didn't like as much:
--- James was a little too stubborn (he was 32 years old and still looking at things from a 17 year old's perspective too often)
--- Some miscommunication angst which is my least favorite form of angst
Overall, a very fun read with sparks, a determined petite lady, a giant Scot, and steamy goodness!
Plot --- 4.25/5
Main Characters --- 4/5
Supporting Cast --- 4/5
Steam Level* --- 4/5
Violence --- none that I can recall
Language --- not egregious
POV --- 3rd
*Note that steam level is not a rating so much as a how hot was it: 0/5 - clean; 1/5 - mild (nothing descriptive); 2/5 - 3rd base action/1 home run; 3/5 - now we're getting somewhere (a couple of full-on steamy scenes); 4/5 - yes please! (erotica territory); 5/5 - they did EVERYTHING in this one, y'all
James is a proud Scotsman who had his whole life planned out. He was to be a stonemason from a small village and marry his sweetheart and enjoy a simple life. However, all of his life plans were thrown out the window when an English steward calls with the news that he is the new Earl of Tannenbrook. With promises to return soon, James travels to London in order to start running his inherited estate. After learning that his beloved has married another months after his departure, James vows never to marry again. Too bad Viola is convinced that he is the only one for her...
I just loved Viola's determination and decisive spirit! She knew that she wanted to marry James before she even meets him and sets out to convince him of their destined betrothal soon thereafter. I loved how she was the one who pursued him and slowly wormed her way under his skin and around his defenses until he craved her just as much as she did him. I really would have loved for James to grovel more as he royally mucks up a few times, but his inner guilt and remorse was such an angsty pleasure to read. Elisa Braden absolutely delivers a brilliant romance with this one, and I will definitely continue reading more of her novels ♡
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What a story,I have to tell,that after reading about Lord Tannenbrook,I craved his story.Like chocolate,but a bit more obsessive.Anyway,the book starts with a young James,gives us insight in his life before meeting him in the other books and what a ride that is,now we get why he is so "cold" towards Viola in the beginning.And Viola,I have to admit I was a bit afraid of how was Elisa going to shape her,because I don't like my heroines that bold in the pursuit of the men they love,but she is so lovely,I did find myself saying "She did not do that,nooooo",but she did,because Elisa never disappoints and I found myself liking this slip of a girl and rooting for her to win the "beast's" heart!She is a bit unorthodox *chuckles*,put mildly,but she cracks that tough exterior of our scotsman and makes him see that there is more of her,beyond her beauty,there is a smart and strong girl,who knows what she wants and goes for it,with a bit of help,a kiss here,a witness there(“I say, Lord Tannenbrook,” the dowager intoned. “For a man who professes to loathe the very notion of matrimony, one supposes you would opt for trysts of the less public variety.”*wink*wink*).
I loved their story and it put a smile on my face,couldn't help it,if you're liking your heroines bold and your heroes brooding,look no further,this is the story you were looking for!
I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!
This had less repeating scenes at least. But there were still issues with mistakes in the writing like poor grammar and even full stops in the middle of sentences etc. The characters in all three books are nice enough.
I liked James, and I did like Viola, but sometimes the author made her unlikable and demanding. I ignored those parts. I'm glad James got his happy ever after with a beautiful girl who truly loved him. But the books are not worth the price I paid. And honestly, even though the next book is much cheaper, at only 0.99p, I'm still not tempted to buy it. Says it all really.
Elisa's command of language is exquisite and, as a Scot, I was so pleased in her 'guid' use of the Scottish brogue! A huge thanks for that, ELISA! I loved that James never forgot his humble roots but had the depth of character and integrity to accept his lot when propelled into the aristocracy when he inherited his English title, accepting the challenges he would face. How amusing then that little, enticing Viola proved to be too much of a challenge for James. And how wonderful that, in spite of their differences, James and Viola make the perfect couple - a marriage of a tiny butterfly of a girl to a large, solid hunk. I cannot recommend When a Girl Loves an Earl enough and eagerly look forward to ELISA Braden's next offering. As soon as you can, please, ELISA! (And thank you for the offer of an ARC, although I read my pre-ordered copy as I did not want to read it in bits. Elisa's books are too good for that!