Earl of Sunderland

Aubrey Wynne
Earl of Sunderland
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Plato Publishing
Release Date
January 2018
Book 4 of Wicked Earl Series

He's inherited the title of rake. She hides behind her independence... Fate accepts the challenge. A sweet Regency.

Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Apr 10, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
113 people found the following review helpful
Love when you least expect (or want) it...

Kit wasn't ready to take over his twin brother's title after his untimely death. As a military man, he isn't used to the pacing of running a country estate. Nor is he prepared to handle the possibility his title may be stripped from him, just as he settles in, if his widowed sister-in-law gives birth to a boy. With his life in limbo, he finds solace in the feisty young woman who has just come to stay at his home. Yet, as he tries to grow closer to her, she pulls away.

Grace doesn't want to marry. After the death of her mother, Grace has taken on a strong role in her family home, caring for her father and helping to raise her younger brother. Any man who would take her away from her home and try to stifle her independence should be considered an enemy. But Grace can't seem to view Kit as anything other than handsome, kind, and extremely tempting to her quickly crumbling resolve.

I'm a little bit conflicted in how I feel about this book. If you are new to this series, you will find that these books are each written by a different author but all revolve around the same group of men who are members of a club for bachelors. We do see a bit of the club in the book, but rest assured that it isn't necessarily the focus of the story. I actually had a bit of trouble figuring out what the focus of the book really was.

Let me explain. This is obviously a romance story. We see things from two points-of-view and those are from our hero and heroine. We get a short peek into our couple's first meeting. Then we jump to their separate lives and we learn how they come to be in their current circumstances. But then we continue to see them live apart, without any connection or interaction whatsoever. In fact, it's well into 40% of the book before our couple reconnect again and the story actually starts to move along. By then, I was sort of skimming and starting to lose interest.

When the pair do finally begin their romance, it's sweet and fairly steady pacing from there on. The couple enjoy each other's company and there is plenty of time spent together, yet I wish there had been more intimacy between them. We do eventually get a kiss or two and that was worth it. I just wish we hadn't had to wait so long to get there. I think if the first part of the book had been condensed some, omitting mundane things like 'packing lists', the story would have been better balanced.

In closing...
I am definitely curious about the next book to come from this author as it looks to feature a secondary character. 3.5 stars!
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