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Earl of Weston by Anna St. Claire & Lauren Harrison

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Earl of Weston

Earl of Weston by Anna St. Claire & Lauren Harrison
by Anna St. Claire, Lauren Harrison
Series: Wicked Earls' Club #6
on February 14th 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 138
Format: e-book
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 5 Stars

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Blurb:

Edward Hunter, confirmed bachelor, comes home from an assignment with the Crown to find his brother killed, and his father dead from grief. He is now the Earl of Weston, a position he never wanted. While searching for leads to his brother’s murder, he finds himself forced to attend ton entertainments he normally would have avoided.

Hattie Longbottom is an aging, sheltered spinster who spent her bloom caring for her invalid parent. With the death of her mother, she is forced to leave her home. Because she refuses to separate from her beloved parrot, Archie, her only option is to travel to Eynsham and live with her brother and his family. The journey to his estate wakes Hattie up to the harsh realities of life outside of her little village.

In less than a day, and with the help of her vociferous bird, an unfortunate series of mishaps threatens to ruin Hattie. Can a reluctant earl revenge his brother’s murder and save a spinster in the process?

ARC Historical Romance Series smart and funny

 

New romance author Anna St. Claire delivers in the Earl of Weston. Her writing style is fluid and the addition of the co-author did not detract in the reading. Both molded perfectly and the story came out as a fun reading experience.

I really wasn’t sure what to think about Hattie’s character in the beginning. She is slightly standoffish and brittle, but she totally grew on me as the story progressed. She grew enough as a character where she didn’t lose who she was but she did soften in her demeanor. Hattie’s personality was slowly revealed and I found myself liking her with each turn of the page.

I love an author who puts her characters through the ringer. Hattie has all sorts of things happen to her in the first couple chapters alone! Poor Hattie, but oh, it was so much fun to read. It really gets interesting when she meets Edward and his friend.

I don’t think I remember the last time I truly laughed out loud reading a Historical Romance. The one character that really made this story was Archie the parrot. With his penchant for repeating everything he hears (swearwords being his favorite) he tortures anyone within his vicinity with his presence. Well, maybe torture is too harsh of a word? Nah.

 

“Bugger. Whoremongers! Bugger. Whoremongers!” ~Archie the parrot.

 

I also appreciated that there wasn’t insta-love/attraction. With Hattie being not your run of the mill histrom heroine, Edward wasn’t just thinking about sex. His thought process was basically “what the heck was that? and she’s crazy.” (not his words but mine, hehe). Their first meeting was so funny that even he couldn’t stop thinking about her. So it wasn’t all about looks and attraction, but the uniqueness of her character and her little winged friend. Archie, the ever lovable matchmaker.

Along with the humorous aspects there were equal parts suspense and intrigue. Weeks later, I’m still thinking about this book. It’s a short and quick read, but quite unforgettable due to the characters themselves, but also because the authors knew what they were doing. Overall, I really look forward to reading more from this author.

 

About Anna St. Claire

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Anna St. Claire has always been an avid reader, and now author, of both American and British historical romance. She and her husband live in Charlotte, North Carolina with their two dogs and a cat. They have also just become grandparents.

Anna relocated from New York to the Carolinas as a child. Her mother, a retired English and History teacher, encouraged Anna's interest in writing, especially, after discovering short stories Anna would write in her spare time.

Her fascination with history and reading led her to her first historical romance, Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind.' The day she discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss' books, 'Shanna' and 'Ashes In The Wind', Anna was hooked. She read every historical romance that came her way.

Today her focus is primarily the Civil War and Regency eras, although Anna enjoys almost any period in American and British history.

 

How important is humor in a historical romance for you? If you don’t read Historical Romances, how about in general?

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Vellum Voyages
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Oooh a giggly HR! It has been a while since i’ve read a funny one 🙂

Lily B
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I guess if she is put through the ringer her personality probably would make sense to me too XD

Nadene
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This sounds fun. I need to get back to reading historical romance.

Jenea's Book Obsession
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Narrowband Edward sounds like a couple that I counselor for. And Archie sounds wondeful! Great review.

Vanessa
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I’m still adjusting with HR but if it’ll make me laugh like this one, I bet it’s going to be one of my favorite genre in no time!

Mary Kirkland
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I love when a book can make me laugh.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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This sounds really good. I love it when a romance is able to fit some humor in and do it well. I do like reading these shorter reads from time to time. Glad you enjoyed it, Aleen!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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This sounds like such a fun read Aleen and I do love Regency romance Adding to my list!

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)
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I love the sound of this. It’s rare when you come across two characters that don’t find that connection based off of attraction. I like that he thinks she’s a bit odd and that is what piques his interest. Sounds like it would be a fun read. 🙂

Jovita
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Wonderful review, I definitely want to read it and just pre-ordered it. I had to laugh about the parrot, my parent have one that talks all the time, and he say’s some crazy things.

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