Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review & Giveaway ~ The Earl's Complete Surrender by Sophie Barnes


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Excerpt


They reached the front door where the coach was being unloaded by footmen. The men who’d occupied it, however, were nowhere in sight. The butler on the other hand, was very much present, issuing orders to each of the footman as they carried trunks into the house. [br]
“Excuse me, Mr. Caine,” Chloe said as she and Fiona walked up to him. [br]
Raising his chin in the typical butlery manner that conveyed that his complete attention had been drawn, he spoke a succinct, “Yes, Lady Newbury?”[br]
“My sister and I were out walking when this carriage drove past.” Angling her head, Chloe indicated the carriage in question. “I immediately recognized the Marquess of Hainsworth, but I failed to place his companion. Perhaps you can enlighten us regarding his identity?”[br]
Mr. Caine hesitated only a moment before bowing his head in acquiescence. “I believe you must be referring to the Earl of Woodford, my lady.” A brief pause followed. “Will that be all?”[br]
Chloe blinked. “Yes. Thank you, Mr. Caine.”[br]
The butler nodded before turning away and resuming his duties.
“Isn’t he the one whose parents—”[br]
“Yes,” Chloe said, silencing her sister. It was as if her heart had suddenly been filled with lead. Shaking off the melancholy that had swooped down upon her the moment she’d learned of Woodford’s identity, she placed her hand against Fiona’s elbow and guided her through the foyer and toward the hallway beyond, no longer surprised by the solemnity with which Woodford had regarded her from the carriage. Somewhere, trapped inside that man, was the little boy who’d once suffered the tragic loss of his parents, and Chloe found that her heart ached for him.


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Adventure, intrigue and reluctant romance, The Earl's Complete Surrender is a delightfully dramatic story. This is Sophie Barnes Second edition to her Thornecliff Manor series. I'm mostly assuming because I missed the first one, Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires, but I believe they run simultaneously or close to it.  [br] [br]

Chloe, the Countess of Newbury is just out of her year of mourning for her abusive bastard of a husband. She's on a mission to find a book, the Political Journal, that will, at least, make her marriage have a little meaning. Unbeknownst to her, James, the Earl of Woodford is on a mission to find the book for the King and to finally find out who murdered his parents.  They eventually join together to solve the mystery and fall in love in the process.  [br] [br]

Chloe is an admirable lady. She's gone through some very bad things in her life and is, of course, wary of men. James has lived his life as a loner. They both come out of their shells bit by bit and it's so nice to watch happen. The pace was nice, the action well done and the mystery, reasonably hard to figure out.  [br]

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Synopsis


An unexpected passion ignites as secrets are exposed in Sophie Barnes's captivating Regency-set romance

Despite the diversions offered at Thorncliff Manor, former spy James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying there. He must find an encoded book that exposes a conspiracy within the British aristocracy. And he must do so without revealing his purpose to the clever, tempting Chloe Heartly. The lady has a knack for appearing wherever it is least convenient. In the library. In the salon. And, especially, in his arms . . .

Somewhere within Thorncliff's labyrinth of rooms lies the journal Chloe desperately seeks. When she realizes the brooding, handsome earl is hunting the same quarry, Chloe enters into an uneasy partnership. But in the face of public danger and enemies hiding in plain sight, both must decide how much they're willing to risk to solve the mysteries of the heart.

 

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