Saturday, March 16, 2013

Review ~ The Reluctant Earl by C.J. Chase

 The Reluctant Earl by C.J. Chase
Rating 3 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Historical romance

Book Description:  Caught in the Act 

Alone in a gentleman's bedchamber, rummaging through his clothing-governess Leah Vance risks social ruin. Only by selling political information can she pay for her sister's care. And the letter she found in Julian DeChambrelle's coat could be valuable-if the ex-sea captain himself had not just walked in. 

As a navy officer, Julian knew his purpose. As a new earl, he's plagued by trivialities and marriage-obsessed females. Miss Vance's independence is intriguing-and useful. In return for relaying false information, he will pay her handsomely. But trusting her, even caring for her? That would be pure folly. Yet when he sees the danger that surrounds her, it may be too late to stop himself....

Colleen's Thoughts:  This romance novel was clean and full of intrigue.  I enjoyed reading it without worrying if I might happen across something inappropriate.  The story is engaging, but sometimes too simply resolved.  Of course the characters were constantly suffering from difficulties communicating.  But, if they communicated clearly and honestly, I suppose there would be no story.  I constantly found myself wanting to shout at the characters, "Just tell him/her!"  But, therein lies the solution - and their happy ending!

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