Aug 2, 2016

This Earl is on Fire by Vivienne Lorret Review

This Earl is on Fire   
Season's Original #2 
By: Vivienne Lorret 
Releasing August 2nd, 2016
Avon Impulse 
Tour Host: Tasty Book Tours



Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.


The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family's rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.

Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can't see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice--and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips--help soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.

Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he-or Adeline-ever imagined.


Miss Adeline Pimm wanted adventure. After being stuck in the country and coddled all of her life, because of a disability. But now Adeline wanted adventure and freedom.  Though finding an unconscious man lying bloody on the doorstep of their rented house, might have been more of an adventure than she was expecting.

Liam Cavanaugh, Earl of Wolford has a reputation as the scandalous Earl, but that is not all he is, you see Liam has a secret…he has knowledge and talent of spotting fake artifacts from the originals. But when he awoke in a strange bed, being taken care of by Adeline and her Parents, Baron and Baroness Boswick, he assumed it was just a jealous husband or protector that attacked him and left him bloody.

Liam hadn't felt such calm in his life, as he did when he was in the presence of Adeline, but the Ton did not allow any good deed go unpunished, and just by him being in the Pimm home, he had tarnished  their reputation, so he made it his mission to clear their reputation! And in the process Liam's desire for Adeline turns to love! And asks her father for her hand! But before he can ask Adeline, is kidnapped and life is in danger! Can Liam get to her in time!

So we are back with the second book in the Season's Original series by the amazing Vivienne Lorret and I have to say, I think this book is even better than the first! I absolutely LOVED Liam! I loved that he didn't care about Adeline disability, but loved her voice, hair and her person. I loved the fact that he was happy that he was the Earl of Wolford, with no desire to have had his cousins title Duke of Vale. When it comes to Adeline, I admire her determination for independent and adventure. But my heart breaks for her, over the nastiness of some members of the Ton.

This story is heartwarming and is my favorite Vivienne Lorret story to date, but I will admit that I am hoping Gemma has a story too and is able to face the Ton backlash because of her father.

I really love Vivienne Lorret writing; she manages to pull your heart in to a story, that you end up with a book handover for days. But she is also one of those authors, who's books you can go back to months or years later and you will always feel that same rush of excitement when the story begins, and all the way though till the end.

I give This Earl is on Fire 5 stars!


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Liam Cavanaugh grinned at the corrugated lines marking his cousin’s lifted brows. It wasn’t often that Northcliff Bromley, the Duke of Vale and renowned genius, showed astonishment.

Bending his dark head, Vale peered closer at the marble heads within the crates. “Remarkable. Even seeing them side by side, I hardly notice a difference. The fellows will be fascinated when you present this to the Royal Society at month’s end.”
“It was pure luck that I had the original as well.” Liam shrugged as if he’d merely stumbled upon the differences between a genuine article and an imposter.
Vale turned, and his obsidian eyes sharpened on Liam. “No need to play the simpleton with me. You forget that I know your secret.”
Liam cast a hasty glance around the sconce-lit, cluttered ballroom of Wolford House, ensuring they were alone. Fortunately, the vast space was empty aside from the two of them and a dozen or more large crates filled with artifacts. “By definition, a secret is that of which we do not speak. So lower your voice, if you please.”
No one needed to know that he actually studied each piece of his collection in detail—enough that he’d learned how to spot a forgery in an instant.
“Afraid the servants will tell the ton your collection isn’t merely a frivolous venture? Or that your housekeeper’s complaints of dusty urns and statues crowding each room would suddenly fall silent?” Vale flashed a smile that bracketed his mouth with deep creases.
Liam pretended to consider his answer, pursing his lips. “It would be cruel of me to render Mrs. Brasher mute when she finds such enjoyment in haranguing me.”
“She may have a point,” Vale said, skirting in between two crates when a wayward nail snagged his coat, issuing a sharp rip of rending fabric. He stopped to examine the hole and shook his head. “Your collection has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few months. So much so that you were forced to purchase another property to house it all.”
“The curse of immense wealth and boredom, I’m afraid.”
His cousin’s quick glower revealed that he was not amused by Liam’s insouciant guise. Then, as if to punish him for it, he issued the foulest epithet known to man. “You should marry.”
Not wanting to reveal the discomfort slowly clawing up his spine, Liam chuckled. “As a cure for boredom?”
Vale said nothing. He merely crossed his arms over his chest and waited.
It was a standoff now. They were nearly equal in regard to observation skills, but apparently Vale thought he had the upper hand.
Liam knew differently. He crossed his arms as well and smirked.
If anyone were to peer into the room at this moment, they might wonder if they were staring at matching wax figures. The two of them looked enough alike in build and coloring to be brothers, but with subtle differences. Vale’s features were blunter, while Liam’s were angular. And Vale’s dark eyes were full of intellect, while Liam’s green eyes tended to reveal the streak of mischief within.
“Marriage would do you good,” Vale said.
Liam disagreed. “You’re starting to sound like Thayne, always hinting of ways to improve my social standing.”
The Marquess of Thayne was determined to reform Liam into the ton’s favorite pet—the Season’s Original. In fact, Thayne had been so confident in success that he’d wagered on the outcome. What a fool.
“I never hint,” Vale said.
Liam offered his cousin a nod. “True. You are a forthright, scientific gentleman, and I appreciate that about you. Therefore, I will give you the courtesy of answering in kind: No. I should not marry. I like my life just as it is.” He lifted his hands in a gesture to encompass his collection within this room. “Besides, I could never respect a woman who would have me.”
Vale scoffed. “Respect?”
“Very well. I could never trust a woman who desired to marry me. Not with my reputation. Such a woman would either be mad or conniving, and I want neither for a wife.”
He’d nearly succumbed once, falling for the worst of all deceptions. After that narrow escape, he’d vowed never to be tricked again.
“Come now. There are many who care nothing for your reputation.”
That statement only served to cement his belief. If his despoiled reputation were the only thing keeping him far afield of the ton’s conniving matchmakers, then he would make the most of it. And the perfect place to add the crème de la crème to his list of scandalous exploits would be at Lady Forester’s masquerade tonight.
After all, he had a carefully crafted reputation of unrepentant debauchery to uphold.
Liam squared his shoulders and walked with his cousin to the door. “If the Fates have it in mind to see me married before I turn sixty, then they will have to knock me over the head and drag me to the altar.”
 

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USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original Series.


 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely review! I am LOVING IT!

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