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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review: The Unwanted Earl (The Love Bird Series #2) by Ruth J. Hartman

Print Length: 237 pages
Publisher: esKape Press (March 29, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: Amelia Talbot has been issued a death sentence. At least it feels that way. The thought of marrying a man old enough to be her grandfather sends her into a panic. So much so that she sets off on a desperate search to find another man to marry her—quickly. 

Conrad Croome, the Fifth Earl of Lofton, knows all too well that blackmail isn’t the way to form a marriage. How ironic that one Amelia Talbot uses a Croome family secret he’d thought long buried to force him to marry her. 
 Is Conrad doomed to a life of marriage based on an exposed secret, or could Amelia learn to love an unwanted earl?


My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely loathed everything about Conrad Croome in the first book of this series (The Love Birds of Regent's Park), and I was desperately hoping to see him get him comeuppance in this one. However, he actually managed to redeem himself right off the bat to the point where by the end, I actually found myself enjoying his character (even if I did feel sorry for him for the things that had happened in his life).
As typical with Ms.Hartman's works, I found myself laughing out loud during several parts (beware the squirrels and geese at the Bird Sanctuary), as well as carrying my kindle around with me so that I could keep reading to find out what happened next. 
I was especially pleased at the way things worked out for the pair in the end, even if I wished both of their mother's would do more than take a tumble in the lake. I hope that we will hear more from Ms.Hartman on this series (perhaps a novel with Cecilia in mind) as I look forward to catching up with my favorite love birds! 

This novel will definitely appeal to those who like a sweet, clean romance as well as historical and regency lovers alike!

The Unwanted Earl (The Love Bird Series #2)  is available for purchase from Amazon.com

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