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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review: Undercover with the Earl by Robyn DeHart




Print Length: 165 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (August 11, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: To capture the most eligible bachelor in London...

London, 1838

The handsome Earl of Summersby may just be the most eligible bachelor in London, but has no interest in a wife. As a member of the Brotherhood, Bennett Haile is far more vested in his undercover duties for the crown and protecting the Queen from would-be assassins. For now he has the perfect tool with which to lure out the villains—a young woman with an uncanny likeness to the queen.

The spirited Evelyn Marington is about to live out every country girl's dream—becoming royalty overnight. Under the tutelage of the arrogant Earl of Summersby, she'll have to fool the entire court that she is, in fact, the queen. But as danger threatens from every side, Bennett realizes that his lovely little protegé isn't just placing her life in his hands... She's stealing his heart.

                              
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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

My biggest disappointment with this story was that the ending did feel a bit unresolved to me, as I felt the big climatic moment not only fell flat, but did not tie up all the lose ends that had been uncovered. Even when it came to Bennett and Evelyn, I wish there could have been an epilogue so we knew how their romance ended. Did they have children? Did he continue his work? And if he did, was Evelyn brought into it since she already knew so much about it? Did they ever uncover who was behind all of the threats? Those were just some of the little details I wish there was an ending to. 

That being said, I enjoyed what there was of the story. A country miss impersonating the Queen of England is not a story-line you see every day, and that was what drove my desire to read this novel in the first place. I enjoyed each and every one of the characters, flaws and all, and I felt that there was enough of a build up between Bennett and Evelyn that I got to enjoy that tension before they acted upon it. Another draw of this book for me, was the sudden and unexpected plot turns that developed as the story progressed. I won't say too much about it as I don't want to include spoilers and ruin it for anyone, but I will say that there was quite a bit of action and betrayals that I didn't see coming! 

Taking all of that into consideration, I do believe this book will appeal to a wide audience of historical romance lovers!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 


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Undercover with the Earl is available from Amazon.com

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