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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review: When to Engage an Earl (Spinster House #3) by Sally MacKenzie


Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington Publishing (May 30, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: Miss Jane Wilkinson couldn't be more delighted when her two best friends marry, creating a much-desired vacancy at the Spinster House. For the first time in her twenty-eight years, Jane can be free of her annoying older brother and enjoy complete solitude with the exception of the Spinster House cat, Poppy. If only Jane's unruly thoughts didn't keep drifting to handsome Alex, Earl of Evans, in the most
un-spinster like ways.

Though jilted once, Alex has always intended to marry and raise a family. Now that his two closest friends have tied the knot, he is more determined than ever to find a wife. If only it wasn't the intriguing Miss Jane Wilkinson that his heart as well as the rest of him desired. Not only does she appear uninterested in marriage, it s clear she s the managing sort. And yet, despite Alex's fiercely independent spirit, the idea of being managed by her is quite appealing. Now if he can only convince her to give up her beloved Spinster House in favor of a far more pleasurable home in his arms.

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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

What a wonderfully fitting ending to what has been a remarkable series of stories! I have been lucky enough to have gotten to know these characters from the start, so it was wonderful to have them not only altogether again, but to see where they are in their lives (and the nod to the curse from the first story and the uncertainty surrounding that - oh my goodness I could not have envisioned a better way to tie that in). And POPPY! Poppy has always been my favorite character (even though she's a cat, she has such personality and she's a calico cat which makes it all the better), so I was super excited to not only see her come back, but to see what kind of antics she would get up to.

As for Alex and Jane themselves - I loved the banter (and the tension) between them. They were evenly matched, and I very much enjoyed watching the romance between them bloom. When you get two people are stubborn as these two are, you know sparks are going to fly! Also loved how down to Earth Alex really was. Despite his title, he was still willing to help Jane put on a good show for the fair, even if that meant he was the one putting on said show.

Overall, I would highly recommend this story (as well as the others that have come before) to anyone who enjoys light romances (even if they don't technically adhere to all the proper rules of society). I would definitely read more from this author!


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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                        When to Engage an Earl is available from Amazon.com

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