Review: The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love #1) by Amelia Grey

Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 28, 2019)

From Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is all on her own after her husband’s sudden death. The good news? Losing him allowed her to find herself. Finally, Adeline is free to do, go, and be as she pleases. She cherishes her newfound independence and is not looking for another man to wed. But seeking out a new lover? Well, that is a whole ’nother story. . .

Lord Lyon, son of the two-timing Earl of Marksworth, wishes to have a respectable, loving wife someday. When he meets the beautiful and self-reliant Adeline, Lyon is instantly smitten. But Adeline would rather have the handsome suitor in her bed than to take his hand in marriage. It’s a scandalous proposal—and one that’s hard for Lyon to refuse. Unless the fire of his passion can melt Adeline’s resolve. . .and he can find a way to be the Wickedly Wonderful Widow’s lover for all time?


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Unfortunately, this story just did not gel for me. These two characters were both entirely too thick headed, and honestly I didn't see anything between them that made me actually believe that they had feelings for one another. Instead they challenge each other at every turn (and not in a good way), they barge into each other's homes without knocking, and yet somehow they just decide to sleep together? 

There was little drama here that wasn't the childish back and forth between the two main characters, certainly nothing that could hold my attention for very long. I feel like this book would have been a lot better if the characters actually spoke to each other instead of jumping to conclusions and/or arguing over the slightest things. There was also a lot more of the characters internal dialogue which to me hindered more than helped. Sometimes some of the things they were "musing" about would have better served the purpose if they had actually spoken about them.  

However, even though this story wasn't for me, I can still see it being enjoyed by others who like historical romances.

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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