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July 17, 2017


Sins and Scandal
Lauren Smith

An Earl by Any Other Name

  • Number: B01HZFB6NC
  • Release: August 1, 2017
  • Author: Lauren Smith
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Forever Yours

An earl in the streets, a rogue in the sheets . . . Leopold Graham, Lord Hampton, was never a man to let propriety stand in the way of his pursuit of pleasure. Hedonism is his only desire in life---until his father's death saddles him with debts that threaten to bankrupt the entire family. Now the only thing that stands between him and utter ruin is marriage to a proper, and preferably wealthy, young lady. Ivy Leighton is no sweet English rose. Perhaps it's her gypsy roots, but she would rather make a spectacle of her independent spirit than sit quietly on the sidelines. If that means that the only place she'll ever have in society is firmly on the shelf, then so be it. But when Ivy runs into the handsome, rakish Leo who's looking for a respectable, well-bred wife, she can't stop thinking about the troubles they can get into. Now she just has to convince him that a life with her is really what he needs. (from Night Owl Reviews)


 One man, two different men at the same time.    Leopold Graham loved pursuing  his pleasure and that pleasure being in the sheets. The other side of this man was being an earl in public.   Being behind closed doors was a different story.  But things changed when his father died.    His father left enormous debts and now it's up to Leopold to save the entire family.   How will he do that/  Well, there's those closed doors and he's looking for a prim and proper woman to marry.   She needs to be easy on the eyes and above all, WEALTHY!.   Up to now, you can get it.   He's an earl in the public eye and behind those closed doors, he's a rogue.  But he's looking to marry for money to save his family's estate, not love.  He meets Ivy, but Ivy isn't quite what Leopold is looking for. Ivy isn't quite the prim and proper wealthy woman.  She's not about to sit back while a man controls everything.   So now we have any earl who is looking for a wealthy woman to marry and we have  a gypsy spirited Ivy.  Will the two find a meeting ground?   And will that meeting ground be behind closed doors?   Will they find more than that, perhaps love?

The author gives spice and yet the possibility of two people turning their lives around and finding love, not for wealth, not for what can happen behind those closed doors, but LOVE!  Written well with good descriptions that you can picture Leopold, dressed with the white crisp shirt, the gold watch hanging from the chain, with those handsome looks that catch a lady's eye.   Then we have Ivy. You can picture her, a stubborn, strong willed with the spirit of her gypsy background.  You can even picture her with gold hoop earrings and the peasant dress.  Then the author lets you use your imagination even more.   Think!  What is happening behind those closed doors?

I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  4.5 STARS.

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