I received this book for free from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kiss the Earl by Gina Lamm
Series: Geek Girls #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 7th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca
On the eve of her first comic book release, Ella Briley has a problem: no date to the launch party. Things go from bad to worse when she stumbles into the past . . . and straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy.
Patrick St. John, Earl of Meadowfair, is too noble for his own good. To save his friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he's agreed to whisk the girl off to wed the man she truly loves. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride . . . and finds this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist.
Ella, is about to have everything she has ever wanted. She is a comic artist and her first book is about to be released, and just before she is about to go to the gala, she goes to meet her date, only to find herself facing a mirror and ends up in the 1800’s England and finds herself being kidnapped by Patrick St. John. Patrick made a promise to his closest friend, Amelia, to go along with her scheme, so that she can marry the man she loves. Patrick has no one except his cousin and a estate and his title. He would do anything for his childhood friend and that she could be happy with her vicar. But he finds that in his arms is the wrong woman, an innocent woman with strange clothing and purple hair. Then he finds that Amelia’s father is after him, a woman who needs his help from the future, and his friend Amelia lost and he needs to find her. Things couldn’t get any worse right? Well Patrick finds himself falling in love with a woman who is not destined for him, a woman who needs to go back to her own time, and his future looking bleaker, unless Ella and Patrick can find a way to be part of both of their worlds and still be together….
Patrick, is the Earl of Meadowfair, he respected and revered his father, who taught him the meaning of duty and responsibility to his title. If he doesn’t have an heir, the title will go to no one, and he made a vow to his father that he would make sure the title would continue no matter the cost. For Patrick honor and integrity is everything to him. When he makes a promise he sees it through. He is true to his word. Patrick was such a lovely hero, he is honest and good, I admired him so much and you see what a strong character he is, willing to sacrifice his own happiness for those he loves so that they can have their own happy ending.
Ella is quite the quirky and independent heroine. She is on track for the career she has always wanted, but her love life is a bit weak, never had a successful date in her life, her family and friends going in opposite direction than from her, and she feels more alone than ever. When she finds herself in 1800 England, all she can focus is getting back, even though she could see herself being truly happy with the man she loves. I liked Ella for the most part, but I felt a bit annoyed by her at times. She wants to return back to the future even though she really has nothing there for her except a book of hers to be published, yet she has everything she could have dreamed, people who care and love her in the past, you see how torn she is and that tends to affect her relationship with Patrick. But I enjoyed her spunk and sass, she says exactly what she thinks even in moments where she doesn’t know what she wants.
Plot and Story Line
I have read quite a few time travel romances, and this one was quite different from any others I have ever had the opportunity to read. Even though its the third book, and in the beginning I felt a bit disoriented, I was able to catch on quickly, this is the third book in the series, and I think I would have wished to read the previous two books, so I could have some more background information. What I enjoyed was seeing a quirky smart girl go back in time where life is very different. What I loved about reading Kiss The Earl was seeing the differences and the author has a great way of making those subtle yet obvious to the reader. You see the difference in style and dress, manners and way of speech and just the culture. For example, right before Ella goes back through time she is about to go to a gala, and dresses accordingly, nothing too scandalous though. But when she goes back in time, anyone that sees her in a dress a little above the knees and wearing tights and heels….well lets just say they assume she is a doxy….quite hilarious at moments. Because Ella is so far from being a doxy. What I also enjoyed was how Patrick treats Ella, he is very loyal and sweet and even though he is driven to obeying his word of honor, you see how he treats others, and the way he is willing to give up everything for those he loves. I love the bantering between Patrick and Ella, and Kiss The Earl was a lighthearted and fun flirty romance that kept me in tune with the story from page one. Definitely going to need to read the first two books, because I am hooked now.
“You are not going to die.” he whispered, but he leaned close to her mouth anyway
“Then kiss me to help me live,” she whispered back and with a low groan of defeat, he closed the rest of the distance between them. Even though fever still ravaged her body, his lips were warm, strong as they moved gently over hers. His hands cupped her cheeks, and she wished she could wrap her arms around his back and hold him close, but she was too weak. Her skin tingled as his hands ran down to her shoulders, scooping beneath to lift her up to his kiss. He tasted so good, like strength and peace and direction–things she hadn’t ever had before she met him.
When he lay her back down on the pillows, his eyes glittering down at her in the candlelight, she knew that is she died right that moment, she’d be happy.
Alrighty….who wouldn’t love this cover? Because quite frankly its one of my favorites of all time. I love the wet shirt look…and all that toned muscle and that background….just makes me want to jump right into the cover and kiss that Earl myself. If I had him I wouldn’t want to return to this time. He is sexy as sin right?
Kiss The Earl is a fun and sweet time travel romance that is engaging and tender. A powerful story of a destined love and two people who are in need of each other, romance at its best here. ENTERTAINING!!