I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath
Also in this series: Beyond Scandal and Desire, When a Duke Loves a Woman, The Scoundrel in Her Bed , The Duchess in His Bed
Series: Sins For All Seasons #5
Published by Avon on March 31, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath pens another richly satisfying romance in her Sins for all Seasons series.
She’s looking for a nobleman to wed…
Though born out of wedlock, Fancy Trewlove is determined to fulfill her mother’s wish that she marry into nobility. Fancy’s keen intellect and finishing school manners make her the perfect wife for any gentleman—if he’s willing to overlook her scandalous lineage. But Fancy’s plans are thrown into chaos when an intriguing commoner begins visiting her bookshop—and she finds herself unable to stop thinking about him.
He’s looking to escape his title…
Widowed just a year ago, the reclusive Matthew Sommersby, Earl of Rosemont, has been besieged by women hoping to become his next wife. Desperate for anonymity, he sheds Society life to search for the peace that eludes him. Fancy’s shop is his one refuge, until the night their passion erupts into a kiss that nearly leads to her ruin—and leaves both longing for much more.
Together, they discover an unlikely love…
As Fancy finds herself torn between her family’s expectations and her growing feelings for Matthew, secrets are exposed—secrets that force Fancy to question if she can trust her heart’s desire...
The Earl Takes A Fancy is the newest release of the latest series by Lorraine Heath. And next in the sibling line we have Fancy’s book. Fancy is the baby of the family, the only one born and always well-loved and protected by her family. I have to say that out of all the books in the series so far, this installment might be my favorite or at least competition for book one. But this book is charming, delectable and endearing. There is some conflict as you find with every romance, especially by Lorraine Heath however this book was lighter in feeling and was the most heartfelt out of them all.
In this book we have our heroine, Fancy, who runs her own business a bookshop which has always been her dream. She has always adored reading and loves books but she has such a kind heart in helping others. She seeks out adult and children to help teach how to write and read. But soon there is a time for Fancy to start a new chapter in her life, one she doesn’t truly want for herself, but her family wants for her. The moment she was born, her mother wanted her to have a fancy life, with a fancy husband and a fancy home and that means marrying into the nobility. But all she really wants is a man to truly love her, to have the type of match that her siblings have with their spouses. She does wonder if she will ever find it or be stuck in a loveless match to appease her family and be who they want her to be.
Matthew Sommersby, Earl of Rosemont is a widower but when a letter from his dead wife claiming “her love for him” comes into the newspaper for everyone in London to read he wonders what his late wife’s motive could truly have been here. She never loved him and neither did he, he was betrayed by her lies and deceit into gaining a marriage with a member of the peerage. She never cared about Matthew the man and more about the Earl of Rosemont. So with his house overcome with young ladies and their mamas wanting a match with him, he runs away and gets a little home close to Fancy’s bookshop. When he comes into her shop looking for a book, chemistry sparks between them and as they keep running into each other, friendship and desire slowly builds between them. But Matthew is keeping a secret from her and Fancy’s new chapter is about to begin, but will she choose Matthew and love or duty to her family?
What a fabulous read we have here and I truly loved everything about it here. I truly love books like this, now I love all romance don’t get me wrong but this was the best book to kick off my read a thon with and I truly loved everything about this book. Even the “secret” and the conflict that builds between them at the end wasn’t drawn out throughout the whole book and was more soft-toned but fit just right with the feel of the story and didn’t get overplayed in the plot which I truly applaud to Lorraine Heath for doing here. The romance between Matthew and Fancy was adorable and sweet. There was such a calm passion that builds slowly between them that was truly adorable yet sexy. Its the type of romance that felt so real and relatable….felt almost normal. Wild passions are good in romance, but its those realistic love stories that I am drawn to the most and Heath did a great job in showing the sensuality, the realism and the true work of art this story is in the most monumental of ways.
Overall I found The Earl Takes A Fancy to be a romance packed with charm, delicious delights, and savory passions that will sweep you off your feet into a love story that soars in the majestic escape…