Series: The Wicked Quills of London #1
Published by Avon on September 29th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Eva Leigh makes her Avon debut with the first book in her smart and sexy Wicked Quills of London series!
Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades…What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?
Daniel has secrets and if The Hawk’s Eye gets wind of them, a man’s life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best laid plans.
But when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever.
Eleanor Hawke has worked hard to build up her business, she runs a scandal rag and she is quite popular. But her latest victim of a scandal, Daniel Balfour, The Earl of Ashford is quite displeased. He marches into her office and makes demands but offers her a chance to get some juicy tidbits and see what his life is really like. So Eleanor takes him up on his offer. They go from gambling hells to races and a masquerade ball, there is so much more happening than she realized. But Daniel has his own secrets. He is searching for his best friend who has recently disappeared and to keep attention off of his friend, he wants the focus to be on himself while he goes out in the worst part of London to search for him. But Daniel never expected to fall for the one woman that seems wrong for him…but in the end is completely right. Will Daniel be able to trust Eleanor with his secret and prove that love really does conquer all?
Plot and Story Line
Wow, what a story this was, and boy was I surprised by this authors ability to completely draw me into a story. From the first page, I was hooked and I just couldn’t get enough of these two. The bantering between them is quite energetic and with both Eleanor and Daniel being opinionated and equally stubborn, they definitely have some sparks flying in the air between them. We see two people that have easily underestimated each other. Forever Your Earl is the first of a series, and what a fantastic start. There were so many aspects that made this a winner for me. The first were the adventures around London and the surprises. Eleanor is a character that you really come to adore quite instantly, she is passionate, smart and quick witted. She has this way of endearing just about everyone to her. I love her easy to love personality. Now our hero is quite the Earl…but he is loyal and honorable and will do anything for friendship. I loved seeing these good parts of him come shining through. What was most interesting was seeing the way these two were engaged with each other. They have quite a bit of chemistry, and I just couldn’t get enough of them. The love story is sweet and endearing with sparks of desire flying around them. What I loved most about this story, was how this author makes the era come alive for me. This is not your typical regency romance, it has zest and passion and a tone of playfulness to it. This is a story that made me realize why I fell in love with Regency years ago. There was so much cleverness, witty bantering, the characters development and transformations were pure delight, and a relationship that seemed to flow smoothly. These two just fit for each other in small unique ways. I want me some more and more of Eva Leigh!!
DANG…..Gorgeous!!! One of my favorite covers this year!! Normally I like more couple poses, but boy that dress with the face mask, the vivid colors, and the background, makes me want to get a time machine!!
Forever Your Earl is an outstanding romance that enraptures from the first page…full of adventure, humor, passion, and sacrifice….it has it all!!! SIMPLY FANTASTIC!!