REVIEW: LORRAINE HEATH – THE EARL TAKES A FANCY

REVIEW: LORRAINE HEATH – THE EARL TAKES A FANCYThe Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath
Also by this author: Beyond Scandal And Desire, When a Duke Loves a Woman
Also in this series: Beyond Scandal And Desire, When a Duke Loves a Woman
Series: Sins for All Seasons #5
Published by Avon on March 31, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, Avon
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Narrator: Kate Reading
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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two-half-stars

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

by Lorraine Heath

It’s really the worst feeling when one of your top favorite authors doesn’t work for you. Lorraine Heath writes wonderful historical romance but this one, I felt, wasn’t up to par. Please note that there are some spoilers in my review – I had to add them in order to explain my issues.

First there is the writing that felt different – I don’t know if it was just because I couldn’t connect with the story or if something’s really different. I used to mark down a lot of beautiful quotes. This time I didn’t find as many poignant lines. Apart from that though, my biggest issue was with the characters. The hero, Matthew, aggravated me in particular. Matthew’s opinion of women isn’t very high. His wife and the women in his family all deceived their significant others in order to get the men to marry them. I’m totally on board with his trust issues but if you’re on the high horse you should be an example yet Matthew lies to Fancy about who he is throughout the whole book. Fancy on the other hand never gave him any reason to distrust her. Yet, even when he THOUGHT Fancy tried to lure another man into marriage (and of course it can ONLY be the woman being so deceitful and every attempt at convincing him otherwise failed) he shut her out. When his own lie blew up in his face it was like “Forgive me, I was an idiot. Marry me.” “Mkay, I love you.” The grand gesture at the end would have had more effect on me if Matthew hadn’t been such a hypocrite.

“You think I wanted to be found in a compromising situation?”
“It’s what women do. They lure a man in and then they set their trap.”

Fancy is a sweet bookworm, aware that, while being illegitimate, she is fortunate to have grown up in the Trewlove family. I had some issues with her too but I could get past them much easier. I didn’t understand why Fancy held on to her decision to marry a lord when it wasn’t really her own wish. Her family wanted a favorable marriage for her and even guilt-tripped her into it.

“But if I were to not marry—”
“It would break Mum’s heart, Fancy.”
What of her heart, what of her dreams? What if she found herself falling for a man who possessed no title? Still, she simply nodded.

That made me a little mad at her family who before her met their match. I realize that the wanted her to be happy and that a lot about it was miscommunication but damn, did it irritate me that she never said out loud that she had a right to be happy, too, until late in the book.
I still liked Fancy and her support of those who weren’t as fortunate as she was. There is also the lack of pride that got to me when Matthew thought she trapped someone into marriage. Instead of holding her head up high she went to him after he accused her and just wanted to fling herself into his arms. That’s not how I want a heroine to be.

I’m really sad that THE EARL TAKES A FANCY didn’t work for me. In her author’s notes she mentioned that she had writer’s block with this one, so this may be an explanation for my dislike of this installment. I know how talented Lorraine Heath is so I hope the next one in this series will be a winner for me again!

two-half-stars

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