Tempting the Earl
The Muses’ Salon #3
“A DOUBLE LIFE
Olivia Walgrave is finished with being a countess. Writing under a pen name, her controversial column for the scandal sheets provides her with some income and far more excitement than managing a country estate. Besides, in the three years since the wars have ended, her dashing husband hasn’t spent one night under their roof. So Olivia has prepared a plan, and an annulment. All she needs is his consent…
Harrison Walgrave, the Earl of Levesford, let his father coerce him into marriage, but his true devotion is to his Parliamentary career—and his secret work for the Home Office. Yet now, with freedom in his grasp, he finds he cannot so easily release his wife. Seeing her stirs a hunger no other woman has reached. A distraction now, when he is a breath away from revealing a ring of traitors, could be deadly. Still, wherever his investigations lead, the thought of Olivia lingers. It might be obsession. It might be treason. But the only way to escape the temptation is to succumb…”
I’m going to preface this by stating, I tried to like this book. It had all the right elements to make a beautiful concoction, but unfortunately, this one was quite undercooked. Despite all the movement that is consistent throughout the novel, I quickly lost interest in this story. Nothing held me captive, instead, the plot seemed to be all over the place. I felt as if it took me forever to finish it (well 23 days felt like forever).
The major problem I had with this book are that there were many confusing passages. When I came to these parts I did what I typically do when I’m confused, I reread the whole section again and that typically solves it (because I’ll have just skipped a line or so on accident). The passages in question from this novel were not clarified through this means, I was left more confused than ever. For example, there was an intimate scene between the hero and heroine in which I could not figure out if they were even wearing clothes or not, particularly with how things were progressing.
Speaking of the hero and heroine of this tale, they had a very strange relationship. It’s hard to describe even the type of relationship these two had. They were very quick to jump one another sexually, but when it came to emotions they were very cut off from one another. In regards to the characters’ sex life, they seemed to like going at it at very inopportune moments. For example, they had sex in an abandoned building about 5 minutes before meeting up with an informant/creepy person. If there were more emotions involved in these two’s relationship, the sex would have been acceptable, but having it the way it was in this story just made it awkward.
My favorite aspect of the story is also one that got the least amount of page time and that is the introduction of the muses. I feel like this secret salon of strong women could have made a bigger impact on the story, than just being a hideout for the heroine.
Overall, I would not recommend this story. I feel it had potential to be a great story, but fell short with many confusing passages and a lack of emotions with the characters.
About the Author
From Goodreads, “Rachael Miles has always loved a good romance, especially one with a bit of suspense and preferably a ghost. She was also a professor of book history and nineteenth-century literature whose students frequently found themselves reading the novels of Ann Radcliffe and other gothic tales. A native Texan, Rachael lives in upstate NY with her indulgent husband, three rescued dogs and an ancient cat.
Rachael loves to hear from her readers: find her at her website: rachaelmiles.com, on Facebook (rachaelmilesauthor) or twitter (rachael_miles1)”
I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher (via Netgalley), in exchange for an honest review.