The Lawrence Browne Affair
“An earl hiding from his future . . .
Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully planned world is turned upside down.
A swindler haunted by his past . . .
Georgie Turner has made his life pretending to be anyone but himself. A swindler and con man, he can slip into an identity faster than he can change clothes. But when his long-dead conscience resurrects and a dangerous associate is out for blood, Georgie escapes to the wilds of Cornwall. Pretending to be a secretary should be easy, but he doesn’t expect that the only madness he finds is the one he has for the gorgeous earl.
Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives?
Challenging each other at every turn, the two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember.”
This happened to be a book I bought months ago (on GooglePlay) and then promptly forgot about it until last week when I was looking through my Google Books app. I’m pretty sure I bought it when it was only a dollar because that is usually how I roll with eBooks. (I don’t mind spending lots of money on physical books, but I definitely need a cheap price on eBooks.)
This one, while not particularly long, did not keep me going. It took SEVERAL sessions of read, check email, read, check Facebook, read, pick up another book I’m reading right now, read, go work out, read, nap, read, stare out the window endlessly, read, finished. Hence the lower rating.
Aside from the flow of the book, that kept me putting the book away, overall my feel of the book was lukewarm. Like bath water after 30 minutes. It was a decent story, but nothing steamy (and I mean that more than sexually). I feel that this book lacked a dynamic conflict. There were minor issues, but even, what should have been, the major conflict was bleh.
The only redeeming quality I found was the adorable characters. Both Georgie and Lawrence are strong men who have vulnerabilities and compliment each other well.
Overall, I would not really recommend this one.
About the Author
Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher. She enjoys crossword puzzles, geeking out over birds, gardening badly, and–of course–reading. In high school, her parents went away for a week, and instead of throwing raucous parties, Cat read Middlemarch. Even worse, Cat remembers little of a trip through Europe because she was busy reading Mansfield Park. Her proudest moment was when she realized her kids were shaping up to be hopeless bookworms too. Currently, her favorite genres are romance, mystery, and fantasy.
Cat lives with her husband, three kids, and dog in an improbably small house. After growing up in the northeast, she now lives in a part of the south where every body of water seems to contain alligators or sharks, and every restaurant serves biscuits and gravy. She likes the biscuits, but not so much the alligators.”