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  • Fun Read

    A fun and funny story. Oliver makes his first foray into society in years and gets caught in a dilemma. Jewel is in the place she doesn’t want to be but has decided she will still be a Good Samaritan. The story is delightful as these two become entangled together. Their relationship proceeds on a start and stop basis sprinkled with a host of silly misunderstandings. The characters that support them are an interesting mix of daring and outlandish. Their adventures and encounters will keep you turning the page to see what they willl come up with next.

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  • What a fantastic historical romance!

    Set just before the American Revolutionary War, this story follows Juliana (Jewel) as she fights to gain her own independence after being shipped from her Boston home to live with relatives in London. One good turn leads to a forbidden romance, a multi-layered conspiracy, and more than a few true tests of friendship. Oliver and his twin brother suffered at the hands of their father, whose recent passing has made Oliver the new earl despite his desire to remain closed off from society due to his horrifying scars from childhood. He is instantly enamored with the whip smart yet unpredictable Jewel, and finds himself tangled up in her charms as they discover that her problems are surprisingly enmeshed with his. The writing is clever, witty, and instantly captivating. The characters are well developed, layered with humor and heartfelt emotions. Even the secondary characters are well thought out and delightful additions to the story. The HEA and years-later epilogue were terrific. This is truly a wonderful story, one that I know I'll be reading again and again. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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  • An interesting story

    Oliver and Jewel are both interesting characters and overall, I enjoyed their story. But there were a few parts in the middle that were kind of bland. In any case, it is a good historical romance and I did find it entertaining. Jewel doesn't like London as much as she had hoped she would. Her aunt and cousins don't treat her well and there might be no going back to Boston now. To make things worse she was caught in a compromising position with a man she had literally just met. But okay, so, it was just a kiss and now she is banished from society and must stay in Scottland, for who knows how long. Oliver feels guilty about the whole situation. After all, Jewel did help him. It is only right that he help her too. There is no reason for her to be banished when he can do the right thing and marry her... However, things get complicated and there might be more to the story than they know. What is it that Jewel's uncle is hiding? All in all, an interesting read and a good story. I think historical fiction fans would enjoy this.

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  • An intense romance and a wonderful read.

    Jewel is appalled at her cousin's idea to trap the Earl of Winchcombe in marriage. Visiting from America, she hardly fits in the crowd at a ball. The man in question is Oliver, known as Lord Scar among the ton. Suddenly, they are both working towards their survival. A Bostonian who is hardly fit for an earl. Yet, the pair are pretending a fake engagement. As Jewel's feeling grow towards Oliver, her heart remains tied up with her father's life and safety. Why is that? Right after the ball, her uncle tried to send her to Scotland, and in the course of things, Jewel learned just enough about things concerning her father. What is more, she learned things that affect her very future. Will she be able to fairly divide her time and her thoughts? Will she go back to Boston on a moment's notice or will she be able to fully open her heart to Oliver? Meanwhile, Oliver and his twin brother Penry have their own battles. His face bears a scar that causes other problems as time goes on. Conflict abound. However, things do change quickly, especially involving feelings that cannot help but grow. How in the world is he, an Earl, going to make things work with Jewel? I hadn't read the first book in this series, and I found that About an Earl did fine as a standalone. With a lot of the book was part mystery when it came to Jewel and her past, it did built up a believable and intense romance between her and Oliver. If there are further books in the series, I will be sure to follow them. Many thanks to Entangled Publishing and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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  • Fun Read

    Series: What Happens In The Ballroom #2 Publication Date: 1/27/20 Number of Pages: 400 Diana Lloyd is a new-to-me author. I believe she has written a few other books, but I haven’t read any of them. This was the second book in this series, but can easily be read as a standalone. I think the author has a good writing style and the pacing was good. It is 1775 and the upstarts in the colonies are fomenting rebellion against the British Empire. Julianna (Jewel) Latham is completely oblivious to what is going on around her. Every single day there are carts in the streets loading up household goods and neighbors are disappearing – Julianna notices nothing – except her romance and then her heartbreak when her almost betrothed breaks it off with her in a not too nice way. When her father suggests that she should go to London and visit her aunt and cousins – in order to get over the heartbreak – she is still oblivious to what is going on around her. She’s also unaware that her father is involved in the rebellion and is sending her away to keep her safe. Oliver Chalford, earl of Winchcombe, has spent his entire adult life within the confines of his estate, Winchcombe Abbey. He was horribly scarred when he was a teenager and people react very negatively to him when they see him. His twin brother, Penry, acts as the face of the earldom in London and Oliver conducts all of the legal estate business through correspondence from the Abbey. That all works well until Oliver wants to take his seat in Parliament and has to make an appearance in London. Julianna doesn’t find London or her aunt’s family to be a very welcoming place. She’s made to feel as if she is there on the family’s sufferance only and that she is totally reliant on them. Yet, when she becomes aware that her cousin Udele’s plan to trap Penry into marriage, she does what she can to thwart the plan. Even though her note goes to Oliver rather than Penry, the plot is thwarted – but – Julianna and Oliver are compromised. Yet, her uncle doesn’t demand that Oliver marry her – hmmmmm --- methinks something is afoot. Oliver has his hands full trying to solve his own problems and can ill afford to add another thing to his plate. Yet, he does. He sets out to rescue Julianna – which throws the two of them into constant contact. Love grows, but neither will admit it because each is so accustomed to having those they love to betray them. Can they resolve both sets of issues and still find their HEA? This story had all of the makings of a 5-star read, but it just didn’t get there – at least not for me -- mostly because of inaccuracies. I never did really warm up to Jewel and her constant lament about going home to America to ‘protect’ her father. Who she admitted time and time again was a neglectful parent at best. Oliver and Jewel spent most of the book with each of them having their own thoughts about the other– when none of it was true and it was all just their imaginations. Then, in pursuit of the solution to their problems – they just kept ignoring the letters, etc. She stuffed them in her pockets – he stuffed them in his pockets. Not to mention that they just needed a good conversation. I’m not sure they ever had one – if they did, it was off-page. I liked Oliver and could understand his plight – and I wanted to see something good happen for him. He was such a sweet, caring individual – even putting Jewel first at risk to himself. He did that even when he first met her – and – since I said that – I thought the love part came much too quickly. Just as an extra note regarding the plot I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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