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    Heartwarming love story hits all the right notes!

    Adeline's ill-fated marriage was such an ordeal that she's determined to maintain her freedom, no matter the temptation. And Lyon, the sexy, commanding earl next door, is temptation personified. Adeline's determined to focus on running the boarding school for the unfortunate daughters of the crew members that perished in the same shipwreck that killed her husband, but she's powerless to resist the magnetic attraction she and Lyon feel towards each other. I loved how their relationship starts off clearly as enemies. I understood her reasons for wanting a friends-with-benefits arrangement instead of getting married again, yet still hoped that Lyon would get his HEA. I really enjoyed his relationship with his father and aunt, as well. The author did an amazing job of setting up the environment for this story, giving us enough information on the secondary characters to make us already emotionally invested in their stories. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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    It didn't captivate me.

    I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. Maybe I wasn’t in the right state of mind to read this book. It just didn’t do it for me. Right from the beginning, I felt everything was a bit forced, a bit too much. That “I want to jump in your pants right away, even if you don’t treat the best” (the hero does improve later on, just to be clear). I didn’t connect with the characters. The only ones I liked were the girls from the school, and I have a very, very slight curiosity regarding the other ladies that opened the school with with the countess (the heroine of this book). It took me quite a bit of time to read it, simply because every time I went to pick it up I just dreaded it. It wasn’t poorly written, and the plot did have some interesting touches, but it just didn’t captivate me.
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    Second chance at love

    I voluntarily read and review an advance copy of this book. All thought and opinions are my own. The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey will be available for purchase 5-28-19. This debut novel in the First Comes Love series kept my attention and has the next two stories on my To Be Read list. I enjoyed reading about characters who, while young in age, were not silly nor innocent. A confirmed bachelor, looking for love, and a young widow, definitely not interested in matrimony, become neighbors and get to know each other by virtue of geography. While there's an instant attraction there is also common sense. Look before you leap. I liked that about the plot. Of course that went out the window when the heat was turned up. Widow Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake and her friends opening a boarding school of any kind was a bold move. Society frowned on so many things it's a wonder they weren't tarred and feathered. Doing so in St. James, next door to an Earl no less, was a terrific way to throw the characters together. Acceptance, by members of the ton, of a small solution to the plight of the less fortunate...well it's a miracle. The Earl of Marksworth goes through a fundamental change to his lifestyle. On one hand it's what he wants and on the other it's definitely not. I do recommend giving this story a read, it's refreshing. The next two books in the series will be Gone With The Rogue and How to Train Your Earl. I love the titles! Happy summer reading. #Amelia Grey #NetGalley #StMartin'sPress #romance #FirstComesLove #TheEarlNextDoor
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    Not For Me!

    Adeline, Countess of Wake, is on her own after her husband’s death. Finally, Adeline is free. She cherishes her independence and is not looking for another man to wed. But, she would love to find a man and live in sin. Lord Lyon, son of the two-timing Earl of Marksworth, wishes to have a respectable, loving wife. When he meets the independent Adeline, Lyon is instantly enamored. But Adeline would rather have him as a lover than a husband. Can Lyon change her mind? I was excited to read this book, but I couldn’t get through it. It was non-stop inner monologue and narration. It bored me and I put the book down and didn’t want to pick it up again. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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    I just loved Adeline!

    What a fun, delightful story. Adeline, the Dowager Countess of Wake, is widow at only 22 years old and is finally free from her husband's demanding rule. He treated her poorly because after 2 years of marriage she still hadn't provided him with an heir.....even his mistress has been able to do that! While Adeline was retrieving her husband's personal items that were found from the sunken ship, Salty Dove that he was on, she met two other young widows, Julia and Brina. Together they decided they were going to open a school for females whose families didn't have the money to teach them things like reading and writing and they would start by inviting girls who lost a family member on the Salty Dove. While getting ready to open the new school, a man shows up at Adeline's house, forcing his way into her house and happens upon her in an uncompromising position. Lord Lyonwood, the Marquis of Marksworth immediately thinks that Adeline is a lady of the night based on how she is dressed. Quickly, he realizes his mistake but is instantly smitten with Adeline. This starts their fun journey of getting to know each other. Lyon would love nothing more than to court Adeline because she is the first woman to have captured his attention but Adeline is not interested in getting married again. She'd be glad to be his lover though!!!! Lyon has never had females turn him down before and is now more determined than ever to make Adeline his. These two characters went on such a fun journey together to get to their happy ending. I loved both Adeline and Lyon! I really enjoyed all the supporting characters too! This was a wonderful start to this new series and I look forward to reading more stores in it.
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