The Earl’s Return by Callie Hutton

I have a feeling that once I read enough Regency novels I’ll get the hang of ranks and titles. Eventually. LOL

Seriously, though, many of them are more risqué than I’ve ever imagined and I love it.

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Darius (I’m going to use first names in this one, the titles and actual names are too much for me) has been absent from the London scene for four years, while he’s been married to a woman he didn’t love. Now that she has died, he’s back and seeking a wife to bear his heir.

Let’s rewind. Four years ago, Darius was about to marry his love interest only to abandon her two weeks before their wedding day and elope with someone else. The shame this scandal has caused was hard on his betrothed family, but they recovered and she married and is living happily with her husband and sons.

Attending his first ball for the season now that he’s back, he is immediately fascinated by Lady Mary, who he later discovers is the sister of the woman he abandoned. Can you imagine the hard time he has trying to distance himself from her while increasingly attracted to her every time they meet? And they meet a lot – the season is in full swing and parties are a plenty. Also, they are both supporting the local orphanage and see each other during those meetings.

Lady Mary is very angry at Darius for what he’s done to her sister, and cannot seem to shake him. Well, she can’t seem to shake him mostly because she constantly seek him at events. Mary is gradually falling in love with him (and he with her) but knows her brother (now that her father is dead, he’s the head of the family) will never approve, and besides, she won’t do that to her sister.

There’s a beautiful and even sensual rhythm to the story. The plot evolves perfectly with the growth of the characters, with every emotional and physical step they make towards being a couple.

They do encounter numerous challenges but Hutton has the entire thing fantastically planned. I believe the only other Regency author I’ve enjoyed this much is Amanda Weaver (The Grantham Girls) – it’s all so very precise, planned, evolving and seriously romantic throughout. I couldn’t put this one down.

Highly recommended!

5 Stars

~Eleanor

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31128720London, 1819. Four years ago, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave fled London two weeks before his wedding to Lady Mary’s sister and married another woman. Now a widower, he has returned to seek a new wife.

One woman catches his eye . . .

At first, Lady Mary doesn’t recognize the handsome lord as the cad who ran out on her sister. After giving him the cut direct in a London ballroom, she finds herself running into him everywhere she goes, and fighting a forbidden attraction. Not only has Mary sworn off men, Redgrave is so very wrong for her. But she cannot stop thinking of his kisses. Redgrave means to stay away from Mary but it is impossible. Passion between two people who can never be together is a dangerous game.

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5349775Callie Hutton, USA Today bestselling author writes both Western Historical and Regency romance with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews).

Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, a daughter-in-law, twin grandsons and her top cheerleader husband (although thankfully not all in the same home!). Living in the Midwest provides plenty of opportunities for Callie do pursue her interests: researching history, meeting readers, spending time with her adorable two year old twin grandsons, and discovering new adventures.

Callie loves to hear from readers and welcomes the opportunity to become friends, both in person or virtually. Find her online: www.calliehutton.com

 

 

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