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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

An Earl to Enchant by Amelia Grey

An Earl to Enchant by Amelia Grey
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (344 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

The Rogues' Dynasty Series

He’s determined not to be a hero…

Lord Morgandale is as notorious as he is dashing, and he’s determined no woman will tie him down. But from the moment Arianna Sweet appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist the lure of her fascinating personality, exotic wardrobe, and tempting green eyes…

She has a deadly secret…

Arianna Sweet never imagined the significance of her father’s research until after his untimely death. Now she is in possession of his groundbreaking discovery, one that someone would kill for. She can’t tell Lord Morgandale her secret, but she knows she needs his help, desperately…

Sometimes, you enjoy a book based on more than the characters. If the setting is rich and the dialogue is sharp, you’ll fall into the pages, becoming one with the surroundings. Thus is the case Amelia Grey’s An Earl To Enchant, a vivid and unforgettable story which delivers just as the title promises.

A case of mistaken identity ensures the introduction to the protagonists is both sultry and memorable, snaring the interest and engaging the attention. Morgan is a gentleman in need of the lushness of a woman, and awaits the arrival of the courtesan he’s arranged to visit his home. Of course, what he finds instead is a beautiful woman who rebukes his advances and informs him none too gently that she is at his domicile to meet his grandmother. Their banter is both humorous and tongue in cheek, and I realized then that I would absolutely adore Morgan and Arianna. Both are head-strong, intelligent, and unwilling to bend. Their similarities make for some comical scenes that will cause you to stifle chuckles of glee while shaking your head in delight.

Although An Earl To Enchant has elements of suspense, the plot is woven like the finest tapestry, with interwoven threads that become visible as you view it from the proper direction. Through impeccable pacing, you’ll get what you need, when you need it. There is no need to rush as the romance between Morgan and Arianna blooms slowly and enraptures the reader without overwhelming them. It was refreshing to enjoy a book with such a slow, sensual burn. He wants her, but he wants his freedom more. She wants him, and but realizes he isn’t hers to take. As a romantic at heart, it definitely hit the spot, and I couldn’t wait until Morgan caved to his desire and claimed Arianna as his own.

Those searching for a steamy romance with characters you can help but love will thoroughly enjoy An Earl To Enchant. The writing is fantastic, the plot thickens as the story progresses, and the characters are absolutely wonderful. Don’t forget to pencil this title onto your TBR list. This is the first story I’ve enjoyed by Ameila Grey, but it will not be the last.