by Virginia Henley

September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-451-23464-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Trade Paperback

Lady Harriet Hamilton is wild, audacious, and everything else Thomas Anson does NOT want in a wife. She does not care about societal norms or what others think about her. Her mother, Lady Lu, always says, “We set trends, we do not follow them." Lady Harry is an outrageous flirt and every man that comes across her path wants to tame her, but she refuses to be put in the same category as everyone else. She does not believe in marrying for money or prestige, she plans on having a love match like her parents. Everything about Lady Harry is unconventional, even her weird obsession with architecture and buildings. She has fallen deeply in love with a country estate by the name of Shugborough. Harry has been head over heels since she was 9, and that was the first time she encountered Thomas Anson.

Thomas Anson is the complete opposite of who his good-for-nothing, gambling, womanizing father is. He is a stickler for the rules, he shuns gambling, and he works really hard to do what is right for the region he represents in Parliament. He remembers Lady Harry as soon as he sees her and he is not sure whether to run toward her or run away. He needs her to restore his beloved Shugborough, but he is not sure he can handle this energetic, tattooed beauty.

Harry and Thomas are very much physically attracted to each other, but that does not mean they will make a good match. Harry’s trust in men gets shaken and Thomas’ dying father makes threats that could cause him to lose his inheritance. They need each other more than they think. Can love cover pride, prudishness, and mistrust?

The Dark Earl is a pretty good read. Some parts become too flowery and somewhat like a fairy tale, but mostly this is an interesting read based during the Regency era. It is a cozy read that was hard to put down.

Reviewed in April 2012 by Lakisha.

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