by Shirley Karr

January 2005
ISBN: 0-06-074230-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

It’s no wonder that What An Earl Wants won the prestigious Golden Heart Award. Shirley Karr’s debut release is a winner! A book that belongs on the keeper shelf.

The Earl of Sinclair is far from conventional, and neither is his household. Two-by-two his servants find love, leaving him to look for new staff. When the Matchmaking Earl needs to hire a new secretary he is taken in by the talents of one Mr. Quincy. It turns out that the Mister is a Miss and in desperate need of the job.

In need of Quincy’s bookkeeping talents, Sinclair decides to play along and continues to treat her like a man, a friend and companion. Someone to rely upon. All the while searching for signs of her womanly charms and reveling in any and every opportunity to touch her. Quincy tries not to encourage him, as it’s money and not love she needs. The wages will pay for a cottage in the country, a place for Quincy’s not-so-well-off sister and grandmother to live. However, her growing awareness of the dashing and limping earl can’t be denied.

Sinclair is wounded, but not tortured. Passionate, but not overbearing and always honorable. Quincy is intelligent, resourceful, caring and very practical. The reader’s joy in the hero and heroine comes from being taken on a journey of discovery, on seeing them grow naturally, on never questioning their respect, admiration and attraction for the other.

Shirley Karr crafts a delightful and captivating tale in combining familiar story elements with original plotting, adding unobtrusive historical details for flavor and introducing charming and lovable characters. Intelligent banter, sensual, but not overly sexual, encounters and a wildly entertaining supporting cast always further this spirited and romantic tale. What An Earl Wants is the debut release of Shirley Karr. I’m eager to see what the talented author will come up with next.

Reviewed in December 2004 by Kris Alice.

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