Mills and Boon have a great crop of historical romance recently! I’m excited to have had the chance to review this one as I think it’s a really fun example of the genre.
Book: The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge by Lara Temple
Read before: No
Ownership: Ebook sent for fair review. All opinions my own.
Release date: December 27th 2018. Amazon affiliate link here.
Could this infamous rake finally have found his countess? Part of The Sinful Sinclairs.
When Lucas, Lord Sinclair, receives a mysterious summons from a Miss Olivia Silverdale he’s skeptical about whether he can help her. But Olivia, although eccentric, is in earnest about her quest to restore her late godfather’s reputation. Lucas’s curiosity is piqued, and not just by Olivia’s intelligent eyes and lithe form. A new challenge quickly presents itself: keeping Miss Silverdale at arm’s length!
Though the romance is central, of course, what kept me turning the pages in The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge was the mystery. Olivia’s need to find out the truth about her godfather is a really excellent plot device, as it forces our main characters out of the etiquette-laden ballrooms and drawing rooms, and into some interesting places that let them act a little more true to themselves. There’s a scene where they fake a seance to gain information from a suspect, which was so much fun! Of course, it’s pretty unrealistic to think that Olivia’s chaperones would have been quite so lax as to let her set up in a townhouse on her own, but it does work for the story.
I’ve mentioned before, I think, that I really enjoy the trope of the heartless rake who suddenly realises that he’s fallen in love, and hard. Lucas Sinclair is definitely a good candidate for this! Olivia’s unusual approach to propriety really confuses him, and allows her to slip under his skin – it’s really cute watching him be so baffled as to why he keeps coming back to indulge her in her sleuthing. Olivia is a fairly typical feisty heroine, but she has some really fun traits, like her impulsivity, that have you rooting for her. I liked that Lucas was definitely the one to fall first, since she’s so focused on the mystery – makes a nice change!
There’s also a cat! I would have liked to see more of Inky, but then I think most books could be improved with the addition of more cats…
This was a really enjoyable read, and I’ll be looking out for Lara Temple’s name on Mills and Boon titles in future! A solid four out of five cats.
About the Author
Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. After moving around the world for her career as a financial analyst and business consultant she returned to her childhood love of making up stories, and was surprised to discover that other people don’t mind reading them.
She lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream while Oscar the dog keeps her feet warm by sitting on them as she works).
The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge (out December 2018) is the first in her Sinful Sinclair series. In May 2019 Unlaced by the Highland Duke, part of a four book series with three other Harlequin Mills & Boon authors will be released.
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