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Friday, September 5, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Earl's Mistress by Liz Carlyle

The Earl's Mistress (MacLachlan Family & Friends, #10)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062100300
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose sensual skills are the stuff of legend. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap to his face, then stalks out with references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is left burning . . .

Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty-but the latter is no use to a servant. With orphaned sisters to feed, eviction nearing, and Hepplewood’s words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset . . .

But when fate unknowingly sends Isabella back into Hepplewood’s arms, the earl must make an impossible choice-draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.

My Review:

Intro: I should begin by saying that I was immediately drawn to this book because of the cover. It’s purple and pretty and I love it. But I was further interested because this seemed like quite the departure for Liz Carlyle and quite an interesting one at that.


Heroine: Isabella-I loved her. She was strong and capable. She was one of the most likable heroines I have come across in a while. I have been on a reading streak of damsels. And she, while she was in a difficult situation, never was a damsel.

Hero: Hepplewood-You normally don’t expect to see this type of hero in a historical romance nowadays. He was Ye Olde Christian Grey. But not really because he didn’t make me want to pull my hair out. I actually rather liked him.

Chemistry: Isabella and Hepplewood had chemistry. Oh boy did they have chemistry. They were amazing together. Even though both characters were a bit difficult individually at times. I liked the slight bits of angst.

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Ending Babble: I am not going to go ahead with any Fifty Shades of Grey comparisons because not all books with similar themes are similar and this one was 10x better than Fifty Shades. The writing is excellent and the characters likable and well-drawn. Liz Carlyle is one of my favs. 

Overall Rating

Author Info
A lifelong anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of sixteen historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina. You can contact her via her website at
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  1. I like this reviewer's term "damsel" - haven't heard that in quite a while. And it does sound like Isabella is NOT a "damsel in distress" at all. And I also knew that Liz's stories can be very, very steamy, but was surprised at the reviewer's comparison to 50 Shades. Hmmm. I think this story is definitely going to be different than Liz's other stories. I'm intrigued!



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