Title: Engaged to the Earl
Author: Carolee Croft
Review: What can I say about Engaged to the Earl, it was amazing! We meet Martha at breakfast where her aunt mentions she is now engaged to the Earl of Bradfield. I was absolutely stunned by such a big announcement in the first couple of paragraphs.
Her aunt despite her strictness and religiousness has a heart, we see this in the promise she made to her nursemaid to look after her son Tom after she died, Martha also has a little bit of a crush on Tom and she blushes when he enters the room.
When Martha and the Earl meet for the first time it is with disdain, as he hates the fact he has to marry Martha and the only reason he is doing so is because his father said he would disinherit him if he didn’t marry Martha. As we expect Martha replies to his comment with anger although she is extremely polite which is typical of the era Carolee Croft is writing about.
The Earl makes it quite clear that he intends to marry Martha, create an heir then find pleasure in the arms of another woman. Throughout the concert the Earl constantly flirts with a cute blonde woman which irks Martha to know end, despite feeling no love for the Earl she is disappointed and angered with him behaviour in her presence.
After leaving the concert earlier Martha begins walking home hoping to meet Tom along the way as he is supposed to be escorting her home. Although Martha finds herself in a bit of predicament as she tries to stop some thieves robbing an elderly lady and as she herself is about to be attacked, her knight in shining armour (Tom) comes to save the day.
We can clearly see Tom and Martha have feelings for each other and I feel sorry for them both as they can’t be together in the way Martha wants them to be, as they are restricted by times in which they lives.
Although in all my experience of reading historical romances the female protagonist usually has an adulterine or uninterested husband who she converts into loving her very deeply, and to be honest sometimes they go on forever which is why I sometimes avoid them. But Croft’s novella is only 30 pages long which is great for me as I love historical romance but they can be too long and intricate for my tastes personally.
Over the next few pages some strange scenes ensue, some steamy, some fierce and some slightly humour and I fly through it, loving every last sentence.
And the plot twists, the damn plot twists they are amazing and I won’t be spoiling the book for anyone else, but my god I wasn’t expecting it and it completely took my breath away in the most shocking and sensual way there is.
The ending and the final plot twist are so beautiful it made me cry, it made me hot and I felt every emotion under the sun. I didn’t think it was possible for 30 pages it make me feel those things and to want the things Martha wants.
I highly recommend this novella to everyone and I will definitely be reading more by Carolee Croft whether they are novellas or a full length novel (which I hope she writes). She write historical erotica and romance so well and I am absolutely loved it and want more. The only downfall for me it was too short and I want more of Croft’s writing and more of her romances.
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