Sara’s Review of This Earl is on Fire by Vivienne Lorret

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Rating: paw4

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Date Released: August 2, 2016

Series: The Season’s Original #2

Goodreads Description:

The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family’s rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.

Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can’t see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice–and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips–help soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.

Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he-or Adeline-ever imagined.

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Review:

I greatly enjoyed reading Lorret’s first book in her Season’s Original series, so I knew without a moment of doubt that I would be reading this book as soon as it became available. And just like with the first book in the series, I enjoyed reading this one. Between the wonderful characters, the steamy romance, and a mystery waiting to be solved, I was hooked from page one. This Earl is on Fire is the perfect addition to what has become a truly fun and memorable series.

While I can’t say that I liked Liam right at the start, I initially thought of him as being a bit of an ass, my affection for him grew as the story progressed and by the end I loved him. He’s a rather complicated individual, he’s been hurt in the past and guards himself as a result, though he doesn’t realize that he’s doing so. Once I came to realize that his arrogant, scandalous attitude/behavior was more of a shield rather than his true self, I found I was able to respect his character more and wanted him to find happiness with Adeline. With her he’s caring, attentive, and a true gentleman. He’s actually not a bad guy, I just got twitchy every now and then when he chose to act like a prick rather than admit that he actually had feelings for her. Meanwhile I admired Adeline greatly. I loved that she saw her time in London as an adventure and an opportunity to prove that she could stand on her own two feet without support from her parents or friends. She’s got a spirited, but also vulnerable side that I instantly connected with, and I admired her greatly for not letting her deformity stand in the way of her enjoying life. And I especially love how she refused to let the ton’s initial opinions of her keep her down.

Admittedly the one thing that made me continue reading this book wasn’t Liam and Adeline’s relationship, fun and steamy though it was, it was actually the mystery behind what happened to Liam that caught and held my interest. I wanted to know who attacked him and why, and I must say that the answer was rather surprising and unexpected, though upon reflection Lorret did take steps to leave a few clues for readers to pick up on while reading.

And having mentioned the above, I have to point out that the reason I’ve enjoyed Lorret’s writing so much is that she has several elements in her books that draw and keep a reader’s interest. Between the wager between Thayne and Juliet which we learned about in the first book and is continued in this one, the mystery of who attacked Liam and why, and much, much more, I feel like I’m not simply reading a novel about any two characters, but reading and experiencing the lives of everyone involved. Lorret’s ability to tell a story is such that I’m easily drawn into her world rather than viewing it from a distance, and it isn’t often that I end up feeling a bit disoriented once I’m done reading a book. The phrase “get lost in a story” certainly applies to me with Lorret’s novels. =^.^=

So if you are wondering whether this is a book that is worth reading, I say definitely. And while I would suggest that you consider reading the first book of the series before picking this one up, Lorret provides enough backstory to allow this to be read as a stand-alone. Though why you would want to deny yourself the pleasure of reading this series in full is beyond me. There’s no doubt that I will be reading the next book in this series come October, especially since it focuses on Juliet and Thayne! Now theirs is a story that I’m anxious to read. I can’t wait to discover who the Season’s Original is and how Juliet and Thayne’s wager ends, and yet at the same time I don’t want the series to end with the next book. I must say that if you love historical romance novels, you’ll love this series as much as I do. But please don’t take my word for it, grab a copy and read it yourself. You won’t regret it, murr!

Excerpt:

“However, perhaps if my pillow were fluffed.”
She looked at him as if he were teasing her, but played along nonetheless, chafing her hands together. “I must have an innate talent for pillow fluffing.”
If one could possess a talent for such a thing, she certainly did not. Not that he would tell her. Because if he did, he already knew the result. She would leave his side, and he would lose the relief—or whatever this was—he found in her presence. And he had never been one to deny himself necessary comforts.
Then, as she had done before, she leaned over him. Her hands went to either side of his face, pressing into the pillow, the inviting plumpness of her breasts resting on his chest. Enjoying the moment, he closed his eyes and drew in a deep breath that hinted at pear blossoms.
She went still. “Why are your hands at my waist?”
Were they? He squeezed his hands and found that, yes, they most definitely were. He also discovered that the satin gown was warm from the heat of her body and fine enough that there was little barrier between his hands and the slender curve of her waist and the slight flare of her hips.
“I’m merely aiding in your efforts by offering stability,” he said, by way of an excuse. Of course, he hadn’t intended to touch her—gentleman’s daughter and all that. Given his pleasure-seeking nature, however, he wasn’t entirely surprised by his wayward hands. Perhaps he should think about removing them before he found them cupped around her breasts. Inadvertently, of course.
“Afraid that I will crush you?” she said with a laugh against his lips. “Well, do not worry, because I have finished. Your pillow is sufficiently plump.”
More than. And lumpy as well, but he did not mind in the least. Especially when he felt her lips against his cheek.
“Thank you, Wolford. I had a delightful evening.”
In the next instant, he didn’t know what came over him. Suddenly, he found his hand at her nape, pulling her mouth to his.

About the Author:

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USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original Series.

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Posted on August 10, 2016, in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you for sharing your lovely review! So happy you are enjoying the series!