Unraveling the Earl by Lynne Barron || Review

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I will begin by admitting that I really love a good romantic story with a sensual side to it. So when I got the question to review this book I had no doubt about it and said yes. And that it takes place at the start of the nineteenth century was a big plus, since I really like reading about that time period! [this review may contain some minor spoilers]

Blurb

The Earl of Hastings’ reputation as London’s greatest gift to the ladies has taken on a life of its own, and he is only too happy to live up to in one Mayfair bedchamber after another. Until he encounters a lady more interested in poking around his country estate than sampling his lauded charms.

Georgiana Buchanan is a woman with murky morals, warped notions of right and wrong, a talent for dancing around the truth, and a penchant for attending weddings and funerals without invitation.

When Georgie catches Henry’s roving eye, she turns the tables on the arrogant scoundrel, introducing him to a world of sensual delights and unraveling his vaunted control before fleeing into the night.

Henry is determined to make the elusive Georgiana his mistress while the lady wants only to use his desire to further her own schemes. When they find themselves marooned at Idyllwild during a summer storm, they will both discover they’ve gotten more than they bargained for.
(source: Goodreads)

Review

*disclaimer: because of very explicit content, I don’t think this book is suited for people under 18*

I surely wasn’t disappointed when it comes to sensuality in this story. Maybe it even was a little too much! Before I knew it, I was reading about … “shafts” and “quims” and that went on and on and on. With, of course, a small break every now and then. I was kind of surprised, because where most romantic stories keep the steamy scenes for later, this story started right off with one. It made me wonder what the rest of the story would be about, since they didn’t have to seduce each other any more. And well, the rest of the story was just another repetition of the first chapter (as good as every chapter contained a long steamy scene). I think Georgie and Henry tried almost every position that can possibly exist!

On the one side we have Earl Henry of Hastings who thinks with his “shaft” rather than his heart, or brain for that matter. I found it hard to believe that it was ‘real love’ between Hastings and Georgie, since all they really did was having passionate sex. And when they actually talked to each other, most of their conversations were about … yes, sex or exes.
On the other side we have Georgie Buchanan, a Scots lass. She was a little too fickle for my liking, because the one moment she was head over heels about Henry and wanted to stay with him forever and the next moment she runs out of the door with the mind to never return again, just to take him right back when he comes near her.

The ending was a little too … fast, I think. They had not seen each other for a couple of months and then Henry comes barging into her carriage and the first thing they do is … HAVING SEX! Not talking, no, first comes sex then they’ll talk. Scenes like that made it kind of unbelievable that it was more than only lust between them.

BUT, I have to say that overall I actually liked reading this book. The language was beautiful and so was Barron’s overall writing style. The steamy scenes were actually sensual and not vulgar at all (to me at least, mostly because English isn’t my first language, so “cunny” was a total new word to me *ahem*), but I think there could be a lot less of them. Nevertheless, I really liked the fact that it takes place about 200 years ago, which makes it a very original story to me. In the end I really came to care about both the main characters.

2.75/5 ★

*I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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