An Earl Like You
When you gamble at love…
When Hugh Deveraux discovers his newly inherited earldom is bankrupt, he sets about rebuilding the family fortune—in the gaming hells of London. But the most daring wager he takes isn’t at cards. A wealthy tradesman makes a tantalizing offer: marry the man’s spinster daughter, and Hugh’s debts will be paid and his fortune made. The only catch is that she must never know about their agreement.
You risk losing your heart…
Heiress Eliza Cross has given up hope of marriage until she meets the impossibly handsome Earl of Hastings, her father’s new business partner. The earl is everything a gentleman should be, and is boldly attentive to her. It doesn’t take long for Eliza to lose her heart and marry him.
But when Eliza discovers that there is more to the man she loves—and to her marriage—her trust is shattered. And it will take all of Hugh’s power to prove that now his words of love are real.
This is a sweet book with a sweet heroine. With a trend in historical heroines being brash and sassy, it was a really refreshing change to meet Miss Eliza Cross – a heroine whose strengths lie in her kindness and thoughtfulness, whose sweet perseverance and intelligence inspire those who take the time to know her to also love her. Hugh is backed into a corner and his seduction of Eliza starts as a way to save his family, but he quickly comes to care for her. He’s a decent man with a difficult situation, and he sacrifices for his loved ones – which ends up really paying off for him, thankfully!
The building of Hugh and Eliza’s relationship is a quieter (but still strongly passionate) affair than the wit and banter thrown back and forth in most of the other historical romances I’ve read lately. Much of the tension is internal for Hugh as he struggles with his growing feelings for Eliza and tries to balance and justify them against his deceit and juggling all the secrets he’s keeping.
I’m having trouble putting into words how lovely this book is. It’s like a peaceful, babbling brook that you just want to sink into and stay awhile.