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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

More Imperfect Heroines, Please: The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham

THE EARL  I RUINED

by Scarlett Peckham
Series: The Secrets of Charlotte Street #2
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: December 11th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷
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Scarlett Peckham came out of nowhere and bowled me over with her debut, The Duke I Tempted. I knew while reading that book that historical romance readers were going to be blessed with a great addition to the family, and that feeling was only confirmed with The Earl I Ruined. What a fantastic book this was! It was addicting, romantic and just pure fun.

The whole set-up of the story appealed to me from the very beginning. I mean, it's a story about a young woman who does the ruining as opposed to the hero doing the ruining. Does that not just sound like the most scandalous and most refreshing situation? Anyways, Peckham handles it all like a champ (side note: how is this only her second book?). I loved loved loved our heroine, Lady Constance. She was not what you would typically see as the most likable heroine - the girl had flaws for days - but that is what made her so appealing to me. She was meddlesome, bothersome, and a giant gossip but had such a spirited personality. Her heart was certainly in the right place so even when you hear about all the troubles she gets other people into, you can't help but want to root for her. Then there was Julian, or Lord Bore, as our dear heroine calls him. He was one of those male characters that seem uptight at first glance, but who possesses so much passion underneath all those rigid layers. It was fun getting to see those layers peel off over the course of The Earl I Ruined, especially around Constance. She had the lighter, flirtier side of him emerging and it was just so cute.

When Constance ends up ruining his reputation by spreading gossip in a gazette, she proposes a fake-engagement out of guilt to repair some of the damage done. What dear Constance does not know is that the man has been hopelessly in love with her since forever. Everyone who reads this blog knows what a gigantic sucker I am for fake relationships and The Earl I Ruined does the trope so brilliantly. Shenanigans ensue and Constance begins to realize that Julian might not be the bore she thought he was, especially when she learns more about his sexual proclivities. It was a delight as a reader to watch these two grow closer to each other and form a bond. They were polar opposites in many ways but somehow clicked perfectly together. And also Julian is just the best. He gifts Constance a puppy AND a dildo (damn these fictional heroes for giving me such high expectations!). Not to mention, Scarlett Peckham's writing is just top-notch. I am very very excited that she has gotten a book deal with Avon!

The Earl I Ruined was simply an exquisite read. You will adore the characters, the romance, and the writing, especially if you're a fan of all things historical romance and fake relationships.


Do you enjoy reading about less-than-perfect heroines?
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