Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review & Tour: Lizzie's Earl by Fiona Miers

Title: Lizzie's Earl
Author: Fiona Miers
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Heir And A Spare Series (Book Three)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisShe's a widow seeking a gentleman to give her the family she wants and enjoy life on her country estate.

He's a London rakehell seeking a wife he can wed, bed and forget.

Who will prevail?

Rupert straightened his coat with a quick tug and straightened to his full six feet four inches tall. Feeling confident, he walked over to the two ladies.

“May I beg you for an introduction to your friend, my dear Charlotte?”

Charlotte smiled tightly, knowing his habits well. She turned to include him in their circle, which surprised him a little, but his friend’s sister did have the perfect manners.

“Of course, Rupert. Mrs Elizabeth Symmons, may I introduce a friend of ours, the Hon. Rupert Willoughby, the younger brother of the Earl of Sweeting”

Rupert heard the warning in the introduction and smirked inwardly. Charlotte was fiercely protectively of those she loved. It was one of the things he liked most about her.

The beautiful blonde curtseyed prettily and gave him a sunny, open smile. Rupert bowed in return, surprised despite himself by the artlessness of her expression.

“May I have the pleasure of the next dance my lady?” he asked, giving her his most charming smile.

Elizabeth smiled back, glancing quickly at Charlotte for permission to leave her alone, which Rupert respected. When Charlotte smiled back in return, the beautiful woman turned to him.

“Of course. Thank you, sir,” she replied confidently, placing her small hand in his.

She was very petite, tiny even, yet Rupert felt the firmness of her grip and observed the way she held herself. This would not be a woman over whom one could easily walk, he told himself.

“You are looking very beautiful this evening, Mrs Symmons.” Rupert told her, as they swept into the dance floor.

Elizabeth laughed, her bright eyes sparkling with gaiety.

“Why, thank you, sir. And indeed, you are looking very handsome.”

Rupert grinned, surprised by her words. He didn’t believe he had ever had a compliment returned before. Most women simply fluttered their fans and gave him the eyes. The eyes told him how flattered they were that he had given them his attention. The eyes also indicated to him just how quickly they would fall into his bed. Mrs Elizabeth Symmons wasn’t giving him the eyes, nor was she flirting with him. How strange.

Fiona Miers has a super busy life, like most modern women, but always finds time for reading and writing romance. Her love affair with the romance genre started when she was only 11 years old, when her mother, and nana, handed her, her first mills and boon. Since then she's built her own business, become a mother to two beautiful little girls, and fallen in love with the most spectacular man on the planet. (JMHO) Fiona writes MF contemporary and historical romance, writing more erotic stories under the pen name Tamsin Baker. Thank you for reading this, and hopefully you'll love reading about her characters as much as she loved creating them.


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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

This was one steamy read!

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I read quite a bit of historical romance and sometimes the loves scenes are a bit dull or lackluster and leave me wanting more. This book gave me a healthy dose of spicy lovemaking and though I actually did still want more, it was for a good reason.

Lizzie is a widow who is now finished with mourning. She is back on the romantic market and looking for a husband who will be faithful, care for her, and give her many children. Lizzie refuses to settle for anything less than a long-lasting love match.

It's safe to say that Rupert is the opposite of what Lizzie is hoping for. He has been able to put off marriage for many years now and would rather stay a bachelor forever, if possible. And if he does get married, it will be for convenience, where he can keep his mistresses and live in peace.

Yet, Rupert feels drawn to Lizzie, despite her initial rejections. He isn't sure if it is the chase or the fact that he's never been refused by a woman before, but he is determined to win Lizzie over. Along the way, however, he finds that getting her into his bed may not be all that he wants from her. Or what he'll settle for, either.

This was a really quick and pleasant read for me. I found Lizzie's goals to be admirable. And even though I tend to roll my eyes at rakish behavior, at times, I actually understood Rupert's reasoning for wanting to avoid marriage. I won't lie. There was at least one time when I wanted to strangle Rupert but I knew he'd see the light sooner or later.

The writing, overall, was a bit amateurish in some ways. There were repeating words in the same sentences, which is one of my minor pet peeves. And the manuscript could use another pass of proofreading to catch some missing punctuation and missing/misspelled words.

However, I was definitely impressed with the romance, as I mentioned above. The chemistry between the couple was pretty believable. It was a lust before love and I appreciate that more than insta-love, by far. And every one of the love scenes left me smiling and fanning myself. It wasn't quite erotica level heat but it was close and certainly steamy.

In closing... 
I would like to read the previous books in this series to see how the established couples came together. For this book, four suns!