Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review & Tour: To Entice an Earl by Naomi Boom

Title: To Entice an Earl
Author: Naomi Boom
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Entangled Nobility (Book Three)
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisMiss Alexandra Farris lost her heart to her older brother's friend, Lord Maxon Collins, long, long ago. Despite her girlhood attempts to win him, he never noticed her. Now that her first season is underway, she understands why. He prefers willowy blondes, not curvaceous maidens with darker coloring like herself. Rather than wallow in self-pity, she forgets love and focuses on something more attainable—an advantageous match.

Lord Collins is plagued by an uncomfortable feeling whenever he goes near Miss Farris. One of annoyance. And yet, he can’t seem to stop thinking of her, touching her, kissing her...He must act in her brother’s stead, which means he has to approve her suitor and ensure her safety. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to find a worthy gentleman.

Wedding her off should be a simple task, but not if he can’t let her go.

She inhaled and stepped up to him. He was so tall, at least five inches taller than her, yet she would not allow him to intimidate her, not this gentleman she used to pester as a little girl. She peered up at him and planted her fists on her hips. “You cannot possibly imagine I would listen to you, can you?”

His eyes narrowed, and he straightened from his position against the wall which brought him that much closer to her. “I don’t only imagine. I know you will listen to me. You have no other options.”

“Of course I do.”

“No, you do not.”

Their gazes locked, and everything around Alexa faded away, except for the brilliant blue eyes which held her riveted in place. She brought her palm to her chest to make sure her heart still beat.

It did, just barely.

She finally broke away and whispered, “I have not given him a response yet.”

His responding smile lacked warmth, and he appeared to gloat as he said, “Excellent. I never have liked Lord Edwin and cannot fathom why you do.”

“I happen to be very much in love with him.” She colored. She had just told Lord Collins she loved Lord Edwin. Where was her fan when she needed it most? Next to Miss Cannis where she had forgotten it. And now, she had to endure a most frustrating conversation where she admitted a falsehood. Not a simple falsehood, either. One which competed with the largest untruths of her life.

Her rushed denial teetered on her lips as a stronger gust of wind tore through her hair, causing several more strands to dislodge. She muttered a curse and reached up to repair the damage the wind had made.

His large, warm hand shot out and stopped her. The humid night air could not compare to the warmth of his hand on hers, nor could it compete with the spasmodic tingles breaking out throughout her body.

The contact was too unexpected.

Too intimate.

Too much.

She darted a hesitant glance his way where he quickly masked a warm look and took a step away from her. “Leave your hair.”

She swayed from the loss of his touch and the lack of warmth in his tone.

“Are you quite all right?” he asked with a sneer, as if to erase all touches of warmth with harshness. It hadn’t worked, though. She knew better.

Whatever strange demon had overtaken him tonight was not normal and was, quite frankly, vexing to deal with. “I see you can choose to employ good manners when you wish.”

His countenance darkened and he lifted a brow. “You evidently are just fine.”

Naomi Boom never expected to love writing. Her inspiration struck while searching for the perfect historical romance novel to read. Nothing sounded appealing, so she decided to write her own. That one novel has morphed into a series, and hopefully many, many more.

She resides in her home state of South Dakota with her husband and toddler. Her dream is to someday find an acreage where she can raise chickens and, naturally, continue her writing.


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Wow! This pair was a lot of fun.

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Alexa is ready to accept her suitor's hand in marriage. He's been courting her for months now and even though he's entirely too critical, she knows he is a catch in the eyes of society. And she gave up on the notion of a love match years ago, after her childhood crush, Maxon, failed to return her affection. But what were the odds that Maxon would suddenly become the person who held the approval of her engagement in his hands? And that she would begin to realize her suitor might not be right for her after all?

Maxon tells himself that he's only involved in Alexa's affairs because her brother appointed him to watch over her. Yet, he finds himself constantly drawn to her and not necessarily in the protective way he wants to believe. His best friend's sister has grown into quite the woman, who seems to hate him. And for some reason, he can't stand the idea that she doesn't like him. Or that she might marry someone else.

I just love an enemies-to-lovers story. And while one of our characters does harbor affection for the other in the beginning, her stubborn pride just won't let her show it. These two argued in quite literally every chapter and I soaked up every word of it. They were evenly matched and neither held back from teasing the other. I was highly entertained the entire time.

Our heroine was super feisty and incredibly headstrong. Her pride is what got her into most of the sticky situations. But if she'd been a softer character, I probably wouldn't have liked her as much because her personality fit well against the hero's. Speaking of Maxon, he was a great character. Sarcastic and hilarious, yet also attentive and sweet at times. He constantly surprised and impressed me.

The romance took a while to build, but there was some delicious sexual tension forming in the meantime. The book is actually on the tame side, as far as intimacy goes, so I was a little disappointed we didn't get at least one good love scene. I imagined it would have been explosive with these two passionate characters. But there were some steamy kisses and a whole lot of sizzling chemistry to get us through. 

In closing... 
Two stubborn souls learn to love each other. Four suns!

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