Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
Publication date: October 29, 2019
The Earl’s Secret Treasure is everything I want in a regency romance — a feisty heroine, a mysterious yet flawed hero, and a series of misunderstandings that conspire to keep them apart. Of course, when they finally meet, it is nothing short of fireworks.
The author is always in control of the narrative. The tightly-knit writing ensures that the huge cast of characters are held together well, and each character is given enough space to tell his/her story. In my opinion, the plot is fresh and different since most of the romance occurs on a ship.
There are touches of tragedy in the stories of Karina’s brother and Captain Cole’s mother, but they serve to help the reader appreciate the good in the book. I liked this realistic approach–not everyone can have a happy ending and it is hard for some people to change their nature.
The writing is sparkling, witty, humorous, and energetic. I read the book in one sitting because it was so absorbing.
The only thing that stuck out a bit like a sore thumb was the relatively modern language used in the dialogues. Considering the period in which the story is set, I felt the speech was a bit too direct and the expressions contemporary.
(I received a review copy from Booktamins in exchange for an honest review.)
Karina Bardot, daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Essex has always been overlooked. Plain, and too involved in her novels, she was resigned to being a spinster for the rest of her life. No man could possibly match the heroes she read about in her quiet time, so, she was content with letting her books be the loves of her life.
Quite thrilled with it actually.
That was until her parents informed her of her sudden betrothal to a Marquis. She barely even knew of her own engagement, and now she is to meet her future husband? Now Karina’s forced to endure a season filled with endless parties, mind-numbing conversation, and dress shopping. Something she detested more than ballrooms. Captain Cole Black asked his men to do one job. Find the woman who stole expensive fabrics from their trade deal, and return to the ship posthaste. He was leery of being in London for too long, as having left the high society life, with its obligations and stifling rules of decorum long ago. Cole was confident that his men would return with the woman responsible for their delay, and continue on their journey. Only his men returned with someone else entirely. And the ship had already left port.
Will Karina finally get the excitement, and adventure she’s been craving all along? And Will Cole finally realize that his greatest treasure is not lost at sea?
About Nicole Renee
Nicole Renee is a twenty-nine-year-old dreamer. When she’s not writing outlandish tales of romance, you can find her scouring the Internet for new books to read or hanging out with her best friend who is fortunately also her sister.