I have the continuing pleasure of hosting one of Rachel’s book tours on my blog. Today it is Catherine Tinley‘s regency romance, Captivating the Cynical Earl.
She’s not a new author to me. I have enjoyed one of her other books and you can read my review of A Waltz With The Outspoken Governess.
Captivating the Cynical Earl may be in the same genre, but it has a widely different writing style and plot. Catherine has demonstrated that she can write a happily-ever-after romance in so many interesting ways!
The cool, aloof earl
And the enchanting lady
For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone—unless his frozen heart thaws before then…
Purchase Link – https://books2read.com/captivatingearl
My Review of Captivating the Cynical Earl
Captivating the Cynical Earl is Catherine’s lockdown story and is yet another example of her excellent writing style. She starts by dropping us right into the middle of the action, with the Earl fuming over a quick and (to his mind) unsuitable marriage. She then gives us a detailed look into the Earl’s thoughts about money, women, and love.
The Earl’s detachment to women is understandable, but not his harsh language and rude behavior. The author has sketched the character of the Earl in great detail, hinting at a troubled and painful past. Bit by bit, his relationship with his deceased parents and other people is revealed. This explains why he thinks the way he does.
Lady Cecily and Nell’s friendship is something women dream about and not everybody has.
I have admired the smooth flow in the author’s stories and Captivating the Cynical Earl is no different. She offers us an immersive experience through her words that describe so many emotions and conflicts.
One cannot help but compare an author’s different works. In that respect, I found Captivating the Cynical Earl not as engaging as the others.
Lady Cecily does far too much mulling over to justify the Earl’s rude and arrogant behavior, whereas he repeatedly humiliates and disrespects her. I felt the book did not always strike all the right notes.
Even so, the pull of the author’s magnetic words compelled me to wait patiently for a happy conclusion.
(I received an e-book from Rachel’s Random Resources with a request for an honest review.)
About Catherine Tinley
Catherine Tinley is an award winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021.
She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com,on facebook, twitter, and instagram.