The Earl of Buckleigh was once an untitled misfit, tormented at Oxford. Now, he’s overcome his challenges and is eager for the future, especially when his oldest and dearest friend, Bianca, needs help to save the annual holiday party. Ash has a plan to rescue the event, but when the bullies from his youth are up to their old tricks, he must risk everything to put the past behind him and find true love.
Furious when her brother refuses to host the St. Stephen’s Day party, Lady Bianca Stafford is committed to giving the villagers their celebration. In Ash, she sees salvation for their local tradition, and perhaps a future she never expected. But her brother has other plans for her—a Season and marriage, and not to Ash. When disaster strikes, everything she cares about is threatened and it will take a miracle—or a hero—to save the day.
The Red Hot Earl is inspired by the song and story, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Titles in the Love Is All Around series include – The Red Hot Earl – The Gift of the Marquess – Joy to the Duke –
Title: The Red Hot Earl
Series: Love Is All Around #1
Author: Darcy Burke
Genre: Regency Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Darcy Burke Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
THE RED HOT EARL is the first story of Darcy Burke’s new series, Love Is All Around. It’s a quick read with characters (main and secondary) that face unusual challenges in life. I confess I am very curious as to what changed Bianca’s brother into the unfeeling cad he seems to be today. But that is another story, I’m sure, to come.
Most of what you need to know before picking this one up can be found in the Cover Description. Bianca and Ash work so well together, and if I found her, at times, a bit annoying that’s a personal observation. But together they worked and that is really all that matters. I suspect that Ash had what today would be diagnosed as Tourette syndrome, and I’m intrigued that he was able to deal with that through his boxing career. The romance is quick and intense, the season celebrations were charming, and now I’m so curious as to “why” on some things that I’ll be following this series until the end.
I had fun, and that’s the whole point. If you enjoy a misfit romance, seeing the underdog come up on top and get the girl, then you’ll love THE RED HOT EARL.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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