Romancing the Earl

Romancing the Earl (Regency Treasure Hunters, Book #2) by Darcy Burke

romancing the earl

Overview by Amazon:

She’ll stop at nothing to find her heart’s desire…

Major Elijah Hollister never wanted to be an earl, particularly not when it meant losing his brother. When a bold adventuress shows up at his door seeking a treasure map, Elijah suspects his brother’s death may not have been accidental and that the lady knows more than she’s willing to share. Whether she’s a friend or foe, Elijah plans to keep her close—and hope the temptation of her kisses doesn’t ruin them both.

Miss Catriona Bowen can almost taste the fruits of her years-long quest to find one of Britain’s greatest treasures. The discovery will deliver the recognition and respect she deserves as an antiquary, despite the fact that she’s a woman. However, to find the map that will lead her to success, she must ally herself with a stoic, yet provocative gentleman with a different goal. And when a villain threatens their lives, she realizes too late that love is the greatest treasure of all.

Regency Treasure Hunters

Book One: The de Valery Code – available now!

Book Two: Romancing the Earl – available now!

Book Three: Raiders of the Lost Heart – late 2015/early 2016

Book Four: The Legacy of an Extraordinary Gentleman – late 2016

 

I have read the first book in this series which features Cate’s parents, Rhys and Margery.  The de Valery Code was a great start to this series and this book keeps the excitement going.   As a kid I really loved the Indiana Jones movies.  Dashing from one dangerous situation to another in search of priceless artifacts is what this book and the movies have in common.  The exception being that in a book you get to know the characters better as their thoughts are examined and explored.

Cate and Elijah meet when she approaches him to find and purchase a tapestry in the late Lord’s collection.  While Elijah is intrigued by Cate and her proposal, he is still reeling from his brother’s death, his return from military duty in Australia and the duties of the Earlship.  Cate and Elijah dance around each other and one of their ‘things’ is to create a list of personality attributes.  Sometimes the adjectives are mocking and at times they are flattering.  In honour of this witty collection of personality traits, I will create my own list of all the things I liked about this book!

  1. I liked Cate SO much!  She has such fire and spirit.  For living in the Regency era, she is so independent.  Elijah pays her the highest compliment by telling her she is the smartest woman he has ever met.  She is bold as brass and wily as a fox.
  2. Cate is determined to remain single as no man would allow her the freedoms her parents have given her. She wants to keep control over her future.  Yet, she longs to experience everything that life has to offer.  This includes the experience between a man and a woman in the bedchamber.  She literally hounded Elijah to sleep with her.  It was so amusing to read the pithy lines that Elijah would spew at her to keep her at arm’s length.  His indignant responses to her attempts at seduction were so hilarious.  He was the prude to her vixen.
  3. When they finally get it on, it was awesome! Darcy Burke knows how to write great love scenes.  Elijah is an experienced man and he makes their first time together one for the memory books.
  4. The mystery of the sword of Dyrnwyn was exciting. It was a well thought out and conceived mystery.  They race across England and Wales searching for clues that would lead them closer to finding the sword of one of King Arthur’s knights.
  5. My favourite quote was, “You spend days campaigning for me to take you to bed, and you want to question why? He arched a brow at her.  “I’m a man.  You came into my room in the middle of the night.”

This was a fast paced story that was exciting and interesting.  I loved learning more about Wales and the Welsh people.  Cate was an irrepressible woman with passion and zest for life.  She made Elijah more fun and he came to life because of her love.  This is a definite must add to your book lists!

A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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