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Free mobi ¾ doc The Earl Takes All 9780062391049 Ï reflectionslisburnltd Ò One summer night Edward Alcott gives in to temptation and kisses Lady Julia Kenney in a dark garden However the passion she stirs within him is best left in the shadows as she weds his twin the Earl of Greyling But when traSparked on that long ago night are uickly rekindled He yearns to be her husband in truth But if she discovers his ruse she will despise him and English law prevents him from marrying his brother’s widow Yet he must dare to risk everything and reveal his secrets if he is to truly take al Once again Lorraine Heath enchanted me with this beautifully written and deeply emotional love story It takes an exceptional writer to make such a challenging and potentially unpopular plot line work and although I know some readers will disagree I think she does this brilliantly “Do you know what I think Allie? I think the weasel— who is supposed to be the villain of our tale— may just turn out to be the hero” For me the success of this book hinged on Ms Heath’s ability to make me see Edward as a worthy hero and Julia’s words to her daughter echo my thoughts precisely the weasel reference makes sense when you read the bookEdward has always accepted his place as the second son without ever being envious or jealous of Albert He is happy receiving an allowance and living a life free of responsibility Early on we learn that Edward has had feelings for Julia ever since they first met but he loved his brother too much to do anything to hurt him So he was willing to cultivate a disreputable reputation in order to protect Albert and Julia from any potential gossipI felt so much sympathy for Edward He is caught between a rock and a hard place He must fulfil the promise he made to his brother knowing just how devastating it will be when he has to admit the truth to Julia In manner thought and deed he had to become the Earl of Greyling At least until Julia delivered the heirThen he would be obliged to do what he did best give her another reason to hate him by revealing the truth breaking her heart and shattering her worldConstantly thrown into intimate situations with Julia Edward struggles to keep his passion for her in check I could feel his tormentto know that everything Julia did said or felt wasn’t for him but for the man she thought he wasEdward shows his true colours in so many ways He has never wanted responsibility but he steps up to oversee the running of his late brother’s estate even before he officially becomes the Earl of Greyling He shows his care and compassion when he personally looks after Mrs Lark and her family even at risk to himself Who could not fail to love a man who is so gentle and tender with his little niece Nanny was sitting in a chair with a lamp burning low and a book in her hands Not Alberta She wasn’t holding Alberta Edward was Lying on Nanny’s bed his eyes closed Alberta on his chest her knees tucked beneath her so her tiny bum was sticking up in the air Pillows formed a barrier on either side of his body so if she rolled she wouldn’t roll far Not that Julia thought she was likely to move at all One of his large hands was splayed over her back holding her in placeJulia see changes in her husband and puts these down to the effects of travelling with his friends He has become forceful determined and attentive all of which makes him appealing and she finds herself falling madly in love with him His touches came freuently his interest in her intense He seemed to care about every aspect of her She thought she’d loved him as much as it was possible to love any man Strange to realize that she loved him a little bit each dayAlthough she missed Albert in his absence Julia has changed becoming independent confident and making her own decisions I love that she is not as prim and proper as she appears She has always wanted to be sexually imaginative but feared her rather upright husband would be appalledI was just waiting for the moment that Julia discovers Edward’s deception and when she does I could feel all her pain and the subseuent scene in the mausoleum is so heart breaking At this point it was impossible to imagine how their relationship could ever be salvaged but Ms Heath gradually brings them back together again There is still one apparently insurmountable obstacle to overcome but I found that Ms Heath’s note at the end of the book in which she highlights her research into this particular aspect not only provides some interesting historical background but also a believable path to Edward and Julia’s Happy Ever AfterI love the idea of Julia’s whimsical creatures and I also enjoyed seeing Ashe Minerva and Locke For those of you who love Epilogues there is a lovely heart warming oneMY VERDICT Lorraine Heath weaves a complex captivating and beautiful love story Highly recommended REVIEW RATING 55 STARS The Hellions of Havisham series so far click on the book covers for details This review is also posted on my Rakes and Rascals blog

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One summer night Edward Alcott gives in to temptation and kisses Lady Julia Kenney in a dark garden However the passion she stirs within him is best left in the shadows as she weds his twin the Earl of Greyling But when tragedy strikes to honor the vow he makes to his dying brother Edward Be me he'd gasped Be meEdward Alcott and his twin brother Albert had always been there for each other Orphaned at seven they'd gone to live with the Maruess of Marsden where they'd been raised with the maruess's son and another boy the future Duke of Ashebury The four had been not just friends but brothersWhen Albert had started courting Lady Julia Kenney Edward felt that she was stealing Albert away from him The brothers had always been together and Edward resented the intrusion into their relationship One evening Edward recklessly and stupidly kissed Julia allowing her to think he was Albert When she realised what he had done Julia barely tolerated Edward and then only for the sake of AlbertNow married and with Julia pregnant Albert agrees to accompany Edward on one last adventure before his baby is born But it all goes horribly wrong; Albert is killed With his dying breath he asks Edward to take his place and pretend to be him So Edward makes a promise to Albert his twin to give Julia every chance to carry the baby to term Just a few weeks of deception until the baby is bornSet in 1878 Lorraine Heath writes great sexual tension allowing readers to see the unfolding romance between Edward and Julia This is a difficult premise to sell to readers where the better likable twin already happily married to the heroine is killed off Nevertheless I think Ms Heath manages to do just that However given the plot I suspect there will be a few readers who aren't going to get on board regardless of the deft handling by Ms HeathSome readers may resent that the 'good' twin is killed off and the selfish irresponsible whoring twin becomes the hero And we can now add deceitful and lying to the other adjectives to describe Edward Given the major deception that Edward perpetrates against Julia it would be easy to dismiss him for the cad he is But he finds himself between a rock and hard place his beloved dying brother has asked him to deceive Julia And given that she had previously miscarried how could he possibly refuse?As Edward and Julia's relationship progresses and she remains unaware that Edward has 'become' Albert Edward realises that the Countess of Greyling is not the prim and proper lady she has always appeared to be Julia despite her real sadness at losing her brother in law supposedly is happy to have her 'husband' back with her safe and sound And continues to fall even deeply in love with him Until it all hits the fanYou do have to suspend disbelief to imagine that Julia wouldn't recognise that her 'new' husband is not really her brother in law A wife would surely be able to tell her husband from his twin even if they are very similar But this is romantic fiction so I can buy it The Epilogue is lovely We also catch up with Ashe and Minerva from book #1 Falling Into Bed with a Duke Next up Viscount Locksley's story in The Viscount and the Vixen Read the informative Author's Note at the end where Ms Heath explains the difficulties of some of the plot issues given the era The Earl Takes All is an emotional read Ms Heath takes a risk with a difficult plot but handles it with aplombSteam 3 ARC courtesy of AvonThis review can also be found at

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The Earl Takes AllMust pretend to be Greyling until the countess delivers her babeAfter her husband returns from a two month sojourn Julia finds him changed Bolder daring and wicked even if he does limit their encounters to kisses With each passing day she falls deeply in loveFor Edward the embers of desire I'm sure this is going to be a marmite book but I loved it and gave it an A at AARI’ve been desperate to read The Earl Takes All since I finished Falling Into Bed with a Duke the first book in Lorraine Heath’s Hellions of Havisham Hall series Even though at that point no synopsis had been published I had an inkling of where this story might be going – which says a lot for Ms Heath’s ability to bury hints and subtext in whichever story she happens to be telling at the time – and I have been really REALLY curious as to how she was going to pull off such a difficult premiseEdward Alcott younger – by an hour – twin brother of Albert the Earl of Greyling was introduced to readers in the previous book as a bit of a scoundrel Although physically identical to his brother Edward is completely different in temperament and while it’s clear they share a strong bond of affection it’s also clear that Albert is perhaps a little disappointed in his scapegrace brother The biggest bone of contention between them however is that Edward just can’t get on with Albert’s wife Julia and in fact makes a point of being unpleasant or outrageous whenever she is aroundBut now Albert is dead killed while he Edward and their close friend Viscount Locksley are in Africa on safari With his dying breath Albert exhorts Edward to “be me” – needing him to take care of Julia who is expecting their baby But he asks than that Edward should provide financially for his widow – Albert wants his brother to take his place as Julia’s husband believing that news of his death could cause her to lose the baby they both want so desperately Edward can do nothing other than agree and after a long and arduous journey he arrives back in England ready to carry out his brother’s final wishes until after his child is bornIt’s not long before Edward realises the enormity of the task he has taken on Not only does he have to take great care not to give himself away which is difficult because he doesn’t know all that much about his brother’s relationship with Julia; he also has to take on the responsibilities of an earldom which turn out to be far detailed and numerous than he expected Complicating things still further Edward also has to contend with his long banked desire for Julia and with Julia’s bewilderment at her husband’s strange reluctance to get physically or emotionally close to herEdward’s intention has always been to tell Julia the truth after the birth of her baby but as time progresses and he comes to know the witty generous and sensual woman that she really is he finds himself racing well past desire and headlong into love with her When she discovers the truth she’s going to despise him than she ever did – but what if he doesn’t tell her?For her part Julia has discovered things she never knew about herself during her husband’s four month absence She missed him dreadfully of course but also liked having her own space and being able to do what she liked when she liked She feels she has changed somewhat since he has been away and learned to relish her independence but Albert has changed too She puts some of that down to his mourning for his brother and suggests that perhaps they have to learn how to be a couple again Even so there is to the changes in her husband than those wrought by grief; he is daring spontaneous his kisses are intoxicating than ever and incredibly she finds herself even deeply in love than beforeWhile I loved The Earl Takes All I can see that it might be the sort of book that readers will react to strongly and will either love or hate The fact that the hero spends half the book deceiving the heroine is difficult to get to grips with even though Edward’s motivations are understandable and he continually uestions his decisions He is torn between duty and desire and while the situation he is in is certainly an unusual one his emotions and inner conflict feel very real I understand why some might find the initial premise problematic and indeed Lorraine Heath set herself uite the challenge As she says in her author’s note she had to make sure that readers didn’t fall in love with Albert before she killed him off; and also she had to contend with the English marriage laws at the time which did not allow a woman to marry her late husband’s brother This law wasn’t changed until 1921 She also has to convincingly turn Edward from the reprobate we met in the previous book into a responsible and compassionate man Before he was given to hard drinking gambling and womanizing and his relationship with Julia was a very difficult one; he seemed to resent her for taking his brother away from him and made no bones about showing that resentment But even then Ms Heath managed to convey the sense that here was a man who wasn’t uite what he seemed and also to plant the idea that there was behind Edward’s dislike of his brother’s wife than he let onWhat she does very skilfully here is to show readers the real Edward while not making him into an entirely different person The old roguish Edward is still there under the surface but the ‘new’ Edward is a man who has never been tested before who rises to the challenge and discovers he’s than up to it; and he is ultimately revealed to be a truly swoonworthy heroEmotions run high in this book right from the first page and again I realise that won’t suit everyone but for me it’s like catnip We watch Edward struggling with his grief for his brother and his feelings for Julia; Julia devastated by grief and guilt when she learns the truth; both of them coming to terms with what it will mean if they want to be together and Julia coming to fully understand the magnitude of the sacrifice that Edward is willing to make for her It’s complex it’s messy and Ms Heath handles it all with confidence and sensitivity never negating the truth of Julia’s feelings for one brother even as she is falling for the otherThis author’s ability to explore the gamut of human emotions is what draws me to her books time and again and I admit that I was choked up on several occasions while reading this one My one criticism is that perhaps it’s a bit of a stretch to believe that Julia wouldn’t have known it wasn’t Albert who had returned from Africa but that really is a minor point and isn’t something I found myself dwelling on because the story is so well set up The Earl Takes All is an angsty gorgeously sensual and beautifully developed romance the chemistry between the leads is scorching hot and the emotions are real and leap off the page It’s definitely going onto my keeper shelf