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Her whole world has changed… Until her sister’s marriage less than one year before, Catherine Evans never expected to have a London season. Now that her prospects have changed, she hopes to capture the heart of the man who can never be merely a friend. He is bound by duty… The Earl of Kerrick has tried to see his best friend’s sister-in-law as a younger sister. But just w Her whole world has changed… Until her sister’s marriage less than one year before, Catherine Evans never expected to have a London season. Now that her prospects have changed, she hopes to capture the heart of the man who can never be merely a friend. He is bound by duty… The Earl of Kerrick has tried to see his best friend’s sister-in-law as a younger sister. But just when he realizes his feelings for her go much deeper, duty forces him to court another. They both want what they cannot have… It is supposed to be a brief courtship in name only. As Kerrick works to free himself so he can finally pursue the woman he craves, outside forces conspire to ensure he marries the wrong woman.


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Her whole world has changed… Until her sister’s marriage less than one year before, Catherine Evans never expected to have a London season. Now that her prospects have changed, she hopes to capture the heart of the man who can never be merely a friend. He is bound by duty… The Earl of Kerrick has tried to see his best friend’s sister-in-law as a younger sister. But just w Her whole world has changed… Until her sister’s marriage less than one year before, Catherine Evans never expected to have a London season. Now that her prospects have changed, she hopes to capture the heart of the man who can never be merely a friend. He is bound by duty… The Earl of Kerrick has tried to see his best friend’s sister-in-law as a younger sister. But just when he realizes his feelings for her go much deeper, duty forces him to court another. They both want what they cannot have… It is supposed to be a brief courtship in name only. As Kerrick works to free himself so he can finally pursue the woman he craves, outside forces conspire to ensure he marries the wrong woman.

30 review for Beguiling the Earl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ivy H

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is book 2 in the series and the story deals with the romance between Catherine, the younger sister of Louisa ( the heroine from Loving the Marquess ). In this novel, the young heroine Catherine is having her debutante season and she's a more lighthearted and carefree personality than her sister: Catherine's also in love with Richard, the Earl of Kerrick: In Loving the Marquess, Richard had been the roguish best friend of that novel's H. Richard had been asked ( for reasons outlined in that n This is book 2 in the series and the story deals with the romance between Catherine, the younger sister of Louisa ( the heroine from Loving the Marquess ). In this novel, the young heroine Catherine is having her debutante season and she's a more lighthearted and carefree personality than her sister: Catherine's also in love with Richard, the Earl of Kerrick: In Loving the Marquess, Richard had been the roguish best friend of that novel's H. Richard had been asked ( for reasons outlined in that novel's review ) to sleep with Catherine's sister Louisa and impregnate her with an heir. Fortunately for the MC's of this novel, that never actually happened because Richard is also in love with Catherine. That's the one thing I liked about this novel: the fact that both MC's had declared their feelings for each other very early on in the story. Everything would've worked out well for the MC's but an unexpected problem soon cropped up. There's this guy called Viscount Worthington who's an old family friend of the H's parents and this old man seems to take it for granted that Richard will be marrying his daughter Rose. The H thinks of Rose as a sister and she is in love with another guy, the Earl of Brantford. Lord Brantford is an important spymaster who works for the Crown and he had done a huge favour to help Richard's friends ( the MC's of Loving the Marquess ) achieve their HEA. The conflict develops when Brantford suspects that Viscount Worthington is a traitor who is selling national secrets to the French. Lord Brantford tells the H that he needs to carry on with a fake courtship scheme with Rose, in an effort to spy on the viscount and get proof that the latter's a traitor. Richard is against this scheme because he loves Catherine and was just about to ask for her hand in marriage. The last thing he needs is to have to publicly court another woman and he tries desperately to talk Brantford out of this scheme: It doesn't work because Brantford reminds him that he owes him the favour after the events in the first novel. I have to admit that I was really enjoying the novel up to this point but then things started to get a bit bland, even though the author tried to spice up the story by making the MC's consummate their relationship. I think the story needed a little bit more conflict. Viscount Worthington was not a worthy villain; he seemed to be a weak and pompous little man who just seemed obsessed with marrying off his daughter to the H. Catherine was also a bit too agreeable to the plan. I understood that she loved Richard and wanted to help him with the scheme but my heart broke for her whenever she had to watch him pay attention to Rose in public. Then the author went and added in another twist into the plot, by actually turning Rose into a likable and sweet OW. Things are just made a bit worse too, because the Earl of Brantford also seems to be in love with Rose yet he's reluctant to do anything about it. I enjoyed seeing the MC's from Loving the Marquess though, because that novel had been more entertaining and it was fabulous to see them happy and expecting a baby. This storyline gets bogged down a bit with the shenanigans of Viscount Worthington and Lord Standish; the latter is a lecherous young Earl who wants Catherine for himself and will do anything to get her. There's also a young guy called Viscount Thornton who is courting the heroine. Catherine definitely is not lacking in male attention and this keeps Richard on his jealous toes, because he's forced to ignore his possessiveness when they're in public. Lord Standish eventually devises a scheme that ends up with Rose and the H being conned into meeting each other in an isolated room. They're discovered and the H is heartbroken when he is forced to propose marriage to Rose, in order to salvage her reputation. Lord Standish boasts that he will now be free to pursue Catherine and the H is angry and shocked: Richard punches Standish, in full view of everyone and this causes even more whispering tongues to wag in the Ton. I didn't like the way the conflict was resolved. Brantford got an off page confession from Viscount Worthington and then Rose jilted the H. It left me feeling a bit unsatisfied because the honorable H had been willing to marry her and live a pathetic unhappy life without Catherine. If Rose had not been the one to do the jilting, then the MC's might not have had their HEA. I don't like that kind of resolution. I wished Richard had found some other way to break the the stupid engagement but he had been too honorable and afraid of hurting Rose's reputation, especially after the scandal about her father was revealed. I even wished Lord Brantford had finally manned up and confessed his love for Rose but that's supposed to be saved for a future novel. The MC's reconciliation was romantic and the H did make a dramatic gesture of love before they shared their feelings for each other: “Thank God,” he said, his arms tightening around her. “I was afraid you’d never forgive me. I’m not sure I would have were I in your shoes.” She shook her head and looked up at him in wonder. “There could never be anyone else for me. That you could doubt me—” “No, never that. I feared, though, that you would doubt the depth of my love for you. After what I put you through…” He closed his eyes for a brief moment, and she could see the self-recrimination etched on his face. “I can’t even begin to express how angry I am with myself for causing you such hurt. I never should have allowed myself to indulge my desire for you. Not until after my assignment was over.” Suzanna Medeiros. Beguiling the Earl (Kindle Locations 2477-2482). Suzanna Medeiros. Kindle Edition. As much as I liked this story ( and it wasn't as much as I had enjoyed Loving the Marquess ) I was left feeling a bit dissatisfied about the way things were resolved. I literally just pulled the covers over my head and went to sleep:

  2. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Catherine has had a secret crush for the Earl of Kerrick, her new brother-in-law's friend, ever since she meets him. While he is eleven years her senior, Kerrick is starting to see Catherine in a new light and finding he is searching out her company more and more. Just when he decides to make a move, the Earl of Brantford calls in an owed favor for the War Office I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Catherine has had a secret crush for the Earl of Kerrick, her new brother-in-law's friend, ever since she meets him. While he is eleven years her senior, Kerrick is starting to see Catherine in a new light and finding he is searching out her company more and more. Just when he decides to make a move, the Earl of Brantford calls in an owed favor for the War Office. Kerrick suddenly finds himself paying court to Rose, the daughter of Lord Worthington who is under investigation for alleged traitorous deeds towards the crown. While Catherine learns of Kerrick's secret activities and the reasons behind them fairly quickly, the situation is abounding with feelings of betrayal, trust issues, and unanswered questions. Beguiling the Earl is second in a series which I think lead to it starting off a bit rough as the author worked to get new readers up to speed on past events and get all the characters introduced. I read the previous book and the novella but feel this one could be read as a standalone, there is only one or two times new readers might feel lost. After the first couple chapters however, the author seems to settle in and gain her stride as the story and main characters take off. As mentioned, Kerrick is working for the War Office as a pseudo spy investigating Lord Worthington but we never get to see him do anything of value besides a mention of searching the Lord's office for incriminating evidence. Catherine almost does as much when she befriends Rose and gleans information about Worthington's financial straits. The spy thread is very thin and is an obvious mechanism to keep our leads apart and create drama. Fortunately, Catherine and Kerrick have enough charm to keep the reader interested. Catherine is calm, no nonsense, and drama free character that is refreshing to read about. The story could have easily devolved into a Big Misunderstanding with Kerrick fake courting Rose but Catherine took her knowledge of Kerrick and asked the pertinent questions from him and Kerrick, bless his heart, trusted her to handle the truth. This created a story where the couple worked together to not only solve a problem but to keep trust in each other; a treat to read about. Other than his honesty though, Kerrick doesn't really stick out, he is almost bland in his average regency hero status. As the two meet and began developing feelings for each other in the previous book, there is sort of a missed pleasure of seeing and feeling them fall in love as the bulk of this story is them working to ultimately be able to announce their engagement. Overall this is a good addition to the series and perfect if you are looking for something a little more light and don't want to be too taxed while reading. The next couple in the series is also introduced and highlighted a good amount with enough appeal that I'm for sure adding it to my tbr pile. I have to know if Rose's father is truly guilty and if the Unaffected Earl can continue to hide his feelings.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Tull

    I have to admit. I didn't even give it my minimum 50 pages. I just knew right from the start that I didn't wan't to know the story. I know I made some assumptions that could have been wrong, but I really didn't like the writer's style. It seemed that I was back in the sixth grade reading a book for a book report. I have to admit. I didn't even give it my minimum 50 pages. I just knew right from the start that I didn't wan't to know the story. I know I made some assumptions that could have been wrong, but I really didn't like the writer's style. It seemed that I was back in the sixth grade reading a book for a book report.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Until her sister’s marriage less than one year before, Catherine Evans never expected to have a London season. Now that her prospects have changed, she hopes to capture the heart of the man who can never be merely a friend. Richard Harding the Earl of Kerrick has tried to see his best friend’s sister-in-law as a younger sister. But just when he realizes his feelings for her go much deeper, duty forces him to court another. Kerrick’s name has been linked with Rose Hardwick but he only trying to s Until her sister’s marriage less than one year before, Catherine Evans never expected to have a London season. Now that her prospects have changed, she hopes to capture the heart of the man who can never be merely a friend. Richard Harding the Earl of Kerrick has tried to see his best friend’s sister-in-law as a younger sister. But just when he realizes his feelings for her go much deeper, duty forces him to court another. Kerrick’s name has been linked with Rose Hardwick but he only trying to stay close to the family to try & find out her father's secrets so it’s supposed to be a brief courtship in name only. However as Kerrick works to free himself so he can finally pursue the woman he craves, outside forces conspire to ensure he marries the wrong woman. This is the second in the series & it could be read on it’s own however I read it immediately after reading the first book & I'm now so engrossed in the series that I'm away to read the third book. The story flows very well, again the characters are well portrayed. There’s spies, traitors, secrets & romance exactly all the ingredients to make a first rate read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

    I loved the 2nd book in Landing a Lord series. This is the Earl of Kerrick and Catherine Evans the sister in law of the Marquess of Overlea story.. We meet the 17 year old Catherine and the 28 year old Kerrick in book 1 of the series. Kerrick has an immediate attraction to the young Catherine, and he tries to only have sisterly feelings toward her. Overlea is one of his best friends and he is fond of Louisa Overlea's wife and Catherine's sister. Kerrick is a agent for the Crown and has one more m I loved the 2nd book in Landing a Lord series. This is the Earl of Kerrick and Catherine Evans the sister in law of the Marquess of Overlea story.. We meet the 17 year old Catherine and the 28 year old Kerrick in book 1 of the series. Kerrick has an immediate attraction to the young Catherine, and he tries to only have sisterly feelings toward her. Overlea is one of his best friends and he is fond of Louisa Overlea's wife and Catherine's sister. Kerrick is a agent for the Crown and has one more mission to finish before he can end his careen and court the now 18yr. old Catherine. Kerrick must pretend to be courting Rose Hardwick in an attempt to find out if her father Viscount Worthington is spying and passing intelligence information to the French. Catherine figures out something strange is going on an goes to Kerricks townhouse in the middle of the night. Well their attraction for each other is strong and they wined up spending the night together. Kerrick deflowers the young virginal Catherine. Kerrick confides in Catherine about what he must do in pretending to court Rose. She tells him she will help him so they can be together sooner. Kerrick has told her he intends on asking his friend the Marquess of Overlea for her hand when his mission is completed. Catherine befriends Rose. She is hoping to find any information to help Kerrick. But Rose turns out to be a wonderful friend an kind young lady. Rose knows that Kerrick and Catherine are in love an she is determine to help the two be together. Rose is in love with someone else. I can't wait for Rose's story.bk 3 The Unaffected Earl and when you read this story you will know who that Earl is. Beguiling the Earl is another great story by Suzanna Medeiros. It has a great cast of characters like the Alex and Charlotte the Duke and Duchess of Clarington, S.M. has a way of making you feel like you are there in the story. Great storyline line that is believable for the period. I Highly Recommend Beguiling the Earl bk.2 and Loving the Marquess bk 1 in Landing a Lord series. I am off to read the prequel novella Dancing with the Duke, Alex and Charlottes story!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Truusje

    ***I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*** Somebody recommended this author to be so I was very happy when I got a copy from NetGalley. Unfortunately, this book was quite disappointing. Let's start the writing. I don't know much about it, but I do know that it's a matter of showing instead of telling. Unfortunately, Medeiros did a lot of telling and forgot about the showing. This meant that the characters didn't have any depth whatsoever. I never got a feel for the pe ***I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*** Somebody recommended this author to be so I was very happy when I got a copy from NetGalley. Unfortunately, this book was quite disappointing. Let's start the writing. I don't know much about it, but I do know that it's a matter of showing instead of telling. Unfortunately, Medeiros did a lot of telling and forgot about the showing. This meant that the characters didn't have any depth whatsoever. I never got a feel for the personalities and motivations of the characters. I never even figured out why they were attracted to each other. This book is the second in a series and without having read the first one I realise I may miss some backstory, but surely not this much. Secondly, the story. To be me it just seemed cliché after cliché after obvious plot turn. The mystery part of the story seemed more of a vehicle for the romance than that there was any mystery. However, since the next book in the series is about characters involved in the mystery aspect of the story, it may feature more prominently then. Another issue I had with the story was that the heroine (who was in her first Season) kissed the hero once and then sneaked out of the house and jumped into bed with him. To me that doesn't seem very 1807-like behaviour. On the plus side, I did like the heroine's interest in gardening and the visit to Key Gardens. Also, I liked how we got to know Rose, the heroine of the next book in the series. Medeiros definitely sowed some seeds for that story. Overall, I wasn't impressed with this book. It wasn't all bad, but it definitely wasn't anywhere near good. To me it's worth 2.5 stars, which I've rounded down to 2 stars since I just can't justify giving this book 3 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Farrah

    An overall sweet read, Beguiling the Earl was a good romance. It wasn't particularly amazing, but it was a nice book that I enjoyed. Catherine was a great heroine. She was level-headed and made sure know all the facts before judging. She was very likable and a wonderful character. Kerrick was good. He was sweet and a true gentlemen at heart. He wasn't the most memorable hero, but he was likable. The romance was good. Catherine and Kerrick already has feelings for each other and they simply has to An overall sweet read, Beguiling the Earl was a good romance. It wasn't particularly amazing, but it was a nice book that I enjoyed. Catherine was a great heroine. She was level-headed and made sure know all the facts before judging. She was very likable and a wonderful character. Kerrick was good. He was sweet and a true gentlemen at heart. He wasn't the most memorable hero, but he was likable. The romance was good. Catherine and Kerrick already has feelings for each other and they simply has to wait until they good act on them. They were definitely sweet together and they had some hot chemistry going on. I thought they were a lovely couple. The plot was okay. The problem was that there wasn't really much going on in the plot. It was mostly just Catherine and Kerrick waiting until Kerrick's investigation was concluded so that they could be together. Because of that, there wasn't anything to keep me truly hooked. But, I did enjoy the story and the ending was sweet. Beguiling the Earl was a good historical romance. It was a sweet read and I enjoyed it. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sieravonne

    It was BOOORIIING and irritating. I struggled to finish it but skimmed it over after Chapter 10. It was apparent that the Earl of Kerrick's taste on women was very, very low. Catherine Evans was a selfish, annoying brat! The earl must have pedophilic tendencies to fall in love with a woman-child like Catherine. I am so disappointed with this novel. It was such a pity because I enjoyed the first book, Loving the Marquess (Nicholas and Louisa's love story). I really hope that the next book will be b It was BOOORIIING and irritating. I struggled to finish it but skimmed it over after Chapter 10. It was apparent that the Earl of Kerrick's taste on women was very, very low. Catherine Evans was a selfish, annoying brat! The earl must have pedophilic tendencies to fall in love with a woman-child like Catherine. I am so disappointed with this novel. It was such a pity because I enjoyed the first book, Loving the Marquess (Nicholas and Louisa's love story). I really hope that the next book will be better.

  9. 4 out of 5

    XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy

    Historical romances are one of my favorite genre's and Suzanna does the genre great justice. I loved blue stocking Catherine's personality and Kerrick was just delish. Together, the chemistry sizzled and made for a wonderful story. The brother's best friend trope does not get old for me with characters like Kerrick. The writer kept me engaged and interested. I cannot wait to read more regarding the supporting characters, his original "intended" and his friend in particular. Historical romances are one of my favorite genre's and Suzanna does the genre great justice. I loved blue stocking Catherine's personality and Kerrick was just delish. Together, the chemistry sizzled and made for a wonderful story. The brother's best friend trope does not get old for me with characters like Kerrick. The writer kept me engaged and interested. I cannot wait to read more regarding the supporting characters, his original "intended" and his friend in particular.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Disappointing I struggled to finish the book. It did not live up to the first book. The storyline was child like. Don't waste your money. Disappointing I struggled to finish the book. It did not live up to the first book. The storyline was child like. Don't waste your money.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Dragged a bit. 3☆

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    I like this trope, so I really wanted to love this book, but sadly, I couldn't get into it. I stopped at Chapter 4. The writing is very bland. Something is missing, I didn't know what. The story just couldn't pull me in. I got it that they're attracted to each other, but it's just lust in my opinion. The author also included characters from previous novels, showing that they were live happily ever after. Why many authors love doing this? People back then were supposed to be reserved about showin I like this trope, so I really wanted to love this book, but sadly, I couldn't get into it. I stopped at Chapter 4. The writing is very bland. Something is missing, I didn't know what. The story just couldn't pull me in. I got it that they're attracted to each other, but it's just lust in my opinion. The author also included characters from previous novels, showing that they were live happily ever after. Why many authors love doing this? People back then were supposed to be reserved about showing their affection in public. So, these displays feel like unnecessary ads that make the world they living in cartoonish, no more than utopia lala land. The other thing that annoy me was the fact that everyone in the story knew how the H and h feels about each other and not hesitate to make comments about it. These actions made H and h look stupid and immature for they were careless enough not to hide their lust.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Makoto

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think it's sad when the hero won't fight for his love. "Oh well let me wallow in loneliness" It was not honorable it was just plain stupid that he put himself in a situation where he needed to offer marriage to another woman. And that woman broke off the engagement before he had a spine to pursue the heroine and the heroine just takes him back with no groveling. So frustrating. This is not a healthy romance this is a sick, sad excuse for a story. Waste of money and I can see why the author never I think it's sad when the hero won't fight for his love. "Oh well let me wallow in loneliness" It was not honorable it was just plain stupid that he put himself in a situation where he needed to offer marriage to another woman. And that woman broke off the engagement before he had a spine to pursue the heroine and the heroine just takes him back with no groveling. So frustrating. This is not a healthy romance this is a sick, sad excuse for a story. Waste of money and I can see why the author never continued this series. Probably because she can't write a good plot, characters, or anything that doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth. Never buying anything from this author again. Waste of time too

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Louisa's sister, Catherine, and Nicholas' friend, Kerrick, get their happily ever after. Medeiros infuses her characters with personality and depth, which is revealed through their thoughts and feelings. I like that she clearly gives them complex thoughts and feelings without assuming the reader's knowledge and familiarity with all the characters. Not any easy thing to accomplish without getting verbose. I enjoyed reading this romance and look forward to Rose and Brantford's story in the next bo Louisa's sister, Catherine, and Nicholas' friend, Kerrick, get their happily ever after. Medeiros infuses her characters with personality and depth, which is revealed through their thoughts and feelings. I like that she clearly gives them complex thoughts and feelings without assuming the reader's knowledge and familiarity with all the characters. Not any easy thing to accomplish without getting verbose. I enjoyed reading this romance and look forward to Rose and Brantford's story in the next book. I hope Medeiros brings Lousia and Catherine's brother, John, back.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    This is my least favorite of this series. Part of a book that I would enjoy are the characters who could somehow influence or learn from. Catherine, was okay in book 1 but in her own book she behaved like an entitled brat, who stooped so low and even if entrapment was not in her mind what she did with Kerrick is already the very definition of it. She was also foolish and yes selfish at some point. It took me a long time to finish it because I practically doze of on how boring it was.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    Beguiling the Earl Ms Medeiros has done an excellent job of getting all the ingredients for a great book together and presenting them. A love story with lots of twists and turns that keeps you interested and wanting to get the right couples matched. Definitely a series that's intriguing and has you wanting the next episode right away. Beguiling the Earl Ms Medeiros has done an excellent job of getting all the ingredients for a great book together and presenting them. A love story with lots of twists and turns that keeps you interested and wanting to get the right couples matched. Definitely a series that's intriguing and has you wanting the next episode right away.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mills

    Fabulous next in the series I am enjoying this series even though I read it slightly out of order (book 1 and then book 0 and now book 2). I love seeing characters from earlier stories to see what is going on. This one had a nice twist not usually seen for Kerrick and Catherine. I look forward to Rose's story next. Fabulous next in the series I am enjoying this series even though I read it slightly out of order (book 1 and then book 0 and now book 2). I love seeing characters from earlier stories to see what is going on. This one had a nice twist not usually seen for Kerrick and Catherine. I look forward to Rose's story next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    2 - 1/2 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aleera Ceres

    Enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the first

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kara Prem

    Catherine (louisa's sister) and Kerrick's story. Catherine (louisa's sister) and Kerrick's story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mum

    2.5 Stars. This one felt forced rather than believable. I was glad I finally finished.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janet Russell

    Cloak n dagger and love Impossible connections misconnections appealingly unrequited love oh but maybe not. Two earls and two ladies but a mix up and the wrong lady with wrong man

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yolonda

    Ok. Not as good as first one but it was ok.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annalice

    I probably would use to give this book 4 stars, but I'm trying to be more accurate with my reviews now. I probably would use to give this book 4 stars, but I'm trying to be more accurate with my reviews now.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kiltsandswords

    Beguiling the Earl (Landing A Lord #2) by Suzanna Medeiros Overview from Goodreads: Catherine Evans knows the Earl of Kerrick is the one man for her. During her first season, she hopes he will come to feel the same way about her. Kerrick has tried to see his best friend’s sister-in-law as a younger sister. But just when he realizes his feelings for her go much deeper than friendship, duty compels him to court another woman. It is supposed to be a brief courtship in name only, but outside forces see Beguiling the Earl (Landing A Lord #2) by Suzanna Medeiros Overview from Goodreads: Catherine Evans knows the Earl of Kerrick is the one man for her. During her first season, she hopes he will come to feel the same way about her. Kerrick has tried to see his best friend’s sister-in-law as a younger sister. But just when he realizes his feelings for her go much deeper than friendship, duty compels him to court another woman. It is supposed to be a brief courtship in name only, but outside forces seem determined to see Kerrick married to that other woman and to keep him and Catherine apart I really liked the character Catherine. Her life has undergone a rapid transformation from near poverty to living among the ton in a year. She displays a strength that most historical romance heroines lack. She is more interested in gardening and rare plant specimens than the teas, balls and routs that are a daily occurance. One thing that has remainded consistent for her over the past year is her admiration and interest in Kerrick. He is her brother in laws best friend and a frequent presence in her home. In the first book in the series, Kerrick played a rather interesting role in bringing together his friend Nicholas and Catherine’s sister Louisa. Thankfully it’s his turn for a book as he is a great character! Kerrick thinks Catherine is lovely. He has been warned off by both Nicholas and Louisa. He knows he needs to stay away from her, yet he can’t. He finds her so refreshing and irresistible. He wants to make her happy and cares about her emotions. When she says she’s bored with the ton activities, he seizes on her interest in gardens to get her a private tour of the best gardens in England. He hovers over her and watches the young bucks try to win her affections with a much clenched jaw. Being put in his place by Nicholas is the least of his troubles in courting Catherine. His mother desperately wishes for him to marry Rose Worthington, a lovely young lady and the success of the season. Aside from the familial interest, his contact with the London spy agency he has helped in the past requires him to investigate the family to see if the father is selling secrets to the French. You feel how heavy his heart is when he must take on this one last task before retiring all obligations to the crown. It doesn’t dampen his attachment to Catherine, just makes him so disappointed at the charade he must play. Catherine is no fool. She knows something is up with the change in his behaviour. She confronts him one night at his home and they waste little time exploring the situation and each other. It was a beautifully written love scene. He was so hot for her and yet kind and gentle. Catherine knows that Rose is a contender and she harbours hope that this will change things between them. Kerrick must let her in on the ruse. He must pretend to court Rose in order to gain information and be free of his obligations to the crown. Catherine is a quick one and picks up on how she can help, and you can hear Kerrick groaning already. Catherine befriends Rose. She quickly learns that Rose has no desire or intention to marry Kerrick. She knows nothing of her father’s financial situation, but knows that he is pushing the match with tenacity. She is in love with someone else and quite astutely realizes that Catherine loves Kerrick. In a fun turn of events, she wants to match make for them! I really liked Rose, she isn’t a vain or snobby debutante, but a young woman who is very vulnerable to the decision the men in her life make for her. Her book will be next and I am SUPER excited to read it! The plot with the spying works its way out as Catherine and Kerrick hang in there for its resolution. They know it’s the only way they can be together. It seems like everyone, from her family, his family, the Worthington’s, some creepy Lords who desire Rose and Catherine, are all trying to keep them apart. It made the depth of their love seem real and the longing they had for each other almost feel painful. The wrong woman is compromised, an almost forced marriage, a spy caught and a brother in law incensed is the denouement of the story. It was a great ending, if a little sad. For Catherine and Kerrick to be together, the mission on the Worthington’s had to be successful. That meant that Rose was a victim with disastrous consequences. I am so glad that we will get her story next and I’m sure she will get her happy ending. What moved me the most about this book was the gesture Kerrick made in order to win back Catherine. He had delivered an orange tree from the Botanical gardens they visited earlier so she could nurse it back to health. However, he knows her home is unsuitable and was already having a greenhouse built at his estate so she could indulge in her passions. That is true love. Reviewed for www.kiltsandswords.com Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

  26. 4 out of 5

    April Hollingworth

    Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth Part of the Landing a Lord series, it can be read as a standalone. I found this book enchanting and enjoyable. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and the ones before it too. Beguiling the Earl is delicious and wonderful. Secrets that can tear a country apart are being sold to the enemy, and it’s up to Kerrick to find a traitor, but when his heart lies with another, how much is he willing to give up for the country he has sworn to protect? Openin Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth Part of the Landing a Lord series, it can be read as a standalone. I found this book enchanting and enjoyable. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and the ones before it too. Beguiling the Earl is delicious and wonderful. Secrets that can tear a country apart are being sold to the enemy, and it’s up to Kerrick to find a traitor, but when his heart lies with another, how much is he willing to give up for the country he has sworn to protect? Opening Scene: 1807 Catherine Evans shouldn't have been bored. The Review: Catherine Evans is having her first season, but she already knows who she wishes to marry. The Earl of Kerrick is the only man for her, and she’s hoping that he will come to feel the same way about her. Kerrick is desperately trying to see his best friend’s sister-in-law as a younger sister, but soon realizes that what he feels for her is in no way at all brotherly. But duty compels him to court another woman. Granted it’s only supposed to be a brief courtship in name only, then he’ll be able to follow his heart. But outside forces seem determined to keep him away from Catherine and married to a woman he doesn’t love. Notable Scene: Kerrick,” she exclaimed. She managed a quick smile of dismissal in Thornton’s direction before hurrying across the last few feet that separated her from the man she’d been waiting to see again. She stopped just short, her breath far too uneven to have been caused by the light exercise of the dance. She almost reached for his hands but resisted the impulse. She’d learned enough during her time in London to know such a display of affection would cause raised eyebrows and not a small amount of gossip. “Miss Evans. It is so nice to see you again.” He smiled down at her, his blue eyes crinkling at the corners, and joy unfurled within her. He was just as handsome as she remembered. “You devil, you promised to dance with me during my season. And here we are, a full three weeks in, and you haven’t attended even one of the balls.” He affected an expression of exaggerated dismay. “You wound me of such negligence. Unfortunately, I had pressing matters to attend to which kept me from town.” She pretended to give his words careful consideration before replying. “I’ll forgive you. But just this once.” His eyes shone with amusement. “Wretch.” FTC Advisory: Suzanna Medeiros through Net Galley provided me with a copy of Beguiling the Earl by Suzanna Medeiros. Published through Suzanna Medeiros. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Beguiling the Earl is the second book in the Landing a Lord series , being I had not read the fist I was concerned I may find myself a bit lost but the author does a good job of providing character backround to bring you up to date and keep the story flowing, so reading this is as standalone is not an issue. Catherine Evans our heroine,is a level headed , smart young debutant who has a crush on her brother in laws best freind; Lord Kerrick. Catherine knows he is the perfect man for her and she i Beguiling the Earl is the second book in the Landing a Lord series , being I had not read the fist I was concerned I may find myself a bit lost but the author does a good job of providing character backround to bring you up to date and keep the story flowing, so reading this is as standalone is not an issue. Catherine Evans our heroine,is a level headed , smart young debutant who has a crush on her brother in laws best freind; Lord Kerrick. Catherine knows he is the perfect man for her and she is looking foward to her coming out so she can have the dance he promised to her . It is obvious as you read that the two of them have developed feelings for each other through their prior meetings, however Kerrick does attempt to keep his distance , he has been warned off by his freind that unles he has serious intentions towards Catherine to not raise her hope. Kerrick is not yet ready to marry, not that his mother and her best freind are not hopeful he will court and wed young Rose who is also coming out this year. To spite being warned off, and Kerricks mothers intentions for him Catherine and he embark on a relationship with a bold scene between them which is instigated by Catherine . Their deepening relationship is then threatened by the home office and Kerick's last mission for them. Kerrick has been called upon to spy on the Worthingtons ,and see if they are selling state secrets to the French which given his family association with them and the fact that Mrs. Worthingtons and his mothers plans for him and Rose are no secret he is forced to court Rose, to try and gain the information. Catherine at first is hurt but she realizes that their is more going on than appears and she asks the right questions of Kerrick and these two manage to salvage their relationship and it turns out that Catherine actually winds up helping Kerricks efforst by befriending young Rose . Rose truly is not intrested in Kerrick and is not blind to the feelings that Catherine and Kerrick share for each other and when events lead to rose and Kerrick being caught in what is considered a comprising position not if their own devising young Rose then shows her strength and friendship . Sweet romance, with a strong heroine and an intresting hero in Kerrick and a happy ending for them; the next book will be Roses story and a certain Duke at the home office , should be intresting! Book graciously provided by Smashwords publishing via Netgalley for an honest opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Holley

    Too many unanswered questions and dangling plot lines for a book that has been out for over 2 years with no release date for the sequel!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathie (katmom)

    I read the first book in this series, Loving the Marquess, and really enjoyed it. I was pleased to receive a copy of Beguiling the Earl from the author. Kerrick was a great hero. He was honorable and in a hard place due to a debt he owes to a fellow spy. Just when he was ready to court Catherine in earnest, he has to pretend to court another woman. Catherine wasn't all that pleased with the arrangement, either! Especially since she really likes Rose, who is her competition to everyone looking in I read the first book in this series, Loving the Marquess, and really enjoyed it. I was pleased to receive a copy of Beguiling the Earl from the author. Kerrick was a great hero. He was honorable and in a hard place due to a debt he owes to a fellow spy. Just when he was ready to court Catherine in earnest, he has to pretend to court another woman. Catherine wasn't all that pleased with the arrangement, either! Especially since she really likes Rose, who is her competition to everyone looking in. AND Rose has an "understanding" of long standing, to back her role in the eyes of the ton. Her parents are pushing for an engagement. Her father particularly. Rose was a spectacular supporting character and will be the star of the next book. I truly hate the trope of people not talking which brings about hurt feelings and misunderstandings. Especially when a few words would clear things up. That is not the case here. Kerrick doesn't let that happen, thankfully! And Catherine, while young, has a good head on her shoulders. They have to find a way through and over several obstacles in their path to happiness. Some of those things aren't totally cleared up by the end of the book. I'm pretty sure they'll be cleared in the next book of the series. One thing that bothered me, Kerrick knows how much Catherine's BIL cares for her. How protective he is of her. I'm not sure why Kerrick didn't clue him in over the fact that this really horrible man is stalking her. Nicholas needs to know. Other than that small issue, I thoroughly enjoyed the adult way these two carried on. It was refreshing to read! Now...I need that next book! The one with Rose and her Duke! Thank you, Suzanna Medeiros, for the opportunity to read this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shauni

    Originally reviewed for Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy. Suzanna Medieros continues her Landing A Lord Series with a wonderful second book. Using an intricate balance of devilish desire and misinformation she leads us on a tempestuous dance, where we cheer for the hero, worry with the heroine and actually like the woman who comes between them. Catherine Evans may be young but she is no silly miss. She is part of the ton but has lived in gentile poverty most of her life. Beautiful in a qu Originally reviewed for Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy. Suzanna Medieros continues her Landing A Lord Series with a wonderful second book. Using an intricate balance of devilish desire and misinformation she leads us on a tempestuous dance, where we cheer for the hero, worry with the heroine and actually like the woman who comes between them. Catherine Evans may be young but she is no silly miss. She is part of the ton but has lived in gentile poverty most of her life. Beautiful in a quiet, elegant manner and thanks to her sister's excellent marriage, quite wealthy. She has anything a young debutante wants. Well everything except the Earl of Kerrick. Kerrick has been a long time friend of the Marquess of Manning and has finally realized that Catherine, his oh so young sister in law, is something to be desired. Of course just courting her would be way to easy. Kerrick has pressures from family friends and a few less proper people, to wed another. Forced to walk a fine line between desire and propriety, Kerrick still wants Catherine. Of course when the government calls and suggests you keep up appearances with the daughter of a suspected traitor things might get a bit tricky. A solid romance. There was just enough tension in this book to keep me intrigued. Just like in Loving the Marquess, Ms. Medeiros has a few to contrived circumstances and one major string she leaves dangling. A string I am seriously hoping she ties in her next book. But overall this is a fresh, fun romance, well written. I think anyone who enjoys Regency Romance will enjoy this book. Shauni This review is based on the ARC of Beguiling the Earl provided by netgalley and scheduled for release on October 7, 2014

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