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What a girl wants… Miss Viola Darling always gets what she wants. Always. And what she wants more than anything is to marry James Kilbrenner, the Earl of Tannenbrook. She’s fallen hard for the giant, taciturn, surly brute, and she positively will have no other. The problem? He’s not interested. Not even a little. But Viola cannot afford to lose. And she has her heart set o What a girl wants… Miss Viola Darling always gets what she wants. Always. And what she wants more than anything is to marry James Kilbrenner, the Earl of Tannenbrook. She’s fallen hard for the giant, taciturn, surly brute, and she positively will have no other. The problem? He’s not interested. Not even a little. But Viola cannot afford to lose. And she has her heart set on James. If only he will bend to a bit of persuasion. Is an earl like no other… James Kilbrenner knows how determined the entirely-too-beautiful Miss Darling can be—the daft woman cornered him at a perfectly respectable dinner and mangled his cravat before he could escape. He has no desire to marry, less desire to be pursued, and will certainly not kiss her kissable lips until they are both breathless, no matter how tempted he may be. And only the right one will do… Thrown in her path by a meddling marchioness, James finds himself under sensual siege from a tiny, flirtatious sprite who puts both his heart and his vow to remain unwed at risk. And when scandal looms, he learns the hard way that a man can resist only so long before the indomitable Miss Darling gets her way.


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What a girl wants… Miss Viola Darling always gets what she wants. Always. And what she wants more than anything is to marry James Kilbrenner, the Earl of Tannenbrook. She’s fallen hard for the giant, taciturn, surly brute, and she positively will have no other. The problem? He’s not interested. Not even a little. But Viola cannot afford to lose. And she has her heart set o What a girl wants… Miss Viola Darling always gets what she wants. Always. And what she wants more than anything is to marry James Kilbrenner, the Earl of Tannenbrook. She’s fallen hard for the giant, taciturn, surly brute, and she positively will have no other. The problem? He’s not interested. Not even a little. But Viola cannot afford to lose. And she has her heart set on James. If only he will bend to a bit of persuasion. Is an earl like no other… James Kilbrenner knows how determined the entirely-too-beautiful Miss Darling can be—the daft woman cornered him at a perfectly respectable dinner and mangled his cravat before he could escape. He has no desire to marry, less desire to be pursued, and will certainly not kiss her kissable lips until they are both breathless, no matter how tempted he may be. And only the right one will do… Thrown in her path by a meddling marchioness, James finds himself under sensual siege from a tiny, flirtatious sprite who puts both his heart and his vow to remain unwed at risk. And when scandal looms, he learns the hard way that a man can resist only so long before the indomitable Miss Darling gets her way.

30 review for When a Girl Loves an Earl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Audio...3.75 Stars The narrator does an excellent job with accents and distinctive voices, but her overall tone is too soothing. She is better suited for meditation audios. Story..4.5 Stars Oh I loved how persistent and determined the heroine was to make the hero hers. And there was no rediculous delay for not consummating the marriage. Of course there's a misunderstanding that happens, but it's resolved fairly quickly and it's a very emotional scene. Loved it! I did roll my eyes once at the epil Audio...3.75 Stars The narrator does an excellent job with accents and distinctive voices, but her overall tone is too soothing. She is better suited for meditation audios. Story..4.5 Stars Oh I loved how persistent and determined the heroine was to make the hero hers. And there was no rediculous delay for not consummating the marriage. Of course there's a misunderstanding that happens, but it's resolved fairly quickly and it's a very emotional scene. Loved it! I did roll my eyes once at the epilogue. I didn't care for how a certain piece of news was delivered.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers

    I am so glad I stuck with this author, from "convinced no" to 3 stars to 4 stars to five star books! She has grown on me. Or perhaps it's the stories I chose to read. As usual, I pick a book for the book, not for the order in a series. I have a habit of starting series wherever I want, esp. if each book is relatively standalone. And sometimes even if they're not. Why do I like this book so much? (0.25 off for the cover tho, still don't like this style or the models) Allow me to provide better inspi I am so glad I stuck with this author, from "convinced no" to 3 stars to 4 stars to five star books! She has grown on me. Or perhaps it's the stories I chose to read. As usual, I pick a book for the book, not for the order in a series. I have a habit of starting series wherever I want, esp. if each book is relatively standalone. And sometimes even if they're not. Why do I like this book so much? (0.25 off for the cover tho, still don't like this style or the models) Allow me to provide better inspiration: (even tho he doesn't appear to be strictly blond) The trope of the reluctant, big, honorable, taciturn man. The persistent, audacious, in this case not so frustrating and obnoxious heroine, tho I do wish she wasn't so predictably beautiful. Viola did irritate me in the beginning--her blind "love" (she fell when she HEARD a story about James lifting a man off his feet by his cravat in defense of a girl from insult). Her doggedness, the tricks she used including the very annoying manner of trapping him. That was very badly done of her, and I did not like that. But Viola is charming and kind. And her convictions never changed throughout the novel. It wasn't a whim that led her to pursue what she wanted, and in some ways, I admire her for it. I wish I had the same courage. (Of course it helps that she's apparently the most beautiful thing to walk the earth 🙄🙄) But mostly this novel gets 4.75 stars rounded up because it made me cry. And I'm very seldom moved to tears these days (only one author does that to me, and all my GR friends know who she is). Made me use up precisely 4 tissues when Viola's heart was broken by a scene she witnessed (that wasn't James' fault, but that unfortunately, he walked into). That's when I fully appreciated her love for him, because I felt it too. And less the betrayal that she might have felt but rather simply the pain of feeling that he didn't and couldn't ever love her back. So... well done, Ms. Braden. P.S. please redesign the covers of the novels in this series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader

    Loved it!!! James is such a sweetheart. He has a big heart and loves fiercely. Viola too is amazing. Her love for James was so inspiring. They love each other so much you could feel it in every word and gesture. I think this may be my favorite one so far in the series and that’s saying a lot cause all of them are amazing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nazmin

    The fifth instalment in Elisa Braden’s fabulous Rescued from Ruin series is here and it doesn’t disappoint. Elisa continues the high standard set in the previous instalments and in When a Girl Wants an Earl tells the story of beautiful and spirited Viola Darling and the taciturn James Kilbrenner, Earl of Tannenbrook. Tannenbrook has been a recurring character from the first book in the series, The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne and all throughout the subsequent books. He has come across as such The fifth instalment in Elisa Braden’s fabulous Rescued from Ruin series is here and it doesn’t disappoint. Elisa continues the high standard set in the previous instalments and in When a Girl Wants an Earl tells the story of beautiful and spirited Viola Darling and the taciturn James Kilbrenner, Earl of Tannenbrook. Tannenbrook has been a recurring character from the first book in the series, The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne and all throughout the subsequent books. He has come across as such a kind and honourable man and a stalwart friend that I was waiting eagerly for his happy ever after. He certainly met his match in the diminutive dynamo that is Viola! Viola first hears about James through her best friend Charlotte who has become friends with Tannenbrook after he defended her against some vicious taunting by a drunken man at a ball. She instantly develops a strong fascination with him aided by her Inkling [oh, how I loved Viola’s Inkling!] that he is her destiny. She urgently needs to be married by the end of the Season and despite already having received numerous proposals, she determines that no other will do. Circumstances [in the form of the formidable Lady Wallingham] force Tannenbrook to attend the Season and Viola gets to meet the object of her fascination. Already being halfway in love with him, she falls hard and pursues James with a passion. James has his own reasons for not wishing to get married and despite the passion Viola arouses in him, he tries to do the honourable thing and rejects her time and again – sometimes quite brutally. But Viola will not be rebuffed. Things come to a head at Lady Wallingham’s house party to which they have both been invited and Viola eventually gets her own way by compromising Tannenbrook leaving them no choice but to wed. Viola feels guilty at trapping James in this way but loves him too much to let him go. Of course James is secretly relieved that the decision has been taken away from him and he can let Viola finally catch him. But once married, both James and Viola must overcome their insecurities and deal with James’ past before achieving their happy ever after. Elisa has presented us with a brilliantly mismatched couple for which I was rooting from the first page to the last. In appearance and temperament they are so far apart that really they shouldn’t work but Elisa’s talent is such that you couldn’t imagine a more perfect pairing. Viola is a delightfully persistent heroine. Her pursuit of James could have come across as annoying or selfish but she is portrayed so well that you cannot help but truly like her and cheer her on with every scheme she hatches to gain James’ attention. Despite getting knocked back by James so many times she never concedes defeat and carries on with grace and determination. Her resilience in the first half of the book is so endearing and I found her reactions to James’ deepening Scottish brogue priceless! She tugs at your heartstrings but also makes you laugh out loud. James did come across as being quite harsh and hurtful occasionally but the reader is aware of his reasons and he is never portrayed as brutish. He is fighting against his own feelings as well as the tenacious Viola so you really just felt sorry for him! He is such a decent and loveable man, you ache for him to defeat his demons and let Viola heal him. As with all Elisa’s novels this one is also filled with strong emotional scenes [the prologue and Tannenbrook’s return of the handkerchief are prime examples], plenty of passion, heartrendingly tender moments such as Viola’s discovery of the sculpture and is liberally laced with laugh out loud humour. James’ attempts at wooing Viola are hilarious! What I love is that there is a current of gentle humour running throughout even in the emotional scenes and it is filled with wonderfully witty asides - not just from Lady Wallingham. The secondary characters were brilliant – the incomparable Lady Wallingham, Charles Wallingham, James’ mam, his sister Nellie all contributed to their story. It was great to revisit Lucien and Victoria [Lucien’s ongoing and irrational jealousy of Barnabus Malby is so amusing], and we get a different perspective on certain events that happened in The Devil Is A Marquess via Charlotte and Chatham. Also the teaser regarding James’ presumptive heir only makes me eagerly anticipate the next instalment in this superb series. When a Girl Wants an Earl can be read as a stand alone but I really would recommend reading all the other titles in the series. They are all excellent reads. To be honest, I would recommend you pick up the all the books for Lady Wallingham’s pearls of wisdoms at the beginning of each chapter alone. They are side-splittingly funny! The series in order: [I love the titles – so clever!] The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne [Lucien and Victoria] The Truth About Cads and Dukes [Harrison and Jane] Desperately Seeking a Scoundrel [Colin and Sarah] The Devil is a Marquess [Chatham and Charlotte] When a Girl Wants an Earl [James and Viola]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I received an ARC of When a Girl Loves an Earl in exchange for an honest review. Spoiler Free What a roller coaster of emotion! I loved this book from start to finish, which is as it should be as I looked forward to this story so much since reading Braden’s other treasures! This is the fifth book in the Rescued From Ruin series, and although it includes some much loved characters from the other books, this can be read as a standalone. When a Girl Loves an Earl is the sweet and funny story of Viola I received an ARC of When a Girl Loves an Earl in exchange for an honest review. Spoiler Free What a roller coaster of emotion! I loved this book from start to finish, which is as it should be as I looked forward to this story so much since reading Braden’s other treasures! This is the fifth book in the Rescued From Ruin series, and although it includes some much loved characters from the other books, this can be read as a standalone. When a Girl Loves an Earl is the sweet and funny story of Viola Darling and her pursuit of the surly and elusive James Kilbrenner, Earl of Tannenbrook. I think my favourite thing about Braden’s writing is her ability to make characters realistic. Her heroine’s have faults and quirks like any ordinary woman, and are never the perfect bimbo’s one too often finds in a historical romance. The way a character’s actions are described, so normal and particular to how one would act or react in real life, without being over descriptive. With Viola’s story I felt her emotions, cried when she was sad and was filled with happiness when she succeeded. James made me want to cuddle him and throttle him in turns, rolling my eyes with an exasperated “men” on occasion, and throwing the odd glare at my own partner whenever the character did or thought something daft Like I know my own fella does. My favourite part of this story was the first chapter where we meet Viola. I got a real sense of her character there, she gripped me and made me laugh. I think Braden sets her scenes very well, and certainly grips me from start to finish. I couldn’t put the book down, and found myself as determined to see Viola through to her happy ending as the character was to ensure it. The only thing I felt not so positively about with this book is the end felt a tiny bit rushed, a certain event that could have been played out with more focus, description and emotion seems like it had been edited out a little, and given the major revelation it led to I feel there should have been more emphasis on the lead up. This is a minor complaint, however, as I was still happy with the outcomes. I whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone looking to read a romance that is well written, plausible with all loose ends tied up whilst also creating some new paths for (dare I hope) future stories in this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    Loved it! I adore a h in pursuit. One who falls hard and does something about it. Add on the gruff giant/petite lady? Irresistible! So, I had to read this book. No long review as has been few weeks since I read it. The h sees the H and it's love at first sight for her (in fact, love even before sight!), only for him to ignore her charming, beautiful self. Some reviewers find her pursuit annoying and I can see why. But it wasn't so for me. For me, I only wanted her to stop after one particularly nas Loved it! I adore a h in pursuit. One who falls hard and does something about it. Add on the gruff giant/petite lady? Irresistible! So, I had to read this book. No long review as has been few weeks since I read it. The h sees the H and it's love at first sight for her (in fact, love even before sight!), only for him to ignore her charming, beautiful self. Some reviewers find her pursuit annoying and I can see why. But it wasn't so for me. For me, I only wanted her to stop after one particularly nasty and humiliating altercation and she does, only to double back and cunningly trap him! I still adored her. His pining for his first love adds to the angst and depth. He leaves it almost to late to woo his lady but he does it well. Recommended!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review* I have been a little bit in love with James Tannenbrook since the beginning of the series. I have a soft spot for large, gruff, not exactly handsome heroes. The story opens 16 years ago when James is 16 - he has just completed his apprenticeship with the stonemason and has planned out his entire life. On the way to see the girl he loves and plans to marry, he is waylaid by his sister and forced to go home. When he ge *I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review* I have been a little bit in love with James Tannenbrook since the beginning of the series. I have a soft spot for large, gruff, not exactly handsome heroes. The story opens 16 years ago when James is 16 - he has just completed his apprenticeship with the stonemason and has planned out his entire life. On the way to see the girl he loves and plans to marry, he is waylaid by his sister and forced to go home. When he gets there, his entire life is changed. He leaves Scotland to become an English lord, but before he goes, he tells his love that he will be back for her and asks her to wait for him. When he returns a year later, it is to find that his love married another and he lost the son he never knew he had. At this moment, James decides that he will never marry. Fast forward 15 years - James needs to find his heir presumptive and the only person who can help him is Lady Wallingham. Lady Wallingham will only help him if he agrees to participate in the London season and look for a wife. While he has no intention of marrying, he agrees to play her game. This is when he meets Viola. Viola is a force of nature, she is astoundingly beautiful, witty, charming and every man falls at her feet - except the one she wants. James seems immune to Viola's charms and resistant to her desire to marry him. He is at times down right cruel to her. But Viola knows that this is the man she is destine to be with and will not let anything stop her - including James. Viola is relentless in her pursuit of James and has faith that eventually he will see that she is right and they will be together. James is just as relentless in his desire not to be caught. Oh, he is attracted to her and he wants her - but he will never, ever marry! When things come to a head and hands are forced, these two end up married. Viola feels both pleased and guilty - she is not one bit sorry that they are married, but she does feel badly about how it came about. She knows she loves this man and will do everything in her power to make him happy. Their wedding night love scene is part sweet, part hilarious and part heart breaking. When they visit with James' family the next day and Viola accidently witnesses a kiss between James and his first love - she is devastated, all the guilt for forcing James to marry her comes rushing back and she tries to leave him. James is having none of that - she is his and he is not letting her go. But even as Viola agrees to stay with him, something has died in her and James wants it back. The path to HEA will not be easy for these two. As always, the writing was great, the story flows perfectly, there are some warm love scenes, Lucien and Victoria make cameos and James attempts at wooing are laugh out loud funny. I really enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it. While it is part of a series, it could easily be read as a stand alone title.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the story of James and Viola, he wants nothing to do with her but she wants everything to do with him. James is a veritable giant of a man and Viola is a petite lady. However, Viola is one determined lady but will her determination be enough to win over James? Their story is, at times, highly amusing but also heart wrenching. It was interesting to read how James started his life and how the events affected his behaviour later in his life. I loved reading about his friends that were in ot This is the story of James and Viola, he wants nothing to do with her but she wants everything to do with him. James is a veritable giant of a man and Viola is a petite lady. However, Viola is one determined lady but will her determination be enough to win over James? Their story is, at times, highly amusing but also heart wrenching. It was interesting to read how James started his life and how the events affected his behaviour later in his life. I loved reading about his friends that were in other books, just like catching up with old friends. However, this book can be read as a standalone. This is a book I can thoroughly recommend , once I read the first page I was hooked. I was given an arc copy for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    M. Ceryll

    Miss ELISA Braden has done it again! The story that will pull your heartstrings,make you laugh out loud and wish you were a fly on the wall. The storyline is unexpectedly fresh...something I haven't come across in regency romance .the tenacity of Viola on her hunt of the too endearing giant in James the earl of Tannenbrook made me love this book. Book 5 has very memorable parts that will be remembered by the readers. If you haven't checked out the previous four books written by ELISA, then you are Miss ELISA Braden has done it again! The story that will pull your heartstrings,make you laugh out loud and wish you were a fly on the wall. The storyline is unexpectedly fresh...something I haven't come across in regency romance .the tenacity of Viola on her hunt of the too endearing giant in James the earl of Tannenbrook made me love this book. Book 5 has very memorable parts that will be remembered by the readers. If you haven't checked out the previous four books written by ELISA, then you are missing out on the best stories ever written.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    … When a Girl Loves an Earl is the fifth installation to the 'Rescue from Ruin', a historical romance series, authored by Elisa Braden. The focus of this journey way back then, included the main characters -- James Kilbrenner, the Earl of Tannenbrook, is defenseless against Miss Viola Darling, who is determined to win his hand at marriage. James is a rough, brusque, and surly giant of a man. Viola is petite, beautiful, headstrong, and determined. In her eyes, no one else will do. He resists for … When a Girl Loves an Earl is the fifth installation to the 'Rescue from Ruin', a historical romance series, authored by Elisa Braden. The focus of this journey way back then, included the main characters -- James Kilbrenner, the Earl of Tannenbrook, is defenseless against Miss Viola Darling, who is determined to win his hand at marriage. James is a rough, brusque, and surly giant of a man. Viola is petite, beautiful, headstrong, and determined. In her eyes, no one else will do. He resists for as long as he is able... This series is intended for ***MATURE AUDIENCES *** BOOK DESCRIPTION: What a girl wants… Miss Viola Darling always gets what she wants. Always. And what she wants more than anything is to marry James Kilbrenner, the Earl of Tannenbrook. She’s fallen hard for the giant, taciturn, surly brute, and she positively will have no other. The problem? He’s not interested. Not even a little. But Viola cannot afford to lose. And she has her heart set on James. If only he will bend to a bit of persuasion. Is an earl like no other… James Kilbrenner knows how determined the entirely-too-beautiful Miss Darling can be—the daft woman cornered him at a perfectly respectable dinner and mangled his cravat before he could escape. He has no desire to marry, less desire to be pursued, and will certainly not kiss her kissable lips until they are both breathless, no matter how tempted he may be. And Onl the right one will do... Thrown in her path by a meddling marchioness, James finds himself under sensual siege from a tiny, flirtatious sprite who puts both his heart and his vow to remain unwed at risk. And when scandal looms, he learns the hard way that a man can resist only so long before the indomitable Miss Darling gets her way. This Regency romance series provides entertainment filled with humor, which tickles me to pieces. It's not the normal cream de la creme of the aristocracy, but unique individuals who form their own circle of loyal friends and family, who also visit London. One unique aspect regarding fiction Historical romance is that the characters, no matter their station in life, are not always required to follow the strict and foolish societal rules. And more often than not, they find their ideal spouse as well. Isn't fiction grand? This is NOT a clean series. Those who actually prefer steamy to clean and sweet might not view it as flawed. Due to this aspect, I recommend it with reservations. If you prefer clean and sweet reads, avoid this book. It is not fair to an author when readers provide bad reviews about steamy scenes if they know they are included in advance. I have been guilty of this offense myself, and take this opportunity to apologize for doing so. It takes a lot of time and effort for an author to research and write each book. And there are readers who prefer the material included in this one to a clean and wholesome read. However, I actually prefer the latter. This does have steamy sex scenes, so if you like a sex-free book this is not it. If you enjoy steamy reads, jump into this book looking forward to the pleasures painted here in words.  This book does have the ability to stand on its own, but if you read them in order, you will become more familiar with some of the other characters that carry over. Each story does include its own H.E.A., which is always a good way to conclude the adventure you have chosen to become immersed in. ..

  11. 4 out of 5

    MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*

    4.25 catching her brooding, giant, filthy Scot stars Viola Darling is a diamond of the first water - she has men literally falling at her feet, and as of the middle of her second season, she has already declined 21 marriage proposals. But time is running out as her father does not have the means to sponsor her for a third season, so she knows she must marry soon. Viola has only ever wanted 1 man: the Earl of Tannebrook. Before she even met him, she knew he was a man of fine character, and once sh 4.25 catching her brooding, giant, filthy Scot stars Viola Darling is a diamond of the first water - she has men literally falling at her feet, and as of the middle of her second season, she has already declined 21 marriage proposals. But time is running out as her father does not have the means to sponsor her for a third season, so she knows she must marry soon. Viola has only ever wanted 1 man: the Earl of Tannebrook. Before she even met him, she knew he was a man of fine character, and once she laid eyes on him, she decided she would not take no for an answer: she would have him for her husband. The only problem? The earl made a fervent promise to himself fifteen years before that he will never marry. James Kilbrenner was raised by a blacksmith and became a stone mason in his tiny village in Scotland, a life he was most content to have, until a solicitor showed up when he was 16 years old and informed him that he was the legitimate heir to the Earl of Tannebrook, a man who had just passed away leaving an estate and tenants in need of his presence in England. Reluctantly, he left his sweetheart with a vow that he would return for her, and he made his way to his new holdings where he reluctantly realized he was needed and accepted his responsibility. When he returned a year later to his childhood home, he discovered a tragic event occurred in his absence, and he blamed himself for not being there. Fifteen years later, he is still resolute that he will never marry so that he can never lose someone he loves again. If only the beautiful, persistent, and irresistible Miss Viola Darling would get that into her head! But Viola is relentless - she will not give up her dream to be Lady Tannebrook and wed the only man she has ever loved. Will she convince James that she is the right woman for him? If she can persuade him to marry her, will he ever allow her into his heart? And if he cannot, will Viola accept having the man she loves knowing he can never give her all of himself? What I liked: --- I love the strong, silent, giant Scot H - totally up my alley! --- Viola's efforts to get James' attention were entertaining --- Fun revisiting of characters from earlier books in the series --- STEAMY GOODNESS What I didn't like as much: --- James was a little too stubborn (he was 32 years old and still looking at things from a 17 year old's perspective too often) --- Some miscommunication angst which is my least favorite form of angst Overall, a very fun read with sparks, a determined petite lady, a giant Scot, and steamy goodness! Plot --- 4.25/5 Main Characters --- 4/5 Supporting Cast --- 4/5 Steam Level* --- 4/5 Violence --- none that I can recall Language --- not egregious POV --- 3rd *Note that steam level is not a rating so much as a how hot was it: 0/5 - clean; 1/5 - mild (nothing descriptive); 2/5 - 3rd base action/1 home run; 3/5 - now we're getting somewhere (a couple of full-on steamy scenes); 4/5 - yes please! (erotica territory); 5/5 - they did EVERYTHING in this one, y'all

  12. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    Rating 3.5 Real short review here. I liked it okay. The storyline was good but it didn't captivate me. A little different as the heroine was the pursuer and very determined. Hero took a bit to come around. His reasoning for not marrying was obscured and not understandable till the end. And it didn't really convince me on his reasoning. I liked the hero more than the heroine. Maybe wasn't in the right frame of mind for this story. Could just be me. 😊 Will try another of this authors book. Rating 3.5 Real short review here. I liked it okay. The storyline was good but it didn't captivate me. A little different as the heroine was the pursuer and very determined. Hero took a bit to come around. His reasoning for not marrying was obscured and not understandable till the end. And it didn't really convince me on his reasoning. I liked the hero more than the heroine. Maybe wasn't in the right frame of mind for this story. Could just be me. 😊 Will try another of this authors book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    ***4.0 "Filthy Scott" stars*** This series is so freaking good. The characters are so rememberable and I love the couples. James Kilbrenner James has decided to never marry but Viola keeps tempting him to abandon his plans. She is determined to tempt him to unleash his inner filthy Scott, and teach her pleasure! Viola experienced love at first sight for James Kilbrenner and is determined to make him her husband. Viola Totally enjoyed watching these two fall in love. I'm crazy about James and Viola w ***4.0 "Filthy Scott" stars*** This series is so freaking good. The characters are so rememberable and I love the couples. James Kilbrenner James has decided to never marry but Viola keeps tempting him to abandon his plans. She is determined to tempt him to unleash his inner filthy Scott, and teach her pleasure! Viola experienced love at first sight for James Kilbrenner and is determined to make him her husband. Viola Totally enjoyed watching these two fall in love. I'm crazy about James and Viola was perfect for him!! I hate to see this series come to an end. I am going through these books too quickly.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Stinnett

    Well Elisa Braden has knocked another one out of the park! I absolutely loved this book & these characters. Even though they were such opposites in every way they were just a perfect fit. I loved that one of the most beautiful qualities about Viola was the "sparkle" she had about her, and how James brought out that sparkle. The story touched my heart in so many ways. This will definitely be on my all-time favorite list, as are all of the books in this series. I just have one question for the aut Well Elisa Braden has knocked another one out of the park! I absolutely loved this book & these characters. Even though they were such opposites in every way they were just a perfect fit. I loved that one of the most beautiful qualities about Viola was the "sparkle" she had about her, and how James brought out that sparkle. The story touched my heart in so many ways. This will definitely be on my all-time favorite list, as are all of the books in this series. I just have one question for the author, "when will you be releasing your next book Elisa?" No pressure, lol.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I found Ms. Braden's books by chance - and I'm happy I did! I've read this series since the beginning, so I'd pre-ordered this book and I wasn't wrong: "When a girl..." is my favorite so far, together with Book 1. Viola is quite insistent on pursuing (poor) Tannenbrook, and some people may even find her a bit annoying because of this, but she is not! She knows who she wants and I guess she noticed since the beginning that Tannenbook only needed (strong) encouragement! I'm looking forward to Ms. Br I found Ms. Braden's books by chance - and I'm happy I did! I've read this series since the beginning, so I'd pre-ordered this book and I wasn't wrong: "When a girl..." is my favorite so far, together with Book 1. Viola is quite insistent on pursuing (poor) Tannenbrook, and some people may even find her a bit annoying because of this, but she is not! She knows who she wants and I guess she noticed since the beginning that Tannenbook only needed (strong) encouragement! I'm looking forward to Ms. Braden's new book! I received an ARC from the author of this book for a truthful and honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deniz

    This is an another winner by Elisa Braden. it's awesome read, beautifully written and stunningly romantic... I highly recommend this story for a really good time...I can't wait for the next book This is an another winner by Elisa Braden. it's awesome read, beautifully written and stunningly romantic... I highly recommend this story for a really good time...I can't wait for the next book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jaci

    Another amazing Historical Romance by Elisa Braden. I have been looking forward to Tannenbrook's story. This is the fifth book in the A Rescued from Ruin Novel series. If you have read the previous four books in the series you will be love this book and if you are new to Elisa's writing you will be addicted to her beautiful love stories. You can enjoy this book as a stand alone, but beware , once you read one of Elisa's stories you will heading over to your preferred book seller to get the rest Another amazing Historical Romance by Elisa Braden. I have been looking forward to Tannenbrook's story. This is the fifth book in the A Rescued from Ruin Novel series. If you have read the previous four books in the series you will be love this book and if you are new to Elisa's writing you will be addicted to her beautiful love stories. You can enjoy this book as a stand alone, but beware , once you read one of Elisa's stories you will heading over to your preferred book seller to get the rest of the series. James Kilbrenner is the son of a blacksmith in Scotland who is learning the trade of stone mason and is ready to ask the his sweetheart, the daughter of a dairy farmer to marry him. Then a visit from a gentleman from London changes Jamie's life and tears him away from his love. He is now the Earl of Tannenbrook and must leave the life that he has always known to take up the responsibilities of the Earldom. He begs his sweetheart to wait for him and once he is in London writes to her every chance he gets. When he finally is able to return it has been over a year. He is devastated to learn that she has married someone else. When he goes to see her she tells him that she had to marry him because she was with child and that Jamie's son had died days later of a fever. James is wracked with sorrow and guilt and returns to London vowing never to marry and sire children. Viola Darling is a beautiful young lady who has turned down more marriage proposals than she can count and is despaired of ever finding someone she can love. Then one day her best friend tells her a story about a gentleman who defended her honor at a soiree by lifting the scoundrel by his cravat with one hand and slamming him against a wall. Viola is intrigued and plans on meeting this honorable gentleman for herself. When she meets James her physical response is immediate and thrilling. He is not classically handsome but he is big and powerful and she decides that she wants him and will do anything to get him. Only James seems to be able to resist her. Just her luck that the one man she is intensely attracted to wants nothing to to with her when she usually has to fight men off with a stick. So begins the adventure of James and Viola. I loved the way Elisa turned the plot around and had the woman chasing after the man. Especially since he is a big strapping Scot who runs the other way every time he sees the beautiful Viola. I laughed, I cried and enjoyed this immensely and you will too. Do not hesitate, buy this book if you love a beautiful love story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Murphy

    I loved this book. As good as Elisa's previous stories. This story features the romance between the tiny Lady Viola Darling, determined to achieve her dream of catching the large, enigmatic hulk that is James Kilbrenner, Lord Tannenbrook. The language and plot are seamless as we journey with James and Viola to their happy ending, which took some doing: James' history and experience make determined to avoid marriage and children, while Viola's 'Inkling' which is so far 100% correct and means that I loved this book. As good as Elisa's previous stories. This story features the romance between the tiny Lady Viola Darling, determined to achieve her dream of catching the large, enigmatic hulk that is James Kilbrenner, Lord Tannenbrook. The language and plot are seamless as we journey with James and Viola to their happy ending, which took some doing: James' history and experience make determined to avoid marriage and children, while Viola's 'Inkling' which is so far 100% correct and means that she MUST do whatever it takes to make James hers. This could mean our heroine might be scheming to the point where she is unlike able, but no. Viola is absolutely gorgeous - both in face and in character. She is charming and full of the joys of life. So James simply did not stand a chance. This book demonstrates ELISA Braden has a way with words. Her work is so easy to read that I challenge anyone to not enjoy it. If you like regency romances, this is for you. I did receive an ARC for an honest review, but did not read that copy. I waited until I read my pre-ordered copy and was happy to do so because I wanted to read the book when I had the time to read it in one day. You see, I know from experience with Elisa's books that you won't want to put it down until it is finished!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Iliana

    Beautiful and breathtaking A love story with heart .I almost can see the hand with a butterfly a symbol of his love for her.I read every book by Elisa Braden ,she always go beyond my expectations .love her books!! I recommend this author

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sana Ajaz

    The BEST book in this series and I'm sure if this even though I have 4 more books. This is beautiful and worth rereading. Highly recommended. I love Viola. The best heroine in this series. The BEST book in this series and I'm sure if this even though I have 4 more books. This is beautiful and worth rereading. Highly recommended. I love Viola. The best heroine in this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Reviewed for www.marysuedies.com Elisa Braden is my favorite new Historical Romance author. I first read her a few months ago when I reviewed The Devil is a Marquess. Over the past weekend I caught up on the entire Rescued from Ruin series and I loved it. Braden’s latest book in the series, When a Girl Loves an Earl, is her best yet. I was a little hesitant about When a Girl Loves an Earl because I usually hate romance novels where the heroine chases the hero. But because I loved all of the other Reviewed for www.marysuedies.com Elisa Braden is my favorite new Historical Romance author. I first read her a few months ago when I reviewed The Devil is a Marquess. Over the past weekend I caught up on the entire Rescued from Ruin series and I loved it. Braden’s latest book in the series, When a Girl Loves an Earl, is her best yet. I was a little hesitant about When a Girl Loves an Earl because I usually hate romance novels where the heroine chases the hero. But because I loved all of the other books in the series I decided to give this one a try. Viola Darling is a great beauty of the ton. While not from a wealthy family, Viola has suitors lining up to ask for her hand. But Viola hasn’t found the love match that she so desperately seeks, so while she charms the mob of men around her, Viola isn’t truly interested in any of them. Enter James Kilbrenner, Earl of Tannenbrook. Not traditionally handsome, James was initially a stonemason and was unaware of his aristocratic heritage until her became an earl in his late teens. Due to a tragedy in his youth, James has sworn never to marry and especially never to have children. Viola doesn’t care about James’ assertions and knows instantly that they are meant to be together. Without a thought to his wishes, Viola launches the Tannebrook Hunt and is determined to bring James up to scratch, ethically or not. At first Viola irritated me. I think she’s meant to be somewhat naive. After all she’s been adored and chased her entire life, it would be strange to suddenly be rejected by the one person she wants to love her. But soon Viola’s sincerity wins out and I found myself embarrassed but cheering at her continued antics. James is just the kind of hero that I love. A little rough around the edges, not traditionally handsome, and larger than life. A small complaint here; I don’t think the cover does James justice, the model is far too pretty. James’ attempts to dissuade Viola are heart-wrenching but once he realizes how much he loves her, he is the most romantic of heroes. The scenes in Scotland are my favorite part of When a Girl Loves an Earl, Viola’s wonderful personality and innocence shines through during her visit to James’ family. Even when her heart is broken, Viola is still trying to make everything right and the reader loves her for it. I found the last part of the book particularly beautiful and I’ll admit I teared up. Elisa Braden is an author to watch. Her novels are every bit as good as many of the well-established names and honestly, I enjoyed this book more than I have a lot of bestsellers. When a Girl Loves an Earl is beautifully written and stunningly romantic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Avis

    *** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a true and honest review. *** James and Viola story is one of love at first sight for one person and mistrust on from the other. Viola knew that James was to be her husband. He was honorable man without any fault. She just needed to give him the “required stimulation” to get him motivated and understand that he was to be her husband. Even though, James kept telling her he was not interested in marriage no matter what. Viola was a very determin *** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a true and honest review. *** James and Viola story is one of love at first sight for one person and mistrust on from the other. Viola knew that James was to be her husband. He was honorable man without any fault. She just needed to give him the “required stimulation” to get him motivated and understand that he was to be her husband. Even though, James kept telling her he was not interested in marriage no matter what. Viola was a very determined woman and set out to make James understand that marriage was inevitable. James is seeing Viola at every function and this is driving him to drink. She chooses not understand he is not interested in marriage. But Viola is always on his mind, driving him crazy with need, but he just does not want to marry. James is so determined not to marry, that he is looking everywhere for his heir. The one person who can help him, appears to be dragging their feet and pushing Viola toward him. James and Viola story was very happy. James had to come to terms that he is lovable and Viola could always trust him. There is warmth and caring in each of the characters. I loved their happily ever after story. Elisa Braden is a very talented author, even though this her 5th romance novel published. She is exceptional writer. I can not wait for the next book, based on her teasing us with the name “Sebastian Reaver.” Please read all of this author’s books you will not be disappointed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy Malory

    Something went seriously wrong with that one...It has no consistence at all among other things that I have found quite vexing. I was hopping for a robust,witty heroine who would drive James crazy.The Magic of you by Johanna Lindsey,it is one of my most favorite books,and since the foreshadowing of James' and Viola's story in the previous book -the devil is a marquess- resembled awfully Amy's and Warren's story,I went all in with this book.Maybe that could be a huge factor to my dissappointment. I Something went seriously wrong with that one...It has no consistence at all among other things that I have found quite vexing. I was hopping for a robust,witty heroine who would drive James crazy.The Magic of you by Johanna Lindsey,it is one of my most favorite books,and since the foreshadowing of James' and Viola's story in the previous book -the devil is a marquess- resembled awfully Amy's and Warren's story,I went all in with this book.Maybe that could be a huge factor to my dissappointment. I was hopping for something funnier than cheesy and quite more enganging.I have skimmed through almost the whole book :/ Of course partly reason for that was all this Scottish -fortheloveofGod-Grrr.Half of the book is in Scottish that I don't care for -.- I don't understand why on earth would the guy still speaking Scottish?It has been 18 years with no interaction to his mother tongue.I am an expat 8 years in Amsterdam and my mother tongue doesn't appear out of the blue around people who do not speak it you know why?Because it is no linguistically accurate! Maybe I am being hard I don't know but still I believe that if the writing and the plot were of sterner stuff,I would have enjoyed the book. 3 stars for the effort and because I do not wanna trash a new writer

  24. 4 out of 5

    Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

    I thought I wasn't going to like the pushy, but beautiful Miss Viola Darling. But I really loved her determination and pursuit of James Kilbrenner, Earl of Tannerbrook. It was love at first heard about him instead of love at first sight. Viola is use to men fawning over her, because of her beauty. Tannerbrook is always running away or hiding from. But he wants her. I didn't like the reason for Tannerbrook constant refusal and mistreatment of Viola. At 17 before Tannerbrook became the Earl he was I thought I wasn't going to like the pushy, but beautiful Miss Viola Darling. But I really loved her determination and pursuit of James Kilbrenner, Earl of Tannerbrook. It was love at first heard about him instead of love at first sight. Viola is use to men fawning over her, because of her beauty. Tannerbrook is always running away or hiding from. But he wants her. I didn't like the reason for Tannerbrook constant refusal and mistreatment of Viola. At 17 before Tannerbrook became the Earl he was a blacksmiths son working as a stone mason. He was also, in love with a Dairy Maid Alison from his Scottish Villiage. Tannerbrook leaves to set his affairs to rights for his Earldom. He is gone a year before returning for Alison but she has married. He then finds out she has had his son who died from a ferver soon after birth. So This is why James can't persue and marry Viola even though he wants her. This is just a weak reason! This part of the story went on way too long for me. Too much "Whoe Its Me" and Angst. I am not good enough for her type crap. But there re lots of good parts to the story. Like when he takes Viola to met his mother and his sister. The interaction with previous H/H from other stories. The sex scenes were pretty erotic too. Not alot of them but enough. Maybe 3 in the entire book but they were pretty hot. I liked it when the two finally come together to build there marriage and I love the ending epilog!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    A thoroughly engaging, heartfelt read with wonderful characters. I loved it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    BJ

    The H is a Scottish stonemason when his life is upended after he inherits a title. He's huge, and doesn't believe he deserves anything good. The h is tiny, stunningly beautiful, and she's sure he/;s the right man for her. She traps him into marriage, then realises that he won't allow himself to love her. I loved this sweet and sad story, and how they had to work very hard for their HEA. The H is a Scottish stonemason when his life is upended after he inherits a title. He's huge, and doesn't believe he deserves anything good. The h is tiny, stunningly beautiful, and she's sure he/;s the right man for her. She traps him into marriage, then realises that he won't allow himself to love her. I loved this sweet and sad story, and how they had to work very hard for their HEA.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    3 stars audio. Narrator does an awesome job with character voices and accents. However her tone distracts from that. If not for the adult contents in the story, I would think I was listening to a fairytale or something. 3.5 stars story. The ending dragged a bit. And the epilogue was a bit sugary.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I've been waiting with bated breath for the brooding Lord Tannenbrook's story. I'm not surprised to read such a wonderful storyline from an author who is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I loved this story from start to finish! 5* (wish I could give more) I've been waiting with bated breath for the brooding Lord Tannenbrook's story. I'm not surprised to read such a wonderful storyline from an author who is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I loved this story from start to finish! 5* (wish I could give more)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Another fabulous book from ELISA. If you are looking for a great author of regency then you can't go far wrong from Elisa. Another fabulous book from ELISA. If you are looking for a great author of regency then you can't go far wrong from Elisa.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara K.

    Loved this book! Its definitely one of my favorites from this series! I knew once the "giant" Tannenbrook finally fell for the spunky Viola, he would fall hard! Loved this book! Its definitely one of my favorites from this series! I knew once the "giant" Tannenbrook finally fell for the spunky Viola, he would fall hard!

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