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LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.
Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…

Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?

review

Waiting For an Earl Like You could easily be an old school historical romance, it was highly retrograde for its time. 

This was the first book I’ve read by Alexandra Hawkins. I didn’t read the previous two books in the series. I became lost at times because of all the characters (clearly from the previous books). It was complicated to figure out who was who and it brought me out of the story. 
I have no idea what happened here, the synopsis had nothing to do with what actually happened in the book and it bothered me. Thorn pretended to be his brother with no good intentions in mind (he’s no victim), it’s not Olivia who mistakes one for the other (and tons out she doesn’t care about the switch at all). The big conflict isn’t about the twins switching places, it’s the situation Olivia and Thorn find themselves in later in the book.
I enjoyed the times all the gentleman were together, it’s not often that we read raw scenes like that in historical romance. The banter between hero and heroine was entertaining. Overall it was slow paced and very descriptive, while it wasn’t not a bad thing, I wanted more dialogue.
Olivia was great until she became reckless. By the end of the book, I could only see her actions as stupid and naive since made the same mistakes over and over again. 
To be honest was really ruined this book was the hero’s POV. He was misogynistic, inconsiderate, and plain nasty toward the heroine. His actions were sexist, I loathed him. Unfortunately, that’s what kept me from liking this book.
I was surprised by the unexpected twist. The love scenes were steamy but I wanted more romance.  I was sad that in the end I wasn’t convinced they loved each other.

 

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 I voluntarily reviewed an eARC.
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5 thoughts on “Review: Waiting For an Earl Like You (Masters of Seduction #3) by Alexandra Hawkins

  1. I have this on my TBR pile and do have the other books in the series too, which I haven’t gotten to… but I have read her other books which were part of a different series and they were OK. Hopefully you find something you like in other readings.

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