Review: The Earl She Should Never Desire by Lara Temple

I'm delighted to share my review for The Earl She Should Never Desire, the new Regency romance novel by Lara Temple. And what a fabulous story it is! 

My thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for a copy. Make sure to take part in the raffle to win a copy!

The Earl She Should Never Desire

Lara Temple

Historical Romance / Regency Romance

Lara Temple has done it again: She has delivered another fabulous romance with characters that are not afraid to be different. I like that about her stories.

Widowed Lily Walsh lives a quiet life in Birmingham, teaching former soldiers and their families. It is a worthwhile job, but not one that provides her with a comfortable life. Not that that is what she's looking for. She is quite content to be far away from her mother's sharp tongue and open disappointment.

When her younger sister, Annie, begs her to come to London, to meet her new fiancé, Lily obligingly travels to stay with her family, despite her mother's disapproval. Then she meets Annie's fiancé, and her heart is thrown into turmoil.

Although she knows the marriage will be one of convenience – Annie's had three expensive seasons and plenty of offers and Lord Sherborne needs to marry before he turns 35 (a promise to his late mother) and found Annie ticking all the boxes on his list – Lily can't help falling for the man. And it seems he is returning her feelings. What a dilemma!

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists in this story (which I won't reveal, for obvious reasons). 

Lily is a character forged by her past. Her elopement and subsequent marriage to a soldier, and their estrangement following tragedy. She keeps her fears locked away, but Marcus has a way to draw them out. 

I liked Marcus. He's intelligent, but caught in his own trap – the promise he made to his dying mother. While he pretends to think Annie fulfils all the necessary criteria, he realises during his conversations with Lily that the independent woman has far more to offer him, even to the detriment of his planned future life.

The Earl She Should Never Desire is a beautiful story, full of flawed characters who try to do their best for themselves, but ultimately fate has other plans for them. The setting is meticulously researched as Ms Temple portrays Regency London vividly and realistically, down to the minutest detail. It all creates a well-rounded impression of the times.

My only point would be that we don't see Lily's family's reaction near the end. That's one scene I'd have loved to see! There is plenty of sizzling tension between Lily and Marcus, though, which shows off the development of their growing relationship very well.

The ending was intriguing, and I thought it added a lovely touch to the story. It was very moving. 

A very enjoyable read!



The Earl She Should Never Desire

This very handsome earl…Is the one man she cannot fall for…

War widow Lily Walsh has left her aristocratic family behind, but she can’t deny her younger sister’s request to come to London to meet her fiancé. Though not a love match, Lord Sherborne is kind, amusing and ideal for her sister on paper. But as Lily gets to know him, she’s finding him alarmingly attractive! And the forbidden look in the earl’s eye shows the feeling is mutual…

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About the Author: 

Lara Temple

Lara Temple writes strong and sensual Regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. She lives with her husband, two children, and one very fluffy dog and they are all very understanding about her taking over the kitchen table so she can look out over the garden as she writes and dreams up her Happy Ever Afters.

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