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ARC Review | The Earl of London by Louise Bay

The Earl of London

by Louise Bay

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SYNOPSIS

I believe in love. It just doesn’t believe in me.

I date. I’m all for giving guys a chance. I’ve just never met the one.

Until on a spring morning in the English countryside, a tall, dark stranger emerges from the mist. Logan Steele is all tousled hair, hard chest and lips so perfect I want to reach out and touch them just to check they’re real. I’m sure that’s a thunderclap of chemistry I feel between us.

Did I mention he’s an Earl with a self-made fortune?

A billionaire who works tirelessly for charity?

And he’s so hot, watching him is like staring at the sun.

But like I said, love isn’t rooting for me.

When I find out Logan Steele is out to destroy everything I’ve dedicated my life to protect, the chemistry disappears and the hope that had blossomed my chest turns to rage.

It no longer matters that he quickens my pulse just saying my name, weakens my knees with a single touch and that he might just be the greatest kisser that ever lived.

I might believe in love but Logan Steele is definitely not the one.


REVIEW

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Whenever I’m finished reading this author’s most recent release, I fall in love with England, over and over again. In unique ways, this story provides an intriguing historical romance meets modern England vibe, with an enemies to lovers theme weaved throughout, an antagonistic hero and passionate heroine reminiscent of Jane Austen’s novels.

I knew who I was and what I was capable of. I understood that however amazing tonight had been, this was where it ended. Because it was all I had to give.

During my trip to England, I also fell in love with its countryside. From green endless forests and rolling hills, to the beautifully crafted quaint houses, it is difficult to find fault with it.

I totally understand Darcy Westbury’s irrevocable love for her hometown and the strong, childhood memories she associates with it. However, whenever she was questioned as to why she wanted to preserve her home’s natural state, words seemed to escape her. I couldn’t understand her obsession with keeping everything as is.

Darcy’s personality became tolerable maybe halfway through, when her strong, admirable characteristics started to shine. But, the only reason her character became easy to like is because she changed her opinions on Logan Steele. Prior to changing, she comes across as awfully immature and condescending, turning everything into some kind of debate or pettish game simply because she cannot accept change.

She was all fire on the outside and cool breeze on the inside, and I wanted to dive in and experience it all.

Logan is someone you’ll either love or hate. In some aspects, he comes across as unfeeling and disinterested, especially within business, as his childhood has transformed him into someone determined, arrogant and self-centred. He isn’t difficult to understand. Rather he is difficult to love because, similar to Darcy, he doesn’t change until halfway. Before that, he is crass. An awfully cliche wealthy businessman.

Thankfully, I haven’t been reading many cliche stories, so my patience for this was high. I don’t mind a manwhore anyway; I do mind reading what he does with others in explicit detail though. And this was almost borderline.

Personalities aside, Darcy and Logan transform as individuals, as well as together. They have interesting chemistry that’s quite tantalizing (ignoring Logan’s constant usage of “good girl”).

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