source: free ARC via NetGalley
title: Earl Interrupted (The Daring Marriages)
author: Amanda Forester
published: Published January 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
genre: Historical Romance
first line: High Seas, 1810.
rated: 3 1/2 out of 5
Captain Robert Ashton, Earl of Darington, knows finding a bride in London will not be easy—not since he has been notoriously dubbed as the “Pirate Earl”. What he didn’t expect was to get abducted—and to have his escape go horribly awry when an innocent lady gets caught in the crossfire.
Amateur physician Emma St. James is on her way to meet her betrothed when she is rescued by an injured gentleman. Despite her shock after discovering he is the Pirate Earl, Emma feels drawn to the man who saved her life. Duty forces them apart, but when they meet again on the high seas, Darington will risk all—his fortune, his name, and even his life to keep her safe.
Earl Interrupted is second in Amanda Forester ‘s The Daring Marriages series but reads perfectly as a stand-alone. The Earl aka Dare is a privateer, not be confused with a pirate. He does this line of work because he and his twin sister Lady Katherine became orphaned at a young age and someone stole their family’s wealth. Dare has become wealthy through privateering and now wants to find a wife.
“Life as a privateer was dangerous, but stepping into London society to find a wife? That was far more treacherous.”-Earl Interrupted (The Daring Marriages #2) by Amanda Forester
Enter Emma St. James, who learned medicine through her father who was a physician. Now that Emma is about to turn 18, the wealth her dad left her will become her own.
She’s been living with her step-brother and step-mother since his death. Turns out the step-mom and step-brother have plans on taking Emma’s inheritance by making her marry her step-brother. Emma refuses and they resort to plan B, send her to the insane asylum and take her inheritance anyway. So Emma runs away to America to marry a man she has never even met, which is better than marrying her step-brother or being committed. On her trip, she meets Dare. He has been shot after stopping his sister’s kidnappers and he helps Emma as well. Given what Emma learned from her father she is able to save him. Dare is in love at first sight. There are people now after these two since Dare saved his sister plus Emma. And Emma is on the run from her step-brother. As these two are involved in a cat and mouse chase, love begins to blossom on the high seas of course.
“Robert Ashton, Earl of Darington,” he responded without fanfare. Emma caught her breath and stared at the strange man. Did he say…earl? Her heart pounded and emotions fluttered through her at this startling revelation. She had read the name in the society papers. He was the one they called the Pirate Earl.” –Earl Interrupted (The Daring Marriages #2) by Amanda Forester
This was fun historical romance and Emma and Dare were a cute couple. I enjoyed it. Dare right off the bat wants to marry Emma but he also doesn’t want her in any danger since people are out to kill him. So he is torn. He is nervous around her and struggles to find the right words which I thought was endearing. Emma is shy and innocent since she lived the sheltered life, but she is smart and brave and I liked that she’s pretty much a doctor.
“Dare stared at her with his dark eyes, full of an emotion that was hard to name.”-Earl Interrupted
“She did not dare even to take a breath. The moment had to last forever. It was one perfect sliver of time when everything was as it should be.”-Earl Interrupted
I also wanted to mention, ever since I found my favorite historical romance ever I find myself tending to hold other books in the genre to that standard. I also love Tessa Dare in this genre and I feel like other books, while still being good, leave me wanting a little. Does that happen to you with favorite authors and books? Do they change the way you view the genre?
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