I adore you, Sarah MacLean!! Your stories make me so idiotically happy. Seriously, this is Sarah MacLean at her *very* best, doing what she does so well. This new series of hers, somehow, continues to get better with this second book, One Good Earl Deserves A Lover. I do believe this is my favorite book of hers to date!
Lady Philippa (Pippa) Marbury is a true individual. With her glasses, her brilliant and scientific mind, and her forthright nature, many consider her odd. She is to be married shortly to Lord Castleton, and has concluded that some scientific research into what goes on between a man and a woman in private is very necessary before making her vows. The only thing she requires? The perfect research partner. Enter Cross, the tall, sexy, witty, red-headed bookkeeper of London's most notorious gaming hell, The Fallen Angel. Cross feels a strong pull toward Pippa. He finds her funny and fascinating. He knows there are reasons he has to resist, and she knows he is the only man to help her. Who will win this battle of wills, and what will the ultimate outcome be?
I think it would be easier and faster to tell you what I didn't love about this story than what I did. The only problem with that? I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS STORY!!! I truly feel like I shouldn't even waste time with a review. I should just tell you to BUY THE %*+#[\!?&!@ BOOK on release day (January 29, 2013), and get ready to sigh, melt, smile, laugh and just feel really, really good! But, okay, I guess I owe it to the book to say a little more than that. So, let me share with you my very favorite things about One Good Earl Deserves A Lover.
Hands down, no contest whatsoever, Pippa is my very favorite thing about this story. She makes this story, and she has to be a contender for my favorite historical romance heroine, ever! I adored her, right from the start! She's really super SMART, funny, self-deprecating and totally unique. She's completely confident and unshakable in some areas of her life, and, yet, vulnerable and uncertain in others. She's beautifully self-aware, though. She knows herself well. Sarah Maclean wrote this character flawlessly!! Pippa is multi-layered and expressed so well in this story. Love, love, LOVE her!
Cross is plagued by extreme guilt and shame when it comes to his family. He is charming and sexy, but I found him most so during those moments when he observes Pippa and admires and appreciates the qualities which others think make her odd. The fact that he sees exactly why she is so worthy of his love (and lust) endears him to me greatly.
I come back to Sarah MacLean and her brilliant writing. I just cannot say enough good things about this author. She always gives us a great story. But this one? This one is a favorite of mine. The writing just thoroughly flows! It is smooth and lovely. The story pacing, the dialog.....every single thing is PERFECTION!
To be honest, the entire time I was reading this book I had a huge smile on my face. Sarah MacLean's writing, her storytelling, her characters....they all combine to make me so d@mn happy! Sarah's stories are humorous, smart and sexy. Each book seems to have the perfect blend of all three. Are they absolutely historically accurate and full of intricate detail? Nope. And, I'll tell you right now, her books don't need it and I wouldn't want it. These books entertain. They make us laugh and cheer and sigh. I have yet to read a book by Sarah MacLean and not feel better when I'm done than I did before I started. Honestly? Who wouldn't want a gift and a talent like that? LOVE this author!!
Now, I am just going to say it. GO BUY THE BOOK! I dare you not to love it;)
**ARC courtesy of Avon via Edelweiss
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