The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels
Series: The Bachelor Lords of London (# 1)
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Avon Romance
Pages or File Size: 480 pages
Source: book provided by Edelweiss for review
American heiress Piety Grey is on the run. Suddenly in London and facing the renovation of a crumbling townhouse, she’s determined to make a new life for herself—anything is better than returning to New York City where a cruel mother and horrid betrothal await her. The last thing she needs is a dark, tempting earl inciting her at every turn…
Trevor Rheese, the Earl of Falcondale, isn’t interested in being a good neighbor. After fifteen years of familial obligation, he’s finally free. But when the disarmingly beautiful Piety bursts through his wall—and into his life—his newfound freedom is threatened…even as his curiosity is piqued.
Once Piety’s family arrives in London, Falcondale suddenly finds himself in the midst of a mock courtship to protect the seductive woman who’s turned his world upside down. It’s all for show—or at least it should be. But if Falcondale isn’t careful, he may find a very real happily ever after with the woman of his dreams…
Review: As I started the book, I was sucked into the story and couldn’t stop reading because there was a hint of suspense within the first few chapters and it was exciting. I am happy to have picked out this book because I really liked the characters and it had the happily ever after ending I craved.
Being a fan of Sarah MacLean, I was happy to check out this book especially as this historical romance author is unknown to me. I gave this book five stars because the author had not only a strong hero and heroine, but strong secondary characters and that is hard to find in an author’s debut novel. I have a feeling that this author will continue to be compared to Sarah MacLean, not because of being a historical romance author, but because of the attachment to characters beyond the final page.
I did find the book a little long, at over 400 pages, but it made sense why, once I finished the last chapter. There were actually a few hidden subplots that explained why Piety and the Earl were the characters they were, allowing me to feel strongly tied to the characters and rooting for the resolution of the conflicts. Luckily, the book is part of a series and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Keeping writing Charis Michaels, because you have talent.