I enjoyed his second installment in Vivienne Lorret’s series of the Season’s Original as much as I did the first. It’s sweet and engaging with a jaded hero and the sweet, country miss who shows him that it may be worth it to trust people again.
We met Liam, the Earl of Wolford, in the last book. He came off as a complete wastrel, but we learn here that he crafted that reputation on purpose. Liam is trying to keep himself apart from society, specifically the conniving debutantes, scheming for a rich and titled husband. He loves to collect valuable artifacts and he’s actually quite smart, but he likes to hide the truths of himself from the world.
As the story begins, Liam is paying the price for his passion for antiquities. Someone has badly beaten him, trying to get their hands on part of his collection. He was left a heap on the floor where Adeline Pimm’s family is moving in for the Season. The Pimms find him and decide to nurse him back to health.
Adeline never wants to marry, so she certainly didn’t come to London to find a husband. Instead, she is trying to prove to her parents that, despite her limp, she can be as independent and capable as any young woman. Despite her resolve, she is instantly drawn to her handsome patient, and the two of them connect as he recovers.
Their friendship is fast but they aren’t a couple right away. I like that they had what felt like a sincere friendship –a foundation for things to come. They share secrets with one another and begin a trust. Honestly, though, it’s a trust very hard coming for Liam, but that’s his journey.
I felt like the entire mystery about his attack and artifacts was a bit predictable — not only who was behind it all, but how it would climax. Thankfully, however, it was the romance that moved this story and I enjoyed that. Adeline may have been sheltered from many things, but she never came off as overly naïve or childish. She did what she set out to do — she proved herself more than capable, someone clearly not limited by her physical challenges. In fact, in many ways she was more mature emotionally than Liam, because of the way he lived his life.
Liam is kind of the standard noble turned rake, trying to overcome a hurt from his younger years. And he did hold on to it a bit too long. But he and Adeline were a good fit and I enjoyed watching them fall for each other.
You don’t have to read The Debutante is Mine to enjoy this one. But that book is good too. Now I am looking forward to Thayne and Juliet’s book.
*ARC provided by Avon
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This Earl Is on Fire
by Vivienne Lorret
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Avon Impulse