Unable to read or write, an earl discovers love in the last place he expects to find it—within the embrace of a brilliant woman—in this sexy, irresistible novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.
What’s an earl to do? The Earl of Argyle has died suddenly, leaving his brother Guy Neville at a complete loss. The dull-witted second son, as his father used to call him, Guy is now responsible for the estate and his brother’s seat in the House of Lords. Shamed by an inability to read or write, his distress is multiplied by the sudden appearance of Miss Abigail Pinehurst, a dyed-in-the-wool bluestocking. She wishes to use the Argyle library and to study a rare plant on the estate. Guy’s first instinct is to decline her request—until he catches a glimpse of her.
How’s a girl to behave? Abigail cares for only one thing: plants. She is unconcerned about how she looks, what she wears, or the impression she makes on men. An orphan who turned to books for solace in a miserly, cruel institution, she now makes her living illustrating the greenery she adores. Lord Argyle, in fact, with his uncanny memory and chiseled features, is the first man to capture her attention—a ridiculous distraction since he is so far above her station. But her unreasonable heart has a mind of its own.
In the author's words . . .
This story is dear to me because I am slightly dyslexic and I wondered what my life would have been like in the Regency era with this affliction. Not very good it would seem. This learning difficulty was misunderstood and children were labeled stupid, and often sent to asylums. I loved the idea of a 'imbecile' second son who could not read or write suddenly becoming an Earl. You will have to read the book to see what Guy's childhood was like.
Enjoy a sneak peek from Attracted to the Earl
by Bronwen Evans
When Guy made his presence known Abigail gave a strangled cry and dropped the book. They both bent to retrieve it, banging heads, and she gave a moan this time. To stop herself from falling, her hand went out and connected with a heated expanse of bare flesh and she quickly withdrew her tingling hand. He was naked beneath the robe and fear gripped her harder. Why was he naked?
“I’m so sorry, my lord. You scared me. I did not see you there.” How many Hail Marys would she be forced to say by the end of her stay here?
He merely rubbed his head with a forced laugh and handed the book back to her. He didn’t even look at the cover. She pulled the book in front of her and pondered her options. Lord Argyle stood blocking the doorway. Could she slip past him? Would he let her? She held the candle close. She could always burn him if he tried to . . .
“Rather late to be wondering the halls,” he said, his tone bland. Was he angry or not?
Her candle illuminated his lack of appropriate attire. His bare feet were visible if she looked down; but if she looked up, a tantalizing portion of his chest was on display. She focused on his handsome face instead, although that probably wasn’t any safer. All of him made her body react in a primal feminine way.
Had he followed her on purpose? She grudgingly thought that perhaps the earl did not like guests roaming his house at night.
She took a step back, understanding she was vulnerable here. She was in a strange house with a man she really knew nothing about. What kind of man was he?
Be brave. “I hope you don’t mind me borrowing a book to read. I’m so excited at the thought of the orchid hunt tomorrow I could not get my mind to sleep even though I’m dead tired.”
“There are books in your room you could have read.”
True. He was correct. What to say? She held up the book for him to see. “But none as stirring as this story.” His face remained blank.
“You are not a fan of Daniel Defoe’s work?” she asked.
A look of relief passed over his features. “As a boy I found his adventures of Robinson Crusoe thrilling—but then, I was too young to understand the hardships.”
She showed him the cover again. “Not Robinson Crusoe, this is Moll Flanders’s story.”
His smile died. “Oh, I didn’t see the cover properly in the candle light.”
“Have you read this, or only Robinson Crusoe?”
He ran a hand through his hair, eyeing her for a moment before stepping away from the door. “I best not keep you up any longer,” and he indicated with a sweep of his arm that she should precede him from the room. She hesitated, still concerned at allowing herself to get within his grasp.
As if sensing her reluctance, he walked backwards into the hall and put his hands behind his back. She moved her candle so it was in front of her, ready to burn him if he tried anything, but he simply waited until she passed him and made her way back up the stairs toward her room.
She tried not to think of him silently walking behind her. She wondered what he was thinking. Had she raised any suspicion? She hoped not or else he would be forever watching her. How would she find out anything . . . how would she keep herself and Dora safe from Patrick . . .
She noted he had stopped behind her. She glanced over her shoulder as she continued up the stairs.
“I have some papers to go over in my study. I shall see you on the morrow. Once your sister and companion have arrived, I will accompany you into Brentwood Forest, as I know it very well. It is easy to get lost. I don’t think it’s a good idea to go into the woods on your own, so I shall ensure a groom is with you at all times.”
End of Excerpt
Copyright © by Bronwen Evans
Learn more by visiting the author's website. ATTRACTED TO THE EARL released from Random House Loveswept May 28, 2019.
"Attracted to the Earl (Imperfect Lords, #3) by Bronwen Evans. I love this series IMPERFECT LORDS and thanks to the publisher and #NetGalley for allowing me to preview it. Guy . . . The Earl of Argyle, and Abigail both have horrible parents and suffered abuse ... each has secrets... this story has laughs, tears, angst, tragic and dangerous adventures ... I hated to put it down to eat or sleep... this story touched my heart in many ways all getting to a very HEA. I can't wait for more." ~Reviewed by Nancy on Goodreads
Meet the Author
USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duke.
Attracted to the Earl by Bronwen Evans
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Heat Level: 4
Language Level: 3
Violence Level: 2
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