Title: Avenging the Earl’s Lady
Author: Alina K. Field
Genre: Regency Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance
He’s the most irritating, inscrutable, insufferable lord in the kingdom.
Also nosy, managing, and manipulative, and a man who’s made an art of revenge.
She ought to know better than to encourage his attentions. But…he’s rich, and when an impossible debt from her past comes due, theft seems the only answer.
What had he missed about her?
She’s nobly born, and proper. If he wanted a wife, she’d be perfect. Not to mention, he’d very much like her in his bed.
But she’s gone missing, along with a priceless painting he needs for revenge on one last enemy.
Avenging his own honor is everything—until that of his lady is threatened.
Find out what happens when the invincible Spy Lord meets his match!
Lady Jane is in desperate need of 1,000 pounds to pay off her son’s gambling debt. But how can she come up with the money without attracting attention to her precarious situation? The answer stares her straight in the face when she stumbles upon a painting Shaldon, the Spy Lord, covets to reap revenge on an old enemy. Can she get away with stealing a prized possession from Shaldon or will she become his next target for revenge when he discovers it and her gone?
Shaldon wants Lady Jane under his roof and in his bed. Her independent spirit awakens emotions dormant for many years. When she and his painting disappear, he believes his old rival, the Duque, has captured them both. He does some digging and realizes Lady Jane is right under his nose. But why would she need to steal it? The more he uncovers, the more his true feelings for her surface. He loves her. His new mission: to prove to her he’s a changed man. Can he leave his past life behind and forge a new future with Lady Jane?
What a beautiful mature romance by one of my favourite Regency romance authors. Not only does this include an older couple, both past their prime (according to the Ton), but the children of both Jane and Shaldon help to bring these two together.
The best part, for me, is the bantering between Lady Jane and Shaldon. She certainly keeps him on his toes and with one look, one touch, he unleashes passion in her she never knew existed. They hold tight to their secrets, afraid to reveal them, but when both of their lives are at stake, they’ll have no choice but to succumb to the love they share.
There’s plenty of action, spy intrigue and suspense. There’s even a duel with a surprise participant. I whipped through the pages as fast as possible because I simply needed to know what happened next.
This is book five in the Sons of the Spy Lord series yet it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the other books in the series and I didn’t have any trouble understanding what was going on and the multitude of characters.
If you’re looking for a romantic suspense set in the Regency era, pick this up today. If you’re looking for a historical romance with a mature couple, you’ll love Avenging the Earl’s Lady.
Favorite Character/Quote: Lady Jane. From the first page, I connected with her spirit and fortitude. She’s gone through so much and has a right to hate Shaldon yet she can’t help but fall in love with him. Her strength lies in her love for both her son and for Shaldon. She’s his equal in every way and I loved every minute of her story.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Award winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.
She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring. She is hard at work on her next series of Regency romances, but loves to hear from readers!
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N