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Monday, January 4, 2016

#Review #Giveaway The Earl's Complete Surrender by @BarnesSophie @TastyBookTours

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Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #2
Sophie Barnes
Releasing December 29th,2015
Avon Books

An unexpected passion ignites as secrets are exposed in Sophie Barnes's captivating Regency-set romance

Despite the diversions offered at Thorncliff Manor, former spy James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying there. He must find an encoded book that exposes a conspiracy within the British aristocracy. And he must do so without revealing his purpose to the clever, tempting Chloe Heartly. The lady has a knack for appearing wherever it is least convenient. In the library. In the salon. And, especially, in his arms . . 

Somewhere within Thorncliff's labyrinth of rooms lies the journal Chloe desperately seeks. When she realizes the brooding, handsome earl is hunting the same quarry, Chloe enters into an uneasy partnership. But in the face of public danger and enemies hiding in plain sight, both must decide how much they're willing to risk to solve the mysteries of the heart.

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4 Stars!
This historical romance is a lot of fun. The author kept pretty accurate to the era and did a great job with the mystery and suspense.
James is a bit typical, brooding, sexy, a little damaged, alpha hero. He comes from a terrible home life, and escaped it by becoming a valued and respected spy. His own injury has him leaving the game and then family death has his title and the responsibilities that come with it, thrust upon him, making him bitter and angry. He comes to Thorrncliff on one last mission, to discover who killed his parents, and unexpectedly meets the woman who will change everything.
Chloe has finally escaped an abusive marriage, where she was beaten physically, verbally, and emotionally. Marriage, love, they are the last things she is interested in. But, a good mystery is more than appealing, even if it comes with the handsome Earl. She is kind, brave, determined, and I admired her spunk. She is a character I definitely would love to know in real life.
As the story unfolds, life throws unexpected things in their path, not the least of which is falling in love with each other.

This book is fun, has a few surprises, and an enjoyable read. It was a little slow at times, but worth continuing to read. It’s difficult to avoid being predictable, particularly with spy novels. This books, fell into the trap a little bit, but there were enough surprises to keep me turning the pages. If you like historical romance, I recommend this one! 

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Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion: writing. When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.