Widow Lauryn Harris is horrified when her
father-in-law informs her he’s lost his ancestral estate to an
Earl in a card game. Wanting to help him, she decides she
will get it back. The only way she can think of to do so is
by offering herself to the Earl of Sutton as his mistress.
Styling herself as “Mrs. Smith,” Lauryn goes to the Earl’s
London home and asks for the recently vacated position.
Though he can tell “Mrs. Smith” is no
courtesan, Marcus, the Earl of Sutton, is intrigued by her and
agrees to take her on as his mistress. His plan is to bring
her to the country with him so they can spend time alone
together. Nothing works out as he’s planned, however,
including his own feelings. Can these two very different
people find love despite their unconventional beginning?
Enticing the Earl is an
amusing historical romp. It was easy to root for Lauryn, who
was able to marshal the courage to do something so against her
shy nature. Though Marcus’s habits with women in the past
seem rather “rakish,” he’s an honorable and kind man, not to
mention hot! I enjoyed the secondary characters as well, and
there was a well-done mystery / suspense angle that added
interest and excitement to the story. I’m a sucker for
Regency tales, and Nicole Byrd did a great job of combining
several tried-and-true Regency storylines to create something
that didn’t feel old or clichéd at all. I’ll be picking up
some more of Ms. Byrd’s books ASAP!