Triplet Anne Royle has spent her entire
life honing one skill – to be invisible. She can be at any
tea or ball and blend in with the occupants of a drawing room
so easily and effortlessly that she has been known to take
drinks out of people’s hands without them ever having
noticed. Anne views this particular talent of hers as both a
curse and a blessing because while it seems as if the ton
doesn’t think she exists and they ignore her, it also frees
her from the constraints of society and gives her a tiny bit
more freedom than her two siblings. It is on a night when she
puts her talent to the test that the unthinkable happens—she
is noticed by Laird Allen, the Earl of MacLaren. What
happens next lands Anne in more hot water than she bargained
for; a betrothal.
The Earl of MacLaren, Laird Allen, has
spent his entire life whimsically going from woman to woman
seducing everything in sight. It is when he is given his
title that he finally sits back and realizes that he might
need to become a bit more responsible. That’s all good when
he isn’t being tempted, and women tempt him daily. For a year
he has been responsible and upstanding, but not tonight.
Tonight he wants to drown his sorrows and mourn the loss of a
brother and the gaining of a title that he never really
wanted. Watching the ballroom, an angel passes before his
eyes and captures his attention. He watches her free the
party goers of drinks without their noticing and when she
tries the same with him, he lets her know she isn’t
invisible. Before he knows it, however, his angel is gone and
so is his glass. Looking for her the rest of the night,
MacLaren is confounded to find her in his bedroom. With
seduction on his mind, he heads that way with the hopes of his
angel allowing him to forget for a little while his sadness.
His family, on the other hand, has different plans.
I loved the premise of How To
Engage An Earl. It is highly romantic to have three
young ladies searching for the truth to their parentage.
Since this book is the second in the series and I didn’t read
the first one, I found myself at a loss with the plot at the
very beginning, but was soon able to figure out what was going
on. Anne’s characterization was somewhat plainer than what I
think her character actually was. I found her to be
intelligent, loyal, and very brazen. As for MacLaren? His
naughtiness and almost brassy sensuality made me smile and
melted my bones. While he did not want a wife, and I almost
could have choked him, he redeemed himself in my eyes with one
simple but meaningful statement.
How To Engage An Earl is a
magnificent historical, and since reading it, I have gone back
and read the first of the series, How To Seduce A Duke. If I
had the third installment, How To Propose To A Prince, my life
would be complete!