Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blog Tour: The Earl in My Bed by Sophie Jordan (Review)



Today, I am very honored to welcome Sophie Jordan to Love Saves the World. She's currently on tour for her novella, The Earl in My Bed, which is part of her Forgotten Princesses series.

To visit the other stops on her book tour, click here.

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About the book:


Blurb:
Intended for one man ... All her life, everyone assumed Paget Ellsworth, the vicar’s daughter, would marry the Earl of Winningham’s youngest son. And when he left for war with his older brother, Jamie, words and promises were not necessary. She would wait. But destined for another ... Four years pass, and the death of his father forces Jamie home to take up the reins as the new earl, leaving his brother fighting on the front lines a world away.

Maddening, infuriating, sexy Jamie makes Paget question her feelings. One glimpse, one word from him awakens desire in her heart. When a simple kiss spirals out of control at the annual Valentine’s Day ball, she realizes the man she never wanted is the man she needs ... but will Paget cast aside all she’s ever thought to be true to win the man of her dreams?

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062222473/?tag=avonromancetidal-20
Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/product.aspx?isbn=9780062222473
IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062222473
iBookstore: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9780062222466

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My Review:

Paget has known Jamie all her life but they were more childhood enemies than friends. Jamie was too haughty, too snobbish, too standoffish, too ... everything for Paget, who preferred the company of Jamie's brothers, Brand and Owen. But Brand is dead and Owen's still serving his country -- and it is Jamie who is home, to assume his role as Earl of Winningham.

Paget wishes it was a different brother living at ... Jamie also wishes it was a different brother in his place right now. He has never felt like he belonged: everyone loved Brand, who was his father's heir. And everyone loved Owen, his stepbrother who inherited a title from his mother. And Jamie wishes that someone, anyone could say they loved him best.

"As well as can be expected when I'm to fill the shoes of a much grieved brother. All while I've left the other one to risk his neck on a battlefield a world away. I feel [sic?] a villain in a very bad drama."
- loc 201

This story was short but incredibly sweet and Sophie Jordan uses the enemies-to-lovers trope so well. The enmity between Paget and Jamie runs very deep -- back to their childhood. And the same intense feelings now surface as they cross swords as adults. But, love and hate are not opposite emotions -- but twin emotions -- and our hero and heroine come to realize this gradually. When the switch is flipped and hate turns into love, it expresses itself with the same intensity and depth.

But Paget was always meant for Owen. Everyone knew that. Paget knew this and so did Jamie. At this point, I was worried that the author was going to take the easy way out (and kill off Owen) but I'm glad that Sophie Jordan took on the challenge of coming up with a solution -- a painful one, especially for Jamie.

It is interesting to note that, while we cannot choose who we love, to love itself is a decision. Jamie tried to resist it -- but his heart knew what it wanted. And I'm glad that both Paget and Jamie listened to their hearts.

An indication of how good a story is is that you can never get enough of it and you wish it were longer. This is one of those stories. For a novella, this one is bursting with emotion and passion and fans of Sophie Jordan's Forgotten Princesses series should definitely check this one out.

The Earl in my Bed is book 2.5 in the Forgotten Princesses series and is the precursor to, How to Lose a Bride in One Night, Owen and Annalise's story, which will be released on July 30, 2013.

To read my review of Book 1: Wicked in Your Arms, click here.
To read my review of Book 2: Lessons from a Scandalous Bride, click here.

Disclosure: I received this book from the tour organizer as part of the book tour. Thank you to Tasty Book Tours and to Sophie Jordan for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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About the author:

Sophie Jordan, a former high school English teacher, resides in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she divides her time between inventing what she likes to call culinary masterpieces -- her husband won’t always agree -- and visiting her family’s pecan ranch in the scenic Texas Hill Country.

Author Links
Website: www.sophiejordan.net/
Twitter: @soverysophie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Sophie-Jordan/100000148345013

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