When the Earl Met His Match
When The Earl Met His Match
By Stacy Reid
When Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, decides to advertise for a wife in the London paper, he never expected an anonymous response from a woman who matches him wit for wit. Their back-and-forth letters on the true nature of love, something they disagree on wholeheartedly, leave him shocked—and intrigued. But then the woman he’s been corresponding with shows up on his doorstep, enticingly beautiful and offering a marriage of convenience in exchange for his protection…
Lady Phoebe Maitland expected to marry for love and nothing else, until the man she gave her trust betrayed her. The more intrigued she becomes by the mysterious and devastatingly handsome Hugh, however, the more she realizes he’s holding back from opening his heart due to long-held secrets she struggles to understand. As passion flares wickedly between them, their marriage bed is quick to heat up. But when Phoebe’s past threatens to destroy the fragile bond they’ve formed, even a budding belief in love might not be enough to save them.
Stacy Reid’s historicals are a delightful. She writes with some evocative and imaginative language. Her writing style and imagery reminds me of the sweeping tales from old school romance writers like Virginia Henley but without the craziness and cringe-worthy plots. When The Earl Met His Match is a complex story. Phoebe, the heroine, is headstrong and sometimes acts without thinking, which ends her in trouble and on the doorstep of Hugh, the hero. Hugh is mute and a soon to be Earl who needs to marry. He has been writing with Phoebe but is in for a shock when she shows up unannounced with a serious issue that requires his help and hand in marriage. I’m a fan of marriage stories where the heroine and hero have to work out their issues and attraction to each other while already being bond. Hugh doesn’t want to fall in love and the passionate Phoebe is a risk to that desire. Both are seriously influenced by their past and need to work to overcome that. But when they do give in to their passion and eventual love, it is so beautiful and enduring!
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.