- Title: The Reluctant Earl
- Author: C.J. Chase
- Series/Category: Love Inspired Historical
- Genre(s): Historical (Regency), Inspirational, Suspense
- Publisher: Harlequin, February 2013
- Source: NetGalley ($3.82 ebook)
- Length: 288 pages
- Trope(s): Governess in Peril, Unexpected Title, Espionage & Intrigue. Big Misunderstandings
- Quick blurb: Desperate governess who sells her high-placed employer’s secrets and a newly-titled nobleman are drawn into an anti-royalty rebellion
- Quick review: Way too many sub-plots to be a coherent story, but the romance and faith messages worked for me.
- Grade: B-
The power of her loneliness and longing flared through her, melting the strength from her bones.
And then he withdrew. Only inches, yet far enough to let the rush of common sense and regret return.
The suspense-y stuff came close to being a mess, but the relationship-building and chemistry, sustained by a strong authorial voice, made this a worthwhile read.