YOU'RE THE EARL THAT I WANT by Kelly Bowen is the third
novel in the Lords of Worth series. It's a well-paced
historical suspense novel filled with memorable characters.
I was charmed by Heath Hextall, the Earl of Boden, when he
was introduced as a minor character in Ms. Bowen's earlier
novel, A GOOD ROGUE IS HARD TO FIND. I was excited to read
Heath surprises his best friend Will Somerhall, the Duke
of Worth, when he confides to him that he has decided to
marry. This confession takes place in a London ballroom.
Will is surprised that Heath doesn't expect love, just
loyalty and efficiency. Lady Josephine Somerhall has been
in love with Heath, her brother Will's best friend, for
years. Joss is an intelligent, self-sufficient woman who
speaks several languages and has traveled the world. She
loves her independent lifestyle and does not wish to marry.
Sparks fly between the couple when they share a waltz.
On his way home from the ball, Hextall's horse narrowly
avoids a body lying in the road. Heath recognizes the
person as Gavin Smythe, a bow street runner. As he is
dying, Smythe warns Heath that he is being followed and
gives Heath a leather folder for safekeeping. He asks Heath
to find his brother and save him. A carriage appears and
Heath asks for assistance. He notices that the passenger
in the carriage is Joss. Heath is astonished when Joss
takes control of the situation and sends her footman and
the injured man back to her mother's home.
The suspense and intrigue of YOU'RE THE EARL THAT I WANT
began in the novel's third chapter and continued until the
epilogue. The author created a fabulous, complicated
mystery that held my attention until it was resolved.
Loved Heath and Joss's romance! It's a great twist on the
opposites attract and childhood sweethearts theme. I enjoyed
reading how Heath and Joss sorted out what they believed
they knew about each another as they put the pieces of the
mystery together. Several of the main characters from
I'VE GOT MY DUKE TO KEEP ME WARM and A GOOD ROGUE IS HARD TO FIND
appear and contributed to the
novel's resolution. The novel's conclusion was fabulous --
very suspenseful and I stayed up until 2 am to
If you love a historical novel filled with suspense and
memorable characters, pick up YOU'RE THE EARL THAT I WANT!
For businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has
been a damnable nuisance. The answer: find a
well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and
observe the required social niceties. But it's
always been clear that Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that
woman. Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now
brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown.
. . . BUT THE LADY KNOWS BEST
In her heart, Joss has always loved Heath, the one person
she's always been able to count on. That doesn't
mean she wants to marry him though. Without a husband, Joss
can do as she pleases-and now, it pleases her
to solve the mystery of an encoded file given to Heath by a
dying man. It's put Heath in peril once, and
Joss won't let that happen again. She'll do what she must
ensure the earl's safety. And to remind him
that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in