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The Earl's Complete Surrender
Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #2
By: Sophie Barnes
Releasing December 29, 2015
An unexpected passion ignites as secrets are exposed in Sophie Barnes's captivating Regency-set romance
Despite the diversions offered at Thorncliff Manor, former spy James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying there. He must find an encoded book that exposes a conspiracy within the British aristocracy. And he must do so without revealing his purpose to the clever, tempting Chloe Heartly. The lady has a knack for appearing wherever it is least convenient. In the library. In the salon. And, especially, in his arms . . .
Somewhere within Thorncliff's labyrinth of rooms lies the journal Chloe desperately seeks. When she realizes the brooding, handsome earl is hunting the same quarry, Chloe enters into an uneasy partnership. But in the face of public danger and enemies hiding in plain sight, both must decide how much they're willing to risk to solve the mysteries of the heart.
I found this to be an captivating read. this is my first read by Barnes and it reminds me of my previous read from Stephanie Laurens and her Cynster & Bastion Club series. I have concluded that there is a pleasant blend of romance, mystery, intrigue, and a touch of the alluring to make this historical romance refreshing.
I will first say that with this being the second book in the series. I began at a slight disadvantage, but in no way did it detract from the main characters interactions. The first book would have been a key to unraveling the occupants and significance of Thorncliff. This would lend to the details of Thorncliff itself.
Chole Heartly and James, the Earl of Woodford are both in search of something. They both end up in the most inconvenient of places for the other. Then it strikes upon them both that maybe they should work together. Each has there own agenda. An agenda that does not include getting entangled with the other or another period.
I got it all in these pages: espionage, corruption, and surrender.
If you are looking for a little something different from the everyday historical romance and you want a bit of the mystery (espionage & corruption) or just a reminder of what you missed out on during the time of historical cloak and dagger with a touch of romance. Then I would suggest you latch onto Sophie Barnes 'Secrets at Thorncliff Manor' series and please start at book one.
Secrets at Thorncliff Manor:
Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor, #1)
The Earl's Complete Surrender (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor, #2)
Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion: writing. When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
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