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Elizabeth Boyle

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1 Feb 2014 Rhymes With Love

When you wish upon an earl . . .

Harriet Hathaway has only ever wanted one man: the Earl of Roxley. After a passionate interlude at a house party, Harriet is convinced Roxley will do the right thing and propose. But when she returns to London, she finds the roguish earl on the verge of proposing to another.

Yet Harriet refuses to believe that her hopes of a happily-ever-after are completely lost—for she can see the desire still flickering in the earl’s eyes when he looks at her from across the dance floor. And when they are alone . . . there is one wish neither can deny.

. . . the most extraordinary things can happen

The Earl of Roxley is in a dangerous fix—and to keep Harriet safe, he must hold her at arm’s length. He won’t entangle her in the murderous mystery that is threatening to destroy his family and his future. But keeping Harriet Hathaway out of his troubles proves as impossible as it is to keep the determined beauty from stealing his heart.


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Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as "page-turners." Since her first book was published, she's seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and always-growing collection of yarn.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed 1 Jan 2014
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Harriet has been my favorite secondary character in the last couple of books. She was the funniest, most clever, practical, blunt-speaking one of the bunch so I was looking forward to her story. Plus, Roxley was an interesting character. I was totally underwhelmed with the storyline. Was it enjoyable? Sure. Was it worth the price of the book? Not to me. (Boyle seems to be very hit and miss over the years.)

Spoiler Alert:

The author beat the reader over the head with the secret hiding place of the diamonds. Roxley and Harriet are clever characters but neither suspected the hiding place. Give me a break. I was also a bit disgusted with Roxley leaving Harriet hanging for 8 months before this story picked up. Just my two cents worth.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for If Wishes Were Earls by Elizabeth Boyle 31 Dec 2013
By Alyssa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

If Wishes Were Earls by Elizabeth Boyle
Book Three of the Rhymes With Love series
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: December 31, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Harrriet Hathaway has loved only one man her entire life: the Earl of Roxley. But when he ignores her at a ball, she takes rather desperate steps to catch his eye and her plans find her ruined and without any hope of gaining Roxley’s heart. So it is much to her amazement when Roxley proposes marriage to save her from ruin. But Roxley’s proposal isn’t quite on the up and up and when she finds out she’s just another piece in one of his plots and japes, she vows revenge.

Roxley is desperate to pull his family from the brink of ruin, and the only way to gain a lost fortune is to prove to his aunts that’s he’s “reformed” his life and is determined to settle down. But the bride-to-be that he thought would be most amiable is doing everything to turn his life and his heart upside down. Harriet Hathaway had always seemed the most sensible girl he knew, but now this siren of a stranger he’s engaged to is leaving him feeling anything but sensible. Harriet is about to steal not only his heart, but quite possibly the keys to the Roxley fortune.

What I Liked:

What a fabulous historical romance novel! I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel - in all honesty, I hadn't read the summary in a very long time. I requested this book months ago, and downloaded it months ago. I've now read this book in December, so I had no idea what this book was about. So, my expectations were fairly low, if existent at all, for this book.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book! Harriet and Roxley, the non-romance plot, the humor... everything was wonderful! There was a slow start, but the plot warmed up and took off. I didn't expect so much from a historical romance novel. Some might be put off by the amount of this book that ISN'T romance, but I love that.

Let me talk about the romance. Harriet and Roxley have a history. They shared a very passionate kiss, and then some time after that, a memorable night together in a garden. Months later, neither can forget either event, or each other. But Roxley is in dire straits, and is blackmailed into marrying a merchant's daughter, in order to save his family's fortune and his good name as the Earl of Roxley.

Harriet, of course, will have none of that. When she finally thinks that she will be reunited with Roxley, after so many months, she is crushed at first, to learn the hard way that Roxley will be marrying another. Harriet is not so easily deterred. She puts her nose and herself right into the thick of things. I love this about Harriet - she is bold, but not in the typical way that you might find in historical romance novels. She also isn't a simpering ninny. Good for her.

She and Roxley are so perfect for each other, and they know it, and it takes more than half the book for the two of them to finally realize that they can be together. Both of them find out that the merchant and his merchant aren't as honest as they appear, and that is when things go downhill. Harriet isn't safe, Roxley's aunts aren't safe, and the mysterious diamonds aren't safe, either.

The romance is great, in this book. It doesn't exactly take the forefront in this novel, though it might appear to do so. There is so much going on - Roxley trying to figure out who the merchant's daughter really is, Roxley trying to find the family's lost diamonds, Harriet trying to seduce Roxley back into loving her (he never stopped loving her, in case you wanted to know), Harriet dodging the idiot Fieldgate, Roxley and Harriet and the merchant's daughter prancing across the country to meet Roxley's aunt... it's a very busy book!

And might I mention the humor in this book? Oh my goodness, I loved how Boyle injects the occasional joke or hilarious scene every now and then. I cannot remember the name, but there is this one Lord somebody who ALWAYS says the funniest things at the perfect times. And then there is Harriet, with her five brothers, and her ridiculous childhood with Roxley. There were so many funny scenes in this book - which I really appreciated.

Overall, I really liked this book! I might actually read it again - we'll see. It has to be a fairly great book for me to re-read it, and this one was great! Plus, the romance was steamy, when there were steamy scenes. An all-around great novel!

What I Did Not Like:

Occasionally, there was some dragging in the plot - meaning, it seemed like the story was stuck in one place for too long. Like, I'll admit, the beginning is kind of slow. The way the plot is set up - with flashbacks placed every now and then in the story - made the story stand still for some time. The author needed readers to understand the past between Harriet and Roxley, and there was a lot that had already happened before this novel started.

Of course, I never read the first two novels in this series (not that one HAS TO), so perhaps the background might have made more sense had I read them. I don't know if the events that transpired between Harriet and Roxley occurred during those books.

But that's okay, about the drag, because it's a small thing, and it didn't detract from the overall story. It was just a pacing issue, but a tiny one nonetheless.

Would I Recommend It:

YES! I was very impressed with this novel, and how much I really liked it. This book isn't just a romance novel - there is a fair amount of great humor, scheming, and action. A perfect mix!

Rating:

4 stars. I really enjoyed this one! This one will probably end up on my end-of-the-year favorites list.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I just didn't enjoy this book as much. 6 Jan 2014
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Harriet Hathaway has been in love with the Earl of Roxley since she can remember and after a scandalous night with him, she fully expected him to ask for her hand. Instead when she sees him again he is almost engaged to another woman. But Harriet can sense all isn’t what it seems; the man she loves wouldn’t callously discard her in that way and there is something not quite right about his supposed intended. Roxley is in trouble and fully intends to help him put things right again.

It isn’t very often that it is the hero of the tale that puts me off a book, but in this case that is exactly what happened, it wasn’t that Roxley was cruel or stupid he was just rather tepid. It isn’t that I expect a big bad alpha hero in every book I read but I do like a hero to have some backbone, but Roxley seemed perfectly content to allow himself to be blackmailed and forced into a marriage he didn’t want, that is until Harriet came along and decided to stir things up.

Harriet I liked, she was feisty and intelligent and never gave up on the man she loved, she saved me from giving up on this book entirely. Romantically, they did have some chemistry together, there had shared history, but for me it all just fell a bit flat as I never really warmed up to Roxley.

Unfortunately I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as I would have liked to and definitely not as much as other books I have read by Elizabeth Boyle, perhaps I will like the next book in the series more.

*ARC provided by publisher
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mismatched leads 4 Jan 2014
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Even though it had a promising start, I found If Wishes Were Earls a bit of a letdown. The heroine was feisty but I found her hero to be too passive who seemed to be one step behind everyone else throughout the story.

Harriett is a strong heroine who knows she wants to marry the Earl of Roxley. The story begins at a ball both leads attend, then the story jumps several months into the future. I found this confusing as the reader has no idea what happened at the ball and what has happened to Roxley and Harriett in the intervening months. Their storynis revealed through flashbacks taking the reader out of the present action. New characters are added like Roxley's Aunts who at times are humorous but other times fill space with circular conversations.

Shining throughout is Harriett who recognizes that someone needs to take charge of an out of control situation. Roxley works for the Home Office but can't keep up with Harriett's quick wit and bold actions. This couple has chemistry but it takes Harriett making anything happen on that front too. In short Harriett is the superstar here, she is brave and decisive.

Overall, I felt this book needed a stronger hero, one who knew how to manage his life. The heroine though was a delight raising this story to a three star read.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven story with muddled mess of a mystery thrown in 13 Jan 2014
By I told you so - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Underwhelmed by this whole thing. First of all, it doesn't work very well as a stand-alone book -- way too many references are made to things that happened in some other book with some other characters. It got tedious as I didn't feel it added to this story at all. Main characters Roxley and Harriet are just not that likable. Roxley is a gambler and manages to lose pretty much everything but the clothes on his back even though he is responsible for other people and has just ruined his best friend's sister. That just makes him seem like a foolish, self-centered man with a gambling addiction. That's not attractive. Harriet isn't much better, she throws herself quite shamelessly at Roxley over and over again through the book. Desperation is not romantic, it was sad and I just wanted her to move on to a better man.

The flow of this book is interrupted by several LONG flashbacks, so many that I wished the author had just written the darn thing chronologically instead of halting any action she had built up to go back to something that happened 25 years ago. The mystery, and that is a very loose interpretation, will be figured out by the reader in chapter two. Unfortunately the author will beat you over the head with it for the rest of the book. The happily ever after came out nice and tidy but it was too late for me to care.
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