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  • Mass Market Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (20 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776764
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrs jane benfield on 27 Mar. 2013
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Sexy and enjoyable. Kasey Michaels has that wonderful knack of putting humour into her books - the perfect holiday read.
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I really enjoyed the first half of this book but I personally felt that the writer took far too long to get to the end of it and it all got a bit long winded to reach the conclusion.

An 'OK' read, nothing more.
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By Shelly on 24 Jan. 2014
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I liked this book very much, a good story line which kept the interest going, in fact at times unable to put the book down.
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By Tan on 29 Jun. 2014
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Got this book for my Granny when come in the post on date said she was so happy. She start reading at day
She says it as a good story line.
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A book sure to get your blood heating 24 Nov. 2012
By Deserie Comfort - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Kasey Michaels introduces a delicious new series about the Redgraves, four siblings celebrated for their legacy of scandal and seduction...

Gideon Redgrave, eldest child of the late Earl of Saltwood, refuses to be humbled by the scandal that once tore his family apart. He's built his life in London society around one rule: trust no one. So the last thing he wants is to play guardian and role model to a headstrong boy . . . or to engage in a battle of wills with the boy's spirited half sister, who is fighting Gideon for custody.

Beautiful and bold, young widow Jessica Linden proves to be a formidable and passionate adversary. But the more they lock horns, the more Gideon realizes he'd prefer to have Jessica on his side . . . and in his arms. Especially now that a new threat--sprung from his father's supposedly defunct secret society--is poised to destroy the Redgraves once and for all.

REVIEW: Engaging, wicked, humorous, and well written. Those are four words I'd use to sum up this piece.

The character development is amazing and holds you tight, right on up to the very end.

Ms. Michael's definitely knows her genre and if you're looking for a book to cozy up to on a cold night - you know, one that will warm you in more than one way - pick this one up.

Four out of five stars for a job well done.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What an Earl Wants~ 20 Nov. 2012
By Lisa Wolff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Jessica Linden has had a rough five years with it ending in her husbands death. Relived, she opens up a gaming hell to save up enough funds to open an inn and live quietly, determined to never marry again and be under a mans control. When her father, with whom she is estranged, also dies she tries to get custody of her half brother and prepares to battle his guardian, Gideon Regrave, Earl of Saltwood. Gideon is drawn to this fiery beauty and wants to know all her secrets and allows her to remeet her brother after so many years apart...and see what a silly fop he is now. But more important than the custody battle, which is quickly set aside, is the quest for the truth about their late fathers and who they truly were and what they truly did. As more and more is uncovered, Jessica and Gideon realize what a dangerous society they could be revealing. Doing all they can to stay ahead of the game, they take measures to ensure the safety of all those possibly involved. It quickly becomes clear, though, that this mysterious society is still alive and strong and still as dangerous as ever. And what of the passion that burns between Jessica and Gideon? Will Jessica be able to trust her life to another man and find happiness?

This is a book you want to sit down and just read without a lot of interruptions as there is so much information being given throughout the story. I felt a little lost in the beginning as Jessica and Gideon meet right away and get right to the heart of the mystery aspect regarding the Society and there were a lot of names and places to sort through. But I kept going, mainly because I loved the chemistry between our couple and I wanted to know all the secrets that I knew were going to come and with having read Kasey Michaels before, I knew that the twists would be coming and I was right. As more and more is revealed about the Society, through some great secondary characters like the dowager Countess (she is an absolute hoot!), you are drawn deeper into a dark, twisted Society. I really enjoyed watching Jessica and Gideons relationship grow from an almost protective attraction to a deep lasting love. There is no major misunderstandings or mishaps...Jessica stands up for her feelings and Gideon respects that without being overbearing. Jessica is strong, smart, brave and has a good sense of humor and is paired nicely with the protective, caring Gideon. Gideon and his family, two brothers and a sister, may flaunt their scandalous past but when it comes to those they love, they are serious. The mystery aspect surrounding the Society in this story is tied up but new threads are opened that will continue on in the next books and I'm anxious to see where they will lead. So even though I felt a bit lost at times with all the information being revealed, once I was able to settle in and just read without my kids around, I really found myself sucked in and enjoying the tale. Overall, a fast, twisting story with a smoldering romance that will leave you ready for more. 4 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What was the author thinking? 13 May 2013
By Sandy Milan - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this author and have read most of her books. I had my doubts about this book but after loving What a Lady Needs, I decided to buy this book so that I could try and understand the details of the society their fathers had belonged too. I was about 26% of my way into the book when I decided to return it for a refund. Honestly there is no way for the author to redeem these characters for me.

The main characters have sex together after she propositioned him fairly early on, in exchange for custody of her brother. She behaves like a prostitute so no wonder he thinks she is one. He behaves like he is God's gift to women and thinks really awful things about her. This isn't romance for me and I feel completely justified in returning it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I guess the Earl wanted it, but not too convinced she did 26 Feb. 2013
By Suzy Q-ed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After having read the other amazingly detailed summaries from other readers, I am only left with commenting on the story's quality and characters.... Thanks for the good summaries.

I will say that I purchased this book because of the overwhelming reviews, but after finishing the story, I don't feel as enthralled by it as others.

Our leading lady, Jessica Linden has just escaped a horrible marriage where the late husband was so much into alcohol and debt, that he even sold his wife's virginity on their wedding night; poor Jessica was emotionally scarred beyond belief, and thank goodness she managed to escape such a near tragic event. Unfortunately, her late husband holds her accountable for everything that doesn't end up going their way with financial luck and pretty much demeans her, both spiritually and sexually. Luckily for Jessica, a hero, in the form of a "father figure" steps in and manages to get her out of such a horrible marriage by making sure said late husband meets his doom by asphyxiating him during his sleep.

Fast forward about four/five years later and our leading lady Jessica is managing an incognito casino with her knight in shining armor of a savior and father figure in order to make enough money to open up her very own inn. However, spunky and street smart Jessica is noticed by our story's hero, Gideon Redgrave, The Earl of Saltwood since he has been named guardian and ward to Jessica's somewhat of a popping-jay and "jack axx"of a brother. From here on out, the two bump heads on almost everything, and Jessica just wants to take control of her brother's guardianship and offers her virtue in her attempts to negotiating with The Earl. And here is where the story just loses its realistic credibility with me.

First, Jessica is so scarred and tainted by her experience that she hates men in general, but then she finds it simple enough to hand over herself in order to "save" her brother?-- I understand the numbness towards everything, but the thought of selling herself and giving it away so easily when she was so afraid of men altogether was truly controversial to the character's given persona. And let's not forget to mention, that when the Earl does take her up on her offer in the mere later days that came, he simply mounts her in one heaping thrust and it was all over in a matter of minutes. - Way to go you bad axx Earl!--- SARCASM HERE. But seriously, How the author expects us intelligent readers to actually buy into the romance after the encounter was pretty much the same way her late husband wedded and bedded her is extremely condescending. I mean, COME ON NOW. How can we expect Jessica to feel great passion and desire over Gideon after this meaningless rump? Our author even notes that Jessica feels free and totally alive after her meaningless sex with Gideon. No-Duh!--HELLO--- She hasn't had any for the past four/five years!--LoL.

Furthermore, Gideon continues to come across as a "what I want, is what I get" and an extremely conceited and arrogant character when he simply walks into the club never-minding the business and audience to proceed to go upstairs barking orders not to be disturbed and locks himself up with Jessica for some more meaningless sex; all this after even having learned the true nature and story of her abusively former marriage from Jessica's father figure and right hand man.

Oh our author tries to give Gideon somewhat of a conscious when he convinces himself that a marriage proposal is truly warranted since they are so good in bed together in addition to being able to perform sleuth activities and get to the bottom of recent "Secret Society" member deaths. He also thinks it's a grand idea that they marry because Jessica is due recompense for having been put through such a horrible ordeal by her late and former husband, which may have been linked to initiations performed by the "Secret Society" which was also headed at one time by Gideon's grandfather. Oh, at this point, let's not forget that Gideon's grandmother Trixie is also assisting in the super sleuth activities, but she is also one bad axx granny with a very sharp, loose and saucy mouth on herself at the ripe old age of 73?!@#!???? Granny even assists with the questioning of elderly aristocratic men, even if it means she also has to bed them. So, you see, I just couldn't buy into any of these characters at all. What gives with the women just handing over themselves with no grace, self-esteem, self-worth and overall family values and decorum. Given Jessica's personality which coincidently is so much like granny Trixie's, who is to say that when she herself becomes a widow, she will also go out there and bed all the available aristocratic men for that matter?

So, with the above examples, I just can't simply give into this romance one bit--- SORRY.

Indeed, the heroine was spunky and brave, which are good qualities in women that have had it rough and tough, but her convictions weren't in the least bit solid. She also came across as too loose and very unconventional for a leading lady, who does in fact come from aristocratic society herself. Gideon simply lacked moral fiber, bravery (he was far more cockier than brave in my opinion), and a respectable stamina; this Earl knew he was good looking, was told most often than not that he was good looking and therefore came across as too conceited and cock-strutting to me. I also didn't see that this couple matched well with one another, other than the fact that they were very quick to react to the alleged sexual chemistry.

The most positive takeaway for me was that this couple was extremely witty with one another and they can really lock heads very well, but the romance wasn't too brilliantly solid to me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Makes you like Kasey Michaels again 7 Jan. 2013
By I Read Romance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had stopped reading Kasey Michaels several years ago because I found her books to be trite and conforming to what was popular to sell books rather than giving readers something creative. I had passed What an Earl Wants several times at the library, but was hesitant to pick it up as I didn't want to waste my time reading about silly characters with pointless problems. However, a dearth of new romance novels to peruse compelled me to finally give this book a try and I am certainly glad I gave it a chance.

To start off, this is only the most recent of books I've read where the back cover synopsis has little to do with the actual plot of the story. Yes the hero and heroine first meet because they are fighting over the guardianship of her younger brother (who is either 17 or 18), but after a one chapter dispute that issue is resolved and readers plunge into the real story: a secret hellfire club from the past whose elderly members are being killed one by one.

The hero is the son and grandson of the previous hellfire club leaders. His parents were both less than admirable and left difficult legacies for their children to carry. He and his siblings have been combating the societal tendency to label children "like father, like son" even though the hero, who is the eldest, was only 9 yrs-old when the scandal rocked his family. Rather than hide away from society's judgment, the siblings have embraced life and have not cowed to others assumption of who they are (e.g. the earl's sister is considered promiscuous because she visually resembles their bed-hopping mother).

The heroine is the daughter of a middle class man who happened to be friends with the hero's deceased father. Upon her father's death, his will assigns guardianship of her half-brother to the Earl of Saltwood, intending it to be his friend but reverting to the hero instead due to his father's early death. With fond memories of a 12 yr-old brother who was gentle and loved to learn, the heroine fights for custody only to meet her brother face-to-face and realize the few years they had been separated had altered him irrevocably into a mirror of his silly mother. Imagine the flamboyancy of Johnny Weir turned up several notches with the intelligence of a "dumb blonde" stereotype - that's the brother.

The attraction between the hero and heroine is unmistakeable from their first meeting, even when they judge the other to be less than desirable. Their courtship is unconventional, beginning as a sexual fulfillment of two mature adults who neither want or expects commitment, but altering into something deeper and more emotional once they discover that each has been projecting a facade to the rest of the world, pretending to be what the world expects to see rather than who they are.

The one element that made this book enjoyable was that the hellfire club deaths (which is the underlying mystery linking the four books in the series) do not drown out the romance between the H/h. Rather, the action in the book is the catalyst that brings the protagonists closer when it seemed their relationship would simply be relegated to the "good in bed" pile. Also the mystery is actually mysterious; parts of it you can figure out but others are less clear and holds your attention. I only hope Michaels can carry it through three more books.

A recommended read for romance fans who like books where the hero lingers in their thoughts long after the book is over.
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