MY WICKED EARL By Linda Needham Historical - Regency Period
Charles Stirling, the Earl of Everingham, is being hampered in his investigation of the Bloody Massacre at Peterloo by seditious and incendiary broadsides and speeches made by his nemesis, Captain Spindleshanks. He's finally located this troublemaker and sent his men to spring the trap and capture this captain. Expecting the tall, dark man often described, he's astonished when his doors are thrown open with a bang and the prisoner thrown in is a magnificent woman. Barefooted, wearing nothing more than a sheer nightgown and shackles on her wrists and ankles, Hollie Finch boldly faces the man most fear. She's captured and her broadsides and printing press are confiscated, but the quick thinking rebel fabricates a tale of an elusive husband who is the captain they are searching for. It's a lie that keeps her safe, but one that will come back to haunt her later.
Charles holds the lady as hostage, believing her husband will quickly come to her rescue. After all, how could he possibly stay away from such passion and beauty for long? Hollie quickly turns the tables, and it's more like Charles is the hostage. He can't stay away from her, using the excuse that he must watch her day and night so he doesn't miss the opportunity to catch her husband when he arrives. She has him so besotted he even installs her printing press for her. She continually spies, gathering information for the scathing broadsides she secretly produces right under his nose. Hollie's father was brutally murdered at Peterloo and she is determined to tell the world the truth of that blood bath.
MY WICKED EARL is a regency historical featuring a unique heroine. Unlike most women of her time, Holly is educated and clever, and has a forceful personality. She's a rebel in her own time, unwilling to bend before the upper classes of society. Linda Needham further introduces conflict as she develops a romance between a commoner of the middle class and an earl of high political standing. She finds a way for these two worlds to meet and learn about love, and does it with humor and sizzling sensuality. She adds secondary characters to build a bridge between the unlikely couple, and tells her story in such a way to make it believable. MY WICKED EARL is a book you will enjoy reading and one I recommend you add to your shopping list.
Carol Carter, Reviewer - As written for Romance Reviews Today