Aug 20 2015 8:30am

First Look: Kelly Bowen’s You’re the Earl That I Want (August 25, 2015)

Kelly Bowen
You're the Earl That I Want (Lords of Worth #3)
Forever / August 25, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

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. 

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 to ensure the earl's safety. And to remind him that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in passion.

Oh, Kelly Bowen, how I adore your books. Yay for me that You’re the Earl That I Want delivers with intrigue, chemistry and humor. Because we have the best friend’s little sister trope (love this one), a mystery that truly drives the plot, and of course, the infamous chickens. For those of you who have read prior books, you know what I’m talking about. For those who haven’t, all I can say without spoiling the reading experience, is that I love the chickens almost as much as the hero/heroine.

Heath Hextall, the Earl of Boden and best friend to the Duke of Worth, needs a wife. Someone who won’t add more chaos to his already reeling out of control, life. Someone dull and demure, who will abide by society’s standards. Someone absolutely not like Josephine (Joss) Somerhall, younger sister to his best friend. It’s been just about 20 years since she used to follow Heath and Will around like a puppy, and because Heath has eyes, he notices what a beauty she has become. More importantly, is her intelligence and gift for finding trouble. But this doesn’t bode well for Boden, because not only does she add chaos, but she’s off limits as Will’s younger sister. Nor does she want to marry.

The feel of her hands sliding over his back under his evening coat had sent the same jolt of lust through him, though at that time, he’d attributed it to the residual effects of their narrow escape. She’d had her head against his chest, thank God, for had she looked up at him in that moment, he might have kissed her senseless and regretted it later. Because this was Joss, for pity’s sake. His best friend’s little sister. She’d been a child to be tolerated out of loyalty to Worth, and now, as a woman, she was to be respected and kept at an appropriate distance for the exact same reason. Not fantasized about as if she were some sort of courtesan ripe for conquest.

The combination of Heath’s seriousness and Joss’ unconventional intelligence and zest for adventure make their heart story one that is a slow boil. I love how the tension builds and how they must work together in order to solve the mystery behind the death of one of Heath's acquaintances.

It was the lure of answers that was beckoning him so acutely, he told himself. The possibility that they could finally discover whatever it was that had cost Gavin Smythe his life, and deal with it accordingly. Make sure the matter was placed in the appropriate hands so that they could wash their own of it…He stood in front of his bedroom for a moment, feeling foolish. This was his house, for God’s sake. This house, his hall, his bedroom. He had every right to go wherever he pleased. He pushed the door open and strode into the room.

Joss was sleeping. Curled up in the center of his bed, his blankets pulled up over her shoulders, her dark hair tumbling across his pillow. And in that instant, Heath was overcome with a feeling of such savage possessiveness that it robbed him of his breath.

…He lowered himself to the edge of the bed. The longing and desire that was ripping through his body was unbearable.

Which brings me to the mystery. Not only was the anticipation for when they would finally do the deed killing me, I was completely engrossed with trying to figure out the mystery and conspiracy behind the murder of Heath's friend. Ms. Bowen does such an excellent job of slowly unveiling pieces of the story that by the time our hero/heroine duo figure it out, I am glued to the pages, unable to put the book down.

Will there be another full-length novel in the series? (Pretty please?) Or will there be a new series? Either way, I can't wait to find out.


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Tanya is a fanatic of all things romance and teaches sociology part time. You can follow her on twitter @tamushamu.


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1. JulieG
I've thoroughly enjoyed her books thus far, the humor, the unconventional plot bits. Hope to read a lot more of her in the future!
4. TanyaLK
Hi @JulieG and @lauralee1912, yes agree. Love her books. Found out there will be another series in Jan. So excited!! Love the unconventional characters and humor.
5. TanyaLK
@JenniferProffitt, yes, it's fab. The whole series is fab.
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