This Earl is on Fire (Season’s Originals #2)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family’s rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.
Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can’t see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice—and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips—helps soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.
Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he—or Adeline—ever imagined.
Whoo-hoo, second book in the Season’s Originals trilogy! I’ve enjoyed Vivienne Lorret’s books to date (see author tag) and more or less enjoyed the first book in this series (review) so I was curious to see how this second book fared. The Earl of Wolford, if I recall, did make an appearance in the first book but my memory’s a little hazy there–too many characters from a myriad of series to keep track of!–but nonetheless the premise sounded interesting.
Vivenne Lorret has written another enjoyable historical romance with This Earl is on Fire. Adeline Pimm is a wonderful character, untouched by society’s schemings and determined to prove herself independent, and her parents were absolutely delightful, totally unconventional by the time’s standards but they’re so kind and cool and caring–definitely one of the best parents I’ve seen in historical romance! There’s something about Adeline that society deems unacceptable or unattractive–I won’t say what it is here–but I love how she doesn’t allow it to keep her back, keep her from having adventure or venturing out into society. She’s a lovely contrast to Liam, who was bred into society and his position and all of its pitfalls and machinations that comes along with it. He’s more jaded, not to mention he guards himself closely from betrayal and hurt (with good reason, he’s been hurt in the past), but he’s also got some interesting hobbies that make him more than what he seems to society. But my, how charming he was! 😛
Reading and watching as these two characters slowly fall in love was great, the progression feeling natural. I love how Adeline made friends with some of those who know Liam–and here’s where characters from the first book make an appearance, such as Juliet and Max and their ongoing feud/challenge regarding the Season’s Original–but also how Liam had a few minor stories, a mystery and some reconciliation with those members of his family he was estranged from. Speaking of which, I kind of want a story on Vale and his wife Ivy, their story seems so cute and Vale is pretty interesting in his own way! I wonder if the author wrote a short story on them *makes a mental note to follow up on this*
Anyway, I don’t know what else to say about this novel except I really enjoyed it: it was an excellent follow-up to The Debutante is Mine and was the perfect book to read over the long weekend (Note: I read this back on Labour Day weekend last year). I can’t wait to read the third book in the trilogy as it features, lo and behold, the feuding duo Max and Juliet (hehehe). In any case, This Earl is on Fire is highly recommended!