Romancing the Earl by Darcy Burke

Romancing the Earl (Legendary Rogues, #2)Romancing the Earl by Darcy Burke
Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Legendary Rogues, #2

Release Date: April 2015

I LOVED this book – I loved the first book – which I didn’t realize until I started to read this book, was about Cate’s parents. I would categorize this book as a historical action/adventure romance. The book is well written and the plot moves at a very fast pace.

Cate is a great heroine – she is smart, independent, adventurous, bold and brave. She is on a mission to find one of the 13 secret/hidden artifacts of King Arthur. Her quest is to find the sword known as Dyrnwyn and to find it she needs a tapestry owned by Elijah, Lord Norris.

Elijah is the new Earl, inheriting from his late brother. His brother has died under mysterious circumstances and now Elijah believes he was murdered for the tapestry. Before his death, his brother wrote to him and told him about a map that he had hidden. After meeting Cate, he realizes that the map his brother referred to was actually the tapestry Cate is looking for.

This is the beginning of their adventure – a quest to find the sword and discover who murdered Elijah’s brother.

I did find the relationship between Elijah and his mother a little confusing and there was no real closure there – we know they don’t really care for each other – but honestly we don’t know why she behaved as she did – it felt like there was a story there – it just was never told.

I thought the love scenes were well done and HOT – very HOT – not smutty porn or gratuitous – just perfect for this story. I also liked the slight side romance between Grey and Wade – it was well off to the side of the real story and in no way took the attention away from Cate and Elijah.

I would definitely recommend this series and I am impatiently waiting for the next two books featuring Penn Bowen & Gideon, Viscount Kersey

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