Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Book Review: No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

Publisher & Release: St. Martin’s, March 6, 2018

Time and setting:  Regency, England

Genre: Historical Romance

Book Length: 384 pages

Heat Level: 1.5 Flame

Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

It is a truth universally acknowledged 
that a lady can do anything a man can do:

backwards and in high-heeled dancing slippers.
Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She's running a ramshackle orphanage, London's worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.
Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.
Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance...

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Vikki’s Musings

As with all of Shana Galen’s historical romances, she has again delivered a tale sparkling dialogue and an adventure-packed plot. I’m so glad I accepted an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review No Earls Allowed, the second book in her Survivors series.

The pacing is quick, and the story pulled me in from the first page and kept me engaged until the last word. Not only are the main characters enthralling, the many orphans in the novel, have their own nicely developed character arch.

Lady Julianna’s character has a heart as big as the ocean and protects are charges, even at her own peril. When the hero shows up, they are thrown together and must work together to save the orphanage. Her heart is as big for him as for her boys.

Major Neil Wraxall’s character is my favorite hero. He is honorable, brave and determined to protect Julianna and her boys no matter how hard she makes it, and her fearless attitude definitely makes it VERY hard. The sincere, caring love he gives her stole my heart, and his backstory brought tears to my eyes.

The chemistry between Julianna and Neil jumps off the page. Ms. Galen certainly knows how to build sexual tension. That’s something I expect with historical romances. I fell in love with this couple and truly wanted them to find their happy ending!

If you are a fan of Regency romances with plenty of action and heart-warming characters, then you will love No Earls Allowed as much as I did. I highly recommend this book and this very talented author. Happy reading!

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