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Harriet Hathaway has loved only one man her entire life the Earl of Roxley But when he ignores her at a ball she takes rather desperate steps to catch his eye and her plans find her ruined and without any hope of gaining Roxley's heart So it is much to her amazement when Roxley proposes marriage to save her from ruin But Roxley's proposal isn't uite on the up and up and when she finds out she's just another piece in one of his plots and japes she vows revengeRoxley is desperate to pull his family from the brink of ruin and the only way to gain a lost fortune is to prove to his aunts that he's reformed his life and is determined to settle down But the bride to be that he thought would be most amiable is doing everything to turn his life and his heart upside down Harriet Hathaway had always seemed the most sensible girl he knew but now this siren of a stranger he's engaged to is leaving him feeling anything but sensible Harriet is about to steal not only his heart but uite possibly the keys to the Roxley fortune

10 thoughts on “If Wishes Were Earls

  1. says:

    I wish this book never has to end

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    I want you and only you he'd whispered as he'd entered her Taken her Possessed her It had been so breathless so ruinous So very wonderfulHarriet Hathaway has known Roxley for most of her life Now as a grown woman she wants from him than mere friendship she desires him and loves him One night at a ball they share a memorable kiss but nothing came from it Now over a year later she still wants to marry him and wants to show him that what they have is powerful than any other match he could ever make with any other woman Roxley due to his parents gambling habits has barely kept himself afloat Now he is approached by a man who has bought all of his debt and demands that he marries his daughter Feeling as if his hands are tied he knows that he has no choice even though his heart has always belonged to one woman a woman who was dare enough to kiss him and change everything The last thing that Roxley wants is to hurt Harry but he doesn't have a choice in order to save those whose welfare are relying on him Harriet is shocked when she learns that Roxley is suppose to propose to another woman and is determined to stop it Then a dangerous plot unravels and it will take Roxley and Harriet working together to put that which was wronged right once again and to take down those who would destroy themIf Wishes Were Earls is the first novel that I have read from Elizabeth Boyle I was able to receive a copy in exchange for a honest review from Avon and Edelweiss I don't know why I haven't read her before now especially since I love historical romance As they say Better late than never and I definitely feel that way about this author I plan on looking for this author at my local library and reading of her books Even though this is the third in the series it could be read as a stand alone but I definitely wishes I had read the first two beforehand but it isn't necessary to read this one First off I want to discuss the cover which is one of my favorites including the stepback When I saw it for the first time I found the blend of the purples pinks and the white dress had such a mixture of soft colors that created a magical scene of sensualityOne of my favorite aspects of If Wishes Were Earls was the way that the story picked up it starts with the reader seeing Harriet being bold and daring and going after what she wants which is the Earl of Roxley But what turns into hopes gets turned into disappointment when Roxley treats her differently after the fact But she doesn't want to give up hope so she sets up a plan to make Roxley fall in love with her and choose love over his duty We see that there are two sides to this situation Roxley wishes he was free to marry Harriet but he has to provide for his aunts and keep those lands that have been in his family for generations When he ends up being blackmailed he knows he has little choice Then we see a certain sub plot of danger and intrigue involving some diamonds and the plot thickens and the reader is then taken on a ride of passion suspense and power of true loveI found If Wishes Were Earls to be a truly captivating story that reeled me in from the prologue Usually I have to force my way through the prologue sometimes I just want to get to the story LOL But I have found that reading the prologue lends the reader to some background information needed to make sense of the rest of the story When I first read the synopsis I wasn't sure if I would like it much but the story was far different than what the Synopsis implied the story to be So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed seeing the change of events and the way the Harriet and Roxley get on together I couldn't complain much about the setting I found it very delightful the connection the Roxley and Harry have with each other even though its subtle at times and too obvious at other times The one thing that I would complain about this story would be the multiple flashbacks it could be a bit confusing at times Other than the flashbacks I truly enjoyed this story and I can hardly wait for the chance to read the rest of the series and from this authorOverall I splendid romance with a touch of witty humor a hint of passion and excitement a plot thickened with drama and danger and intrigue that will tie you up in knots and a love story to charm and entice A DELICIOUS READ

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    Warning #1 The blurb on the back cover is misleadingWarning #2 There are flashbacks in this story Many of them Warning #3 Because of the flashbacks we are told from the beginning that Roxley and Harry are in love but forces are keeping them apartWarning #4 If you haven't already guessed will be ranting somewhat in this reviewI was so excited about this book because the summary sounded so awesome and I enjoyed the scenes with Harry and Roxley in the first book of this series and the first line of this book was glorious Unfortunately for me this book was not what I expected but not in a good way Boyle is a good writer but there were too many elements that I do not favor that permeated this bookFirst off we find out in the beginning of the story that Roxley ruined Harry at a ball 8 months ago and his luck began to fail after that as if someone was trying to deliberately ruin him As a result he was being forced blackmailed to marry someone else This was the book's core starting point and it had one vital problem if 1 Harry and Roxley were so in love 2 Roxley was so honorable and 3 Harry was ruined by Roxley then why in the hell were they not already married before 8 months had passed? Why you ask? Because if they were married this book couldn't happen That is the sad answerSecondly while I thought this book would be a sweet childhood friends to lovers theme it was instead a caper book Now not all caper books are bad I really enjoyed Suzanne Enoch's Something Sinful but combine the caper book with random sex scenes in flash backs no love story and a lot of not so angsty internal dialogue about why Harry and Roxley couldn't be together the excuses were flimsy and you get a story I rant about The caper story is based on a rumor that Roxley's parents were part of an infamous card game where they won half of a priceless diamond necklace However Roxley doesn't know about a diamond necklace and he has no idea who is willing to ruin and possibly kill him for those diamonds While I did not suspect the villain I did know where the diamonds were hidden almost from the beginning and I thought it was silly no one else suspectedThirdly I did not like how we were told Harry and Roxley were in love and there were no real scenes that depicted them falling for each other there are sex scenes but they were pointless and I didn't find them romantic at all One of the best scenes is in a flashback to when Roxley sneaks to Harry's house after an incident at a ball where he worried about how much trouble she would be in That scenes showed the pull between the characters and I really enjoyed it Unfortunately because this book had so many external baddies to deal with there was not much room left for sweet romantic scenes like this And it was in a flashbackI read Boyle's early book This Rake of Mine and loved it and began auto buying her other books all of which have not been as enjoyable for me An exception is Cynders and Ashe a short story I adored This book while well written felt disorganized because of the flashbacks and contained too much external conflict even for me I typically enjoy books where the characters admit their feelings for each other early and take on problems as a team but it still like to see them fall for each other a development this story lacked To be honest this story would have been better off being told linearly starting at a ball where Harry was ruined progressing through Roxley's ruin and why the couple weren't yet married they could have been engaged and worked together to figure out who was behind the plot and the scenes could have shown their worry for each other about the danger involved through communication instead of Roxley just pushing Harry away with no explanation Then there could have been information fed in breadcrumbs of dialogue instead of flashbacks We could have seen of Roxley and Harry and less of all the villains I would have enjoyed this better I thinkI would only recommend this book for the following reasons 1 you've loved all of Boyle's other books 2 you enjoy flashbacks and 3 you don't mind if a story lacks in romance because of an elaborate revenge plotI did not enjoy this book and only give it 2 stars because I finished it and Boyle is a decent writer I will also be skipping the other book in the series And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake because I just really don't like the characters I'm going to finish up the Boyle books on my shelf and take a break from her for a while Bummer

  4. says:

    I was a little put off by the numerous flashbacks in the book as they occasionally became confusing Still a decent read with the Childhood Friends To Lovers trope that I enjoy so much 35 45

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    Review posted on The Eater of Books blogIf Wishes Were Earls by Elizabeth BoyleBook Three of the Rhymes With Love seriesPublisher Avon BooksPublication Date December 31 2013Rating 4 starsSource eARC from EdelweissWarning this is an adult book and for the eyes of mature readersSummary from GoodreadsHarrriet Hathaway has loved only one man her entire life the Earl of Roxley But when he ignores her at a ball she takes rather desperate steps to catch his eye and her plans find her ruined and without any hope of gaining Roxley’s heart So it is much to her amazement when Roxley proposes marriage to save her from ruin But Roxley’s proposal isn’t uite on the up and up and when she finds out she’s just another piece in one of his plots and japes she vows revengeRoxley is desperate to pull his family from the brink of ruin and the only way to gain a lost fortune is to prove to his aunts that’s he’s “reformed” his life and is determined to settle down But the bride to be that he thought would be most amiable is doing everything to turn his life and his heart upside down Harriet Hathaway had always seemed the most sensible girl he knew but now this siren of a stranger he’s engaged to is leaving him feeling anything but sensible Harriet is about to steal not only his heart but uite possibly the keys to the Roxley fortuneWhat I LikedWhat a fabulous historical romance novel I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel in all honesty I hadn't read the summary in a very long time I reuested this book months ago and downloaded it months ago I've now read this book in December so I had no idea what this book was about So my expectations were fairly low if existent at all for this bookI was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book Harriet and Roxley the non romance plot the humor everything was wonderful There was a slow start but the plot warmed up and took off I didn't expect so much from a historical romance novel Some might be put off by the amount of this book that ISN'T romance but I love that Let me talk about the romance Harriet and Roxley have a history They shared a very passionate kiss and then some time after that a memorable night together in a garden Months later neither can forget either event or each other But Roxley is in dire straits and is blackmailed into marrying a merchant's daughter in order to save his family's fortune and his good name as the Earl of RoxleyHarriet of course will have none of that When she finally thinks that she will be reunited with Roxley after so many months she is crushed at first to learn the hard way that Roxley will be marrying another Harriet is not so easily deterred She puts her nose and herself right into the thick of things I love this about Harriet she is bold but not in the typical way that you might find in historical romance novels She also isn't a simpering ninny Good for herShe and Roxley are so perfect for each other and they know it and it takes than half the book for the two of them to finally realize that they can be together Both of them find out that the merchant and his merchant aren't as honest as they appear and that is when things go downhill Harriet isn't safe Roxley's aunts aren't safe and the mysterious diamonds aren't safe eitherThe romance is great in this book It doesn't exactly take the forefront in this novel though it might appear to do so There is so much going on Roxley trying to figure out who the merchant's daughter really is Roxley trying to find the family's lost diamonds Harriet trying to seduce Roxley back into loving her he never stopped loving her in case you wanted to know Harriet dodging the idiot Fieldgate Roxley and Harriet and the merchant's daughter prancing across the country to meet Roxley's aunt it's a very busy bookAnd might I mention the humor in this book? Oh my goodness I loved how Boyle injects the occasional joke or hilarious scene every now and then I cannot remember the name but there is this one Lord somebody who ALWAYS says the funniest things at the perfect times And then there is Harriet with her five brothers and her ridiculous childhood with Roxley There were so many funny scenes in this book which I really appreciatedOverall I really liked this book I might actually read it again we'll see It has to be a fairly great book for me to re read it and this one was great Plus the romance was steamy when there were steamy scenes An all around great novelWhat I Did Not LikeOccasionally there was some dragging in the plot meaning it seemed like the story was stuck in one place for too long Like I'll admit the beginning is kind of slow The way the plot is set up with flashbacks placed every now and then in the story made the story stand still for some time The author needed readers to understand the past between Harriet and Roxley and there was a lot that had already happened before this novel startedOf course I never read the first two novels in this series not that one HAS TO so perhaps the background might have made sense had I read them I don't know if the events that transpired between Harriet and Roxley occurred during those booksBut that's okay about the drag because it's a small thing and it didn't detract from the overall story It was just a pacing issue but a tiny one nonethelessWould I Recommend ItYES I was very impressed with this novel and how much I really liked it This book isn't just a romance novel there is a fair amount of great humor scheming and action A perfect mixRating4 stars I really enjoyed this one This one will probably end up on my end of the year favorites list

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    So I think the summary on GR is a bit off on this one but despite that I uite enjoyed the book I always love heroes and heroines who would put their own happiness aside to ensure the safety and well being of those they love even when it's frustrating as hell to read knowing what they're prepared to sacrifice I also love a heroine who flouts the rules of society who barrels toward danger all in the name of love Harriet nay Harry was perfection And I definitely want to read about her five brothers Roxley was a fine love interest but Harry really stole the show There should be a series like the one uoted from in this story detailing her adventures

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    I really wanted to enjoy this book but instead I found myself hating it The mystery of who was financially ruining Roxley was the only thing mildly entertaining in the story and thus saved the book from a one star rating Harriet and Roxley themselves were too wishy washy about their affections for one another that it dragged the story down into tedium I couldn't see other Society ladies doing the things that Harriet did to gain Roxley's attention no matter how meddlesome or how many brothers she might have had Don't even get me started on the wardrobe choices she wore because I don't believe that any marriage minded lady of uality would wear the colors that were reserved for the married women of Society when she herself was unmarried no matter how black her hair was I must admit I did enjoy the twist that was Lady Oriel which added to my star rating as well Overall I found this to be a weak link in the series and I'm hesitant to continue with the series

  8. says:

    3 12 stars

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    Original post WISHES WERE EARLS Colorful Witty Romantic E Galley provided by publisher via Avon for reviewing purposes No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own unless otherwise notedThis was an absolutely charming story — the plot offers uite a lot of danger witty dialogue often makes the story comical and always entertaining It’s linguistically interesting I suspect Boyle enjoys the origin of words in much the same way I do I really enjoyed her use of original words that have come down to us in different spellings for example partis for parties as in interested parties I thought it was well written and plotted The main characters were not the same old same old fodder of the romance genre but uite different amusing smart flawed frightened but courageous uncertain all will be well The story’s aristocrats are beginning to be overtaken by the “common” middle classes and it shows in their attitudesI enjoyed the “always thought of her as a sister but now she’s a woman” theme The tenderness Roxley presents for both young Harry and the grown up Harriet are sweet And young Harry and Harriet have both always thought of Roxley otherwiseI thought the description of customs and attitudes was spot on And the description of the financial straits many nobles found themselves was enlightening The internal monologues describing the character’s feelings was so romantic as the hero and heroine struggle towards each other in a farcical; comedy of errors and intrigueWhile the situation became dire it never really felt as if the couple were in danger Somehow in the way of romance I knew all would work out in the end for all but a few charactersSweet sexy romance with a little danger will add color to any dreary winter’s day HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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    What a fun story The pace rarely lets up Harriet is delightful I know others have criticized her chasing Roxley but that keeps her in character She is not a missy miss She has always been forthright since the two of them met and she planted him a facerI could easily have read this in one day if I'd had nothing else to do Unfortunately that was not the case and it was very difficult to put down And yes like others I also knew where the diamonds were but found knowing added to the suspenseRoxley was a typical male He thought honor meant having a fortune for Harriet Silly men Love trumps money any day If he had followed through with his honorable plan they both would have been miserable Good thing he had Harriet to set him straightI struggle with the incestuous component of friends becoming lovers stories but I loved everything else so I decided to ignore my ualms