The third book in Elizabeth Boyle s sparkling Rhymes with Love series, whose titles are based on nursery rhymes, about three best friends from the cursed village of Kempton, who find true love. We finally get Harriet Harry Hathaway s story, with her long suffering love for the Earl of Roxley And what a sweet story it is. My thoughts Each chapter opened with a line from Harry s beloved and sentimental Miss Darby novels This brought to mind the hilarious one liners in Maggie Robinson s Mistress by Marriage, whose heroine was secretly an author of romance novels I have seen one night be the ruin of many a good man Lt Throckmorton to Miss Darby from Miss Darby s Reckless Bargain Also, the book titles were great Miss Darby s Daring Dilemma, Miss Darby s Perilous Journey, and Miss Darby and the C So, I think the summary on GR is a bit off on this one, but despite that, I quite 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 quoted from in this story detailing her adventures. 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 Quite On The Up And Up And When She Finds Out She S [Elizabeth Boyle] ¸ If Wishes Were Earls [education PDF] Ebook Epub Download À 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 Quite Possibly The Keys To The Roxley Fortune Review posted on The Eater of books blog If Wishes Were Earls by Elizabeth BoyleBook Three of the Rhymes With Love seriesPublisher Avon booksPublication Date December 31, 2013Rating 4 starsSource eARC from Edelweiss Warning this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers Summary from Goodreads Harrriet 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 quite on the up and up and when she finds out she s just another piece in one of his plots and japes, she vows revenge. Roxley is desperate to pull his family from t 3 1 2 stars 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 Quality 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 add ☆ If Wishes Were Earls ì 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 noted. This was an absolutely charming story the plot offers quite 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 quite
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 facer. I 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 suspense. Roxley 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 straight. I struggle with the incestuous com Warning 1 The blurb on the back cover is misleading. Warning 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 apart. Warning 4 If you haven t already guessed, will be ranting somewhat in this review. I 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 book. First off, we find out in the begin 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 3. 5 4 5
Elizabeth Boyle was an antipiracy paralegal for Microsoft before settling down to write full time Her first novel, Brazen Angel, which won Dell s Diamond Debut Award in 1996, also won the Romance Writers of America s RITA Award for Best First Book, and was a finalist for Best Long Historical Romance She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington She is also the author of Brazen Heiress.