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A single lady in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a suitor.Margaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried state with dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she was young and starry-eyed, though regrettably poor, and it's unlikely any man will court her now that she's older, wiser, and still just as penniless. Until, that is, her brother unexpectedlyA single lady in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a suitor.Margaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried state with dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she was young and starry-eyed, though regrettably poor, and it's unlikely any man will court her now that she's older, wiser, and still just as penniless. Until, that is, her brother unexpectedly inherits the dukedom of Durham and settles an enormous dowry on her, making her the most eligible heiress in town.No gentleman in London is more in need of a wealthy bride than Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling. He contrives an introduction to Margaret because of her dowry, but she swiftly sets him right: no fortune hunter will win her heart or her hand. Far from put off, Rhys is intrigued. Interested. Entranced. And soon the only thing he needs more than Margaret's fortune...is her love....

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I Love the Earl Reviews

  • Katie Michaels
    2018-11-13 18:41

    You know what I loved about this book? I never had to forgive the hero or the heroine for being an idiot. Not once did they betray each other. Not once did they fail to forgive a shortcoming. There was no subterfuge, no great misunderstanding. It's just a story of a man, trying to win a woman's heart --and succeeding.Margaret is firmly on the shelf at 30 when her brother inherits a Dukedom. He decides to share his good fortune with his sister, offering a sizable dowry for her to finally snag a husband. That money is just what Rhys needs. But when he meets Margaret, he is taken with her quick wit and strong will... and he knows they would be a perfect fit.Margaret wants a man to love her for more than the money her brother is offering. And Rhys' financial problems are no secret, so it takes some time before she is assured of his affections. But the sexual tension is good and when they finally come together, it's great. There are a few foils for the couple along the way, but they're all external. It's a short read... only a little over 100 pages... but a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. 4 stars.*ARC Provided by NetGalley

  • Ursula
    2018-11-06 16:27

    This was an ok read. I think it is pretty hard to write a novella length story convincing me that a destitute earl is not marrying the heiress for her money. It didn't really work because there was no time for the relationship to develop. It was all too neat and tied up with a bow. (He obsessed so much about the money she was bringing into the marriage, implying that his lust for her was just an added bonus.)That said, it was nicely written, as usual for CL. It just didn't grab me. I was also confused as to how this fitted in with the series. A prequel? I kept thinking the new Duke must be gay, with his aversion to matchmaking women and marriage, but that never came out. I have read the other books, so now I have to go back to them and work it out, as I read them while a go. Previous secret marriage? Illegitimate offspring? Oh well. Time for e re-read!

  • Lady Wesley
    2018-11-18 18:30

    Quite enjoyable little story about what can happen when an on-the-shelf spinster's brother unexpectedly becomes a duke. And gives her a dowry large enough to attract every fortune hunter in London.

  • Maya Rodale
    2018-10-28 15:41

    Totally charming novella that kicks off a fantastic series. Don't miss it!

  • Miranda
    2018-10-26 16:24

    4 sweet starsThis is a quick read... just 125 pages I believe. Caroline Linden does a superb job at writing this story. It's short and to the point. Just the right amount of romance and scandal to keep you reading until the very last page. I'm definitely starting on the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what all is in store for all the characters. Great way to start off a series. I look forward to reading them."My intentions..." His slow smile acted like a torch held to her skin. She felt prickly with heat and yet transfixed by the glowing allure of it. "I intend to have you, Maggie, in every way a man can have a woman. I want your hand in mine while we dance. I want you laughing beside me in the theater. I want you lying naked in my arms at night. And I want you standing beside me in church, saying 'I will.'" His gaze scorched her.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-15 13:41

    I seem to have a weird relationship with novellas that are prequels to longer series. I am obsessed with finding them and using them to figure out if I like a particular writing style or premise. But, I often find myself disappointed in the shorter length and often cliffhanger endings that are designed to make me want to purchase the actual series books. Thankfully, this was not the case with I Love the Earl which is an introduction to Caroline Linden's The Truth About the Duke historical series.The first thing that grabbed my attention about this novella was the Georgian England setting. I adore this time period with all the elaborate hairstyles and over-the-top fashion. This is not an era that is commonly found in historical romance nowadays so it was very refreshing to read different details even if it is only for a prequel.The spinster heiress and the fortune hunter are two of historical romance's most common character types, but Linden found a way to make them new and interesting for me. Margaret's self-awareness and matter-of-fact nature made her a very endearing personality. That also made her journey to self-confidence that much more rewarding. In terms of the hero, Rhys was surprisingly mature about his difficult financial situation. He knew he needed the money to help his estate, but was willing to do without some of the finer things in order to retain his livelihood. I also liked how devoted he was to Margaret from their first meeting. It is always nice to read about the heroine being pursued rather than the other way around.The romance between Margaret and Rhys was sweet and fun to read. Linden shows these two characters slowly getting to know each other and developing a friendship and then a relationship. I thought the development aspect was well done especially for the shorter page length. Readers do get an introduction to the mystery behind Margaret's newly titled brother which is the focus on the series. I'm not completely sure what is going on with him, but I can definitely tell his past is an intriguing one that I will want to read more about.

  • Ms_prue
    2018-10-21 15:46

    I enjoyed this. It's only 100 pages, according to goodreads. That must be why I finished it in record time. It was good but very light on, and the conflict was barely there. However the characterisation was delightful.It's interesting to contrast Margaret, the heroine of this novel, with Kitty from Heyer's Cotillion, which I've also just read. Both are heiresses, both are perceived as greatly improved in the eyes of their beholders by their new, fashionable outfits, and both don't take shit from anybody. But I enjoyed Cotillion more because it goes further into the complexities of Society than I Love the Earl, which only skims the surface of the politics of a newly-ennobled spinster with an unexpected dowry. In the end, this story seems to boil down to "money solves everything", with a side helping of True Love. Thus Heyer, with her more complex story about how money causes more problems than solutions, gets 4 stars from me, and Linden gets just 3.P.S. I paid money for this ebook, too. What's happening to me?

  • Becca
    2018-11-12 15:34

    I really enjoyed this story. It was uncomplicated and sweet and the characters were always honest with each other, which is refreshing because you don't encounter that often. I'd recommend this novella as a nice way to spend an evening after a long day :)An Earl in need of funds finds a woman he could love and pursues her, recognizing that love is important to him...and he never sways from the conviction that he loves the heroine for her, not her money. How uncommon!

  • Keri
    2018-11-07 15:32

    3.5 Stars. I am intrigued enough to read the first book in the series. I even understand why she wrote a prequel for Maggie and not Frances, so we shall see how it shakes out. I liked Maggie and Rhys and would have liked to have had a longer book on them.

  • Sofia
    2018-10-19 13:37

    I liked the characters and the story.The language and writing used did not place me in the setting though.

  • Steelwhisper
    2018-10-21 14:36

    3.5*Very charming.

  • Christine
    2018-11-16 12:47

    I Love the Earl is a prequel novella to Ms. Linden's newest historical romance trilogy, The Truth About the Duke, the first book of which is titled One Night In London, released in September 2011. I Love the Earl takes place several decades before One Night In London and tells the love story of Margaret de Lacey and Rhys Corwen, the Earl of Dowling. Margaret is a spinster at age thirty having never married and is nearly resigned to remain this way, although she still dreams of falling in love, marrying and having a family and home of her own. Her life takes a dramatic turn when her brother Francis unexpectedly inherits a dukedom and offers an extremely generous dowery on her behalf. Now Margaret is living in a mansion, has a lavish wardrobe and plenty of titled suitors seeking her hand in marriage. Just what she always wanted, right? Not quite. Having men interested in her because they are desperate for her fortune doesn't have the same appeal as men interested in her for the woman... not her fortune. This includes the Welsh Earl, Rhys Corwen who easily relies on his good looks and charm to capture the attention of women. He attempts to charm Margaret, but she doesn't fall for it. In fact, she brilliantly puts him in his place. Great scene! Now the Earl is the one who is charmed by this fascinating heiress and is determined to have this witty, confident woman as his wife. How will he ever woe her heart in earnest now? Oh, you'll just have to read this charming story yourself to find out! I really loved this novella. It's greatest shortcoming is that it isn't a full length novel. The premise of the story is simple, but the characters are interesting, their dialogue genuine and entertaining and the romance just charming.

  • Jennie
    2018-10-27 12:31

    From Goodreads: A single lady in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a suitorMargaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried state with dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she was young and starry-eyed, though regrettably poor, and it’s unlikely any man will court her now that she’s older, wiser, and still just as penniless. Until, that is, her brother unexpectedly inherits the dukedom of Durham and settles an enormous dowry on her, making her the most eligible heiress in town.No gentleman in London is more in need of a wealthy bride than Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling. He contrives an introduction to Margaret because of her dowry, but she swiftly sets him right: no fortune hunter will win her heart or her hand. Far from put off, Rhys is intrigued. Interested. Entranced. And soon the only thing he needs more than Margaret’s fortune…is her love.My Thoughts: For a novella, I found I enjoyed the story in this book. I think that's because it actually felt like there was a story, just condensed into under a 100 pages. A sort of prequel for Linden's upcoming series, the book introduces us to the Duke that causes the drama for his three sons (the heroes of the upcoming series). While we meet the newly titled Duke, the story focuses instead on his sister and her HEA. Linden did a nice job of telling a story in a condensed format that didn't feel like huge parts were missing or that it was completely rushed. More than that, I was left wondering about the Duke and his future, which is a great way to lead in to the next release. For a novella, an enjoyable read.

  • Madeline Sloane
    2018-10-19 18:29

    Show Me the Dowry!This is a witty, sweet book that gave me the impression that titled yet penniless, bachelors of the Regency are similar to the athletes we worship today. Instead of football or baseball, however, their game is to land a bride whose large dowry will restore the entailed, crumbling family castle and provide a male heir to continue the vicious cycle of the Rake: rise, rot, ruin. Margaret and her brother, Francis, unexpectedly inherit a fortune and title that changes their middle-class life, propelling them into "Society." What's worse than having to put up with new clothes and shoes and servants and a mansion, is that Francis bestows a staggering dowry on his sister, making her the most eligible lady in town, and the target of poor gentlemen throughout London.Is Rhys, the Earl of Dowling, yet another needy, greedy fop who's only after her money? Or is there more to the impoverished Welsh aristocrat?What Margaret wants is a husband, but what she needs is one with integrity. Can Dowling, reluctantly on the hunt for a large purse attached to a biddable wife, prove he's worthy?Caroline Linden does a wonderful job embellishing this simple love story, and it's certainly a worthwhile and inexpensive read.

  • Mackenzie
    2018-11-03 14:33

    Great start to a new series. This was just a novella, but it was a fun quick read and I didn't want to put it down. Everything changes when the deLaceys become nobility. As Francis takes on the role of duke, he declares that he shall shower his sister, Margaret with a very hefty dowery. Margaret, who feels herself deep into spinsterhood is thrown into the limelight. Her coming out however is just in time for Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling as he has fallen into desperate times. As he searches for a rich bride, he meets Margaret. At first she gives him an amazing set down, but he likes her spirit and just knows she is the one for him. Francis is against the match and Margaret discovers it's because he's loved and lost before. This fact starts off the rest of the trilogy -The Truth About the Duke. No matter the problems and situations they are put in, "Maggie" and Rhys come together every time. I loved some of the conversations between them and it was this wit and character development that really made the story so enjoyable.

  • Ally
    2018-10-29 16:40

    Darling. It's the best way to describe this short read. Ah Maggie, she's amazing, truly. Perfect. Witty. Smart. She's kinda everything I want to be. And Rhys? Well, he's pretty smashing himself. My only downer was the length of the book. Clearly, I'm one of those people who like more story development. Not to worry, I have the second in this series ready to roll. I guess at some point I'll need to buy the others

  • Mey Buentipo
    2018-11-03 17:45

    I loved this novella. The first book I read from this author. I got hooked from the start. I don't want to stop from reading. This is a simple story, staright forward and fast paced. It is nice to have a mature h/h, in the terms of age of 30's. I just hope the series is also good the same as this one.

  • Vivian
    2018-10-20 11:25

    Short story or prequel which actually works since it is a complete tale. Sweet and charming, rich and recently elevated spinster meets dashing destitute nobleman. I actually liked both characters and they worked well together. The highlight of the story is the witty repartee between the two.

  • Linda
    2018-11-15 13:43

    Good story, intriguing characters . I was expecting a longer story this turned out to be onl. 95 page download plus preview pages for the next story in the series. I am hoping the next story has a little more depth and story development.

  • Denise
    2018-10-24 16:28

    I would have given this story another star if it had been longer :) Cute sweet story, the characters and story were well written. Loved Rhys!

  • Kazen
    2018-10-27 11:48

    I'm not a huge novella person. They often feel rushed, and if they're any good I want more pages, darn it. I Love the Earl somehow hits a sweet spot. It's the perfect length for the story it covers, and I didn't find myself wishing for a subplot. Would I enjoy it expanded out to a full-length novel? You bet. But it's not necessary.Let's call that the first thing good. Here's the rest:- There's no Big Misunderstanding, and all the characters respect each other. The plot doesn't hinge on someone being stupid or doing something rash. It's refreshing.- The hero and heroine have a couple of conversations that boil down to, "Hey, this is what it would mean to be married to me. Are you okay with that?" Positive relationship modeling, yea!- It's a comfort read. I read a good chunk while enjoying a lazy morning in bed - heaven.The not-so-good:- Being so short the character development is a little lacking, but it's still a nice setup for the series.I'm finding Linden to be a go-to author when I need a warm literary hug... with the way the world has been going lately I may be running back into her arms soon. ~sweatdrop~

  • Tracy T.
    2018-11-08 14:37

    I liked this book, it was short and interesting. A lot of dialogue which of course is a plus. Not a fan of books with no dialogue. The H and H were good for each other. There was only really one good sex scene, but I am glad it was there not a rated G book.

  • Kaye
    2018-10-19 16:24

    Very quick read but I enjoyed it so much.

  • Tracy
    2018-11-07 11:36

    This was short but hard to get into. In the end I did enjoy it but I’m not sure it is necessarily a reread

  • Jess
    2018-10-20 15:51

    i want a caroline linden hero in my life

  • Bibliothekerin
    2018-11-15 18:48

    I read the whole series before writing any reviews, and I am happy to say that I really liked the author's characters. The heroes are sensitive, not typical "rakes" or "rogues". (Who isn't tired of that cliche?) But neither are they fops; they're the whole package: body, brains, and heart. And honor.Rhys is absolutely delicious, a tall, dark and handsome Welshman who doesn't powder his gorgeous, wavy dark hair. He inherited an earldom that was bankrupt and properties falling apart. His father a spendthrift, his guardian cousin a typical aristo who didn't pay creditors. So Rhys spent ten years paying off bills, and still needs more cash for repairs. He is thus in the unenviable position of having to marry an heiress or lose the family estates. Despite losing his investment of 5000 sheep—too stupid to head for the hills when the valley was flooded—he is able to joke about it. Who wouldn't fall for a self-effacing, handsome man just trying his darndest to do the right thing? Who also has the courtesy to ask her plain friend to dance, even though he clearly doesn't have to? Like all men it seems, Rhys enjoys a challenge, and Maggie piques his curiosity when she rebuffs him. Plus she is not unattractive as rumored--just get her into a new frock and voila!She's completely out-of-her-depth at first, having led an almost cloistered life in the country. She was happy with that life, and resents having been thrust into the limelight and especially the marriage mart. She has a huge chip on her shoulder and doesn't care if she is being rude to suitors she is certain are only interested in her dowry. Maggie is older, as are Linden's other heroines, "on the shelf", and 'too smart for a woman'. She doesn't trust easily having been betrayed long ago by a man she thought had loved her. Even her brother goes against his word by withholding her dowry when she decides to marry Rhys. Turns out he (the brother) was also unlucky in love once, and doesn't trust anyone. Plus he knows how men think, and knows which ones have pockets to let and are only interested in his sister's dowry.Like many of Linden's heroines, Maggie has a temper and does not suffer fools gladly. She has a brain and is tired of hiding the fact. Aren't we all? Whether this is autobiographical or not, it's refreshing to think that there really are men out there who are attracted to women with brains and "spirit", as they say in Regency Speak. Not all her female characters share a fiery temper, but many of the heroines do. Maggie has never had a female friend before--or a male one, for that matter. So despite the terror of the Ton, she is happy to be befriended by another young woman, a regular chatterbox whose fiance doesn't mind her loquaciousness a bit. Every day in London Maggie witnesses how men and women interact at this level of society, and discovers that they are no better than she. Linden's characters, both male and female, have flaws that just make them human. They're still loveable in other ways, even moreso if they can admit wrong and apologize. Conclusion: A satisfying read, though too short. The growing trend of publishing novellas--some not much longer than a typical 'short story'--bothers me because it smacks of commercialism and allows no room for character or plot development. Maybe the situation is not as sinister as I imagine; maybe it’s just publishers reacting to a growing trend for quick reads—'fast-food' books, if you like. Nevertheless, the truth remains that novellas will never be as satisfying as full-length novels, which naturally require much more time and effort.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-05 17:25

    Margaret de Lacey has accepted her modest life as a spinster after realizing she is handsome and not terribly beautiful with no huge dowry to help tempt a man from all the other bevy of beauties. When her brother unexpectedly inherits the dukedom of Durham, both of their lives are drastically changed. Her brother, Francis, settles the huge sum of forty thousand pounds for her dowry with the hopes of Margaret finally finding her own happiness. Naturally, all the broke, down on their luck, titled gentleman start calling on her but Margaret only wants to marry for love, for herself, not for money.Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling, is one such man very much down on his luck. His father gambled away his fortune and now his home in literally falling down around him and after a bad flood involving his sheep, he is just steps from ruination. His delightful friend, Clyve, helpfully provides a list of wealthy ladies and together they set out to met these ladies and see if any will do as a bride. Margarets name is the highest on the list, of course, with her huge dowry and when he finally makes her acquaintance, well that encounter will have you laughing for sure! Rhys quickly realizes that Margaret isn't a beautiful, biddable girl, rather she is a woman of passion and spirit with a sharp, bold wit about her. And he knows she is the one he wants...forever.Margaret wants nothing to do with money hungry gentleman but she just can't shake Rhys from her mind. Rhys keeps showing up at events that Margaret is at and always finding a chance to talk to her for a moment and when they finally sneak off into a garden for a moment, they have one of my favorite moments. "How many kisses?" he murmured. "Just one will do" ..."How long a kiss?" He brushed his lips against the corner of her mouth. "How long do you need" She swayed against him..."To kiss you properly?" He smiled. "A lifetime Maggie." Sigh!For my first Caroline Linden story, this was an excellent start. It is just a wonderful romance about Rhys and Maggie (as he calls her). There are some good supporting characters in his friend Clyve, and Maggies new friend Clarissa. There was a small hiccup at the end of the book involving Francis and Rhys but I was very happy with the way that played out. It really brought a big smile to my face and made my heart sigh a bit. My only small complaint is, as it always seems to be with novellas, is I wanted a bit more. I would have liked to have seem a bit more of Rhys and Maggies courtship and some more snappy encounters. Overall though, this is a wonderful romance novella. Enjoyable characters, main and secondary, great dialogue and some heat help move this story from start to finish very well. I know I have very happy to have the start of Ms Lindens new trilogy (of which this story is a prequel for) ready to go (One Night in London: The Truth About the Duke)! I hope to see more of this great couple and how the secret of Francis changes his sons' lives! 4 solid starsI received this ebook from the publisher (Avon Impulse) from netgalley.com

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-24 11:35

    Due to a misplaced Nook, I began reading this novella on the same day that I began reading First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh. Both rely on a similar trope - an unmarried woman in her late twenties/early thirties resigns herself to a single life. Suddenly, her brother becomes a wealth nobleman when a distant relative dies without leaving an heir. The women's lives change dramatically and suddenly they become very eligible women who need to marry to fulfill societal expectations. In this novella, Margaret's a true spinster while in Balogh's book, Vanessa is a widow. Reading the two books in parallel, I can't help but compare and contrast as I read. So far, I'm finding Ms. Balogh to be a much more skilled author. My overarching concern with "I love the Earl" is that it misuses the Novella format. I like the Novella format but believe that like a short story, it can be even more challenging to write. Fewer words and pages to convey a story. It feels like Ms. Linden made this tale short by repeatedly violating the writing command, "Show, don't Tell." As I was reading the first few chapters I kept wanting more to happen, rather than a recitation of the characters' background, motives, and current state of affairs. The action picks up later in the book somewhat, but as I continue to read I just keep thinking the author got lazy and wanted to crank out a shorter tale rather than build out a book. (I would point to another Balogh book A Matter of Class as an example of a novella done well. Finishing the book I was even more disappointed for several reasons. ** Spoiler Stop Here** First, the ending was predictable. The two decide to get married but we still have what appears to be 30 - 40 pages to get through. Clearly the brother will threaten to cut off the dowry if they move forward. Yep, I was right. Second, back to the please show me, not tell. The obstacles in this romance were too easily overcome. Combined with the short length, it just fell like there wasn't a lot there. Finally, too few pages - not sure whether to blame author, publisher or B&N. Yet another ebook sold without the page numbers being clear, and the book was even shorter than I thought it was. Granted I only paid $.99, but I'm feeling ripped off as the book did not even hit the 100 page mark, and I don't remember seeing it marked as a novella. In the end, this novella or whatever you want to call it felt like the author (or maybe publisher) was trying to sell me on buying the full length books in this series, but at the moment I'm not feeling really motivated to do it.

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-16 17:24

    Recommended ReadMy review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/recom...At thirty years old, Margaret de Lacy has almost given up hope of ever finding a husband. All that changes when her brother inherits a dukedom. He decides to settle an enormous dowry on her and suddenly men are flocking to Margaret in droves! But Margaret wants love, not a man who’s after her fortune.Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling, needs a fortune badly, and he’s resigned himself to the fact that he’ll have to marry into it. Margaret fits his needs perfectly, but Rhys is surprised to find he’s more captivated by the lady herself than the money marrying her would bring. Margaret, however, won’t be so easily won over. She’s refuses him outright, claiming she won’t marry a fortune hunter. It’s up to Rhys to convince Margaret that he’s after the same thing as she, something they could find with one another: love.Margaret de Lacy isn’t the only one who loves the Earl of Dowling – Caroline Linden has me falling in love as well!I Love the Earl is one of the most charming stories I’ve ever read. Each time I read Margaret and Rhys’s story, I find myself smiling. Maggie is a wonderful heroine. She isn’t gorgeous and she isn’t out-of-this-world extraordinary in any way for the time period. She is, however, smart, funny, loveable, and relatable. Ms. Linden made me adore Margaret from the start and I knew it’d take one heck of a hero to please not only Margaret, but me, the reader. In Rhys, Ms. Linden has created a hero that’s more than up to the task. He’s an earl who’s had exceedingly bad luck, which has now left him impoverished. While he may have found a way to be introduced to Margaret because of her dowry, it’s clear within minutes that it’s Margaret – not her money – that he falls head-over-heels for. I have to admit, I envy Margaret. Rhys is an incredibly romantic hero, though he’s not showy about it; it’s in his words, his thoughts, and his actions. He made me swoon and I devoured I Love the Earl, wanting to see how he and Margaret managed the obstacles that tried to block their road to happily ever after.I Love the Earl is the prequel to Ms. Linden’s The Truth About the Duke series. Having read and enjoyed the first book in the series, One Night in London, it was interesting to read about not only Margaret, but her brother, the titular duke of the series. The only downside of I Love the Earl is that it increased my excitement to read the rest of the books series which, sadly, are not yet available. Still, you won’t have to twist my arm to re-read I Love the Earl as I wait for more stories of the de Lacy family. I Love the Earl is like a tasty treat; I’ve been coming back for seconds, thirds, and more!

  • Courtnie
    2018-11-13 17:37

    It was good. After reading Love and Other Scandals, I was ready to move Caroline Linden to my elite list of favorite romance authors, one which includes names like Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Julie Ann Long and Lisa Kleypas. It's not that Caroline Linden won't get there for me, but I'm calling it too soon to tell. I really enjoyed her piece in At the Duke's Wedding and thought Love and Other Scandals was amazeballs. Maybe I just expected too much from I Love the Earl? After all, it won the RITA last year...It wasn't that there was anything wrong with this little novella. It had a quaint love story with characters that were plenty likeable. It just didn't wow me, and even for a novella, I felt it was a bit underdeveloped. Sometimes amusing situations and hilarious dialogue or scorching love scenes can make up for story development, but alas, there wasn't a lot of those things within these pages. Furthermore, I'm not sure how this novella plays into the rest of the series? I read a bit of an excerpt from the first book in The Truth About the Duke series and was somewhat confused when it didn't mention any of the previous players...or if it did, they were old and dying?!Aack! Hopefully it will all make sense in the end. There is something to be said however of Miss Damson's and Lord Dowling's perserverence and fearlessness - as a people who were unafraid to sacrafice for love, they were a worthy pair to read. And it was a lovely story over all with a satisfying ending that we long for in these things.