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Kasey Michaels introduces a delicious new series about the Redgraves, four siblings celebrated for their legacy of scandal and seduction... Gideon Redgrave, eldest child of the late Earl of Saltwood, refuses to be humbled by the scandal that once tore his family apart. He's built his life in London society around one rule: trust no one. So the last thing he wants is to plaKasey Michaels introduces a delicious new series about the Redgraves, four siblings celebrated for their legacy of scandal and seduction... Gideon Redgrave, eldest child of the late Earl of Saltwood, refuses to be humbled by the scandal that once tore his family apart. He's built his life in London society around one rule: trust no one. So the last thing he wants is to play guardian and role model to a headstrong boy . . . or to engage in a battle of wills with the boy's spirited half sister, who is fighting Gideon for custody. Beautiful and bold, young widow Jessica Linden proves to be a formidable and passionate adversary. But the more they lock horns, the more Gideon realizes he'd prefer to have Jessica on his side . . . and in his arms. Especially now that a new threat—sprung from his father's supposedly defunct secret society—is poised to destroy the Redgraves once and for all....

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What an Earl Wants Reviews

  • Lisa
    2018-09-28 23:51

    Jessica Linden has had a rough five years with it ending in her husbands death. Relived, she opens up a gaming hell to save up enough funds to open an inn and live quietly, determined to never marry again and be under a mans control. When her father, with whom she is estranged, also dies she tries to get custody of her half brother and prepares to battle his guardian, Gideon Regrave, Earl of Saltwood. Gideon is drawn to this fiery beauty and wants to know all her secrets and allows her to remeet her brother after so many years apart...and see what a silly fop he is now. But more important than the custody battle, which is quickly set aside, is the quest for the truth about their late fathers and who they truly were and what they truly did. As more and more is uncovered, Jessica and Gideon realize what a dangerous society they could be revealing. Doing all they can to stay ahead of the game, they take measures to ensure the safety of all those possibly involved. It quickly becomes clear, though, that this mysterious society is still alive and strong and still as dangerous as ever. And what of the passion that burns between Jessica and Gideon? Will Jessica be able to trust her life to another man and find happiness?This is a book you want to sit down and just read without a lot of interruptions as there is so much information being given throughout the story. I felt a little lost in the beginning as Jessica and Gideon meet right away and get right to the heart of the mystery aspect regarding the Society and there were a lot of names and places to sort through. But I kept going, mainly because I loved the chemistry between our couple and I wanted to know all the secrets that I knew were going to come and with having read Kasey Michaels before, I knew that the twists would be coming and I was right. As more and more is revealed about the Society, through some great secondary characters like the dowager Countess (she is an absolute hoot!), you are drawn deeper into a dark, twisted Society. I really enjoyed watching Jessica and Gideons relationship grow from an almost protective attraction to a deep lasting love. There is no major misunderstandings or mishaps...Jessica stands up for her feelings and Gideon respects that without being overbearing. Jessica is strong, smart, brave and has a good sense of humor and is paired nicely with the protective, caring Gideon. Gideon and his family, two brothers and a sister, may flaunt their scandalous past but when it comes to those they love, they are serious. The mystery aspect surrounding the Society in this story is tied up but new threads are opened that will continue on in the next books and I'm anxious to see where they will lead. So even though I felt a bit lost at times with all the information being revealed, once I was able to settle in and just read without my kids around, I really found myself sucked in and enjoying the tale. Overall, a fast, twisting story with a smoldering romance that will leave you ready for more. 4 starseARC provided by Harlequin via netgalley

  • SidneyKay
    2018-10-12 04:44

    "The pellet with the poison... the pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the true that is brew. Eh... brew that is tru- The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the true that is brew. Eh, eh, brew that is true. Eh. The chestle with the pal- eh, eh, palace with the...The pestle with t... the pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle, the palace from the chalice has the brew that is blue. Eh, no... The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle. The cha- eh, the pellet with the plip... the pellet with the poisle's in the vessel with the plazzle. Eh, the plazzle with the vlessle. Eh, the the bless... The vessel with the plozle is the plazzle with the..." The Court JesterI'm so confused!!! Well, I finally finished What an Earl Wants by Kasey Michaels and I have to ask. Sincerely ask. What the (insert expletive here) did I just read. What's going on? And, by the way ked-does, there may be spoilers ahead - who knows, I'm so confused, I don't know what I may be giving away.Ok, so we have Gideon, our hero, and Jessica, our heroine. So far, so good. We also have the beginning of a new series about the Redgrave family, Gideon being the eldest in the group. Future books will be about Max, who wears glasses with blue-tinted lenses - I don't know why, maybe they're x-ray glasses and he's able to see through things; Val, the nice one who likes dogs, and cats and fluffy things, which I'm sure he'll run into in his own book; Kate, the beautiful headstrong sister who also has all the ear marks of an energetic nose-sticker-in-er aka TSTL heroine; and lastly, Trixie, the wise-cracking grandmother. She's too old for her own book, cause you know Romanceland is not ready for sex scenes between a 70 year old woman and 20 year old men.There is also a mystery-who's murdering all the people? There are people dropping like flies all over the place. We suspect the father of Jessica was murdered and the step-mother, and Lord Who's It and Lord What's It. And it all revolves around the secret hellfire society founded by Gideon's grandfather - passed down to his father. But some one's killing the old members, no wait someone's killing the new members, someone's going to kill Jessica because she knows - what? I don't know what she knows. We must protect her half-brother Adam because he's a son of a member of the secret society - no wait - cancel that - the new society isn't doing that any more. And we know that because? I don't know! And, Trixie thinks there are secret books and journals that have names of the old secret society people. But, wait we don't care about them anymore because there are new secret society people with new secret names. There are guys that wear black masks and rose lapel pins and have dark mysterious eyes or strikingly blue eyes.Have your eyes glazed over yet? Is there a ringing in your ears? Well wait. I did mention the red rose pin, didn't I? You see, Gideon wore the lapel pin (which was his father's) because he wanted the people in the secret society to know he knew, but then he had second thoughts. Especially after he met Jessica and had forced seduction sex with her and married her, then had more gratuitous sex with her. Then, he found out there was a new secret society, and wearing the rose pin wasn't such a good idea. So, he decided to just go hide in the country with Jessica where they could have more sex and be safe. In fact, Trixie, Adam and Richard all go hide in the country, because the guy with the blue eyes might know who Jessica and Richard really are. I suspect the guy with the blue eyes is going to be a future hero, even though he was wearing a French uniform when Jessica and Richard first saw him. Wait - wait...who's Richard? Well, Richard is Jessica's partner in an illegal gambling house that she has established in her neighborhood. They of course must shut the gambling house down when they go hide in the country. But, that's ok because Jessica was worried that running a gambling house might ruin her standing in society and Almack's if anyone found out she was running one. Seriously, Jessica. You don't think that your neighbors might be suspicious of men coming and going to and from your house at all hours of the night? I know the light bulb would go off in my head. And then there's Napoleon, traitors and spies. Groan.Someone stop the merry-go-round, I want to get off.This book could have been so much better if it had just been just a romance or if the mystery wasn't' so convoluted. There were so many unfinished sentences, things hinted at and left unsaid. I felt as if I was supposed to know things and I was failing miserably. Normally, I am a big fan of Kasey Michaels. She has been one of my auto-buys, even when she went by the name of Michelle Kasey. There are some wonderful gems in her body of work. However, this one was a disappointment and didn't live up to the expectations I have of Ms. Kasey.KaysBlog

  • Carole-Ann
    2018-10-14 05:29

    OK, so I enjoy the occasional Regency romp with a bit of spying on the side, and Ms Michaels writes them so well! This is a new mini-series (of 4 books, I think, since there are 3 brothers and a sister involved), and obviously the back-story has to be laid well enough that one will continue with the rest. There was an awful lot of 'telling' and not much 'doing', so that may put off some people; but the protagonists actually make all that worthwhile!Gideon Redgrave, the Earl (of the title) of Saltwood is arrogant, and domineering, and very confident of his place in society - an attitude he manufactures to cover the past scandals of his father and grandfather. BUT, he has a sense of humour, a kind heart, a skill at ridiculing others as well as himself, and an infinite amount of patience.Which he needs when he meets Jessica Linden, a young widow, running a clandestine gambling house, and half-sister of Adam who has recently been made Gideon's ward. She is vibrant, passionate, innately strong but with a colouring of tragedy. The scandals of the past of both Gideon's and Jessica's fathers is the underlying threat to both of their lives - which come to the fore with the accidental deaths (or murders) of a number of prominent members of the Ton.It's a grand story, a not-nice background of power, greed and depravity; but the enjoyment (for me) comes with the incredible characterisations of the people involved. Watching Gideon and Jessica learning to trust and fall in love with each other, is spiced with a one-two repartee which cannot be faulted. The Dowager Countess (Trixie, of all names - short for Beatrice of course) is a complete and utter scene-stealer; Adam, Jessica's half brother (who only appears in a few scenes) is so well detailed as a young, idiotic, foppish wag-about-town that one is sure there will be no redemption for him (several LOL moments had me in tears just imagining it!); Kate, a whirlwind of an appearance, but completely unforgettable (it's her story next); and Max and Val, Gideon's younger brothers, make two very impressive men that one just HAS to fall in love with :)So, great fun, clever dialogue, a dark secret running throughout, the threat of Napoleon and war, and three more books to come - wow!

  • Andrea Guy
    2018-09-25 05:32

    Kasey Michaels' opens her series with the Redgraves with a real winner. This is one of the few regency romances that I've read that didn't leave me frustrated with one or more of the characters. Jessica is a smart no nonsense heroine, who believe it or not doesn't do anything stupid that jeopardizes her life in the whole book!Wow!I thought that was a requirement of regency romance. All heroines must be kidnapped or nearly killed by a dastardly villain in the last 40 pages.And there's a real intrigue in this story. Gideon's grandfather had started a hellfire club, that his son continued. The point of the club involves all sorts of naughty things as well as a plot to remove the monarchy!Jessica and Gideon uncover all of this as a result of her wanting to gain custody of her half-brother Adam, who is really a halfwit!Somehow the custody battle between the two takes a back burner to the intrigue, and Jess and Giddy's relationship blossoms. Even though these two find it hard to say, I love you, their relationship grows, and wonder of wonders, there's really no conflict between the two.How did that happen?The story really involves the two of them sleuthing out the deaths of some of the Society members including her father and step mother. The intrigue definitely keeps the pages turning, mostly because of Trixie, Gideon's grandmother.OMG, she is the best character ever.It isn't often you have a 70 year old lady send a note around to her grandson, because she was sleeping with a man, and he happened to expire during the act!Yes!So funny!I have to say, I loved all the Redgraves, and though I am heartily sick of every historical romance being part of some series or another, this is one I will definitely follow, especially if the next book is as good as this one!My only gripe is the ending. It lacked a little resolution. I would have liked something to have been resolved at the end of this book except for the fact the Society wasn't going to go after her brother.

  • Atunah
    2018-10-03 00:47

    4.5 starsI can't wait to read the next in this series, that is how much I liked it. The characters hooked me from the first few pages and there is a richness of characters here that just come alive on the pages. And a real life nincompoop lol. The mystery kept me reading and its not completely resolved at the end. I found it to be dense, for lack of better word. In a good way. It never really slows down much. Just keeps going and I kept turning the pages. H/h are just great complete and complex characters. Likable and logical. No doormat, no TSTL in sight. Well, there is the nincompoop :)Its witty, dark, wicked and sensual.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-24 03:35

    What a family. I'm loving these Redgraves, especially Trixie. Can't wait to read Kate's story. What a nice epilogue as a prologue to the next book.

  • bell
    2018-09-19 07:42

    This started off interesting then became somewhat labored halfway through. It did redeem it's self towards the end and I was able to finish it. Some of the issues I had with the book was that events kind of seemed to jump around in regards to the secret society. There were several times I thought I had skipped pages because there didn't seem to be a Segway from one event to the next. many things are hinted at, but never adequately explained and I thought I had missed snips of conversations etc. There was an old society, new society, then all of a sudden no one cared about either society. Gideon, who originally wanted to get his father's corpse back, didn't give a moments thought to it a quarter of the way through the book. More importantly, why didn't he go home to find out about the giant hole's? Many of the characters actions made little sense .Also, Jessica, the heroine, originally was trying to gain guardianship of her half brother. Yet, he only was present for a few pages of the book, in fact halfway through the book, we never heard about him again and Jessica, once seeing he was a dandy, basically ditched him (no joke, she literally told the hero he could keep him and walked out the door). Also, the book is part of a series, the reader is left hanging on how the whole secret society investigation ends, in order to gain an audience for the subsequent books. While that's understandable, the author really didn't endear me to the other two gentleman who will more then likely play a prominate role in the next books. She solely relies on the mystery to get readers to continue on with the story. Also, the hero's character was not developed that well. the first chapter is really all we learn about him. I felt that the first 3 chapters were really the best writing of this book, after it kind of went all over the place with little character development.

  • N.W. Moors
    2018-10-02 00:56

    Jessica Linton is worried when Gideon Redgrave becomes the new guardian of her half-brother. Gideon is fascinated by the beautiful redhead. Together they try to solve the mystery of The Society, the Hellfire club started by Gideon's grandfather and father. Members have been dying in mysterious accidents, among them Jessica's father and stepmother. I like Kasey Michael's writing and I actually read the 2nd and 3rd books in the series earlier. I just found this one on my reader. Jessica and Gideon are a good match, intelligent and caring. Gideon is definitely an alpha hero, but Jessica stands up for herself in her own way. Together they smooth the other's rough edges and make a wonderful whole.

  • Lynne Scopazzi
    2018-10-05 04:43

    awesome bookmystery

  • Phoenix77
    2018-10-03 23:28

    One of the ways I write my reviews is to create a list of what I enjoyed and didn’t about a book. I go through things like the technical aspects of the writing, the characterizations, the plot, and of course the romance between the main couple. Sadly, when I completed my list for What an Earl Wants I had far more things under my “Didn’t Like” column than I could balance against the things I did enjoy.The story opens with Gideon Redgrave, the new Earl of Saltwood, arriving on the doorstep of Mrs. Jessica Linden to discuss his guardianship of her half-brother. Due to the presence of a few men and women gathered in her great room, Gideon immediately gets the impression that he’s walked into a bordello with “Mrs.” Linden being the madam of the establishment. Jessica’s half-hearted attempt at seducing Gideon does not help these perceptions, but somewhere in between the innuendoes both characters make very clear their positions about Gideon’s guardianship and Jessica’s intent to take it from him. Unfortunately the characters quickly forget about the guardianship issue when questions about Jessica’s father’s death sound suspiciously like events surrounding Gideon’s own father’s death years earlier. With too many coincidences linking them, Gideon and Jessica embark on an investigation into both men’s lives that uncover family secrets that possibly should never have been revealed.I’m not quite sure where author Kasey Michaels wanted to go within this story, but one of the themes I caught very quickly was the idea Sex is equal to Power. Within the first few chapters of the book both main characters use sex as a weapon in their struggle for the edge in negotiations. For Jessica’s backstory, sex abuse is brought up as well as the victimization of women in a male dominated social structure. There were secondary characters that were unashamed to use sex as a means of getting information. Even the underlying mystery that Gideon and Jessica try to solve about her father’s death focuses on a secret society that held orgies to mask their more seditious pursuits. The overuse of sex in this book desensitizes the reader to it for the few times it is used for its real purpose; the joining of two loving individuals in the most personal and revealing act possible.Because of the oversexed plot I had a very difficult time finding the romance between Gideon and Jessica. The timeline for this story is three weeks and within that time the hero and heroine meet, have sex, get themselves involved in a mystery, have more sex, have a couple of meaningful discussions and then POOF! Love. I can understand where Gideon would find compassion for Jessica because of what she had gone through, and I had so much respect for her character surviving a horrible period of her life and coming out the other side still a fully functioning woman. But by the end of the story I could believe more that they had become friends with benefits and that their closeness would eventually become love. For the two of them to declare at the very end that they were “in love” seemed a stretch. The eminent threat that will run through this series was also a casualty to the overuse of sex. Treason and Sedition with a backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, as well as a secret society operating within England are intriguing subtopics to introduce in a romance book. There are hints in the last chapters that Gideon’s younger brothers know more about the political climate and possible repercussions of the “new” society trying to take power away from the King and Parliament. Yet so much emphasis was put on the sexual deviance of the original society of their father’s time that when it took the political turn at the end I just didn’t buy it. I would have preferred less sex, more politics in the build-up of the society’s threat to make the leap credible for the next installments.I was a big fan of Ms. Michael’s Blackthorne Brothers trilogy and I had hoped this new series would carry on a similar style to those books. I can appreciate when an author wants to change up a style or try something new in her storytelling, but in this instance I’m not sure it all worked for her. I will stick with this series to see if the second book builds upon the shaky foundations What an Earl Wants has created. I just hope that the characters find something else to talk about other than sex.

  • Kelly
    2018-09-27 03:51

    4.5 out of 5 starsA version of this review also appears at Reading with Analysis.I can’t quite explain exactly why I enjoyed this story so well as I did. When I started reading it, I worried that I would hate it, for the first two chapters; then I started to love it. You see, both of the main characters engage in a bit of posturing in the first few scenes, and my initial impression was that I could not like them nor care about their story. But, goodness, I was wrong. Throughout both my first read last month and a quick re-read to prepare for my review, I was drawn in to the story and emotionally invested in the characters.This story has quite a few elements that usually guarantee my happiness as a reader.1. There are dogs. Actually, they are puppies. And I loved them.2. There is an irreverent grandmother who has slept with just about everyone she knows and left them all terrified.3. There is a lot of showing rather than telling. You know Jessica and Gideon are intelligent characters because they act like intelligent people.4. There is a very stupid young man. I love those, almost as much as I love puppies.5. Gideon’s siblings are glorious. When reading the first book in a series, it is always encouraging to know that the characters who will be featured in the subsequent books are interesting. I am particularly interested in reading Kate’s story (Gideon’s sister).I am ambivalent about intrigue plots occurring across the novels in a series. Sometimes it works well, but sometimes the individual books end up seeming unfinished or do not work as stand-alone books. I’m quite happy to say that this book, while it introduces an intrigue plot that will be carried forward in the subsequent books of the series, does so carefully. It makes sense on both a plot development and character development level that the intrigue is not solved in this story and will be developed further along in the series with a new set of characters. I like it when things make sense.This book had me at the puppies, of course, who make their appearance in chapter three. But it kept my interest with its subtlety, sly humor, and emotional punch. There was one scene towards the beginning that raised my hackles for a moment, because it reminded me, just a bit, not so much of dubious consent but of the different ways in which men and women can look at a sexual transaction, each participating in the same situation but with wildly different internal responses and expected outcomes. In a way, even though that scene was very uncomfortable for me to read, I loved the book all the more for including it (and for giving each character the room to analyze and recover from it).

  • Farrah
    2018-09-22 03:47

    This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...What an Earl Wants was a lovely historical romance. Full of passionate romance and scintillating mystery, this romance is bound to thrill.I loved how independent Jessica was. But I also liked that she new when she needed to swallow her pride and ask for some help. She held her own in the midst of a murder mystery of a horrifying scale. My one with her, and the entire book, was that she was kind of a shrew at first. She was really mean to Gideon. At first, it was understandable. But then, it got a little to ridiculous. That lasted about the first quarter of the book before Jessica warmed up to Gideon and decided to trust him. Then she was perfectly nice and likable. It was a minor problem, but it did irritate me a little. Otherwise, I found Jessica to be a strong, capable, kind character.Gideon didn't have the best first impression. His first impression made him seem conceited, arrogant, and, quite frankly, unpleasant. But, withing a couple of chapters, he completely turned that around and charmed me thoroughly. His tendency to throw out sarcastic comments was hilarious and, when he wanted to, he could charm anyone until they were wrapped around his finger. His family's past isn't very pretty, but he doesn't let that get him down or allow himself to follow that unsavory precedent. And, when people's lives were in danger, he didn't hesitate to work toward taking the criminal down. Add to all this that he was magnificently handsome, and you have yourself a perfect hero. The relationship between Jessica and Gideon was a perfect balance between sweet and spicy. Though they definitely had sparks flying, they were also a very sweet, tender couple. It was a well done portrayal of romance that will please those who prefer either flavor.Of course, we get an introduction to the rest of the Redgraves throughout the story. And they already have me charmed. I can't wait to see how things go for them.The plot was a constant roller coaster. It starts out as a conflict between Jessica and Gideon over Jessica's brother (who is so ridiculous, it's hilarious), then becomes a high stakes game where you don't know who to trust. The sinister aspect let in by the Hellfire club was positively spine-chilling. The mystery had me in the dark right until the big reveal. Which was a huge shock. I was blown away when I found out who carried out all the murders. The ending was a nice, sweet closure that tied up all the loose strings.What an Earl Wants is a fantastic romance. To any historical romance lovers, you'll want to check this out.4/5Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for a copy!

  • Kelly
    2018-10-05 04:47

    There were a few aspects of this novel that I didn't much like and have led to this low rate.First off were the characters. I felt that Gideon was a bit flat for a leading 'hero'. I didn't really understand his motivations or desires, I knew little of his past or his hobbies, talents or even how he passed his time as an Earl. His only real saving grave for me was how wholly he protected Jessica.Jessica was your traditional fiesty yet deeply trouble heroine, but I couldn't help but wonder about her motivations and loyalty. (view spoiler)[ At first she was interested in saving her half-brother from an unsuitable ward, then on meeting him and realising he was a doofus, she just gave up? That didn't sit right with me and it certainly undermined her character. Similarly I felt that Jessica should have held firm to her hatred of submission and therefore her idea of marriage. Instead, when propositioned by Gideon, she just accepted her fate. I would have liked to have seen more of a development, Gideon initially offering out of a sense of guilt and developing to romance, while Jessica held out and only gave in once there was the spark of romance. While I much prefered them when they were married, the actual getting there was just too rash.(hide spoiler)]My second dislike is harder to describe and is more to do with the writing style and plot. As I previously stated, the novel started with Jessica looking to save her brother though this was quickly forgotten and the plot developed into something more dangerous. Well at least, it should have been dangerous, but again I just felt as though the whole thing fell flat. There was no real danger to the lead couple, and beyond a couple of developments regarding the Society and it's members, actually very little happened. There was just a lo of lengthy passages where they discuss whatcouldbe happening, then a little development and then more lengthy passages about whatcouldnow be happening...Moreso, I felt as though so many things were happening, but that we weren't being told everything? Or that some aspects were hinted at or hidden in those long passages of whittle and I just didn't take them in, because for quite a lot of this novel I was horrifically confused.Old Society vs. New society, Jessica's past vs. the present. All the names and the code names and were they old members or new? So what happened to the old? Oh okay - NO ONE ELSE HAS NOTICED THEY'RE ALL DEAD?! - continue reading with hope of explanation...I guess I was just a bit disappointed all around with this novel, it should have either been a standard regency romance, or a historical thriller but there was too much criminal activity and not enough down and dirty to hold my interest.

  • Elis Madison
    2018-09-22 07:35

    This is the first Kasey Michaels book I've read, and I'm glad since I only have to wait a few days until the next book in this series is released. Gideon Redgrave is the heir to the Earldom of Saltwood, not to mention some other ugly stuff. Seems an ancestor founded a sort of "Hellfire Club," whose membership has been passed from father to son ever since. His father, the last leader, had the keen idea to add a little sedition to the debauchery before he was assassinated by his own wife—couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. That should've been the end of it, but recent deaths and other clues suggest the abominable club is back in business.Giddy has become the reluctant guardian of the young and none-too-intelligent Adam Collier, heir to one of his father's cronies. The annoyingly persistent Jessica Linden is the idiot's sister, and she wants custody. Problem is, she's hardly a suitable guardian. Jess may run an illegal gaming house, but she doesn't think Gideon is suitable, either. She knows her creepy-assed late father was part of Giddy's creepy-assed father's club (to the point of planning to hand her over as a "virgin sacrifice" as part of a ceremony to initiate a new leader). Giddy has taken to wearing a pin that affiliates him with the club (he's doing it to draw club members out as part of his investigation). She doesn't want her brother to be the next recruit, and she feels so strongly about it that she'll offer anything—including her body—if he'll let her have Adam.Giddy is insulted by the offer, but nevertheless aroused by Jess. He senses that she's creeped out by the whole idea of bedding him, but that's not much of a deterrent. He's intrigued, and once Jessica learns about his investigation, she's in. There are some great minor characters in the story that keep things amusing, and the whodunit was set up nicely—but you won't see it coming (or I didn't). This book puts Michaels on my "watch" list. Four stars.

  • Margaret Fisk
    2018-10-03 06:52

    It says a lot when the first thing I do after finishing a book is to check if there’s another, and I was delighted to find the words “introduces a delicious new series” on the back cover.I picked this book out of one of my many TBR piles because I was in the mood for a story about times when the social structures were a little more rigid and the focus on repartee more than body parts. Well, I both got what I wanted and a lot more.Sure, there is sex in the book (much more than I was expecting), but there’s tart tongues and women refusing the place society has consigned for them as well. What made this book a powerful read, though, was the twin themes of sordid mystery and innocent characters.Now anyone who has read this book would laugh at the idea of Gideon laying claim to innocence of any form, and the life Jessica lived before crossing figurative swords with Gideon would put a widow to blush. And yet, they are both innocent not necessarily in the ways of the world, but neither has any experience to speak of where the heart is concerned.As they work together to solve the past that haunts them both, they learn more about love of friends, family, and most especially each other. But don’t think for a minute their journey is simple. The past they fight has its coils wrapped around more than just the dead, threatening those they seek to protect and even more.It’s a multi-layered story filled with complex characters who have been through a lot, yet keep an admirable integrity and a sense of humor that makes for brilliant moments. Some characters might seem there only for comic relief at times, but all but one get a serious moment to enhance their roles, the one having been delayed to later books…or so I expect.While not exactly what I was looking for when I grabbed it, What an Earl Wants handily filled my reading time with enjoyable characters, a compelling story, and moments of humor to keep me smiling.

  • Nita
    2018-10-09 23:49

    I thought this book was going to be about a woman trying to get custody of her half-brother. That she has a fight of wills against a rascal of man she ends up falling for. But this is not the story in this book. This is a story full of secret societies, humor, murder, and a bit of sadness. I really had fun reading this book.Jessica Linden is getting back on her feet after the death of her awful husband and is very close to opening an inn with her business partner, Richard. She would like to get custody of her half-brother, who she hasn't seen in years. After her father's death, his guardianship went to Gideon Redgrave. The Redgrave's are quite the scandalous family. Jessica would like to get her brother away from that scandal. This is all really just a set up for these two to meet. Because really this is a story about a secret society and how two families involvement in it affected the next generation. Gideon and Jessica's fathers were both part of the Society. It looks like someone is killing off the original members of the Society and Gideon and Jessica are worried the new leader, whoever he is, will try to recruit her half-brother.The dialogue, I thought, was very clever and fun. But this book definitely has a dark, sad side to it. Gideon and Jessica's families involvement in this secret society was really quite tragic. Jessica's little melt down toward the end of the story hit me in the gut. Poor Jessica - and I don't mean that sarcastically. Her confession to Gideon was heartbreaking.My two favorite quotes:"You sometimes don't realize the weight of the things you carry through life with you, until you put them down. I'm feeling considerably... lighter.""Gideon, you could recite lines from this Fanny Hill Trixie spoke of while hanging from one of the bedposts with a rose clamped in your jaws, and I will still be asleep in the next two minutes." ARC provided through NetGalley.

  • Lauren - SERIESous Books
    2018-09-23 03:55

    My rating is a solid 3.5 but I bumped it up to a 4 because this book really impressed me with the overall plot.I think that potiential readers should be warned that the main focus of this book is the mystery behind the secret society and not on the battle for custody of Jessica's brother. And in my opinion this is a good thing to focus on. The mystery made me want to keep reading and it is a very interesting and complex one at that. I also enjoy the fact that parts of it will continue on to the next book (though don't worry, a good portion is revealed in this book so you won't be completely disappointed by the fact you are left hanging) so that they will be linked together by something other than the fact that they follow the 4 siblings.I also enjoyed the characters in this as well. The Redgrave family is entertaining and funny--your typical "go-against-the-ton" type of family but not in an annoying way. Jessica is a strong heroine who isn't annoying or stupid. I really liked the team her and Gideon formed and I could see the connection between themI think the reason that this is just a 3.5 to me is the writing style. It took me awhile to get into it and I'm not sure if it is because I haven't read a historical regency romance in a bit or if it was the style itself. But, like riding a bicycle, I soon got with the flow of things. Kasey's writing is very similar to the novels and works you would find in the time this novel is set, wordy and often with a different word order than we would use in everyday language.Needless to say, I am looking forward to the rest of the series. It's a refreshing approach rich with the history of the time and with great characters to boot! If you enjoy a little mystery with your historical romance, this is a must-read!(Find more book recaps and book series reviews on my blog: http://seriesousbookreviews.wordpress...)

  • Christine
    2018-10-02 23:41

    This book begins a series that will, judging from context, expose the mysteries of an evil secret society by the end. This pattern -- a mystery that spans several volumes while each individual book is framed by a romance -- is one I've run into before. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. The trick, I think, is making each romance stand out fantastically on its own. The mystery, meanwhile, needs to take a half step back but remain intriguing, with big turning points in each book. The trouble with this book was that the romance left me utterly cold and uninterested. I was drawn into the mystery to some extent, but I kept asking myself if I was interested enough to keep wading through the romance. (I did keep going, though I skimmed a bit.) And at the end of the book I find myself wondering if this flat romance was a fluke or a standard for this author. I didn't realize until the end that the mystery was going to span books, though I began to suspect more and more as it drew to a close. I wish I had known up front, because as it is I felt disappointed at the end that I didn't at least get closure on the part of the story that interested me. SO I wanted to make sure other readers knew that right up front. :)As for the romance ... it begins with Jessica approaching the earl (Gideon) to ask for custody of her half-brother. She drops this notion shortly after meeting her brother for the first time in six yeras and finding out he's an idiot. Then, suddenly, the two are making love and I'm not convinced she's enjoying it but she does and then he's proposing marriage for some reason I can't fathom and ... yeah. I was really struggling on motivation here.Anyway, like I said, I'm not sure if I'll read the next book.

  • The Window Seat
    2018-09-21 04:46

    One of the ways I write my reviews is to create a list of what I enjoyed and didn’t about a book. I go through things like the technical aspects of the writing, the characterizations, the plot, and of course the romance between the main couple. Sadly, when I completed my list for What an Earl Wants I had far more things under my “Didn’t Like” column than I could balance against the things I did enjoy.The story opens with Gideon Redgrave, the new Earl of Saltwood, arriving on the doorstep of Mrs. Jessica Linden to discuss his guardianship of her half-brother. Due to the presence of a few men and women gathered in her great room, Gideon immediately gets the impression that he’s walked into a bordello with “Mrs.” Linden being the madam of the establishment. Jessica’s half-hearted attempt at seducing Gideon does not help these perceptions, but somewhere in between the innuendoes both characters make very clear their positions about Gideon’s guardianship and Jessica’s intent to take it from him. Unfortunately the characters quickly forget about the guardianship issue when questions about Jessica’s father’s death sound suspiciously like events surrounding Gideon’s own father’s death years earlier. With too many coincidences linking them, Gideon and Jessica embark on an investigation into both men’s lives that uncover family secrets that possibly should never have been revealed.For the full review, please go to http://www.thewindowseat13.com/2012/1...

  • D.C.
    2018-09-21 03:49

    ABOUT THE BOOK:Kasey Michaels introduces a delicious new series about the Redgraves, four siblings celebrated for their legacy of scandal and seduction... Gideon Redgrave, eldest child of the late Earl of Saltwood, refuses to be humbled by the scandal that once tore his family apart. He's built his life in London society around one rule: trust no one. So the last thing he wants is to play guardian and role model to a headstrong boy . . . or to engage in a battle of wills with the boy's spirited half sister, who is fighting Gideon for custody. Beautiful and bold, young widow Jessica Linden proves to be a formidable and passionate adversary. But the more they lock horns, the more Gideon realizes he'd prefer to have Jessica on his side . . . and in his arms. Especially now that a new threat—sprung from his father's supposedly defunct secret society—is poised to destroy the Redgraves once and for all.REVIEW: Engaging, wicked, humorous, and well written. Those are four words I’d use to sum up this piece. The character development is amazing and holds you tight, right on up to the very end. Ms. Michael’s definitely knows her genre and if you’re looking for a book to cozy up to on a cold night – you know, one that will warm you in more than one way – pick this one up.Four out of five stars for a job well done.

  • Deborah Vespo
    2018-10-17 01:54

    What a beautiful thing it is when I see an author I love has a new book out, and then when I find that she or he has started a new series that is even better! Kasey Michaels has started a new series about the Redgraves. My only question is when is the next book coming out??!! This is Gideon, the Earl of Saltwood, and Jessica Lindon's story. Jessica, a widow, has recently discovered that her father and step-mother died in a carriage accident and now wants to have custody of her younger brother. Gideon happens to have the guardianship of her brother so she appears before him telling him that she wants him to come and live with her. And of course with every great romance sparks fly between the two of them. However, what I love about Kasey's books is that there is always adventure, suspense, romance - you know all those elements in a really great book. They discover that their parents were both involved in a club, not a very good club, where it's members seem to all be suffering from accidental deaths. The club has been one that has been around for some duration and the new members are those that are next in line in the family and Jessica has grave concerns for her brother that his life may be in danger. So Jessica and Gideon work together to discover who is behind all these deaths.

  • Debra Taylor
    2018-09-22 23:49

    First in a new series about the notorious Redgrave family. A family that was founded on a bedrock of sin. Gideon Redgrave has vowed to end the scandal that was spawned by his Grandfather & his father before him. There is a mystery surrounding their infamous Hellfire club. Club members are dropping like flies & the illustrious founders very bones have gone missing. Jessica Linden is both a daughter & a widow of deceased club members. Years ago, a young Jess was to be sacrificed on her fathers alter of sin. But she ran away before becoming another of their innocent victims. Her father & husband both dead - Jess returns to England , where she earns her living by less than respectable means. A relationship evolves into mariage when Gideon & Jess attempt to solve the mystery surrounding the notorious club . Soon the amorous pair are entangled in a web of murder & political intrigue. Will the sins of the fathers be visited upon their children ? Does the killer have a sinister motive...or is truth something more simple ? Well, I'm not telling . So grab this book & find out for yourself . I promise you won't be disappointed. Thanks to HQN & Netgalley for letting me read this book.

  • Judith
    2018-09-19 03:28

    Written by an author who has proven her writing abilities, this first book in a new series introduces the Redgrave brothers and features the eldest, Gideon, Earl of Saltwood. His romance with Jessica Linden begins on a less than noble note but progresses into a very hot affair of the heart and one that begins to involve more than just the two of them. Jessica's half-brother is a background character and doesn't figure prominently in scenes, but his presence in the story is more important than is initially evident. the characters in this story are really unique--a young widow presiding over a private gambling establishment, a world-weary aristocrat with several very different kind of brothers, a grandmother, the dowager Countess who is a free wheeling old lady who looks 20 years younger than she is, who is happy to take new lovers and is constantly thumbing her nose at polite society while charming them with her independence. It's a fun story with lots of romance and hot loving, a dark mystery, and some very unexpected turn of events. I didn't figure out the mystery at all. Just a really terrific read.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-12 03:38

    12/08 - I'm not finding either main character particularly engaging. I've continued reading, hoping that the more I read about them and get to know them the sooner I'll begin caring about Gideon or Jessica, but it's just not happening. For some reason I'm also annoyed by the book itself - it's a small book dimension-wise with very thin pages and while I'm reading it I can't help feeling like it was cheaply made, maybe if I'd borrowed the hardcover I might have felt inclined to award an extra partial star at least. To be continued...2/09 - I wasn't engaged in the subplot of the Hellfire Club or the romance between Gideon and Jessica for at least the first half, but as the romance got more interesting and Gideon and Jessica's feelings became more involved the subplot also became more interesting. I also wanted to see where the first book in the series got to with the Hellfire Club mystery because I have the second book in the series waiting to be read, that was the one that I picked up first, the one the grabbed my interest in the beginning. Anyway, I'm glad I persevered because the subplot and the romance picked up enough for an extra star.

  • Jeanne Murray
    2018-09-18 07:34

    Kasey Michaels just keeps getting better! What an Earl Wants launches a new series about the Redgrave family and if this first book is any indication, it should be a huge success. With characters the reader can’t help but love, the novel offers intrigue, lots of passion, realistic concerns of an abused spouse, and redemption. Unlike many romance novels that wait until the last pages to resolve love-related issues, this novel builds a relationship between Gideon and Jessica that, while it is far from perfect, provides the foundation for a marriage and a partnership as they attempt to solve a rather large mystery concerning a secret Society begun by Gideon’s grandfather. The “feisty old lady” character, Trixie Redgrave, is a delight, sharp and witty and passionate—in all senses of the word. She deals with life as it comes to her and is, in many ways, the glue that holds the family together despite the horrors of the past. Like her Blackthorne Brothers series, this one bodes well for the future and I look forward eagerly to the next installment.

  • My Book Addiction and More MBA
    2018-10-03 07:52

    WHAT AN EARL WANTS by Kasey Michaels is an exciting historical romance. A new series,"The Redgraves" series,what a beginning. Follow, Gideon Redgrave, eldest child of the late Earl of Saltwood, and Jessica Linden who proves to be not only a worthy adversary but passionate too. With a secret society that harbors treason and sexual conquests,secrets,danger,passion, spousal abuse,sexual abuse,treason, and love you will not want to miss "What An Earl Wants". Fast paced,full of action and adventure filled for both Jessica and Gideon. Ms. Michaels draws the reader into this suspense filled story of passion,danger,and love with her engaging characters and interesting plot that is as intriguing as it is mystery filled. I can hardly wait for the next in "The Redgraves" series. Ms. Michaels is a passionate writer. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. For more details visit HQN and My Book Addiction and More.RATING: 4.5HEAT RATING: MILDREVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

  • Jessi
    2018-09-20 01:55

    All widow Jessica Linden wants is control over her brother who is currently the ward of Gideon Redgrave, the Earl of Saltwood, son of one of the most notorious men in the ton. All Gideon wants to know is who is killing off the men who used to belong to his father's secret society, one devoted to the pleasure of its members. With a little Satan worshiping thrown in.This is a cute story and if you love Kasey Michaels, this is definitely in her line. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.(view spoiler)[Okay, the whole storyline about Gideon being the guardian of Jessica's brother seemed a little slim. It was a plotline that was just... plopped down. Like a convenient way to get them together. I hope to see more of Adam in future stories. He is an idiot, but a fairly affable one. (hide spoiler)]

  • Cherie
    2018-09-29 23:57

    This is my second reading. I want to be current when I read the last installment. At first I had trouble staying interested since I had read it before and couldn't really remember anything significant about it. But I was then drawn into the intrigue and characters. Now I remember what I had liked about it. Fast paced once it got started, the ending is a cliff hanger. Nicely there are a couple of comic characters, Jessica's brother and Gideon's grandmother, that kept the story from being too serious. Gideon's brothers are intriguing as is his sister whose story is next. There were a lot of names to keep straight and whether they are good guys or bad guys. One, I'm thinking is a bad guy is the hero of the next story so I guess he's a good guy.

  • LibraryDanielle
    2018-10-03 07:28

    I'm sad to say this one bored me immensely. it took me over a week to finish, when most historical romances take a day or two. normally I like Kasey Michaels too. the main reason is there was too much going on, with not enough to hold my interest. she focused to much on the cloak and dagger shenanigans, and not enough on actual plot.I liked jessica at first, but she quickly fell into the typical heroine roll. she started out feisty and knowing what she wanted and ended up a helpless female.

  • Carrie Olguin
    2018-10-09 03:46

    First book in a new series. Looks like it will be one of those where each book will focus on on couple who fall in love while working on solving the over-all story arc. I love Michael's stories, so I look forward to reading the entire set.I enjoyed the H and h in this story. They are easy to like and their teasing banter is funny. We get to spend some time with the other three siblings in the family who will most likely be the H/h of the other books.As of 02/11/13, none of the other books have been released so I will have to wait... hopefully not too long.