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To help her destitute parents, Emma Mercer must marry very well. And very soon. Love is irrelevant. Only security matters…doesn't it? Aided by her friend Olivia—and Olivia's brother Marcus, Earl of Westin—Emma quickly gains society's notice. But Marcus himself, the only man whose company Emma truly enjoys, seems oblivious to her charms.With his finances in jeopardy, MarcusTo help her destitute parents, Emma Mercer must marry very well. And very soon. Love is irrelevant. Only security matters…doesn't it? Aided by her friend Olivia—and Olivia's brother Marcus, Earl of Westin—Emma quickly gains society's notice. But Marcus himself, the only man whose company Emma truly enjoys, seems oblivious to her charms.With his finances in jeopardy, Marcus knows he can't be the wealthy groom Emma needs. Instead, he'll see her properly engaged to the right man…and break his own heart.Yet Emma's determination and Marcus's resolve may be no match for love, faith—and a scheming sister determined to end Emma's husband hunt right at Marcus's side....

Title : Engaging the Earl
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ISBN : 9780373829095
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Engaging the Earl Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-05-08 10:54

    I think Enraging the Earl would be a more appropriate title. Seriously though, the amount of seething, angst, misery and stubbornness of the characters! Really! Pull yourselves together already!I started out loving this book. I thought it was so good. Soon-to-be-fired-for-tardiness governess meets gorgeous-looking nobleman in the streets at night, and sparks instantly fly. When Emma is too scared to go back to her parents' and admit she's been fired, she turns to her friend the Marchioness of Hunsford (I hope I got that name right) and the latter decides to hatch up a plan to find Emma a rich husband as soon as possible. The most eligible catch is obviously the Earl of Westin, the marchioness's brother, but strangely his name does not appear on the list. Nope. He is to be the guy in charge of parading Emma in front of all the young bucks and dandies, like a horse at an auction. Callers come flowing in, yet Emma finds it is the Earl's company that she prefers. I know this is suuuuuper predictable, but it was actually quite fun. Marcus trying to dissuade all the dudes from marrying Emma was simply hilarious. And his banter with Emma was really fun as well, and they had great scenes. In short, the book was a delight, I was hugely enjoying myself, and even laughed out loud many times. This is why I love those fluffy Regencies, I thought.Then, boom. About 50% in, the hero gets it into his head to ask the heroine to marry him. Nothing wrong with that, right? They obviously love each other!Wrong. Soooo wrong! Because if he is going to propose at about 50% through or so, that means that there is a HIGH chance of a bunch of sh*t happening and them having a...misunderstanding. Oh. Goodness. I admit I totally saw it coming though. It was quite obvious. Because, unbeknownst to all his peers, the Earl of Westin has lost most of his fortune, therefore he is NOT the rich husband Emma needs to extricate herself and her parents from poverty. But Emma DOESN'T know that and she feels unworthy of him (even though it's so clear they're both madly in love with each other), and she thinks his sister won't approve because he wasn't on the freaking list. Yet, they all know she is a former governess and yet they accept her in their circles anyway! Where is the logic in the characters actions? And how come a governess being BFFs with a marchioness has never raised any talk or concerns?!?! What do they have the hierarchy for???!This is where everything went downhill for me. Instead of continuing with the fun, humorous tone of the first half, and possibly making the misunderstanding bearable, the author turned her characters into a bunch of whiny, self-pitying, miserable, bird-witted twits. Especially the hero. Whatever happened to the poor man? Of all the heroes who have ever professed turning into a Bedlamite because of their passion for the heroine, he was the closest to actually end up in Bedlam. He became the personification of Katy Perry's Hot and Cold and simply could. not. make. up. his. mind. You want the girl? Then you've got to TALK TO HER, EXPLAIN YOURSELF, CONVERSE, HAVE SOME KIND OF RATIONAL HUMAN INTERRACTION WITH HER. Stalking, playing mind games, jealousy and bitterness will get you nowhere. Stop acting like a blithering fool and be HONEST. For heaven's sake, half the trouble could have been avoided if Marcus had:a)Not been so foolishb)Not been so selfishc)Had had a stable mindd)Assumed the consequences of his choicese)MADE UP HIS MIND!!! Gah. Honestly, the second half of this book annoyed me so much, I think more so because the beginning had been so awesome. But I was so frustrated with everything by the end that I wished Mr. Barnwell had gotten the girl. He seemed the better choice. Hmmph. And someone ought to write a book with one of those awesome I-will-stare-you-down-and-put-you-firmly-in-your-place butlers as the main character. Seriously.

  • Alice
    2019-05-09 07:57

    A friend recommended Engaging the Earl to me quite some time ago, but as I didn't own it and it wasn't at my library, I kept putting it off for books I had on hand or that I had been looking forward to longer. So this past week I was in a Christian bookstore and I saw this on the shelf... so I bought it... I decided to read it this weekend. Last night I read to page 54- loved it, but had to put it down. Today was a gray day, and after I got home from church I settled down to read. I kept telling myself I needed to take "reality breaks" but once I would finally pull myself away all I could think of was "what's going to happen?" "What is he THINKING?!" "Is his sister EVER going to make her move?" "OK! I better just go read- I don't want the characters doing anything interesting without me, after all!" Needless to say I didn't do much but read today.Engaging the Earl had a consistent stream of comedy like a Georgette Heyer, a sweet romance like a Jane Austen, and a long-time-coming climax that is frustrating in the extreme, but makes the ending all the more satisfying. (Which reminded me of Louisa May Alcotts "The Inheritance", to a point. All those misunderstandings and me wishing I could slap a few of the characters with their own book! :P) About halfway through I connected that Mandy Goff's first book "Blackmail Bride" precedes this in a series and is about Olivia and Nick... the rest of the time spent reading this book I kept thinking "I MUST get my hands on book 1 with all speed!" Can't wait to read it. Olivia was a GREAT character- I loved her loyal friendship with Emma, and the sister/brother relationship between her and Marcus was adorable. ^_^Marcus was a George Knightley type hero (and I envisioned him as such- most of the time). He had a level head on his shoulders, a good sense of humor, a desire to keep those closest to him happy, and a sincere love for the less fortunate- and concern for their welfare. I enjoyed the banter between him and Emma, and his habit of scaring off all her potential suitors (particularly Baron Chivers) was highly amusing. ;)Emma was a heroine with Elinor Dashwoods loyal-to-her-family, sensible outlook, and Elizabeth Bennet's independent, feisty temper. I really enjoyed getting to know her.There were moments in this story where I laughed out loud, moments I teared up, and moments I squeezed the poor paperback to the point of bending the cover (*sigh* stay calm- it can be flattened out again! o_O) in frustrating and irritation with non-communicative characters! Mandy Goff threaded the message of trusting the Lord into her story very well, and I was encouraged! Everything happens for a reason. God has it all under control. (See, I had no need to get all worked up and abuse my poor book.) All will be well and according to His plan in the end."Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    2019-05-14 11:58

    Engaging the Earl follows the story of Marcus and Emma. Emma’s a bit down on her luck and turns to her good friend Olivia for help. Olivia then requests the help of her brother, Marcus, to help them find a husband for Emma. What ensues is a very fun adventure of husband hunting. I liked both Marcus and Emma, it’s obvious from the beginning that they have chemistry and most likely end up together, it’s fun watching them try and figure it out for themselves though.I really enjoy Mandy Goff’s writing and she's quickly becoming a favorite Regency author of mine. I look forward to reading more books from her.Content: Squeaky clean.

  • Anna Rebecca
    2019-05-21 05:55

    I picked up yet another romance because I wanted to escape and not have to really think about what I was reading. This book happened to be set in a historical time period I enjoy and there was enough melodramatic conflict alluded to on the back cover to make me pick it up. I’m glad I did. I really did enjoy this book.I can’t say the author’s writing is especially scholarly, but you don’t expect that if you are reading romance. Thankfully the author’s style was not completely elementary and the book was enjoyable enough to read.I actually enjoyed the characters. Emma, the female lead, was strong and I appreciated the fact that she wanted to take care of her family and made sacrifices to do so. Marcus, the male lead, was a good character too. He had his honor and was the slightly more silent type that I like. The supporting characters were apparently from a previous book, which gave them a fuller, more permanent feel than most supporting characters in your typical romance novel.The story itself was good enough. Of course the outcome to Marcus’ apparent downfall was easily predictable, but the story was good enough reading up to the expected outcome. In fact, several times I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things that happened. Other times, I felt a tug on my heartstrings.All things considered, I’d recommended this book for an easy read over the weekend or at the beach. This book is from the Love Inspired line of books so is completely safe for any teen reader or any reader who wants to avoid the trashy elements found in so many romance books.

  • Alexia
    2019-04-29 03:54

    It took me a really long tme to read this book because I was just in a reading funk. However, when I started getting back into it, it became really good. I like the time period, Regency and there are some ballroom scenes, which I also really liked. It's wortht he read for sure!

  • Gretchen
    2019-04-26 11:12

    Can dreams come true? Emma is beginning to think it is not possible. Emma is having to work as a governess because her parents who are honest and trusting have trusted schemers who took their money. Her good friend Olivia finds out and makes a plan to help by finding her a wealthy husband with help of her brother of course everything gets turned upside down. But in the end Emma does get her dream and more! This book is delightful!

  • Alisa
    2019-05-22 09:09

    I love this book! Olivia, Nick, and Marcus are back from the first book "The Blackmailed Bride" and we are introduced to a new character, Emma.Emma Mercer has lost her job as governess for the awful Viscountess Roth. Because of bad investments her parents live in Cheapside and are practically destitute. They depend on Emma's income for their support. Unable to face her parents and let them know that she no longer has a job, Emma goes to her friend Olivia, the Marchioness of Huntsford.Olivia immediately makes a plan to get Emma married! She enlists the help of her marriage-dodging brother, Marcus to help her find a husband for Emma. Even though Marcus, the Earl of Westin, has spent years dodging prospective brides, he finds himself offended to be left off the list of potential grooms for Emma. (Of course, Olivia has purposely left him off the list and told him he would not suit Emma well in the hopes that he would pay more attention to Emma and fall in love with her).But Marcus didn't need Olivia's meddling to find himself attracted to Emma. Emma's beauty, kindness, and generosity made it impossible for Marcus not to be attracted to her! "None had caught and held his eye like the young women who had seemed so very determined to escape his company."But Marcus has problems that make it impossible for him to pursue a bride -- he has just found out that a ship has gone missing and is believed to be sunk -- and if the ship isn't found, then Marcus' fortune will be lost with the ship!

  • Megan
    2019-05-10 06:51

    I finished this book and let out a long, contented sigh, happily satisfied with another enchanting Regency romance from Mandy Goff. I read The Blackmailed Bride recently and adored the characters so I was very excited to read this book. I highly recommend reading TBB first although it's not neccesary. You'll understand the book either way but it gives you a better appreciation for the characters and makes this book more like revisiting old friends, what could be better than that? I really appreciate how strong and independent the heroine, Emma, is in this book. It demonstrates one of the things I love about historical romantic fiction, it puts the woman in the center of the story- something the history books fail to do most of the time. She tries valiantly to support her family on her own which is admirable during the time of coverture. I loved Marcus's jealous fits it seemed so unlike him but believable in the context. I still enjoyed Gibbons (even though he wasn't in the book very much) his antics and retorts made me laugh out loud. Mandy, doesn't Gibbons deserve a spin off where he gets his shot at love?

  • J.
    2019-04-27 06:14

    Regency romances can run the gamut from fun, rollicking stories of two people hiding their attraction behind biting verbal exchanges to the more heart-wrenching tales of love lost by sacrifice and misunderstanding. Engaging the Earl, by Mandy Goff, evokes laughter, tears, surprises and sighs in a truly stellar romance combining the best of both types. Marcus, Earl of Westin, has been asked by his sister to find a husband for her friend, Emma. This stalwart, brooding elder brother takes his responsibility seriously, only to find he is falling in love with the woman he seeks to help. Emma Mercer, a governess fallen on hard times, finds herself both irritated by and attracted to this man with secrets, burdens, and a good heart. Whether it is a tender moment or lively banter between the hero and heroine, confrontation between hero and suitor, or interactions with secondary characters, Goff provides scenes worth reading over and over again and a book to be put on the keeper shelf or, rather, kept near at hand.

  • Brenda
    2019-05-09 04:52

    I had difficulty finishing this book. Each night when I picked it up I struggled to remember what had happened in the story so far, something I hardly ever have a problem with. I'm not sure if that is a reflection on the book and not much actually happened or it's just that I'm forgetful at the moment! I got frustrated with how in almost every chapter in the last half of the book the hero and heroine talked around the real issues that were causing them to remain apart without getting to the heart of the matter. I just wanted them to have a frank conversation where they told each other the truth. It was romantic and funny in places but it was a slow read for me and I just had a general feeling of frustration as I read it.

  • Cheryl Mclaws
    2019-05-19 07:11

    I. Loved. This. Book. Marcus and Emma were both so perfectly flawed for each other. The tension and chemistry between the characters was great! The plot and the crisis were believable and well thought out. I was so drawn into this story I couldn't put it down (even though I've been sick with bronchitis all weekend) and didn't want it to ever end! I loved seeing Olivia and Nick again as supporting characters as well. I love this foursome and this family saga that Mandy has created. I can't wait to see what Ms. Goff does next!! :)

  • Deanna
    2019-05-20 07:49

    Fabulous! A wonderful mix of romance, love, faith, and kisses! I loved the romantic tension you felt between Marcus and Emma. You knew they wanted each other and every little bit you'd see them get a moment to share their feelings, sometimes without words! It was the right mix of can't they just get together and happiness that forged you to keep reading because you just had to know the end! They had to be together! Looking forward to seeing more from Ms. Goff!

  • Cathy
    2019-05-07 09:57

    I'd give this book 3 and half stars if they'd let me. I'm impressed that the level of writing in this genre has improved so much since I last tried it. It's not Jane Austin, but it's not preaching disguised as a novel either. I was drawn in by the independent main characters as they wove in and out of each others lives, even as you know how all romances will end. I stayed up late to finish the book just to make sure they found their way to ... well, I wouldn't want to spoil it for you.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-26 07:00

    3.75A light, enjoyable read. Predictable, perhaps, but the characters were fun and engaging, and it wasn't hard to stay focused all the way to the end. I loved how the supporting characters were genuinely ready to take things by both hands to watch out for the heroine, and how some of the plot elements played out. "Ducks have diseases" had to have been one of my favorite lines! Wicked fellow...The ending was very satisfying, too!

  • Mandy Goff
    2019-05-23 06:03

    Hi everyone! I've been notified there may have been a problem with the March giveaway. If you won a copy, but for some reason, have yet to receive it, email me at [email protected] (quickest and surest way to get a hold of me). Again, I'm sorry, and let me know if you've had an issue--I'll make it right! =)Mandy

  • Angela
    2019-05-12 11:00

    I really like Mandy Goff's stories. They are very Jane Austen, and this ties together with The Blackmailed Bride (also a great read). Really fun to read - great characters - twisting plot & conflicts. Great way to spend an evening. Hope she writes more...

  • Christina
    2019-05-01 10:13

    Enjoyed the book. I wish that Marcus and Emma could have been more truthful about their situations earlier although I understand their reasons. As a reader, it was a bit frustrating, but I did enjoy the humor in the book that kept the story moving well.

  • MariaFernanda
    2019-05-07 04:56

    One of my favorite books of all time!!Many Goff does it again!!Complex characters that were thoroughly developed and extremely lovable!! The plot was perfect!The lessons on love amazing!One of the best romance novels I have ever read, and I have read a lot!!LOVE MANDY GOFF!!

  • Kori
    2019-05-20 08:51

    It was cute and fun to read.

  • Lynsay
    2019-04-25 07:01

    Absolutely amazing. I never wanted to put it down. The story and characters suck you in.

  • Sophie
    2019-05-05 04:00

    What a lovely story! Funny, but also serious at times and it kept me on tender hooks! Wonderful characters and very inspirational and romantic :) a great read! I look forward to her other story! :)

  • Mimi Herbert
    2019-05-22 11:54

    This book was simply delightful. Lots of humor with the romance.

  • Sarah Southerland
    2019-05-09 11:07

    I liked this one a lot. It got a bit long in the middle, but still a fun and cute read. Clean.

  • Melody McBride
    2019-05-07 07:58

    *sigh* I've been wanting to read this book for quite a while. I even went out of my way to buy it because I was frustrated I couldn't find a way to read it for free. Because I'm usually pretty good at doing that.I really liked this book, but DANG. The main characters were so frustrating. Their emotions were all over the place, but I was more ok with how Emma acted than Marcus. Sheesh. Emma had reasons, as did Marcus, but she saw the error of her ways, while he just kept on bumbling around, making stupid mistakes. I could see why he did it, but really. It was irritating.Please don't let this review put you off reading it. I really did enjoy the book and read it in one day because I couldn't stop. You can't help sometimes having frustrating people in books, right?4 stars.

  • Erin
    2019-05-03 08:07

    When I began reading, I didn't realize I was reading the follow-up to Blackmailed Bride. Pleasant surprise and perfect timing, since I just finished that one. I had hoped Marcus would get his own story, and I enjoyed it. I always get annoyed in the middle with all the if-you'd-both-just-be-honest-with-each-other than things would be a lot smoother, but I suppose everyone needs their drama. @@ clean read

  • Patricia
    2019-05-04 07:13

    Rating 2.5I read this book because I wanted to find out what happened when Marcus (introduced in book 1 about Olivia) finds his bride. I felt the conflict in this story was thin--losing the ship, and all the back and forth between Marcus and Emma became a bit overdone for me. However, it was, over all, a nice enough story.

  • Danielle Hartzler
    2019-05-04 12:05

    I LOVED most of the book, the characters are engaging and fun. I laughed out loud more than once. I know there has to be something keeping the couple apart but I did not like how Marcus or Emma acted. It is so hard for me to not give 5stars because I loved the book. Except the parts where I didn't. Ugh, so hard to explain without spoilers.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-29 11:13

    Fun regency read! My only criticism with the book is that the obstacle between the hero and heroine became annoying towards the end. Otherwise, this is a clean romance and while religion is mentioned, it is not preachy or annoying. It is a natural part of the lives of the characters and comes off as genuine and relatable.

  • Karen
    2019-05-08 05:17

    Typical Regency-style romance: Accidental first meetings only to be surprised when formally meeting and being introduced to each other later on as well as misunderstandings and assumptions of the other's feelings/reasons for their actions.I did feel at parts that Goff was trying too hard, but it was so readable and still adequately cheek flushing/chest warming on my part lol.

  • Harlequin Books
    2019-05-08 06:58

    Goodreads book giveaway listed for 7 copies of Engaging the Earl, ends March 10, 2012, open to the US, CA, GB and AU