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From rising star Susanna Craig comes a fresh new series filled with high-stakes intrigue and thrilling historical romance that is perfect for readers looking for a fun new twist on their favorite love stories… Will scandalous secrets stand in the way of a second chance at love? Miss Jane Quayle excels at invention. How else could the sheltered daughter of an English gentlema From rising star Susanna Craig comes a fresh new series filled with high-stakes intrigue and thrilling historical romance that is perfect for readers looking for a fun new twist on their favorite love stories… Will scandalous secrets stand in the way of a second chance at love? Miss Jane Quayle excels at invention. How else could the sheltered daughter of an English gentleman create lurid gothic novels so infamous someone wants their author silenced forever? Fortunately, Jane has taken steps to protect herself, first by assuming a pen name, and second, by taking up residence at remote Dunnock Castle, surrounded by rugged scenery that might have been ripped from the pages of one of her books. Her true identity remains a secret, until one dark and stormy night... After years of spying for the British army, Thomas Sutherland doubts the Highlands will ever feel like home again. Nevertheless, thanks to a quirk of Scottish inheritance law, he's now the Earl of Magnus, complete with a crumbling castle currently inhabited by a notorious novelist. When the writer turns out to be the woman Thomas once wooed, suspicions rise even as mutual sparks reignite. As danger closes in, can Jane and Thomas overcome their pasts to forge a future together?


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From rising star Susanna Craig comes a fresh new series filled with high-stakes intrigue and thrilling historical romance that is perfect for readers looking for a fun new twist on their favorite love stories… Will scandalous secrets stand in the way of a second chance at love? Miss Jane Quayle excels at invention. How else could the sheltered daughter of an English gentlema From rising star Susanna Craig comes a fresh new series filled with high-stakes intrigue and thrilling historical romance that is perfect for readers looking for a fun new twist on their favorite love stories… Will scandalous secrets stand in the way of a second chance at love? Miss Jane Quayle excels at invention. How else could the sheltered daughter of an English gentleman create lurid gothic novels so infamous someone wants their author silenced forever? Fortunately, Jane has taken steps to protect herself, first by assuming a pen name, and second, by taking up residence at remote Dunnock Castle, surrounded by rugged scenery that might have been ripped from the pages of one of her books. Her true identity remains a secret, until one dark and stormy night... After years of spying for the British army, Thomas Sutherland doubts the Highlands will ever feel like home again. Nevertheless, thanks to a quirk of Scottish inheritance law, he's now the Earl of Magnus, complete with a crumbling castle currently inhabited by a notorious novelist. When the writer turns out to be the woman Thomas once wooed, suspicions rise even as mutual sparks reignite. As danger closes in, can Jane and Thomas overcome their pasts to forge a future together?

30 review for Who's That Earl

  1. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    WHO’S THAT EARL by Susanna Craig is the first book in the Love and Let Spy historical romance series and the first book that I have read by this author. The story is largely set in Scotland. At seventeen, Jane Quayle met a young British army officer, Thomas Sutherland and had a short romance. However, he was called away to duty and she was soon cast out of her family home by her parents. Seven years have now passed and they happen to meet again. Susanna and Thomas were both characters that you co WHO’S THAT EARL by Susanna Craig is the first book in the Love and Let Spy historical romance series and the first book that I have read by this author. The story is largely set in Scotland. At seventeen, Jane Quayle met a young British army officer, Thomas Sutherland and had a short romance. However, he was called away to duty and she was soon cast out of her family home by her parents. Seven years have now passed and they happen to meet again. Susanna and Thomas were both characters that you could root for. They had some depth, flaws and virtues, but not quite as much as I wanted. Their motivations seemed believable, but the secondary characters lacked the depth that would have further enhanced the story. The author did a great job of creating a setting at and around Dunnock Castle. However, the mystery part of the story was easily solved. There just wasn’t enough tension or intrigue to make this novel a page turner for me. There are a couple of steamier scenes in the last half of the book. Overall, this was an enjoyable historical romance that fell short on the history and intrigue that I was expecting. However, the interaction between the main characters was entertaining. Other readers have enjoyed this more than I did. I won a digital copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks go to Goodreads, Lyrical Press and Susanna Craig for the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    3.5 stars-- There's a lot of elements in this book I really enjoyed! The characters & their banter were great. I loved the snippets of the gothic novel (honestly could have done with more of that), and I loved the rugged Scottish castle setting! Overall, I think this book would have benefitted from having a stronger mystery element in the plotting, because I thought that pacing and plot were the weakest points of the story. Still, this was quite a charming historical, and it felt like something 3.5 stars-- There's a lot of elements in this book I really enjoyed! The characters & their banter were great. I loved the snippets of the gothic novel (honestly could have done with more of that), and I loved the rugged Scottish castle setting! Overall, I think this book would have benefitted from having a stronger mystery element in the plotting, because I thought that pacing and plot were the weakest points of the story. Still, this was quite a charming historical, and it felt like something a bit different, which I appreciated

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    STRONG FEMALE LEAD IN A PLOT-LESS WISHY WASHY HISTORICAL ROMANCE When I read Historical Romance I like a bit of heartfelt (maybe even sizzling) romance. I also like a plot that goes beyond the romance and maybe has some drama, mystery or horror. And I like strong female characters who stand up for themselves. With this book I got only one of those things... 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍 Jane: Our female lead Jane is a selfmade woman - she is a published author, writing under a male pseudonym. She writes horror STRONG FEMALE LEAD IN A PLOT-LESS WISHY WASHY HISTORICAL ROMANCE When I read Historical Romance I like a bit of heartfelt (maybe even sizzling) romance. I also like a plot that goes beyond the romance and maybe has some drama, mystery or horror. And I like strong female characters who stand up for themselves. With this book I got only one of those things... 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍 Jane: Our female lead Jane is a selfmade woman - she is a published author, writing under a male pseudonym. She writes horror stories that nobody in her day or age would suspect was written by a woman. I really liked that she went against convention and made her own fortune evne when others (particularly her father) said she couldn't. Secrets: Normally I absolutely hate characters that keep secrets from each other because you always know how it is going to end up - the secret will come out leading to a momentary split or rift which is ultimately overcome in the end. For me the 'secret keeping trope' is so old and tired. So when I first felt this book going down that road I was a little annoyed - but then my feelings changed, because this was actually a new take on that trope. Jane and Thomas actually know that the other person is lying! That was refreshing! Second chances: Jane and Thomas had a short lived affair seven years before the events of this book. I always enjoy a second chances love story, event though I wish we would have gotten to know more about their earlier romance. 👎 WHAT I DISLIKED 👎 Plot: Overall, the plot was lacking. Based on the blurb I was expecting mystery, intrigue and even a bit of action, but I didn't feel like the book delivered on either account. It was slightly mundane and I was not expecting that one bit. Romance: Jane and Thomas may be second chance lovers, something that I really like, by I was just not sold on their romance. I couldn't connect with their relationship, couldn't feel the attraction, the emotions or the chemistry. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 11 Crazy Literary Scandals

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Love and Let Spy #1 Publication Date: 8/18/20 Number of Pages: 384 *** 3.5 Stars Rounded Up *** This second-chance romance was a fun read. It has a little bit of everything – snippets from a gothic novel, a mystery, a villain, a crumbling castle, and two really cute spaniels. I really liked both lead characters – and – of course, I loved the epilogue. At seventeen Miss Jane Quayle met a handsome young military officer, Thomas Sutherland. They spent the following weeks keeping as much company Series: Love and Let Spy #1 Publication Date: 8/18/20 Number of Pages: 384 *** 3.5 Stars Rounded Up *** This second-chance romance was a fun read. It has a little bit of everything – snippets from a gothic novel, a mystery, a villain, a crumbling castle, and two really cute spaniels. I really liked both lead characters – and – of course, I loved the epilogue. At seventeen Miss Jane Quayle met a handsome young military officer, Thomas Sutherland. They spent the following weeks keeping as much company as was possible at the time. They spoke of marriage and Thomas made plans to speak to Jane’s father. But – when he arrived at the house, her father denied he even had a daughter. I have to say that the author didn’t make me feel there was a ‘great love for all time’ here. They both walked away too easily and neither ever tried to contact the other again. Yes, they both remembered a sweet shared kiss – but – that seems to be it. It just didn’t seem to me that either was totally invested in the relationship at that time. Seven years later – Jane had become a very wealthy and very famous Gothic Novel author who wrote under the male pseudonym, Robin Ratliff, and Thomas had spent that time as a spy stationed in the West Indies. Jane, as Robin Ratliff, has been renting Dunnock Castle from its absentee landlord, the Earl of Magnus. Both have been satisfied with the arrangement as he prefers the warmer climes, and she is paying a handsome sum for the privacy afforded by a Highland castle. When Thomas is summoned to London by his spymaster, General Zebadiah Scott, he has no idea what is about to transpire. The General informs Thomas that the Earl of Magnus has died – and Thomas is now the new earl. Thomas has no desire to have a title and informs the general of that, but the general isn’t taking no for an answer. So, it is off to Scotland to officially claim his title and then on to Dunnock Castle. After days of exhausting travel, Thomas arrives at Dunnock Castle and awaits a meeting with Robin Ratliff – only to be taken to Jane Quayle – who is now Mrs. Higginbotham. Thomas insists on seeing Robin and not his secretary but is told that Robin is off doing research for his next novel. Both Thomas and Jane are keeping secrets – big secrets, and neither trusts the other with those secrets. However, they are both smart and soon each of them begins to put the puzzle pieces together. Can they get past those secrets and find their own HEA? You’ll just have to read the book to see. I enjoyed the read and thought the storyline was interesting, but, for some reason, I never became truly invested in the romance. Rather than feeling I was reading a great love story that had stood the test of time, I felt I was reading two people who just decided they were in love and wanted to get on with it. Maybe that isn’t a good explanation, but, bottom line, I just didn’t feel it. Then, there is the matter of the villain (well two if you count her father). I felt there could have been more suspense and danger associated with that part of the story – I thought it was too quickly and easily solved. Bottom line is – I enjoyed the read and would share it with a friend. I think General Scott was my favorite character in the whole book. I loved him and I think he’ll be the lynchpin of the series as he manages to pair off his spies with just the perfect lady for them. I’m looking forward to the next story already. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Who's That Earl is a historical romantic suspense (more romance than suspense) with an independent, plus-size heroine and a hero reluctant to become an earl with a career in military intelligence. I had such a good time with this one and I'm excited to read more from the author! Jayne Quayle is secretly the author of pulpy novels, written under a male nome de plume. She is renting a castle in the remote Scottish Highlands as she pens her very successful novels and hides her identity by pretendin Who's That Earl is a historical romantic suspense (more romance than suspense) with an independent, plus-size heroine and a hero reluctant to become an earl with a career in military intelligence. I had such a good time with this one and I'm excited to read more from the author! Jayne Quayle is secretly the author of pulpy novels, written under a male nome de plume. She is renting a castle in the remote Scottish Highlands as she pens her very successful novels and hides her identity by pretending to be a widow who works for this elusive author. And she has just received her first death threat. Thomas Sutherland has been recalled from his post in the military because he has unexpectedly become heir to a Scottish Earldom. In fact, the very one that Jayne is currently inhabiting! And they have a history. Not to mention plenty of secrets. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this. I will say, don't go expecting a heavy emphasis on suspense or an elaborate mystery plot, as I see some readers disappointed with that element. But I loved the characters! Jayne is curvy, smart, and fiercely independent. Thomas might want to save her, but quite often she can save herself. Thomas appreciates and respects her work as an author and doesn't need her to fit inside a box. I was a fan. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    'Miss Jane Quayle excels at invention. How else could the sheltered daughter of an English gentleman create lurid gothic novels so infamous someone wants their author silenced forever? Fortunately, Jane has taken steps to protect herself, first by assuming a pen name, and second, by taking up residence at remote Dunnock Castle, surrounded by rugged scenery that might have been ripped from the pages of one of her books. Her true identity remains a secret, until one dark and stormy night... After y 'Miss Jane Quayle excels at invention. How else could the sheltered daughter of an English gentleman create lurid gothic novels so infamous someone wants their author silenced forever? Fortunately, Jane has taken steps to protect herself, first by assuming a pen name, and second, by taking up residence at remote Dunnock Castle, surrounded by rugged scenery that might have been ripped from the pages of one of her books. Her true identity remains a secret, until one dark and stormy night... After years of spying for the British army, Thomas Sutherland doubts the Highlands will ever feel like home again. Nevertheless, thanks to a quirk of Scottish inheritance law, he's now the Earl of Magnus, complete with a crumbling castle currently inhabited by a notorious novelist. When the writer turns out to be the woman Thomas once wooed, suspicions rise even as mutual sparks reignite. As danger closes in, can Jane and Thomas overcome their pasts to forge a future together?' ___________________________________ 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4 stars. Who's That Earl is the first book in Susanna Craig's new Love and Let Spy series and is a historical romance. Despite finding the book to be a little slow to start while the characters and their current circumstances are introduced, I really enjoyed reading this book. It a great start to a new series that I will be looking forward to reading more of. At the start of the book, I felt largely ambivalent to Thomas' character as I found him to a bit gruff and aloof, as he was meant to be due to his time serving in isolation on an island. I wasn't sure that I would find him to be likable enough to follow through the entirety of the book. But despite his unwillingness to be there, he really started to grow on me once he made his way into Scotland to explore he reversal of fortunes. I really like Jane's independent nature, even if it was largely born out of unfortunate circumstances. This isn't the first book I've read  with the heroine a beloved author writing under a male nom de plume, but I loved the ruise that Jane devized in order to allow her to write in plain sight, yet still enjoy the fruit of her labors and to bask in others' adoration of her work, all without any the wiser. Jane is a talented storyteller both within both her books and her own life, which earned her the both strength and independence. I loved the characters and especilly the twists and spots of dangert hich they encountered over the course of the story. The next book of the series is lightly introduced in the epilogue of this book and I am entruiged by what we know of the premise and will be looking out for the next book. _____ I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for sharing an eARC of Who's That Earl by Susanna Craig. This is my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)

    I'm afraid this didn't work for me and I DNF'd at 18%, for a combination of reasons. Alarm bells rang right at the start when we meet the hero on the island of Dominica in the West Indies, where he has been stationed for some years as a British intelligence officer. We're not told exactly when the book is set, but references to Napoleon would suggest it's between 1804 and 1815. At that time Dominica was a British colony (established 1805), and was an important staging point for the 'triangular t I'm afraid this didn't work for me and I DNF'd at 18%, for a combination of reasons. Alarm bells rang right at the start when we meet the hero on the island of Dominica in the West Indies, where he has been stationed for some years as a British intelligence officer. We're not told exactly when the book is set, but references to Napoleon would suggest it's between 1804 and 1815. At that time Dominica was a British colony (established 1805), and was an important staging point for the 'triangular trade' whereby enslaved African people were 'imported' and sold in return for the export of sugar, tobacco and cotton to Europe. While the hero soon leaves and returns to his native Scotland, the fact that the book failed to mention this history or to reflect on the implications at the first opportunity is a huge red flag. If one of your MCs is implicated explicitly and directly in systems of colonial oppression and you don't address it proactively and straightaway, I'm done. White authors need to do better. On top of that, I found the premise strained my suspension of disbelief: a man inherits an Earldom he has no idea he is even in line for, along with a ruined Highland castle, and the reclusive anonymous tenant of said castle just happens, by chance, to be the young woman he fell in love with in Sussex seven years earlier? This excess of coincidence made me cynical, and so it became hard for me to engage with the characters as individuals - I couldn't invest in the process of them coming together. I did like the title though - alas, it was going to be my pun square for #FallIntoRomBingo - and I thought the writing had a lot to recommend it. But my tolerance for unforced errors in white historical romance these days is really low, and there were too many for me here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    4.5 stars rounded up. After being stationed on the island of Dominica for seven long, lonely years, Lt. Thomas Sutherland is finally going back to England. He returns and briefly considers looking up the girl he fell in love with just before he left, the girl he didn’t get to say goodbye to, but never forgot, but then convinces himself that she is no longer his Miss Quayle and that the past is best forgotten. He reports to his commanding officer, General Zebadiah Scott and learns that he has inhe 4.5 stars rounded up. After being stationed on the island of Dominica for seven long, lonely years, Lt. Thomas Sutherland is finally going back to England. He returns and briefly considers looking up the girl he fell in love with just before he left, the girl he didn’t get to say goodbye to, but never forgot, but then convinces himself that she is no longer his Miss Quayle and that the past is best forgotten. He reports to his commanding officer, General Zebadiah Scott and learns that he has inherited the title of Earl of Magnus as well as the Scottish estate Dunnock Castle. General Scott will not even consider giving Thomas a new post until he goes to Dunnock and makes sure all is well with his tenants. He also tells Thomas that the castle is currently being leased to Robin Ratliff, an author of some renown, but that the lease is up for renewal in less than a month, so will also have to decide if he will renew the lease or take up residence at the castle himself. Thomas sets out, sure that he will not be staying at Dunnock. He arrives and is shocked to learn that Robin Radliff is not in residence, but his amanuensis, Mrs. Higginbotham is and she is none other than Miss Jane Quayle, the woman he fell in love with all those years ago. Jane Quayle has a secret, she is not a widow or an amanuensis, she is Robin Ratliff, the author of several wildly popular gothic novels. She can’t believe Thomas is standing in front of her! She last saw him the night her life changed forever and has barely given him more than a passing thought over the years (well maybe more than a passing thought, but certainly she hasn’t dreamed about him, at least not very much). Thomas doesn’t want to tell her he is Lord Magnus, so after spying a threatening letter to Ratliff on her desk, he says he was sent to investigate the threats. It doesn’t take long for either of them to figure out the other’s secrets, but it will take longer to figure out who is threatening Jane and for Thomas to decide if he is willing to leave his military career behind and take up the responsibilities of being the Earl. It will take even longer for these two to admit that their love never died and that their HEA is possible if they are willing to reach for it… I really loved this story, it was a well written, nicely paced novel with wonderful characters. It was a fun read, but not silly, Thomas and Jane are incredibly likable and the chemistry between them is undeniable. I was hooked from the very first page and devoured this book, it is filled with secrets, laughter, steamyish love scenes, a bit of mystery, a demented villain, great secondary characters, some spoiled dogs, second chances and a very delightful ending complete with an epilogue. This is the first book in the series and I am happy to recommend this title and will be anxiously awaiting the next installment!! *I am voluntarily leaving a review of an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. Seven years ago, Jane Quayle and Thomas Sutherland met and fell in love. Fate intervened and they were both separated but hadn't stopped thinking of each other. Now in very different places, they could never expect to meet again, but in the remote Scottish Highlands, at Dunnock Castle, they do. Jane has reinvented herself as the widowed Mrs Higginbotham, and secretary for the allusive Robin Rat I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. Seven years ago, Jane Quayle and Thomas Sutherland met and fell in love. Fate intervened and they were both separated but hadn't stopped thinking of each other. Now in very different places, they could never expect to meet again, but in the remote Scottish Highlands, at Dunnock Castle, they do. Jane has reinvented herself as the widowed Mrs Higginbotham, and secretary for the allusive Robin Ratliff, who's Gothic novels have taken the country by storm, but have also brought threats. The main secret Jane is keeping though, is the fact that she is in fact Ratliff, and has been writing under a pseudonym since her parents kicked her out at 17. She's been living in Dunnock Castle for the past few years, but her landlord, the former Earl of Magnus, recently died, and it seems as if his heir might not renew the lease, and kick her out. Thomas has been in the West Indies for years as a member of the British Army, but is recalled home when it's apparent that he has inherited the title of Magnus, through his late mother. He loves the Highlands, but can't reconcile himself now the person he once was. He arrives at his family seat at Dunnock, and is overwhelmed when he sees Jane is there. Thomas fabricates the idea that he is there for her protection, due to the threats being made against Ratcliff, and keeps his title a secret. Both have their own issues and concerns, but once they are back together, their old feelings and chemistry is undeniable, and it's inevitable for them to fight it any longer. I just loved this book so much! I knew as soon as I saw the synopsis on NG that I would need to read it, and as soon as I was approved I put everything to one side and started it straight away. I fell in love with Jane as soon as I met her, and was intrigued by Thomas' back story, and wanted to know more about his life split between summers in Scotland and his time in England. Their characters were fully three dimensional, and so engaging that I wanted to spend as much time with them as I could. And when they were together, it was even better. Their banter and playful energy was infectious and every man and their dog - including Athena and Aphrodite - were rooting for the couple. The mystery and Gothic aspect of the book from Jane's books and who was out to get her was a nice interlude too, so the book was wholly about the romance - though that wouldn't have been a bad thing really. Jane and Thomas really grew over the course of the story, and the way they slowly let down their walls and sought out the other when times were hard was fantastic. I hope that in the next book in this series we'll see more of them too.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    Who's That Earl: An Exciting & Witty Regency Love Story Love and Let Spy Series #1 Susanna Craig https://www.facebook.com/susannacraig... Release date 08/18/2020 Publisher Kensington Lyrica Blurb : Will scandalous secrets stand in the way of a second chance at love?   Miss Jane Quayle excels at invention. How else could the sheltered daughter of an English gentleman create lurid gothic novels so infamous someone wants their author silenced forever?  Fortunately, Jane has taken steps to protect herself, Who's That Earl: An Exciting & Witty Regency Love Story Love and Let Spy Series #1 Susanna Craig https://www.facebook.com/susannacraig... Release date 08/18/2020 Publisher Kensington Lyrica Blurb : Will scandalous secrets stand in the way of a second chance at love?   Miss Jane Quayle excels at invention. How else could the sheltered daughter of an English gentleman create lurid gothic novels so infamous someone wants their author silenced forever?  Fortunately, Jane has taken steps to protect herself, first by assuming a pen name, and second, by taking up residence at remote Dunnock Castle, surrounded by rugged scenery that might have been ripped from the pages of one of her books. Her true identity remains a secret, until one dark and stormy night . . .   After years of spying for the British army, Thomas Sutherland doubts the Highlands will ever feel like home again. Nevertheless, thanks to a quirk of Scottish inheritance law, he’s now the Earl of Magnus, complete with a crumbling castle currently inhabited by a notorious novelist. When the writer turns out to be the woman Thomas once wooed, suspicions rise even as mutual sparks reignite. As danger closes in, can Jane and Thomas overcome their pasts to forge a future together? My review : Will she let her need to prove herself self reliable stand between her future ... I discovered Mrs Craig with her previous series, and while it was mostly set in Ireland, here she made us travel north to Scotland. It seems nonetheless she has a fondness for female writers as her heroines. I loved Thomas, and while he is far from perfect, once he sets his sight on a task he is devoted to it. Why as he was unable to fulfill his promise made to Jane so many years ago, he has never forgotten her, she still lingers in the edges of his thoughts. Sure, he uses deceit to justify his stay but there they are on equal ground. Jane successfully recreated herself but in the process, she buried a part of her younger self. Now wealthy but having to hide who she is to the world as it would be frowned upon for her to be a gothic female writer. Yet when Thomas renters her life, she is torn between her old feelings as he never really left her mind and her need of self-preservation. Up to them to see if they can trust one another and leave past hurt behind to rewrite a better future. At a time I was upset at Jane but she needed to realize in her term what was more important than her lonely achievement. 4.5 stars I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Kensington, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  11. 5 out of 5

    TheEuphoricZat

    I really enjoyed this book, it was so well-paced, the characters were interesting and the story itself was interesting. Jane is a single woman pretending to be a widow because that is the only way she can live her life in seclusion peacefully. One thing people don't know about her other than she is single is that she writes lurid gothic novels. And by that I mean she writes dirty books, basically books that people have sex. Then we have Thomas Sutherland who is a spy for the British army and he j I really enjoyed this book, it was so well-paced, the characters were interesting and the story itself was interesting. Jane is a single woman pretending to be a widow because that is the only way she can live her life in seclusion peacefully. One thing people don't know about her other than she is single is that she writes lurid gothic novels. And by that I mean she writes dirty books, basically books that people have sex. Then we have Thomas Sutherland who is a spy for the British army and he just came into some wealth include becoming the Earl of a small town (or whatever earl govern). With this position comes a castle that is inhabited by an old writer. But by the time he gets to the town, the writer is traveling and he meets his secretary (I am trying not to spoil this book, but I promise you want to read this book).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    I enjoy clean romances, or books with very little sex. I am not familiar with the author but the summary and the presentation of the book seemed to be something that was up my alley. Gothic writer ; threat of harm ; male who was once a spy (?) ; location ... I can go on. Unfortunately, this book did deliver everything that I hoped it would. It fell short in what I find the biggest things - - character development and plot You are immediately introduced to our male. He seems to be someone who is s I enjoy clean romances, or books with very little sex. I am not familiar with the author but the summary and the presentation of the book seemed to be something that was up my alley. Gothic writer ; threat of harm ; male who was once a spy (?) ; location ... I can go on. Unfortunately, this book did deliver everything that I hoped it would. It fell short in what I find the biggest things - - character development and plot You are immediately introduced to our male. He seems to be someone who is skilled in what he does. Think of a special team of men that are out to take down various threats and or spy. He is called home by his general to take up his newly appointed right as a Lord of a castle that he inherited from his mother's side of the family. He is a little discouraged because it has been 7 years and he had hoped to come home and use this time to propose to his once - courted love, Jane. Their relationship was fleeting and lasted only a few weeks but enough to solidify that he had feelings enough for marriage. This is where the story gets wonky. Jane has taken up residence at the castle that he has now inherited. She is a writer for Gothic novels, under a pseudonym , and has chosen the castle as a place to go for inspiration. Of all the castles, all the locations, it just so happens that the one she goes to is the one he is to inherit. I'm sorry, I had a hard time believing that. So that was strike one for me. I liked Jane and I liked her character, but there was something that was so underhanded to her by this coincidental and quick way of getting our characters to meet up again that I just had to roll my eyes and proceed. I would have preferred if she either wasn't already there, or, better yet - they didn't know one another at all. It would lead more intrigue and basis for her novel she is writing which alludes to gothic tones and experiences by her own character. You see, Jane has been getting letters that are unsigned and of the threatening sort. Do you see where I am going at with this? So, say they didn't know one another - our lead shows up, adds a bit of reluctance and mystery because she has these threats and at the same time, she has this newly developed fascination. So, the rest of the story involved a very weak attempt at figuring out who is trying to harm Jane while meanwhile he is trying to rekindle their once long-ago dormant or still active relationship? There are two sex scenes. The first one I had to laugh at because she literally had a moment where she tells the character that it is just one night and that she is going to file this experience away as use for her stories. I was rolling. The second one was more or less after some weak attempt at causing some sort of friction between the lead and Jane. (Which I still don't understand what was going on and why she did not want to be with him and live at the castle, but that is neither here nor there.) Since the book is still in the early days of promotion and not set to release until August, I give this review with a bit of warning. I respond to character development and romantic moments between the two characters. Did this book have them? Yes and no. Is the story sound? No. Is the overall product enough to deter some? Yes, if you're looking for more of a grounded romance. If you're looking for something easy and light, you will enjoy this. If you're looking for something built on stronger character development and story you may walk away discouraged.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    My goodness, this one caught me by surprise! I was immediately entranced by the descriptive writing here. And the main characters were both enormously likeable. Jane is a famous writer of scandalous Gothic novels, secretly published under a pen name, and she has made a home in a rented Scottish castle for six years. Thomas, an army spy stationed in the West Indies, receives news that he has surprisingly inherited said castle and returns to Scotland to find it's occupied by his long lost love, Jan My goodness, this one caught me by surprise! I was immediately entranced by the descriptive writing here. And the main characters were both enormously likeable. Jane is a famous writer of scandalous Gothic novels, secretly published under a pen name, and she has made a home in a rented Scottish castle for six years. Thomas, an army spy stationed in the West Indies, receives news that he has surprisingly inherited said castle and returns to Scotland to find it's occupied by his long lost love, Jane. I loved the teasing banter between them, which was never mean or spiteful, but friendly and flirty. These two clearly still love each other, but have big secrets and past hurts to overcome. Both are trying to find their way forward at a crossroads in life, and perhaps that includes each other. There's a bit of a mystery, a few villians, some family drama, and a light dash of angst. This book balanced all very well, I thought. The characters came alive for me and I felt their struggles weren't frivolous, yet the book never felt weighted down with darkness or angst. I fell in love with the entire cast of characters, and will definitely read the next in this series. My major complaint is with the book cover. Jane is described multiple times as "curvy, plump, ample," etc. And the first time this occurred in the book, I immediately was irked that the cover figure was depicted significantly different than how she was described. *ARC provided by NetGalley for review*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    They both had something to hide, and those secrets could jeopardize their last chance of happiness. Who’s That Earl by Susanna Craig is a lovely historical romance featuring a well-curved and independent heroine, and a lieutenant recently returned from the West Indies. Jane Quayle once knew Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland, or thought she knew him. They had a strong connection, but the timing was all wrong, and they did not see one another for years. They met again, but they were not who they used t They both had something to hide, and those secrets could jeopardize their last chance of happiness. Who’s That Earl by Susanna Craig is a lovely historical romance featuring a well-curved and independent heroine, and a lieutenant recently returned from the West Indies. Jane Quayle once knew Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland, or thought she knew him. They had a strong connection, but the timing was all wrong, and they did not see one another for years. They met again, but they were not who they used to be. Jane was then Mrs. Higginbotham, the amanuensis of the famous writer Robin Ratliff, and Thomas claimed to have been hired by Ratliff to investigate some threats he had received. They were intensely attracted to each other, but both knew there were too many secrets between them. The couple is adorable. Jane is easy to relate to. Her dreams, her insecurities, and her strength to face the adversities were inspiring. Thomas was a lovely hero: respectful, honorable, and gorgeous. There was a little adventure, a lovely castle, astonishing views of the Scottish Highlands, and a beautiful community. My favorite side character was the fierce Agnes, Jane’s housekeeper. I also loved the gatekeeper, Dougan, and the dogs Athena and Aphrodite. A delightful, romantic, and entertaining read! Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Wow! This book is entertaining, romantic, witty, fun, quite steamy at times, and so much more! There are also many gothic romance elements to the book as well! Whenever I picked up "Who's That Earl", I was whisked back in time, and truly went on an amazing journey with these characters. This is the first book in Susanna Craig's "Love and Let Spy" series, and I hope there are many more! She truly knows how to bring the world and atmosphere of her novel to life, and her characters jump right off of Wow! This book is entertaining, romantic, witty, fun, quite steamy at times, and so much more! There are also many gothic romance elements to the book as well! Whenever I picked up "Who's That Earl", I was whisked back in time, and truly went on an amazing journey with these characters. This is the first book in Susanna Craig's "Love and Let Spy" series, and I hope there are many more! She truly knows how to bring the world and atmosphere of her novel to life, and her characters jump right off of the page. Every single one of their interactions felt so authentic and real. It is so clear to me that Ms. Craig put a lot of thought into her characters, and I feel their wants, fears, and desires are beautifully written and expressed. I loved being able to get into these characters' heads! I found myself rooting for Jane and Thomas from the very beginning. Their chemistry is palpable, and their witty banter is so much fun to read. They truly care for one another, and you can just tell they are meant to be together from the first moment they see one another after seven years apart (even before they are willing to admit it to themselves!). This second chance romance was such a joy to experience along with them. These two really bring out the best in one another, and they are able to be open with one another, and share secrets they can't share with anyone else. Their relationship is so sweet...and steamy! And oh my gosh, these two cute dogs, Athena and Aphrodite! What personality! And how smart and adorable they are! The many supporting characters are so well-thought out, and all help to push the story forward in one way or another. If you enjoy historical romance, historical fiction, and / or historical gothic romance novels, I highly recommend this book! I could not put it down, and was intrigued from the first sentence to the last! I also absolutely loved the bits of the gothic novels that Jane writes that are included in the book, and feel like they mirrored what was going on in the story beautifully. In many ways, these novel feels like a book for book lovers! I hope there will be many more books in this incredible new series! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC of this novel! I so enjoyed it! All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Reviewed for Wit and Sin Susanna Craig starts her Love and Let Spy series on a high note. Who’s That Earl is a lot of fun to read and Jane and Thomas were easy characters to root for. After being cast out by her family, Jane has become a famous and wealthy author of gothic novels. Only she writes under a pen name Robin Ratliff and rents a remote Scottish castle, all the better to protect her true identity. That doesn’t stop danger from appearing on her doorstep in the form of threats from Reviewed for Wit and Sin Susanna Craig starts her Love and Let Spy series on a high note. Who’s That Earl is a lot of fun to read and Jane and Thomas were easy characters to root for. After being cast out by her family, Jane has become a famous and wealthy author of gothic novels. Only she writes under a pen name Robin Ratliff and rents a remote Scottish castle, all the better to protect her true identity. That doesn’t stop danger from appearing on her doorstep in the form of threats from someone angered by her lurid novels. Assistance and protection comes in the form of Thomas Sutherland, the man she once fell for as a young woman. Like her, Thomas has changed in the years since their blossoming romance was crushed. The British spy has inherited an earldom thanks to a quirk of Scottish law and the mantle of the earldom sits ill on his shoulders. Both have secrets and each of them is suspicious yet still attracted to the other. Jane and Thomas’s romance is, in a word, entertaining. They are likeable characters with pasts that have shaped them into interesting protagonists. I particularly enjoyed that Jane was a writer of salacious gothic tales. Her writing was such fun to read about and the way she has embraced her career and freedom made her an engaging heroine. The banter between Jane and Thomas was fun and made Who’s That Earl move at a quick clip. I also enjoyed watching Thomas learn to accept the curveball life has thrown at him. The mystery of who wants to harm Robin Ratliff was a good way to keep Thomas and Jane together at the beginning, but on its own it was just a so-so plotline. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed Who’s That Earl . The atmosphere was fantastic, the romance entertaining, and I finished the book looking forward to the next Love and Let Spy story. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Great new Regency spy romance series! Now this is something different! An unlikely combination but it works. A lady writer of scandalous gothic novels, a government intelligence officer and a castle in the Scottish highlands hiding secrets. When Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland comes back to England after seven years in Jamaica he doesn't expect his spy master, General Zebadiah Scott, to send him off to check out an inheritance that seems to have come his way. That inheritance is a title, castle and l Great new Regency spy romance series! Now this is something different! An unlikely combination but it works. A lady writer of scandalous gothic novels, a government intelligence officer and a castle in the Scottish highlands hiding secrets. When Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland comes back to England after seven years in Jamaica he doesn't expect his spy master, General Zebadiah Scott, to send him off to check out an inheritance that seems to have come his way. That inheritance is a title, castle and land in Scotland. A place Thomas grew up in. Now he's returning to Balisaig as the lord, the Earl of Magnus, albeit with that information hidden for the moment. Miss Jane Quale, a figure from his past, the woman he'd longed for and was spurned by, is the writer hiding out in the castle Thomas has inherited. It turns out she's also the recipient of death threats. Something Thomas is not going to take lightly, even if Jane does. All this and it worked! Sure there's some racy moments but the storyline delivers. It seems Thomas' commander, spymaster Scott has a soft spot for his officers who have worked diligently and if he can set their feet on another path, he gives them that chance. Like some benevolent Pan figure he thought not only to train up intelligence officers but he considered that he might have "a parallel duty to his men? A duty to ensure their health and welfare and even happiness?" Not that this seeming altruism doesn't also bring side benefits for the Intelligence Service. I'm definitely looking to read the next in this rather different series. A Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Who's That Earl by Susanna Craig Love and Let Spy #1 Jane has been leasing a remote castle, as the current Earl has been content to let it sit empty. She's really a novelist but is posing as “his” amanuensis (NOT his secretary) so she won't face the problems of being a woman and trying to get her work published. It also provides her a measure of safety, being a woman alone. Thomas has been spying for British army for years but is pulled back to Scotland through a matter of Scottish inheritance. Th Who's That Earl by Susanna Craig Love and Let Spy #1 Jane has been leasing a remote castle, as the current Earl has been content to let it sit empty. She's really a novelist but is posing as “his” amanuensis (NOT his secretary) so she won't face the problems of being a woman and trying to get her work published. It also provides her a measure of safety, being a woman alone. Thomas has been spying for British army for years but is pulled back to Scotland through a matter of Scottish inheritance. There, he finds Jane, whom he knew many years ago. Give this book a try if you like -spies/soldiers – the hero has been in the army a number of years and must use his spy skills to keep Jane safe -second chance romance – this couple knew each other years ago, and shared a single kiss before being ripped apart. -light steam – this book has nice tension build up and a decent amount of focus on the characters relationship. There's not a lot of scenes but the first well developed and explicit. -working woman/secret writer – heroine is an author attempting to hide her identity from the outside world Overall this was a pleasant read. I liked both characters. There was just something that didn't make it more lovable to me than 3 stars though. Nothing really gripped my heart or triggered deep emotion within me. I'm not a huge fan of villains in books and this one was pretty predictable and I just wanted him gone. Thanks NetGalley for the ARC. All thoughts and statements about this story are my own. Specifics for amount of kisses/sex scenes (possible spoilers) (view spoiler)[ Remembered kiss 27% First sex scene 63% Second sex scene 91% (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay pinkcowlandreads

    Miss Jane Quayle is living her life under 2 aliases: Robin Ratliff, the famous gothic novelist and Mrs. Higginbottom, the authors’ amanuensis. While working in her leased Scottish castle, it appears her ruse is going well... that is until her lost love from 7 years ago, Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland shows up to investigate the threatening letters recently received by Robin Ratliff. I loved a good second chance romance! It was fun watching both these characters uncover each other’s secrets and re-k Miss Jane Quayle is living her life under 2 aliases: Robin Ratliff, the famous gothic novelist and Mrs. Higginbottom, the authors’ amanuensis. While working in her leased Scottish castle, it appears her ruse is going well... that is until her lost love from 7 years ago, Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland shows up to investigate the threatening letters recently received by Robin Ratliff. I loved a good second chance romance! It was fun watching both these characters uncover each other’s secrets and re-kindle their romance! There were some gothic elements and suspense added into the mix as well- all and all a fun read! I also really enjoyed the ending where a certain match maker was revealed and sets up the next book in the Love and Let Spy series! I definitely choose this book because of the cover! ...The modern text, the clean white background against the purple dress- it all just pops and I love it! This was a quick easy read and I really enjoy it. It totally gave me Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare vibes! (Both books feature secretive female authors!) Who’s That Earl by Susanna Craig is scheduled to release August 18th, 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Blog link: https://pinkcowlandreads.blogspot.com... #WhosThatEarl #SusannaCraig #Netgalley #pinkcowlandreads

  20. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Who's That Earl by Susanna Craig is a historical second chance romance with a very small touch of mystery. Ms. Craig's descriptive provided a vivid backdrop of Dunnock Castle and the Scottish highlands for this story. However, I found the mystery to be easily solved as I knew who it was just based on a character description early in the book. Jane and Thomas's relationship seemed to be based more on their past rather than their current knowledge of each other. Ms. Craig did develop them well at t Who's That Earl by Susanna Craig is a historical second chance romance with a very small touch of mystery. Ms. Craig's descriptive provided a vivid backdrop of Dunnock Castle and the Scottish highlands for this story. However, I found the mystery to be easily solved as I knew who it was just based on a character description early in the book. Jane and Thomas's relationship seemed to be based more on their past rather than their current knowledge of each other. Ms. Craig did develop them well at the beginning of the book but once the mystery was resolved the rest of the story seemed to be rushed as Jane and Thomas resolved their feelings, faced her abusive father and returned to the castle. The one character who truly intrigued me was Thomas's commander who seems to be more than just a brilliant strategist for the British army. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    ***3.5 stars*** I enjoyed this book and found it well written, amusing and sweet at the same time ... however, plot seemed a bit slow, dragged in a few places. Overall, a good summer read for a light historical romance. Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for an opportunity to receive this arc in exchange of an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This story was a total delight! It's my first by this author, and I enjoyed it so much! Miss Jane Quayle, having been forced to leave home at 17 with barely a penny to her name, has created a whole new identity for herself. Well, 2 identities actually! She's now Mrs. Higginbotham, a young widow, and secretary to the famously scandalous Gothic novelist, Robin Ratliff. But, she's actually the author too! She rents an old castle in the Scottish Highlands, and keeps to herself, in order to keep herse This story was a total delight! It's my first by this author, and I enjoyed it so much! Miss Jane Quayle, having been forced to leave home at 17 with barely a penny to her name, has created a whole new identity for herself. Well, 2 identities actually! She's now Mrs. Higginbotham, a young widow, and secretary to the famously scandalous Gothic novelist, Robin Ratliff. But, she's actually the author too! She rents an old castle in the Scottish Highlands, and keeps to herself, in order to keep herself safe, both emotionally, and physically, now that someone is mailing threatening letters to Robin about his books. Even the castle's servants don't know that she's really Robin too. But, when she receives a note from "Robin's" lawyer that her former landlord, the Earl of Magnus has died, and a new Earl has been named, she's afraid her lease won't be renewed. Where will she go? Then a most unexpected man from her past shows up on her doorstep, and she's not sure if she can trust him with her secrets. Thomas Sutherland, is the new Earl of Magnus. He can't believe that it turns out his sweet mother was related to titled people and he has now inherited this title and lands. He's spent the last 7 years in the British Army, stationed as an undercover operative in Dominica, in the Caribbean. Once his general recalls him to London, and informs him of his new duties as an Earl, he sets out for Scotland at once, though very reluctantly. He's hoping he can find someone to run the estate for him, so he can return to the military. But, he has no idea the shock he's about to get when the castle's tenant is none other that the woman he hasn't stopped thinking about in 7 years. But, they are both keeping secrets, and since he's a master spy, he's determined to learn hers, and help with the threats against her employer. Jane and Thomas' chemistry was quite strong from the start, though this was quite a slow burn romance, as many historicals are, of course. Though they had a history, it was quite short, and ended abruptly 7 years ago. They really do manage to get to know each other, even with both of them trying to keep their secrets hidden. I loved that they both suspected the other of lying and omitting things, but since they were each doing their own hiding of the truth, neither of them could really judge each other. They really learned to trust and rely on each other, and I loved watching it happen. The side characters in the village of Balisaig were so fun, and I loved that Thomas had a childhood connection to many of them. Though that made it harder for him to admit that he was the new Earl, as it changed his relationship to his friends, with whom he'd previously been on equal footing. It was an interesting dynamic, and I found it unique to many other historical romances I've read. I especially loved Dunnock Castle's housekeeper, Mrs. Murdoch, and Jane's 2 dogs! There was a small suspense plot, about the threatening letters, and a few other things, and that was a fun aspect of the story too. Also, the storyline with Jane's father was fun for me as a reader, because he was a complete and total waste of space, and I was glad to see what ultimately happened with him. I also loved the idea of Thomas' general as a bit of a matchmaker. It definitely set things up for book #2 and I'm excited to read it! This was such a fun, unexpected, sweet and sexy, second chance story, and I loved it. I also really loved that the heroine was an author, and was wealthy in her own right. She knew she had a talent, and she went for it, regardless of what happened to her in her life. She didn't need to become a Countess for her life to be good, and her Earl loved her just as she was. I definitely recommend this one, and I'll be looking forward to book 2! ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Megan from Alpha Book Club

  23. 5 out of 5

    ColleenIsBooked

    Forgot to add to my NetGalley review, but TW/CW that I can remember: Bad parental relationships, Being kicked out of a parent's house, bodily injury Second chance romance, a Gothic novel writer, a former soldier/spy turned Earl, a crumbly castle, and two adorable spaniels. If any (or all) of these things interest you, definitely pick up Who’s That Earl. Our heroine, Jane, is a quick-witted, creative, strong woman who happens to write scandalous Gothic tales under a pen name while renting out a cr Forgot to add to my NetGalley review, but TW/CW that I can remember: Bad parental relationships, Being kicked out of a parent's house, bodily injury Second chance romance, a Gothic novel writer, a former soldier/spy turned Earl, a crumbly castle, and two adorable spaniels. If any (or all) of these things interest you, definitely pick up Who’s That Earl. Our heroine, Jane, is a quick-witted, creative, strong woman who happens to write scandalous Gothic tales under a pen name while renting out a crumbly Scottish castle. Our Hero, Thomas, is an intelligent, adventurous, respectful man who is a former spy turned Earl and just happens to own the castle rented by a certain novelist and his amanuensis (which is basically a literary assistant who takes dictation and/or transcribes/copies manuscripts). This book was the last one I read during the Historical Romance Readathon (*weekend edition*) and one of my favorites! I adore historical romances with characters who are writers, and this was no exception. I also love when the reader gets snippets of the book/stories within the story AND the snippets relate to the main story. This book also features, from what I understood during my reading, a more full figured/fat heroine (despite the woman in the cover art). She is described as “plump” and “sturdy” and Rubenesque with a round belly and dimpled thighs. I enjoyed this little bit of body diversity as a lot of historical romances tend to have very slender, petite heroines (I understand why this is, in a historical context, but it is always nice to have differing body types as well). Probably my favorite part of this book is how respectful Thomas is of everyone, but especially of Jane. I’ve read quite a few historical romances (and romances in general) that have a Hero who disrespects the heroine’s wishes or her explicit nos or body language that clearly shows discomfort. It is always refreshing to have a Hero who is respectful of the boundaries of the heroine, and also just respectful to people altogether. I absolutely loved the second chance romance aspect of this book. For me, the chemistry was still there and the sparks were still flying. It was sweet, it was cute, and it was steamy. One last thing before I close out this review, THERE WERE DOGGOS! I love dogs, and I was so excited about the dogs in this book that I screamed and woke up my dog lol. I’m trying to keep this review very spoiler free. So, basically, what I’m saying is that I highly recommend Who’s That Earl by Susanna Craig! It is an excellent beginning to the Love and Let Spy series, and I truly can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series when they release! A big thank you to Lyrical Press and NetGalley for the eARC of Who’s That Earl in exchange for an honest review!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brit Andrews

    Seven years ago Jane and Thomas met and fell for each other, but circumstance had them parting expecting to never see the other again.... Jane is now an accomplished writer secretly working away under the pen name the suggests she’s a man. Nobody knows that there is no Robin Ratliff and Jane is all too bad to play the part of his secretary so that no one is the wiser. She’s found herself a home leasing a castle in Scotland where she’s been living and working in peace until she finds that the earl Seven years ago Jane and Thomas met and fell for each other, but circumstance had them parting expecting to never see the other again.... Jane is now an accomplished writer secretly working away under the pen name the suggests she’s a man. Nobody knows that there is no Robin Ratliff and Jane is all too bad to play the part of his secretary so that no one is the wiser. She’s found herself a home leasing a castle in Scotland where she’s been living and working in peace until she finds that the earl who’s castle she’s staying in has died and his heir will be soon making an appearance putting her situation in jeopardy. She also receives a threatening letter to make matters worse for her... Thomas has spent the last 7 years devoted to his army career which has him living in the Caribbean. A twist of fate has him dragged back to England to take up the title of Lord Magnus. The last thing he wants is to be an Earl bit with little choice he sets out to claim his castle. He was not expecting to fine Jane in his castle and not the eccentric writer he was told lives there. Seven years has done nothing to lessen their attraction but neither really plans on doing anything about that. For a variety of reasons Jane and Thomas aren’t sure they can trust each other as secrets pile up between them and he decides that she needs his protection. As they try to figure out what they both want in life and what the future holds for them. Will Thomas take his place as the earl and try to improve life in the village he or will he follow in the footsteps of his predecessor and hire someone to handle things while he returns to life as a solider? Will Jane finally fully let go of her past and allow herself to embrace the future? Or will she stubbornly cling to a life and plan that no longer make sense for her? And just who is threatening Jane? Since it’s a romance the happily ever after is rather implied though the route to get there has a few twists and turns... I liked this book though I must admit I would have liked to read what Jane was writing too. I mean how did The Necromancer’s Bride end? What happened in The Brigand’s Captive? I really liked Jane and Thomas and the whole cast of characters at Dunnock and Balisaig. The only downside I suppose is that the confrontations were rather anticlimactic. Still it was a good read with a love story seven years and many miles in the making.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Emerald Book Reviews McCurdy

    I had such high hopes for this book. The premise for this particular historical romance was dazzling. A woman author who has to hide behind a male pseudonym, rusticating away in a Scottish castle, content with life until a dark and handsome stranger arrives at her door. Only he might not be as unknown to her as she thought. '"I ken you're remembering what happened the last time I had you out for a stroll?" "Certainly not." The pink in her cheeks deepened. "Nay?" In the intervening years, he ought t I had such high hopes for this book. The premise for this particular historical romance was dazzling. A woman author who has to hide behind a male pseudonym, rusticating away in a Scottish castle, content with life until a dark and handsome stranger arrives at her door. Only he might not be as unknown to her as she thought. '"I ken you're remembering what happened the last time I had you out for a stroll?" "Certainly not." The pink in her cheeks deepened. "Nay?" In the intervening years, he ought to have been too focused on his survival to have spent much time swooning over a girl he'd known for only a few weeks. But he' held onto those moments like a nun clutched her rosary, lingering over each detail, seeking...something. Solace in the past. An escape from the present. A promise of hope for the future. "I think of it often."' This was a deep slow-burn romance for sure. It took quite a while for any semblance of passion or romance to enter into the fray. While I don't mind that at all, I still like the story line to progress at an even speed. The entire first chapter of how our hero was called back home, seemed like such a waste of time. It was unnecessary for the plot. There was a few more instances where the story seemed to stagnate, neither moving forward or doing anything profound in the interim. There was some lovely scenes throughout, as our hero and heroine became reacquainted with one another, as they learned to form a friendship, a trust and confidence in each other. I would have just liked a bit more passion and fervour between them. It was almost too subliminal for too long. But I will say that once they gave into their feelings for each other, it was beautiful, sensual and intense. Then there was the added mystery of the threatening letters, which was an interesting element. It did give the story a bit of excitement as we trailed along with the protagonists in solving the matter. Who's That Earl had so much potential. Second chance romance is my favourite trope, add in the fact that it is historical romance and it should have been a double whammy here for me, however it fell short somewhere along the way. It was a lovely love story, just a tad too slow moving for my liking, however this author is one to watch for the future. I'll certainly not be writing her off due to my average feelings regarding this book. I'm actually quite excited to see what she does next.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    DNF 61% The cover is an attention grabber, a bit different pose than a typical historical. The blurb sounded really good, but its not the story it made out to be. Thomas and Jane unfortunately didn't have the chemistry I thought they would have. This book lost my attention and I read more than I probably should have. I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    I loved the premise of this one. Jane is a George Eliot-style writer who is using a man's pen name and renting a castle on a remote Scottish estate as a place to hide out and write her lurid Gothic thrillers. She's pretending that she is a widow who serves as the secretary and transcriber of this elusive (and imaginary) male author. Then Thomas, who has been spying for the British, becomes the heir of the estate and returns there to take it over. Jane and Thomas had met before and shared a brief I loved the premise of this one. Jane is a George Eliot-style writer who is using a man's pen name and renting a castle on a remote Scottish estate as a place to hide out and write her lurid Gothic thrillers. She's pretending that she is a widow who serves as the secretary and transcriber of this elusive (and imaginary) male author. Then Thomas, who has been spying for the British, becomes the heir of the estate and returns there to take it over. Jane and Thomas had met before and shared a brief but apparently very memorable kiss. This was a bit of a stumbling block for me and seemed entirely too convenient, but okay. Jane knows that there's a new heir who could kick her out of the castle, but Thomas doesn't tell her that he's that person. They circle around each other a while and then he figures out her secret and she figures out his and there are some love scenes. Given the thrilling novels Jane wrote, I wished this could have had a little more oomph or tension. Jane is receiving some vaguely threatening letters, but that doesn't create much conflict. There just didn't seem to be enough happening for me. A+ for premise but for me this just didn't have enough excitement. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Since her family cast her aside because of her scandalous writing, Jane Quayle has made a success of herself writing wildly popular gothic novels under an assumed name. she’s surrounded her persona in mystery, living a quiet life with her true identity kept secret at Dunnock Castle in the Scottish Highlands. But it seems not everyone is a fan when she starts receiving unnerving death threats and her identity is compromised by the arrival of a fling from her past. Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland has Since her family cast her aside because of her scandalous writing, Jane Quayle has made a success of herself writing wildly popular gothic novels under an assumed name. she’s surrounded her persona in mystery, living a quiet life with her true identity kept secret at Dunnock Castle in the Scottish Highlands. But it seems not everyone is a fan when she starts receiving unnerving death threats and her identity is compromised by the arrival of a fling from her past. Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland has developed great skill as a spy over the years, operating in Dominica for so long that he’s not sure the Highlands will ever feel like home to him again. But when he inherits the title of Earl of Magnus and its accompanying responsibilities and property, including Dunnock Castle, he has no choice but to return. More shocking that his unwanted inheritance is his discovery that the reclusive writer leasing Dunnock is none other than the lady Thomas once hoped to marry. The connection is still there between them, but Jane’s trust issues and Thomas’ commitment to the military may be enough to keep them apart. I was so intrigued by this concept that I had to read this novel, but I must say I did expect more mystery and suspense than we got here. The villain, such as he was, was dealt with too quickly and from there the plot lost some momentum and structure. I loved Jane and Thomas together, however, and unlike several other reviewers, I actually really loved the fact that the story didn’t have any lengthy flashbacks to their previous courtship. This kept the angst level low and I appreciated it. Jane annoyed me with her stubborn refusal to trust anyone, biting off her nose to spite her face. Though a bit understandable given her family, Thomas did nothing wrong and didn’t deserve her arrogance. Nonetheless, I did find Thomas charming, enjoyed these two establishing a true home for themselves together, and found the story mostly entertaining. I loved General Scott and the concept of his retiring spy network so I plan to continue this series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Who’s That Earl by Susanna Craig is the first book in her exciting new series Love and Let Spy. When Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland is called home after seven years, from his mission in the West Indies, he’s not at all happy to find out he’s inherited the title of the Earl of Magnus. He plans to check out his inheritance at Dunnock Castle, ensure that things are being handled properly and get back to the busine I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Who’s That Earl by Susanna Craig is the first book in her exciting new series Love and Let Spy. When Lieutenant Thomas Sutherland is called home after seven years, from his mission in the West Indies, he’s not at all happy to find out he’s inherited the title of the Earl of Magnus. He plans to check out his inheritance at Dunnock Castle, ensure that things are being handled properly and get back to the business of gathering intelligence. Jane Quayle has been on her own for seven years, when her mother discovered a novel she was writing her father, tossed it in the fire and banished her. She’s made a successful career writing gothic novels under the pseudonym Robin Ratliff and to keep her identity hidden, she goes by the name of Mrs. Higginbotham, a widow who acts as the reclusive author’s amanuensis or secretary. When Thomas arrives at the castle, he’s shocked to find that the lovely young woman he was planning to propose to before receiving his orders is his tenant at the castle, because when he attempted to get her father’s permission to wed her father said he didn’t have a daughter, so Thomas had no way of finding her before leaving on his mission. Keeping his identity as Lord Magnus under wraps, he tells Jane that he’s there to investigate the death threats Robin Ratliff has been receiving, which of course, Jane immediately knows is not true, but she decides to go along with this fiction because the threats are quite concerning. This is a lovely second chance at love story with both mystery and adventure that I enjoyed very much. Medium Steam. Publishing Date: August 18, 2020. #WhosThatEarl #SusannaCraig #KensingtonBooks #LyricalPress #bookstagram #HistoricalRomance #NetGalley #SecondChanceAtLove

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tarra

    Who's That Earl by Susanna Craig -- beautiful cover! I love the pose and the vibrant colors. This book has a little bit of romance, a little bit of mystery. But unfortunately, a little bit wasn't enough. This book ended up being like a tepid cup of tea, good at the core, just wasn't fully satisfying. I would have loved for the characters and the plot to be fleshed out more. This is a second chance romance. Jane and Thomas had known each other seven years prior, had a whirlwind "courtship" and the Who's That Earl by Susanna Craig -- beautiful cover! I love the pose and the vibrant colors. This book has a little bit of romance, a little bit of mystery. But unfortunately, a little bit wasn't enough. This book ended up being like a tepid cup of tea, good at the core, just wasn't fully satisfying. I would have loved for the characters and the plot to be fleshed out more. This is a second chance romance. Jane and Thomas had known each other seven years prior, had a whirlwind "courtship" and then Thomas was sent away with the military and Jane was packed off by her family. It would have been nice to see some scenes of Jane and Thomas when they were younger and infatuated with each other, but there was more tell than show. Seven years later, they are both more jaded and "coincidently" end up at the same Scottish estate. I like that Jane was strong willed and independent, but having her live at the same remote castle that Thomas visited as a child and that he now inherited was just too big of a stretch. And I think that's where this book lacked, that there wasn't enough tension or complications, not a huge climax, everything was just sort of middle ground. Good, but not great. I did enjoy the excerpts from the novel Jane was writing and would have loved to read this actual story! The author does a great job employing the reader's senses to the Scottish highlands, lending the story a gothic overtone that fits well with the type of novels Jane writes. Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book, the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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