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Brianna Penderley has a knack for getting into precarious situations, especially when it comes to her love for archaeology. In the heart of Naples, her terrible Italian has her accidentally becoming engaged to two men at the same time. Of course, Daniel Wolcott - the Earl of Thornton and the only man ever able to vex her - shows up to rescue her. 

Daniel has spent the majority of his life exercising rigid control over his emotions, determined never to become the rake his father was. But when he goes to aid his mentor's danger-prone niece once again, he finds himself struggling to control his attraction to a woman who is his complete opposite. 

When their situation goes from bad to worse, Daniel and Brianna find themselves swept up into a perilous adventure, and they must work together to set things right. Now, if they can just avoid killing each other in the process. 

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Maddison Fitzsimmons (P)2019 Tantor

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Dora the Explorer for adults.

At first I was pumped to read this book because the first one was well written. Half way through, I began to loose my steam.
It seemed like the author plugged in a wacky happening every 30 pages or so, overall the pace of the beats were off. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the heroine and hero, just not together. It struck me as a brother and sister being pushed to marriage, not cool.
Unfortunately I won’t be reading any more books by this author. When I read romance I need to feel that guttural, burning desire for one another, not a PG-13 slap stick version of Indian Jones.

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good

Not as good as the first book, which I loved, but pretty good. More adventure than romance...so if you want lots of romance this may not be for you. I liked Brianna, although she could be a bit much, and Daniel. However, Daniel's constant rejection did get a bit old and I thought was somewhat over done.

I do recommend overall...very nice ending.

Justine Eyre was absolutely perfect as always.

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Ehh

Although far-fetched, it was a good romance. The author explains some of it in the end. If you're looking for a physical relationship and passion, this isn't the book.

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Great adventure! Definitely worth buying!

The characters go on an adventure that is well thought out, multi-favored, well researched, and exciting. Good character and relationship development. Believable couple and story. And Justine Eyre gives another great performance. I highly recommend The Elusive Earl.

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I think it was an alright read

Yes, this book did remind me of Indiana Jones and the temple of doom along with other stories. However, it was uniquely its own story. For continuity sake (if you're making your way through the trilogy), it is worth the read. The heroine is smart but can be annoyingly obstinate, the hero is a bit too logical for my taste but I loved how it all came together at the end. one thing to note lords if PDA no outright sex scenes included.

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Sweet, Fun, & Adventurous

Brianna & Daniel's story was filled with adventures, hilarious dialogue, fairytale moments & so much more. I loved Bri's antics, her fearlessness and her 'Go big or go home' attitude! There were also a few tears when it was made clear why Daniel is so cantankerous & afraid to love & live. If was so great to see Sophie, Devlin, their kids & aunt Mabel join the fun during Christmas. And of course all of this was brought to life by the wonderful talents of Justine Eyre! She's amazing & her command of accents is fantastic!
As with Devlin & Sophie's story, I really enjoyed the 2nd novel in the Saints & Scoundrels series and looking forward to The Sinful Scot!

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Great book

Loved it! Wonderful book, can't wait for the next one. I really love book series.

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Define Historical Fiction

I love historical fiction, however, this book is a reach if you are looking for a novel with a lot of history woven into the story. I don’t mind a little romance but didn’t care for the detail of physical intimacy in this novel. If you are a romance fan and love farcical stories with little to no meaning; this book is for you.

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Nookyless historical romance? Boo!

If this had been advertised as a cozy historical mystery, I’d have bumped this up to “pretty good” territory. But, this was billed as historical romance. Yet, in the entire 12 hr book there’s nothing more than a few “can’t stop myself” kisses, one minor hanky panky moment, and then in the epilogue she recollects about the night’s previous nooky that she “felt to her core” … seriously?! I had thought book 1 was a slow burn, but at least in that book there was one eureka interlude, not to mention better chemistry and action.

This was a long slow simmer between childhood friends amidst a more clunkily written Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade treasure hunt. The eye-roll rating is pretty big on both the mystery/adventure, and the romance, side. The cliches are the only part of the story that’s fast and furious. How many times do circumstances contrive to allow him to stifle an oath, kisser her, then stop so the conflict can draw out? The time he comforts her in a lightning storm, or snuggles in the dark /scary cave, or he hungers over her rain drenched body…🙄. And there are so many obvious plot-points, like when Daniel says “I’d never be a fool for love and do X” … you can be darned sure the conflict will drag out just so he can have his Jerry Maguire speechifying, fool for love, moment.

If the story is fun, shorter, or sexier, I will gladly forgive the tropes (take Tessa Dare’s Duchess Deal or
Wall Flower Wager). But, this one was merely okay.

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Totally enjoyed

Some reviews complained that this wasn’t as good as the first in the series. I have come across this issue before as well and I have discovered that the key to not having the discrepancy is by spacing them farther apart from each other. When they are read back to back, there definitely is going to be comparisons, but if you read a few books in between then the perception of differences in quality isn’t so stark.

The story was sweet. It was pretty active the whole way through and I was actually ssuuppeerr surprised at who the “bad guy” turned out to be! In historical romances (probably true of other genres as well lol) things tend to be pretty easy to figure out as we read, but this definitely surprised me. Actually there was another surprise that I didn’t anticipate and that was a nice one. All of the characters were enjoyable and the interactions were fun. I like a story where there isn't a lot of emotional angst in the relationship and this fit the bill.

Justine Eyre is, to me, an ok narrator. I don’t get excited when I see shes the narrator but I am relieved its not some others I’ve come across. She did well in this, as she does in others I’ve listened to.

I got this on sale for $5 and it was absolutely completely worth it.

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  • Savita
  • 10-01-20

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  • Morgan Window
  • 02-16-20

Such a refreshing take on HR

As an actual archaeologist, this was so fun to listen to! Antiquarian archaeology, espionage and romance is an excellent combo! Plus 19th century Italy never gets the attention it deserves. This alone was enough to make for a great story. As for Bree and Daniel; their developing was equally refreshing. Michaels did a great job at the start allowing rapid glimpses into a long history of their battle of wills. And the sudden change as they both became more aware of each other. My only complaint was that much of the issue in their relationship was out in the open at the start and couldn’t have as much of an arch as it deserved. The romance as a result petered out toward the end. Still, the epilogue was wonderful. Really enjoyed this book and more than the Devilish Duke (though it is also a great listen). Curious about Simon and Millie, Travis and Sabine and others... mayday we will get their stories too? I hope so! Justine Eyre perfection as always.

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  • RomanticFool
  • 12-16-19

Indiana Jones Anyone?

I loved the strength of the main female character. She was very well constructed. Actually, Michaels always does a good job of giving individuality to her characters, even minor characters.
I enjoyed the story overall. Did I think it was as good as the first in this series? No. But perhaps my expectations were too high after how much I enjoyed the first?
I couldn't help but feel a sense of Indiana Jones during all the talk of lost treasure and the elixir of life. 4/5 Stars.