Wednesday, November 21, 2018

ARC Review: Deception with an Unlikely Earl by Victoria Alexander

Deception With an Unlikely Earl
Author: Victoria Alexander
Series: The Lady Travelers Society (Book 3)
Publication: HQN; Original edition (November 20, 2018)

Description: Harry Armstrong has spent years in Egypt, recovering relics and disregarding rules. Now he’s back in England with a new title and a new purpose: penning his exploits. But his efforts are overshadowed by London’s favorite writer about Egypt—a woman they call The Queen of the Desert, of all things. Worse, her stories—serialized in newspapers and reprinted in books—are complete rubbish.

Miss Sidney Honeywell didn’t set out to deceive anyone. It’s not her fault readers assumed her Tales of a Lady Adventurer in Egypt were real! Admitting her inadvertent deception now would destroy her reputation and her livelihood. But when the Earl of Brenton challenges her to travel to Egypt to prove her expertise, accompanied by his dashing, arrogant nephew, what choice does she have but to pack her bags?

With the matchmaking founders of the Lady Travelers Society in tow, Harry is determined to expose Sidney’s secret. But the truth might not be as great a revelation as discovering that love can strike even the most stubborn of hearts.

My Thoughts: This historical romance was really entertaining. Harry Armstrong has spent years exploring in England. After he unexpectedly inherits and Earldom, he finds himself back in England, trying to fill his new role, and penning his memoirs in order to honor a friend who was lost in Egypt. Unfortunately, Miss Sydney Honeywell is already using her grandmother's memoirs to write entertaining and engaging stories about life in Egypt. She didn't expect anyone to think that they were her adventures but, somehow, they do.

Now, Sydney has to travel to Egypt and convince the Earl's "nephew" Harry Armstrong that all of the adventures were hers and were true. Sydney is accompanied by her friends - three elderly, matchmaking widows and a newspaper reporter determined to expose the truth about her.

I loved that Sydney uncovers her adventurous side and that Harry find that being right isn't as important as his new relationship with Sydney. I loved the antics of the matchmaking elderly ladies.

Favorite Quote:
He stared down at her. God she was stubborn. And lovely in the starlight. And annoying. And shockingly appealing. And a fraud. And...

"I have the most absurd desire to kiss you, Mrs. Gordon," he said without thinking.

"And I have the not-at-all-absurd desire to smack you, Mr. Armstrong. Hard."
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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