Lawrence Brown is an earl who resides in a run down and decrepit castle. He spends his days working on his inventions and pays little attention to the world around him. The men in his family have a history of being "mad" and he's just always assumed he is too. He has no friends a very few staff.
When the family attorney wants to hire someone to check up on Lawrence, Georgie offers to go. He's on the run from some guys he was doing shady dealings with. This assignment seems like a perfect solution to Georgie's problems. He goes there with the plan of hiding out and stealing from Lawrence to pay his way out of his troubles. What he doesn't count on is falling for the troubled Earl.
This was a lovely slow burn romance. The two men couldn't be more different but as the story goes along they realize how much they complement each other. Lawrence realizes he's not mad at all and that he can have a happy and contented life and Georgie finally grows up and learns that he can have happiness in caring for others. There was a bit of a beauty and the beast type of a vibe to this story. It worked so well and I think the author did a great job with this story.
There were only a few side characters but they were super entertaining and added to the overall set up. In fact we meet the MC who will star in the next book in this series and I'm totally excited about this. I think he's going to be a great character.
This book is related to A Solder's Scoundrel and we met Georgie in that book. We also see Jack and Oliver in this book. That being said, this works fine as a standalone.
This was a super good book and in fact these two books by this author have both been hits out of the ballpark for me. She's one of my favorite new authors and I can't recommend her books enough.
An earl hiding from his future . . .
Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully planned world is turned upside down.
A swindler haunted by his past . . .
Georgie Turner has made his life pretending to be anyone but himself. A swindler and con man, he can slip into an identity faster than he can change clothes. But when his long-dead conscience resurrects and a dangerous associate is out for blood, Georgie escapes to the wilds of Cornwall. Pretending to be a secretary should be easy, but he doesn’t expect that the only madness he finds is the one he has for the gorgeous earl.
Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives?
Challenging each other at every turn, the two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember.