Edward, Julia and Albert shared a complicated history. With secret trysts, hidden betrayals and jealousy playing a major part. The Earl Takes All has brought Lorraine Heath back into my sphere of talented authors. Her capacity to write a story that has a wide range of depth that consists of events that are unbelievable but haunting was what any reader of a story particular romance wants.
Edward is a character that has had a history of disappointment and heartbreak from an early age. The one constant in his life has been his twin brother Albert. When he feels the bond between them sleeping away it sends him into a tailspin that ultimately ends in tragedy.
Julia is an interesting character because she serves as a mixture of protagonist and antagonist. She is the catalyst to the brothers unraveling relationship but an advocate for trying to heal it.
Although the story did not turn out the way I hoped it was still an unforgettable read.
One summer night, Edward Alcott gives in to temptation and kisses Lady Julia Kenney in a dark garden. However, the passion she stirs within him is best left in the shadows as she weds his twin, the Earl of Greyling. But when tragedy strikes, to honor the vow he makes to his dying brother, Edward must pretend to be Greyling until the countess delivers her babe.
After her husband returns from a two-month sojourn, Julia finds him changed. Bolder, more daring, and more wicked—even if he does limit their encounters to kisses. With each passing day, she falls more deeply in love.
For Edward the embers of desire sparked on that long-ago night are quickly rekindled. He yearns to be her husband in truth. But if she discovers his ruse, she will despise him—and English law prevents him from marrying his brother’s widow. Yet he must dare to risk everything and reveal his secrets if he is to truly take all.