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New Release+ Review: An Earl by Any Other Name by Lauren Smith

Blurb:

An earl in the streets, a rogue in the sheets . . .
Leopold Graham, Lord Hampton, was never a man to let propriety stand in the way of his pursuit of pleasure. Hedonism is his only desire in life---until his father's death saddles him with debts that threaten to bankrupt the entire family. Now the only thing that stands between him and utter ruin is marriage to a proper, and preferably wealthy, young lady.

Ivy Leighton is no sweet English rose. Perhaps it's her gypsy roots, but she would rather make a spectacle of her independent spirit than sit quietly on the sidelines. If that means that the only place she'll ever have in society is firmly on the shelf, then so be it. But when Ivy runs into the handsome, rakish Leo who's looking for a respectable, well-bred wife, she can't stop thinking about the troubles they can get into. Now she just has to convince him that a life with her is really what he needs.


Leopold Graham, Earl of Hampton is desperately trying to save his family’s estate after his father’s death left them riddled with debt and scandal. The former rake has changed from the man he used to be in order to avoid more gossip and the next step in his plan is to marry a proper lady, preferably with a nice dowry to help them out of their dire economic situation.
Ivy Leighton is not what most people would consider a proper lady. Being the daughter of a Romani gypsy who owns a newspaper and member of the suffragette movement are more than enough reasons to be anything but a respectable wife for a peer, but when she agrees to attend a house party at Hampton House both her and Leo might have a change of heart.
This was a nice short story, set in the early 20th century when cars and horses could be found side by side on the roads and land farming was no longer the primary source of income for the members of the English peerage. It’s a fun, fast read with believable characters and a nice background to them.
I did expect it to be a different time period, but I thought the author handled it well and it was not difficult to relate to it. In all this is was a light read that I think fans of the genre would enjoy.


3 Book Corner Stars 
*Netgalley Review*

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