Quick Hit: What an Earl Wants by Kasey Michaels

Summary from Goodreads:

Gideon Redgrave, eldest child of the late Earl of Saltwood, refuses to be humbled by the scandal that once tore his family apart. He’s built his life in London society around one rule: trust no one. So the last thing he wants is to play guardian and role model to a headstrong boy . . . or to engage in a battle of wills with the boy’s spirited half sister, who is fighting Gideon for custody.

Beautiful and bold, young widow Jessica Linden proves to be a formidable and passionate adversary. But the more they lock horns, the more Gideon realizes he’d prefer to have Jessica on his side . . . and in his arms. Especially now that a new threat—sprung from his father’s supposedly defunct secret society—is poised to destroy the Redgraves once and for all.

Too much. There is simply just too much going on in this novel. I found the intrigue and everything about the supposedly defunct secret society to be overwhelming and sometimes confusing. Instead of driving the story, I found it taking me out of the romance instead.

A short excerpt:

He swooped in like a bird of prey, capturing her mouth just as she opened it to say — what? What could she possibly say?

Oh, my. She could say that. If his tongue wasn’t in her mouth, she could say that.

That just sounds…painful? Bird of prey on my face, capturing my mouth?

I give What An Earl Wants 2.5 out of 5 stars.

[I received this title as an ARC through Net Galley]

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