Monday, January 4, 2016

The Earl's Complete Surrender (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #2) by Sophie Barnes

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Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #2
Sophie Barnes
Releasing December 29th,2015
Avon Books

An unexpected passion ignites as secrets are exposed in Sophie Barnes's captivating Regency-set romance

Despite the diversions offered at Thorncliff Manor, former spy James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying there. He must find an encoded book that exposes a conspiracy within the British aristocracy. And he must do so without revealing his purpose to the clever, tempting Chloe Heartly. The lady has a knack for appearing wherever it is least convenient. In the library. In the salon. And, especially, in his arms . . 

Somewhere within Thorncliff's labyrinth of rooms lies the journal Chloe desperately seeks. When she realizes the brooding, handsome earl is hunting the same quarry, Chloe enters into an uneasy partnership. But in the face of public danger and enemies hiding in plain sight, both must decide how much they're willing to risk to solve the mysteries of the heart.

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I had some difficulty reading this book. I wasn't into it as such, as I would have liked to be. I think the fact that I missed the first book in the series is a part of the reason, but I am not sure. I guess I will have to read that book too, in order to form an opinion. I found very weird that James was referring to Chloe as Lady Newbury in the later parts of the book. In this mind, she was Lady Newbury and not Chloe and that creeped me out a bit. The romance had a secondary role in this story which was more focused on the spying. The identity of the villain in the end became very predictable once a clue was found and I was surprised James didn't find it out sooner.

I can't say that I will remember the book after a while. I didn't have a very good impression about it and there wasn't something in it worth remembering, but it held my interest long enough for me to finish it and to write a short review about it.

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Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion: writing. When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.