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The Elusive Earl

Saints & Scoundrels Series, Book 2
Written by: Maddison Michaels
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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Brianna Penderley has a knack for getting into precarious situations, especially when it comes to her love for archaeology. In the heart of Naples, her terrible Italian has her accidentally becoming engaged to two men at the same time. Of course, Daniel Wolcott - the Earl of Thornton and the only man ever able to vex her - shows up to rescue her. 

Daniel has spent the majority of his life exercising rigid control over his emotions, determined never to become the rake his father was. But when he goes to aid his mentor's danger-prone niece once again, he finds himself struggling to control his attraction to a woman who is his complete opposite. 

When their situation goes from bad to worse, Daniel and Brianna find themselves swept up into a perilous adventure, and they must work together to set things right. Now, if they can just avoid killing each other in the process. 

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Maddison Fitzsimmons (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 01-04-19

just ok

First book was better. This was more of an adventure story than a romance. Very little intimacy and Daniel being so ridiculously priggish was a bit irritating.

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  • Curlygal92
  • 15-05-19

Dora the Explorer for adults.

At first I was pumped to read this book because the first one was well written. Half way through, I began to loose my steam.
It seemed like the author plugged in a wacky happening every 30 pages or so, overall the pace of the beats were off. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the heroine and hero, just not together. It struck me as a brother and sister being pushed to marriage, not cool.
Unfortunately I won’t be reading any more books by this author. When I read romance I need to feel that guttural, burning desire for one another, not a PG-13 slap stick version of Indian Jones.

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  • CCW
  • 10-05-19

Great adventure! Definitely worth buying!

The characters go on an adventure that is well thought out, multi-favored, well researched, and exciting. Good character and relationship development. Believable couple and story. And Justine Eyre gives another great performance. I highly recommend The Elusive Earl.

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  • Judith Wagner
  • 15-05-19

Great book<br />

Loved it! Wonderful book, can't wait for the next one. I really love book series.

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  • Max
  • 12-05-19

Define Historical Fiction

I love historical fiction, however, this book is a reach if you are looking for a novel with a lot of history woven into the story. I don’t mind a little romance but didn’t care for the detail of physical intimacy in this novel. If you are a romance fan and love farcical stories with little to no meaning; this book is for you.

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  • 08-05-20

Elusive Earl

I am glad I listened to this book inspire of the negative review. I liked the mystery and romance, the fast pace and mystery. Justine Eyre did an outstanding job!

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  • Brent T.
  • 03-05-20

Loved it

I love the adventure and danger all missed up with romance and passion. I would definitely fall for Daniel.

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  • Sherry
  • 18-04-20

The Elusive Earl

This writer has amazing talent. I was so into this book when the name of God was taken in vain. Makes my heart hurt to hear it. I decided to listen a bit longer hoping it was an isolated thing, not to be. I had to abandon this book and the the with The Devilish Duke. That sort of language never adds anything positive to the story. So sad. Very good narrator though.

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  • Paula
  • 06-12-19

Was this truly written by the same author as book 1?

After enjoying book 1, I’m extremely disappointed with this story. I regret ignoring the many reviews that warned me about the lack of romance/chemistry, the impossible hero, and the excessive amount of dangerous situations as the main characters travel. The only redeeming quality in this book is the heroine. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

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  • Rebekah Wagenbach
  • 24-06-19

Better than Book 1

This had more action and intrigue than Book 1. I am not positive there was even one actual sex scene. It's possible I missed it since I was listening while doing other things, but I don't think so. I really need both action and sex. But overall, it was worth my time.

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  • Morgan Windle
  • 16-02-20

Such a refreshing take on HR

As an actual archaeologist, this was so fun to listen to! Antiquarian archaeology, espionage and romance is an excellent combo! Plus 19th century Italy never gets the attention it deserves. This alone was enough to make for a great story. As for Bree and Daniel; their developing was equally refreshing. Michaels did a great job at the start allowing rapid glimpses into a long history of their battle of wills. And the sudden change as they both became more aware of each other. My only complaint was that much of the issue in their relationship was out in the open at the start and couldn’t have as much of an arch as it deserved. The romance as a result petered out toward the end. Still, the epilogue was wonderful. Really enjoyed this book and more than the Devilish Duke (though it is also a great listen). Curious about Simon and Millie, Travis and Sabine and others... mayday we will get their stories too? I hope so! Justine Eyre perfection as always.

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  • RomanticFool
  • 16-12-19

Indiana Jones Anyone?

I loved the strength of the main female character. She was very well constructed. Actually, Michaels always does a good job of giving individuality to her characters, even minor characters.
I enjoyed the story overall. Did I think it was as good as the first in this series? No. But perhaps my expectations were too high after how much I enjoyed the first?
I couldn't help but feel a sense of Indiana Jones during all the talk of lost treasure and the elixir of life. 4/5 Stars.