My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Alexia Praks in exchange for an honest review.
‘The Earl’s Desire’ is the first novel in a historical regency romance series by Alexia Praks, an emerging author from Wattpad. This novel is a HEA – meaning ‘happily-ever-after’ – filled to the brim with drama, love and – you guessed it – HAPPILY EVER AFTERs.
The Earl’s Desire is about Christine, also known as ‘Chris’, who disguises herself as a boy to provide for her poor, on the run from the past family. Her grandparents are too old and her adopted brother too young. She works in a factory where she is mistreated like all other child labourers in the 1800s until a misfortune sends her master into fury and into her beating. She is saved by a man, Merrick, who pays for her release from contract and offers her a better place to live just like the previous children he has saved. Chris gladly accepts still in disguise as a boy and goes to live as a ward to Merrick – now known to be the Earl of Huntingdon. Her disguise as a boy proves to be troublesome to the earl as he becomes attracted to her and all sorts of troubles and accidents start to unfurl.
Both characters are stereotypically cliché, so if you go on to read this novel and are very determined to complete any book/series you start, be warned. I picked this book up mostly due to my strange mood requiring me to sate its ‘cliché’ hunger – and trust me, it did.
The world was wonderfully created in my opinion, as it really captured the essence of the regency time period including the hardships of the poor and the extreme wealth of the rich.
The plot itself was not altogether that bad. It was predictable, yes, but I was predictable in an unobvious way (at least that was what I thought of it).
The author’s writing itself lacked the sophistication of a fully-fledged author like we are used to. It also lacked an editor’s hand, which soon becomes obvious, and the experience of an educated author who receive a degree in university.
There were a few grammatical mistakes, though no typos or spelling errors were evident.
Congratulations to Alexia Praks on a published book!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!