- Author Virginia Heath
- Release Date April 1, 2020
- Publisher Harlequin HIstorical
- ISBN/ASIN 9781488065590
- Our Rating
- Reviewed by Jo
Virginia Heath is one of my favorite authors of regency romances set in England, and she once again did not disappoint. REDEEMING THE RECLUSIVE EARL has strong characters, and as always, strong women to offset brooding men. This is Effie and Max’s story. It’s one adventure after another, especially since she’s an archaeologist in a man’s world and of course can’t be recognized by the antiquarian society.
Effie is digging on Max’s estate, but Max has no knowledge that she’d been permitted to do so. That definitely gets her hackles up. He’s hiding from the world due to injuries he sustained in a fire, as well as the loss of his fiancee, who couldn’t deal with his disfigurement. But Effie sees beyond outward trappings to the soul of the man deep inside.
They have an immediate attraction, though their frequent miscommunications cause problems. They never seem to be on the same page, but when they are, there are definitely fireworks.
The story has a nice flow, a lovely romance, and ends with closure. Since this is a stand-alone story, it would have been nice to have an epilogue to give a glimpse of their futures. The cover of the book portrays Max just as I pictured him, and I love the title. The subtitles for each chapter were a nice touch.
Definitely worth the read!