I fell in love with Henry and Emmie from their first encounter! Chasing the Earl is everything I expect from Kathleen Ayers. These unique, individualistic characters jump from the page. Both Henry and Emmie are boisterous and vivacious; one could even call them “robust” (wink to those who have read the book!). I adored Henry’s character; large, rude, ungainly – Henry is the guest everyone avoids. Then there is Emmie, strict, stiff, prudish – she is another person who is an afterthought in society. These two outcasts who start as enemies combust into a love affair that is fiery hot.
Henry and Emmie’s connection is volatile at best and abrasive at worse. Yet these two click immediately. This character-driven plot has scene after beautiful scene of the couple sparring and accidentally falling in love. The verbal assaults and banter were fantastic. The character dialogue moved the story along at a brisk pace. I love a story about underdogs and outcasts, and Henry and Emmie are definitely both!
Chasing The Earl is the second book in The Arrogant Earls series. I immensely enjoyed the first book in the series. However, this one shone even brighter. I was not too fond of Emmie in the first book; she was coarse and stringent. It was great seeing her bloom into full potential. I also loved learning the backstory of Henry. Kathleen Ayers always creates characters you can invest in and deeply care about; that is her secret weapon! I always recommend her books to readers new to this genre, and I always get good feedback from those that follow my advice. You can’t go wrong with this gripping, steamy, charismatic romance! I adored it!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: May 5, 2022