Review of A Match for the Rebellious Earl by Lara Temple @laratemple1

Happy UK Publication Day!

Nothing quite like a historical romance to make you swoon… especially if it’s one featuring a hero from Lara Temple’s imagination!

Dashing and disreputable…

Now, he’s back in Society’s ballrooms!

Whispers of Captain Kit Carrington – now Lord Westford – have long scandalised the ton…so his arrival at the season’s most-anticipated ball sends society’s gossips into a frenzy! Miss Genevieve Maitland needs his help to find an eligible match for her sister but assumes he’ll be reluctant to help the family that rejected him. Yet after one spine tingling waltz with Kit, sensible Genny finds he’s not her opponent – but a very tempting ally…!

US Publication Details

  • Publisher : Harlequin Historical (February 1, 2021)
  • Publication date : February 1, 2021

A Match for the Rebellious Earl stars Captain Christopher ‘Kit’ Carrington, a sailor and very, very reluctant earl. We first meet Kit in The Return of the Disappearing Duke where he sails from Egypt back to England and his family. This story opens with Kit’s return home and all that awaits him there, including a rather judgmental grandmother and the inquisitive Ton. The circumstances of his birth are not as pristine as befits a family of his stature, a fact his relatives never let him forget. He carries that burden, choosing to turn his back on them as much as possible until his half sister’s upcoming nuptials necessitate his return. He is brash, intelligent, adventurous and brave. His courage and wit are his greatest assets once he becomes reacquainted with Genny.

The story opens with Genny, her sister, Kit’s grandmother and her daughter-in-law, Mary. It does take a little while to figure out how each of these women is connected and who the Carrington men are. I’m not sure I ever really figured out exactly where Charlie, Marcus, Julian and their parents sprout on the Carrington family tree. However, the most important details are made very clear and Genny’s role as family protector and director is quite obvious.

Miss Genevieve Maitland feels she must justify her presence in the household as Serena’s sister. (Serena was meant to be the next Countess of Westford before the pre-mature death of her husband). She takes it upon herself to ensure the effective running of the household and even takes responsibility for the well-being of the family members. Her ruthless dedication to the management of the Carringtons earns her the nickname Generalissima from Kit- a reference to their time spent in Spain where her grandfather was Kit’s commanding officer. Genny’s rather unconventional upbringing means she is not a woman to sit back and simply accept whatever life throws at her. She is action-oriented and determined to better the quality of life for those she loves, even if that means sacrificing her own dreams and desires.

I’ve quite enjoyed several of Lara Temple’s books and this one is no different. I love how she creates heroines who question and seek to defy their society’s definition of a woman’s role. Genny would be considered far too forthright, far too intelligent, creative and definitely too ambitious. It’s a great thing then that Kit could never admire and love any woman who challenged him less.

The battle of wits between these two creates sparkling chemistry as each of them tries to ‘manage’ the other. In the end, they both take a headlong tumble into love and ultimately learn there is no way to meticulously plan or prepare for such an occurrence.

Oh, historical details of wars of the time and even battles fought in the distant past feature are introduced too. These elements are worked into the story seamlessly and provide colourful, historical facts.

I give this charming tale 4.5/5 espresso shots and look forward to continuing Lara Temple’s Return of the Rogues series.

About the Author

Lara Temple writes strong and sensual Regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. She lives with her husband, two children, and one very fluffy dog and they are all very understanding about her taking over the kitchen table so she can look out over the garden as she writes and dreams up her Happy Ever Afters.

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