The Enchanted Earl

Cassandra Pierce
The Enchanted Earl
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
August 2011
Book 1 of Elven Treasure
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Urban Fantasy

Mark Rampling, an openly gay young Englishman with little interest in history or his own aristocratic background, is less than thrilled when he inherits an earldom from his elderly, childless uncle. Even worse, the estate itself is run-down and nearly bankrupt. It is, however, surrounded by a deep, lush forest.

To distract himself, Mark goes walking in the woods and encounters Dorian Fairchild, a strange but alluring man whose clothing and mannerisms seem more suited to another century. Though the attraction between them is instantaneous and their forest encounters are smoldering hot, Mark soon discovers that Dorian has a secret that may make their love impossible.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Oct 28, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
127 people found the following review helpful
For some reason, every time I read a blurb mentioning elves, I think of Lord of the Rings. I expect a magical world with extraordinary creatures and an interesting plot. Of course, when I take into consideration that this is a story about two men, I also want some hot sex and steaming attraction. Maybe I'm just too demanding.

Mark is a gay man who by chance inherits an earldom from his uncle. It was unexpected and with it the inheritance brought debt. Unsure of what to do considering the ever present lack of money, Mark takes it day by day, hoping something will come up. That's how he ends up in the thick woods surrounding his estate.

Strange things start happening almost right away, but Mark somehow takes it all in stride and ends up meeting Dorian. Their connection is instant and explosive, but what Mark doesn't know and Dorian is hiding, is sure to stand in their way.

Like I already said, I expected more from this story. I needed to know more about the world, the characters, even about the couple. The only two elves in the story were extremely neglected and other than a few instances of showing power, nothing specific was said about them.

Mark was described a little better, and his relationship with his family was somewhat explored, but when it came to really knowing him I was cheated out of it. His acquaintance with Dorian occurs after just a few pages and that didn't leave much room for his character to grow. What happened later left him looking like a rather desperate individual and that didn't make me like him.

Their connection was very sudden, and while I have no issues with that, the abrupt surfacing of their conflict sure took me by surprise. Almost everything that followed took bits of charm from this book, and by the end, I can't really say it was anything more than okay for me.

What stuck out and made me laugh a few times, were the imaginative and certainly vivid descriptions of their sexual encounters. It did make this author stand out for me.
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