I’ve been in a true historical romance kick lately and I recently listened to The Earl of Sunderland: Wicked Earls’ Club by Aubrey Wynne, narrated by Kevin Archer. It was sweet, uncomplicated, full of longing glances and turns about the room, and something nice to listen to while cooped up inside from the snow.
- Heat Level: ❤️
- Genre: Historical Romance
- Story Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers
- Narrator Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
Military man Kit was the younger twin, born shortly after his brother, who was first in line to become the Earl of Sunderland. But when his newlywed brother dies shortly after his wedding, Kit returns to his childhood home to take on the title. However, the new widow is expecting a baby and puts the future in limbo. If she has a boy, Kit is back to his old life, but if it’s a girl, he can keep his title and change his life forever. And as they wait for the baby to be born, someone steps into his world that he hopes never leaves.
Grace became the lady of the house at fifteen when her mother died in childbirth after finally producing a male heir. The small family grieved, but Grace threw herself into raising her little brother and running the estate alongside her father. She convinced herself that love and marriage was not for her, but when she visits her recently widowed and pregnant cousin and meets Kit, she may just change her mind.
Squeaky clean, this listen is for all ages. Kit and Grace share a few kisses and brush hands, but nothing more. However, their attraction is very physically based in the book, which was confusing at times since they would later think how great their off page conversations had been. I would have liked to witness their deeper chats and expand on their connection. Although their personalities on their own were very well fleshed out and you did want them to work out, if only to let Grace have her cake and eat it too by way of having a permissive husband who would probably also allow her to stay home.
The subtitle of Wicked Earls’ Club made me wish there was actually more of the bawdy crew in the book! One would think the wicked earls would be, well, wicked. Sure they gambled and cavorted with “ladies of the night,” but that was off page and skimmed over. In fact, no one was wicked. They were all perfectly nice, accommodating, and they should have been called Sweet Earls’ Club instead.
It’s been ages since I’ve listened to an audiobook narrated by a man, but Archer was perfection. His tone and passion really worked for the book and I can’t believe I haven’t listened to him before! His narration work was so convincing, it’s easy to get lost in the world of Grace and Kit.
Overall, it was a cute book, a fast listen, and what a sweet, historical romance should be.