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Surrender to the Earl by Gayle Callen

July 1st, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Surrender to the Earl by Gayle Callen

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Avon

Series: Brides of Redemption #2

Rating: ★★★½☆

Summary from She wanted a favor, not a fiancé.

Audrey Blake’s impromptu plan-asking a visitor to help her take ownership of her rightful property-is unraveling in spectacular fashion. Robbed of her sight by a childhood fever, Audrey has been kept in virtual seclusion by her family. And now the enigmatic Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge, has complicated her scheme to gain independence, insisting they pretend to be engaged.

Duty brought Robert to Audrey’s doorstep. As for what makes him propose marriage…it might be guilt. Compassion. Or something far more urgent and unexpected. Their counterfeit union was supposed to be for Audrey’s benefit. Yet it’s Robert who yearns to prove to the intriguing Audrey how much they both have to gain by making it real-and convincing her to submit to the most blissful passion

This is one of those books that I enjoyed reading but was not in love with.  While reading I wanted to keep going to see the two finally come together but once I was done it didn’t leave that strong of an impression.  I was hard pressed to remember the title and more about the characters beyond Audrey was blind and Robert was a soldier.

I initially felt really bad for Audrey and the way her family treated her.  She is practically held prisoner in her own home and treated like an embarrassment to her family.  I did admire how well she was able to get around her own home and run it without much trouble.  Still I found her stubbornness when it comes to believe how Robert truly felt about her irritating.  She held onto the idea that he merely felt pity towards her for so long and despite all he does that it’s bordering on ridiculous.

The romance between the two was a little lacking in my opinion.  They seemed to get along really well and would make great best friends but I didn’t feel the romantic chemistry between them.  My favorite part of the story was actually watching the change in Audrey’s sister.  Initially Blythe comes off as spoiled, flighty and somewhat cruel towards Audrey.  As the story continues we see her grow and truly come into her own.  She was probably my favorite part of the story.

In the end this was an enjoyable read but not one I would pick up to read again.

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