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Review of The Theory of Earls by Kathleen Ayers

Sportochick's Musings - Author Kathleen Ayers has created a sensual historical romance that will tickle your senses without all the overly graphic love scenes.

The Theory of Earls

(The Beautiful Barringtons #1)

by Kathleen Ayers

Three words, uttered by the beautifully rakish Lord Welles, leave Margaret Lainscott speechless. His improper request, that she play the piano for him in her…underthings is as shocking as it is titillating. Margaret should never have asked his help in reintroducing her to Lord Carstairs. But his friend meets all of Margaret’s criteria for a husband; passably attractive, of below-average intelligence, and possessed of an obsessive outdoor hobby which will leave her free to pursue her own life.

Welles is one of London’s most committed bachelors, known for his notorious dealings with women and his part ownership of one of London’s pleasure clubs. He’s long admired Miss Lainscott’s unrestrained passion at the piano; a passion he suspects is not reserved only for her music. Welles is certain Miss Lainscott will not entertain his improper request despite the attraction burning between them.

A young lady such as Miss Lainscott would never ruin herself willingly.

And Welles? Nothing would make him compromise his heart…

Until a duet with a passionate pianist changes his mind.

The Theory of Earls is a steamy, sexy regency romance with a guaranteed happily ever after and the first in a new series, The Beautiful Barringtons.


The unique blurb on this book quite honestly drew me into wanting to read the book and I was not disappointed. Author Kathleen Ayers has created a sensual historical romance that will tickle your senses without all the overly graphic love scenes.

I admired how the author created her primary female character, Margaret Lainscott. Her intelligence and quirkiness were quite fun to follow throughout the story as she created havoc trying to enlist Welles help to attract Lord Carstairs for marriage and avoid marrying Lord Winthrop. In this story Margaret pretends to be a timid mouse to stay under the radar so she can find a husband and live her life the way she wants. This part of her character makes me laugh, as we all know that a strong woman can't stay a mouse for long. The strength sneaks out in the most inopportune moments which really spiced up the story line.

Lord Welles character is quite enthralling. He is too attractive for any sane women and his broodiness draws you into wanting to know more about him. His character causes the reader to even overlook some of his rudeness. But his focus and intensity on Margaret's piano playing and her reaction when she played tickled my senses. It made me want to feel what he felt when he saw her play.

This book is delightful, and I hope you give it a read.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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