Reviews for Handbook to Handling His Lordship


Booklist Reviews 2013 March #2
Emily Portsman, who works at the Tantalus Club, is impressed by Nathaniel Stokes, the quiet, bespectacled Earl of Westfall. But Emily is really former governess Rachel Newbury, and Nathaniel is Nate Stokes, one of Wellington's top spies, who has been forced to leave his life as a secret agent and claim his title. Bored by his current lifestyle, Nathaniel amuses himself by finding lost belongings for the town. His latest commission, though, is different: he is to locate Rachel Newbury, who is rumored to have murdered Lord Ebberling's wife. Concealed identities, dark secrets, and false accusations add to the suspense as Nate and Emily begin to fall in love with each other. This is the fourth book in Enoch's exciting Scandalous Brides series, and libraries will want the full run of these Regency-era tales. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 March #2
When Nate Stokes, the Earl of Westfall, is hired to track down a murderess, he knows immediately there is more to the story than he's been told, but he never expects that hunting down the clues will turn his life--and his heart--upside down. Nate Stokes is an uncomfortable earl. After years as a successful spy under Wellington, he's had great success taking on many different identities, but being a member of the highest echelons of society sits ill on him. One thing that helps him keep his sanity is solving the odd mystery here or there--usually tracking down lost items or people. But seeking a murderess outside the treacherous boundaries of war is a first, and when a marquis requests his services, Nate jumps at the chance. A little intuition and a great deal of luck take him to the Tantalus Club, the most famous gentlemen's club in London, and straight into the arms of Emily Portsman, the intriguing, enigmatic figure who becomes his immediate prime suspect. Emily may be many things--brilliant, tantalizing and the first person to truly pique Nate's interest in years--but Nate would bet his life she's not a murderer. Good thing, too, since he just may have to. Enoch has penned a winner with this historical romance. It isn't exactly a romantic suspense novel in the traditional sense, but it has a great deal of external tension that ratchets the internal conflicts of the characters. Nate's difficulty in settling into the English aristocracy is handled deftly, and his sometimes-awkward attempts both to connect with and to protect his brother and Emily are sweet and tighten the backdrop of his moral struggles, while Emily's cautious steps to freedom and trust are touching. The chemistry between Nate and Emily is intense, and Enoch does a superb job of using sex as a path to bringing them closer together, while also forcing them to question their own and each other's motives. The resolution scene is especially fun and well-played. A nicely crafted romance that brings a spy novel sensibility to a damsel-in-distress fugitive trope, with entertaining and rewarding results. Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 February #4

The ladies of the Tantalus Club (Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke) are back in this forgettable Regency. Emily Portsman, one of the club's managers, has a secret: she's in hiding after witnessing a murder, having changed her name, dyed her hair, and not left the club's premises for two years. When Nathaniel Stokes, the Earl of Westfall, shows up at the club asking questions, Emily immediately suspects he is on her trail. Nate, of course, has no idea that Emily is the woman he seeks. Nate and Emily fall into a passionate affair and spar in and out of bed as they try to find out what the other knows. The plot is dragged down by heavy-handed emphasis on Nate's strong sense of fair play and their different class backgrounds (Emily is a commoner). However, fans will enjoy seeing past characters again as they cheer Nate and Emily all the way to their dramatic happy ending. (Apr.)

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Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

The ladies of the Tantalus Club (Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke) are back in this forgettable Regency. Emily Portsman, one of the club's managers, has a secret: she's in hiding after witnessing a murder, having changed her name, dyed her hair, and not left the club's premises for two years. When Nathaniel Stokes, the Earl of Westfall, shows up at the club asking questions, Emily immediately suspects he is on her trail. Nate, of course, has no idea that Emily is the woman he seeks. Nate and Emily fall into a passionate affair and spar in and out of bed as they try to find out what the other knows. The plot is dragged down by heavy-handed emphasis on Nate's strong sense of fair play and their different class backgrounds (Emily is a commoner). However, fans will enjoy seeing past characters again as they cheer Nate and Emily all the way to their dramatic happy ending. (Apr.)

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