To Release an Earl

  • by Ilene Withers
  • Narrated by Valerie Gilbert
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sequel to The Blackmailed Beauty
After experiencing a life changing injury while out riding her beloved horse Pirate, Willa Dutton becomes convinced she should release her fiancé, the Earl of Roydon, from their engagement. She feels another woman would be better able to provide him with heirs and participate in the activities he loves. With this decision made, Willa sets out to find him a better wife by matchmaking.
Meanwhile, the earl believes that someone is trying to kill Willa. Learning that her saddle had been sabotaged is only the beginning. As more attempts are made to kill Willa, the earl sets out to find out who the suspect is. At the same time, he finds that Willa's behavior has become a bit odd as she has started hosting parties and pushing other women at him. Will he solve the mysteries in time and convince Willa that she is his one and only love?

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Waste of a Credit

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think this book would be good for anyone who has trouble getting to sleep.


What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm not sure what I'll read next, but I'll be adding this author to my Do Not Read list.


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was adequate-- it may even have been good, but since the narrator had so little to work with, it's hard to say.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The lack of chemistry between the two main characters was disappointing. I couldn't imagine what got them together in the first place. It was made more disappointing because the interesting premise was so poorly executed. The plot summary bore little resemblance to the actual plot, and the story dragged on and on. And then, to top it off, the constant mention of prayer and praying made the whole thing just come off as a sermon. So irritating.


Any additional comments?

I listened to the end, hoping that the author would be able to turn it around. That's probably a credit to the narrator.

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- Marn

Courage and love are hand in hand

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I enjoy reads like this just as much as romances with deeper love scenes.  Feelings and the intense love between hero and heroine are strengthened by their understanding and compassion for each other’s plight, tested by the calamity.  Consequently, this is a clean read and highly recommended for new adults.Willa, having it all, suddenly finds herself dreams dissolving.  Her love for the Earl of Roydon is everlasting and encompasses her whole heart.  Her injury changing her life drastically, would also change his. She wants to let him live his life whole, not married to a woman who is unable to do the very things they enjoy together.  And then the possibility of never walking again, could also make child-bearing and rearing difficult.  In her mind, the best thing she could give him is his freedom.  But is her love strong enough to let him go?  Would you be able to do the same thing?John, Earl of Roydon, is a man I wasn’t sure about.  Did he really love Willa enough to continue his betrothal with her after the injury?  As society dictates, he could not break his proposal.  It could only be done by Willa.  He is very solicitous toward Willa, but there lurks in me the feeling he may be swayed by one of the many women Willa put forward for introduction at her parties.  He seems to enjoy himself with them. Willa thinks he suits Miss Marty, but she wants to give him a chance to make the right marriage.When all these accidents start occurring, it becomes apparent Willa is being stalked and for the purpose of killing her.  But why and by whom?  I like this part of the story very much.  There is mystery, suspense, danger and ultimately fear of death. Willa shows the stuff she is made of, worthy of a man’s love.Narrator Valerie Gilbert does not disappoint in her narration.  Her voice is clear, mellow, well-paced and depicts character emotions suitably.  Her flexibility of character dialog and accents is superbly done. Check out the many books she’s narrated, and different genre lower in the blog.  She’s quite flexible with all emotions, but I prefer her best when she is just plain snarky or sarcastic!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2016
  • Publisher: Astraea Press DBA Clean Reads