Title: Kiss the Earl
On the eve of her first comic book release, Ella Briley has a problem: no date to the launch party. Things go from bad to worse when she stumbles into the past . . . and straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy.
Patrick St. John, Earl of Meadowfair, is too noble for his own good. To save his friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he's agreed to whisk the girl off to wed the man she truly loves. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride . . . and finds this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist.
Author: Gina Lamm
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl, Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes
Series: Geek Girls #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl, Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca Source: Publisher
Published: April 7, 2015
Genres: Romance, Time Travel
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This time-travel was a little bit different than any I’d read in the past; having been my first Geek Girls book, I was drawn into the story based on its own merits, and appreciated how the author dropped bits of the previous book into the storyline (which made it easier for me to accept that the heroine accepted she had truly traveled through time).
Ella was a likable character – very relatable, spunky, and determined not to ask for help until she really needs it. I love a strong heroine, but often in a romance, the heroine can be too independent, leading to problems my ability to relate to her (for example, I can appreciate the need to assert independence, but not to the detriment of one’s health). Ella had a great balance – she wasn’t a complainer, but when things got to be too much, she wasn’t above asking for help. I liked her at first, but when Ella realized she couldn’t do it on her own and communicated that she needed help, I LOVED her!
Patrick was fantastic, too. Lamm wrote his dialogue so well, and I adored how Ella recognized it as “flowery” (because really, it was. And it was perfect for this – definitely something I would’ve thought were I to time travel to the 1800s). Lamm also seems to have a firm grasp on male honor; I fully believed the reasons given as to why Patrick would help a strange woman after accidentally kidnapping her. Sure, he could’ve ditched her on the side of the road, but he didn’t, and his code of honor was skillfully reinforced throughout the book.
There were a couple of downsides to this story, though. The first was the character of Iain, Patrick’s cousin. Were they friends? What was Iain’s motivation for running all over the countryside for his cousin? I couldn’t tell, and it detracted from the story. A bit more insight into their relationship would’ve answered my questions as I read. The second downside was the sex scenes. Honestly, I cringed at them. The descriptions were pages long, and after the first one, I skipped ahead a few pages. The story stood absolutely fine without them.
Towards the end, when I realized that the author was serious in that neither character would leave behind their life for the other, I found myself reading faster and faster to find out what they would do. No spoilers here, but suffice to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the resolution.
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Hi Vanessa! It’s great to “see” you again. I’m a native of North Carolina, and I love living here only a couple of hours from the most beautiful beaches in the world. (Although I may be a bit biased. ) I’m very close to my family, and we hang out together all the time. I love reading, fishing, video games and British comedies. After a long battle with infertility, husband and I are expecting twins in October! I’ve been writing since 2008, and I love it. It’s awesome to have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.
Jacque: What books or authors have inspired your writing?
Gosh, that’s a great question! I’ve always been a voracious reader. But some of my favorites are Stephen King, Catherine Coulter, Julia Quinn, Kresley Cole, JR Ward, Kelli Ireland, Sabrina York, and Sidney Bristol.
Stormy: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I sometimes write on my phone. It’s actually a great way to jog myself out of a slump! I’ve cranked out chapters of several books typing with one finger on my iPhone screen. I don’t know of a lot of other writers that do that regularly. So if I have a quirk, it’s probably that.
Megan: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I adore going fishing with my family at the Outer Banks. It’s one of my favorite ways to make memories with my dad especially. There’s something about the salt air, and the way the pier moves with the wind and waves. It’s healing for the soul.
Stormy: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?
It’d have to be Regency England! For the Geek Girls series I’ve done so much research about the time period and different aspects of life. I really want to see how I did! Besides, what romance fan doesn’t want to waltz at Almack’s or get ices at Gunter’s?
Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later?
I usually start out by brainstorming a situation, or a mashup of two disparate things. From there I imagine the who, and the where. Once I’ve got a vague idea, I’ll write a three paragraph blurb, like what you’d read on the back of the book. From there I develop a loose outline, just to make sure I’ve got the structure down. Then I just fill in the blanks! I do change my outline as I go sometimes, so it’s not set in stone. I like the freedom of finding my way, but the security of knowing there’s a structure to lean on when I get stuck!
Pansy: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information about it?
For Sourcebooks I’m currently working on edits for the first book in the Sons of Cain rock star erotic romance series. It’s called ANY WAY SHE WANTS IT and I adore this story! The characters are rich, and clever. The series centers on an alternative metal band called Son of Cain, and the guys in the band are so close. They’re a family of their own. They bicker, and banter, and each of them would die for the others. It’s really been a blast to work on this series, and I think it’s really going to do well. These will come out under my pen name, Regina Cole. Publishing date hasn’t been set yet.
Gaele: With all the characters you have created – are there any that you feel need to have another book or series to get their “story told”?
Weeeeell, funny you should ask that! The Geek Girls series was supposed to be a three book series alone. But as I was writing KISS THE EARL, there was one pesky character that just wouldn’t stop winking at me from the sidelines. Iain, Patrick’s cousin, is a rogue of a Scotsman that’s just begging for a story of his own. We’ll have to see if there’s any interest (or time!) for me to write his story, though! I will say, if it happens, the idea I have would be to send him forward through time. Fingers crossed!
Christina: If you could speak to any one type of animal, what would it be, and what would you ask it?
It’d have to be my dogs! I’ve got a toy poodle and a whippet, and they are so very precious to me. I imagine I know what they’re thinking a lot of times, but I’d love to know what they’re actually trying to say!
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
I really miss hanging out with you at conventions, Vanessa! Nobody is more fun to hang out with than The Jeep Diva! But sadly, this year I’ll be sticking close to home. Traveling while pregnant with twins isn’t exactly something I’m comfortable with, LOL! Hopefully next year when the babies are bigger I’ll be able to venture out to another convention or two.
Thanks so much to the Jeep Diva for hosting me today! I hope you get the chance to check out KISS THE EARL and the other books in the Geek Girls series.
Gina Lamm, a bellydancing, wisecracking, marshmallow-addicted geek, loves nothing more than penning funny, emotional tales of love, lust, and entertaining mishaps. Married to a superhero, she lives with her beloved family in North Carolina, surrounded by tobacco farms, possums, and the occasional hurricane. She also writes erotic romance for Ellora’s Cave under the pen name Regina Cole. Visit www.ginalamm.net