In a nutshell, Earl of St. Seville was fine. The basic premise includes a misfit, activist heroine and a brawny, goodhearted hero who is trying to save his estate. The story follows the earl as he gets involved in some of the seedier establishments in London and include quite a bit of prizefighting. It also shows Patience, the heroine, in her crusade to end the dangerous practice of prizefighting.
On the whole, the writing was inoffensive. It was not captivating nor did it ever make me feel the urge to actually finish the book. At times, I felt reading it was more of a chore than anything else. For reference, it took me about three weeks to finish this book. This past week alone I’ve started and finished four books.
The romance itself was rather lackluster and the attraction between the main characters did not seem remotely believable until about three quarters of the way through the book. The first interaction between the two reads as a clinical description of bodily appearance rather than a lust filled first encounter.
Initially I wondered if my apathy towards the title might be because I’m not generally drawn towards stories with the prizefighter bent, and yet I picked up a different Regency in that sub genre and found it far more enjoyable.
This book is one in a larger series and I think that was to its detriment. There were characters who showed up with larger backstories that were never expanded on and there were frequent references to events and history that didn’t make much sense.
Perhaps I would be more favorable towards this novel had I not read it as a standalone. That being said, they author’s writing style is not nearly captivating enough for me to find the energy to read the rest of the books.
All in all, give it a try but don’t be surprised if you don’t ever finish it.
I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher through NetGalley. This was done in exchange for an unbiased review posted to Amazon and my personal blog.