The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love, #1) by Amelia Grey

The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love, #1)

What does a Wickedly Wonderful Widow really want? One noble suitor is about to find out. . .Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is all on her own after her husband’s sudden death. The good news? Losing him allowed her to find herself. Finally, Adeline is free to do, go, and be as she pleases. She cherishes her newfound independence and is not looking for another man to wed. But seeking out a new lover? Well, that is a whole ’nother story. . .L...

Details The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love, #1)

TitleThe Earl Next Door (First Comes Love, #1)
Release DateMay 28th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love, #1)

  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    Sweet story. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The first thing that struck me about this story was the difference in the female lead from traditional females in these type of stories. I love the fact that Adeline was a widow, and a young one at that, who knew what she wanted and was not on the hunt for a man.She is feisty and speaks her mind, is not afraid of not looking perfect, and has a perfect plan for her life. But I also love Lyon and his resolve to ma...
  • Sarah
    This was ok. I didnt love this book even though I loved the premise. There was something missing in the execution. It felt rushed to me and there were sentences that didnt make any sense. I didnt feel the love between them. This was ok. I didn’t love this book even though I loved the premise. There was something missing in the execution. It felt rushed to me and there were sentences that didn’t make any sense. I didn’t feel the love betwe...
  • Maggie Whitworth
    ❤❤❤💋💋Enjoyable read A good story , likeable characters, but for some reason I found it hard to stay focused on the story .It felt a little jumpy and didnt flow as easily as I hoped , please allow for the fact this is a personal thing and may be great for you . I didnt stop me from enjoying the general storyline or the plot of the book , so please bare this in mind .Ive read the author before and her books have been wonderful . I look ...
  • Debby
    Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is a very young widow who lost her husband at sea. She has two friends who are also widows, who have decided to open of a school for young girls who have lost loved ones in shipwrecks. Unfortunately, her next door neighbor, the handsome Lord Lyon, Earl of Marksworth barges into her home thinking that she is running a house of ill-repute. Thus starts the sweetest attraction between the two who have no attention o...
  • Stacee
    I loved this synopsis and was quite eager to jump into this story. Sadly, I struggled right from the start. Adeline and Lyon are okay. Theyre both decent and loyal people...theyre just boring as hell. It seemed like they just butted heads every time they met and nothing was ever accomplished. I couldnt see the jump from irritation to lust to love. The other widows do have promise, but Im not sure their stories will be for me Plot wise, it was fai...
  • Patrice
    Adeline, Lady Wake, is the main character of this story. A young widow from a loveless marriage and determined to stand on her own two feet. She is a strong woman; but, also sensitive and almost beaten down by her husband when she is unable to produce an heir for him and his title. She is about 21 years old, so pretty young. Her late husband made her stay at his country estate, so she hadn't been in London in quite a few years. When she leaves th...
  • Holly
    I was really surprised how much I loved this story. We have Adeline, who is a young widow, she's not looking for another husband but wants to do something more with her life. So she opens up a school for young girls who lost their dad on the same voyage she lost her husband to. Her first husband was a horrible man and she doesn't want a repeat of that marriage. However, her next door neighbor has something to say about all the young girls running...
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: First Comes Love #1Publication Date: 5/28/19Number of Pages: 304*** 3.5 Stars ***This is the first book in the new First Comes Love series and it does a nice job of introducing the ladies and setting up the premise of the series. We learn just enough about each of the ladies who will be featured in the later books to be intrigued by them and to want to read their books. The writing was good, the storyline had great potential, but was just...
  • AnnMarie
    The Earl Next Door is the first book in the First Comes Love series by Amelia Grey. The series revolves around three young widows who lost their husbands at sea when the ship they were on went down. They have come together to start a school for the girls who lost their fathers in that same shipwreck.This is the first of the widow's stories. Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake was in a loveless marriage and the main thing she felt when she heard her...
  • Cyndi Becker
    The Earl Next Door is the first in a new series by Amelia Grey, and the first book by her that I've read. This historical romance is created on a unique premise of Adeline Wake, a widowed countess who is newly moved to a home where she is also starting up a boarding school for young unfortunate girls when she meets neighbor Lyon Marksworth, Earl of Lyonwood, in a not so meet-cute exchange. What transpires between them in this initial meeting show...
  • eyes.2c
    Great opening scene!I found that the opening scenes involving Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, Lord Lyonwood the rather delicious future Marquis of Marksworth, a case of a mistaken use of a house and a fabulous crimson corset were hilarious. The scene where Adeline is so annoyed by carriages blocking her doorstep, as it were, where she confronts Lord Lyonwood and his cronies adds further amusement.Adeline in full flight is brilliant.A definite ...
  • Jayasree B
    Another series to look out for. A widow finally finds her wings. Stowed away from the world following her marriage and being married to a disinterested and unkind man takes a toll on Adeline. When her husband dies and she is out of mourning, she finds her purpose in life. She buys a house and starts a boarding school for underprivileged girls along with her two friends. Only, her neighbour is an interesting man and there is a growing attraction t...
  • Janet
    OH wow, what an amazing tale! Dynamite High 5 Stars for this tale! This is a new author to me and I must admit she has blown me away with her writing! Truly impeccable! Lady Adeline, a widow, with the help of her two widow friends start a boarding school for unfortunate girls to help teach them how to sew and other useful tasks in order to help them learn a trade to avoid a life of poverty. There is just one problem, her school sits next to the M...
  • Beneath The Covers Blog
    Full review can be found HERE -->*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal
  • Brittany
    This is a quick read about a widow who keeps running into her neighbor in the most inappropriate ways. You can fly through the book fairly quickly and it will keep you entertained throughout. Nothing spectacular, but a fun and enjoyable read.
  • Tracy Emro
    Adeline, the widowed Countess of Wake meets Lyon Marksworth, Earl of Lyonwood when he barges into her home and mistakes her for a madam of a bawdy house. She is outraged and sets him straight right away. She along with her friends Julia and Brina lost their husbands two years ago when the ship they were traveling on sunk. Now that their mourning period has ended, not only are they preparing to reenter society, but they decided to open a school fo...
  • Michele
    In a world where historical romances are sometimes redundant, Amelia Grey brings a breath of fresh air to the genre with The Earl Next Door, book one in her First Comes Love Series. The premise of the book focuses on three widows who have decided to start a boarding school to help daughters of men who were killed in the same shipwreck that killed their husbands. In doing so, they hope to fill a need by giving these girls the tools of a trade and ...
  • Susan Peterson
    A fun, passionate romance to heat up your summer! This book was charming, delightful and sizzling! Regency Romances have really evolved over the years, and I enjoy them more and more! Adeline is a spirited young widow, who lives next door the Lord Lyonwood. The first time they meet, he thinks that she is about to open up a house of ill repute in their London neighborhood, and it doesn't help that she greets him wearing a red corset. He is chagrin...
  • Sans
    Not great. Not even good. Very mediocre. The writing style was the main problem. Some odd Americanisms and anachronistic phrasing, some weird places where I wasn't sure who was doing what to whom, and far too much time spent puttering around in Adeline's head, rehashing everything we've already been told before.That was the second problem. So much telling and not enough showing. The third problem was how these two magically sensed how the other f...
  • Molly
    This was excellent, the author's style is really coming into its own - the dialogue was witty, fun and original, the characters were sparking, but also deep and interesting and the story flowed smoothly. I wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Lindsay
    1.5 stars
  • Romancebooksandmore
    5 stars Oh my I loved this book and never wanted it to end, I can't wait for the next to books in the series Adeline is the dowager countess of Wick she along with her two friends were widowed and are now going to start a girls school, only one problem her neighbor the Earl of Lyonswood lives next door and well a few misunderstanding put them at an awkward start. Adeline is scared to ever marry again for a virety of reasons, Lyon promises himself...
  • Niki
    Since the death of her controlling husband Adeline, the Dowager Countess of Wake, is finally able to attain some freedom. She's focused on the girls' boarding school she's established with her two best friends and has no interest in marrying and being under a man's thumb again. However, that doesn't stop her fierce attraction to her neighbor, the Earl of Lyonwood.To his father, the Marquis of Marksworth's chagrin, Lyon has eschewed taking a mistr...
  • Cheryl
    This was a most entertaining read. The encounters between Adeline, Countess of Wake and Lyon Marksworth were very amusing. Even though they were attracted to each other Adelines experiences with her first marriage hindered her from entering into anything more meaningful. The addition of a school for needy girls provided an interesting extra. I enjoyed the meetings with her two friends, Julia and Brina. Im sure their stories are to come and I look...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    RATING: 4 STARS2019; St. Martin's Paperbacks/St. Martin's PressWhen Adeline becomes a widow, after being in a loveless marriage, she vows to remain one. Lyon is a bachelor looking for love before marriage. When the two end up living next door to one another sparks fly, but will wedding bells ring?From page one, the opening scene when the hero and heroine meet, I was in for the romance ride. They have chemistry and banter - which is my yardstick f...
  • Renee
    My heart is still glowing after reading The Earl Next Door. I absolutely fell in love with Lyon and Adeline. What a charming pair those two make. The secondary characters were just as delightful and humorous. This book is amazing from start to finish.Arc kindly provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
  • Joana V.
    2.5* I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.Maybe I wasnt in the right state of mind to read this book. It just didnt do it for me.Right from the beginning, I felt everything was a bit forced, a bit too much. That I want to jump in your pants right away, even if you dont treat the best (the hero does improve later on, just to be clear). I didnt connect with the characters. The only...
  • Nicole Laverdure
    Very enjoyable and so captivating! What an amazing introduction to Amelia Grey's new series, 'First Comes Love'! I totally enjoyed her 1st story, 'The Earl Next Door' and I'm looking forward to read the next book in this wonderful series. Nice blend of fun and romance with a dash of suspense! It had all the elements to please me! Without a doubt, it's a real page-turner! Forgot to mention that her characters, Adeline and Lyon were simply so charm...
  • Connie Fischer
    Adeline, the Dowager Countess of Wake, age 22, is having gowns made for her first Season now that she is coming out of two-years of mourning for her husband. Looking through the swatches of fabric from her modiste, she finds that someone put a red corset in with the fabric. Wickedly intrigued, she just has to try it on. Just then, a knock sounds on the door and in comes her housekeeper followed by an unknown man. Her housekeeper is apologizing th...
  • Janet
    3.5 StarsWhen Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, learns of her husband drowned when the Salty Dove sank off the coast of Portugal, she realizes shes free. At last, she can do, go, and be as she pleases. Lyon Marksworth, Earl of Lyonwood wants to run his estates and watch them flourish and find a wife who brings love to his life. When he meets spirited and self-reliant Adeline in a case of near-scandalous mistaken identity, Lyon feels hes met his ...