Aug 3, 2017

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} An Earl for the Archeress by E. Elizabeth Watson

An Earl for the Archeress by E. Elizabeth Watson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Historical
THEME: Romance, Retelling


Desperate for coin, Lady Mariel Crawford enters an archery contest as a boy but despite her unmatched skill she loses in a tie to the intriguing, frustrating, and very handsome Earl of Huntington. Robert of Huntington seems like any other young philanderer and Mariel, fleeing a cruel father, trusts no man. Yet Robert proves to have a softer side that threatens her resolve to remain alone and unattached.

When Robert bests a young woman at a tourney, his curiosity deepens when he realizes she is the daughter of the ruthless Beast of Ayr. And when he learns that Mariel’s father conspires with the Sheriff of Nottingham Robert is compelled to protect her. Even if it means lying. Even if it means the only way he can save her is by marrying her. He’s willing to lose everything to guard the Scottish wildling who has pierced his heart.


I was super excited to start this Robin Hood retelling, especially with a female lead being the robin hood. Right from the start I was immediately pulled into Mariel Crawford’s life, she has run away from her horribly cruel father, who was going to marry her off to another horrible person. She is a strong and very independent woman and is determined to get as far away as she can. She enters an archery contest to help win her food and shelter, with the money she’ll win. But of course women are not allowed to enter, so being smart and crafty she enters in for her “brother” which catches the eye of the host of the contest Robert, the earl of Huntington.

I read historical romances, every so often, sometimes I have a hard time with the language, but the plot and character building was great, that I flew through this book in one sitting. The romance, tension and banter was everything I love about romances, I loved how Robert wasn’t the average guy in those times, he treated Mariel with respect and an archer and with intrigue on who she was and wanted to keep her safe and fed.

Overall I was thrilled to discover a new author and a new series, this is the first in the Ladies of Scotland series and I seriously cant wait for more. I can tell these women are going to all be headstrong and challenge their male counterpart and every turn.

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E. Elizabeth Watson writes historical romance and lives on a mountain in West Virginia with her sons, husband, and various pets. With degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology, Elizabeth instead began pursuing a career in fiction writing after earning an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Texas Observer short story completion, and making it to the quarter-finals in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Prince of Lions, was published in January of 2016, and Son of Ballymead, the sequel, followed in February 2017. One Scottish Knight, her first novella, was released at the end of April, 2017. Her first two traditionally published novels, An Earl for the Archeress, and Maiden’s Defender, will be published by Entangled July 2017 and November 2017.


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