No Earls Allowed Review
Title: No Earls Allowed (The Survivors, #2)
Author: Shana Galen
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady can do anything a man can do: backwards and in high-heeled dancing slippers.
Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She's running a ramshackle orphanage, London's worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.
Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.
Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance…
This was a great second book. I did love the first book just a wee bit more though. However, this book held its own! The characters were very well developed and had great arcs! These books are just so addicting to me because they ring so true to real life. I know a lot of people use books as an escape from reality but sometimes, especially in romance, it is soooo refreshing to have a book that seems so real to life!
Neil is a great hero! His self-control should be rewarded. His ability to care for the orphans while being strict with them was a great contrast. I loved the scenes with Neil and the orphans the most. It was just sooo sweet! My favorite thing about Neil was the fact that he did not want to repeat his father’s mistakes. His dedication to the promises he made himself is what made Neil such a lovable character. How can you not appreciate a man that is so dedicated to keeping his word?
I also loved the way Galen talked about PTSD in this story. It was touched upon in the first book, but in this one it was really explored, which gave Neil more dimensions than just being the male lead in a romance.
Now, lets talk about Julia! I’m in love with Julia’s character. She was just a powerhouse! I’m noticing a lovely theme in Galen’s writing- the women have brains and use them! They are not cowed; they are brave, and strong, and refuse to be pushed around! LOVE IT!!! Julia’s character arc from spoiled Nobel’s daughter to caretaker to a dozen orphans and three rats is so profound.
One aspect I really enjoyed about Julia’s character was the fact that she never wanted to marry. I’m a romance reader- I know the point of the book is to have the characters fall in love and want to be together forever- but I truly appreciated the fact that Julia (and Neil) weren’t LOOKING for each other. They were just two people that got pushed together by circumstance. Julia, of course appreciated Neil’s good looks, but she did not lose all sense of herself and jump his bones. She pushed back at him and made her feelings known. She was just such a strong female lead!
This book was so well written, Galen has the amazing talent of being able to make you feel like you are a part of the world she has built. It is truly fantastic! If you haven't read her yet, what are you doing? No, seriously, what are you doing?!?!?! Go pick up one of her books right now!
I’m going to try and hold off on reading Rafe’s book for a little bit because then I’ll be completely caught up and I’ll have to wait for her to actually write the rest of the books. I’m so anxious for Jasper’s book, which comes out after Rafe’s book. I’m not a patient person and want to read all the books, like right now!
P.S. If you’re not “into” Regency romance books I still recommend you give these books a chance. They are unlike any other Regency books I’ve ever read!