*I received a free copy of No Earls Allowed from Tantor Media via Tantor Media. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen
Narrator: Victoria Aston
Series: The Survivors #2
Published by Tantor Media on March 6, 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Length: 9 hours, 54 minutes
Source: Tantor Media
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 . . .
No Earls Allowed was a wonderful addition to The Survivors series. The story revolves around Neil Wraxall – the Major – and Lady Juliana. I loved the ways in which SGalen illustrated the vulnerabilities of Neil and Juliana, how they guilt they each carried affected them. And, of course, the way in which they fell for one another was a pleasure.
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Having met Neil in Third Son’s a Charm, I was curious about his story. He’s the recognized bastard of an Earl which left him with many insecurities. His role in his specialized corps of soldiers left him with much guilt. Getting a better understanding of him made my heart ache for him and I rooted for his HEA. Juliana is the only remaining daughter of an Earl. She’s intelligent, vivacious…and determined to live out her life running an orphanage. While that is a noble cause, her father was none to pleased and wanted her home. Enter Neil. However, learning the underlying reasons behind her choice made me admire her all the more.
For two people so wholly determined to remain single it was rather comical to watch them fight their attraction and fail. There were circumstances that heightened the emotions between and around them as Juliana and Neil fought to keep the boys out of danger and Neil fought to keep Juliana safe. They were equally matched in intelligence and passion, and their romance was a whirlwind.
In No Earls Allowed, the plot wrapped around the guilt both Neil and Juliana carried as well as their vulnerabilities in a way that showcased their strengths and resiliency. Neil was allowed to train the boys and show them the security of stability he felt he’d lacked and Juliana gave them love. Then together, Neil and Juliana showed the other they were worthy of love, affection, and protection. This all was accomplished through a lot of action, danger, and suspense.
I admire SGalen’s ability to make these men vulnerable in a way that shows they are in no way weak. And I like her unconventional heroines as well. She’s a gifted storyteller and I’m eager to continue this series. Victoria Aston once again impressed me with her narrating abilities. She kept me listening as often as I could.