Review

In SURRENDER TO THE EARL — the second book in the Brides of Redemption trilogy—Gayle Callen makes the wonderfully bold choice of introducing a physically challenged heroine to an emotionally scarred hero who can only be her perfect match—whether she likes it or not.

“She wanted a favor, not a fiancé…

Audrey Blake’s impromptu plan—asking a visitor to help her take ownership of her rightful property—is unraveling in spectacular fashion. Robbed of her sight by a childhood fever, Audrey has been kept in virtual seclusion by her family. And now the enigmatic Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge, has complicated her scheme to gain independence, insisting they pretend to be engaged.

Duty brought Robert to Audrey’s doorstep. As for what makes him propose marriage…it might be guilt. Compassion. Or something far more urgent and unexpected. Their counterfeit union was supposed to be for Audrey’s benefit. Yet it’s Robert who yearns to prove to the intriguing Audrey how much they both have to gain by making it real—and convincing her to submit to the most blissful passion.”

Audrey Blake is determined to prove that just because she is blind she is not incapable of living a normal life. When Robert arrives to present his condolences on the loss of her husband—a man who’s death he feels responsible—Audrey eagerly latches on to his offer of help and asks that he help her get out from beneath her father’s thumb and into the household left to her by her late husband.

Gayle Callen has a knack for creating characters that the reader can emotionally connect to

Robert comes up with a plan to use a false engagement to spirit her away, with every intention of doing his part and being done with it—promise fulfilled. But once he begins to see what an exceptional person Audrey is, staying away becomes impossible.

This reader couldn’t help but fall a little in love with Robert, as he patiently deals with Audrey’s many insecurities and repeated attempts to push him away to prove her independence. Combining someone who longs to be needed with someone who is determined not to need anyone, created the kind of conflict that so many can relate to and makes the final resolution of this love story even more endearing than most.

Gayle Callen has a knack for creating characters that the reader can emotionally connect to, admire and root for until the very last page. I cannot wait to read the final book in this great series, nor do I wish to see it come to an end—it’s just that good!

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.

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