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Peek Inside Unmasking the Earl

The Earl of Stranraer is out for revenge. But his enemy has an unlikely protector—an innocent but headstrong miss determined to learn the art of seduction...any way she can. But when the dust settles, the earl gets his own forgiveness and love.

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Oxfordshire, England, 1821

Devastated by the disappearance of his sister, the Earl of Stranraer has gone to extraordinary lengths to find the notorious rake responsible, and enters his household incognito to wreak his vengeance. But his enemy has an unexpected protector--the innocent but headstrong Miss Cassandra Blythe.

Cassie is determined to learn the art of seduction. But she is blindsided by her body's thrilling response to the wrong man--a mysterious servant who shows up at the most inauspicious moments to spoil her lessons in love with warnings of her imminent ruin. When she learns the handsome servant's identity and the reason for his deception, she resolves to help Stranraer, but only if he abandons his vow to destroy his enemy.

The earl is sorely tempted to give the meddlesome beauty a lesson in seduction she'll never forget. But she turns the tables, and he gets his own lesson in forgiveness...and love.

Each book in the Wayward in Wessex series is STANDALONE:

* Distracting the Duke
* Unmasking the Earl
* Vanquishing the Viscount


5 Stars: "I was completely captivated by this book and enjoyed it very much indeed, every aspect of this book I loved -from the settings described to each character and how the book itself unfolds." -Gwessie T., review 

4 Stars:"Overall a wonderfully written historical. Good strong characters. Enjoyed!"- Too Many Romances

5 Stars: "Loved the book. The love story between Cassie and Ned is well written and a good read." -Jill, review 

4 Stars: "I sincerely enjoyed the humor of reading a nobleman acting in a servant capacity. I must say that was a splendid way of putting this plot line together! I liked the hero and the heroine. It is a romance with passion and heart."- Anna S., review 

5 Stars: "I really liked Ned, the hero of this book. He has a temper, acts impulsively, yet is vulnerable and protective of those he cares about. Cassie is a good match for him. They complement each other and helped the other grow in the course of the story."- Cynthia, review

4 Stars:"I was hooked by the story from the very first chapter. The chemistry between Ned and Cassie was fiery from the start."- Books by the Beach

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759725
Series: Wayward in Wessex, Book 2
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Page Count: 306
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits

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Book Review For: Unmasking the Earl by Elizabeth Keysian  'Unmasking the Earl' by Elizabeth Keysian is book Two in the "Wayward in Wessex" series. This is the story of Lord Edmund Talbot, the Earl of Stranraer 'Ned" and Miss Cassandra Blythe 'Cassie". I have read the other book but feel this is easi ...more

By Gwessie April 24, 2017

Completely Captivated.

I received this ARC in return for an ho est unbiased review.

Id class it as a number 2 in the naughty scale 😉

I was completely captivated by this book and enjoyed it very much indeed , every aspect of this book I loved from the settings described to each character and how the boo ...more

By Candace January 28, 2019

Unmasking the Earl, is without a doubt my favourite book by Elizabeth Keysian. It is a remarkable, witty, captivating, exciting and incredibly romantic story that grabbed my attention from the very beginning. I flew through this book! The characters are amazing, I loved them all. Cassie is a sassy, ...more

By Caitlyn May 22, 2017

I LOVED the heroine of this book. Cassie was full of sass and bravery, occasionally reckless but never stupid. Yes, her decision to ask a notorious rake to teach her how to seduce a man might seem a little on the dimwitted side, but she really is desperate.

Cassie is in love with her childhood frien ...more

By Dawn May 17, 2017

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

When a woman's smart mouth leads to scandalous kisses...

Ned is undercover. He's left his titled life behind to take up the identity of a servant in hopes of discovering the whereabouts of his missing sister. He suspects his new employer to ...more

By Janet April 25, 2017

3.5 stars
Several months earlier there was a fire at the home of Edmund Talbot, Earl of Stranraer’s Aunt Claudette’s & it was feared that Edmund’s sister Georgiana had died, but when no trace of her was found Ned went to extraordinary lengths to find the notorious rake responsible, Captain Francis Wy ...more

By Michaelene May 15, 2017

A while back, I ran across this author on Wattpad when she was just going about getting published. So when this title came to review, I jumped on it. I’m always looking to read and review titles from authors who got started on this social media website. Unmasking the Earl by Elizabeth Keysian is boo ...more

By Romance Novel Giveaways May 21, 2017

This book was quite the adventure!

I really enjoyed getting lost in this story! (Not lost as in I couldn't follow along, but lost as in I read for three hours before I realized how long I had been reading for!) While I'm not that well-versed in historical romances, I found this one easy enough to und ...more

By Jill April 27, 2017

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Loved the book. The love story between Cassie and Ned is well written and a good read. The disappearance of his sister plays a big part in the book. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a good romance book which end ...more

By Amy ~ Love At 1st Read May 15, 2018

New-to-me-author Elizabeth Keysian charmed my socks off with Unmasking The Earl. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Cassie and Ned. Cassie was hilarious. In spite of how smart and perceptive she was, she seemed to make choices at times that were risky yet she always managed to land on her feet. ...more

By Anna June 23, 2017

This is the second book I've read from Ms. Keysian and I loved it just as much as the first. As always, great characters and a story that kept me turning my Kindle pages. And if you're wondering, you don't need to read book 1 to read book 2, but you should probably read book 1 anyway because it was ...more

By Brenda May 12, 2017

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Devastated by the disappearance of his sister, the Earl of Stranraer has gone to extraordinary lengths to find the notorious rake responsible, and enters his household incognito to wreak his vengeance. But his enemy has an unexpected protector—the innocent but headstrong Miss ...more

'Unmasking the Earl' by Elizabeth Keysian is book Two in the "Wayward in Wessex" series. This is the story of Lord Edmund Talbot, the Earl of Stranraer 'Ned" and Miss Cassandra Blythe 'Cassie". I have read the other book but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Cassie thinks she is in love with J ...more

By Z May 23, 2017

Fantastic; a comedy of manners with flashes of seriousness and depth. Following the likeable characters through this story felt like watching a light opera. I loved the author’s period-appropriate use of colloquialisms and metaphor. Keysian wove them into the story in ways that felt completely natur ...more

By Eva May 15, 2017

the second book in the wayward in wessex series, unmasking the earl, follows miss cassandra blythe and her quest to get her childhood crush, julian carnforth, to notice her as a woman instead of the little sister he treats her like. after joining forces with captain francis wycherly to prevent julia ...more

By Zipporah May 14, 2017

Unmasking the Earl
Book 2 of the Wayward in Wessex series
By Elizabeth Keysian

First let it be known that I had the privilege of receiving an ARC from the author for an unbiased and honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me a couple of chapters to get myself fully immersed in the plot ...more

By Evelyn June 25, 2017

Unmasking the Earl is just my type of historical romance: a lust-fuelled slow-burn surrounded by mystery, secrets, and intrigue.

Ned Turner, the Earl of Stranrear, has gone undercover as a servant in the household of Captain Francis Wycherley: the man he suspects of having involvement in his sister' ...more

By Debbie May 19, 2017

Edmund Talbot, the Earl of Stranraer is devastated by his sister’s disappearance and plans to go to any lengths to find the notorious rogue responsible. He feels Captain Francis Wycherley knows something about his sister and he enters household incognito as a servant, Ganstridge, to wreak his vengea ...more

By Behind Closed Doors May 24, 2017

Amount of sex 1 / 5
How explicit 3 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
I really enjoyed Unmasking the Earl. Cassie and Ned were so much fun to read! While searching for his sister, Ned goes undercover as a servant named Ganstridge to find out if the scandalous man, Captain Wycherley, has done some ...more

By Tam May 14, 2017

Cassie has her hands full: She thinks she is in love with man #1 (Julian), thinks man #2 (the Captain) can teach her how to seduce man #1 (Julian), and finds herself fighting the chemistry with man #3 (Ned), who is the presumed servant of man #2 (the Captain).

Ned (man #3) is working undercover as a ...more

By Jennifer May 14, 2017

Ned, the Earl of Stranraer, takes a position as a servant in the house of Captain Francis Wycherley, the man he believes was in a secret relationship with his sister before she disappeared during a fire months ago, in order to try to find out what happened to his sister.
Cassie Blythe has been in lo ...more

By Harmony September 05, 2017

What struck me first about this book is the diction. The word choice draws you into the era and the mindsets of the characters. The author enlivens the era further with small snatches of description that lends an authenticity to the setting. Robins eating young green plums off the tree, that sort of ...more

By Deb February 18, 2019

Unmasking The Earl is an outstanding historical romance by Elizabeth Keysian. Ms. Keysian has again delivered a book that is a joy to read. The characters are phenomenal and the book is well-written and a nice smooth read. Cassandra has been in love with Julian for years. When Julian slips away from ...more

By Angela May 05, 2017

(3.5) Everything is not always as it seems. A definite theme in this story. What I like about this story is that it has the witty banter and quirky characters found in the first book in the series (at least through the first third of the book). The middle kind of drug a bit for me but it did pick up ...more

By Kelly May 20, 2017

*I received a copy in exchange for my honest review

This is my first time reading a book by Elizabeth Keysian and I'm hooked! I loved how they were at odds at all times but drawn to each other at the same time. There are a couple twists surrounding his sister and what happened that I didn't seeing co ...more

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Elizabeth Keysian

About the author

Elizabeth Keysian

Elizabeth Keysian is an international bestselling author who adores history and archaeology, and writes romances that give the reader an experience of travelling back in time. She's very British-despite her Viking ancestry-and loves creating rich backdrops for her stories based on real places and actual experiences. She used to be a re-enactor and has sampled the living conditions, clothing, and smells of the past first-hand. Her characters battle their problems with both tears and laughter, but are always guaranteed a Happy Ever After, no matter what they've been through. Connect with Elizabeth via her newsletter:

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