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Saturday, July 31, 2021

RRR presents... CAPTIVATING THE CYNICAL EARL by Catherine Tinley - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

SO, I'm coming to you today ready to close out the month on a high note having JUST FINISHED reading the title I'm about to feature. What? Don't judge me! I've got a BUSY life, just like the rest of you, and just happen to have a busy reading schedule too! I regret nothing! Anywho...back to today's feature title. It's another Historical Romance (*sigh*) from author Catherine Tinley (*fist pump*) on tour with Rachel's Random Resources (*the crowd goes wild*). It may be demure in content, but don't let that fool you for a moment, because the feelings run deep in this one and part of its AMAZING charm is in the act of uncovering them! Ladies and gents, may I please present today's blog tour guest and book of choice...

Captivating the Cynical Earl
Catherine Tinley

About the book...
The cool, aloof earl
And the enchanting lady

For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone—unless his frozen heart thaws before then…


From the start, Cecily had my heart. She was warm, and kind, but also smart and resilient! She was there for her newly wed friend and supportive despite her groom's own blood not being so. She was basically accosted by them, in fact, and managed to maintain her dignity, let loose a few choice words, and leave with her head held high. Was it the thing to do at the time? Perhaps not with the ton, but no one could (nor did) blame her for her reaction, as the man was beyond rude! The man in question...the Earl of Hawkenden, aka Jack.

Jack has issues that are buried deep and ignored completely, so his well constructed life centered on rebuilding his family's name alongside his brother Tom, suited him perfectly. Leave it to Tom to throw a monkey wrench into the works with a surprise marriage, and claims of love being the reason for his "folly". THAT is one four letter word that the Earl is not as well acquainted with any longer. His father aimed to squash it out of their lives at every turn. His mother tried her best to keep it alive, until she herself was not. His hard lessons continued throughout his life, and yet they helped make him the focused man he is today...or rather was...because a certain young woman has stolen into his thoughts, sneaked under his guard, and even unbeknownst to her, made herself a space in his heart...that he thoroughly refuses to acknowledge! And how long do you think that can last?

In the end, their journey from mistaken identity to housemates to something hard to verbalize, but felt strongly nonetheless is remarkable, enjoyable, and not to be missed. As I said, it's a demure story, so if steamy scenes make your face burn red, fear not...we're more in the land of stolen kisses than stolen virtue...but it is unforgettable just the same!  Trust me, if you're a fan of Historical Romance, this is just the book for you.


About the author...

Catherine Tinley is an award winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021.

She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at,on facebook, twitter, and instagram.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Harlequin Mills & Boon, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy now! Be sure to check out the other sites on the tour for more bookish fun!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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