Blurb:

They crossed centuries to find each other. Their love will shatter worlds.

Miss Ada Quicksilver, a student of London’s Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women, is spending her holiday in Ireland to pursue her anthropological study of fairies. She visits Dublin’s absinthe bars to investigate a supposed association between the bittersweet spirit and fairy sightings.

One night a handsome Irishman approaches her, introducing himself as Edward Donoghue. Edward takes absinthe to relieve his sleepwalking, and she is eager to hear whether he has experience with fairies. Instead, she discovers that he’s the earl of Meath, and that he will soon visit a mysterious ruin at Newgrange on the orders of his cousin, the beautiful, half-mad Queen Isolde. On learning about Ada’s area of study, he invites her to accompany him.

Ada is torn between a sensible fear of becoming entangled with the clearly troubled gentleman and her compelling desire to ease his suffering. Finally she accepts his invitation, and they arrive in time for the winter solstice. That night, the secret of Edward’s affliction is revealed: he is, in fact, a lord in two worlds and can no longer suppress his shadow self.

Little does either of them realize that their blossoming friendship and slowly kindling passion will lead to discoveries that wrench open a door sealed for centuries, throwing them into a war that will change Ireland forever. 

Available on Amazon and other major outlets October 15th, 2019. Preorder now!

Quote:

“But why am I afflicted thus? What have I to do with the other world?”
“I don’t know, my lord,” I replied quietly. “But I think you may be more than you seem.”

Review:

With The Absinthe Earl, what you see is what you get. If you read the blurb, and you look at the cover, you probably have a fair idea of what the story is going to be like. You’re not going to be wrong. There are no surprises here. Just good, clean, historically sexy fun.

Ada Quicksilver is a lady of some means, but not many. She was orphaned as a child and grew up without parents. She is studying at London’s Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women, and instead of it being about sewing or homemaking or whatever it is they learned about back then, Ada is studying the Irish fae. Of all the things in the world she could be studying in the 1880s, she is looking into why absinthe might be causing an increase in the sighting of the fae. Ada, or Miss Q, is a headstrong and opinionated young woman. She isn’t about to just let others take care of her. And Ada is really, really excited about learning anything, but most especially about the fae.

Lord Edward Donoghue, Earl of Meath is the cousin to the Queen of Ireland. He is in the navy, and quite happy to stay there. And Edward is very typical of what you would expect an Earl to be in a paranormal romance: proper, chivalrous, and willing to put himself at risk in order to keep womenfolk safe. And boy does Edward want Ada. My favourite moment was when the Earl was getting all worked up about Ada showing her wrists. Historically sexy, indeed.

Edward can also see the fae, so he drinks absinthe to stop it. He thinks he is going crazy, like the rest of his family has done. So he is trying to forestall it. By drinking absinthe. And becoming a functional alcoholic. Yeah, how’s that supposed to work out for you again? This just amuses me.

The relationship between Ada and Edward is lopsided. as you would expect from an orphan and an Earl. Edward is constantly trying to get her to do things she doesn’t want to do. Things like leave him so she can be safe. Which leads to some spectacular fights. Fights in which I root for Ada, because boooy is Edward not handling things right. Their relationship is also very fast. Too fast. They don’t really know anything about each other, yet they’re in love! Not quite love at first sight, but not not love at first sight either. It is a source of some angst to them.

The first half of their book focuses on Ada and Edward, mostly. They get to know each other, while Edward is trying to protect Ada after he hears a bean sidhe wail for her. He wants to keep her close, so he can protect her against death. So he dangles an ancient fae landmark in front of her to keep her with him. And she goes, because she is obsessed with the fae.

Boy were they surprised when they found an actual fae at that landmark.

The first half of the book was also about making excuses to get Ada undressed, and them thrown together. Personally, I think it works.

The second half of the book sort of lost me. This is the part where all the action happened. There is war and fighting, and a whole bunch of faery. We find out that this is an alternative history, where certain things that were “supposed” to happen didn’t happen, because reasons. There were a lot of things happening, and I just sort of..didn’t care? That sounds bad, but I didn’t. I was in it for the romance, with a side helping of faeries. I got both, and then I got a whole lot more. I love paranormal romance, but the story just kind of seemed..thrown on at the end. The romance just worked so much better.

The Absinthe Earl was the first book in a new series, the Faery Rehistory series. I have no idea what is in store for me in the next book, but I’m looking forward to it, whatever it is going to be. I have some ideas, though. My ideas sound like fun.

I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Sharon Lynn Fisher, Blackstone Publishing, and Edelweiss for providing the opportunity to review this copy!