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Read The Earl and the Executive

Read The Earl and the Executive (Imperial Space Regency, #1) by Kai Butler

An impoverished earl trying to save his family’s legacy…

Tiral Oican has inherited his brother’s title, estate, and the tremendous debt his brother took out before his unexpected death. There is only one option to save the estate and all the people who are now depending on him: marry a rich heir who is willing to pay off the debt in exchange for Tiral’s title.

Now, scholarly Tiral must transform himself into a seductive fortune hunter. The only way he can see through the mess is by hiring a tutor in love. It’s too bad that Zev is so good at his job that Tiral is falling for him.

And a rich entrepreneur trying to save his heart…

To protect himself, Zev Laft has spent years fooling the ton into believing he’s no more than an entertaining flirtation. He just didn’t expect the ruse to work so well that the newest penniless earl to arrive on Lus for the season would assume him a demimonde and try to hire him to be his instructor in courtship.

Now one of richest men in the empire finds himself struggling to keep up the façade, when his own heart is being taken by a man he has no intention of marrying.

The Earl and the Executive is a slow burn stand alone 90,000 word MM Regency Romance Novel set in space with a HEA.

I liked this ok but would have liked it much better at 3/4 the length or less. Some bantery-y scenes could have been cut or merged together. Also, it’s bad enough for the MC to have to suffer through a conversation about the weather at a garden party, don’t make me live through it too 😴

The concept of regency in space was fun but a little too direct of a transfer — I would have liked to see more integration of technology into “the season” besides SF cellphones. I would have amped up the subplot earlier, it was hard to take seriously when the MC kinda shrugged instead of putting together the pieces and getting concerned.

I was disappointed that <spoiler>the heroes didn’t collab on ship stuff! The secret identity prevented it for most of the book</spoiler>.

So basically fun idea but needed more work on execution.

By Tracy Durnell

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