Book Review: In the Eyes of the Earl by Kristin Vayden

About the Book:

Title: In the Eyes of the Earl

Author: Kristin Vayden

Series: The Cambridge Brotherhood #3

Page Length: 408

Publication Date: July 11, 2023

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Synopsis: Kristin Vayden takes you straight to the heart of Regency England in this sparking tale of an earl determined to clear his name and the lady who shows him exactly who he is… Collin Morgan, Earl of Penderdale, has a problem. Someone is committing crimes in his name, leaving him suspended from his work in the War office. Elizabeth Essex has a secret. She’s the daughter of a well-respected professor at Cambridge University―and a professor herself. If anyone other than the few women she teaches found out, it could ruin her family’s good name. Morgan’s travels to track his impersonator lead him to Cambridge, and to an old friend―Elizabeth’s father. Forced into close proximity with each other, Morgan and Elizabeth’s first impressions are less than friendly. But when Elizabeth’s secret comes to light and Morgan’s confrontation with his adversaries reaches a fever pitch, they must work together. Along the way, they might learn that what they needed most was each other. 

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My Review:

In the Eyes of the Earl is the third book in The Cambridge Brotherhood historical romance series. It’s an entertaining story with secrets, suspense, mystery, and a great enemies-to-lovers romance.

Elizabeth is the daughter of a Cambridge professor and often helps him with his research. That’s where she meets Collin Morgan, Earl of Penderdale, as he investigates who is impersonating him and committing crimes in his name. Elizabeth is a bluestocking who loves learning and teaching, and she hates that women aren’t allowed the same education as men, which is why she secretly teaches women herself. I love her! She’s so intelligent, and she is strong in her assertions, though she usually tries to fade into the background. Collin is one of the few who sees the real Elizabeth.

Collin is great too, and I was so curious about the mystery surrounding his situation. Suspended from his job at the War Office, Collin is determined to figure out who is impersonating him. Luckily, he has Elizabeth on his side because they make a good team. Collin loves to bait and challenge Elizabeth, and they have so many quick-witted conversations. I just love their banter. Collin and Elizabeth might start off on the wrong foot, but their chemistry sizzles from their first meeting.

The mystery is intriguing too, though it is a little predictable. And there is a bit of a love triangle, which isn’t my favorite trope. But, overall, this is an entertaining read with a fun enemies-to-lovers, closed-door romance.

Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.



Favorite Parts:

  • The romance.
  • The banter.


  • enemies-to-lovers
  • forced proximity
  • bluestocking FMC
  • HEA

2 thoughts on “Book Review: In the Eyes of the Earl by Kristin Vayden

  1. Sounds like a fun read 😊 I’m curious though, what’s their age difference? With Morgan being “old friends” with her dad that seems like it might be kind of a weird starting point

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