Wedding Night with the Earl

Wedding Night With the Earl (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy, #3)Wedding Night With the Earl by Amelia Grey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels Trilogy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Category: Romance – History – Regency
Author Website: http://www.ameliagrey.com/

The Series:

The Heirs’ Club only accepts titled gentlemen and the heir to the title as members. It must make interesting conversation at the family dinner table when the firstborn son is admitted but all additional sons are excluded. For three roguish young gentlemen this stuffy club is just the kind of place they feel compelled to liven up. Bray Drakestone, the future Duke of Drakestone, is the heir that opens the door to the stuffy gentlemen’s club; you’ll read about him in The Duke in My Bed (Book #1.) Harrison Thornwick, fourth son of the Earl of Thornwick, is one of Drakestone’s best friends that accompanies Drakestone to the club; you’ll learn more about Thornwick in The Earl Claims a Bride (Book #2.) Adam Greyhawke married young but after losing his wife and child he spent his days carousing and gambling with his two best friends; you’ll want to see how a grown up Greyhawke still seeks out his friends at the Heirs’ Club in the Wedding Night with the Earl (Book #3). Don’t miss out on the two holiday novellas that give insight into two other gentlemen who visit the Heirs’ Club; you’ll enjoy the holidays reading The Duke and Miss Christmas (Book #2.5) and Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis (Book #3.5).

My Review of: Wedding Night with the Earl (Book #3)

Our hero and heroine have both suffered. Adam Greyhawke married young only to lose his wife and first child.

Katherine Wright has been loved to the point of smothering ever since she became an orphan and then a ward of her elderly Uncle and Aunts. While Katherine has willingly and happily joined the Wilted Tea Society her Uncle insists she find a husband before the end of this – her third – season. Her Uncle will never rest until he has fulfilled his obligation to his deceased brother by securing Katherine’s future with a marriage to a proper gentleman. But Adam and Katherine have to face their physical and emotional fears that prevent them from living life to the fullest together.

Each book can be read as a stand-alone, yet when read in order Grey has woven a fuller dynamic storyline. While each book is a love story, Grey presents a deep friendship between the three heroes. And she does not forget the ladies’ friendships either. I can easily see a spinoff for the remaining ladies of the Wilted Tea Society. I would enjoy seeing them fall in love, too.

I liked Katherine and Adam. Grey did a wonderful job keeping their storyline realistic in their struggles yet ignites an instant attraction that builds every time they meet.
The Heirs’ Club series:
 The Duke in My Bed (Book #1)
 The Earl Claims a Bride (Book #2)
The Duke and Miss Christmas (Book #2.5
Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis (Book #3.5)
Disclaimer: The author sent me a paperback copy of Wedding Night with the Earl requesting a fair and honest review.

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A Belated Bride

A Belated Bride (Rogues, #2)A Belated Bride by Karen Hawkins
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series:  Rogues
Book: 2 of 3
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 9, 2001
Category: Romance/Historical
Setting: England
Author Website: http://karenhawkins.com/
Author Twitter: TheKarenHawkins   

About this series:
This Regency trilogy focuses meetings of abduction and seduction. It has strong confident men and sassy opinionated women.

About this book:
The second book in this series, A Belated Bride, has passion from the opening scene to the last. An innocent, country girl, Arabella Hadley, fell in love with Lucien Devereaux, heir to the Duke of Wexford. And then Lucien abandoned her for London.

A lot has happened since Arabella had her heart broken. She is now a strong and confident women who manages Rosemont, her family’s country estate and home to her two scheming aunts and her war crippled brother, Robert. Equally, Lucien has grown into a man worthy of his title and responsibilities. So when Arabella finds Lucien unconscious on a country road in the middle of the night near Rosemont, both are torn between their instant desire that still flames hot as a burning coal and their curiosity as to why the other is out on this dark night.

Hawkins does an amazing job of mixing humor (usually via Arabella’s two aunts, Jane and Emma) with a passionate romance and an interesting mystery. Arabella and Lucien’s romance is a classic damsel in distress story with a twist as Arabella proves to be as intelligent as she is beautiful. The mysteries at Rosemont includes a fiesta pirate ancestor and smugglers.

I started this series with this book and I enjoyed it enough to seek out the remaining two books. If you are looking for a humorous and passionate romance A Belated Bride will satisfy your romance reading itch. But don’t be surprised if it sparks a desire to read the rest of this series and more from Karen Hawkins’s.

Disclaimer:  I won this book as part of an author contest.

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The Husband List Takes a Step Back in Time

The Husband ListThe Husband List by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Category: Romance – Historical
Setting: 1894, New York & Newport, RI
Authors’ Websites:

I have to admit that I picked up this book because I saw Janet Evanovich was one of the authors. I never even read the book jacket. I figured it would be good for a few laughs as Evanovich is one of the funnier contemporary romance authors. I was completely taken by surprise to discover that this is a history novel set at the turn of the century.

This story is loosely connected to Love in a Nut Shell, also penned by Evanovich/Kelly, which introduced us to the Culhane family. With this new novel the authors step back in time to tell us about young bachelor, Jack Culhane. Jack’s an Irish beer brewer from a “new money” family who is only concerned with building up his business and having a good time with his friends, until he discovers himself attracted to his best friend’s little sister, Caroline Maxwell.

Problem is that Caroline’s mother is determined to marry her daughter to a titled English aristocrat with an old world title. Caroline doesn’t want to disappoint her parents, but she has known for a long-time that her heart is set on Jack. While Caroline goes through the motions of preparing for a summer in Newport where her mother plans to marry her off to the highest title she can find, Caroline is really doing everything she can to spend time with Jack, who her mother can barely tolerate.

The Husband List wasn’t laugh out loud funny, but there was definitely some humor and wit throughout the novel. Neither the hero nor heroine took themselves too seriously so their internal dialogue was filled with all the things they really wanted to say out loud by couldn’t. Sometimes humorous, sometimes a little snarky. I love when authors show characters with real emotions. Let’s face it – a little uncontrollable jealousy never hurts in a romance novel.

It will be interesting to see if Evanovich/Kelly continues writing about the Culhane family. There is certainly potential storylines with Caroline’s family as well. Although I found Caroline’s younger twin sisters to be annoyingly spoiled, maybe they’ll mature into nice young ladies with a knack for getting into trouble like their older sister. Love changes people after all.

Contemporary Romances by Janet Evanovich include:

Romances by Dorien Kellly with bad boy heroes include:

What One Whisper Away Taught Me

One Whisper Away (Ladies in Waiting, #1)One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes

Category: Romance

Setting: Regency, London England

Series: Book 1, Ladies in Waiting

Author Website: http://www.emmawildes.com/

From page 108:

“The most impoverished peasant can be delighted by the opening of the first spring flower, and the most wealthy aristocrat can curse the day he was born because of some petty offense to his sensibilities. She is a very wise woman. To achieve serenity we have to view life not as it is measured by the world around us but as we ourselves measure it. We must accept that the scales are not at all equal.”

I have often found that some of the poorest times in my life have been the happiest. Not that I wouldn’t always prefer to have some money in my pocket, but not having any makes you really evaluate what is important in your life. The noise and clutter of the world seems to fall away and you realize to survive you have to look for the bright spots even in the darkest night. It is that light that gets you through the hard parts.

I really enjoyed that Emma Wildes brought a bit of the harsh world into her novel and yet it was spoken with such wisdom that I actually found it uplifting.

Learn about the Ladies in Waiting series:

  • One Whisper Away, publish May 2011 (Book #1)
  • A Growing Passion (ebook special), published April 2011 (Book #1.1)
  • Spanish Lullaby (ebook special), published December 2011 (Book #1.2)
  • Twice Fallen, published January 2012 (Book #2)

Readers Love Wildes’ Whispers

One Whisper Away (Ladies in Waiting, #1)One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Category: Romance
Setting: Regency, London England
Series: Book 1, Ladies in Waiting
Author Website: http://www.emmawildes.com/

Emma Wildes’ new series, Ladies in Waiting, starts with a classic romance, One Whisper Away. A chance encounter introduces innocent debutant Lady Cecil to Earl of Augustine, otherwise known as Earl Savage by the more experienced ladies of the ton.

This novel is more about emotion than suspense although there is a soft mystery subplot. And while the hero and heroine act true to their backgrounds there is remarkably little action in this novel. That in no way means it was boring. A lot goes on, but this is more a thought-provoking book of emotion rather than any wild ride through the English countryside.

There are some interesting supporting characters in this novel that I hope go on to have their own romances.  I highly recommend Emma Wildes if you are more interested in the characters’ feelings than elaborate action plots. The passion and love that builds between the main characters is well paced and heated. There is a flirtatious humor within these pages that can only leave avid romance readers with a smile of satisfaction.

Books in Ladies in Waiting series:

  • One Whisper Away, publish May 2011 (Book #1)
  • A Growing Passion (ebook special), published April 2011 (Book #1.1)
  • Spanish Lullaby (ebook special), published December 2011 (Book #1.2)
  • Twice Fallen, published January 2012 (Book #2)

How to Entice an Earl

How to Entice an Earl (Ugly Ducklings, #3)How to Entice an Earl by Manda Collins

Release Date: January 29, 2013
Category: Romance – Historical
Setting: Regency, England
Series: Book 3 of Ugly Ducklings

Author Website: http://www.mandacollins.com/

I’ve been looking forward to this third and final book in the Ugly Duckling series. I’m a sucker for underdog stories! This series has been a joy to read as the plain Janes of the London season finally get their turn on the dance floor of love.

In this final book, Lady Madeline “Maddie” Essex is the last of the “ugly” girls to find love and I’m sure that Christian, the new Earl of Gresham, is going to be a perfect match for her. Maddie has been a loyal supporter of her friends in the previous two books so it will be wonderful to see her heart filled with love.

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Lady Seductress’s Ball

Lady Seductress's BallLady Seductress’s Ball by Eliza Knight

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to start off by saying that I don’t usually read erotica. However, I’ve read other books published by Carina Press so when I came across Eliza Knight’s Lady Seductress’s Ball on NetGalley I decided to give it a read. I’m glad that I did.

Erotica is not for the faint at heart or bedroom shy. Knight immediately establishes this novella with intense, passionate descriptions that leaves very little to the imagination. Yet while the heroine and hero almost immediately fall into bed, Knight has not renounced romance for lust. As an experienced author, Knight is able to quickly provide a background for the main characters that is reasonable for their actions. With graceful use of in medias ras, Knight starts her story in the middle of the characters’ lives enabling her readers to catch up without spending pages on background story.

Readers will find themselves heated by the passionate fire that burns on these pages. And it is likely that there will be lots of cold showers after reading this erotic story.

Having now been introduced to erotica and Knight, I look forward to reading more from Carina Press and this author. With her experienced command of the plot and characters I look forward to reading a longer work by Knight as this novella shows that she knows how to create interesting characters and strong emotion, not just physical passion.

• Publisher: Carina Press
• Pub Date: December 19, 2011
• ISBN: 9781426892905
• Author website: Eliza Knight:

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