Title: The Untamed Earl (Playful Brides)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Valerie Bowman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, May 2016
Source: Free For review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
AN INDECENT PROPOSAL
Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber, back when she was just a girl. But the duke has already chosen Alex’s infamously spoiled elder sister, Lavinia, for Owen. And now there’s no turning back.
Owen has spent most of his bachelor years drinking, gambling, and skirt-chasing. He won’t see another pound from his parents, however, until he’s engaged to Lavinia. Desperate, he accepts an offer from her innocent and spirited—and absolutely beautiful—sister Alex: She will turn him into a perfectly tamed suitor, and show him how to woo the shrew. But when Alex’s true motives come to light, will their bargain lead to recriminations—or to a romance that defies everyone’s expectations?
Are you looking for a feel good book. This is the one. Valerie Bowman has given us a wonderfully witty love story of a young woman who knows what she wants and an older man who has to be taught what he wants.
Alex is smart enough to know that if she wants Owen then she is going to have to make him fall in love with her and not her sister. Therefore she starts on a plan that actually is making headway but of course runs into obstacles. Owen has been cowed by his father the Duke for so long that he really doesn’t have a mind of his own anymore. It takes all of Alex’s wiles and some help from his friends to set him straight. Lavinia, Alex’s sister, is the villain here and she is truly a shrew. She doesn’t want Owen but she doesn’t want Alex to have him either.
I really enjoyed this book. It had me laughing and rooting for Alex in her quest of her true love. Characters from Ms. Bowman’s Playful Brides series were on hand to help in the matchmaking but this is a standalone book.
I encourage you to read Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series:
- The Unexpected Duchess, Lucy and Derek’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
- The Accidental Countess, Cass and Julian’s story
- The Unlikely Lady, Jane and Garrett’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
- The Irresistible Rogue, Daphne and Rafe’s story (Deet’s rating 4-stars)
- The Untamed Earl, Alex and Owen’s story (Deet’s rating 5-stars)
Now the Giveaway
I have two copies of this book (complments of St. Martin’s Press)in paperback to giveaway to two commenters from the USA. All you have to do is comment here on this post today Friday May 6th, Saturday May 7th or May 8th until midnight. I will draw from those comments (add your e-mail) and pick the winner to announce on Monday May 9th. ( No rafflecopter, only my scientific selection, which is putting names in a hat and having hubby draw the winner. the winner will have three days to respond with their snail mail address or I will pick another name. Be sure my email address is in your contacts list, firstname.lastname@example.org.Your odds of winning are determined by the number of entries.)