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Review: The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

Series: Playful Brides #5The Untamed Earl

Title: The Untamed Earl 

Author:Valerie Bowman

Publishers: St Martin’s Press, St Martin’s Paperback

Date of Publication: May 3rd, 2016

Pages: 247

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This is an engaging historical romance and part of a series but I can vouch that it works well as a standalone as I haven’t read any of the others – yet – and thoroughly enjoyed this!

As a teen, Lady Alexandra Hobbs had been told to stay in her room during a ball celebrating her older sister’s first season as a debutant. It was whilst listening to everything going on that she heard her brother and his friend being threatened by two guest. Undaunted she shouts at the two older men from her bedroom window and gets her first glimpse of Lord Owen Monroe who intercedes on her behalf and, like a hero, rescues the two friends and admonishes the young bullies. That’s when she decided to marry him. Unfortunately, several years later, it is her spoilt sister who her parents have decided will marry him.

Owen has a reputation as a gambling, womanising drinker but his father has had enough of such behaviour and now has demanded that he makes Lady Lavinia Hobbs agree to marry him. Lady Lavinia is horrid and won’t really give him the time of day, let alone fall in love with him! Alex offers to help him win her sister’s affections providing he helps her become more popular rather than the wallflower she currently is at any society events. As the two get to know each other, her teenage crush develops into womanly love and she challenges his attitudes, beliefs and aspirations whilst he develops more pride in himself and determines to make more of his life. He, however, is convinced he’s not good enough for her . . .

This is a brilliant story with a host of great characters – especially the scheming young women! It has many laugh out loud moments and keeps the reader entertained throughout, a real page turner and fun, too. I’ll definitely be looking out for other novels by this author in future – including other books in this series!

Thanks to the publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis:

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?

Award-winning author Valerie Bowman once again delivers the romance and wit in The Untamed Earl!

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble

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