Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Review: The Earl Claims a Bride by Amelia Grey

Harrison Thornwick is the Heirs' Club's newest member. His carefree days as a reckless rogue carousing around London are suddenly behind him after the tragic death of his brother leaves him in charge of the family estate. What's more, the Prince himself has offered to secure his marital prospects. Now Harrison has no choice but to grin and bear his noble fate-and the woman who's been chosen for him.

Miss Angelina Rule is a spectacular beauty, a dream match for any man. But she is fiercely independent-and full of passion-and is all set to rebel against her royal order of marriage...until she meets the devilishly charming Harrison. With him by her side, Angelina devises a scheme that will teach her meddlesome relatives a lesson, once and for all. But little did she and Harrison expect to fall into a tempestuous attraction-and a powerful desire that neither of them can deny... 

The Earl Claims a Bride is an enjoyable entry to Ms. Grey's The Heirs Club of Scoundrels trilogy.   Thornwick is a friend of the Duke of Drakestone, the hero from The Duke in My Bed, book one of the trilogy.  However, that the men have minor mentions in each other's books shouldn't dissuade one from reading.

Harrison Thornwick didn't expect to be earl; he was the fourth son and enjoyed every moment being a fourth son entails.  Unfortunately, he is discovered in a duel by Alfred Hopscotch, the Prince Regent's emissary, and the Prince has a perfect way for Harrison to avoid prison:  marry Miss Angelina Rule.

Angelina Rule has loved Captain Maxwell since before he went away.  When Captain Maxwell returns, scarred and disfigured by war, Angelina is determined her love and their marriage can heal him.  (It should be noted that Angelina is quite adept at rehabilitating wounded creatures -- her pack of stray dogs can attest to that.)  Her father, however, has placed their family into ruin with his gambling, but the Prince Regent has a enterprising way for her father to avoid debtor's prison:  Angelina will marry Harrison Thornwick.

Harrison and Angelina have remarkable chemistry throughout, despite Angelina's assertion that she will not marry him when the Season has ended.  The moment I thought Harrison actually grew up is when he discovered Angelina might be taken away from him and how that made him feel.  That is when the earl actually claimed his bride.  

(A very special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Earl Claims a Bride.)

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