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Friday, April 01, 2016

*Grabby Hands* Release & Review - Wedding Night With the Earl (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy #3) by Amelia Grey

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Title: Wedding Night with the Earl
(The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy #3) 
Author: Amelia Grey
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
St. Martin's Paperbacks

About the book:

A stubborn nobleman and a willful young woman are at the heart of bestselling author Amelia Grey's newest love story.

Can An Improper Proposal

Adam Greyhawke is through with marriage. After losing his wife at a young age, he's more interested in carousing and gambling at the Heirs' Club than taking another trip to the altar. When his obligations as the Earl of Greyhawke thrust him into the heart of Society, he dreads the boredom that only a ballroom can inspire in a roguish scoundrel. That is, until he meets a bewitching young woman who captures his curiosity—and reminds him just how delicious desire can be.

Lead To True And Lasting Passion?

Miss Katharine Wright is accustomed to men interested only in her generous dowry. Adam's attraction is far more powerful—he tests her wits and her courage at every turn, until she finds herself longing to fulfill an everlasting passion she never imagined was possible. But the breathtakingly handsome nobleman is as stubborn as he is scandalous, and Katharine must be the one to convince him that real love is worth any risk…

My thoughts:

4 "Sexy and romantic historical" STARS

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, St. Martin's Paperbacks.

I’m slowly going back to reading Historical Romances, and I say going back because I used to read a lot of those when I was younger. And no, that wasn’t decades ago… or maybe it was. *sighs*

Anyway, I’m glad I’m doing it and that I chose "Wedding Night With the Earl" as one of the titles in this genre to read.

The book starts with Adam, a man who’s lost everything when his beloved wife died while giving birth to their first child. The baby didn’t survive, either. Depressed, guilty and desperate, Adam hides outside London with his dog as his only companion. When a relative dies, Adam inherits the title of Earl of Greyhawke, as well as all the responsibilities attached to it, including an heir: a five-year-old boy. Since he wants to do right by the boy, Adam returns to London, and that’s where he meets Katherine.

Tragedy also left a mark in Katherine’s life. She lost her entire family years ago during an accident, in which she injured her leg. Everyone knows Katherine can barely walk without a cane, let alone dance. Everyone except Adam. During one of the dinner parties at her uncle’s place, Adam approaches Katherine and asks her to dance. While she doesn’t accept his invitation, she doesn’t tell him why and Adam isn’t willing to let it go. Not when he’s having so much fun talking to the witty, strong and beautiful lady who refused to dance with him. He’s so involved by her that he doesn’t notice she’s holding a cane until the moment she turns around and limps away.

The reader and Adam know that no matter how many times he’s tried to convince himself he’ll never love again the moment he met Katherine everything changed.

The attraction between Adam and Katherine is instant and powerful. I appreciated how the author respected (what I guessed were) some of the limitations men and women would’ve faced during that time, while still finding ways to make their encounters hot, sexy and tasteful.

The characters were extremely likable. Adam and Katherine were both smart and strong. They were people dealing with a lot of pain and missing the ones they once had and loved, but they found in each other a change to be happy (in Adam’s case, again). I also liked to see how Adam respected his late wife. There’s a tendency in romances to make the ex-wife/husband a bad or mean person, and it was refreshing to see that this wasn’t the case here. Adam had loved someone else but she was now gone, and he was free to love Katherine. It’s perfectly normal for real people to love more than one person in their lifetime, so authors shouldn’t make that a problem for fictional characters.

Although it wasn’t handled poorly and it served the purpose of bringing them closer, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the “let’s fix your leg” plot. I believe the intention was to make Katherine face her fears and learn how to overcome tragedy, but when Adam decided he needed to convince her to let go of the cane and walk normally, it also came across as an attempt to “fix” her. I wasn’t too pleased with that. What was the big deal with letting her stay that way? Lots of people are injured and live a normal life afterwards.

Other than this plot choice, I truly enjoyed everything else about this novel. I’d definitely recommend it to people looking for a good and sexy historical romance.

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