Monday, May 9, 2016

The Earl Claims a Bride by Amelia Grey

Bestselling author Amelia Grey is back with a brand-new tale of daring, desire, and a delightfully scandalous bargain in her newest, sexy Regency-set historical romance, The Earl Claims a Bride.


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...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 Love-Triangle Stars

The Earl Claims a Bride is book #2 of the Heirs Club of Scoundrels. Amelia Grey's writing style is fast-paced, flows fluidly, with engaging characters, and an added bit of humor. The author has just the right balance of all things to keep me fully engaged to read her books cover-to-cover in one sitting. The romance is always angsty, but light enough not to frustrate me. The characters, while flawed, are not too stupid to live damsels in distress.

Harrison's narration was my favorite of the novel. He never expected to have any familial responsibility, and it's tossed into his lap unexpectedly. While cliché, both Harrison becoming an earl and Angelina's family needing her to marry to erase their debt, the combination didn't feel overplayed, or as a rerun from past books written with this trope.

I enjoyed Angelina. She was torn between wanting to help her father, being stuck in a situation she had no control over, and her girlish infatuation with a man she thought she would marry someday. I understood how powerless she felt while reading, and it kept me entirely engaged in the storyline. The future as she envisioned it is torn from her, and she has to roll with the flow.

The romance for most of the book is push-pull, with neither Harrison or Angelina wishing to marry the other. Its reluctance is what made it so decadent for me to devour. The angst turns up several notches when a real love triangle is revealed (I won't give out spoilers). But instead of reading, knowing who is going to end up with whom so you just write off the third wheel, as a reader I understood how torn Angelina felt in the moment.

I recommend this series (don't forget, this is book #2, and you best go back and read book #1 first) to fans of Historical Romance written in a more modern voice, as it is missing the purple prose some are looking for in this genre. Thankfully, I am always pleased to find an easy to read, quickly flowing his-ro not being bogged down with unnecessary details, no matter how beautifully or perfectly written they may be.

I look forward to reading and reviewing book #3 in this series, and I can't wait to have some free time to do so.

Also Available in The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy
Book 1
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award. Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and most recently to Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Amelia is the author of twenty-five books. She’s been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Earl Claims a Bride (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy #2) by Amelia Grey to read and review. Review copy was purchased by the blog.

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