Thursday, June 30, 2022

Rules for Engaging the Earl by Janna MacGregor

As their wounds begin to heal, both come to realize that their marriage of convenience is so much more than just a bargain.

Get ready for lost wills, broody dukes, and scorching hot kissing all over London in Rules for Engaging the Earl by Janna MacGregor.

Constance Lysander needs a husband. Or, so society says. She’s about to give birth to her late husband’s child—a man who left her with zero money, and two other wives she didn’t know about. Thankfully, she has her Aunt by her side, and the two other wives have become close friends. But still—with a baby on the way, her shipping business to run, and an enemy skulking about, she has no time to find the perfect match.

Enter Jonathan, Earl of Sykeston. Returned war hero and Constance’s childhood best friend, his reentry into society has been harsh. Maligned for an injury he received in the line of duty, Jonathan prefers to stay out of sight. It’s the only way to keep his heart from completely crumbling. But when a missive from Constance requests his presence—to their marriage ceremony—Jonathan is on board. His feelings for Constance run deep, and he’ll do anything to make her happy, though it means risking his already bruised heart.

With Constance, Jonathan, and the new baby all together, it’s clear the wounds—both on the surface and in their relationship—run deep. But when the nights come, their wounds begin to heal, and both come to realize that their marriage of convenience is so much more than just a bargain.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of The Widow Rules series!
For book one, A Duke in Time, click HERE.


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Rules for Engaging the Earl by Janna MacGregor

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Rules for Engaging the Earl is the second installment in The Widow Rules series. The novel can easily be read as a standalone within the series with little to no confusion. However, the "widows" themselves are connected by a singular husband, where it would benefit the reader to start with A Duke in Time, as Constance was introduced in the first novel.

Pregnant and struggling to come to terms with the fact that her husband was a bigamist, while surrounded by his "wives." The man left her and their unborn child with no money, now she has no husband, extra wives to consider, and pregnancy makes it difficult to run her shipping business.

Jonathan, a former childhood friend, reenters Constance's life. The returning war hero was wounded – physically, mentally, and emotionally – which has him draw away from society.

This pair of old friends needs one another, deciding a marriage of convenience would benefit them both. The author continuously puts our hero and heroine in situations meant to draw them closer together, to rely on one another, and to truly get to know each other soul deep.

Unique and lifelike characters this reader rooted for from page one, Constance and Jonathan balanced one another perfectly in this second-chance, friends-to-lovers, beauty and the beast novel.

I highly recommend to fans of the author, historical romance, and this series. The only complaint I can make is a pacing issue, simply because the story dragged at parts, not progressing fast enough to completely hold my interests.

With that said, I'm beyond eager to get my hands on the next installment.



Author Bio

JANNA MACGREGOR was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She is the author of the Cavensham Heiresses series, which begins with The Bad Luck Bride.

Janna credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rules for Engaging the Earl (The Widow Rules #2) by Janna MacGregor to read and review.

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