Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: The Earl Claims a Bride (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels, Book 2) 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.

Keep scrolling to read my 5 Star Review!!


The Earl Claims a Bride
by Amelia Grey
Genre: Historical Romance

CAN A HASTILY ARRANGED MATCH 

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. 

BECOME A LOVE FOR ALL TIME?

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...


My Review:

Please visit my blog at http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/arc-review-duke-in-my-bed-heirs-club.html to read my review of Book 1, The Duke in My Bed.

Harrison Thornwick, the fourth child in his family, never took his heritage seriously. I mean, he had three brothers before him, there was no way he would ever have to worry about becoming an earl. Until one day, he was the only one left. While picking up the pieces of what's left of his life and legacy Harrison is approached by an attendant of the Prince. Knowing that Harrison was involved in an illegal duel, the Prince's man forces Harrison between a rock and a hard place ~ take part in an arranged married or be tossed into jail.

Angelina Rule is a very compassionate soul, yet fiercely independent and not one to be told what to do. When her father comes home one evening and discloses that they are facing financial ruin and he's facing debtors' prison, Angelina is devastated. Her devastation turns to anger when she learns her father has promised her to a man she's never met in exchange for financial repair and freedom from prison. In turn, she devises a plan to keep her free to marry whomever she chooses and keep her father out of prison. Yet, in proper London, she risks everything by doing so.

When Harrison and Angelina meet for the first time there is a definite attraction. Angelina tries as hard as she can to deny it and Harrison decides he's willing to fight for her hand. Add in a wounded soldier and we have the makings of a historical love triangle. The wooing and romancing is well played out by both Harrison and Captain Maxwell as each vie for Miss Rule's hand in marriage.

Both Harrison and Angelina are well developed characters in Book 2 of The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels series by Amelia Grey. Angelina is fiercely independent, especially for the time period. She also learns a lot about first loves/crushes and their place in her transition from adolescence to adulthood. Harrison is a definitely a rake. He quickly changes his tune, however, when he's suddenly thrust into the mantle of leadership at his family estate.  Stubborn as ever, he fights against the Prince's wishes until he lays his eyes on Miss Rule and then all bets are off.  Together, Angelina and Harrison cause tongues to wag as sparks ignite and steady grow.

The Earl Claims a Bride affected me the same way that The Duke in My Bed did. The absolute best part of this novel was that way the author could draw out the emotions of the characters in such a way that the reader also feels them. This, in my opinion, it was separates the excellence from the so-so. I want to be able to feel the anguish as if I'm the person upset; I want to cry if that's what the scene calls for; I want to feel the humiliation, embarrassment, and unease; and I want to laugh at the silliness of the antics that are written on the page. The Earl Claims a Bride has several scenes that just take over and control my emotions and that, my friends, is what it's all about. A book could have the perfect plot, excellent characters, and a great story but if it doesn't pull me in, keep me engaged, and run me through a gauntlet of emotions then all that greatness is wasted. Fortunately, this novel has a fantastic plot, excellent characters, a great story, and is full of superbly written scenes with emotional content that are believable.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Meet the Author:



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen. She’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since.

Amelia has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.

With more than twenty-five books published, she is a two-time winner of the prestigious Booksellers Best Award. She’s also won the Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill Awards. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the Maggie Award. Amelia’s books have been published in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan.

Several of her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.

You can follow Amelia on Facebook at or email her at AmeliaGrey@comcast.net to be added to her newsletter and contest list.

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