Review: The Earl Claims a Bride

cover-earl claims a brideTitle: The Earl Claims a Bride
Author: Amelia Grey
Series: The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels #2
Genre: Regency Romance
Length: Novel
Available: Now

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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…


Source: ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley

My, what a pair these two are. Thanks to a ludicrous couple of plots involving the Prince Regent, Harrison is as much being forced to marry Angelina as she is to accept him. Except while trying to best him at a ball she tells him she’s in love with someone else – and then is surprised when he backs off and says he won’t marry her.

That, in a nutshell, sums up one of my main problems with this book. Angelina is ridiculous. Her girlish infatuation with a man she’s barely even spoken to is one thing, but it’s her behaviour that I found more irritating. The way she sums Harrison up without ever trying to get to know him and calls him arrogant in moments when he’s actually being half-decent. He is arrogant at times, of course, but it hardly matters because by then she’s already judged him.

Not that Harrison is so very wonderful. I actually found him a little boring. Considering how much is going on in his life throughout this book, all he seems to do is hang around and pine after Angelina. If he’s not going to see her, then he’s thinking about her or talking about her, and since nothing else is added to his character I kept waiting for something, anything, to happen to make him more interesting.

That’s not to say that this is a bad book, it’s just a bit… dull. Angelina’s plot is much fuller than Harrison’s, even if it is full of daft things to do with the debts and that captain that she doesn’t know at all. There are also the dogs, which I quite liked and would have liked to have seen more of. But at least she’s interesting, even if she was occasionally irritating or her activities bordering on ridiculous. Harrison just isn’t. Except for the visit to his friend Adam, but even that was all too fleeting.

In all this is a pleasant read, with an often naive heroine and a faintly cheeky hero, in which not very much happens. Even the romance is a bit tepid and there’s no emotional depth or dramatic tension. Fine if you’re looking for something easy and undemanding with a hint of Regency manners. I’ll still keep my eyes open for the last in the series, since I did really enjoy the first one and I’m thoroughly intrigued about Adam.


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