Title: Wedding Night with the Earl
Author: Amelia Grey
Series: Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels #3
Genre: Regency Romance
Available: March 1st
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…
Source: ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley
I’ve been looking forward to Adam Greyhawke’s book ever since he first appeared in this trilogy. A man who lost his beloved wife and child tragically young and who had escaped to wildest Yorkshire to lick his wounds – I couldn’t wait to see what kind of woman would tempt him back to life.
Sadly this is not that book. Adam comes back to London because he’s just inherited an earldom and has been reminded of his responsibilities. At the first ball he attends he spots Katherine and, despite all his claims about not wanting to marry and having no interest in anything resembling a family, he walks up to her and pretty much pursues her throughout. Which is all fine and enjoyable – and I did mostly enjoy it – but it really didn’t fit the image of this guilt and grief-stricken man I’d met in previous books. Nor did his behaviour ever match that of a man who isn’t planning to ever marry again.
Without Adam’s tragic back story, this is actually a pretty sweet tale. I liked Katherine. She’s a nice young woman who has her own tragic past, which has left her with a wounded leg, a need for a cane and an overprotected set of uncles and an aunt. Despite her quite strong personality, everyone treats her as if she’s terribly frail – apart from Adam. He pushes her to test her boundaries and what she’s always been told. He’s a touch demanding about it, but Katherine seems to appreciate it – possibly because it’s so different from what she’s used to. The pair of them are sweet together, a cute couple rather than a passionate one, but it works quite nicely.
Until we head towards the end. At one point Katherine is at a ball thinking about Adam and how he’ll never marry because of what happened to his wife and child – which I thought was quite mature of her, since he won’t talk about any of it. Yet barely a few chapters later she’s completely confused about why he won’t marry her and he still won’t talk about what happened. Which irritated me as much as it baffled me – did she, or did she not, know what happened to his wife? In which case why didn’t she confront him with that knowledge rather than apparently forgetting about it? Whether this is a continuity error or just a temporary lapse in Katherine’s intelligence, it annoyed me. Almost as much as Adam’s complete refusal to talk to Katherine about such things, when he’s constantly pushing her to open up to him about all her own past hurts. Add in a lack of understanding on both sides and a really quick fix, and I felt a little letdown by the ending.
So this book didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It’s sweet and nice and full of nice people, but despite both characters having tragic back stories, I never felt much of the pain they’re supposedly going through. It’s all fairly light and fluffy, skimming across the top of my emotions and attention, which left me a bit too much time to notice the modern expressions creeping in throughout. However, if you’re just looking for an easy, light historical with a touch of heat and nothing too complicated going on, then this definitely fits the bill. In all it’s a nice read, not quite what I expected, but still okay in its own way.
Wedding Night with the Earl is out March 1st!
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