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How to Entice an Earl

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    Posted on Romancing the Books blog / Reviewed by Andrea / Review

    Posted on Romancing the Books blog
    / Reviewed by Andrea / Review Copy provided by Netgalley / This novel was a bit confusing for me. It’s a historical romance novel with modern attitudes. I found myself stopping in my reading to say “Huh?’ a couple of times and had to remember that this was a story that doesn’t take place in modern London.

    Let me try to explain.

    The heroine is Lady Maddie who is a novelist. She has no interest in the normal activities required of her by the ton. She is outspoken and brash. She doesn’t care much what the public thinks about her and she is protective of her brother, who has a gambling problem. She doesn’t take no for an answer and can be quite persuasive when needed.

    Enter the Earl of Gresham. Christian is everything you want out of a romantic hero. He is sexy and romantic. He’s definitely a type A man who knows what he wants. He is willing to do anything to protect Maddie, both physically and emotionally.

    While this story was well written and the overall storyline was great, the problems for me were in the details. I like a heroine who is strong and witty but the story should stay within the confines of the time period. For me, a woman of this time isn’t making out (and by making out I mean with flesh exposed) with a man on the balcony, steps away from an entire London party. She isn’t alone in the library, practically begging for the hero to make love to her on the desk – again, steps away from a different party full of Londoners. It seemed to be a modern attitude towards sex that maybe wasn’t an actual truth. For me, it was something that stuck with me throughout the entire story. Don’t get me wrong, I like sex in my romances…I just want it to stick to the time period.

    The overall story is good. A murder mystery romance with a bit of humor. By the end of the book, you are happy with the outcome and you are left with a smile on your face.

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

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    Now this, is an awesome couple. I honestly believe that they are

    Now this, is an awesome couple. I honestly believe that they are my favourite couple of the three. Maybe it was the Brothel scene, or their first love scene…but it was all pretty awesome. I liked how Maddie wasn’t worried about her reputation even to the point where she willingly goes to a “scandalous” game night with Christian and other people all to save her brother (who doesn’t really deserve it), but she knows the importance of family even when they don’t treat her right. And then in steps Christian, who believes that he needs to protect her because of her connection to his best friend. So basically he starts following her around and starts to like what he sees. I love the type of situations that they willing walk into and I am utterly happy with the way the third novel in the series ended.
    Good:




    Maddie—Bold, determined, independent. She is a laugh




    Christian—A Solider and manly-man at heart he really doesn’t care about his appearance, until a certain lady is involved.




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    In this novel there was still the whole three names issue that I had before. Christian was Christian Monteith, and Gresham and it sometimes got very confusing especially where there were three men, with three different names each. There were also some parts that were lengthy and a little boring.




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    Overall I truly enjoyed this novel. I found the characters to be the best yet, and although the same writing style that was in the previous book appeared in this one providing some confusion it didn’t stop the story from being a great romance and a great mystery. And now there is only the small novella left in the series to read!

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blo

    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    For me How to Entice an Earl was a little…lukewarm. ~ Under the Covers

    This is the last in the Ugly Ducklings trilogy, featuring the last unmarried cousin Lady Madeline Essex and Christian Monteith, Earl of Gresham. Although this is the last book in the trilogy, you don’t need to have read the others to understand what is happening you just won’t know the background stories of some of the characters in the book.

    For me How to Entice an Earl was a little…lukewarm. I liked the main characters well enough; they seemed to go together nicely, but I found it hard to stir myself up to think any more then “Aw that’s nice”, which unfortunately didn’t really make it a very exciting read.

    However, maybe I am being too harsh, this is a light historical, it has a pleasant romance and I am glad that all the “Ugly Ducklings” a horrible nickname given to the three cousins got their own happily-ever-afters.

    I don’t think this will be a trilogy I would reread or even perhaps remember very clearly in the future but I would read another Manda Collins book, she writes well and has created a fun and romantic if not particularly memorable trilogy.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    I¿m a huge fan of Manda Collins and of this book in particular.

    I’m a huge fan of Manda Collins and of this book in particular. Nothing makes me feel better than to fall in love along with the hero
     and heroine in a romance, but frankly, that alone is just not enough for me. In this story, I get to have that magnificent experience of
    vicariously falling in love, but there is so much more. There’s a real mystery here. A story I can sink my teeth into. I love period romances,
     but I enjoy them more if the heroine finds a way to step outside the rules of society. It would be pretty boring to read about women
    who only went to balls and were good at minding their own beeswax. Maddie is definitely not one of those women!
    Love, love, love the ugly duckings! Manda Collins brings the Regency to life in this beautifully written tale of love and intrigue. 

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