An Earl to Enchant (Rogues' Dynasty Series #3)

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He's determined not to be a hero...

Lord Morgandale is as notorious as he is dashing, and he's determined no woman will tie him down. But from the moment Arianna Sweet appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist the lure of her fascinating personality, exotic wardrobe, and tempting green eyes...

She has a deadly secret...

Arianna Sweet never imagined the significance of her father's research until after his ...

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Overview

He's determined not to be a hero...

Lord Morgandale is as notorious as he is dashing, and he's determined no woman will tie him down. But from the moment Arianna Sweet appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist the lure of her fascinating personality, exotic wardrobe, and tempting green eyes...

She has a deadly secret...

Arianna Sweet never imagined the significance of her father's research until after his untimely death. Now she is in possession of his groundbreaking discovery, one that someone would kill for. She can't tell Lord Morgandale her secret, but she knows she needs his help, desperately...


Praise for The Rogues' Dynasty Series

"Bewitching, beguiling, and unbelievably funny."
-Fresh Fiction

"A captivating mix of discreet intrigue and potent passion."
-Booklist

"A gripping plot, great love scenes, and well-drawn characters...impossible to put down."
-The Romance Studio

"Amelia Grey grabs you by the heart, draws you in, and does not let go."
-Romance Junkies

Winner of the Booksellers Best Award and the Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter, Amelia Grey's books have been sold in Europe, Russia and China. Married for twenty-five years to her high school sweetheart, she has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and now calls Panama City Beach, Florida, home.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Grey introduces a bit of exotic India to her Regency-set Rogue's Dynasty trilogy as she brings it to a spellbinding conclusion.
— John Charles
Fresh Fiction
Grey entrances with this devilishly charming romance.
— Melissa Kammer
Coffee Time Romance
An exciting and enchanting tale of romance and mystery in the heart of London and other beautiful settings.
— Matilda
Night Owl Romance
An easy, enjoyable read with a fast-paced plot and interesting characters.
Anna's Book Blog
An "enchanting" read... funny and sweet.
— Anna Vivian
Love Romance Passion
This novel is exceptionally good.
— Susan
My Book Addiction and More
Charming, witty, strong, and enchanting.
— April Renn
Rundpinne
Brilliantly written, with delightful characters, descriptive prose, witty dialogue, with just the right touch of mystery and romance intertwined
— Jennifer Higgins
Between the Pages
There is a little touch of the exotic... with a pinch of suspense, wonderful pacing, great dialogue, and this Historical Romance equals a very good read.
— Lynda Coker
The Book Girl
Grey writes in such a fashion that completely captivates me from the first word and doesn't let me go until the last
— Carrie
Book Junkie
What a sinfully delicious read... Completely beguiling and never misses a beat.
— Brande
Renee's Reads
One of my top pick books of 2010... Unforgettable characters that will leave you speechless.
— Renee
Read with Tea
Amelia Grey has written another exciting, fun and clever romance... The book is wonderful in every way.
Reviews by Martha
This historical has rich characters to enhance a mystery that twists till the end!
— Martha
Long and Short of It Reviews
The writing is fantastic, the plot thickens as the story progresses, and the characters are absolutely wonderful.
Book Soulmates
Very sweet moments that were nice to read.
— Isalys
Kylee's Journal
Not only did I get swept up in the sparks happening between Morgandale and Arianna, there is also a mystery in here as well.
— Kylee
Poisoned Rationality
Charming... The development of the romance moves at a good pace.
— Lexie Cenni
Bookaholics Romance Book Club
Amelia Grey does a fantastic job of creating characters that are compelling... an excellent story.
— Mary
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
[A] sweet romance.
— Blodeuedd
I Heart Book Gossip
Enchantingly captivating with a splash of wittiness.
— Cindy
CK2's Kwips and Kritiues
Another divinely funny and spicy sensual adventure by Ms. Grey... most highly recommended.
— Marilyn Rondeau
History Undressed
The chemistry... sizzles. Keep a fan nearby!
— Eliza Knight
Red Headed Book Child
For fans of a good romantic story with a little suspenseful twist, I would recommend this book.
— Michelle
Linda Banche Romance Author
An Earl to Enchant is a treat for everyone who likes mystery, danger and humor woven into a sensual romance.
— Linda Banche
Best Romance Stories
Grey has brilliantly captured the mood and mannerisms of "proper" society in this historical romance.
— Chanya Harris
Cheeky Reads
A delightful read.
— Sabrina
The Season
Witty dialogue, mystery and intrigue, and most importantly romance.
Savey Spender
Entertaining, fun and you find yourself hoping that these two people end up together.
— Holly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402217616
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Rogues' Dynasty Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 428,608
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 4.28 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Amelia Grey's awards include the Booksellers Best and the Aspen Gold, and writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award. Happily married for over twenty-five years, she lives in Panama City Beach, Florida.
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Read an Excerpt

My Dearest Grandson Lucas,

No one can put matters more succinctly than my dear friend Lord Chesterfield. Read what he says here and remember it well. "The wisest man sometimes acts weakly, and the weakest man sometimes acts wisely."

Your loving Grandmother,
Lady Elder

Was she late or simply not coming?

Lucas Randolph Morgandale, the ninth Earl of Morgandale, sat in his book room with his booted feet propped on the Louis XIV writing desk. He sipped brandy from a glass that had been warmed by his hand and listened to the rain gently beat against the windowpane. The foul weather, the indulgent amount of drink he'd consumed, and the fact that the woman hadn't arrived had him feeling restless, much to his irritation.

But it was more than the weather and the absent courtesan that had him in an ill humor. Morgan had watched both his cousins, Blake and Race, fall in love and marry during the London Season, and he had no intentions of falling prey to the same trap, despite their clever machinations over the past few weeks. In order to avoid any such confining pitfalls, he'd decided to quit the city early and spend the entire summer at his Valleydale estate in Dorset.

The first couple of weeks, it had been easy for him to fill his days with endless paperwork, hunting, and working with his thoroughbred horses. Later in the summer he had taken the time to ride over the vast lands of all his holdings, visiting with each of his tenants and thanking them for their hard work and dedication. In the evenings, he had enjoyed gaming at the local tavern or attending one of the many house parties that were scheduled at various estates around the area.

Still there was a void, an inexplicable feeling that something was missing in his life. Since a young lad, he had always enjoyed his stays at Valleydale, and he couldn't put his finger on what made this time different.

Perhaps he had simply grown tired of the slower pace of country life. But every time he thought about going back to London, he remembered the knot of frustration over Blake's and Race's scheming in trying to show him how wonderful married life could be. He had told them on more than one occasion that he had no desire to be tied down by the bonds of matrimony.

Gambling, drinking, riding, and all the other things he'd done had not completely distracted him from the fact that his two best friends, cousins at that, had married. And while both of them had done the proper thing and invited him to dinner often, it hadn't taken him long to realize that was half the problem. Every time he turned around, one of them was having him to dinner at their home with their wives and very conveniently happened to invite a string of uninspiring young ladies as well.

He was tired of being entangled in their schemes. Morgan huffed under his breath and took another sip of the brandy, letting it settle on his tongue a few seconds before swallowing. They were mollycoddling him as if he couldn't find feminine companionship for himself

He had to get away. He had to get away from them. London Society was fueled by gossip, and all the scandalmongers were laying bets he'd be married by the end of summer. Morgan had scoffed at that ridiculous notion as utterly preposterous. But it hadn't kept White's from making it an official wager, much to his consternation.

Morgan would rather pay for his women so there would be no strings attached. But finding a suitable bedmate was obviously more easily planned than carried out so far from the City.

It wasn't that there weren't plenty of women around willing to share their beds or to give him a few minutes of pleasure, but Morgan had realized a few months ago, when he was at Valleydale with his cousins, that a quick romp with an upstairs wench at the local tavern no longer held any appeal for him. And unlike his cousins, Blake and Race, Morgan had never cared for the idea of setting up a paid mistress in Town to be at his beck and call. Mistresses demanded time and attention that he wasn't willing to give.

So in desperation, he supposed, he had come up with a grand plan to hire a woman never destined to be a wife to come and spend a couple of days with him at his estate; a beautiful, willing woman he could sink his flesh into with no strings attached, only relief.

With the help of his solicitor, Buford Saint, Morgan had gone to great lengths to arrange for an exclusive and quite expensive lady of the evening to travel out via a private coach to see him. Saint had assured him she was highly sought after, and even Prinny himself had been known to enjoy her services from time to time.

Morgan had a letter from Saint saying she would arrive this afternoon, but afternoon had turned to evening, and evening had become late night, and there still was no sign of Miss Francine Goodbody. When she hadn't made it by nine o'clock, and it was clear she wouldn't be taking supper with him, Morgan had sent his two house servants to bed. Since then, he had been in his book room drinking too much, as was evidenced by the pounding in his temples and the roar in his ears.

He hated the feeling of not being quite in control of himself. That and the cursed headaches the next day were the reasons he'd fallen out of favor with drunkenness years ago. But tonight, for some damned reason, he had uncharacteristically given in to frustration and ended up feeling justified for overindulging in the fine brandy his cousin Blake had given him before he left London.

While continuing to grumble over his unfortunate plight, Morgan heard a noise. A sharp sense of warning shimmied up his back for a second, and he regained control of himself instantly. Did he hear the sound of a carriage coming up the tree-lined drive that led to his house? Had the much-anticipated Miss Francine Goodbody finally arrived? As quietly as possible, he lowered his feet to the floor and placed the brandy glass on the edge of the desk. He rose, walked to the opposite side of the room, parted the sheers that covered the window, and looked out into the darkness.

A dense fog had settled over the landscape, and rain fell in a steady stream. No one should be out in this downpour, but he was certain that he saw the lights from a coach coming up the lonely road that led to the front of his house.

She had made it at last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    I should have learned my lesson with the first two

    Don't bother with this one. Just as bad as the last two. The story line was choppy. And at one point, there was no explanation for something that was going on with the character Gibby, although it was constantly mentioned. Like the prevoius male leads, Morgan, the earl was not in my eyes a strong man. He was too indecisive. The intimate scene was extremely disappointing, just like in the other two books. Overall, it was a waste of time and money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    An enjoyable, but not especially notable, read.

    Lord Morgandale is surprised one night to find Arianna Sweet at his door. Arianna has come to his house looking for Morgan's deceased grandmother. When she faints at his feet he feels to offer his hospitality until she recovers from her illness. Arianna has just gotten off a ship from India and is trying to recover the cure for consumption that her father was killed for. When her quest puts her in danger Morgan has to save her, an act that causes him to realize his love for Arianna is stronger than his desire to avoid matrimony.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    An Enchanting Review

    Grey crafts an intriguing Victorian romance with "An Earl to Enchant." This is book three in her Rogues' Dynasty series. Lucas Morgandale, (Morgan) knows his mind when it comes to women, but when he meets Miss Arianna Sweet, she throws his whole equilibrium into chaos.

    The novel opens with Morgan waiting for a female companion. It's late at night, rainy, and he's had a good amount to drink. Around midnight there's a knock on the door, but it isn't who he was expecting. Arianna Sweet has just arrived from India and has gone to Valleydale in search of Morgan's grandmother, Lady Elder. Arianna is sick, and Morgan insists she stay for the night.

    Morgan later explains to Arianna his grandmother has passed away, but he's willing to help her. He insists she stay at Valleydale until she is fully recovered. Arianna softens towards her host.

    Soon Arianna and Morgan grow close. Arianna calms Morgan's horse, Master Brute. Morgan shows Arianna the cliffs on the Valleydale estate. The couple share hungry kisses and scorching caresses. Morgan, however, soon realizes that Arianna is a virgin, and he knows himself well enough to know he doesn't want to take that from her. It puts a damper on their growing relationship. Fully recovered, Arianna goes to London and settles into society. She intends to present her father's formula to the Royal Apothecary Scientific Academy, but the man who killed her father is now in London. Morgan follows Arianna to the city, but will his reemergence in her life affirm his feelings for her, or drive her into her stalker's trap?

    Grey writes a sharp story that flows well. She paints a vivid picture of Morgan and Arianna's world using a good economy of words. Valleydale and the cliffs are rich in description.

    Grey brings authenticity to the story through the characters dialogue. She's done her research and it shows, especially when describing the influence of Indian culture on Arianna.

    Morgan and Arianna are interesting characters. Morgan knows himself well, but when he meets Arianna, she beguiles him to the point of madness. He wants her, but realizes the price for having her might lead him to the altar. The question he has to answer is - Is he willing to pay the price? Arianna is a spitfire. She embodies an innocence of English society having spent so much time in India, but she also has a worldliness about her gained through her travels. She knows what she wants - Morgan. But can she have him?

    The story is sophisticated for romance readers. The scenes are rich and rewarding. Overall, "An Earl to Enchant" is a nice escape to another time and place.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    A Regency Historical That Has It All

    Matters are not proceeding to plan when the Morgan, the Earl of Morgandale, awaits a courtesan and a beautiful lady arrives. Miss Ariana Sweet's hope for sanctuary goes awry when a dashing and dangerous nobleman greets her instead of the expected elderly lady.

    And so begins Amelia Grey's delightful Regency historical, AN EARL TO ENCHANT, a tale brimming with deceptive appearances, mistaken expectations, and dangerous secrets, all leavened with flashes of humor.

    On the proverbial dark and stormy night, Ariana, ill, and newly arrived from India, seeks aid from an old family friend, Morgan's now-deceased grandmother. When Ariana collapses in his arms, Morgan is forced to grant her shelter.

    The attraction between them is sharp and immediate. But the rakish Morgan is too much the gentleman to take advantage of a sick lady, and Ariana will not burden her kind benefactor with the danger stalking her.

    The sensuality ratchets up page by page as they continue to deny their mounting passion. Meanwhile, exactly who is the villain dogging Ariana? The man who followed her from India, or someone else? Ms. Grey keeps us guessing almost to the end.

    An EARL TO ENCHANT is a treat for everyone who likes mystery, danger and humor woven into a sensual romance. Enjoy.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

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    Fun, Fun, Fun Read

    All writers would love to hook their readers in the first few pages of their story. Writers of historical romance want a reader to fall in love with the era, the hero, and to identify with the heroine. Well, guess what? I did all three. This is not my first Amelia Grey story, but I now count An Earl to Enchant as my favorite of her books.

    The author sets a most embarrassing and humors beginning to this story, both for our hero, Lord Morgandale, and our heroine, Arianna Sweet. These two people come together by chance and circumstance, and are as different as vinegar and sugar.

    There is a little touch of the exotic, since Arianna grew up in India and still retains her love of many of that countries customs. Couple that with a pinch of suspense, wonderful pacing, great dialogue, and this Historical Romance equals a very good read.

    Book Disclosure on my blog at http://betweenthelinesandmore.blogspot.com/

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    loved the series of books.

    If you love books that make you want to find out more about the other people you meet in the book. That carry on with stories of their own. Then this is one of those kind of books...

    I recommend reading all three of Rogues' Dynasty Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Mediocre Series

    Not very engaging. And the author has developed an idea for three more books to add. Based on this trilogy, I probably will give them a miss.

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