The Earl in My Bed: A Forgotten Princesses Valentine Novella
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The Earl in My Bed: A Forgotten Princesses Valentine Novella

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by Sophie Jordan
     
 

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The Earl in My Bed, a Valentine novella from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan, is a lively, sexy historical romance that bridges Lessons from a Scandalous Bride and the final installment of the popular Forgotten Princesses series.
 
All her life, everyone assumed Paget Ellsworth, the vicar’s daughter, would

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The Earl in My Bed, a Valentine novella from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan, is a lively, sexy historical romance that bridges Lessons from a Scandalous Bride and the final installment of the popular Forgotten Princesses series.
 
All her life, everyone assumed Paget Ellsworth, the vicar’s daughter, would marry the Earl of Winningham's youngest son. And when he left for war with his older brother, Jamie, words and promises were not necessary.
 
Four years pass and the death of his father forces Jamie home to take up the reins as the new earl, leaving his brother fighting on the front lines a world away. Maddening, infuriating, sexy Jamie makes her question her feelings. One glimpse, one word from him, awakens desire in her heart. When a simple kiss spirals out of control at the annual Valentine's Day ball, she realizes the man she never wanted is the man she needs... Will Paget cast aside all she's ever thought to be true to win the man of her dreams?

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Library Journal
When Jamie, the heir to the Earl of Winningham, comes home from the wars in India, Paget Ellsworth is certainly not going to welcome him back. Paget had grown up with two of the earl’s sons but felt nothing but animosity toward the third. With one brother dead, one in India, and the heir back in England, Paget and Jamie fight a growing attraction. Their anger and childhood resentment divide them, but they share a concern for a brother and friend who has yet to return home safely. The village may have assumed Paget was meant for brother Owen, but it’s Jamie who inspires passion and love. How can she love one man and let go of another?

Verdict This stand-alone and woefully short novella offers readers a quick but engrossing read. Jordan (Lessons from a Scandalous Bride) strikes the match of romance quickly between two characters who, for all their antagonism, eventually find a way to create a life together. A well-written and satisfying read, this title will have readers eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.—Debra M. Dudek, Fountaindale P.L. Dist., Bolingbrook, IL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062222466
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Series:
A Forgotten Princesses Novella
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
65,683
File size:
821 KB

Meet the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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The Earl in My Bed: A Forgotten Princesses Valentine Novella 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BookWormInCali More than 1 year ago
The Earl in My Bed is a sweet and passionate short story, just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s part of the Forgotten Princesses series and takes place between books two and three, though I can honestly say, it works as a standalone. It was unspoken, but well understood, that Paget and her childhood friend, Owen, would one day marry, but with Owen off fighting a war a world away, and his older brother Jamie, the new Earl of Willingham close by, Paget starts wondering why Jamie can evoke such strong feelings in her heart, and her body, feelings she never had for Owen. After all, growing up, Jamie made it clear that she, a mere vicar's daughter, had no business associating with he and his brothers, so what is it about him, now... why is he tempting her with things she shouldn't want, things that have her questioning which brother she truly loves? Poignant stories can be difficult to tell in novellas, but Ms. Jordan did a fine job here. Jamie and Paget are well matched, and their story is tender and heartwarming. There were times I laughed, times I sighed, times I fanned myself, and even times my heart broke for the child that Jamie was never able to be. I adored Paget for her insight and compassion, and for recognizing what made Jamie the boy he had been, the man he became, and for loving them both. I hope to read more of this series, very soon, most especially Owen's story, which promises to be an emotional journey. My thanks to Avon Books for giving me the opportunity to read this sweet story, in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rachel Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Novellas always freak me out. I’m never sure if they are going to have enough substance to actually make a “whole” story or if I’m going to be disappointing. I LOVE Sophie Jordan’s books so I was hoping that this one would be a success… I’m shocked how easily she pulled it off! I think part of it had to do with the fact that she easily narrated the back story with Paget and the brothers. You knew straight away that Jamie was left out of things while Owen was her best friend. And then when the father died, it left this gaping hole in her life. All of a sudden she felt like she had to marry Owen, when really, Jaimie was the one she had that sizzle with. I REALLY appreciated that Miss Jordan explained Jamie’s character before you even met him, it made it so I wasn’t sure, as a reader, if he was a good guy or a bad guy. I loved how Jamie set out to prove to Paget that she was being fickle in wanting passion and in the end, found he wanted it too. Such a fantastic novella! If you’ve never read any of Miss Jordan’s books, this would be a great one to start with. She’s such a talented author. I’m eager to read more of her in the future! One sex scene, and no cursing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do these characters relate to the other forgotten princess series, is what I was asking myself before I read the short novella. The Hero Jamie is the older half brother of Owen the Hero from the last book in the series, How to Lose a Bride in One Night. Its a good story a lot packed into 60 something pages.
kipha More than 1 year ago
This was a great novella and my first read of Ms. Jordan's book. It was a little too fast pace, although most novellas are that way. I would've loved for it to have been a bit longer and with some more punch to it. The characters were great and have a lot of character put into them in such a short story. I will now have to go back and catch up on her series and I cannot wait for the younger brother Owen's story~!
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jojoNE More than 1 year ago
For its short word count, The Earl In My Bed feels like a much longer story. The characters are fully fleshed-out amidst a highly emotional storyline where childhood feelings morph into more adult thoughts and a better understanding of what true love is. It's a heartwarming story, and though part of a series, it's not necessary to have read the other installments to have found much to enjoy about this story. Paget has always hung around brothers Owen and Bran making them The Three Musketeers, with James always being left out. Their group always found him overly serious and snobbish so they went out of their way to ignore him. They planned out their futures together, but death and war has torn their group apart and Paget is now on her own and very lonely. People expect her to marry Owen once he returns home from war but Paget knows they won't find happiness with each other as absence has made the heart smarter and their connection was always one of a sibling nature. Being a mature woman she now wants passion in any marriage she makes and surprisingly finds it with James, the new Earl of Winningham. She no longer finds him cold and arrogant but rather hot and able to make her heart race. What ensues is a battle of wills to admit what they truly feel. With as outspoken as Paget is it's frustrating that she's hold back in telling James how she feels for so long. Seeing them together you realize how perfectly matched they are in both temperament and their strong-willed natures. Their romantic interludes show mutual longing and sexul tension just waiting to explode. James always felt alone as a child, as if he didn't exist and held no importance. He knows he's never been well thought of and doesn't relish becoming the new Earl. He's always wanted Paget as he admired her feistiness and wanted to bring her joy to his unhappiness. He's never seen himself as worthy though and fights his attraction to her as he thinks she's meant for his brother. I felt such sympathy for him and his loneliness among so many people and love seeing him finally go after what he wants in such a blatantly seductive way. These characters are delightful apart and even more so together. Their outspoken natures lead to some very sexy encounters and an unexpectedly romantic epilogue with a jaw-dropping ending. This story is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon with its brisk pace and memorable interactions between the main characters. Fans of Regency romances with find this short story long on entertainment.
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