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The Mad Earl's Bride: (Originally published in the print anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A KISS)
     

The Mad Earl's Bride: (Originally published in the print anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A KISS)

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by Loretta Chase
 

Originally appeared in the print anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss.

Gwendolyn Adams is about to propose to an earl. On his deathbed.

Gwendolyn Adams isn't shocked at being asked to save a handsome earl's dying line, even when she learns the prospective bridegroom is seriously ill and possibly insane. She's quite a good nurse, after

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Originally appeared in the print anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss.

Gwendolyn Adams is about to propose to an earl. On his deathbed.

Gwendolyn Adams isn't shocked at being asked to save a handsome earl's dying line, even when she learns the prospective bridegroom is seriously ill and possibly insane. She's quite a good nurse, after all, and her family is famous for producing healthy male children. Those stories about his riding the moors half-naked on a pale white horse? Extremely intriguing—especially after she gets her first look at the gorgeous lunatic.

The Earl of Rawnsley wants only to lose what's left of his mind in peace and privacy. But his busybody relatives have saddled him with a surprise bride and orders to sire an heir forthwith. (And they say he's mad?) But with Gwendolyn, his health is returning, and his resistance ... crumbling. Is it possible that love is the finest madness of all?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062276995
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Scoundrels Series , #4
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
71,159
File size:
616 KB

Meet the Author

Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the street—as a meter maid—and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early nineteenth century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA®.

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The Mad Earl's Bride: (Originally published in the print anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A KISS) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
WHAT A WONDERFUL COUPLE!!  When I first started reading this, it seemed dark and  I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I ended up loving it.  The H/h are truly a passionate, loving, no holds bared couple.  Even though this is only 108  pages ( rest is excerpts for other books), I didn't feel it missed anything.  There is HEA, no cliffhanger's, some lovemaking that is sweet, and just descriptive enough that you felt their love.  My heart ached for our H because of his life when he was younger  and how it carried over to his adulthood.  Our h, is caring, practical, loving and a no non-sense female. This author is a favorite of mine, and this novella doesn't disappoint.  (ljb) 
gaele More than 1 year ago
Carrying a tone that is redolent of the feel of Jane Eyre or Tess of the D’Urbervilles, the onerous aura of the moors have provided an undercurrent of darkness and danger that can mask or unmask madness.  While Dorian “Cat” Camoy has lived a difficult existence, favoring his mother’s looks and having her unique yellow cat eyes, he also believes that he has inherited her lack of moral compass and will end his life institutionalized in an asylum, suffering a painful death.  Enter Gwen Adams, brought forward to wed the young earl before his sanity retreats and his health declines, signifying the end of the Camoy line.  Gwen is intelligent, learned and determined to be a doctor and build a hospital despite the unending list of societal constraints and prejudices that she must face.  With her calm and steady countenance, even in the formidable presence of one angry yet gorgeous man and his arresting eyes, Gwen slowly starts to inveigle her way into Dorian’s life and heart: nursing him when he is sick and spending countless hours looking for solutions or alternatives to the dreadful end that Dorian feels is coming.  Full of heart and passion, clever dialogue and not inconsiderable determination from both characters, this little story was hard to put down and engaging from beginning to end.  The turmoil and anger within Dorian combined with the steady logic and patience Gwen displays to defeat and ultimately turn his bad moods around is cleverly told and detailed, making their connection seem even more solid and real.  Both Dorian and Gwen are unconventional people for their time, and unwilling to bend to societal convention, but willing to use the benefits derived from money and title to do as they please, and this makes them both far more enjoyable to read about and follow.  I truly enjoyed this story, and will look to read more of Loretta Chase’s books in this series.  I received an eProof from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
102 pages of story after you subtract the publisher 's ads and excerpts from two other stories added at the end. I loved the story, and where it stopped did make for a conclusive, nice, tight ending. It makes sense the author stopped the story where she did. I just want more! I fell in love with these characters, and I really hope the author will write a sequel, because this story has too much substance to be a one time romance. I want to see Gwen and Cat especially as parents, and I want to see the hospital get built and become the foremost and most modern and effective treatment ceb vm
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet. Would have loved to have read more about Dorian and Gwen but loved what I read.
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Thus book is a quick read I enjoyed it
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
This novella is a sidebar to the scoundrels series that Ms. Chase has written. Her characters always have hidden depths, especially the women. I am a nurse, so the medical hisory of procedures, beliefs, and "women's place" was especially intriguing.
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE MAD EARL'S BRIDE by Loretta Chase is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1828 London. A novella. #3.5 in the "Scoundrels" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Please be aware it originally appeared in the print anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss. A glimpse into the issues of the 1800's,with mental illness, misdiagnosis,finding balance,finding a cure for mental illness and finding true love and your soul mate. This is the Earl of Rawnsley and Gwendolyn Adams' story. Gwendolyn is a wonderful nurse and with her Dorian's health is returning. Some say Dorian is mad, but is he really? For you see, all Dorian wants to to be left in peace and await his death, just as his mother did. But did she really have a mental illness or was some other nefarious act in play. To learn more on Dorian and Gwendolyn, you must read "The Mad Earl's Bride" you will not regret it, I didn't. Banishing misconceptions and ideas of mental illness,for you will see the power of knowledge. I love the way this author incorporated mental illness into her storyline T he village and others was misinformed on a diagnosis given that was totally wrong,and the Earl himself as well as his mother suffered. It shows how so many people are misdiagnosed and what happens to their lives and to their loved ones as well. Well done indeed! 158 pages packed full of passion, knowledge,and the power of love. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Edelweiss. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: Aprilr, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
LAPG More than 1 year ago
The original plot and interesting characters kept me turning the pages.
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I love anything Loretta Chase writes.  She injects enough humor to keep it interesting and her heroes are always flawed in some way and the heroine loves them anyway.   You can't go wrong with this book.
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I like the whole story line. Love an romance at its best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a short story but a good read. I enjoyed it.
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You can't go wrong with Loretta Chase.
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