To Wed a Wicked Earl

To Wed a Wicked Earl

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by Olivia Parker
     
 

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He's on the hunt for a bride . . .

Adam Faramond, Earl of Rothbury, needs to find a wife—immediately!—or his beloved grandmother will leave him penniless. But Adam, an unrepentant rake, would reform for only one woman, the woman he's lusted after—and loved—for years. It's rather unfortunate, then, that Miss Charlotte Greene would never

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He's on the hunt for a bride . . .

Adam Faramond, Earl of Rothbury, needs to find a wife—immediately!—or his beloved grandmother will leave him penniless. But Adam, an unrepentant rake, would reform for only one woman, the woman he's lusted after—and loved—for years. It's rather unfortunate, then, that Miss Charlotte Greene would never consent to be the blushing bride of a rogue . . . or so he thinks.

Charlotte believes that the earl, the only man whose touch leaves her trembling, would never want a woman like her. Weary of her wallflower ways, Charlotte decides that a friendship with the earl just might give her the excitement she desires. Keeping their true feelings hidden, she and Adam plan a sham ceremony to placate the dowager. But when the "marriage of convenience" takes an unexpected turn, will Charlotte and her wicked earl finally reveal their irresistible, unforgettable love—and delight in a lifetime of passion?

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Editorial Reviews

NYT Bestselling author - Julia Quinn
"Utterly charming."
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
Parker’s characters are so endearing and the sexual tension so high that readers will be enraptured by the second installment of her Bride Hunt Ball series.
NYT bestselling author Julia Quinn
“Utterly charming.”
Rakehell Productions
You’d be foolish to miss this book!
Romance Readers Connection
TO WED A WICKED EARL is an engaging and charming Regency historical romance. Light, frothy, and humorous, TO WED A WICKED EARL sparkles.
Fresh Fiction
Ms. Parker has written a delightful read with sparkling characters, especially Charlotte. She is a riot with her witty and clever conversations with herself. Then add the dialogue between Charlotte and Adam and a slightly nutty grandmother and you have a winning combination.
Romantic Times BOOKclub
Parker’s characters are so endearing and the sexual tension so high that readers will be enraptured by the second installment of her Bride Hunt Ball series.
Romance Reviews Today
TO WED A WICKED EARL is a charming, fun read that kept me up several nights. The secondary characters add humor as do some of the situations in which the hero and heroine are embroiled.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061712784
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.04(d)

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To Wed a Wicked Earl

Chapter One

A Gentleman never hesitates to
rescue a Lady.
The Bride Hunt Ball, Castle Wolverest
August 1813

"My word, child. You look lovely this evening."

Miss Charlotte Greene leveled a blank stare at Viscount Witherby. She should smile, to be polite of course, but her lips wouldn't budge. So instead she simply murmured, "You are much too kind, my lord."

"Kindness has little to do with it." His broad, nearly connected white eyebrows waggled as his greedy gaze swept over her bodice. "I say, you are a temptress," he hissed in a raspy whisper, most likely so her mother wouldn't overhear.

Giving a distracted nod in acknowledgment of the absurd compliment, Charlotte pressed her lips together, suppressing a smile. The balding, elderly viscount might mistakenly consider it encouragement.

"Will you do me the honor of a dance in this next set?" he asked her bosom.

Absolutely not! she wanted to shout. Her proper upbringing, of course, kept the thought from tumbling past her lips, but just barely. Taking a measured breath, she scrambled to find a suitable response.

At her hesitation, his bushy brows raised in haughty disbelief. Truly, if he had half as much hair on his head as he did on his eyebrows, he'd have quite the coiffure.

"Ah, I mean to rest for the time being, my lord," she managed, watching the viscount's spine stiffen as she spoke. "However, I do thank you."

As her mother stepped closer beside her, Charlotte heard her frustrated sigh.

Apparently, Charlotte should have been eager for hisattentions, or any attention for that matter, considering her well-known wallflower status. However, Charlotte just couldn't summon the required gratitude.

"You'll have to excuse my daughter," her mother interjected. "She's just being shy."

Charlotte inwardly cringed at her mother's muttered excuse. Shy? Why did that word always rankle her? Her mother's well-meaning conciliations never failed to make her feel like a girl of seven. Still, the fact remained that being accursedly timid around men had little to do with it. The real reason she refused to dance this evening was simply that no one had asked her.

Well... no one who wasn't foxed, looking for a victim to grope, or old enough to be her grandfather. Or all three as was the case with Viscount Witherby.

Even so, Charlotte hadn't the time to wallow in self-pity. It was nearly midnight, and if her calculations were correct, a long-awaited dream of hers was about to come to fruition.

She just might find herself engaged to none other than Lord Tristan Devine.

As luck would have it—though there were those who thought it was more of a miracle—Charlotte had been selected to participate in the Duke of Wolverest's bride hunt for his younger brother, a man she had been enamored of for so long—ever since that fateful day when he had rescued her mother and herself from their mangled carriage. Since then, she had been completely, irrevocably besotted.

She bit her lip, thinking of the other bride hopefuls and wondering again of her chances. Besides herself, there was her friend Madelyn Haywood (who Charlotte suspected would soon marry Lord Tristan's brother, the duke, instead), the Fairbourne twins, and Harriet Beauchamp. Out of all of them, Miss Beauchamp was her only real competitor, as the twins had their eyes on Madelyn's duke.

A waltz would be played next, and then the remaining women would line up at the north end of the room to await his decision.

Charlotte's heart hammered inside her chest. It was almost time.

Thankfully, Witherby decided to leave Charlotte to her musings. He offered his arm to her mother, who clutched at it as she often did when her rheumatism ailed her. "Good luck to you, my dearest," Hyacinth Greene said quietly for Charlotte's ears only. "If he has any sense in that handsome head of his, he'll make the right decision."

Charlotte gave her mother a small smile as the pair tottered off to a settee set against the wall, her mother throwing Charlotte an encouraging grin from over her shoulder.

A shaky sigh escaped her. Surely, Lord Tristan would pick her.

Just the night before, he had pulled her aside after dinner and told her that she was a cut above the others. He told her she was the only genuine one of the lot and that if he truly had to spend the rest of his life with any of them, it would be her.

Certainly, he must have been sincere? But if she was so certain, why did she feel overcome with doubt?

Perhaps because his words, however pleasing for her to hear, sounded a bit rehearsed.

She blinked out of her musings when she noticed a man walking purposefully toward her. She squinted, willing her eyes to focus. Tall, raven-haired, and just a bit of a swagger. Lord Tristan.

She needed to pinch herself. Was she really here, in his ancestral home, waiting for his proposal? It was all so terribly romantic... even if it was a scandalous way to find a bride.

"Good evening, Miss Greene," he said with a smile, holding out his hand.

She took it without caring where he was going to take her. He led her to the middle of the ballroom, her feet having no need for the glossy parquet floor, for she was surely floating.

To Wed a Wicked Earl. Copyright © by Olivia Parker. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Meet the Author

At eight years old, Olivia Parker wrote her first romance with a fat red marker. It made one's eyes hurt to read it, but it did have a tortured hero. Since then, she's dedicated her efforts to improving her craft (now using pencils) and divides her time among her love of writing, reading, and relaxing with her family. She currently resides in northern Ohio with her husband, three children, a border collie, and a cockatiel, who eats a worrisome amount of popcorn.

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To Wed a Wicked Earl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
simple344 More than 1 year ago
I loved the story line, so naturally had to get the this book. It did not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very quick read. A cute story. Not a lot of steamy scenes if that is what you're looking for. It was a good love story though, I liked it.
BeccasueNY More than 1 year ago
This was a worthy follow-up to the "At the Bride Hunt Ball". Again the focus is on emotional development of the characters. They arrive at their happy ending through love, trust, and some hard work.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Ver lighthearted and witty. It was nice to see the hero longing for a woman he couldn't have and what he does to get her. The whole book was a lot of fun. A really good Saturday afternoon read. I will have to find the first in the series(at least I hope it is a series) Bride Hunt Ball. Can''t wait for Rosiland's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love romance stories where the handsome hero harbors a secret desire for the unpopular yet loveable girl. The book did fall a little flat for me in the end. Overall, I enjoyed it very much and could not put it down.
WanderingMN More than 1 year ago
Good character development, some redundancy that got irritating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought is was a good read. I like the characters, It was an enjoyable read. I thought the author did a good job making the time period realistic. The romance was hot and senual and steamy, everything a girl could want in a romance novel.
Ro_Mance1 More than 1 year ago
The story was great but it moved a bit too slow for me. I loved the characters!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved her writing... ,loved the characters...loved the true romance and true feelings.... i think there is a bit of Charlotte in all of us
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked reading this series. it was a lot of fun.
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Good read.
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Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
Great Book! I enjoyed this story the author makes the reader become of the story. As always you have tow individuals who love each other but takes time for them confess their feelings or have yet to realize it. Very romantic. I would read again.
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LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
Loved how obtuse the Heroine was about how much the Hero wanted her. Adorable read. Lots of great scenes.
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linda_m More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book! It was funny, romantic and even the secondary characters were interesting. You can't go wrong with this one!
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