A French privateer's daughter. A marquess's son. And a chance encounter on the high seas.
Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man.
Today, VIOLET WINTERS is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather's privateer, dreaming of commandeering a ship of her own. However, when she stumbles upon a betrothal announcement of the man she was set to marry, Violet cannot help but feel honour-bound to protect the woman who had been forced to take her place.
Fortune smiles on Violet and delivers an English lord into her hands - and with him the chance to return to England unrecognised.
OLIVER CORNELL, EARL OF CULLINGWOOD, is trapped in a life he abhors. Not seen as a son, but merely an heir, he dreams of sailing the seas, the epitome of freedom.
By sheer happenstance, Oliver ends up on a merchant vessel, which is promptly boarded by a French privateer. On board the Chevalier Noir, Oliver meets the captain's daughter, a woman unlike any other he has ever met. Utterly fascinated by the adventurous gleam in her eyes, he does not hesitate to offer his assistance when Violet finds herself in need of a guide to London's upper society.
Reveling in his first taste of adventure, Oliver poses as her husband...only to realise before long that posing as her husband will not be good enough.
Can a privateer's daughter and a marquess's son ever have a happily-ever-after? Or is their love doomed to fail?
This adventure story on the high seas by a USA TODAY bestselling author proves that love finds you even when you don't believe in it.
If you like marriage of convenience stories with a touch of mystery, a dash of humour as well as heartfelt emotion, then you'll love this instalment of Bree Wolf's emotionally charged Love's Second Chance Series. Buy CONDEMNED AND ADMIRED, grab a cup of tea, settle into your favorite reading spot and start this swoon worthy romance now!
Love's Second Chance Series
#1 Forgotten & Remembered - The Duke's Late Wife (Rosabel & Graham)
#2 Cursed & Cherished - The Duke's Wilful Wife (Anna & Edmond)
#3 Despised & Desired - The Marquess' Passionate Wife (Ellie & Frederick)
#4 Abandoned & Protected - The Marquis' Tenacious Wife (Henrietta & Connor)
#5 Ruined & Redeemed - The Earl's Fallen Wife (Charlotte & Sebastian)
#6 Betrayed & Blessed - The Viscount's Shrewd Wife (Beth & Tristan)
#7 Deceived & Honoured - The Baron's Vexing Wife (Madeline & Derek)
#8 Sacrificed & Reclaimed - The Soldier's Daring Widow (Meagan & Edward)
#9 Condemned & Admired - The Earl's Cunning Wife (Violet & Oliver) (Coming August 14, 2018)
#10 Trapped & Liberated - The Privateer's Bold Beloved (Alexandra & Antoine) (Bonus Novella) (Coming Octobre 2, 2018)
A Forbidden Love Novella Series
#1 The Wrong Brother
#2 A Brilliant Rose
#3 The Forgotten Wife
#4 An Unwelcome Proposal
#5 Rules to Be Broken
#6 Hearts to Be Mended
#7 Winning her Hand
#8 Conquering her Heart
About the Author
"A big thanks to my fairy godmother!"
Currently, Bree has found her new home in the historical romance genre, writing Regency novels and novellas. Enjoying the mix of fact and fiction, she occasionally feels like a puppet master (or mistress? Although that sounds weird!), forcing her characters into ever-new situations that will put their strength, their beliefs, their love to the test, hoping that in the end they will triumph and get the happily-ever-after we are all looking for.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a fantastic historical fiction/romance! I am new to the series, so I was relieved to know this could be read as a standalone! Getting to know Violette and Oliver was a perfect way to spend the day! Violette is swept away from the life that was dictated to her by her cold, unfeeling father, Viscount Silcox, one dark night by her strong, protective mother and a French privateer. Years later, her mother and stepfather, that French privateer who whisked them away, have given her a life of freedom to make her own choices. England is a lifetime away until one day all that changes when a prisoner and a notice of a upcoming wedding change everything, and she finds herself back in the possible crosshairs of her unfeeling father. Oliver dreams of a life outside the stuffy, regimented society of England that comes with being an Earl. He can never live up to his father’s standards, but he doesn’t believe he has the courage to take control over his own destiny that is until he becomes the prisoner of Violette and her family on a French sea vessel. This is a couple destined to be together even though all odds are against them. When Oliver agrees to help Violette by posing as her husband, all bets are off. I liked both of them as individuals so I adored them as a couple. She helps him embrace his passionate, adventurous side all the while helping him find the freedom he craves. He shows her another side of life beside the open sea...a life full of love and support. He truly sees her as an equal, and he treats her as such. This wasn’t just your ordinary historical romance. Violette wasn’t a damsel in distress, and she didn’t need a hero to save her because she was the hero. I just LOVED that concept. Yes, Oliver was a support, but they were equals which is a couple ahead of their time during that era. Underlying all the romance, intrigue, and adventure was the theme of family and what constitutes a family...is it blood or relationships? Wolf does an amazing job of showing her readers that blood doesn’t make a family as you will clearly see in this novel, but it’s the love and relationships you form with others that make up a family. I highly recommend reading if you love historical fiction/romance, and I recommend reading even if this genre isn’t your cup of tea. You might just become a fan after reading a Bree Wolf novel!
Oliver and Violet are quite the pair! An earl trying to find his identity and a feisty lady of the seas falling head over heels in love. Can't get enough of this series. Always anxious for the next book!
5 stars I received a free copy of Love's Second Chances: Condemned and Admired- the Earl's Cunning Wife, book 9 by Bree Wolf and this review was given freely. Violet now 18 loves her family and the life of a Privateer but coincidence, well intentions, irony, and a little subterfuge in the form of a fake marriage to Oliver the Earl of Cullingwood place Violet back in the restricting life of British Nobility and back together with the man she was promised to as a child. This is a well written romance with a complex plot involving a meeting on the high seas, lots of drama, answered prayers, the true meaning of family, breaking with tradition, and of course true love. This novel contains some violence, expresses the harshness that can be found in British aristocracy, is suspenseful, action packed, and ends in a hook.
Fate brought them together not just because a young lady needed saving, but because they needed each other. Every page turn brought something new to their romance and the story. There was a spark between them from the moment they met and it started their adventure. I could not put it down from the moment I picked it up. There were twists at every turn that I didn't see coming and had me gasping and holding my breath at times. They were truly meant for each other and everyone could see it just by looking at them. The ending to everything was perfect. This was my first time reading a book by Bree Wolf and I can't wait to read more and get to know characters. Violet is driven by the need to rescue this girl and give her the chance to make her own choices. I loved her right away because she ran her life and was pretty much equal to the men around her. She had a large family behind her that supported her no matter what. She could use a dagger too and wasn't afraid to use it or do what needed to be done to save her love. Oliver seeks something more in life but doesn't know what it is until he meets her. He was a thousand times more than what he father saw him has. My heart broke for him every time his father spoke, but he found the family he deserved. I loved that he didn't hold back his emotions and would do anything to help others. He found what he needed in the end. Copy provided for an honest and voluntary review.
OH MY CHIRPING CHICKEN!!! Talk about putting one over the fense. This is one read that totally blew my mind. I was captivated from the beginning. The actions, scenes, characters. Bree brought everything to life with such splendor, it's breathtaking. From the strong plot to the characters dialogue and presentation to their personalities playing off one another was displayed quite brilliantly. Bree shows us just how talented and imaginative she has always been to get where she is today. Truly amazing. Bree did a phenomenal job bringing this read together beautifully. Fantastic job Bree, thanks for sharing this awesome read with us.
I loved this story full of action and unexpected love. A love so deep that one is willing to turn his back on his legacy as an earl and leave all he knows for a daughter of a French privateer. The journey to their story is wonderful. I received a complimentary copy and I am giving a review voluntarily.
Another wonderful addition to the Love's Second Chance Series by Bree Wolf. I love Violet/Violette and Oliver's story. Having gotten to know a little bit about Oliver in previous editions of this Series, it was nice to finally get Oliver straightened out and on the right path to happiness. Bree writes such wonderful stories of love and faith, without shoving it down your throat. Good, clean adventure and romance in every book. I can't stop reading her books and never will. They are all keepers. If you like reading books with adventure and romance, and where the bad guy/girl finally gets what's coming to him/her, then you will love Bree's books. Check out this one and all the others. They can be read as stand alone books, but starting with book one helps things run more smoothly along. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy! I received an advance copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not expected, but it is freely given. All statements and opinions are strictly my own.
Condemned & Admired: The Earl's Cunning Wife (Love's Second Chance Book 9) by Bree Wolf is a fantastic read. While, book 9 in this series, it can be read as a stand alone. Well written, well crafted, and well executed, with engaging and charming characters. The storyline flows seamlessly and effortlessly. If you enjoy stories with a touch of humor, swashbuckling seas adventures, heart felt emotions, a marriage of convenience, romance, a bit of mystery, kidnapping and a daring rescue, then you're going to love this latest installment of a fantastic series. At first, I had a hard time liking both the h/h, due to their selfishness and spinelessness, but they redeemed themselves nicely. Readers will find themselves drawn into this delightful, if rather emotional sweet romance. Looking for to Bree Wolf's next grand adventure. "I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however, these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review." Rating: 4 Heat rating: Sweet Reviewer: AprilR