How to Entice an Earl (Ugly Ducklings Series #3)

How to Entice an Earl (Ugly Ducklings Series #3)

by Manda Collins
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How to Entice an Earl (Ugly Ducklings Series #3) by Manda Collins

How to Entice an Earl

Manda Collins

Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed "ducklings" in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London's most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can't save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerable. The one man who could tempt her heart…
Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, isn't much for card rooms and gaming hells. But as a favor to his former commanding officer, he's investigating a gamester for espionage on the night that Maddie ventures in looking more enticing than he's ever seen her. Suddenly, his feelings for his friend aren't so friendly anymore. And when her curiosity brings the impetuous novelist to the attention of a madman, Christian will stop at nothing to protect her—from a sinister plot that is far more dangerous than any stolen kiss…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466821194
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Ugly Ducklings Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 72,575
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she'd been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she's not writing, she's helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.


Manda Collins grew up on a combination of Nancy Drew books and Jane Austen novels, and her own brand of Regency romantic suspense is the result. An academic librarian by day, she investigates the mysteries of undergraduate research at her alma mater, and holds advanced degrees in English Lit and Librarianship. Her debut novel, How to Dance with a Duke spent five weeks on the Nielsen Bookscan Romance Top 100 list, was nominated for an RT Reviewer's Choice Award for best debut historical romance, and finaled in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest. Both How to Entice an Earl and Why Dukes Say I Do were selected for inclusion in Eloisa James's Reading Romance column. Her latest book, Why Earls Fall in Love, a February 2014 release, was called "sparkling romance" by Publishers Weekly and is set in Bath, England, one of her favorite cities in the world.

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How to Entice an Earl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Ms. Collins books, her female characters are always stubborn & headstrong.  However, Maddie is just a touch too easily seduced.  I like for the hero to have to work harder for her seduction than  Christian does in this book.  Still I enjoyed the book.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Books blog / Reviewed by Andrea / Review Copy provided by Netgalley / This novel was a bit confusing for me. It’s a historical romance novel with modern attitudes. I found myself stopping in my reading to say “Huh?’ a couple of times and had to remember that this was a story that doesn’t take place in modern London. Let me try to explain. The heroine is Lady Maddie who is a novelist. She has no interest in the normal activities required of her by the ton. She is outspoken and brash. She doesn’t care much what the public thinks about her and she is protective of her brother, who has a gambling problem. She doesn’t take no for an answer and can be quite persuasive when needed. Enter the Earl of Gresham. Christian is everything you want out of a romantic hero. He is sexy and romantic. He’s definitely a type A man who knows what he wants. He is willing to do anything to protect Maddie, both physically and emotionally. While this story was well written and the overall storyline was great, the problems for me were in the details. I like a heroine who is strong and witty but the story should stay within the confines of the time period. For me, a woman of this time isn’t making out (and by making out I mean with flesh exposed) with a man on the balcony, steps away from an entire London party. She isn’t alone in the library, practically begging for the hero to make love to her on the desk – again, steps away from a different party full of Londoners. It seemed to be a modern attitude towards sex that maybe wasn’t an actual truth. For me, it was something that stuck with me throughout the entire story. Don’t get me wrong, I like sex in my romances…I just want it to stick to the time period. The overall story is good. A murder mystery romance with a bit of humor. By the end of the book, you are happy with the outcome and you are left with a smile on your face.
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Jetches More than 1 year ago
Now this, is an awesome couple. I honestly believe that they are my favourite couple of the three. Maybe it was the Brothel scene, or their first love scene…but it was all pretty awesome. I liked how Maddie wasn’t worried about her reputation even to the point where she willingly goes to a “scandalous” game night with Christian and other people all to save her brother (who doesn’t really deserve it), but she knows the importance of family even when they don’t treat her right. And then in steps Christian, who believes that he needs to protect her because of her connection to his best friend. So basically he starts following her around and starts to like what he sees. I love the type of situations that they willing walk into and I am utterly happy with the way the third novel in the series ended. Good: Maddie—Bold, determined, independent. She is a laugh Christian—A Solider and manly-man at heart he really doesn’t care about his appearance, until a certain lady is involved. Bad:  In this novel there was still the whole three names issue that I had before. Christian was Christian Monteith, and Gresham and it sometimes got very confusing especially where there were three men, with three different names each. There were also some parts that were lengthy and a little boring. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I truly enjoyed this novel. I found the characters to be the best yet, and although the same writing style that was in the previous book appeared in this one providing some confusion it didn’t stop the story from being a great romance and a great mystery. And now there is only the small novella left in the series to read!
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog For me How to Entice an Earl was a little…lukewarm. ~ Under the Covers This is the last in the Ugly Ducklings trilogy, featuring the last unmarried cousin Lady Madeline Essex and Christian Monteith, Earl of Gresham. Although this is the last book in the trilogy, you don’t need to have read the others to understand what is happening you just won’t know the background stories of some of the characters in the book. For me How to Entice an Earl was a little…lukewarm. I liked the main characters well enough; they seemed to go together nicely, but I found it hard to stir myself up to think any more then “Aw that’s nice”, which unfortunately didn’t really make it a very exciting read. However, maybe I am being too harsh, this is a light historical, it has a pleasant romance and I am glad that all the “Ugly Ducklings” a horrible nickname given to the three cousins got their own happily-ever-afters. I don’t think this will be a trilogy I would reread or even perhaps remember very clearly in the future but I would read another Manda Collins book, she writes well and has created a fun and romantic if not particularly memorable trilogy. *ARC provided by publisher
ThrillsGirl More than 1 year ago
I’m a huge fan of Manda Collins and of this book in particular. Nothing makes me feel better than to fall in love along with the hero  and heroine in a romance, but frankly, that alone is just not enough for me. In this story, I get to have that magnificent experience of vicariously falling in love, but there is so much more. There’s a real mystery here. A story I can sink my teeth into. I love period romances,  but I enjoy them more if the heroine finds a way to step outside the rules of society. It would be pretty boring to read about women who only went to balls and were good at minding their own beeswax. Maddie is definitely not one of those women! Love, love, love the ugly duckings! Manda Collins brings the Regency to life in this beautifully written tale of love and intrigue.