The Earl's Inconvenient Wife

The Earl's Inconvenient Wife

by Julia Justiss

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The obvious solution:
A marriage of convenience!
Part of Sisters of Scandal. Temperance Lattimar is too scandalous for a Season - until finally she's sponsored by Lady Sayleford. The whole charade seems wrong, when she doesn't want a husband, and Temper feels awful when MP and aristocrat Gifford Newell is appointed to 'protect' her at society events. With her past, she knows she's not an ideal wife - but then a marriage of convenience to Giff becomes her only option!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335635006
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Series: Sisters of Scandal , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Long before embarking on romantic adventures of her own, Julia Justiss read about them, transporting herself to such favourite venues as ancient Egypt, World War II submarine patrols, the Old South and, of course, Regency England. Soon she was keeping notebooks for jotting down story ideas. When not writing or traveling, she enjoys watching movies, reading and puttering about in the garden trying to kill off more weeds than flowers.

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The Earl's Inconvenient Wife 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
CJLPM 29 days ago
Temper's turn Having read and enjoyed Pru's romance, I was thrilled to receive an ARC of her twin's story. The girls haven't had an easy life - scandal and heartache abound. Temperance and her brother's friend, Gifford, become allies to further their own agendas, but end up forced to wed. Strength is found in doing what needs to be done, painful memories are uncovered, healing and love ensue. Beautiful tale, well-written, and I highly recommend this book. This is my honest review - honestly!
green____ 7 months ago
Her Brother's Best Friend... I was so happy to see Temperance have her story after getting a little taste of her from her sister Pru's book! I was really curious to see how her tale would unfold. This book really shows off her personality and I loved the interactions between the characters... she has her reasons for never wanting to marry, but she would not be one of the Sisters of Scandal if a scandal did not find her. I love Giff as the hero... what a true gentleman with a good heart... through their struggles I was happy to see happiness come their way! Great read!
Anonymous 7 months ago
London 1833 It is reading stories like this that reinforces why I love historical romances so much! Julie Justiss excels at creating vibrant characters that seem to come off the page, while using her historical knowledge to make you feel you are there! Temperance has decided she will stay home while her twin Prudence travels to Bath, where she hopes to find a husband. She has made up her mind to never marry, be independent and travel the world. Well the best laid plans are thwarted when her father insists she have a season. Gifford Newell has been a friend of her brother Gregory forever and she has grown up around him. When he suggests his godmother sponsor her, it seems the ideal situation. But there is a catch. Giff must be available to offer Temper protection if needed and he reluctantly agrees. Fate seems to step in and as these two spend time together it seems feelings begin to come alive. But when scandal strikes, can she survive it and not have it bring them both down? Loved these two characters and you will also! I really could not put it down once I started and cannot wait to read more by this wonderful author! Lori Dykes
clarkws 7 months ago
The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife is book two in the Sisters of Scandal’s series. Although this book can truly be read as a stand alone, I recommend starting with the Hadley’s Hellions series first and then moving on to this series. I really enjoyed this book. Justiss knows her history and infuses the reality of life in 1833 Britain seamlessly with her characters. At the time, Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope left her constrained and scandal ridden life in England behind for travel and adventure. One hundred years prior, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu had travelled to the Ottoman Empire and written about her escapades. Travel books were in demand. Justiss’ heroine Temperance Lattimar longs for a free and independent life far from the busy society of London in order to see the world. So she sets out to go through her first season and not make a match, hoping for her independence. But when scandal strikes and her brother’s best friend is involved can she live with her dreams changing? “Gifford Newell. Her brother’s best friend and carousing buddy, who’d acted as another older brother, tease and friend since she was in leading strings. Although lately, something seemed to have shifted between them...some sort of wordless tension that telegraphed between them when they were together, edgy, exciting...and threatening.” I really enjoyed this book. There is an edge to her romantic relationship with Gifford that kept me turning the page. I was gifted a copy of this book.
julieford 7 months ago
The Earl's Inconvenient Wife is the second book of the Sisters of Scandal but can also be read as a stand alone. This is a story facing down the unjust treatment based on another's actions. Temperance and Prudence are the twin daughters of a mother with a scandalous reputation. Since they are almost mirror images of their mother, most in society believe that they are just as amoral. Pru leaves London to find a respectable marriage and Temper stays to stand up to the critics. Gifford is the second son of an earl and is trying to make a name for himself in politics. He has agreed to help sponsor Temper and protect her. The two have been friends forever but feelings start to change. Giff is in need of a rich wife and Temper doesn't want marriage, she wants to travel. Plans change and a forced marriage of convenience leads to a wonderful love story. I loved the strength of the characters, the adversity that they had to overcome, and the sweet development of their love story. The only thing that I didn't like was that we didn't get to see the villains of the story get their comeuppance. I received this advanced reader copy from the publisher but all thoughts and feelings are my own.
CaroleBurant57 7 months ago
This was a truly delightful book to read! Temperance Lattimar is my type of heroine, she is feisty, straightforward, a spitfire, you name it, she doesn't let anyone walk all over her. Gifford Newell is her brother's best friend and they've known each other since she was just a child. All Temper wants is to be free to travel to exotic places like she's always dreamed of and Giff is busy with his Parliamentary work....her father forces her to go through one Season so that she can find a man to marry and Giff ends up having to be her escort/protector. What follows is very interesting, with many surprises!! I definitely recommend this book and am very impressed with this author's style of writing. I was given a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Regina_Devour_That_Book 8 months ago
A sweet romance to get lost in! This is a tender and emotional read with some unrequited desire that had me eating up the delicious sexual tension that poured off Gifford. I was just disappointed that it took a long time for Temperance to come around. Emotionally detached, absent parents create fathomless heartache for their loved ones and that's always difficult to see, especially in stories that capture the raw pain and endless disappointment like in Temperance's experience, but I wasn't expecting Gifford to be the overlooked and unappreciated son, and in this they were a steadfast support for each other. A solid romance that's more comfortable than thrilling.
HeyerFan1 8 months ago
An Enchanting Story Loved this story; good plot, engaging characters and an unexpected twist after the wedding takes place.
MoniqueD 8 months ago
Temperance Lattimar is helping her twin sister Prudence for the latter's departure for Bath, where Pru hopes to find a husband. Temper refused to follow; a husband doesn't figure in her future. Temper intends to remain a spinster and, with the family's scandalous reputation, it's all but a certainty. However, her father make it crystal-clear that she is to have that Season in London. Gifford Newell, a long-time friend of her brother Gregory, comes up with a suitable idea: Giff's godmother, the redoubtable Lady Sayleford with the spotless reputation, might be able to ease Temper's introduction into Society. But the wise old lady insists Gifford be available to offer Temper his protection when the ton's vultures attack. This detail doesn't suit either Giff and Temper much, as they have recently begun to see each other differently than mere friends. I had not even turned the last page of A Most Unsuitable Match, the previous book, that I needed to read Temper's story. Temper is a remarkable heroine; she's extremely outspoken, doesn't want to be at the mercy of any man, and she has a sound plan to live a full life as a spinster. Giff respects and admires her, but marriage is not in his immediate future and, if it were, it would be with a woman of impeccable background, and able to smoothly blend in a politician's world. Julia Justiss' sublime prose reigns supreme once again, and her outstanding dialogues are works of art where all the passion the hurt, the determination of Temper shine through. I was thrilled to finally learn everything about the sorry state of affairs with regards to the Sisters of Scandal's parents. Temper a brilliant character, one of the most compelling I have ever read. She is so brave in the face of adversity, she is immeasurably strong, and I felt that Giff paled by comparison; up until the end of the book, I felt rather indifferent towards him. I also started wondering if the publishers require that the author repeatedly state the main trope in the narrative; I got tired of reading about Temper being Giff's "best friend's little sister", and I wonder if it was the reason why I didn't feel the sparks between the protagonists. It reached a point where I began asking myself if Giff would have behaved as honourably towards Temper had she been any other young woman. It's also a strange thing to say for a romance, but in a way I wished that Temper could have fulfilled her initial dream, even though things turned out for the best eventually. There are quite a few wonderful characters, and I hope that some of them will feature in Ms. Justiss' upcoming books, particularly Lord Theo and Emma, both of whom I adored. Although THE EARL'S INCONVENIENT WIFE was not quite what I had anticipated, Temper was even more awe-inspiring than I hoped, and her story exceeded my expectations.
Amber Mancebo 8 months ago
If it's historical romances you crave look no further cause JJ delivers! She references characters from other books (of her's) I've read which makes them more enjoyable for me and keeps me turning the pages till the end; although I must admit I'm disappointed when it ends :) I look forward to reading more!