A roguish earl must fight using his honor and not his sword to win his lady’s hand in How To Train Your Earl, the third book in the First Comes Love trilogy from bestseller Amelia Grey.
Brina Feld has settled into a life devoted to helping others since the sinking of the Salty Dove left her widowed. She has no need for a man in her contented life. But when the notorious and handsome Lord Blacknight returns and awakens her desires, her peace and serenity vanish. If she agrees to an alliance with him, she knows she will have to battle her heart to keep from being snared under his spell.
Zane, the Earl of Blacknight, was never supposed to inherit the earldom, so he didn’t much care to lead a respectable life before then. Fistfights, card games, and drinking are the order of the day. Now he’s determined to change his rakish ways and he knows the proper lady who can help him. There’s just one problem: He's already bet he’ll win her hand before the Season is over. With her resolve to out-scheme him, how can he show her that his love is true?
How to train your earl
This is the 3rd book in the series and it’s Brina’s story. Zane has just inherited a earldom and is quite unhappy about it. Brina is still trying to deal with her past. After a wild bet they come to terms about helping each other. Together they find a wonderful future.
It started at a masquerade in Paris. Running from unwanted attention at the party, she finds him tied to a chair. It took a while for him to convince her to free him, but she does, and receives a kiss. A quick adventure, no harm, they will never see each other again. Right… Zane Howard Veldon Dormer Browning, eighth Earl of Blacknight, was not supposed to be the earl. He doesn’t want to be the earl. This handsome, typical self-centered rake has come into the title by default. All the other heirs died, the last two in an accident together. To quiet his selfish demanding family, at least for a while, he agrees to find a wife. When he sees Brina walking near the park and recognizes her, Zane decides she is the one. Brina Feld is the third widow of the Salty Dove tragedy. She is quite lovely, intelligent, kind, and gentle. She is content to help with the school she and her friends established and aid the Sisters at Pilwillow Crossing with their work. She does not wish to marry again, and she tells Zane just that. And then there was the bet. Zane put a bet in the book at White’s that Brina would agree to marry him by the last ball of the season. Irritated, Brina fires back. She will take his bet under a few conditions: no drinking, no gambling, and no women for the duration of the bet. If she wins, he is to apologize at the ball in front of all for causing such a stir. Zane courts Brina. The attraction grows and both he and Brina think he is changing. It looks like the courtship might succeed, when something goes terribly wrong. Brina is furious. His bet is lost. Can it be as bleak and bad as it seems? Then her trouble-making cousin brings her news that she is not expected. What will happen at the ball? This story and its characters are fun. It was interesting to watch Zane learn the ins and outs of being an earl (with the help of his uncles), and Brina finding a way to let go of the past. The story is fairly straightforward with a couple of twists and a beautiful epilogue. It is a nice ending for the series. I enjoyed and recommend it. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
Romance At It’s Best!
Oh these two... I knew before I opened this book I’d love it. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Amelia Grey has a way with words. There’s a beauty and magical quality to the words she strings together and the stories she creates. I get excited each time she releases a new book because I know whatever story is coming my way is going to move me. “How To Train Your Earl” did just that.
After losing her husband five years ago when the Salty Dove sank, Brina Feld has been the perfect example of what a widowed lady should be. Devoted to the memory of her husband and kind to those in need, she is adored by many. But when she attends a masked ball in Paris at the urging of a relative she comes face to face with the Eighth Earl of Blacknight. And when she comes to his rescue, his scandalous behavior leaves her shocked and exhilarated at the same time.
I adored watching these two fall in love. They were simply brilliant together. There was something special about the connection between them and I felt like I had a personal stake in the fate of their relationship. Witty and charming, full of angst and sizzling chemistry, this is a story that you do not want to miss.