1816, England. Brandon St. Clair, the Earl of Vale, has never been one to follow the rules. Even though he must marry a wealthy heiress so that he can be rid of the pile of debt he inherited with his title, he can’t stop thinking of another. Amelia Somerton is the daughter of a forger and is not a suitable wife. But that doesn’t stop Brandon from making Amelia a different offer, the kind that breaks every rule of etiquette…
Sin runs in Amelia’s family. And even though she now rubs elbows with the aristocracy, she knows the truth—she has the ability to forge priceless works of art. She’ll never be seen as an acceptable wife, not that she wants to marry, anyway. So when the earl scandalously offers her the one thing she’s always dreamed of, she can’t help but take it. But what begins as a simple arrangement, soon escalates into much more, and as the heat between them sizzles, each encounter becomes a lesson in seduction…
Each book in the Infamous Somertons series is STANDALONE:
* An Artful Seduction
* Real Earls Break the Rules
* The Duke Meets His Match
All Amelia wanted to do was paint and be recognized for her own work by signing her own name. But in England in 1815 women weren't allowed the opportunity to do that or own a shop without it looking poorly on their family (in addition to people paying less for a painting by a woman regardless of the exquisite quality), so she was forced to sign under a false male name. Especially since her father is a known forger, and she can paint as well as he can.
Brandon St. Clair, the Earl of Vale, is in dire need of help after his father died and left their estate in a pile of debt. He's attracted to Amelia, but needs her to agree to paint a copy of a landscape painting by the Dutch artist Aelbert Cuyp that he owns so he can send the original to America. For a gift for a friend, while he keeps a copy on his estate because his grandmother would frown upon him gifting the painting to an American. He'd also like her to paint his portrait. Amelia declines his offer because they no longer need the money since her sister married Lord Huntingdon. Who also happens to be the earls best friend, because it's improper for a female to be unaccompanied with a male, as she'd have to be for hours on end while painting his portrait. Although her fingers are itching to paint him and it'd be her first portrait, she still declines. Until they arrive for a fortnight at his country estate for his sisters engagement party and he offers her the exchange of official painting lessons by the famous Samuel Stirling the painter and member of the Royal Academy, something she's never been able to afford.
How is Brandon going to keep his hands to himself when he's so attracted to Amelia? And can Amelia keep herself in check as well? Is Brandon able to pull his estate out from the drowning debt without his family knowing the dire state it's in? You'll have to read REAL EARLS BREAK THE RULES to find out. This is an intriguing HEA historical romance. This may be the 2nd of the Infamous Somertons series, the 1st being An Artful Seduction, and it may be my first Tina Gabrielle book, but I am looking forward to reading the complete series when book 3 The Duke Meets His Match becomes available. I received an ARC via Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
~ He may be medievally possessive, but he knew whom he wanted and he was determined not to let her slip away.
~ You are precious to me. I need you, and I can’t imagine life at Rosehill, London, or anywhere without you by my side.”