Formerly titled Brooke: Wagers Gone Awry
An angry earl. A desperate spinster. A reckless wager.
For five years, Brooke Culpepper has focused her energy on two things: keeping the struggling dairy farm that’s her home operating and preventing her younger sister and cousins from starving. Then one day, a stern-faced stranger arrives at their doorstep and announces he’s the dairy’s new owner and plans on selling the farm. Though she’s outraged, Brooke can’t deny the Earl of Ravensdale makes her pulse race in the most disturbing way.
Heath is incensed to discover five women call the land he won at the gaming tables their home. He detests everything about the country and has no desire to own a smelly farm, even if one of the occupants is the most intelligent, entrancing woman he’s ever met.
Desperate, pauper poor, and with nowhere to take her family, Brooke rashly proposes a wager. Heath's stakes? The farm. Hers? Her virtue. The land holds no interest for Heath, but he finds Brooke irresistible, and ignoring prudence as well as his sense of honor, he just as recklessly accepts her challenge.
In a winner-takes-all bet, will they both come to regret their impulsiveness, especially when love is at stake?
This heart-warming enemies to lovers Regency historical by a USA Today bestselling author will make you smile and sigh with contentment. Plan on reading this novel from cover-to-cover in one sitting to discover if Heath and Brooke find their happily-ever-after!
If you enjoy reading strong heroine, sister series, romantic comedies, and redeemed rake love stories with a pinch of mystery & suspense, a dash of humor, gripping emotion, and a naughty dog, then you’ll adore Collette Cameron’s captivating THE BLUE ROSE REGENCY ROMANCES: THE CULPEPPER MISSES. Buy THE EARL AND THE SPINSTER and settle into your favorite reading nook for a page-turning, entertaining Regency England world adventure you can’t put down.
Though this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, most readers prefer to read the series in order.
THE BLUE ROSE REGENCY ROMANCES: THE CULPEPPER MISSES:
The Earl and the Spinster
The Marquis and the Vixen
The Lord and the Wallflower
The Buccaneer and the Bluestocking
The Lieutenant and the Lady
CHECK OUT COLLETTE’S OTHER SERIES:
Heart of a Scot
Highland Heather Romancing a Scot
The Honorable Rogues®
Wicked Earls’ Club
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The Earl and the Spinster
Collette has once again vividly transports the reader to 17th century England. Well developed, interesting, witty and believable characters capture you and keep you enthralled and attentive throughout the book. —Couldn’t put it down.
A new favorite!
Many romance novels today seem to follow the exact same plot, just with different characters. This is a fun, refreshing change! The characters are very engaging and provide moments of hilarity. The story is very fast-paced, with no dragging scenes to interrupt the flow of the read. There are a few good twists to the story that helps keep the reader engaged and anxious to see what happens next.
This is the first in a new series, and I cannot wait to read the next one! Well done, Ms. Cameron...your books just keep getting better and better!
Please note: I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.
First in the Series
Brooke’s real conundrum starts when she’s notified the dairy she’s been taking care of since her father’s death has a new owner and she, her sister, and cousins will probably have to live on the street once he takes possession of it. She’s been living in almost poverty because most of her earnings have been sent to her cousin, the heir and previous owner of the dairy, who did not only not take care of his family but apparently he’s now lost it all to a stranger in a wager.
The story in itself wasn't bad as it was well detailed and I could tell where it was going without being predictable, however I never really did connect with the main characters and the beginning of the story dragged on for too long and nothing of too much interest happened for quite a few chapters. I will admit there were moments that made me laugh but at other times there was too much brouhaha going on and everything sounded too far-fetched (yes, I know it’s a fiction book but it just didn't feel plausible).
Obviously this is the first in the series and we can tell whose story will be next. I have high hopes for these series, not only because this is an author I like but because some of the secondary characters sounded very much to my liking.
++ I was gifted an advance copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review ++