Bestselling author Valerie Bowman sets the stage in Regency England for her Playful Brides series, where couples' misadventures on the way to the altar are witty, romantic romps based on some of the world's most beloved plays. The fifth volume, The Untamed Earl, is inspired by William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
AN INDECENT PROPOSAL
Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber, back when she was just a girl. But the duke has already chosen Alex’s infamously spoiled elder sister, Lavinia, for Owen. And now there’s no turning back.
Owen has spent most of his bachelor years drinking, gambling, and skirt-chasing. He won’t see another pound from his parents, however, until he’s engaged to Lavinia. Desperate, he accepts an offer from her innocent and spirited—and absolutely beautiful—sister Alex: She will turn him into a perfectly tamed suitor, and show him how to woo the shrew. But when Alex’s true motives come to light, will their bargain lead to recriminations—or to a romance that defies everyone’s expectations?
Award-winning author Valerie Bowman once again delivers romance and wit in The Untamed Earl!
Bowman's Playful Brides Regency series (after The Irresistible Rogue) is inspired by classic works of literature; this charming fifth episode draws on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Lord Owen Monroe, heir to the Earl of Moreland, is one of London's most well-known rakes until his father orders him to settle down. The earl expects him to woo Lady Lavinia Hobbs, eldest daughter of the Duke of Huntley, a woman who, though beautiful, has a reputation for being somewhat of a shrew. Lady Alexandra, Lavinia's younger sister, has been in love with Owen for years and fears that he will be forced to wed her sister. In an effort to spend more time with Owen, she asks him to help make her a success in London's ballrooms, and in exchange, she will help him win Lavinia's heart. But some of the suggestions she gives to Owen will cause Lavinia to dislike him more, and Alexandra hopes that he will turn to her instead. The cleverly executed reappearance of characters from earlier installments adds allure to the innocent romance and carefully orchestrated seduction. Readers will be especially drawn to Alexandra, a refreshingly open and honest woman.
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Bowman has created some truly clever heroines in this series
Second daughter, and second in her parent’s attention, Alexandra has recently had her debut, and has set her eye on one man. Only two things stand between Alex and her wishes, well 3 actually. Her older sister Lavinia, takes pride of place and affection with her parents, and she must wed before Alex can seriously entertain an offer. Lavinia is a shrew: spoiled, self-centered and entirely unlikable, she’s that sister you can’t wait to get rid of. Lastly there is Owen: years ago Alex set her sights on him, but he is being ‘brought into line’ in an effort to reform his rakish behavior, and arrangements have been made for him to wed Lavinia. Without this marriage, Owen will find himself unsupported and cut off from the funds a gentleman of his stature would require.
Alex truly stole this story – she is diabolical in her maneuvering of Owen as she “helps him” to win Lavinia’s favor. And poor Owen, Bless his little heart, he sees that Alex is so wonderful, witty and clever, and he likes her – but he also worries about his past and his less than honorable behaviors, that perhaps Alex is ‘too good’ for him. Like many men of this era, it takes a strong and determined woman, unafraid of a little guile and carefully planned togetherness to show him that the best decision is the one she wants made.
Bowman has created some truly clever heroines in this series – intelligent, witty and thoughtful, the stories are light and not to taxing on the surface, but beneath the fun story are women, particularly Alex, who are formidable in their determination to have a major part in determining their own destinies.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Valerie Bowman's The Untamed Earl
What an exciting read!!! The book was captivating and
extremely well written.
The descriptions were vivid with solid scene that made
me feel as if I were there with the characters.
There is a good blend of adventure, twists and turns,
deceit, trickery, drama, loyalty, regret, unpredictable
events, plotting plus romance. This book has some very
humorous, very touching and moving scenes.
The main characters have a dynamic relationship between
them but a hugh barrier. Lady Alexandra Hobbs is the
second daughter of the Duke of Huntley. At an early age,
she fell in love with Lord Owen Monroe when he helped
her brother and the stable boy from a group of ruffians.
She has just learned that her father has arranged a marriage
between her older spoiled sister.
What will she do? Will Alexandra be able to step into the
Situation and turn things in her favor?
The characters are all vivid, well defined and add to the story.
This is the fifth book in Valerie Bowman’s The Playful Brides
Series. It can be read as a stand alone with no difficulty
Thank you to the author for this book. My opinion is my own.
This is a fun, feel-good romance. The plots and schemes on the path to true love are very entertaining. The heroine, Alex, is young but relatable. Owen, the hero, is flawed but even when he said or did the wrong thing he was still likable.
Both characters had to change and grow in order to be together. They overcome obstacles leading to the satisfying ending.
I received an eARC in exchange for a review.