The Untamed Earl
Playful Brides, Book 5
by Valerie Bowman
St. Martin’s Press
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Mass Market Paperbound
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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!.
Look, I can take a lot of silly descriptions of sex in novels, but I may have met my match in THE UNTAMED EARL by Valerie Bowman which, while it only has one scene of serious sexual congress, has fulfilled my silly sex scene quota for the year. Really, this sentence:
Pleasure streaked down her abdomen, white-hot pulses of pure lust shooting from both breasts, fulfilled by the hot deep strokes from his lush tongue. (p. 250)
Now, come on. Has anyone reading this, besides a lactating woman, ever had anything other milk shoot from your breasts. I may be crazy, but it made me think of a woman on the cover of a pulp-fiction, sci-fi magazine which explains my featured image choices.
I also thought the line on page 248 where, “Her back arched and her breast strained into his mouth,..” kind of weird as the breast sounds as if it has a will of its own. I imagine writing steamy sex book after book leads one to some desperation in describing love making.
I have usually enjoyed Valarie’s books; and I thought the story of the shy young lady capturing her knight in somewhat tarnished armor was a sweet fantasy-fulfillment story.
In the first chapter we are introduced to Alexandra, her darling brother Thomas and Lord Owen Moore. In this we learn that these people are the good guys. Sometimes the Regency dandy doesn’t really know what to do with his youth as they simply wait for their father to die. They have no responsibilities, and just drink and gamble. At least young ladies prepared for something by perpetually sewing.
So what sets this book apart?
- A bridezilla who is not yet a bride, but who has probably been a horror a long while.
- An arranged marriage sure to make the parties involved and their families miserable.
- The canny plots arranged by rogue, ingenue, and even their friends that conspire to bring the star-crossed lovers together, and with a happy ending to boot.
I was amused by the sex, intrigued by how the happy ending could possibly come about and found myself enjoying the story.