Good Earl Gone Bad
The Lords of Anarchy (Volume 2)
St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Press
Mass Market Paperbound & E-Book
E-Galley Audacious, extravagant, indulgent-the Lords of Anarchy live at top speed, with nothing to chase but pleasure…at every imaginable cost.…
Marriage? To a gambler? You must be joking! Yet Lady Hermione Upperton has never backed down from a challenge. When her spendthrift father offers her at the gaming tables, she is given a difficult choice—wed the Earl of Mainwaring, an infamous gamester with no respect for her skills with the reins, or face charges for the murder of a member of the infamous Lords of Anarchy. Either way she’ll have to clear her name. Can she count on her husband’s help the way she has begun to count on his kisses?
All Jasper Fawley, the Earl of Mainwaring, wanted was a night of cards. But by the end of the evening he’s walked away with a fortune—and a bride who’s suspected of murder. Jasper knows Hermione is passionate about her unorthodox membership in the Lords of Anarchy, but he’s certain she would never kill to keep it. Can he protect his headstrong wife from prosecution and a ruthless killer without endangering both their hearts in the process?
With a twisty plot and lots of surprises for everyone, this book approaches romance and women’s issues in equal measure. But, at least one of the big plot points left me in disbelief.
Of course, if you are an unconventional Regency woman with a hobby that is off-limits to most women of the period, you better find an enlightened and equally unconventional gentleman to marry. Hermione is such a woman but, is Mainwaring such a man?
Probably Mainwaring is a more liberal guy than your average earl; he seems to have some kind of “Top Secret” job that gets him all involved in the driving club suspense and danger, so how can he be anti Hermione? I guess they have a history where he either acted like an asshat for the job, or where he actually was the aforementioned type of hat.
Hermione seems to have had a rather strange motherless upbringing, except that it was probably perfectly normal in an age when childbirth, or even a bad cold could kill. Her father is, quite obviously, a jerk. Her reactions to his behavior struck me as quite detached.
A lot of this book, and the series, is about women’s issues. Much of the romance genre is, I find. Hermione is quite literally, a woman driver. She maybe the “eve” of the women driver. But, this story is one of orchestration by others. Who’s driving the story, who’s the plot engine?
I have enjoyed the series, but have to wonder how people could handle the indolence of the aristocratic lifestyle of the period.