Wedding Night With the Earl
Book 3 in the Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels series
Author Amelia Grey
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik
Published by: Tantor Media
Publication date September 12, 2017
Running time 8 hrs
Adam Greyhawke is through with marriage. After losing his wife at a young age, he’s more interested in carousing and gambling at the Heirs’ Club than taking another trip to the altar. When his obligations as the Earl of Greyhawke thrust him into the heart of Society, he dreads the boredom that only a ballroom can inspire in a roguish scoundrel. That is, until he meets a bewitching young woman who captures his curiosity—and reminds him just how delicious desire can be.
Miss Katherine Wright is accustomed to men interested only in her generous dowry. Adam’s attraction is far more powerful—he tests her wits and her courage at every turn, until she finds herself longing to fulfill an everlasting passion she never imagined was possible. But the breathtakingly handsome nobleman is as stubborn as he is scandalous, and Katharine must be the one to convince him that real love is worth any risk . . .
Contains mature themes
This story uses the reluctant-bridegroom-with-a tragic-first-marriage trope (is there a better label for it?). I felt like I read most of it before except there were highlanders in the first one I read, and in this one the earl gets an added surprise and the young lady has a physical issue.
The author does a nice job developing characters and providing rationales for the characters’ individual personality quirks and behaviors. The friendship between the three male characters in the three books are an interesting fantasy. The Earl has a great dog, Pharaoh, he and his friends rescued from a beating so he gets high marks for that.
But, the idea that Adam would believe he had a better understanding of a physical condition than the person who has it, or her loving, wealthy relatives, and, the idea that her family would not have beaten down every door to help her felt a little ridiculous and pushy. He was ‘mansplaining,’ as in, “Why,my dear, if you just exercise I am sure you can overcome the issue — I’ll show you how!”
And, that he would not know the whys of his own loss after having begged help from every doctor and apothecary in London, also feels silly, especially when it is explained. And, explained it must be to reach the HEA because it is that particular trope.
Barrie Kreinik does a great job with accents. It’s easy to tell who the male and female characters as their dialogue is read, without Kreinik dropping her voice into an artificially deep and gruff register. Adam, in particular is given a vulnerability with some quality I cannot identify.
The book is a bit of a mixed bag: nice characters but situations that don’t feel realistic. There’s a adorable little boy with perfect behavior and manners.
Mr. “Hopscotch,” the Prince Regent’s emissary, important to in the series, makes another appearance. His name is funny and his role in the stories — the Regent getting involved in his nobility’s family lives, is outlandish if one believes his portrayal in his time as bloated and self-absorbed.
It’s not my favorite historical romance, but it was entertaining. Who wouldn’t love to read about an adorable little boy and a great dog.