on November 3rd 2015
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A tantalizing new Regency romance filled with the most elegant society—and the most forbidden desires…
England, 1811. Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family’s scandalous past and join high society. Unwilling to upset her sister, Delia reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the Sutherland estate—and avoid the gossip at all costs.
Alec Sutherland is known as a hot-headed scoundrel, but nothing gets a rise out of him as much as the news that his brother desires Delia’s hand in marriage. She is, after all, the daughter of the London belle who soiled their family name. He’s determined to ruin her reputation as well, in the most delicious way possible. It’s only a matter of time before he can woo her with his irresistible advances.
As Delia devilishly plays along in Alec’s game, determined to prove the joke is on him, they inch ever closer to repeating history. And in this game of seductive glances, scandalous whispers, and old debts, the outcome might be much more than either of them anticipated…
¬¬Review by Monique¬¬
Never has a slow burn been more scorching! Miss Delia Somerset, along with her sister Lily, is on her way to a house party at the estate of the Earl of Carlisle, Bellwood. They have almost reached their destination, when their carriage breaks down; Delia must seek help: their coachman is injured, and Lily is still ailing. Delia hears noises, and to her utter astonishment, she sees Alec Sutherland, the Earl himself, tupping a woman against a tree. He does however deign to stop what was interrupted to help Delia. After a rather tense ride in a borrowed hay wagon, they finally reach Bellwood. The Sutherlands and the Somersets have not been on good terms since Delia’s mother jilted Alec’s father almost 30 years before, and the Ton still shuns the Somersets. Alec’s brother, Robyn, has his sights set on Delia, and Alec doesn’t want Robyn to marry beneath his station, and to get Delia away from Roby, Alec starts flirting with her. Delia flirts back more to make fun of Alec, but their subterfuge backfires.
While A WICKED WAY TO WIN AN EARL is slim on plot, Ms. Bradley’s attention to historical detail is superlative, and her luminous prose make everything feel absolutely authentic. The author understands the rigid social standards as well as the flexible moral code of the Ton. It’s fascinating to watch Alec and Delia’s flirtation, which is very sensual, erotic and steamy, this all done with words, little gestures; sublime! I really liked both Delia, and Alec; he’s a lot more complex than the impression he gives. I also liked Robyn very much – who will, by the way, be the hero of the next book, and it should be quite interesting, to say the least.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.