Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Mad Earl's Bride by Loretta Chase + Featured Freebie

The Mad Earl's Bride
Gwendolyn Adams is about to propose to an earl. On his deathbed.

Gwendolyn Adams isn't shocked at being asked to save a handsome earl's dying line, even when she learns the prospective bridegroom is seriously ill and possibly insane. She's quite a good nurse, after all, and her family is famous for producing healthy male children. Those stories about his riding the moors half-naked on a pale white horse? Extremely intriguing—especially after she gets her first look at the gorgeous lunatic.

The Earl of Rawnsley wants only to lose what's left of his mind in peace and privacy. But his busybody relatives have saddled him with a surprise bride and orders to sire an heir forthwith. (And they say he's mad?) But with Gwendolyn, his health is returning, and his resistance ... crumbling. Is it possible that love is the finest madness of all?

My Rating: 4 Roses

A different historical romance novella, but wonderful all the same. The Mad Earl's Bride was an awesome read. Loved it!

I love how different the idea for this novella was. I can't say I've ever seen anything like this in the world of historical romance. With the limited but growing understanding of mental illness in the 19th century, anything could be claimed as insanity and this story uses that. I really liked how it was done.

Gwendolyn was a great heroine. She wants to be a doctor, but can never be a true doctor because of her gender. That doesn't stop her from learning everything she can about medicine. I loved how strong of a character she was. In everything from defying tradition to caring for Dorian, she showed strength. Altogether, she as a wonderful character.

Dorian was interesting. He fully believes that he is going to die soon and has ceased trying to fight it. Until Gwendolyn comes along. I adored him. He was so sweet . The one thing that I didn't get about him is why he was characterized as a sex addict in the prologue. I think it was to create more parallels between him and his insane mother so that the "inherited insanity" seemed even more likely. But I wasn't quite sure. Otherwise, I loved his character.

The romance was very well done. There was one hell of an obstacle in their way, but they still found a way to fall in love. They were a sweet couple. And the sparks flying between them were definitely hot.

The plot was okay. It started off a little slow. It too me a little to get my bearings in the story. But, after that, I was hooked. The truth about Dorian's condition was a shocker. And the ending was spectacular.

Romance lovers, you have to read The Mad Earl's Bride. It was an excellent read.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Avon Impulse for a copy!
Featured Freebie:

Today, I have a historical romance that sounds lovely: Masquerade by Sarita Leone. Go forth and get it for free!

A New Year's resolution given in a moment of frivolity must be upheld when masks come off, leaving identities--and hearts--revealed.

Sophie Teasdale has turned down every eligible bachelor in London. She longs to marry for love, rather than security, but no man has offered her both. The memory of a stolen embrace with her childhood friend Colin Randolph has left her confused about her feelings for him. When a handsome stranger sweeps her off her feet at a masquerade ball, she's more confused than ever. Does she love Colin, or is the stranger the man she's been dreaming of?

There has never been any woman for Colin Randolph but Sophie, but she doesn't see him as a man, only her childhood playmate. Is she too inexperienced to understand his hesitant advances--or is he forced to forever love her from afar? A New Year's blizzard and a masquerade ball provide him with the chance to convince Sophie the man of her dreams has been by her side all along.

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