The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman
Overview by Netgalley:
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?
I really, really enjoyed this book! Alexandra is such a wonderful character! The author has created complex and unique characters and situations that make for a delicious and sassy romance!
So here’s the details – Owen is forced to woo Lavinia (Alex’s sister) and make her fall in love with him. Their parents are drawing up a marriage contract, but Lavinia is beyond horrid and she must be in love with Owen. Owen has to win her hand or risk being cut off by his family. Alex offers to help Owen, but she is secretly in love with him. Owen and Alex spend time together…the friends get involved…I don’t want to spoil it!
Alex is so charming and hilarious! The middle child, she has lived in the shadow of her horrendous sister Lavinia. Lavinia is the perfect English lady on the outside, but inside, she is true evil. Her exploits would be amusing if other’s were not the recipients of her behaviour! Alex has always wanted to have a successful come out, but her debut was less than stellar.
As a teenager, she witnessed Lord Owen perform a gallant act and immediately fell in love with him. Her devastation at the news of the betrothal between her sister and the man of her dreams forces her to take drastic measures. She offers to help Owen if he will return the favour. They meet daily so that Alex may tell him how to impress Lavinia, while Owen teaches her how to dance and flirt. I just about fell over laughing at how naughty Alex was – the stories she tells Owen and methods of wooing her are hilarious. Owen takes his task to heart and is the recipient of the change in Alex.
These two were a delightful couple. I loved how his sister and friends meddle in their affairs. I found that Alex was just so refreshing as she admits that she likes to drink, gamble and swear. This was new territory in a historical romance novel as I can’t remember the last time a debutante admitted those vices!
The passion between Alex and Owen was hot! I loved that the seasoned rake heart beat faster for the young woman who has turned his head! But considering that her sister is about to be engaged to Owen, things are not smooth sailing for these two. The misunderstandings move the plot and relationship forward and well, let’s just say, I was extremely thrilled with the very satisfying ending!