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The Earl's Inconvenient Wife (Marriage by Scandal Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Ann Nordin
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Book Description

Nathaniel Buford, Earl of Roderick, doesn't want a wife, but his brother died, passing on the title of earl to him. Now he is bound by duty to get an heir. Unfortunately, to get the heir, he must find a wife. As luck would have it, he gets caught in a scandalous situation not of his doing, and the next thing he knows, he's married...and to a lady whose family is reported to desire money above all else.

Miss Claire Lowell wanted to get married. But she never intended to marry a gentleman who felt trapped into it, and she certainly never thought her family would have a hand in the scandal that forced Lord Roderick's hand in marriage. Can love find a way to thrive under such conditions or will her father's eagerness to see her married off to an earl condemn her to a loveless marriage?

*This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Scandal Series.

Marriage by Scandal Series
Book 1: The Earl's Inconvenient Wife
Book 2: A Most Unsuitable Earl
Book 3: His Reluctant Lady
Book 4: The Earl's Scandalous Wife

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About the Author

Ruth Ann Nordin has published over twenty romance novels. She's mostly known for her historical western Nebraska books which feature the Larson family. She's also written contemporaries and romantic comedies and is currently working on Regencies. To find out more about her and her books, please visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wedded Bliss Romances, LLC (May 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084JC6QU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How Many Times Can Characters Sigh or Roll Their Eyes? December 5, 2012
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This is a poorly written book. Definitely not up to this author's standards. The characters "sigh" and "roll their eyes" so much that it becomes annoying and distracting. The book is not well researched; the dialog is inconsistent with the the time period. It would be nice if writers would really familiarize themselves and respect genres BEFORE they decided to write. The only saving grace is that the book was free.
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Parody of Regency December 8, 2012
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Since the author has at least 20 other published books, I'm guessing this book was intended to be a parody or was a grand experiment that failed. I've never read this author before, so I cannot say for sure.

The story has every cliche possible: the second son who reluctantly becomes earl after the death of an older brother, the need for a marriage to get an heir, the ballroom full of dull debutantes, the accidental compromise of Blair, I mean Claire. That's just in the first chapter or two! It's tongue in cheek all over the place.

Idioms and language are modern day, not regency time. That also is annoying.

What was the author thinking? I'd really love to know!
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Inconvenient Novel January 14, 2013
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This. Is. Awful. The main characters are flat, cardboard cutouts of better-written Regency Romance novels. The main character is childish, silly, and a complete idiot when it gets right down to the matter. The only admirable aspect about the leading lady is that she loves her family despite how wretched they are! Unfortunately, she has no backbone or intelligence to help her along.
The hero is just as bad. Nordin tries for the mysterious, brooding man and ends up with a churlish boy instead. Not exactly what a reader wants.

The best character in the novel is the crippled best friend, and of course nothing interesting happens with him.

If you like pointless, meandering writing, poorly considered plot, and lukewarm characters in a vaguely historic and entirely modern tale, then this is the story for you.

I hope Nordin's other books aren't as completely wretched as "The Earl's Incovenient Wife".
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 stars: Not the best effort December 11, 2012
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This is the first story that I have read by this author, but it does not recommend her. She is purported to be very good, but I found her grasp of Regency England and its voice, somewhat lacking. This novel sounded American, and felt American. However, if one gets beyond that, there is a story, but it was incongruent. What did stick with one throughout this story was the sister, Lilly's, desire for a title and her self-absorption.

What I found a bit eyebrow raising in this tale, was that the young husband, Nate, consulted a rake, Lord Edon, for tips on easing his wife into the sexual side of the marriage, and even read up on what he was supposed to do. We are led to believe that he is bookish, so why wouldn't he have looked for a book, without involving Lord Edon, who was not a close friend? That was not plausible to me, and far too personal for him to share with an acquaintance. It was totally out of character. However, he was not the only one suffering out of character experiences. His wife, Claire, after a week, and no educational books to speak of, no hints from a more experienced friend, is "exploring" and blowing his mind in the drawing room. If I had been given a transition, I would not have been thrown by her actions, but, as it was, I could only think, "Huh?" The scene seemed like the author was throwing a lemony bone out to the reader, no pun intended, and it didn't flow...

Nevertheless, I am still going to read some other offerings by this author, and see how they compare, as I want to be fair in my assessment of her. Hopefully, I'll find a better showing by her in her other works.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it December 11, 2012
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The heroine in this novel is so utterly annoying she makes me want to pull my hair out. I agree with the reviewer who said this must have been written by a teenager. It was that, or someone who did absolutely ZERO research on colloquialisms of the early 19th century. Personally, I can get over the misuse of language if the characters are likable and the story is well written. Unfortunately, this story has neither elements going for it. The author attempted to have a strong willed fiery heroine, and instead created one that sounded like a spoiled rotten, whiny brat. I can't read anymore.
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really poorly written August 19, 2012
By L. Lamb
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I seriously thought this was written by a teenager with a thesaurus. The author should stick to other types of stories because her Regency novel sounded more like a high school teenager's journal, complete with rolling eyes. There wasn't a hint of correct language for the time period the novel is supposed to be written about. It was the most boring novel I've ever read. I admit this is the first of this author's novels I've read, so maybe she is better at Western stories.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Puleaze! January 2, 2013
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I got this book free and that is the only good thing I can say about it. The main characters seemed like whiney teenagers. **Spoilers ** Franky, when the heroine asked the hero for an annulment I think he should have just given her one; she was that annoying. I can overlook a lot if the characters develop and the plot moves along but that just didn't happen here. 75% percent of the book was the same long argument with the heroine becoming more irritating with every chapter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was okay until the last. Too much detail about sex acts.
Published 21 hours ago by rm
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok not a page Turner!!!
I am glad that I read the story, however it was the typical English story about the ton and marrying a title and they live happily ever after!! Read more
Published 1 day ago by P.Joy
3.0 out of 5 stars nice quick read
Basic but delightful. I enjoyed the book as I love all historical romance novels but it's missing that "special something" that makes me crave for more.
Published 2 days ago by Patrice
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't finish the book.
I had to force myself to read to page 74, I kept waiting for the book to get better. It didn't. I now know why this author self-published the book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Nita
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip This One
I really wanted to like this book. I applaud the effort but I just couldn't get into it. Everything about it seemed off. The characters, dialogue, setting.... Read more
Published 4 days ago by G Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars good.
A bit convenient at times and a bit over simplistic. But it was a nice little story. The "misunderstanding" didn't go on nor was it so silly that it was irritating.
Published 5 days ago by J. L Roth
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing amazing. WAY too shorth though
It was okay, nothing amazing. WAY too shorth though, not a full length book
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars The plot's not bad, but pretty traditional in most ways
There are no half-stars; were there one in the lineup, I would probably have added it to the three stars I award this book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by ragshop2
1.0 out of 5 stars The storyline was good, but that's about all I can say about ...
The storyline was good, but that's about all I can say about it. The heroine is a simpleton and the dialog between the protagonists was less than engaging. Read more
Published 9 days ago by N. C. Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice verbal romp
A pretty good read with some clever twists amid the predictability of the plot. My first time with this author. Would probably read her again
Published 11 days ago by cappy
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Ruth Ann Nordin lives in Nebraska with her husband and four sons. When she's not playing wife and mother, she's reading and writing. She has written over fifty books, and forty-five of those are romances. Her romances include Regencies, historical westerns, and contemporaries.

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