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The Mad Earl's Bride: (Originally published in the print anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A KISS) [Kindle Edition]

Loretta Chase
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Originally appeared in the print anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss.

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?

Product Details

  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (June 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mad Earl's Bride~ June 9, 2013
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When Gwendolyn Adams is asked to marry a man considered mad and soon to die, she takes it in stride and accepts the offer. By marrying the Earl of Rawnsley she will gain his name and position which will make it easier for her to accomplish her dream of opening a hospital. What she does not expect is to be drawn to this 'mad' earl. She researches his condition, and that of his late mother, and attempts to help him find ways to cure him. During there discussions together, this couple find a type of love they never thought possible. But with Dorian certain he is going to die, he tries to distance himself from Gwen while at the same time, encouraging her to discover as much as she can about medincine. He learned at a young age to keep his feelings to himself so these emotions he feels for the steady, level headed Gwen are new and a bit terrifying. The truth of Dorian's disease is revealed and watching this couple come to the new terms was enjoyable. Well written, emotional (the storyline is a bit dark) and sexy with a bit of humor, this novella was a treat to read! 4 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, satisfying romance July 2, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of Dorian, Earl of Rawnsley who believes he has inherited a disease of the mind and will die of madness within months. He is persuaded to marry Gwen, who is a doctor in every way, but ability to practice because she is a woman. The love story that blossoms between the two of them is sweet, loving and really what a romance novel is all about. There are some cameos from Lord of Scoundrels, especially the endearing Bertie. I wish it could have been longer. Loretta Chase writes with such heart and emotion. She is truly a cut above!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I know that Loretta Chase is considered by many the Queen of Historical Romances, and though I read and loved Silk is for Seduction and instantly became a die hard fan of Loretta Chase, it seems too much time has gone by since, because it still surprised me what an amazing storyteller she is and how much I enjoyed The Mad Earl's Bride! I was craving something historical, this was a short novella, so I thought it would satisfy my craving, well I gobbled it up in a mere couple of hours and as usual another book of Loretta Chase left me smiling and feeling happy.

I haven't read any books from this Scoundrels series, so trust me The Mad Earl's Bride works wonderfully as a standalone story, don't fear feeling lost not having read the previous novels in the series.

The mad Earl in question is Dorian, the Earl of Rawnsley, who wants nothing else than to be left in peace in a remote cottage and spend the short time that is still left (since after seeing the madness descend and claim his mother knows that it will soon claim all his senses as well and time is running out) alone, away from society, people in tranquility. Well that tranquility is shot to hell when a fiery red-head woman envades her home to marry him and produce an heir before he succombs to illness! I quite liked the premise of the story and the well developed and lovable characters that Loretta Chase filled the story with. Dorian and Gwendolyn were such vivid and captivating characters I kept turning the pages, craving more of their interactions. (and Bertie, Gwendolyn's cousin and good and loyal friend to Dorian was so adorable as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Carrying a tone that is redolent of the feel of Jane Eyre or Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the onerous aura of the moors have provided an undercurrent of darkness and danger that can mask or unmask madness. While Dorian "Cat" Camoy has lived a difficult existence, favoring his mother's looks and having her unique yellow cat eyes, he also believes that he has inherited her lack of moral compass and will end his life institutionalized in an asylum, suffering a painful death.

Enter Gwen Adams, brought forward to wed the young earl before his sanity retreats and his health declines, signifying the end of the Camoy line. Gwen is intelligent, learned and determined to be a doctor and build a hospital despite the unending list of societal constraints and prejudices that she must face.

With her calm and steady countenance, even in the formidable presence of one angry yet gorgeous man and his arresting eyes, Gwen slowly starts to inveigle her way into Dorian's life and heart: nursing him when he is sick and spending countless hours looking for solutions or alternatives to the dreadful end that Dorian feels is coming.

Full of heart and passion, clever dialogue and not inconsiderable determination from both characters, this little story was hard to put down and engaging from beginning to end. The turmoil and anger within Dorian combined with the steady logic and patience Gwen displays to defeat and ultimately turn his bad moods around is cleverly told and detailed, making their connection seem even more solid and real. Both Dorian and Gwen are unconventional people for their time, and unwilling to bend to societal convention, but willing to use the benefits derived from money and title to do as they please, and this makes them both far more enjoyable to read about and follow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I cried and cried. I lived the historical romance plot, interesting story characters, mix and match of character involvement. Just a winning book that I couldn't put down.
Published 1 month ago by Kattracks
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
Very progressive as far as a woman's role but fits right in with the story. I wondered how would the hero's deadly disease possibly lead to a happy ending. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ladyearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
This tale was so interestingly different and I'm rarely surprised. I enjoyed every minute of it! Would enjoy a follow-up.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fun
This was a fun way to spend an afternoon. Loretta Chase never disappoints, and both the hero and heroine in this story were characters who made me laugh and root for them all the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karen Foley
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Short Story
THE MAD EARL'S BRIDE is a short story that has a connection with Loretta Chase's classic LORD OF SCOUNDRELS. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Melo
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic writing!
Exquisite writing and character development. Sometimes I have waited two years for her next book, but Loretta Chase always delivers her best!
Published 6 months ago by M. Mander
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable! Loved the Heroine - Smart/Practical/Confident
Dorian Camoy has reason to believe he has inherited insanity from his mother. As he begins to manifest symptoms similar to his mother's, he retires to his country estate to live... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Judge Tabor
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! Great novella!
This is by far my favorite novella ever. The characters are easy to love and the story is amazing. I wish this novella could have been a full novel. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
Historical romance is not my genre hence my surprise. I found Ms. Chase's writing and characters interesting lacking in the usual triteness and drivel I associate with historical... Read more
Published 7 months ago by bibliofan
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
What a delightful story! Short but very sweet. The characters cared about each other and I cared about them. Bertie was a brilliant addition. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sue
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Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include clerical, administrative, and part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels... and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award.

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