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Earl of Wainthorpe: Wicked Earls' Club, Book 3 (Seductive Scoundrels 8) Kindle Edition
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"An entertaining read from start to finish." ★★★★★ ~Uncaged Reviews
USA Today Bestselling Author COLLETTE CAMERON® scribbles Scottish and Regency historicals featuring dashing rogues and scoundrels and the intrepid damsels who reform them. Blessed with an over-active and witty muse that won't stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she's lived in Oregon her entire life, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time. A self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic, you'll always find a dash of inspiration and a pinch of humor in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances®.
Fun Fact About Collette: Besides her Regency, Scottish, and Highlander historical romances, Collette has ideas for several other genres, including a time-travel series, a young adult series, a contemporary inspirational series, and even a paranormal series. She complains she needs more time in a day.
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From the Author
When I was invited to participate in the Wicked Earls' Club, I eagerly said yes, I wanted to create a hero who appeared wholly irredeemable, but whose inherent nature was decent and honorable. Whether he wanted to admit it or not!
Pierce, the Earl of Wainthorpe is just such a man. Traumatized as a child,he's held a grudge for decades, and just when he is finally able exact vengeance on his worst enemy, Fate interferes.
Bianca is just what Pierce needs, but her own secrets make it impossible for her to trust him.
You'll recognize a few characters in the Earl of Wainthorpe who were introduced in A DIAMOND FOR A DUKE. I might even hint who the next book's hero will be.
- ASIN : B0778YJVC5
- Publisher : Blue Rose Romance® (January 23, 2018)
- Publication date : January 23, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1199 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,661 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Pierce has a mission in life, that is to destroy Bertram Normand, the newly minted Baron Fairfax. Pierce hold Fairfax responsible for the death of his mother twenty years ago in India. After careful planning, he finally has Fairfax in position to ruin him. He has purchased all his vowels and debts and is currently engaged in card game that will finally break him. Fairfax is sure that his luck is about to change and wagers not only his unentailed estate but his ward too!
Pierce is taken aback, he was not aware Fairfax had a ward, nor did he expect to be intrigued by the lovely young woman. He knows that if he does not accept the wager, she will most likely be sold to someone else. Wanting to protect her, he agrees to the wager and makes Fairfax write up a note giving Pierce full guardianship of his ward, Bianca Salisbury.
Bianca is mortified, orphaned at a young age, she lived with her aging aunt and uncle at Elmsford manor until Fairfax inherited the estate. She accompanied him to London, hoping to find work, but she never anticipated that Bertram would stoop so low as to sell her! She tries to reason with him and when that fails, she flees to the ladies retiring room. There she meets three women and when they learn of her fate and their brother's part in it - come to her rescue.
Pierce is awoken the next morning by the "trio" and they blindside him with demands to know what he was thinking wagering for Bianca. He asks where Bianca is, because he spent the better part of the night looking for her. He is relieved to learn that she is safe with his sister Nora and then is shocked when she walks into his bedroom.
Pierce demands the ladies leave and promises to answer all their questions. He tells them to return to Nora's house and he will meet them there. But first he needs to find out if he really is Bianca's guardian and what he can do to protect her from Fairfax.
He arrives at Nora's and tells his sisters what he has learned. He must apply to the court to be named her guardian and asks Nora if her husband would be willing to take guardianship if the courts deem Pierce as unsuitable. Nora suggests Pierce marry her and he finds he is not at all opposed to that idea. As they are waiting for Bianca to join them, Pierce spies her leaving and chases after her. Bianca overheard part of the conversation and assumes that Pierce means to dump her on his sister - she refuses to be a burden to anyone and takes off.
When Pierce catches up with her, she realizes how ungrateful she is behaving. She knows he is only trying to help her and agrees to go to Halverstone (his hunting lodge/country estate) and give him time to sort everything out. She is overcome by everything that has happened and begins to cry. Pierce comforts he and they share a kiss. When she comes to her senses, she slaps him and tells him she will not be one of his strumpets and there will be no more kissing! Pierce is delighted by her and tells her she will beg for his kisses. They make a bet - one month if she has not begged for his kiss, he will give her Elmsford manor and leave her in peace.
They spend the next few weeks getting to know each other and Pierce begins to woo her. He is weakening her resolve and she knows she is falling in love with him. But Bianca knows first hand what happens to women that give into men, she is scared that she will end up like her mother, alone and ruined. So when Pierce suggests they marry, Bianca turns him down, quite cruelly. Deeply hurt, Pierce starts to walk away, but tells her she is welcome to Elmsford, but he will not let her go until he is sure Fairfax is no longer a threat to her. He then tells her why he hates Fairfax. Then he walks away. But he looks back and sees her reaction and hope blooms in his heart.
Bianca knows she loves him and has pushed him away to protect herself, but now she wonders if love is worth the risk and if her cruel comments have ruined any chance she has for happiness.
I really loved Pierce, he was the perfect hero in my mind and when Bianca hurt him, I hated her. She does redeem herself, but I didn't forgive as quickly as Pierce. The book was well written, had an interesting story, delightful secondary characters, a couple of warmish love scenes, a villain that gets his due and a very touching declaration scene. It is the third book in the Wicked Earls Club series, but could easily be read as a stand alone title.
Pierce, the Earl of Wainthorpe has wanted revenge on Bertram Normand since he was eight years old – and it is finally within his grasp. Bertram will be ruined after tonight’s card game – and victory will be sweet. Everyone, including Pierce, is aghast when Bertram adds his ward to the wager. What is Pierce to do – accept the wager or reject it? If he rejects it, he knows Bertram will just sell her off to some unscrupulous scoundrel. So, he accepts but stipulates that Bertram MUST sign over his guardianship of his ward to Pierce.
Bianca Salisbury has had insult after insult after insult piled on by Bertram, but betting her in a card game is beyond the pale. She knows Wainthorpe’s reputation and knows there will be absolutely no way to salvage her reputation – she is ruined.
Pierce is not the rogue everyone thinks he is and his main concern is saving Bianca and figuring out how to save her reputation. She doesn’t believe that and makes it as difficult for him as she can. They are each attracted to the other, but she knows she cannot give in to that or she will truly be ruined in deed as well as thought.
In order to keep her safe from Bertram, he sneaks her off to his country estate to stay until he can get her legal guardianship straightened out and figure out what to do. Their time together, getting to know each other, blossoms into love.
This was not my favorite of the series so far, but it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read!
I LOVED this book and will read it again at a later date.
Not only was I gifted a copy of this book, but I also purchased a copy of it.
Collette does her research well. She ALWAYS has gotten my interest, right from the start. Her characters are always interesting. The settings amazingly written. I have loved all of her books.
Top reviews from other countries
In an attempt to ruin his enemy, Pierce wins everything at a card game, including a new ward. Bianca is happy to get away from her cousin, but much less happy about the damage to her reputation.
I'm not sure where to start with this. To me, the story was a little uneven. The beginning has a lot of detail, but then we get less and less as the book goes on. A romance that skips over a wedding is a little odd. It's not particularly steamy, but there is a sex scene shoehorned in right at the end, so it couldn't be considered clean either. I also found Pierce's turnaround to be a little quick.
The book was littered with unfamiliar words. I'm not a history buff, so it's possible they are genuine era-appropriate terms, but I have read quite a few historical romance and I still found the terms to be unfamiliar. For me, this was a little overdone.
Still, overall, it was a pleasant enough read.
This story had me thinking , of times past ,when women had no control of their lives , when men gambled and lost fortunes, the womenfolk were the ones who suffered the most , sold off in marriage to unsuitable men . Some going into jobs as governesses or ladies maids , others as courtesans or lower to the streets . Children who should have had a decent upbringing left to fend for themselves.
This book was wonderfully written and my mind ran wild with scenarios of these past families destroyed by greed .
The Earl Of Wainthorpe is a man who ,when he’s faced with such a situation, with a woman being used by her cousin as a gambling debt ,he does all he can to help .
Bianca is the woman , used to pay off a debt , facing an uncertain future, finding herself a ward of the Earl , how can she recover her life and her reputation.
Will Pierce be Bianca's shining knight ?
“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own