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Earl of Westcliff: Wicked Regency Romance (Wicked Earls' Club) Kindle Edition
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First of all I want to say that I didn't hate this novella, even though I'm only giving it three stars which amazon considers a critical review. I really wanted to give this four stars, but overall there were just a ton of little things that bothered me about it. To begin with there was the opening scene which made me want to groan when I read it. Not only do I never thinks its a good idea for an author to start off any book with the hero in bed (or in this case getting ready to get into bed) with another woman, but most especially a married one. Then there was Tynan who acted like a jerk on occasion and just never won my heart.
I'm admittedly not a fan of heroes who try to fight their feelings every step of the way, which is Tynan through and through. I'm not even sure why, as there was nothing in his history to put him off marriage. If anything the entire Brayden family was full of love and warmth, so his adamant refusal to make Abby his just didn't make sense to me. Of course he does come around, but that wasn't until almost the very end and the fact that he ran hot and cold was off-putting to me. On a positive note Tynan was very protective and obviously cared a lot for Abby. I'd even go so far as to say he fell in love with her at first sight.
Then there was Abby who was a total sweetheart. She was cute and charming, and often had me cracking up with her innocent (and sometimes not so innocent) remarks. She was a young lady with a heart of gold and I adored her not only for selflessness, but the love and loyalty she showed toward her brother, the only family she had left. I also liked the plot that this story revolved around (addiction) which is not a subject often tackled in historical romances. It moved along at a good pace, had minimal typos, and was never boring or felt bogged down. To be honest I think it had a bit too much going on at times.
I also didn't like the way Ms. Platt turned the club into pretty much a bordello for aristocratic women. That didn't seem like something Coventry (the founder) would have allowed either. Fallen women would be welcome for sure (it is a gentleman's pleasure club after all) but noblewomen? Then there was the repetition: from he being the wolf and she a rabbit to the "my love's" when they actually admit to their feelings. And I swear if I had to hear the word "bollocks" one more time I was going to throw a fit. Overall this one just didn't quite hit the mark for me, but I look forward to reading EARL OF WAINTHORPE next.
Setting: October 1815, London, England
Players: Miss Abigail Croft & Tynan Brayden, Sixth Earl of Westcliff
Kindle Locations: The version I read ended at 83% and location 1934 of 2343 with the remainder being a list of other books by Meara Platt, a note by the author, and excerpts for the following three stories: A MATCH MADE IN DUTY, Tammy Andresen's EARL OF SUSSEX, and Collette Cameron's EARL OF WAINTHORPE.
Tynan has helped and seen his cousin overcome his disfigurement, from the last war, and is happy James has found a wife and true love in Sophie. He; however, wants nothing to do with marriage and respectability. That is why he is a member of the most secret, deviant & wicked club for Earls. While he is about to spend the night with a married woman and a Peacock feather Tynan sees an innocent young woman hanging around the lightpost about to go into the building next door. That particular building is known to be a notorious Opium den. Something the Earls do not like but must tolerate. His loving/protecting instinct (from being the older brother to a group of comical GIANT Brayden men) kick in and runs out to see what she is doing (and his lady friend leaves in a huff).. Just in time to rescue her from some unsavory persons. Lady Abigail Croft has absolutely no clue how much danger is she in. She has one goal. Get her beloved brother out of the Opium Den and save him from himself. Having returned from the war (her last living relative) a broken man who is haunted terribly day and night he seeks comforts from using drugs. He doesn't want to waste away but that is exactly what is happening. Abigail is desperate and seeks Tynan's help. Tynan seeing what James went through agrees. He seeks help from both the Earl of Coventry (the leader of the Wicked Earl's Club) and his cousin James. It is agreed that Abigail and her brother stay at the Earl of Coventry's country cottage to break clean from Opium. There is one catch if Tynan sleeps with Abigail he MUST marry her. Now the challenge begins, having someone go cold turkey is one challenge, keeping his hands of a woman he is falling in love with is another thing. He does not want marriage and to make matters worse Abigail has not only fallen in love with Tynan is very interested in finding out what a beautiful Peacock feather can do!
Lady Abigail Croft has one surviving family member and she’s determined to save him from himself – no matter the danger to herself. Used to relying on no one other than herself, she’s both thrilled and dismayed when help comes along in the form of a handsome, wicked earl. Can Abigail accept his help without losing her heart? Or is she doomed to lose both her remaining family and her heart?
WOW! I sat down to read Meara Platt’s Earl of Westcliff expecting to read it in my usual 2 – 3 day time frame. Well, 3 hours later I was reading “The End”. A heartwarming, gut wrenching story by the wonderful Ms. Platt. Tynan, the strong, handsome wicked Earl looking for more in his life; even though he’s not aware of it, and the strong, determined Abigail that gets under his skin and burrows her way into his heart….deep sigh.