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The Untamed Earl. (Playful Brides #5) by Valerie Bowman. ARC Review.


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?

Lord Owen Monroe has been hauled over the coals by his father. He will lose his allowance if he doesn't get his act together. He is drinking, gambling and wasting his time doing nothing. Now he must  persuade a particular young lady to marry him within a month. The lady must choose him because she loves him. This will prove to be a monumental task.
Lady Alexandra Hobbs has lived all her live in the shadow of her very spoiled older sister.  Now she has overheard that her parents want a marriage between her sister and the one man Alex has always wanted herself. She must come up with a plan.
Our hero has spent years living down to his father's opinion of him. To change now is harder than he imagined. But our mischievous  heroine will do everything in her power to help, for a price.

This is part of a series but easily read as a stand alone. A fun, and at times emotional story. I love this series.

Read the 1st Chapter HERE

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

Visit Valerie on the web at  Website.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Goodreads. Pinterest.


ARC Received through 2016netgalleychallenge

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