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Monday, December 14, 2015

4/5 Review: A Wicked Way to Win an Earl by Anna Bradley

A tantalizing new Regency romance filled with the most elegant society—and the most forbidden desires…

England, 1811. Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family’s scandalous past and join high society. Unwilling to upset her sister, Delia reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the Sutherland estate—and avoid the gossip at all costs.

Alec Sutherland is known as a hot-headed scoundrel, but nothing gets a rise out of him as much as the news that his brother desires Delia’s hand in marriage. She is, after all, the daughter of the London belle who soiled their family name. He’s determined to ruin her reputation as well, in the most delicious way possible. It’s only a matter of time before he can woo her with his irresistible advances.

As Delia devilishly plays along in Alec’s game, determined to prove the joke is on him, they inch ever closer to repeating history. And in this game of seductive glances, scandalous whispers, and old debts, the outcome might be much more than either of them anticipated…


I will start by noting this is Ms. Bradley's debut novel.  I must say wonderful work!  Dehlia Somerset has been trying to avoid the Ton because of a family scandal.  I guess you need to know Regency to understand what a daft bunch of ninny's the TON can be.  However, for the sake of her sister she agrees to attend a house party.

Alec Sunderland, is livid when his brother becomes infatuated with Dehlia, the daughter of the woman that brough scandal upon his house.  He decides he will do whatever is necessary to nip the relationship in the bud including ruining her reputation.  Dehlia, rises to the occasion and turns the tables on Alec.  Who will win this proverbial cat and mouse game?

Ms. Bradley's writing is fluid and her characters well balanced. I found myself laughing out loud a time or two at the antics they get into.  If you are in the market for a great regency romance this one fits the bill and will even make you smile.

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