‘The Earl Claims a Bride’ by Amelia Grey

tecab agSTORY: Can a hastily arranged match

Harrison Thornwick is the Heirs’ Club’s newest member. His carefree days as a reckless rogue carousing around London are suddenly behind him after the tragic death of his brother leaves him in charge of the family estate. What’s more, the Prince himself has offered to secure his marital prospects. Now Harrison has no choice but to grin and bear his noble fate-and the woman who’s been chosen for him.

Become a love for all time?

Miss Angelina Rule is a spectacular beauty, a dream match for any man. But she is fiercely independent-and full of passion-and is all set to rebel against her royal order of marriage…until she meets the devilishly charming Harrison. With him by her side, Angelina devises a scheme that will teach her meddlesome relatives a lesson, once and for all. But little did she and Harrison expect to fall into a tempestuous attraction-and a powerful desire that neither of them can deny…

REVIEW: Harrison is the fourth son of a Earl.  When he learns that his brother, the Earl of Thornwick, his wife and children have all died from a fever, he is devastated.  Most of Thornwick Manor has been destroyed by fire.  It is unknown whether it was an accident or deliberately set afire thinking it would stop the rampages of the fever.  Now, he is the Earl of Thornwick and he has to rebuild the Manor.

When an emissary of the Prince comes to see him, he is told that the Prince insists that he marry right away and produce an heir.  It appears that Harrison was involved in a duel while in his cups and that is illegal.  So, he has no recourse but to do as the Prince wants.
Miss Angelina Rule loves to paint mostly miniatures.  A beautiful young woman, she paints lovely scenes on fans, snuff boxes and the like.  In addition, she loves dogs and tends to take in strays.  Her life is soon to change though.  Her father has amassed huge debts by gambling foolishly and may soon be in debtor’s prison.  But once again, the Prince steps in and declares that he will pay her father’s debts if Angelina marries Harrison Thornwick.
Angelina has been in love with Captain Maxwell for some years now.  He has fought in the war and she has waited for him to come home.  So when she in introduced to Harrison, her attitude lets him know that she does not want to be his pawn.  Instead, she has a scheme to try and sell some of her paintings in hopes of making enough money to pay off her father’s debts.
When Captain Maxwell returns from war injured and he and Harrison meet up, the struggle begins to see which man will win Angelina’s love.  Will she be successful with her paintings to achieve her goal?
The plot here is a good one, but the characters were a bit too shallow which made me lose interest.
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Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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