Title: The Mad Earl's Bride
Originally appeared in the print anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss (1995).
Gwendolyn Adams is about to propose to an earl. On his deathbed.
Gwendolyn Adams isn't shocked at being asked to save a handsome earl's dying line, even when she learns the prospective bridegroom is seriously ill and possibly insane. She's quite a good nurse, after all, and her family is famous for producing healthy male children. Those stories about his riding the moors half-naked on a pale white horse? Extremely intriguing—especially after she gets her first look at the gorgeous lunatic.
The Earl of Rawnsley wants only to lose what's left of his mind in peace and privacy. But his busybody relatives have saddled him with a surprise bride and orders to sire an heir forthwith. (And they say he's mad?) But with Gwendolyn, his health is returning, and his resistance ... crumbling. Is it possible that love is the finest madness of all?
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sea Change, Negotiating Love
Series: Scoundrels #3.5
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: 4 June 2013
Genres: Regency Romance
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Carrying a tone that is redolent of the feel of Jane Eyre or Tess of the D’Urbervilles, the onerous aura of the moors have provided an undercurrent of darkness and danger that can mask or unmask madness. While Dorian “Cat” Camoy has lived a difficult existence, favoring his mother’s looks and having her unique yellow cat eyes, he also believes that he has inherited her lack of moral compass and will end his life institutionalized in an asylum, suffering a painful death.
Enter Gwen Adams, brought forward to wed the young earl before his sanity retreats and his health declines, signifying the end of the Camoy line. Gwen is intelligent, learned and determined to be a doctor and build a hospital despite the unending list of societal constraints and prejudices that she must face.
With her calm and steady countenance, even in the formidable presence of one angry yet gorgeous man and his arresting eyes, Gwen slowly starts to inveigle her way into Dorian’s life and heart: nursing him when he is sick and spending countless hours looking for solutions or alternatives to the dreadful end that Dorian feels is coming.
Full of heart and passion, clever dialogue and not inconsiderable determination from both characters, this little story was hard to put down and engaging from beginning to end. The turmoil and anger within Dorian combined with the steady logic and patience Gwen displays to defeat and ultimately turn his bad moods around is cleverly told and detailed, making their connection seem even more solid and real. Both Dorian and Gwen are unconventional people for their time, and unwilling to bend to societal convention, but willing to use the benefits derived from money and title to do as they please, and this makes them both far more enjoyable to read about and follow. I truly enjoyed this story, and will look to read more of Loretta Chase’s books in this series.
I received an eProof from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.