Earl of Westcliff by Meara Platt

Earl of Westcliff (Wicked Earls' Club, #2)Earl of Westcliff by Meara Platt

Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Wicked Earl’s Club #2
Publication Date: 1/16/18

Twelve novellas by twelve different authors – what a great way to get an introduction to an author you may not have tried before, or to deepen your admiration for a tried and true author. I have read a few of Meara Platt’s books and found the heroines to be incredibly syrupy sweet and this novella followed that same pattern. It is also filled with the humor I have come to expect in Ms. Platt’s writing.

Tynan Brayden, Earl of Westcliff, is a rake. He loves the ladies and the ladies love him. He’s handsome and rich – what is not to love. However, he has been feeling a little empty lately. His amorous encounters just aren’t satisfying. He doesn’t know what is missing, but something is.

Abigail Croft is at her wit’s end. She is almost totally alone in the world. She’s lost everyone she’s ever loved and she has lead a very sheltered life – until. She was sent off to an abbey when she was young and hasn’t been living in the real world very long. She’s lost her parents and three of her four brothers. She lives with her only surviving brother, who is a baron. They aren’t poor, but they are far from rich, so she isn’t well dowered. Her brother is also hopelessly addicted to opium and is near death. What will happen to her if he dies? She’s unmarried, has no funds and no relatives. She also loves her brother with all her heart and will do anything within her power to save him – even endanger her own life.

Tynan is in his private room at the Wicked Earl’s Club – just beginning a tryst with a Viscountess – when he walks over and looks out the window. He spots a lady standing across the street and she is totally unaware of the three thugs who are slowly creeping up on her. Tynan tells his lady that the tryst will have to continue later and off he goes – shirtless – to rescue the damsel in distress.

Abigail has followed her brother to an opium den that is next to the Wicked Earl’s Club and she’s trying to figure out how to get him out of the house. She’s startled and frightened when a shirtless, tall, handsome man – with pistols drawn – starts toward her. When he demands that the brutes that she hadn’t even notice halt, she realizes that he’s there to save her. However, she isn’t sure which is the more dangerous.

Tynan sneaks Abigail up to his private room until he can get his carriage to come around and take her home. During the wait, he gets her story out of her and some humorous interactions take place between them (read it – you’ll enjoy it). After she finishes her tale, quite to his own shock and surprise, he volunteers to help her with her brother.

They spend time together over the next few days and get to know each other – and they (of course) fall in love. I enjoyed the story, but, I thought it all happened too fast. I know it was a novella, but the author could have stretched time periods out so that the love part was more believable. The HEA is lovely, the family is endearing, the Earl of Coventry is sneaky (in a nice way) and the wolf gets his rabbit.

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