Author Collaboration Series

Earl of Sunderland by Aubrey Wynne

Earl of Sunderland (Wicked Earls' Club, #4)Earl of Sunderland by Aubrey Wynne

Barbara’s rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars – rounded up to 5
Series: Wicked Earl’s Club #4
Publication Date: 1/30/18

I loved this book! I know the name of the series is Wicked Earl’s Club, but there wasn’t a wicked bone in Kit’s body. He was a sweet and honorable man – his brother, however – now he fits the name!

Carson and Christopher Roker are twins who had a solitary childhood and were always there to keep each other company. Carson was the heir who didn’t want to be – he was undisciplined, full of tricks and fun and Christopher was the steady half of the two. Each was the completing half of the other. As adults, Carson stayed that immature, undisciplined, fun-loving young man and Christopher (Kit) joined the military and stayed the steady young man he’d always been. Carson didn’t want to inherit the title – he often tried to talk his brother into trading places.

Carson felt forced into marriage but came to care for his young and mistreated bride. He’d even begun to settle down and was trying to be a better man. He and his wife shared a secret – they were going to become parents and Carson was very happy about it. For the first time in weeks, he went out and got drunk – and he had an accident and died.

Just after the battle of Waterloo, Kit awoke from a nightmare. He’d dreamed of his brother’s death. He plainly saw him on a horse and his neck was broken. Kit was filled with foreboding. Then, several days later, he got a letter from his father telling him to come home and that his brother had died.

Grace Beaumont was fifteen when she lost her mother in childbirth. Grace was in the room with her mother and had witnessed her death. Grace’s father fell apart and there was a new baby to care for, so Grace made them her whole life. She saw that they were cared for and never had an unanswered need or want. At the same time, she vowed she’d never marry because she valued the independence she had and she was afraid of childbirth.

Kit and Grace met (for the second time) on the road to Kit’s home. Grace was going to visit her cousin (Carson’s wife) and Kit was just returning home. Neither Kit nor Grace was looking for a spouse or even love – but – sometimes love finds you. It was fun getting to know them and watching them find their HEA.

Sammy is the young brother Grace has raised – and you’ll just love him. He’s so bright, funny and absolutely precocious. The interactions between Sammy and Grace are priceless – as are those between Sammy and Kit. For instance – there is an exchange between Grace and Sammy where she is speaking to him about loudly interrupting her and not being patient. She’s told him that he should apologize to her. The scene is – Grace says to Sammy — “You should wait patiently until I lift my head.” He stuck out his bottom lip. “I’m sorry if you thought my patience was too loud.”

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The Earl of Wainthorpe by Collette Cameron

Earl of Wainthorpe (Wicked Earls' Club, #3)Earl of Wainthorpe by Collette Cameron

Series: Wicked Earls’ Club, #3

Release Date: January 23, 2018

Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Pierce Chamberlain, the Earl of Wainthorpe is definitely the star of this book, I loved him. Underneath the carefully constructed façade of a unrepentant rake beats a loving and caring heart.

Pierce has a mission in life, that is to destroy Bertram Normand, the newly minted Baron Fairfax. Pierce holds Fairfax responsible for the death of his mother twenty years ago in India. After careful planning, he finally has Fairfax in position to ruin him. He has purchased all his vowels and debts and is currently engaged in card game that will finally break him. Fairfax is sure that his luck is about to change and wagers not only his unentailed estate but his ward too!

Pierce is taken aback, he was not aware Fairfax had a ward, nor did he expect to be intrigued by the lovely young woman. He knows that if he does not accept the wager, she will most likely be sold to someone else. Wanting to protect her, he agrees to the wager and makes Fairfax write up a note giving Pierce full guardianship of his ward, Bianca Salisbury.

Bianca is mortified, orphaned at a young age, she lived with her aging aunt and uncle at Elmsford manor until Fairfax inherited the estate. She accompanied him to London, hoping to find work, but she never anticipated that Bertram would stoop so low as to sell her! She tries to reason with him and when that fails, she flees to the ladies retiring room. There she meets three women and when they learn of her fate and their brother’s part in it – come to her rescue.

Pierce is awoken the next morning by the “trio” and they blindside him with demands to know what he was thinking wagering for Bianca. He asks where Bianca is, because he spent the better part of the night looking for her. He is relieved to learn that she is safe with his sister Nora and then is shocked when she walks into his bedroom.

Pierce demands the ladies leave and promises to answer all their questions. He tells them to return to Nora’s house and he will meet them there. But first he needs to find out if he really is Bianca’s guardian and what he can do to protect her from Fairfax.

He arrives at Nora’s and tells his sisters what he has learned. He must apply to the court to be named her guardian and asks Nora if her husband would be willing to take guardianship if the courts deem Pierce as unsuitable. Nora suggests Pierce marry her and he finds he is not at all opposed to that idea. As they are waiting for Bianca to join them, Pierce spies her leaving and chases after her. Bianca overheard part of the conversation and assumes that Pierce means to dump her on his sister – she refuses to be a burden to anyone and takes off.

When Pierce catches up with her, she realizes how ungrateful she is behaving. She knows he is only trying to help her and agrees to go to Halverstone (his hunting lodge/country estate) and give him time to sort everything out. She is overcome by everything that has happened and begins to cry. Pierce comforts he and they share a kiss. When she comes to her senses, she slaps him and tells him she will not be one of his strumpets and there will be no more kissing! Pierce is delighted by her and tells her she will beg for his kisses. They make a bet – one month if she has not begged for his kiss, he will give her Elmsford manor and leave her in peace.

They spend the next few weeks getting to know each other and Pierce begins to woo her. He is weakening her resolve and she knows she is falling in love with him. But Bianca knows first hand what happens to women that give into men, she is scared that she will end up like her mother, alone and ruined. So when Pierce suggests they marry, Bianca turns him down, quite cruelly. Deeply hurt, Pierce starts to walk away, but tells her she is welcome to Elmsford, but he will not let her go until he is sure Fairfax is no longer a threat to her. He then tells her why he hates Fairfax. Then he walks away. But he looks back and sees her reaction and hope blooms in his heart.

Bianca knows she loves him and has pushed him away to protect herself, but now she wonders if love is worth the risk and if her cruel comments have ruined any chance she has for happiness.

I really loved Pierce, he was the perfect hero in my mind and when Bianca hurt him, I hated her. She does redeem herself, but I didn’t forgive as quickly as Pierce. The book was well written, had an interesting story, delightful secondary characters, a couple of warmish love scenes, a villain that gets his due and a very touching declaration scene. It is the third book in the Wicked Earls Club series, but could easily be read as a stand alone title.

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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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The Wicked Earls’ Club and Earl of Sussex by Tammy Anderson

This post is actually for two books, the first is a short story that serves as an introduction to the series and the second is for my review for the first book. Barbara and I will be reviewing the entire series as the books are released – from what I understand each book is already available for preorder on most major formats at a special introductory price of $0.99! There are 12 novellas by 12 authors in the series, which share a common theme, but are all stand alone titles.

The Wicked Earls Club: Regency Romance (Wicked Earls' Club, #0.5)The Wicked Earls Club: Regency Romance by Tammy Andresen

Series: The Wicked Earls’ Club, # 0.5

Release Date: December 29, 2017

Tracy’s rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cute little intro to the series – it is super short and doesn’t really delve into any “Earl” in particular. But, it is informative and gives the reader a little background on the club before jumping into the series.

At the time of this posting, this title was available on Amazon for free!

Earl of Sussex (Wicked Earls' Club, #1)Earl of Sussex by Tammy Andresen

Series: The Wicked Earls’ Club, #1

Release Date: January 9, 2018

Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Luke Bentley, Earl of Sussex is an unrepentant rake, but his days of living wild and free are about to come to an end, his parents have decided that is time for him to settle down and start a family and they have the perfect woman in mind for him -Lady Tabitha Riley, the Duke of Waverly’s daughter.

Luke is convinced that Tabitha aka Tabbie (if my sister Tabitha is reading this – I am so sorry – that is how the author spelled it!) is a boring wallflower and has no desire to marry her. His friends disagree and tell him to meet her before he makes any decisions.

Tabbie is a wallflower – by choice! She is incredibly bright and is a natural born schemer, so when her father tells her about the possible match, she immediately begins to think of ways to avoid being married to Luke. Oh, Luke is handsome and charming, but he is a rake and her previous interactions with him have convinced her that he is not husband material.

When they meet, Tabbie cuts to the heart of the matter immediately, they don’t want to marry, so they must find a way to end this farce without causing a scandal. Luke is taken aback – this shy wallflower is not what he expected – she is lovely, smart and witty. He is even more shocked when he realizes that he desires her. When Tabbie suggests they meet later to discuss their plan, Luke knows it is a bad idea, but he also knows he will being going anyway!

When they meet later, Tabbie tells him her plan, he will be caught with another woman and Tabbie will be free. Luke points out the flaws in her plan and then he kisses her. Luke is shaken down to his toes by the kiss and quickly tells Tabbie he will find a woman and set their plan in motion.

After leaving the estate to return to London, Luke begins to change, he hasn’t had a drink in days and with his mind clear, he sees the man he is and doesn’t really like it. He follows through with his promise and returns to the house party with a woman in tow. But the more he thinks about it, the less he wants to go through with the plan.

Tabbie meets with him and the woman and finds herself a little jealous, but it is for the best, Luke would only break her heart. She leaves to find her father, so they can “catch” Luke in the act with another woman, thus releasing her from having to marry him. But when they enter the room, Luke is alone. When Tabbie manages to get Luke alone, she asks why he blew the plan and he is honest. He says he wants her and would like a chance to get to know her. He asks for time to prove that he can be the man she needs and surprises her by sharing his views on marriage and commitment.

Tabbie agrees to give him time, but she is still sure that there is no such thing as a reformed rake and he will eventually tire of her and move onto the next woman.

These two really are well matched and Luke is much kinder and more understanding with Tabbie than I would have expected. Tabbie will struggle with her feelings and trust issues, but will she be willing to risk all to gain the love of a lifetime?

The story is very well written, flows nicely and is very fleshed out for a novella. There is witty banter, somewhat steamy love scenes, wonderful characters and enough twists and turns to keep the story interesting.

This is the first book in the Wicked Earls Club collaboration series and Ms. Anderson has set the bar high for her fellow authors. While the story was not technically perfect, I enjoyed it and would be happy to recommend it.

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