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Cathy Maxwell
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1 Oct 2009
The Earl Claims His Wife is the latest romance from New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell in her new Scandal and Seductions series, where pride clashes with passion and temptation leads to love. Preoccupied with wars and women, the earl ignored his wife. But when he finally wants her by his side, the fiery Lady Gillian won’t go without a fight . . .

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061350990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061350993
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 830,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She'll be his perfect wife . . .

Preoccupied with fighting Napoleon and making love to his mistress, Brian Ranson has ignored his wife since their wedding. But now that he's become the Earl of Wright, he's ready to fetch his bride back to London. He's shocked to find she's become a bold, beautiful woman, exactly the kind he lusts after . . . and she wants nothing to do with him.

Gillian, Lady Wright, is desperate to seize the love she's been denied . . . but not with her rakish husband! So she makes a bargain—for thirty days she'll be the perfect wife, then he'll set her free. But no matter how she hardens her heart against her damnable earl, her body begs her to surrender . . .

About the Author

Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre 3 Nov 2009
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's hard to take a story seriously when, despite being set in the early 1800s, the hero and heroine have names from the 1970s. It appears that 'Brian' has become a very popular name in the USA at the moment as it keeps popping up in books (along with 'Adrian'), although in the UK those names aren't favoured. But 'Gillian' too? Brian may be an old name but it was almost never used in England until the twentieth century, Gillian was very rarely used at that time; both names together just felt wrong. And unfortunately from that point on I found myself unable to quite believe I was in the Regency period, especially when people kept talking like modern-day Americans the whole time.

The book is about rediscovered (or discovered-for-the-first-time) love. Gillian has been married to Brian, Lord Wright, for several years but has not seen him as he's been away fighting against Napoleon. After their wedding night he told Gillian that he loves his mistress and so they were estranged. As the story begins Wright has returned from overseas and is writing to Gillian to ask her to return to him. She, on the other hand, has caught the fancy of a handsome Spanish chap and is considering an affair with him. When Wright appears to bring her back to London with him there starts a battle of wills and a journey of discovery - and there are some things that Gillian has to discover which may cause her much heartache.

This was a rather disjointed story. Gillian falls in and out of love with Brian, there are misunderstandings galore (many of which seem rather unlikely), lack of communication is vital to the plot and yet it seems that Gillian and Brian are actually very good at communicating in other areas.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Galling 7 Oct 2009
By Mari - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, I have to say I was swept up in the beginning of the book, but quickly got disillusioned by several unforgivable faults.

1. This author really needs to restudy/bone up on her vocabulary. Not only did she repeat phrases over and over but she would use words in a completely inappropriate context. Those are not typos those are out and out mistakes that never should have made it past the slush pile!

2. The heroine, Gillian, was very annoying. She would change her mind about the hero on the turn of a dime. She goes on and on about how badly he treated her for four years and ONE DAY LATER she is exchanging renewal wedding vows and body fluids in a coach with this "terrible husband."

3. Everything wrapped up WAY too quickly. But that goes back to the fact that these characters would go from eternal hate to a love fest within the span of a page or two.

4. Finally, the love scenes were basically non-existent. Now, don't get me wrong I don't like when the sex is dragged out for an entire chapter, but in this book if you blinked you missed them. What WAS there was boring.

This is the last book I will read by this author. I just don't understand what is happening to publishing these days! Some houses seem ready and willing to publish any piece of shallow tripe sent their way.

As disturbing as some of the 80's era romance novels could be with their underage heroines and rather violent heroes, at least they were meticulous in research and talented in writing (the ones I read anyway). Now romance novels read like they were written by 9th graders (and not very talented 9th graders either).
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anyone else tired of empty sex that passes for romance? 13 Sep 2011
By D A Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I did not pay for this book. I'll admit that right off the bat. To prevent others from possibly spending money and later regretting it I'm writing this review. Instead of telling you what I didn't like about the characters or the story, I'll give a summary of the parts that turned me off. Then potential readers can decide for themselves.

SPOILER ALERT: What I'm writing will give away the ending. Don't read further if you don't want to know the ending, although, in truth, it's not a big surprise.

BRIAN RANSON (aka Lord Wright) tells his wife that he's in love with his mistress. He does this on their wedding night AFTER taking the wife's virginity. He then ignores her for years. Now, admittedly, he spends part of that time away at war. While away, he does see to his wife's financial needs. At the same time, he's supporting the mistress financially. He's called back from the war after his two older brothers die to find that the mistress he loves is now involved with his father. The father and the mistress have a child together, but they both abandon the baby. Brian goes in search of his half brother and finds that he's dying from neglect. Brian takes the baby in, but because he has colic and is unable to gain weight, he's still at risk of death. Brian's abandoned wife has experience with children because she took care of her half brothers and sisters before she and Brian married. Her father has political ties that would also be beneficial to Brian. He goes to "claim" his wife, but doesn't tell her the whole truth about why he wants her to return to London with him. He's the "hero" of the story.

GILLIAN RANSON (Brian's wife) gets fed up with her husband, leaves his parents' house while Brian is at war, and moves to her cousin's country estate. There she meets and falls in "love" with Andres Ramigio, a friend of her cousin. Less than forty-eight hours after professing her love for Andres, Gillian is IN A CARRIAGE making "love" to her husband, not once but twice. Then she finds out about the baby and decides she doesn't love Brian after all because he's using her. Then he's really good with the baby, and she "loves" him again. Then he avoids her for days even though they make "love" every night, and she's not sure if she loves him or not. Then she decides she does "love" him but can't bring herself to tell him. When they do finally profess their love for each other, it takes place at the theater before a crowd of hundreds of people. She's the "heroine" of the story.

Don't get me wrong; I'm all for the fact the marriage was saved. It could be a good story if the relationship had been the focus, if Brian had worked to earn back his wife's love, and if Gillian, after Brian came after her, had waited to learn who Brian really was BEFORE having sex with him. The story as it is had me rooting for Andres and booing Brian and Gillian. To me it seemed that dispassionate sex scenes had been strung together with little in between.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated both characters 18 Oct 2009
By K. Tran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I could find very little to like in this book; the hero (Brian) is a huge jerk, and his wife (Gillian) are both terribly annoying characters. I was rooting for Andres, the "other guy." Andres, unlike Brian, is gentle, sweet, handsome, and genuinely in love with Gillian, and while Gillian professes to love Andre back, just some simple gestures and stories from Brian is enough to make her fall out of love with him? I don't think so. The most touching scenes, and the best scenes in the book, were between Andres and Gillian, near the beginning of the story. After that, the book just falls apart.

I'm not complaining about the lack of steamy love scenes, yeah, yeah, in every romance novels, the title characters are passionately in love and wants nothing more than to get each other's clothes off, so I could care less about that. I am upset with the lack of character development.

I love the premise of the story, about the repentant rake, going back to claim his abandoned wife's heart; instead, Brian is a jerk, and he does little to redeem himself. He ignores his wife for 4 years, then gets her back when it's convenient for him, because he needs her and what she can do for him as a marriage partner, and lies about it repeatedly. After he stops lying and professes to be in love with her, he's just...really boring; I can't see what Gillian sees in him at all. Even his father, the overbearing and evil Marquess, is more interesting; for such a professed rebel, I don't think Brian had much of a backbone.

As for Gillian, she is, like previously mentioned, extremely fickle. Good god, she had Andres, who was handsome, gallant, and madly in love with him (Andres is a poor aristocrat, but then again, Brian DID bring her back to a hovel in London). Brian professes to love her, tells her a few cute war stories, and she falls madly in love with him again, and again, and again, after all the lies he's told her. I just wanted to shake some sense into her.

When I prefer the antagonists to the protagonists, to me, that's a sign of a bad book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Did I Finish It? 3 Nov 2009
By C. M. Meza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reading the back of the book intrigued me. A strong woman who wouldn't be cowed by her husband and would stand her ground. I thought the book would cast a strong heroine and the earl would have to win her over a little at a time. I was greatly disappointed. Everything seemed to come easy for the earl. He didn't have to work all that hard to win her over. The heroine threw away all her protests early on. It became a book about the earl being a stubborn fool and the countess being no more than lovestruck. I don't think I took anything away from the story - no great story - no morale high - not even a sense that the ending ended well. I say that this book is best if you don't want a story with any excitement.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre 3 Nov 2009
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's hard to take a story seriously when, despite being set in the early 1800s, the hero and heroine have names from the 1970s. It appears that 'Brian' has become a very popular name in the USA at the moment as it keeps popping up in books (along with 'Adrian'), although in the UK those names aren't favoured. But 'Gillian' too? Brian may be an old name but it was almost never used in England until the twentieth century, Gillian was very rarely used at that time; both names together just felt wrong. And unfortunately from that point on I found myself unable to quite believe I was in the Regency period, especially when people kept talking like modern-day Americans the whole time.

The book is about rediscovered (or discovered-for-the-first-time) love. Gillian has been married to Brian, Lord Wright, for several years but has not seen him as he's been away fighting against Napoleon. After their wedding night he told Gillian that he loves his mistress and so they were estranged. As the story begins Wright has returned from overseas and is writing to Gillian to ask her to return to him. She, on the other hand, has caught the fancy of a handsome Spanish chap and is considering an affair with him. When Wright appears to bring her back to London with him there starts a battle of wills and a journey of discovery - and there are some things that Gillian has to discover which may cause her much heartache.

This was a rather disjointed story. Gillian falls in and out of love with Brian, there are misunderstandings galore (many of which seem rather unlikely), lack of communication is vital to the plot and yet it seems that Gillian and Brian are actually very good at communicating in other areas. Gillian's behaviour towards the Spanish Barón is not a good advert for her character, but is one of the few indications that we actually get towards character in the story as otherwise everyone seems a bit wooden. The ever-present plot requirement that Brian tells Gillian he loves her (and then everything will be fine) was grating and the historical setting didn't work in many occasions. It's fun reading a book set in the Regency period but not when the names, language and behaviour of the characters is better suited to 21st Century America.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
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