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The Mad Earl's Bride: (Originally published in the print anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A KISS) (Scoundrels Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Loretta Chase
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Originally appeared in the print anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss.

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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 781 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I know that Loretta Chase is considered by many the Queen of Historical Romances, and though I read and loved Silk is for Seduction and instantly became a die hard fan of Loretta Chase, it seems too much time has gone by since, because it still surprised me what an amazing storyteller she is and how much I enjoyed The Mad Earl's Bride! I was craving something historical, this was a short novella, so I thought it would satisfy my craving, well I gobbled it up in a mere couple of hours and as usual another book of Loretta Chase left me smiling and feeling happy.

I haven't read any books from this Scoundrels series, so trust me The Mad Earl's Bride works wonderfully as a standalone story, don't fear feeling lost not having read the previous novels in the series.

The mad Earl in question is Dorian, the Earl of Rawnsley, who wants nothing else than to be left in peace in a remote cottage and spend the short time that is still left (since after seeing the madness descend and claim his mother knows that it will soon claim all his senses as well and time is running out) alone, away from society, people in tranquility. Well that tranquility is shot to hell when a fiery red-head woman envades her home to marry him and produce an heir before he succombs to illness! I quite liked the premise of the story and the well developed and lovable characters that Loretta Chase filled the story with. Dorian and Gwendolyn were such vivid and captivating characters I kept turning the pages, craving more of their interactions. (and Bertie, Gwendolyn's cousin and good and loyal friend to Dorian was so adorable as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 8 Nov. 2013
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Gripping, believable but still romantic. My only complaint is that 25% of the book is hype for other stories! I am getting really tired of constantly paying for publisher's advertising to the extent that I shall start demanding refunds. This is a good story and worth buying but it annoys me that I`m supposed to have 43 minutes left of the book and half a page later the story is finished!
Let's have a revolution, readers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Earl? Gwendolyn Will Figure It Out! 10 Dec. 2014
By Judge Tabor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Dorian Camoys, Earl of Rawnsley, is going mad. It's a well known fact, his mother died in a madhouse and now he's got the same symptoms - it's just a matter of time until he becomes unable to tend to himself. To this end, he's made a deal with the devil, so to speak. Having seen his mother in the insane asylum where she spent her last days, he's arranged things so that he will have private care and has returned to his home among the moors of Dartmoor to end his days in isolation.

Into his life comes the bothersome duc d'Abonville, a distant cousin who insists he look to his responsibilities, take care of some legal business and marry a wife so he will have an heir to leave behind. Added to this mix, the duc just happens to have a willing female in mind, his future wife's granddaughter, Gwendolyn. If you've read Loretta Chase's best selling Lord of Scoundrels (Avon Romantic Treasure), you'll be acquainted with the duc and his fiance, Genevieve, the Dowager Viscountess Pensbury and you'll certainly be acquainted with Bertie, Gwendolyn's cousin.

Dorian is of the opinion his past debaucheries are also part of his mental disability and has found the isolation of the moors serve to free him from the sordid temptations of the flesh that have caused him anguish in the past and which he was never able to control. Long hard rides across the moors give him the relief he needs physically and when the headaches become too much to bear, his caretaker doctor, Kneebones, gives him laudanum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mad Earl,s Bride 2 Nov. 2013
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I absolutely loved this book. Loretta has it right about stupid men doctors of this period. MIGRAINE Is treated with caffeine even today . It was known and named as MIGRAINE in medieval times yet this and many other simple illnesses were designated by male doctors as madness. Medieval herbicides treated it with chamomile and other well known herbs and insisted they rest or sleep in darkened rooms, and that is still recommended today.
Thank you Lorretta for writing The true facts in such a charming story.
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