A Wicked Way to Win an Earl

Anna Bradley
A Wicked Way to Win an Earl
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Penguin Publishing Group
Release Date
November 2015
Book 1 of Sutherland Scandals
Historical Romance

England, 1811. Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family's scandalous past and join high society. Unwilling to upset her sister, Delia reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the Sutherland estate—and avoid the gossip at all costs.

Alec Sutherland is known as a hot-headed scoundrel, but nothing gets a rise out of him as much as the news that his brother desires Delia's hand in marriage. She is, after all, the daughter of the London belle who soiled their family name. He's determined to ruin her reputation as well, in the most delicious way possible. It's only a matter of time before he can woo her with his irresistible advances.

As Delia devilishly plays along in Alec's game, determined to prove the joke is on him, they inch ever closer to repeating history. And in this game of seductive glances, scandalous whispers, and old debts, the outcome might be much more than either of them anticipated…

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 17, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
144 people found the following review helpful
Anna Bradley is a wonderful, new voice in Regency historical romance!

Delia Somerset agreed to attend a house party at the home of the Earl of Carlisle only because it would do her sister Lily good, Lily who had seem sickly and frail. In truth, she didn't want to go, because there's bad blood and scandal between their two families, going back to the time of their parents. What she couldn't have foreseen was her attraction to Alec Sutherland, said Earl of Carlisle, or how exhilarating it was to match wits with him...

Historical romance is one of my favorite genres, and I've read so many of them nothing excites me anymore. That is, until I got a copy of A WICKED WAY TO WIN AN EARL. Suddenly, I couldn't stop reading. I turn page after page until I reached the end, and still I wanted more.

Alec and Delia's banter is delightful and refreshing. Delia is surely a perfect match for Alec, the way she's not afraid to challenge him with her wit and saucy mouth. The sexual tension was done particularly well; each scene heightening their attraction and frustration until everyone was wound tight, even me. And then came the angst, the conflict, the torment and the anguish. I can feel those as surely as Delia or Alec did. Save for the Prologue (which I think is unnecessary, as past events can be explained within the bounds of the story), everything is perfect.

The winning ingredient is surely the author's voice, her clear, engaging writing, the way she seems to make everything seem so vivid and bright and intense. I'm not sure I'm describing it well. I think Ms. Bradley's writing is something that needs to be experienced, and not merely read about.

For this author, I'd follow her from book to book, the story a secondary factor. No pressure, Ms. Bradley. *wink* Already, I'm looking forward to the next book, A Season of Ruin, Robyn and Lily's story!
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