Sunday, May 1, 2016

ARC Review of The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

Another exciting and wicked addition to The Playful Brides series.

I absolutely loved Alex's and Owen's story.

Alex has loved Owen since she was 15 years old when he rescued her brother from two bullies at a party that she was too young to attend.  Owen is a bachelor who loves woman, wine and gambling.  He takes nothing seriously and is a great disappointment to his father.  Every time he is called on to the carpet by his father who tells him how worthless he is, he goes to greater lengths to prove his father correct.  But Alex sees something different in him...she believes that he is truly a honorable man with a good heart, he just needs a little encouragement.

All Alex wants is Owen but both his and her parents decides that he must marry her spoiled older sister Lavinia.  Alex agrees to help him with Lavinia hoping he will really see her and fall in love and want to marry her.  Owen agrees to help Alex become  popular to make her irresistible to the man she loves, (Owen doesn't know it's him) in exchange she will help Owen woo her sister.

What could go wrong? Owen really doesn't want to marry Lavinia, but if he doesn't his father will cut off his allowance.  Alex is determined to get Owen away from her sister and to see what a good man he really is.

As always Valerie writes a truly wonderful story that takes you on an adventure with laughter, lots of misbehaving and most of all a great love story.  This is a great stand alone book or if you have already read the other books in the series.  I recommend it highly.