A Wicked Way To Win An Earl by Anna Bradley (Sutherland Scandals #1)

A Wicked Way To Win An Earl by Anna BradleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

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…

I love finding new authors and Ms. Bradley has written a wonderful debut historical romance filled with a brooding hero who is a new earl with more responsibilities than he wants, and a heroine who is only trying to help her sister and wants nothing to do with the aristocracy.

Delia Somerset does not like society or anything to do with London; these are the same people that scorned her mother for running off to marry beneath her and never accepted the daughters into their world. However her sister Lily wants to experience some of what society has to offer so they accept an invitation to a house party from Charlotte and Ellie, good friends who happen to be Lord Carlisle sisters.

Alec is the new earl of Carlisle and finds his role stifling, but realizes he must set a good example for his brother Robyn who is everything he is not. Robyn has set his sights on Delia after seeing her earlier, but Alex knows they are not suited for each other and tries to thwart his advances. The more Alec gets in the middle of Delia and Robyn, the more he realizes she is an intriguing woman and his attraction to her grows.

What a great debut; I truly enjoyed this historical romance that pits an earl that wants to do what is right by his title and a woman who wants nothing to do with him or his title.

Delia and Lily’s parents were shunned years ago when their beautiful mother eloped with someone beneath her station, which meant that the girls would never experience a Season or be the toast of London, Delia is fine with that, but Lily wants more, she wants at least one Season to experience the fun and find a husband. The sisters have had a great loss in the last year when their parents were killed, so Delia thought it would be good for Lily to get out and meet new people and Charlotte and Ellie were kind to invite them, I like how they became such good of friends and how well they got along. I was almost afraid that there was an ulterior motive, but Charlotte and Ellie were sincere.

Alec is the perfect gloomy hero; he is doing all that is right by taking care of his family, looking for the perfect wife and making sure his brother Robyn does not seduce an invited innocent guest. I had to laugh several times as he follows Delia and Robyn around making up excuses so that Robyn would have to leave and then he would find himself alone with Delia, his attraction could not be denied after so much time together.

Secondary characters played important roles; of course Lily was ever present in the story as well as both sisters, all good friends. Robyn is the wasted second son and plays the part well, the next book features him and the wonderful Lily and I am curious at how he will be properly redeemed. The pace of the story is done well as it is a true romance without much drama to take your mind away from the growing attraction between the two. All in all a wonderful debut romance from a new author that I will have on my radar.

I give A Wicked Way to Win an Earl by Anna Bradley 4 stars!

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