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The Earl Claims His Wife by Cathy Maxwell


Cover art: The Earl Claims His Wife Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: The Earl Claims His Wife
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-135099-3
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Early 1800's London
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Negligible
Cathy's Website: www.cathymaxwell.com

Lady Gillian Wright, married for four years to the rakish Brian Ranson, Earl of Wright has been looking for love. The day after her arranged marriage to Brian Ransom, the Earl told Gillian he was in love with someone else.

Now four years later, Gillian believes that she has found love with a Spanish Baron named Andres. Wanting to be with Andres, Gillian is anxious to divorce Brian.

Meanwhile, Brian, the only survivor of three brothers in the British army, has been writing to Gillian trying to convince her to come home. Gillian, who wants a life with the Spanish Baron ignores her husbandís requests until he shows up on her doorstep determined to bring her home. Brian and Andres decide to duel for Gillian, but Gillian stops them, proclaiming that she will go home with her husband for thirty days before divorcing him.

This was a fun romance, which was fast paced and never dull. Although the characters of Gillian and Brian seemed shallow at first, their characters became for complex once they spent more time together.

Problems at Brianís home with his father, former lover and staff members made it easier for the reader to feel some sympathy for Brian and helped cement Gillianís love for him, a love which had always existed.

A worthy read, my only complaint about The Earl Claims His Wife was the speed at which the conflicts were resolved.


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