Sunday, November 17, 2013

4 stars! What the Wicked Earl Wants(The Sinful Scoundrels #1) by Vicky Dreiling

Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham, believes in being a gentleman, whether it's fishing a soggy stranger out of the Thames or assisting a fetching lady into his bed. If the stranger becomes a friend and the lady a mistress, all the better. He certainly welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude, he hopes, will take an amorous form. But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing room, he gets far more than he bargained for ...

It was a moment of desperation. On the brink of losing her stepson, Laura turned to the notorious Lord Bellingham for help. Suddenly she, a vicar's daughter, is in the precarious position of resisting his tantalizing advances. How Bell earned his wicked reputation is clear; the surprise is how much more there is to him than the gossip sheets could possibly reveal. Now every moment with this dangerously desirable man puts Laura's good name at risk-and promises pleasure unlike any she has ever known ...

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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What a Wicked Earl Wants. eep! Well this Earl could seriously have anything he wanted from me. Whewboy Bell was yummy. I had such a good time with this one as Bell manages to get himself all good and entangled with a very proper widow and her hellion of a son--who desperately needs a male role model- and just can't seem to walk away.

Bell's so my kind of hero. He's straight forwards, doesn't play games and likes order. And the man is a master at taking charge when problems pop up which *fans self* was so flipping hot. Okay, totally would drive me nuts in real life but on paper. Ung! I liked Laura too even if she was rather prim and proper due to her upbringing for most of the book. She's a good person, pleasant and loves fiercely. Works for me.

I really enjoyed both Bell and Laura and their romance. It's a very slow burning one with them becoming friends first (and a touch reluctantly at that) and slowly bit by bit falling for each other without even realizing it. They each have losses they're dealing with that make them hesitant about loving someone new and, yeah, it got me teary eyes a few times. Heatwise. Not bad at all. There are some nice scenes later on in the book and some that had me smiling too. Bell definitely knows what he's doing and how to put a woman at ease even if it means being a touch silly now and again.
"I tell you, I seen him with me own eyes. Knock on his door. You'll see."

Laura motioned him with her hand. He shut his door and stepped into her room.

She shut the door behind him and put her finger to his lips.

Footsteps thudded down the corridor. A knock sounded on Bell's door.

"I don't hear anything," a woman said.

"Open the door," Alice said.

"And get sacked for stealin'? Are you mad?"

"He could be ravishing the womenfolk," Alice said.

Laura clapped her hand over her mouth. His shoulders shook with laughter.

Their voices and footsteps faded away.

Laura clutched him. "H-he c-could b-be ravishing the w-womenfolk."

He bent backward. "Aha, my pretty. Be prepared to be ravished."

"Help, help," she said weakly.

He pulled her upright. "Lord, what a caper."
Overall, What a Wicked Earl Wants was a really fun read. I did think things tied up a little too quickly and nicely there at the end but I walked away smiling and just happy for Laura and Bell. Gotta love that.

Have you read Vicky Dreiling? Which was your favorite?
Do you have a favorite opposites attracting type of romance?

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