The Untamed Earl: Playful Brides #5 by Valerie Bowman

The Untamed Earl: Playful Brides #5 by Valerie Bowman

The fifth book in Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides historic romance series is on the blog today. I enjoy the sassy heroines in this series, and the stories always present something unique.  Please read on for my review of

The Untamed Earl

Second daughter, and second in her parent’s attention, Alexandra has recently had her debut, and has set her eye on one man.  Only two things stand between Alex and her wishes, well 3 actually.  Her older sister Lavinia, takes pride of place and affection with her parents, and she must wed before Alex can seriously entertain an offer.  Lavinia is a shrew: spoiled, self-centered and entirely unlikable, she’s that sister you can’t wait to get rid of.  Lastly there is Owen: years ago Alex set her sights on him, but he is being ‘brought into line’ in an effort to reform his rakish behavior, and arrangements have been made for him to wed Lavinia.  Without this marriage, Owen will find himself unsupported and cut off from the funds a gentleman of his stature would require.

Alex truly stole this story – she is diabolical in her maneuvering of Owen as she “helps him” to win Lavinia’s favor.  And poor Owen, Bless his little heart, he sees that Alex is so wonderful, witty and clever, and he likes her – but he also worries about his past and his less than honorable behaviors, that perhaps Alex is ‘too good’ for him.  Like many men of this era, it takes a strong and determined woman, unafraid of a little guile and carefully planned togetherness to show him that the best decision is the one she wants made.

Bowman has created some truly clever heroines in this series – intelligent, witty and thoughtful, the stories are light and not to taxing on the surface, but beneath the fun story are women, particularly Alex, who are formidable in their determination to have a major part in determining their own destinies.

The Untamed Earl: Playful Brides #5 by Valerie Bowman

Title: The Untamed Earl
Author: Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #5
Also in this series: The Accidental Countess, The Unlikely Lady, The Irresistible Rogue, The Unforgettable Hero, The Legendary Lord, No Other Duke But You
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 1250072581
Published on: 3 May, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 304
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber, back when she was just a girl. But the duke has already chosen Alex's infamously spoiled elder sister, Lavinia, for Owen. And now there's no turning back.

Owen has spent most of his bachelor years drinking, gambling, and skirt-chasing. He won't see another pound from his parents, however, until he's engaged to Lavinia. Desperate, he accepts an offer from her innocent and spirited--and absolutely beautiful--sister Alex: She will turn him into a perfectly tamed suitor, and show him how to woo the shrew. But when Alex's true motives come to light, will their bargain lead to recriminations--or to a romance that defies everyone's expectations?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Valerie Bowman

VALERIE BOWMAN grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.