Review: The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

Review: The Untamed Earl by Valerie BowmanThe Untamed Earl (Playful Brides, #5) by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Retelling, Romance
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley

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?


I’m always happy when there’s more stories from the Playful Bride collection. This one features a hero we’ve seen before, Lord Owen Monroe (brother of Cass – The Accidental Countess) and it’s his turn to get whacked on the head by love. Like the rest of the series, this is a re-imagination of a classic, in this case it’s the Taming of the Shrew with a twist.

Owen must woo and marry older sister Lavinia (or else he’s cut off), but she’s quite the ice queen. Enter younger sister Alexandra, who agrees to help Owen win Lavinia  for a price. Alex has been in love with Owen since forever and she plans on using this deal to her advantage.

I love Alex, she’s a bit of a wallflower but really comes into her own. She could have been bitter, but instead she becomes awesome. All she really dreamed of was having a successful debut and marrying the man she love….

4. Marry my true  love. Must be handsome, dashing, witty, kind, true, and honorable. Name to be determined later.

but unfortunately the universe, a not-so-nice sister, and some crappy parents keeps getting in her way. Fed up with this she decides to take life by the horn and grab what she wants (and that would be Owen). You can’t help but want to cheer her one. You go, girl!

Lady Alexandra shrugged and tapped her fingertips along the sides of her crossed arms. “I’m not in the business of taming rogues.  I suppose we’ll both have to try something new.”

I enjoyed Owen and Alex together. They’re adorable and I love seeing Owen fall head-over-heels for Alex all the while not quite knowing it. The best is when he gets advice from our previous heroes.

“You can always do what I did,” Claringdon announced.

Owen took another gulp of brandy. “What’s that?”

“Get drunk, punch a tree, climb up into her window, and kiss her.”

There’s some hero angst about “not being good enough” and etc. etc., some of the dreaded misunderstanding, and some pretty terrible/annoying people I did not like, but in the end, it’s a cute romance, with some witty dialogue and silly shenanigans. If you like the story of Taming of the Shrew, or have been enjoying the rest of the Playful bride series, than this is definitely worth checking out.

“Would you believe me if I told you that I did it to teach you how to properly kiss a man?”

“No,” she breathed.

He open his eyes again and stared into her soul. “Then I’ll tell you the truth.”

“Which is?” Her hand was shaking.

“I did it because I want you.”

{Thanks to St. Martin’s Paperbacks & Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Author: Cyn

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4 Replies to “Review: The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman”

  1. oh so fabulous!!! I have enjoyed reading this author. I am always able to love the books she writes (at least what I have read so far) I do need to catch up though.

    1. You should definitely catch up 😉 Hope you enjoy them!

  2. Cyn this sounds delightful, and I love the setup. Yes, I am adding this to my summer reading list!

    1. Yay! Hope you enjoy it! I love the set-up and all the shenanigans they get into, haha.

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