Marrying the Wrong Earl by Callie Hutton
Series: Lords and Ladies in Love #2
Published by Entangled, Scandalous
Publication Date: April 17th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
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Lady Arabella Danvers is happy with her life just the way it is. She is free to be herself and take care of broken and abandoned animals. Her mother is desperate for her to marry, and has decided to take things into her own hands. There is just one little problem with her plan.
Nash, the Earl of Clarendon has determined it is time to take a wife. He has selected a woman to whom he intends to propose. However, the annoying Lady Arabella has stumbled into his life at the wrong time, and in the wrong place. But he of all people should know if Lady Arabella is involved, plans will go awry.
Arabella is the daughter of an Earl. After her father died the new Earl had stated that Arabella and her mother could stay put but her mother is determined to be nowhere near the new Earl when he returns from his travels. Arabella’s mother decides that the best way to do this is to marry Arabella off but the men that she’s putting in front of her daughter are all old and Arabella has no desire to marry any of them. Arabella wants to be left alone to care for the sick animals that she rescues. Unfortunately her mother has other plans and ends up planning for Arabella to be caught in a room with one of her mother’s husband choices. That doesn’t exactly work out for the mom as she hadn’t realized that there was already someone in the room when she sent Arabella in there.
Because of the possible scandal Nash, the Earl of Clarendon, insists on marrying Arabella and to save her reputation. He doesn’t particularly like Arabella but he thinks her beautiful and wants her in his bed. He hates that she rescue’s animals and wants her to be a “regular” wife who does needlepoint and watercolors and hosts dinner parties and well, he wants her to be boring. Arabella is having none of it. She continues to rescue animals after she’s married but Nash insists she stops. Arabella tries to be everything that Nash wants her to be, but she is who she is and that causes friction in the marriage.
The plot of this book and the writing were good, I must say, but the story itself drove me batshit crazy. Arabella was a kind soul who just wanted to live her life, be a kind person, and help her animals. When she’s forced to marry Nash she’s not happy about it but decides to do her best. That said, she’s not giving up her animals. I admired Arabella for her kindness and her willingness to help those animals in need. She tried to best to be what Nash needed but he wanted her to act like someone she wasn’t and it was too much.
Nash wants the perfect society wife. He was about to offer for an 18-year-old deb but that was put to pasture when he’s caught with Arabella in the same room at a party. Total coincidence. He decides to make the best of it but she frustrates the hell out of him with doing surgery on animals and not acting as a proper wife should. How do I put this kindly…Nash was an ass. And I don’t mean he was an ass for half of the book and then redeemed himself. No, he was an ass for 95% of the book and I disliked him intensely. He was constantly berating Arabella and telling her what to do. When there were callers at the house he would pull her aside and tell her how to act as if she’d never received anyone before marrying him. She tried to get out of marrying him but he insisted and then was frustrated that she didn’t act like he wanted. He wanted a piece of clay he could mold and he certainly didn’t get that. Yes, I’m happy he figured shit out before the end of the book but it was a close one and frankly a little too late.
Frankly I couldn’t understand how Arabella even fell in love with the man. He only treated her well when they were about to go to bed together or were in bed. I think she was more in lust than anything but that’s just my opinion of course. I personally think the writing saved this book for me because otherwise it would have gotten a lower rating. As it is I can only recommend this book if you like men who act like complete jerks otherwise you may throw your ereader across the room and I can’t have ereader destruction on my conscience.
Rating: 3 out of 5