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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 17, Shawna rated it liked it Shelves: cheating-fidelityissues-past-or-new , hero-asshat-award-hall-of-shame , historical-romance-victorian , hero-abused-scarred-tortured-angst , hero-stalk-me-baby-possessive , hh-bad-communication-conflict-mgmt , 3-tostars , historical-romance , hh-aristocracy-nobility-royalty , married-couples-married-convenience.
Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with the series debut, Passions of a Wicked Earl , and found it to be just an okay, not great, read and overall rather unremarkable, forgettable, and at times exasperating. View all 6 comments.
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Feb 11, kris rated it did not like it. At the tender age of 17, Claire marries Marcus Lyons, Earl of Westcliffe and begs his brother to help her delay the consummation. So the idiot climbs into her bed and gets caught by Marcus who exiles Claire to the country indefinitely while he bangs all of London.
Claire comes back to town eventually to provide a credible plot, and Marcus's mistress goes off the rails to provide conflict. The end At the tender age of 17, Claire marries Marcus Lyons, Earl of Westcliffe and begs his brother to help her delay the consummation. The ending of this book literally takes logic out behind the barn and puts it down.
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The ex-mistress arranges to have Marcus find Claire in the arms of the brother AGAIN which results in the expected amount of angst and drama. Once the mistress's perfidy is finally revealed, Marcus ends it--AGAIN--and she shows up at the country estate to threaten Claire with hemlock and a pistol while confessing to murdering her first husband and hiring someone to shoot Claire earlier in the book. The whole thing is a record scratch on a train that is derailing while on fire and loaded with TNT. The emotional development itself is a monster: there's no clear through-line development.
Marcus wanted Claire's joy; he is incapable of love; he wants a divorce; he wants children; he wants to marry his mistress because he likes having sex with her and she's ice-cold It's kind of all over the place. And Claire is little better: she's sorry about what happened; she is terrified of Marcus; she wants to try to be a proper wife WHY???
Beth was an obnoxious and pointless character. Everyone was actually kind of gross, in retrospect. I liked Leo the best and he's really only in the first section of the book. View 1 comment. Aug 18, Laurie Garrison rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance , netgalley. If you like your men tortured this this one is for you. This one starts out with Morgan lying with his mistress. Why is he with her instead of his wife?
The sex is good and this has a great ending. But it got too predictable for me by the middle of the book. I just felt she is the one that suffered the most from it all. If your one that loves a good sobbing story this would be an excellent book for you. Few spoilers Morgan is really messed up and thinks he cant find love or someone love him, so he settles for his mistress and he is with her for the biggest part of the book.
When Morgan finds out he is furious with her and takes her to another home and tells her that no man can touch her. Yet he can have all the women he wants whatever is what I say LOL. So Claire has to come back to his house in London and try to make a mends, it takes a long time to make it too. View all 20 comments. Apr 19, boogenhagen rated it it was ok. The writing in this isn't bad but the plot is kinda stupid. Plus I have serious issues with a guy who hooks up with a psycho and can't see it.
If that is the kind of chick you're attracted to, what are you seeing in the h? In short, the h was an idiot and the H wasn't the most brilliant either and the whole plot was a disappointment. I don't think these two really belonged together and the HEA part just did not work for m The writing in this isn't bad but the plot is kinda stupid.
I don't think these two really belonged together and the HEA part just did not work for me. This began so strong! Till about halfway, the angst level was heartbreakingly satisfying — but sadly, it began to sputter thereafter with lack of substance. So an overall 3.
Their marriage was arranged before she was even born. While she, poor girl, is very young and running scared of the brooding elder brother of her playmate cum bff the middle brother. Some abusive humiliating behavior later he agrees to let the sisters stay till the sister lands her self a husband. I loved her completely till the above mentioned half way mark - her innocence, her undemanding nature, her devotion to her sister, her efforts to draw out her aloof husband, her hopes for the future of her marriage and even her obsession with moving around furniture!
In fact her very coldness attracts and soothes him.
That's heartbreaking enough — and then he asks for a divorce! And then the angst was volcanic! I was actually in tears.
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View 2 comments. Dec 05, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: historicalromance. That was Passions of a Wicked Earl. The story centers on Westcliffe and Claire, engaged from before her birth. By this point, he has tried in so many ways to show how little he cares about her, much of which centers around his relationship with his mistress Lady Anne. You might wonder what is so wonderful about this book.
His mother is a confident woman, comfortable with herself and where she is in her life, personally and sexually. Westcliffe and Claire begin to understand each other, the choices they made, who they were and who they are now. Westcliffe has the title but no funds, Ainsley has it all — title and funds, and Stephen is stuck between two strong and now successful personalities, and is always found lacking.
Only Ainsley sees a family worth having amongst the three. Finally, the romance had depth. And the heat between the two is just lovely. Lorraine Heath is one of a select number of authors in the world of Historical Romance whose books are automatic buys for me. Finding his young bride in bed with his own brother on their wedding night was the ultimate betrayal for Morgan Lyons, eighth Earl of Westcliffe Lorraine Heath is one of a select number of authors in the world of Historical Romance whose books are automatic buys for me.
Finding his young bride in bed with his own brother on their wedding night was the ultimate betrayal for Morgan Lyons, eighth Earl of Westcliffe. He banishes her to his country estate, Lyons Place, and then returns to London indulging in a string of affairs. Having languished at Lyons Place for three years, Claire Lyons believes that she has suffered long enough for the foolishness of youth. She wants forgiveness and the chance to be a true wife to Westcliffe but as far as he is concerned he no longer wants her. He intends to divorce her and marry his mistress, Anne.
Their father has arranged a marriage for Beth with someone totally unsuitable and she has one season in which to find an alternative husband. Claire comes to care for her husband, seeing a lonely and vulnerable man with an overwhelming capacity for tenderness and love, but can she convince him that she will never betray him again? Oh, how I hated Westcliffe at first!
His family relationships were fraught with difficulties; his mother showered love on his younger brothers, Stephen and Ainsley, whilst remaining distant with him and, because his father had left only debts, he was forced to go cap in hand to Ainsley whenever he needed funds.
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Not something a proud man like Westcliffe would relish. So her betrayal totally devastated him and I could no longer hate this lonely, unfulfilled man. These are not the acts of someone uncaring.
He says he is incapable of love but the scene in which Westcliffe is sitting on the floor in the kitchen with his faithful old dog, Cooper, trying to get him to eat, is so moving. I think this is probably the moment when Claire falls in love with him and I know he finally found a place in my heart as well.