Genre: Historical Romance  (Regency )
Series: The Playful Brides  #5
Source: Received for an honest review from Net Galley.

304 pages
Published: May 3, 2016
ISBN13: 9781250072580
Publisher : St. Martin’s Publishing

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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?

Award-winning author Valerie Bowman once again delivers romance and wit in The Untamed Earl!



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         MY THOUGHTS

The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman is #5 in the “Playful Brides” series,  but can be read as a stand alone.  Based on William Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew”.
A light-hearted tale with a few giggles, a smile or two, witty dialog,  a selfish, cruel elder sister, redemption of an Earl, and a unconditional heroine.  To say the characters are flawed, is an under statement.  The heroine,  Alexandra  (Alex), can’t marry until her elder sister is wed. Alex  eavesdrops on her parents and doesn’t like what she hears. So she sets out to flaunt their plans. Yes, she devises a plan, a lie or two may be told and with all good plans, the best laid plans often go awry. Add in some unconventional friends,  from the previous series, and oh me, plans definitely go awry.

The hero, Lord Owen Monroe,  is being forced to marry Alex’s elder, spoiled sister, Lavinia, by his father, with the threat of losing his allowance. Of course,  Owen is a rake, gambler, drunkard, has a good heart, only few know of,  and many other flaws, but Alex has loved him since she was fifteen. But can he be redeemed? Can Alex make Owen fall in love with her instead of Lavinia. The catch to their parents plans, Owen must make spoiled, Lavinia, fall in love with him.
Once again, Ms. Bowman has devised  a masterfully, brilliantly written tale. The characters will capture your heart,  especially the H/H. The storyline is unique,  interesting,  endearing and entertaining.  A fun read with flawed characters,  witty dialog,  laugh-at-loud moments,  and a time when the reader will hold their breath, hoping, Alex and Owen find their HEA.
A wildly entertaining,  enjoyable and satisfying read!  Fans of  stories based on Shakespeare’s tales, Historical Romance,  light-hearted and highly entertaining tales, should really pick up “The Untamed Earl”. Fans of Lyndsay Sands’ “The Madison Sisters” series will enjoy this Regency Romance.  Well done, Ms. Bowman!  A must read! Looking for a change in pace, “The Untamed Earl”, is a great choice. I look forward to the next grand adventure from Ms. Valerie Bowman!
Received for an honest review from Net Galley. However,  my opinions are my own.

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More