Friday, April 14, 2017

seriously romantic: marrying the wrong earl by callie hutton

lady arabella danvers just wants to care for her wounded animals. her mother thinks it's past time she marry, and she has just the gentleman in mind. but the title of this book is marrying the wrong earl, and it's nash, the earl of clarendon, who gets caught in lady arabella's mother's trap. unfortunately, he was not the intended target.

at first arabella resists the idea of marrying nash. they don't know each other at all. she's not interested in being a pillar of society. she wants to care for her animals and nash is horribly allergic to cats. he also doesn't listen when she tells him their marriage isn't going to happen. he commands instead of asks. and this makes her dig in her heels.

but digging in her heels gets her nowhere. and when it's apparent that nash is right and their only alternative is to get married she goes along with it. she doesn't really have a choice. nash has no choice either, but he's definitely more gracious about the sudden alteration of his plans. he just wishes his estate weren't in such arrears and that he hadn't been looking to marry an heiress, which arabella isn't. he had expected a biddable society wife and arabella is not that.

the thing is, she is something more. when nash is around her he feels, well, invigorated. she challenges him in ways he doesn't expect, and while he doesn't always handle this gracefully he also takes his role as her champion seriously. however commanding and occasionally sexist nash might be, he clearly respects arabella's position in his life. he may not love her at first, but the chemistry between them and the more he sees of her innate goodness, it's hard to resist being charmed.

and this story is charming above all things. we get to really see how arabella and nash build a marriage that is strong and able to resist the challenges life throws at it.

**marrying the wrong earl will publish on april 17, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (scandalous) in exchange for an honest review. 

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