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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: The Earl in My Bed by Stacy Reid

I rarely get this frustrated with characters but when I do… Well, I do.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled - Scandalous
Release Date: April 9, 2018

For years, Daphne Wentworth, Countess Carrington has loved her powerful, enigmatic husband, despite the fact that they married under less than ideal circumstances. But no more. Finally at her breaking point, Daphne intends to create a scandal so big, her austere husband will have no choice but to divorce her. Except everything goes awry when he surprises her with the last thing she expected.

Sylvester Wentworth, Earl of Carrington, has returned to London for one reason—to seduce his wife. After a near-death experience, he is in need of an heir and means to make his marriage a real one. To his shock, though, his wicked, beautiful countess wants the exact opposite, and he must now do everything possible to entice his countess to stay forever.

What’s it About? A chance meeting between Sylvester Wentworth, the Earl of Carrington and a young Daphne Collins lands them in a forced marriage and six years of cold distance. After that many years of loving her husband in vain, Daphne, now the Countess of Carrington has decided to create a scandal so big that her absent husband will have no choice but to come back to divorce her. But before Daphne can cause her scandal Sylvester comes back and he doesn’t want a divorce, he wants an heir. Something she is not willing to give him after so many years apart and no love between them.

Overall reaction to the story? I really wanted to like this story. It had the perfect set up for a passionate second chance romance. But alas, I could not get into the story. I had so many issues with it and it started early on.

1. The heroine. Good grief but Daphne is a ninny. I could forgive her that in the beginning because she was little more than a child when she met Sylvester but after six years of living the life she did? I expected more growth, definitely more maturity, and certainly a stronger will when it came to Sylvester. Dang it woman the man has been cold and at times outright cruel to you but you melt like butter when he tosses a crumb of civility or kindness at you? Ugh, halfway through I started referring to her as Daphne the Doormat. She should have held out and made him really sweat thinking he was too dang late to make their marriage work. He never properly romanced her and he certainly didn’t respect her but yet she still loved him? How could you love someone that you never really got to know and who basically shut you out emotionally after you married him?

2. The Hero. Dude needed a kick in the pants. I understood that he was bitter and hurt after being forced to marry Daphne but he never once used logic to look at his situation. He just barged in demanding an heir and accusing Daphne left and right of being all these horrible things. Any small progress he made in character growth he shot down with his impulsive, sometimes cruel insinuations and insults. I got tired of his crap after awhile and was rooting for Daphne to get that divorce and move on. He may have tried to get her to change her mind by “courting” her but I never felt it was because he was in love with her and had realized she was a victim in their marriage like he was. No, I felt he was trying to win her back because he just wanted his freaking heir. He lusted after her but I never felt that he was in love with her.

3. The “Romance.” I use this term lightly because I didn’t feel that there was one. It was all one sided. Daphne was foolishly in love with an irrational, mean man who didn’t seem to want more than an heir from her. He certainly didn’t try to change his thoughts about her character until it was almost too late. Heaven forbid he actually try and talk to her to find out what actually happened that day he found out he had to marry her. Nope, he saved that until the last possible moment. And even then he was so quick to doubt her. I never felt any angst between them. That yearning to change things for the better. Sylvester never humbled himself, never properly groveled and Daphne never found her spine. These two spent more time at odds with each other than actually getting to know each other and making a convincing effort to get their marriage out of the gutter.

Click It or Skip It? Skip It. I got way too frustrated with both characters’ behavior. I’m still not giving up on this author though.

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