England, 1811. Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family’s scandalous past and join high society. Unwilling to upset her sister, Delia reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the Sutherland estate-and avoid the gossip at all costs.
Alec Sutherland is known as a hot-headed scoundrel, but nothing gets a rise out of him as much as the news that his brother desires Delia’s hand in marriage. She is, after all, the daughter of the London belle who soiled their family name. He’s determined to ruin her reputation as well, in the most delicious way possible. It’s only a matter of time before he can woo her with his irresistible advances.
As Delia devilishly plays along in Alec’s game, determined to prove the joke is on him, they inch ever closer to repeating history. And in this game of seductive glances, scandalous whispers, and old debts, the outcome might be much more than either of them anticipated…
I’ve just started getting back into Regency romances since having a pretty long break but I was really glad to see this title come through my door, especially as it was a debut from a new author! A Wicked Way to Win an Earl is the first book in the Sutherland Scoundrels series and what a start it is!
Young Delia is responsible for looking after her sisters after her parents died. She does the best she can but when they’re invited to stay with the sisters of Lord Carlisle, she is less than impressed. Delia’s parents were subject of a pretty big scandal and she has no time for the gossip talking Ton. From the minute she meets Lord Carlisle, she thinks she was right about how arrogant and annoying he would be. Soon, she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous game with him that she has no idea how to win.
Delia and Alec were fantastic characters. They meet in a very unexpected and exciting way and in such a way that I haven’t seen done in a Regency romance before. You can see from the very start that they are going to have some amazing banter between them and this made me excited to read their story. The attraction between them is clearly there from the very beginning but Delia, being an inexperienced female, doesn’t really know what to do with Alec.
Something I loved about Delia was that she was a fighter. Alec really knew what he was doing but Delia didn’t really have a clue. Not only is she not used to dealing with men of the ton but she is certainly not used to talking and flirting with them. However, she keeps up with Alec superbly and I loved watching her trying to figure out what she could do next to better him.
Anna Bradley has written an absolutely wonderful debut. With a funny and exciting plot, mixed with characters you cannot help but love, this book was perfect for me!
A Wicked Way to Win an Earl by Anna Bradley was published by Piatkus on 5th December 2015. I received a copy for review.