Review: Why Earls Fall in Love by Manda Collins

Why Earls Fall in Love by Manda Collins
Series: Wicked Widows Trilogy (# 2)
Release Date:  January 28, 2014
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages:  332
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review

Society often makes strange bedfellows—and even more surprising betrothals…


In Why Earls Fall in Love by Manda Collins, young widowed Georgina Mowbray is settling into her role as Lady Russell’s companion quite well—until the lady’s nephew Dominic, the Earl of Coniston, arrives in Bath for a visit. Georgie’s always found him shallow and too smooth, and trusts him as much as she trusts most men…which is to say, not at all. But Con turns out to be more intriguing than she remembers—and completely irresistible…


Pretty, practical Georgie is nothing like the women Con usually woos—especially since she seems blind to his charms. But his elderly aunt is so fond of her that Con is determined at least to be sociable…with the occasional flirtation thrown in just for fun. But things take a serious turn when a dangerous figure from Georgie’s unhappy past appears and threatens to bring her harm. Con will do whatever it takes to keep Georgie safe. And if he can show her that all men are not menaces, he might be able to keep her in his arms and never let go…  


Review:  “I know what you did last season.”  Those words could normally be brushed off as rumor, unless you were involved in the death of the Duke of Ormond.

And since Georgie Mowbray pulled the trigger just as the abusive Duke was stabbed, the notes she’s been receiving a very disturbing.  Her dear friend Perdita was being held at knifepoint by her horrible husband, so it was either kill or be killed.  Georgie herself was the victim of her abusive husband, so she knew firsthand her friend could end up dead.  But Georgie’s husband died at Waterloo, freeing her from that hard life.  She is content now to be a companion to an elderly woman, and has vowed never to fall victim to love again.  But with the onset of the threatening letters, she has nowhere to turn.  Her boss, Lady Russell, is having a houseparty with all her relatives for her 70th birthday, bringing the devastatingly handsome Earl of Coniston into Georgie’s world.

Con can tell Georgie doesn’t care for him, and normally he’d not give a piffle.  But something about this beautiful woman hiding behind ugly clothes and a hideous hairstyle has him intrigued, and he wants to know her better.  Something is going on with her, and he wants to help in any way he can.  Once she tells him about her past, and that someone is threatening her, he moves heaven and earth to help her.

I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it.  This one sent me over the edge and I loved it.  That the author used the theme behind the hit movie “I Know What You Did Last Summer” fascinates me.  She has taken three women in Regency society and given them not only a secret, but someone who knows what happened and is having fun with tormenting them.

I love Georgie and how independent she is.  She does have trust issues when it comes to men – and who can blame her?  Her original belief that Con is a wastrel proves to be unfounded, and this is another example of how she grows in this story.  Eventually she comes to realize that Con really does want to help her find out who is tormenting her.

I was drawn immediately into the Regency world, and immersed in their traditions.  The author writes complex characters, and they become very real to the reader.  This story is told from the points of view of both Georgie and Con, which enables the reader to be drawn right into their heads, and see the story unfolding from their perspectives.

The setting is also very real, and we get an intimate look at the once popular resort town of Bath.  I felt as if I could almost smell the seaside…but no way do I want to taste the “healthful” waters that Bath is so well-known for.  <grin>

While this is the second in the Wicked Widows Trilogy, it can be read without reading the first book, but it is helpful to do so.  The first book delves more into the death of the abusive duke, and it also explains the things referenced in the second book.


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