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Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage #2)

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Love is never quite what it seems. Sometimes it's even better...

Designed to arrange matches of rank and affluence, the powerful Ministry of Marriage has no interest in love. But when does the heart ever play by the rules?

A Beast of Burden

Lady Rosamund Westruther has no objection to the match arranged for her by the Ministry—until she meets her intended. Gruff, stubborn Gri
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Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 3rd 2011)
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*


OK, so this doesn't have any relevance to the book but I just loved this series!

This charming Beauty and the Beast inspired story is the 2nd book in Christina Brooke’s Ministry of Marriage series.

Griffin, full of insecurities about himself after years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of his cruel and sadistic grandfather, certainly tugs at the heartstrings. One of the most poignant moments is when he recalls the first ball held in his honour:

“I see the agony of being awkward, seventee
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Lisa
Lady Rosamund Westruther has no qualms about her arranged marriage to the Earl of Tregarth. In fact, she has many grand romantic allusions in her mind but those are all quickly forgotten when she arrives at his estate to finally meet Griffin. Rosamund is shocked that her betrothed is not waiting anxiously for her arrival and is actually in the stables. Filthy and having no intention of cleaning up and meeting her properly, Griffin is big, gruff to the point of mean, and visibly scarred. Hoping t ...more
SheLove2Read
Spectacular read! This book was LEAGUES better than the first one in this series and I'm glad I gave it a shot after my disappointment with the first story. This was a very satisfying, beauty and the beast story that kept me reading even when I should have already been in bed asleep. I LOVED both characters immensely and they were a perfect match for each other. If you're thinking about this series, you can definitely start with this book. Read a few reviews of the first book to get an idea of w ...more
The Window Seat
The reason is that Mad About the Earl really blew me away when I read it and it was a breath of fresh air and originality in the world of Regency Romance where every book starts to sound the same. As much as Heiress in Love was typical, Mad About the Earl was atypical.

In the first book in the series, the Ministry of Marriage existed on the periphery pushing the couple they wanted together into the right situation. In the second book, the Ministry actually arrange the marriage between Rosamund We
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Pj Ausdenmore
Christina Brooke continues to shine with the second book in her Ministry of Marriage series, Mad About the Earl, an absolute delight of a Beauty and the Beast tale.

When Lady Rosamund Westruther travels to the country to meet the man to whom she has been betrothed, she quickly discovers three things: he's huge, he's rude and, with one passionate kiss, he (unknowingly) claims her heart for his own. Returning to London after the betrothal papers are signed, Rosamund patiently waits for Griffin to c
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Carol Storm
Tried to read this, but just couldn't get into it. The opening chapter is really hot, hot hot, but then it shifts to a bunch of endless junk about the heroine's relatives. Too cutesy and the supporting players were just drowning out the love story, so I quit. The first chapter was really hot, though!
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Lady Rosamund Westruther grew up with a first hand look at how disastrous arranged marriages can be as her mother moved from one lover to another while her father tried, and often failed, to keep her scandals under wrap. It would then make sense, would it not, for a child raised in such circumstances to long for a love match instead; but Rosamund has is in her head that l
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Booklover, Indianapolis
March - 2.5* I saw this book one some thread on Amazon and it sounded good. It was barely ok. The author definitely wrote this w/a dictionary and thesaurus next to her. Lots of big words and somewhat pondorous phrasing (which is something she would have written!). **MILD SPOILERS AHEAD**

I liked the beginning - but then after H/h met the story jumped ahead 3 years - kinda pointless. H was sorely abused and hated by his grandfather - but no mention was ever made as WHY? H has a brother who is meti
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Katie(babs)
Far too silly of a book. Things start out interesting but go down hill. The hero is brooding and angsty for no reason who refused to marry the perfect and loving heroine for no reason.

The heroine adores the hero for some odd reason. Why? I couldn't tell you.

Suddenly the hero is accused more than half way through of murdering his younger sister's dance master years ago (probably as a way to spruce up the plot).

The love scenes between the H/H were beyond lacking and many of the actions on part of
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Katyana
I liked it (it helps that I adore the cast of this world). But there was one REALLY contrived event that the author used to separate the h/h, and it was beyond stupid... I just don't believe the heroine would have made such an idiotic decision. So that cost it a half star.

And the other half star went because the hero never did a single thing to earn the heroine, or demonstrate affection in any lasting way. It was too easy for him. I appreciate that this book took a different approach (Beauty ha
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Helen
This is an amazing book the words just flow of the pages and is not put downable loved loved it. Rosamund and Griffin have to come to terms with so much and the journey to their HEA is filled with passion as Rosamund tames her beast.
Lucy

Huge disappointment, especially considering that I loved Heiress In Love, yet I still thought there was some lack of character development.

This book should have been better than the first one. It had a pretty awesome start, with Griffin being a huge beast of a man and having a lot of issues about his looks, but Rosamund loving him just the same.

But it got to a point when I got tired of his stubborness and the lack of respect he had for her.

Respect is fundamental. I'm not capable of 'falling in
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Publication Date: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312534132
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romance/Regency
Lootability: ***

The Ministry of Marriage is an organisation started by the Duke of Montford, caretaker of 6 of his young family members,that organises the marriages, and at times prevents them, of the English aristocracy.

What I Liked: The women in the Ministry of Marriage books are dynamic and enterprising, they have strong (and passionate)
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Eli Yanti
3 tahun sebelumnya..

Rosamund sdh mencintai Griffin sejak pertama kali melihat foto miniature yg di kirim kakek Griffin (hebat jg y jatuh cinta pd sebuah foto hem..) pdhl Griffin bkn co yang ganteng bahkan wajahnya pny bekas luka dan si Griffin bahkan yakin bgt ce-2 akan lari melihat wajahnya. Tp justru ketidaksempurnaanya malah terlihat sempurna bagi Rosamund.

Dan yg aku sk dr karakter nya si Rosamund, dia bkn ce yg lemah, krn sewaktu mendengar bhw Griffin tdk merasakan hal yg di rasakan dan hny
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Rose May
This is the first review I've done in a while, so bear with me as I organize my thoughts.

First, I love Beauty and the Beast tales - and boy was this a good one! Lady Rosamund Westruther is the perfect innocent, a lady with stars in her eyes. While those stars may dim a little throughout the course of her tumultuous romance with the occasionally boorish yet strong and handsome Earl of Tregarth (Griffin), her strength of character, persistence, and innovation make her a lovable and unique heroine.
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Pamela
Rated 4.5 Blue Ribbons
Review courtesy of Romance Junkies:

Lady Rosamund Westruther has been betrothed to Griffin deVere for as long as she can remember. Rosamund is a dutiful young woman who is very much prepared to wed Griffin at a moment's notice. Having corresponded over the years, Rosamund feels like she really knows Griffin. All of her hopes are soon dashed when she arrives at Griffin's home and discovers that everything between them is a lie. The only ray of sunshine in the whole ordeal is
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Vilia
Review from Backchatting Books

The Ministry of Marriage (MoM) is back and this time they are determined to marry Lady Rosamund Westruther (aka Beauty) to Griffin, Earl of Tregarth (aka the Beast). Rosamund has no problems with doing her duty and indeed waits three years for Griff to get his act together. He only decides to marry her in order to protect his sister and is genuinely surprised when she fails to follow his caveman-like edicts and toddle down to Cornwall to marry him. Griff has to cour
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Dawn
My entire review just disappeared. It was good. But it makes me so angry when that happens. I'll try to recreate it at some later date if I can remember the details. Until then...

OK. I'll try again. This is the story of a beauty, Rosamunde, and her beast, Griffin. They have been betrothed forever. Rosamunde has worn his miniature in a locket for many years dreaming of her life with him. He, on the other hand, has avoided marriage by staying on his estate in Cornwall.

What I found unique in this b
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Anna
Jan 14, 2012 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers
Loved Christina Brooke's first book, Heiress in Love, and decided she would become an auto-buy for me.

This one did not disappoint. It is a beauty and the beast tale. Lady Rosamund Westruther has been betrothed by her guardian and Ministry of Marriage member the Duke of Montford to Griffin deVere, the Earl of Tregarth. When she goes to Cornwall to visit him, he is NOT charming in the least and while she remains betrothed to him, she returns to London to enjoy society and he stays in Cornwall. Thi
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Alex
I really like this author however, I mostly skimmed this book.

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Eva
At least with this one, the male protagonist isnt as dashing/handsome as the others.

The story's more like Beauty and the Beast. Though the beast didnt have a physical transformation (well, he looked presentable when necessary), he did have a change of heart.

Im also glad that Rosamund saw beyond the physical. Though I believed she grew to love the beast (as her intended), her affections would still be the same as with any man they wanted her to marry.
Vashti
I just loved this book.This is a new author for me and I will def be reading more of her books in the future.This is sort of a "Beauty" and "beast" type of couple and I thoroughly enjoyed their romance.There is a relationship happening between a good friend of the family and the hero's sister and am anxious to read their story if the author decided to write one.The story flowed nicely and enjoyed how the couple interacted with each other.The love scenes were deliciously hot and I loved how the h ...more
Verodarling Melani
4.5 stars. It was a good Beauty and the Beast story, but it dragged a little towards the end. I liked Rosamund very much, she was a good heroine. Griffin's "you couldn't possibly be in love with me" attitude became tiresome after a while, but I still found him likable.
Jennifer
3.5 Stars

Another enjoyable historical romance for Ms. Brooke. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings and I thought this was one was a refreshing take on it. Griffin is a great hero who was well-developed and very sympathetic. The heroine, Rosamund, was a wonderful surprise with her determination and positive outlook on life despite her difficult family situation. The romance was sweet though there were a few too many Big Misunderstandings for my personal taste. I also wish that there hadn't been
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Saadia
This exceeded my expectations! Delightful regency romance between ingenue and her recalcitrant hulk of a groom. Both come from dysfunctional families and the wounds caused by the adults create lasting problems until each one has an epiphany and takes a stand to move on instead of living with the status quo. They acknowledge their love for each other but have to believe in it and fight to keep it. Lovely setup and denouement, dialogue, interesting characters. The "bad guys" provide enough tension ...more
Jody
This is the second in the Ministry of Marriage series and a great addition for romance readers. Again the Ministry of Marriage has deemed fit that Lady Rosamund Westruther wed Griffin deVere, the Earl of Tregarth. Their first meeting does not go well. Rosamund has always looked forward to her betrothal, but is somewhat abhored to find Griffin is huge and unkempt. Griffin is amused to find Rosamund is spunky and has a backbone. However, he has lived a life of abuse and feels he does not deserve h ...more
Karyn Gerrard
2.75 round up to 3 out of 5 stars.

I adored the beginning. I really did, but the narrative slipped for me as the story moved along. Griffin was described many times as monstrously gigantic, but I couldn't get a clear picture of how he really looked. I got the 'beast' aspect. Also he had an abusive grandfather, but it is really not explained in any depth just what he had to endure. The heroine is a fine one, but again, she is immediately taken with the brooding Griffin (just by gazing at a picture
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Marie
Great book! Rosamund was a wonderful heroine, i just wished she would have really given it to her mother at the end. That woman deserved much worse that she got and I would have loved to have seen her shamed in front of everyone after what she did to her daughter. Griffin was a wonderful Hero who beneath all that tough beastly exterior had a really kind and fragile heart that had been stomped on one too many times. Fear is a bitch!. The love scenes were HOT HOT HOT yet not right out of an erotic ...more
Jen
This was my first historical romance, which is a bit surprising to me -- although I have always been a medieval history fan, I don't tend to read much in the historical fiction realm. However, so many of my romance-reading friends are huge historical fans that I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. The only major issue I had with it was that Griffin is supposed to be somewhat beastly, but there's nothing other than saying so that indicates that's the case. After awhile, that go ...more
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Christina Brooke writes witty, sexy historical romance novels set in Regency England.

Her first series for St. Martin's Press, The Ministry of Marriage series, focuses on the aristocratic and powerful Westruther family.

Orphaned or abandoned as children, six cousins came under the guardianship of the Duke of Montford and grew up together under his roof. Each of the three girls, Jane HEIRESS IN LOV
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More about Christina Brooke...
Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1) A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3) London's Last True Scoundrel (The Westruthers, #1) The Wickedest Lord Alive (The Westruthers, #3) The Greatest Lover Ever (The Westruthers, #2)

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