The Mad Earl's Bride (Scoundrels, #3.5)
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The Mad Earl's Bride (Scoundrels #3.5)

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Originally appeared in the print anthology Three Weddings and a Kiss (1995).

Gwendolyn Adams is about to propose to an earl. On his deathbed.

Gwendolyn Adams isn't shocked at being asked to save a handsome earl's dying line, even when she learns the prospective bridegroom is seriously ill and possibly insane. She's quite a good nurse, after all, and her family is famous for...more
ebook, 100 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Avon Impulse (first published 1995)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

The Mad Earl’s Bride is such a treat! Funny, heartbreaking, sexy, inspiring… this novella delivers it all, and is an absolute delight to read.

The Story:

Dorian, the Earl of Rawnsley, knows he’s dying, and he also knows he’s going insane. His own mother suffered from the same headaches that have begun plaguing him, and she had to be institutionalized just before dying a tragic, painful death. Dorian hasn’t yet begun experiencing the hallucinations that his mother had, but he knows it’s only a matt...more
**3.5 stars**

Very cute novella with a more serious topic than it seemed from the description. I didn't give it a higher rating because no matter the heroine's inclinations, I couldn't believe her family would allow her to marry a guy everybody thought was a 'lunatic'. It took me half the novella to get pass my disbelief.

Dorian's situation was heartbreaking, specially when you realized his sense of helplessness at realizing he might be at the mercy of others during the end of his life. Medical ca...more
When Gwendolyn Adams is asked to marry a man considered mad and soon to die, she takes it in stride and accepts the offer. By marrying the Earl of Rawnsley she will gain his name and position which will make it easier for her to accomplish her dream of opening a hospital. What she does not expect is to be drawn to this 'mad' earl. She researches his condition, and that of his late mother, and attempts to help him find ways to cure him. During there discussions together, this couple find a type o...more

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Dear Ms. Chase:

Thank you for re-releasing your novellaThe Mad Earl’s Bride. I missed it when it was released in 2009 in the anthologyThree Weddings and a Kiss.The Mad Earl’s Bridehas the tone of my favorites of your books: witty, smart, and sweetly sexy. It even has Bertie Trentin it–as well as, briefly, Dain. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

The book is set in the late 1820′s, a time when misdiagnoses and harmful treatment in medicine were the no
Miranda Davis
What a wonderful reminder of why Loretta Chase is one of my favorite authors...Short, but better conceived and articulated than books many times this novella's length. Perhaps because I love to blind, adoring stupidity Lord of Scoundrels, I enjoyed the similar chemistry between rational, unshakeable Gwendolyn, a woman determined to fund a hospital according to her own medical study and beliefs, and Dorian, the doomed earl who has reluctantly agreed to wed to try to procreate before his debility...more
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana

Well if that wasn't the most darling little novella, I don't know what is! While I'm not familiar with Loretta Chase, I know that she is a reputable historical author and so I was curious about this novella. I've been rather novella obsessed lately. This novella centers around an Earl, new in to his title, who believes himself and is believed by others to be mad and on the verge of succumbing to full insanity...just as his mother did before him. So, a simple minded but unerringly loyal friend fr...more
Lisa Lin
My favorite part of this novella was definitely the heroine Gwendolyn. She's smart, practical, faces problems head on, and tries to make the best of the hand she's dealt. She wants to learn medicine and build a hospital and if that means she must marry a mad man and bear his heir, so be it. I sympathized with her frustrations as member after member of the medical profession dismissed her and her abilities simply because she was female.

I also admired Dorian's strength and determination to get out...more
Lady Wesley
This is a charming early Loretta Chase novella. The "mad" earl marries a woman who coincidentally wants to be a doctor (but couldn't be in those days). The story is serious and sweet and funny at the same time. It was great fun to see Bertie Trent, from Lord of Scoundrels, as the earl's best friend. He's just as goofy and surprisingly wise as before.
Jul 06, 2013 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Unusual Historical Romance, Geeky Heroines, Tortured Heroes
Reviewed for THC Reviews
A couple of years ago, I read and loved Loretta Chase's incomparable Lord of Scoundrels, but the next two of her books I read, definitely did not catch my fancy. Because of that, I went into reading The Mad Earl's Bride with a bit of trepidation, but this little novella has put Ms. Chase back on my watch list. I really enjoyed the uniqueness of the plot and characters.

Dorian, the hero believes that he is dying of the same incurable brain disease that apparently killed hi...more
A different historical romance novella, but wonderful all the same. The Mad Earl's Bride was an awesome read. Loved it!

I love how different the idea for this novella was. I can't say I've ever seen anything like this in the world of historical romance. With the limited but growing understanding of mental illness in the 19th century, anything could be claimed as insanity and this story uses that. I really liked how it was done.

Gwendolyn was a great heroine. She wants to be a doctor, but can never...more
------4.5 Stars------

I've often argued (quite clumsily!) that a well-written novella can be just as satisfying as a full-length novel----sometimes even more so, as we're spared the maddeningly repetitive, wait-this-AGAIN?! scenes, turgid pacing and painfully contrived, desperate-to-fill-pages plot twists that bog down many of today's excessively long romance novels. The Mad Earl's Bride has become the novella I recommend to those who are skeptical about the genre. Its themes and characterization...more
What a darling little novella, I loved it! Ms. Chase has packed so much into this story without over complicating it. I'm assuming her medical research is accurate, it certainly seemed very plausible to me and that's one of the objects of a great story, to convince the reader...right?

Dorian Camoy becomes The Earl of Rawnsley after the death of his grandfather and various other members of the male line. He doesn't expect to survive long as he appears to be suffering from the same symptoms of madn...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Gwendolyn “Gwen” Adams is about to propose to an earl - on his deathbed. It’s not for avarice, or for the title of countess either. For Gwendolyn it’s more for altruistic purposes - for the chance to study a man who has been diagnosed as ‘mad’ with a disease of the brain, which will soon kill him. In truth the earl’s family were behind the idea so that an heir might possibly be begat before he kicked off. However, Gwen hadn’t realized that the earl was so darn good looking, and not only is Gwen...more
I know that Loretta Chase is considered by many the Queen of Historical Romances, and though I read and loved Silk is for Seduction and instantly became a die hard fan of Loretta Chase, it seems too much time has gone by since, because it still surprised me what an amazing storyteller she is and how much I enjoyed The Mad Earl's Bride! I was craving something historical, this was a short novella, so I thought it would satisfy my craving, well I gobbled it up in a mere couple of hours and as usua...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
This book had great potential. The premise hit my tortured hero hot buttons. But sadly, this one did not do it for me. It wasn't bad. It was just (*whispers*) kind of boring at times --and completely unbelievable at others.

So the setup is this: Dorian thinks he is dying of a brain disease. His mother had the same ghostly visions and blinding headaches, mere months before she started pulling out her hair, got institutionalized and died. If her story is anything to go by, he hasn't got long and th...more
Secretly Reading
Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen

In a Nutshell: Stellar novella with great leads and strong romance. My only complaint is I don’t get to spend longer with these lovely characters and sexy romance.

The Set Up: Dorian is the Earl of Rawnsley and is convinced he’s going insane like his mother did and he wants to be left alone to do it. But his busybody relatives order him to marry Gwendolyn to beget an heir before he passes. Gwen is willing to marry Dorian so she becomes a woman of influence an...more
Loretta Chase has to be one of my absolute favorite historical romance authors. I fell in love with her with her Scoundrels series and am just so tickled that they re-released the novella The Mad Earl’s Bride especially since I missed it the first time around. Dorian is the last in his family’s line and he’s dying. He’s suffering the same symptoms as his mother before her untimely demise so he just wants to live his last few months quietly in the country. But when distant cousins come knocking o...more
Carrying a tone that is redolent of the feel of Jane Eyre or Tess of the D’Urbervilles, the onerous aura of the moors have provided an undercurrent of darkness and danger that can mask or unmask madness. While Dorian “Cat” Camoy has lived a difficult existence, favoring his mother’s looks and having her unique yellow cat eyes, he also believes that he has inherited her lack of moral compass and will end his life institutionalized in an asylum, suffering a painful death.

Enter Gwen Adams, brought...more
The opening paras set a brooding portentous note for the gothic narrative that follows - it drew me in quickly. Dorian is a tormented hero, diagnosed with a mental ailment and waiting in seclusion for his demise. Gwen, a female medical practitioner before the times, with the dedicated urge to uncover the medical secrets of the human body, sees in Dorian the possibility of furthering her medical studies and service. The developing of their relationship is by turns sweet, by turns intense, and mak...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Really quite good. The heroine was intelligent, laid back, funny, and sympathetic. The hero was slightly tortured, but it was understandable, and even with that, he wasn't a complete D bag. A quick read, but worth it.
Meg Usta
This is actually one of my favorite books. Both characters are endearing and the rapport between them is highly amusing.

I've read this book two or three years ago when I was in college and I really liked it, as it has a different vibe from the historicals that I've read. The Hero is adorable, the female is adorable, this book is adorable, I love it!

Recently I've been impatient with the shallow Harlequin Presents (I know, I know) stories that I have been reading these past few months.

It kinda...more
Dorian is labeled insane because his mother was locked away in an asylam and he is displaying similar symptoms. He is the last in his family line so his family decides he needs to marry and produce an heir. Gwendolyn is a medical student (as much as a female could be in that time), she wants to build a hospital to aid the poor, and Dorian's money and name would help her. Gwendolyn is smart and compassionate, never backing down when medical experts tell her Dorian was a lost cause. Dorian is resi...more
Wicked good novella.
I never say that, but this time I wish it was at least 100 pages longer.

Gwen was such a wonderful heroine. Very focused when neccessary but also soft. She never resorted to hysterics to achieve her goals. She was level-headed and stood her ground without coming off as shrew.

Dorian isn't exactly my favorite kind of Hero - he's a manslut, but the way it was played out in this story - it just worked.

More, more, more books like this! Pretty please with cherry on top.
For being a novella, it didn't feel rushed, or lacking. Gwen and Dorian were made for each other. He needed her patience, and understanding, and someone who wasn't going to scare easily of his condition. She needed someone who didn't mind that she loves medicine and was willing to help her along the way.

I'm curious about bumbling, emotional, loving Bertie. He may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but he is loyal, and loves his friends and family.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
The Mad Earl’s Bride is a cute novella. Dorian and Gwen are both fun characters. Dorian is sure he is about to die. Gwen has a lot of medical knowledge, plans take care of him and study what is causing what he thinks is his descent into madness. I did recognize what his problem was long before it came out in the book but that did not change how much I enjoyed the story. The two have a fun and interesting journey to their HEA.
Dorian Camoy has reason to believe he has inherited insanity from his mother. As he begins to manifest symptoms similar to his mother's, he retires to his country estate to live out the remaining few months of his life. However, Dorian's plans didn't take into consideration the unfortunate premature death of his male relatives including his grandfather, the Earl of Rawnsley. Suddenly, Dorian has inherited the title and is being pressured to marry in order to leave an heir behind - otherwise the...more
The entire time I was reading this, I thought the story was odd, but apparently, I'm alone on this one. I could not understand why this story got such sparkling reviews. For the first 30% of the novella! there was almost no dialogue and I wondered what the heck was going on. Then, there were gaping holes regarding all of the hero's past addictions (sex and opiates) which were not explained at all. Then, the big revaluation of his illness was strange (because it's common) and very predictable. Th...more
Cute story! I'll have to pick up Dain's book. The Novella was fast paced but it wasn't rushed, everything fell into place.
Sheila Melo
Wonderful Short Story

THE MAD EARL'S BRIDE is a short story that has a connection with Loretta Chase's classic LORD OF SCOUNDRELS. The couple from that book, Dain and Jess, make a small but significant appearance here.

This story is the romance between Gwen and Dorian. The two meet because of an arranged marriage because Dorian is dying of an inherited brain disease that killed his mother and is expected to soon kill him. Before he dies, however, he is expected to father an heir. Gwen agrees to t...more
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“If she had been a normal female, she would have swooned. But she was not normal, never had been.

“Good grief, you are impossibly handsome,” she said breathlessly. “I vow, I have never experienced the like. For an instant, my brain stopped altogether. I must say, my lord, you do clean up well. But next time, I wish you would call out a warning before you come into view, and give me a chance to brace myself for the onslaught.”

Something dark flickered in his eyes. Then a corner of his hard mouth quirked up. “Miss Adams, you have an interesting — a unique — way with a compliment.”

The trace of a smile disoriented her further. “It is a unique experience,” she said. “I never knew my brain to shut off before, not while I was full awake. I wonder if the phenomenon has been scientifically documented and what physiological explanation has been proposed.”
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