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The Earl Claims His Wife (Scandals and Seductions #2)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  832 ratings  ·  66 reviews
She'll be his perfect wife . . .

Preoccupied with fighting Napoleon and making love to his mistress, Brian Ranson has ignored his wife since their wedding. But now that he's become the Earl of Wright, he's ready to fetch his bride back to London. He's shocked to find she's become a bold, beautiful woman, exactly the kind he lusts after . . . and she wants nothing to do with
ebook, 409 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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♥~♥Geri ~ the HEA junkie ♥~♥
4 Stars!

After years of neglect by her husband, Gillian is ready to take a lover. And just when she was about to entertain Andres, the Spaniard as her lover, guess who comes back to claim Gillian back? Her estranged husband, of course. Brian abandoned Gillian right after he married her, choosing instead his mistress whom he loved very much and then later on, going to fight the war against Napoleon. But after suffering a betrayal in the hands of his own father and mistress, Brian needed Gillian mo
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Uninspiring writing, dispassionate characters. Four years after his abandonment of his new bride on their wedding night for his long term mistress, he finally decided she's the worthy one and returned to claim her and only after the mistress betrayed him and the heroine " is the only one who can save him". What she will save him from, I never cared enough to find out, as I was too agitated to finish. Silly twit of a heroine decided, after just 24 hours and a charming smile from H, that she will ...more
Lover of Romance
Gillian, Lady Wright, after falling in love with Brian Rason, the Earl of Wright, then marries him only to find out that he loves another and plans to leave her to go to Europe to fight in the war and take the woman he loves as his mistress. Now she is ready to take a lover, a hansome spaniard who stirs up her heart, and she knows that she can find happiness with him. Brian has returned to London, and has been sending her requests to return to his side, however after all the years he has ignored ...more
Okay, okay. They're tortured with their love for each other and their pride, I get it. These two went back and forth about their feelings so often, sometimes on the same page, it was dizzying.

So it's 1810, and these two folks are married. He goes to war, leaving her with his parents. She gets tired of the in-laws and goes off with her family. He returns from war, goes to his mistress, and leaves her alone until one day he comes back to claim her.

Why, you ask? Well, I won't ruin the story, but th
Lady Darcie
Jan 24, 2011 Lady Darcie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: kmart
Gillian Wright is a very inspiring person for she stands up to what she believes in even though her husband who hasn't wanted anything to do with her four years ago suddenly shows up at the time when shes thinking about taking a lover and demands her to return with him. Gillian won't go easily so she makes a deal with Brain Lord Wright that after 30 days she will have her freedom.
Brian Ranson Lord Wright needs his wife now more than ever, for when he returns from war he finds that his mistress h
I'm torn on this book. 1st I really don't like books that has one or both of the main characters cheat. This book had one that did and one that seriously considered it. drove me crazy! 2nd Gillian "forgave" Brian too quickly then hated him again then forgave him again. She was very macurical and I didn't like that. I loved the baby! He was a good addition to the book. I think it was a good reason to hate Jess and the dad while being a great reason for Gillian and Brian to be forced together long ...more
Robin Martinez
Okay, I have to say I was swept up in the beginning of the book, but quickly got disillusioned by several unforgivable faults.

1. This author really needs to restudy/bone up on her vocabulary. Not only did she repeat phrases over and over but she would use words in a completely inappropriate context. Those are not typos those are out and out mistakes that never should have made it past the slush pile!

2. The heroine, Gillian, was very annoying. She would change her mind about the hero on the turn
I have loved every book by Ms Maxwell thus far. And don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this one as well. But it fell short for me because of her mistreatment of Andres. I felt so horrible for him! If that whole scenario was written differently then this book would easily be 4 stars. But the book ended not with me feeling giddy over the HEA, but with me almost in tears for Andres. And that alone made me drop from 4 stars to only 2.
The hero needed to grovel a lot for his awful treatment of the heroine before the book started. Also, the heroine was kind of dumb too. Readable, but nothing more than that
Adwina Ralston Cumberbatch
ga smw Best Seller itu bagus lho..
mnrt gw ini membosankan sangat malahan..
I like Cathy Maxwell and it's been awhile since I've picked up a book of hers. The Earl Claims His Wife is book 2 in her Scandals and Seductions series. I haven't read the first book and don't see a problem reading the series out of order; however, if you're the type that doesn't like to be spoiled then start with book 1 (A Seduction at Christmas).

I should start out by saying that I enjoy the abandoned wife plot in historical romance. Maxwell does a good job with a simple plot. After spending fo
Apr 02, 2012 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical/Georgian Romance Lovers
Gillian Ranson, Lady Wright has been married for over four years, and in all of that time, she has not seen and rarely heard from her husband who left her shortly after their marriage and a declaration of love for a long-time mistress. Brian Ranson, Earl of Wright, had succumbed to the pressure of obligating himself to a marriage of convenience, and promptly after the consummation took himself off to the bed of his beloved mistress followed shortly thereafter to fight in the war against Napolean ...more
Number 2 and I liked it more than #1. I liked Gillian in the 1st book and also liked her in this one. She has been betrayed and wants to get on with her life, but her husband of 4 years, back from the war comes to get her. He is sort of a n idiot and keeps saying the wrong things, but he shows his love in the end. He will let her go to the life he thinks she deserves. Of course love ensues and they live happily ever after! On to #3.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
After deserting his wife on her wedding night for his mistress and the war Brian (hero) returns after 4 years to claim his wife not because he is sorry for the humiliation he has put her through and not because he loves her, but because he needs her to become his nursemaid, nanny, and to organize his household and help his career, oh and a bed partner. Gillian (heroin) returns with him to London to find a surprise waiting for her!! Brian comes across as very selfish and has no compassion for his ...more
This book started out so wonderfully, I loved seeing Gillian put Wright in his place and the fact that she wanted a divorce drew me to the story. So with all this going on I found it totally implausible that Gillian should capitulate so quickly, literally within hours of departure. I was so disgusted that I almost put the book down right then. It was only about 3/4 into the book that I actually started thinking well of Wright but still, not once did I ever think he truly deserved her and therein ...more
Hm... Sedari awal, denger alasan si Brian ninggalin istrinya gara2 wanita lain dan terang2an mengakui kalau dia lebih mencintai wanita itu dan sama sekali istrinya tidak ada harapan tuk dapetin cintanya emang bikin keki. Kasihan juga si Gillian statusnya digantung ama si Brian yang lebih suka sama simpanannya itu. Terus tiba2 saja mau balik lagi ke Gillian karena alasan ingin mendapat tempat di dunia politik juga karena setelah dia tahu seperti apa belangnya wanita pujaannya itu, duh kejam amat ...more
Bravo to this book and author. I love the story line and message sent throughout this amazing story. A husband and wife with troubled begingings in their marriage, find love, commitment and trust in eachother to make it work. Instead of throwing in the towel, the characters make it work, while people of their past try to get in the way to draw the characters back to their old lives. I hope their is a second book to this one. I would LOVE to read it. It was charming, a feel-good book, not graphic ...more
Christina Rosenberg
loved it read it in one sitting
I was a little worried about reading this book since so many people gave it 1-2 stars. After reading it, I understand why. There really isn't a lot of character development in this book. It takes place over the course of a month and these characters really need more time than that to sort through their issues. I thought the little twist with Jess was interesting. Overall I thought it was good but nothing spectacular. It's a good book for a vacation or a bum day around the house.
laura Easley
Nicely written

Predictable, but a nice story. Gillian appears a strong character but wavers to much to be believable. Weak plot with changing themes, plods along slow at times with misdirection.
An easy read from start to finish.
Denise Koopman
I really really liked this book.It was wonderful.We have a few of Cathy Maxwell's books at work but I never grabbed any to read and I seen this book one day in passing and read a little bit there and was instantly hooked.Now I have a lot more coming to me from other Libraries so I can read them.Wonderful book...
Loved the Heroine--could have drop kicked her no good, womanizing, selfish husband who comes back from the war and demands she come back home and help him: secure a job with Wellington, run his household and take care of his former mistress's child( his father's illegitimate child). Feeling the love?
Jennifer Eckel
pretty piece of fluff middle series of books. Glad I picked it up used. Caught historial errorss in description of Belgium ca 1810. Nope, no way, no how. Also Holland with a Bonaparte on the throne? Not sure about that one, but I think the house of Orange would dispute a Bonaparte claim.
This was my first Cathy Maxwell novel, and I enjoyed it veru much...of course, it was a romance, but I liked the writers languaga, seroius but not too serious, her characters were very likeable, and you had to cheer Brian on, even though you didn't like him at first...but a happy ending :)
This is more of a 2.5. Just finished reading this after "His Christmas Pleasure", which was Andres' story so this whole thing about Gillian is rather iffy. Don't like or understand how she could claim she loved the Husband and the whole nonsense bit about Andres et etc. This was kinda stupid.
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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.
More about Cathy Maxwell...
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