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Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  674 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
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
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 3rd 2011)
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2.5 stars for enjoyment
Rounding up to 3 because writing quality was good.

DNF at 80%

Just lost the desire to read more. I already skimmed a lot -- most scenes with other characters, which is a HUGE portion of this book.

Didn't work for me for these reasons:
--thought Griffin might be less sexually experienced, but though he wasn't a rake, he still referenced being in bed with other women several times. Also, I am sure he wasn't celibate during their 3 year separation (though it wasn't specified)
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
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
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers, 2012
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
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
Avid Booker
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like To Pass Some Time
It was good. Not a very memorable story at all. It's like, a book you pick up when your tbr shelf is low and you need something to read.

Our hero, Griffin, I LOVE that name. So I expected a lot out of his character and it drew up short. This book would have been better as a novella honestly. It stretched and stretched and yet WE STILL DIDN'T LEARN A DAMN THING! Griffin had that broody thing going on, but then his personality kinda changed/read differently in some parts where he interacted with ot
The Window Seat
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh no I read this out of order. I hate that. Saw this in the library and looked interesting, so I started to read it and realized there were too many characters for this to be the 1st book. I found the 1st on my own shelf, but continued to read and finish this one. I really enjoyed it, though there were so many people to dislike!! Fortunately, as many to like. Will read the 1st one soon (after my library pile!) Also, am now looking for the next, Cecily's story, but no libraries have it, so it lo ...more
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
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-j-recs
I'll admit I didn't make it all the way through this book, but jez... I don't like insta-lust. I don't like insta-love. I don't like people "trembling" all over the place. I don't like plots involving ridiculous marriage plans.

Basically this book had all that and more. Between the air-headed heroine and the ridiculously one-dimensional hero, I am done.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the fast pace of this book. It was great to meet a heroine that was both beautiful and sure of what she wanted, but I did not like Griffin. The man left Rosamund too many times and I'm sorry, but I would have made him grovel a little bit more. I know she loved him, but the man had so much baggage that I spent a lot of time being annoyed. I gave it four stars for Rosamund.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mad about the Earl is your standard Regency fiction, easy to read, fairly good character development. Boy meets girl and sparks fly, but as in most cases, there are character issues in the way. In this case, the obvious character issues belong with the guy, and the problem is aggravated by 3 years of separation. So, after 3 years of silence, boy is prompted (aka coerced) to marry the girl, but the girl is hurt and angry at the boy (duh!). So then they have to figure out their relationship while ...more
Eli Yanti
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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)
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brooke-christina
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
The Tick
Mar 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
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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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 01, 2015 07:26AM  
  • Sunrise with a Notorious Lord (Lords of Vice, #4)
  • Twice Fallen (Ladies in Waiting, #2)
  • How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1)
  • Forever and a Day (The Rumor, #1)
  • Sweet Enemy (Veiled Seduction, #1)
  • The Duchess Diaries (Boscastle #12; The Bridal Pleasures, #3)
  • Too Tempting to Resist (Lords of Midnight, #2)
  • The Price of Temptation
  • Not Wicked Enough (Reforming the Scoundrels, #1)
  • Trouble at the Wedding (Abandoned at the Altar, #3)
  • The Tattooed Duke (The Writing Girls, #3)
  • How to Ravish a Rake (How To #3)
  • A Secret in Her Kiss
  • The Rogue Pirate's Bride (The Sons of the Revolution, #3)
  • The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (Fairbourne Quartet, #1)
  • Lessons from a Scandalous Bride (Forgotten Princesses #2)
  • Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, #2)
  • Bride by Mistake (Devil Riders, #5)
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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Other Books in the Series

Ministry of Marriage (3 books)
  • Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1)
  • A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3)

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