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How to Entice an Earl

(Ugly Ducklings #3)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  882 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed “ducklings” in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London’s most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can’t save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerabl ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it

Manda Collins does it again! The Ugly Ducklings series is a delightful series with just the right amount of romance and a tiny mystery. It reminds me a lot of Julia Quinn's early work.

Maddie is the last unwed "Ugly Duckling" and she stumbles upon her brother's murdered best friend when she visits a gaming hell while researching her novel. Monteith is investigating her brother's business, and together he and Maddie strikes a deal.

Nothing is going to happen", she chided. "We are simply looking in
Mar 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
In the vein of EVERY SPUNKY HISTORICAL HEROINE EVER, Maddie decides "screw reputations I don't need THAT SHIT" and somehow convinces Christian (who's...a family friend? A...dude? That is attractive? And maybe a friend? I don't fucking know?) to take her to a gaming hell. Where she witnesses a murder. Which she decides to solve because ~spunky.

So Christian and her have ~sexual tension, right? Or something? There's some plot mechanics that no one cares about, and they bone, end up married, solve
Laura the Highland Hussy
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I really liked the book How to Romance a Rake and I loved all the characters, so when I got the chance to review this one, I was pretty excited.

This book revolves around Lady Madeline Essex and Christian Monteith, Earl of Gresham. What I loved is that they’ve been friends for years and even though their mutual friends have teased them about getting together each has said something along the lines of “Really? But we’re friends, that’s all.” And t
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
HOW TO ENTICE AN EARL is the final book in Manda Collins' charming Ugly Ducklings trilogy. I enjoyed this engaging friends-to-lovers story with its blend of mystery and romance.

How I imagine Christian…

She had come to appreciate his sense of the absurd as much as his strength and loyalty.

Christian is the perfect hero. Honourable, loyal, charming, witty and sexy, I love how fiercely protective he is towards Maddie and he certainly has lots of patience when it comes to her hair-brain schemes, altho
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Another very pleasant read by Manda Collins. She writes Regency with a light, enjoyable tough. Nicely sensual, and very steeped in the period. Good romance.

Reviewed for Affaire de for the February Issue:
I gave this a C- at AAR, so that's 2.5 stars.

This is the third (and final) novel in Manda Collins’ Ugly Ducklings series in which we follow the romantic adventures of three cousins who are regarded as rather odd by society because of their outspokenness, blue-stocking tendencies, and independent natures.

When I read the first book in the series, How to Dance with a Duke, I rated it at 3 stars on Goodreads and said that while I found it to be engaging in places, I was disappointed overall - and
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This is the last in the Ugly Ducklings trilogy, featuring the last unmarried cousin Lady Madeline Essex and Christian Monteith, Earl of Gresham. Although this is the last book in the trilogy, you don't need to have read the others to understand what is happening you just won't know the background stories of some of the characters in the book.

For me How to Entice an Earl was a little...lukewarm. I liked the main characters well enough; they seemed to go together nicely, but I found it hard to st
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun romance with just enough mystery to add some intensity. Maddie and Christian have known each other a long time. Their friends have been pushing them together for years, but all they are is friends. Things start to change the night she visits a gaming house and stumbles over a dead body. Christian was there for another reason, but doesn't hesitate to step in to protect Maddie from the consequences.

I really liked both Maddie and Christian. Of the three "ugly ducklings" she is the most independ
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How to Entice an Earl is the final novel in Manda Collins’s Ugly Ducklings trilogy. Like its predecessors, it weaves mystery and romance together in a fine balance. The action centers on the mystery, which also serves as a catalyst for the relationship between Maddy and Gresham. But the focus is squarely on the romance, and the reader is privileged to see the romantic relationship develop in a manner that involves humor, a deepening emotional intimacy, and plenty of sizzle.

Maddy’s outspokenness,
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
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How to Entice an Earl was my favorite in the Ugly Duckling series.  I know, I probably wrote that in my reviews of How to Dance with a Duke and How to Romance a Rake, the first two books.
How to Entice an Earl is the third and final installment in the series.
These books have one common thread: the Dance Card. For Cecily (How to Dance with a Duke) and Juliet (How to Romance a Rake), the card proved to be a good luck charm, not only was it a
Zoe Liew
Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I felt like this book was just okay. From the beginning, each character will admit to a sort of attraction, but it never gets more detailed than that. And one moment the two are talking (as friends) and he is kissing her and pulling her dress down. And Maddie is so nonchalant, like it's nothing new and perfectly normal to be that intimate for the first time right outside of a ballroom. She just goes right back into the ball and back to working on her plan to clear her brothers name. I don't know ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely romance , wallflower and last of the single cousins Madeline Essex isnot sure she wishes to marry at all; her immediate goal isto do research for a novel she isthe so write , this research requires avian to a gaming hell which for a Dukes daughter is unacceptable . Maddie being her strong willed self after trying to convince her freind Christian montieth to take hierro one blackmails her younger brother to take her instead .

Christian the new Earl of Gresham and former colonel in her majes
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Note: If you look at all the high ratings and great reviews this book gets on Goodreads, then you can see that I’m pretty much in the minority in my review.

Oh, this book was just terrible. I picked it up because my name is Manda, too. It’s the third in the series and I contemplated buying the others to read in order. I am SO glad that I didn’t waste my money on this mess.

The writing was so clunky. This has the heaviest handed foreshadowing I think I have ever read. Collins can’t keep the detai
Jun 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Is it Gresham or Monteith?
Does he have blue eyes or green?
Is Linton Maddie's older or younger brother?

These are just the editing mistakes I caught and drove me crazy. Maybe the author's style is just not for me but this was a completely lukewarm boring characters formulaic story. When a woman character who is strongly for woman's rights annoys me I know there is a problem. The storyline of Maddie wanting to research for her novel, then stumbling upon a murder mystery with occasionally having her
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by Manda. It had romance, humor and intrigue. Maddie was great.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This book stand a bit apart from other books in this genre by the added mystery about the death of a ton member. Who killed him? It was a bit predictable, but enjoyable. I like the characters and the romance.
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lady Madeline Essex is not ready to get married yet, even though her cousins Cecily and Juliet have both found love with their husbands. Before she even the considers the idea of matrimony, she wants to write a novel before she takes that next step. Her novel is at the center of a Gaming Hell, so she decides to go to one to get information for her novel. After brow beating her brother, he takes her to Mrs. Baily's Gaming Hell, where she runs into her cousin's husbands friend, Colonel Lord Chris ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I just finished the book & as silly as it may seem, the first thing I want to comment on is irrelevant to the story & happens at the end. Cecily didn't know that her cat was female....ummmm WHAT?! LMFAO!!! How the hell do you think your cat is male when there isn't a set of furry balls?!?! That just completely baffled me and made me laugh so hard I had to share. A lot of reviews say this wasn't the best in the series, but personally I disagree. I really enjoyed this story. The Hero & ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
*** I won this book on Goodreads Free Reads giveaway***

It's been awhile since I read a historical romance and when I saw Manda Collins book I thought it sounded interesting and a nice change of pace. At first the book was boring, but I do have to say that the author was quite historically accurate with language, actions, descriptions, and events. The characters of Maddie and her cousins were coming accross as silly and one dimensional. However, I stuck with it as I've read too many books that di
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
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Now this, is an awesome couple. I honestly believe that they are my favourite couple of the three. Maybe it was the Brothel scene, or their first love scene…but it was all pretty awesome. I liked how Maddie wasn’t worried about her reputation even to the point where she willingly goes to a “scandalous” game night with Christian and other people all to save her brother (who doesn’t really deserve it), but she knows t
Lady Madeline is on the hunt for information for her novel and isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of society to do that. She convinces her brother to take her along to one of the most notorious hells in London. Little does Madeline know that this night won’t be like anything she’s ever experienced.

Gresham is far from thrilled to see Lady Madeline at the hell with her brother and is even more furious to find her abandoned there when things go terribly wrong. He’s not sure what to think of her, s
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is the third book of the Ugly ducklings series and although it is not my favorite of this series it is a delightful read.

Maddie the last of the three cousins, who is not married, is maybe the most reasonable but definitely stubborn. She is happy for her cousins but wants only to finish her novel and therefore needs to gain entry to a gambling hall, which her brother provides. there she finds a friend of her brother murdered and this starts a series of conflicts and events.

Christian is
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable conclusion to the Ugly Ducklings series from Manda Collins. I had actually (somehow) missed book two in this series so I had some confusion on discussions between characters concerning past events so that leads me to think these would be enjoyed even more if they are read in order. Lady Madeline will do anything to help clear her brother of possible murder charges, even team up with Lord Christian. There has always been an underlining attraction between them that neither of th ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Manda Collins is nice and steady and that kind of writing wins the race.

Although she may not blow my mind with touching declarations of love or profound characters, there is something delightful about sitting back with a book that will be just the right touch of satisfying.

The Earl of Gresham is on the lookout- his position in the Home Office has him scanning the crowds of certain ton members for illegal Bonapartist behavior. The problem is that Madeline- a close friend of the Earl's- is doing s
Maddie is very outspoken and determined to do research for her novel, even though its not right for unmarried ladies of the ton. She manages to persuade her brother to attend a gaming house but soon ends up in a mystery where Christian has become involved and tries to save her from doing anything too outrageous.

The mystery that involves her brother keeps bringing her together with Christian and she has to fight her attraction to him but the more time they spend together it becomes too much and
Alice Ali
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ha! A murder AND disappearance. How to Entice A Earl is the final book in the Ugly Duckling series, and I am sad to say that it is over. The final novel follows the last of the "ducklings", Lady Madeline Essex and Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, who inherited the title from his uncle. (inheritance from uncle, really?). the plot follows both Christian and Maddie trying to solve the murder of Tinker, and the disappearance of her brother, Linton. the previous main character do make an ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the book, it is not my fave of the series (that would be Book 2 with Juliet and Deveril). For me, it felt like most of the focus was on the external conflict/mystery and not enough time was spent on the development of the relationship. I do think the pacing of the mystery/reveal was well-done, I just wished for more of the couple.

Also, I believe Linton is described in Book 1 of the series as being Maddie's elder brother but here he is younger. Completely irrelevant to my feelings
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

A sweet, sexy, historical romp. I loved how Maddy was able to fall in love, investigate a murder and lose her virginity all while maneuvering the confines of Victorian societal rules! I had to suspend a bit of disbelieve that she was able to get away w/ all of this but as it was mentioned time and time again, Maddy "chaffed" against the sexism. Christian was a good fellow and it was fun to see his gradual fall as he went from a "friends" perspective to seeing Maddy as desirable. I also loved
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
A lukewarm read. The story and characters and their relationships never grabbed hold of my attention. While Manda Collins has a good style of writing, this book is not her best effort. Since I read this one immediately after book two of the series (How to romance a rake) maybe the writing paled on me. Both Maddie and Christian are interesting characters but the development of their friendship into physical attraction into emotional entanglement happened at a hectic pace. Strangely, for a budding ...more
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Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small ...more

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