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The Earl in My Bed

(Forgotten Princesses #2.5)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  744 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Intended for one man…

All her life, everyone assumed Paget Ellsworth, the vicar’s daughter, would marry the Earl of Winningham’s youngest son. And when he left for war with his older brother, Jamie, words and promises were not necessary. She would wait.

But destined for another…

Four years pass, and the death of his father forces Jamie home to take up the reins as the new ear
ebook, 128 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Avon Impulse
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

The Earl in My Bed is a sweet and passionate short story, just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s part of the Forgotten Princesses series and takes place between books two and three, though I can honestly say, it works as a standalone.

It was unspoken, but well understood, that Paget and her childhood friend, Owen, would one day marry, but with Owen off fighting a war a world away, and his older brother Jamie, the new Earl of Willingham close by, Paget starts wondering why Jamie can evoke such str
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Paget Ellsworth, vicar's daughter, grew up with the Earl of Winningham's oldest and youngest sons, ignoring Jamie, the stern middle child. Now, Jamie is home and officially the earl, with major boners for the woman he thinks is going to marry his youngest brother. So after getting caught kissing her, he totally climbs into her bedroom UNINVITED in order to ruin her to force a marriage!! EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT ROMANCE-LAND!!

1. Oh. My. God. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that Jamie
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a charming, delightful quick read about Paget, the daughter of a vicar, and Jamie, the new Earl of Winnigham. Paget always thought she would marry Jamie's younger brother but with Owen off to war, she has come to realize her feelings are more platonic. Jamie is suddenly stirring up new feelings that she never thought she could feel for this cold, uptight man. Jamie knows that Paget belongs to Owen, even though there is no formal engagement, but with his new, unexpected duties, the girl ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a nice novella.

Paget and Jamie are both dealing with emotional issues. Paget is feeling guilt that she doesn't want to wait for Owen, a dear childhood friend who went off to war. She wants him home, but not to marry him. He is more like a brother, but everyone in the village expects her to marry him. She has been living a half life, torn about what to do. Jamie, Owen's older half-brother, has been lonely most of his life. He never fit in with his family when he was younger, and he still
Jess the Romanceaholic
A bit too whirlwind for me, but then again, so are most novellas. Nice and steamy though; great for Valentine's Day. Full review to follow (and can I just say how much I'm looking forward to Owen's book?!)
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful novella and serves as an introduction to Owen, hero in Sophie Jordan's upcoming book, How to Lose a Bride in One Night.

Paget Ellsworth had grown up playing with the eldest and youngest of the three sons of the Earl of Winningham, inseparably especially with Owen, the youngest. She was often teased and bullied by the middle son, Jamie, and grown to dislike his arrogant manner. However, when the heir died, Jamie was called home to be the new Earl of Winningham, leaving Owen to
Beret Brenckman
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, I just finished surreptitiously reading "The Earl in My Bed" by Sophie Jordan at work during my planning period. It was borderline EXCELLENT! The story had a lot of tropes that I really, really like. 1. H/h were friends of a sort in childhood. 2. Hero is a spare Earl. He was the younger brother of the Earl. 3. Hero is cold to heroine because he felt jealous of her relationship with his siblings but it's mostly to hide his feelings for her even if he doesn't actually acknowledge them. 4. Ever ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received this book from the tour organizer as part of the book tour. Thank you to Tasty Book Tours and to Sophie Jordan for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

Paget has known Jamie all her life but they were more childhood enemies than friends. Jamie was too haughty, too snobbish, too standoffish, too ... everything for Paget, who preferred the company of Jamie's brothers, Brand and Owen. But Brand is dead and Owen's still serving his country -- and it is Jamie who is h
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For its short word count, The Earl In My Bed feels like a much longer story. The characters are fully fleshed-out amidst a highly emotional storyline where childhood feelings morph into more adult thoughts and a better understanding of what true love is. It's a heartwarming story, and though part of a series, it's not necessary to have read the other installments to have found much to enjoy about this story.

Paget has always hung around brothers Owen and Bran making them The Three Musketeers, wit
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Paget Ellsworth is the vicar’s daughter. She has grown up with the Earl of Winningham’s sons. Always with Owen, it was assumed that when he returns from war that Paget and Owen, the Earl’s youngest son, would marry. She sat by the bedside of Brand, the eldest son, keeping vigil as illness over took him, but she was never close to Jamie.

Brand has passed away and Jamie has returned from war to take Brand’s place as Earl of Winningham. He didn’t want to leave Owen behind, he didn’t want the respon
Trish R.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Nice little story and I enjoyed every single word of it. I really liked Jamie’s story of being lonely and alone growing up. And I liked that Paget saw what she, Owen and Brand did to Jamie. However, I don’t think I’ll be reading Owens story,
How to Lose a Bride in One Night. It has 384 pages and I can absolutely guarantee you that it will be full of angst and angst and more angst and misunderstandings and repetitiveness. Because you can’t write a 384 page book without all of the above
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2.75 stars
This book had lot of potential.I wish the author would have expanded the story or put more meaningful scenes to show their love instead of deeming to put a sex scene in this 60 page novella.
This story is listed as a novella in the forgotten princesses series, after Lessons from a Scandalous Bride, and not having read that book, I can't tell you how the characters here are connected there. I can tell you it would have been helpful to have some knowledge of the previous books as the author jumps right into the action and crams a lot of details into such a short story. Paget (would someone please tell me how this name is pronounced and where it originated from) was an okay heroine. Th ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

This is my first novel by Sophie Jordan, I actually have the first book in her YA series Firelight but it still sits on my shelf. This was a very short read that could be done in a couple hours and it had me hooked. I can't wait to read the next book How To Lose A Bride In One Night.

I sort of want to hate Jamie at first but then when I start thinking about his life I think decided that this sexy brooding man is really not half bad. He is the middle child, so his brother is already great because
Romancing the Book
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Rachel
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Novellas always freak me out. I’m never sure if they are going to have enough substance to actually make a “whole” story or if I’m going to be disappointing.

I LOVE Sophie Jordan’s books so I was hoping that this one would be a success…

I’m shocked how easily she pulled it off! I think part of it had to do with the fact that she easily narrated the back story with Paget and the brothers. You kn
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet! Novellas are really hard to rate because there is only so much story that the author can give to the characters. I like how Sophie covered the story of minor characters that we will hopefully meet in her next full length novel. She also introduced the hero for her next book so I was very happy with that!
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is really great for a novella.
QiJia 치쟈
3.5 star

A delightful read of Paget and Jamie's story but I think it could have been better if it wasn't a novella.

The Earl in My Bed is the first book from the Forgotten Princesses Series that I have read and I thought this was a really good book. The Earl in My Bed was a quick and fun read and I enjoyed reading about Paget and Jamie's relationship and the glimpses of their past that were shown.

There are also sneak peaks for How to Lose a Bride in One Night & Firelight included in the back of this book.
Carol Bisig
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a childhood to adult, only, they did not like each other. Now, that James is back from the War, his brothers death, making him the new Earl! She, a Vicars daughter, very much a Tomboy, has grown into a passionate beauty. She is meant , or so everyone believes, for the youngest son, Owen, who, on his Mother's side, will also inherit an Earldom. However, life does not go according to plans!
I highly recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!
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Cordelia Linder
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short, Sweet and Sexy

I have loved so many of Ms. Jordan's previous books and now I can add this story to that number. What a sincere in your face sensuous story. I loved both of the main characters and believe their love for each other, unconditionally. Shout out to you Lady Sophie.
Donna Foster
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a lovely little read! It isn't a long story but it has everything you could want in a story in didn't feel rushed .heads up get next one too they are a great pair of books.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Very short story and yet still too long. No humor, trite dialogue, uninteresting characters, and an unbelievable and BORING plot.
Marie Andersson
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novella. :)
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love, quick-read
Loved this book! The romance is a bit mild compared to what I like, but still a great read. Enjoyed both characters and the storyline.
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I got this ebook for free from Avon through Edelweiss for a tour in exchange of an honest review.

The Earl In My Bed is a little novella in the Forgotten Princess series by Sophie Jordan. I really enjoyed this sweet read and unfortunately like all novellas it left me starving for more.

All her life Paget Ellsword, the vicar's daughter was assumed to marry one of her oldest friends - the Earl of Winningham's youngest son Owen. But Owen has left for war and is still fighting over there when his old
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Earl in My Bed is book 2.5 of the Forgotten Princesses series, but it works very well as a stand alone novella. I haven't read the previous books and I didn't feel like I was missing something- although now I definitely want to read this series!

Paget has always expected to marry her childhood friend, Owen, but recently she's realised that she couldn't marry Owen because she doesn't feel 'that' way about him. She wants passion and love from her marriage, not just friendship. When she bumps in
This short novella was my first Sophie Jordan read, after finishing it, I promptly requested a few others from my public library. I loved this novella! There are a lot of novellas out there and I don’t think that all authors can pull them off, but like Eloisa James’ novellas, I found that Jordan rocked the novella format. In such a short period, Jordan was able to convey a realistic relationship between two people. Granted that Paget and Jamie had a history, as they knew each other in childhood, ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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The Earl in My Bed is a sweet little adult novella that ticked all the boxes. I am more used to Sophie Jordan writing YA, having penned the very popular Firelight series, but here she proves that adult romantic literature us well within her grasp as well.

I really liked this story of forbidden romance and passion. I thought the story was well developed despite its length. The characters are likeable; I admired Paget for thinking of herself, so often in books
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Paget grew up with hanging with two great boys. One of them Owen everyone has paired them up in their minds to marry one day. While Owen is away at war she tries her best to think of reasons not to marry him. She does care for him but not in that way. She realizes she does have a spark with Jamie, Owen's older half brother. Jamie has always been mean to her growing up and she has never forgave him for that. One kiss soon cause them to see each other in a different light but there is still the ma ...more
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years

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