Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Earl of Darby (Wicked Earls' Club) (Once Upon A Widow Book 4)” as Want to Read:
Earl of Darby (Wicked Earls' Club) (Once Upon A Widow Book 4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Earl of Darby (Wicked Earls' Club)

(Wicked Earls' Christmas)

by
4.51  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Miss Hannah Pendleton is nursing her pride after her childhood crush falls in love with another. Determined to break a few hearts of her own, she hurls herself into the exciting and hectic schedule of a first season. Hannah finds the glitter and malice of London and its society both intriguing and intimidating. Always clever and direct, the smooth manners and practiced ...more
Kindle Edition, 161 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Plato Publishing

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Earl of Darby (Wicked Earls' Club), please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Earl of Darby (Wicked Earls' Club)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.51  · 
Rating details
 ·  96 ratings  ·  74 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Earl of Darby (Wicked Earls' Club) (Once Upon A Widow Book 4)
Barbara Rogers
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Wicked Earls’ Club #21
Publication Date: 11/19/19
Number of Pages: 160

Well, color me gobsmacked! Had you told me that I would actually enjoy a Christmas story that begins with a suicide, I would have laughed at you. However, that is exactly what happened with this novella. Kudo’s to the author who managed to pull that off.

Nicholas (not sure I learned his last name), Earl of Darby, does not celebrate Christmas and hasn’t for the last five years. Not since his wife, Alice, committed suicide
...more
Elodie
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Earl of Darby
Wicked Earls' Club
Once Upon A Widow Series #4
Aubrey Wynne
https://www.facebook.com/magnificentv...
Release date 11/19/2019
Publisher Plato Publishing

Blurb:

Miss Hannah Pendleton is nursing her pride after her childhood crush falls in love with another. Determined to break a few hearts of her own, she hurls herself into the exciting and hectic schedule of a first season. Hannah finds the glitter and malice of London and its society both intriguing and intimidating. Always clever and
...more
Space Cowgirl
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ADULT Recency Romance and Thriller.
This book starts out as a sad progression of horrible events that leads Nicholas, the young Earl of Darby, to seek revenge on the young Duke of Colvin, a deviant of the worst kind.

Nicholas needs proof of the sordid and illegal acts the Duke perpetrates on young debutantes, cyprians, and now chimney sweep lads. The Duke has been banned from the Covenant Garden brothels because he was assaulting and violently damaging the women within. Without the late Duke's
...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Earl of Darby by Aubrey Wynne is part of the Wicked Earl's Club and the Once Upon a Widow Series. This is the story of Nicholas, the Earl of Darby and Hannah Pendleton. I did feel this could be a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Nicholas doesn't have trust anymore nor does he enjoy the holiday season after the death of his wife on their wedding night. The only person he holds true and dear is his sister. But when his friend asked him to keep an eye on his sister Hannah, who along with his
...more
Janet
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
Miss Hannah Pendleton is looking forward to her season as she will see the object of her childhood crush but discovers he’s fallen in love with another. Since his wife’s suicide on their wedding night, the Earl of Darby has carefully cultivated his rakish reputation. It keeps overprotective mamas at bay and provides him with unlimited clandestine affairs. Nicholas agrees to keep an eye on his sister Matilda as she makes her debut, he's pleased she becomes friends with Hannah who is the
...more
Jill
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story is well written, entertaining and holds your attention. Darby learned on his wedding night that his new wife was not a virgin, had bern raped by a member of society and was pregnant. He left and later returned to find his wife Alice had hanged herself and left a letter of apology and named the man who had raped her. Five years later Nicholas is still trying to find evidence against the now Duke of Colvin in order to bring him to justice. This is where he meets Hannah and things start ...more
N.N. Light
Nicholas, the Earl of Darby is a cynic when it comes to love and women. He’s nurtured his rakish status over the years and with good reason: he’s hunting the man responsible for leading his first wife to commit suicide. He’ll not put an innocent in harms way. But upon meeting his best friend’s sister, Hannah, his heart has other plans. Hannah is a breath of fresh air and the more he’s around her, the more he wonders if she can rescue him from a lonely life. But his dreaded enemy, the same man he ...more
Lori D
This story started off with a heartwrenching scene and did not let up until the end. Nicholas, the Earl of Darby experienced a tragedy that was beyond compare when his new wife committed suicide on their wedding night. It sets the stage for how Nicholas lived his life for the next few years and how he was determined to find and get vengeance for what caused her death.
Hannah Pendleton was determined to shine on her first season after being disappointed that her childhood crush had married.
...more
Emma
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story opens with an unbearable scene. There is crying, sobbing, apologies, begging for forgiveness and anger. When all is said and done there is a suicide. The note left behind explained it all. Racked with guilt, Nicholas, Earl of Darby has spent the last five years cultivating his life as a rake. At the same time he also hired a former Bow Street Runner to assist him dogging the person to blame for the suicide, the Duke of Colvin. So far they could not formally charge the Duke with any ...more
Rose Blue
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-12Q

Five years ago, before he inherited the title of earl, Nicholas agreed to an arranged marriage to Alice, which would save his family financially. Nicholas’s father had just lost a fortune gambling, and Nicholas hopes that eventually he and Alice will come to love each other. On their wedding night, Nicholas is shocked that his bride is no innocent, and infuriated when she tells him that she is pregnant due to an attack from a powerful man.
...more
Sharon
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
People were not always what they seemed. It could be a terrible sin against a person to set one’s mind against them because of what they appeared to be.

I’ve always loved unexpected attraction between wicked heroes and even more wicked heroines and Nicholas and Hannah make a fantastic couple. Nicholas just has to get past his guilt about his dead wife and Hannah needs to get over her childhood crush.

Well read but not opinionated, kind but witty with a good humor, and optimistic but practical.
...more
Emily Pennington
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
On their wedding night, Nicholas realized he was not the first to have relations with his new wife, Alice. Then she tearfully told him she was pregnant after being raped. Because it would be his word against hers, her mother told her to remain silent and Nicholas’ mother agreed in order to get the dowry funds they needed after her husband gambled away a large sum of money. Nicholas was devastated. He had been used, betrayed by his own mother and his new wife.

After a long ride on his horse, he
...more
Laura Furuta
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Earl of Darby (Wicked Earls’ Club) (Once Upon A Widow Book 4)
By: Aubrey Wynne
5 out of 5 stars

The story Earl of Darby (Wicked Earls’ Club) (Once Upon A Widow Book 4) by Aubrey Wynne is a historical romance. It is a wonderful story to read and I found myself not wanting to put it down until I had finished it. I loved reading about the characters of Miss Hannah Pendleton and Nicholas, the Earl of Darby. Hannah is a young woman who is scheduled for her first season. She is learning that the one
...more
Brenda
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Miss Hannah Pendleton is nursing her pride after her childhood crush falls in love with another. Determined to break a few hearts of her own, she hurls herself into the exciting and hectic schedule of a first season.
Since his wife’s suicide on their wedding night, Nicholas has carefully cultivated his rakish reputation. It keeps overprotective mamas at bay and provides him with unlimited clandestine affairs.
After his encounter with Hannah the ice around Nicholas’s heart cracks as he desperately
...more
Marti
Earl of Darby by Aubrey Wynne is part of the series called the Wicked Earls’ Club. The novels focus on a group of Lords who joined a club called the Wicked Earl’s Club. The rakes are determined to stay single and maintain their bachelorhood. The Earl of Darby’s sister is coming out as his friend’s sister that he agrees to help chaperone. Little does he know what is going to happen.

Hannah Pendleton is excited about her coming out. Her brother has left her with her Aunt Bertie and asked the Earl
...more
Debbie Kolins
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aubrey-wynne
Another beautifully written book!! In this book you have Earl of Darby [ Nicholas] who found out on his wedding night on December 24th that she was not a virgin and was pregnant. Darby was very upset and he left and when he returned and he found his wife had committed suicide and left him a letter of apology and named the man who had raped her and it turned she had been raped by a member of society Duke of Colvin. Nicolas had been trying to get evidence to bring him to justice. Then you Miss ...more
Estela
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Starring: Nicholas, Earl of Darby and Hannah Pendleton.

This was a little too dark to be a Christmas story, but I did enjoy it. I liked the times that Nicholas and Hannah were on the page together. I thought they were wonderful characters. Nicholas had a lot of baggage and mistrust due to the circumstances surrounding his wife’s suicide. Sadly it took place on their wedding night AND Christmas Eve, so he doesn’t find much joy around the season. Hannah is the sunshine he needed to crack his dark
...more
SH
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Earl of Danby has lived his life with regret and sadness, since the death of his wife. Having been married for only one day, Alice took her life but before doing so, left a letter that would haunt him. Several years later, his best friend asks him to watch over his sister, Miss Hannah Pendleton, who is making her debut in London society. She has befriended his sister who has also blossomed with her friendship with Hannah. Everyone loves Hannah, so it is easy to understand when Nick also ...more
Deb Diem
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Earl Of Darby is a spectacular historical romance by Aubry Wynne. Ms. Wynne has once again provided readers with a well-written book populated with a cast of characters you can't help but love. This is a fairly quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time and is appropriate for all ages. Nicholas is the Earl of Darby and after being tricked into marriage and a traumatic wedding night, avoids marriage. Hannah is hoping to spend time with her brother's friend Gideon while in London. ...more
Sheila Moss
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a really enjoyable read. I loved this book. As Aubrey's editor said starting a Christmas story with a suicide doesn't bode well but this chapter explained the whole background of the story. Because of it Nicholas Earl of Darby had closed himself off as had his mother living with her feelings of guilt. Mattie, his sister due to make her come out, lacked any confidence because of her sheltered home life. Hannah the sister of Nicholas's friend, Nathaniel, Viscount Pendleton was also to make ...more
Rebecca
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aubrey Wynne has done it again! I adore her writing! I think she has hit an absolute homerun with this story!

This is an intriguing story about a man's hardened heart and how a sweet and generous spirit breaks through.

Nicholas has been widowed for 5 years. His younger sister is having her season in London so he has his chaperone duties to attend to for her. The sister of one of his good friends is also in town for her season with her aunt.

The girls become bosom buddies and spend their time
...more
Kaye
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ONE ENTHRALLING ADVENTURE!!!
Awesome! Aubrey hits the motherload with this refreshing spin that rocks this genre with unexpected events that blows this baby wide open. Mastering the ups and downs, weaving a cocoon so intricately and tight, draws you deeper into this tangled web until everything else ceases to exist. Displaying amazing scenario's that punch dead center with such intensity and precision, propels this jewel into a tailspin with astonishing impacts. Pushing on-ward, coping with the
...more
Sharon Wrye-Martin
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This very well written story immediately captures your emotions as you learn about a heartbreaking suicide committed by a new bride on her wedding night. The Earl of Darby shares some blame in this poor brides demise, however the real villain is now his target and he sets out to avenge her death by trapping her rapist who also planted a poor undeserving baby in her belly. The Earl has a hardened heart and a rakish reputation that only love can hope to change. Enter his sweet and innocent sister ...more
Margaret
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A tragic beginning at Christmas casts a dark shadow over what should be a happy celebration. Nicholas, Lord Darby, seeks revenge for the death of his young wife. Five years later, he's closer to his goal. Then into his life comes Hannah, his best friend's sister. Her coming out is at the same time as his sister's. His job is to watch out for both ladies while out in society, but the evil from the past now threatens Hannah, the woman he loves. A sexy dark hero, a sweetheart young lady and her ...more
Marie Bourgery
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story started out dark with a suicide and a mystery. Hannah was bright and full of hope with a crush on her brother Nathaniel’s friend Gideon and looking forward to going to London for her first season. I was surprised she would go so close to Christmas as the traditional London season is usually in the spring. She finds herself attracted to Nathaniel’s friend Nicholas, but it’s hard to get past her childhood crush. Also darkness surrounds Nicholas after what happened to his wife. I liked ...more
Sheila
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this second chance love story with Hannah who has been in love with her brothers friend Nathaniel, Earl of Darby but he married another only for her to die suddenly. Five years later she is still single and he has not remarried with no intention of doing so. Hannah is determined to enjoy the season and hopes to find true love. Nathaniel has promised his good friend to keep a eye on his sister and when he sees her talking to the devil Duke of Colvin who caused his wife's lost of life he ...more
Heather Lovelace
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wynne hits it out of the park with this one. I LOVE historical romance. When you throw in a rogue and an innocent and sprinkle it with Regency... I’m done for. And this book certainly lived up to all of my expectations. A classic storyline that doesn’t feel trite or over-told, I found it simply wonderful, rich with imagery and emotion. Loved every page and look forward to reading it again very soon!
Erica Fish
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Earl of Darby is the fourth book in the Once Upon a Widow Book series by Aubrey Wynne. Aubrey Wynne does an amazing job writing historical romance stories. I find her attention to detail amazing. While reading this book, I feel like I have been transported to the time period in which the story is based. Her characters are complex and relatable. In this story, Miss Hannah Pendleton finds herself with a broken heart. That is when the Earl of Darby notices her, but there is a problem, Hannah is ...more
Liz
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the Earl of Darby commits suicide on their wedding night he swears never to trust another woman. He becomes known as a womanizer and a rake. When Miss Hannah Pendeltons brother introduces her to his best friend The Earl of Darby and his sister she is thrilled to find a friend and The Earl makes her heart flutter. After finding out that the man she thought she was in love with has not waited for her to come of age and fell in love with another she looks else where for a husband. Meanwhile ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is a historical romance story that is engaging and kept me turning pages. The characters made the story feel realistic as well as being connectable. Hannah’s response to her hurt pride after losing her crush to another is to throw herself into her first season. Nicholas has a reputation and also a past. What will fate have in store for them? They are great characters, I highly recommend their story.
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • A Whole New Duke
  • Earl of Kinross (Wicked Earls' Club Book 14)
  • A Family for Christmas: A Regency Romance
  • Earl of Dryden (Chronicles of a Bluestocking, #1)
  • Too Wicked to Want: Regency Romance (Chronicles of a Bluestocking Book 2)
  • Earl of Bergen (Wicked Earls' Club)
  • Dukes, Actually (12 Dukes of Christmas # 5)
  • The Duke's Bride (12 Dukes of Christmas #6)
  • Mistletoe Magic: A Regency Romance
  • Earl of Charm (Wicked Earls' Club)
  • The Scoundrel and the Socialite (The Somerton Scandals Book 2)
  • A Dukes' Club Christmas (The Dukes' Club Book 10)
  • Too Wicked to Woo: Regency Romance (Chronicles of a Bluestocking Book 1)
  • Joy to the Duke (Love is All Around #3)
  • Earl of Woodcliffe (Wicked Earls' Club)
  • The Duke's Embrace (12 Dukes of Christmas #7)
  • The Minx Who Met Her Match (The Brethren Book 4)
  • The Gift of the Marquess (Love is All Around #2)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

Wicked Earls' Christmas (10 books)
  • Earl of Dryden (Chronicles of a Bluestocking, #1)
  • Earl of Kent (The League of Rogues, #11)
  • Earl of Kinross (Wicked Earls' Club Book 14)
  • Earl of Bergen (Wicked Earls' Club)
  • Earl of Charm (Wicked Earls' Club)
  • Earl of Woodcliffe (Wicked Earls' Club)
  • Earl of Edgemore (Wicked Earls' Club Book 18)
  • Earl of Oakhurst
  • Earl of Scarborough: The Honorable Rogues™ (Wicked Earls' Club Book 21)