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To Wed a Wicked Earl

(Devine & Friends #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,564 ratings  ·  298 reviews
He's on the hunt for a bride...

Adam Faramond, Earl of Rothbury, needs to find a wife—immediately!—or his beloved grandmother will leave him penniless. But Adam, an unrepentant rake, would reform for only one woman, the woman he's lusted after—and loved—for years. It's rather unfortunate, then, that Miss Charlotte Greene would never consent to be the blushing bride of a
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Avon
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of a light-hearted but good regency historical romance
I picked this one up as an impulse and was very pleasantly entertained by this story. I loved the aspect of the hero, Lord Rothbury, being in love with Charlotte for six long years. She thought of herself as a wallflower, and was stuck on his best friend, Lord Tristan, who saved her mother and herself from a carriage accident, for that whole time.

Adam, who is known as Rothbury for this whole book, watched her grow from a skinny young girl into a willowy young woman, admiring her from afar, even
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Romance lovers, especially those who enjoy Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas and Julie Garwood.

To Wed A Wicked Earl picks up where book one, At the Bride
Hunt Ball
ends, immediately after Tristan Devine, younger brother of Gabriel, Duke of Wolverest, has announced who he has chosen for his bride. Charlotte Greene, heartbroken at having not been the lucky young lady chosen to wed the man she has worshipped from afar for the last seven years is about to leave the ball when Adam Faramond, Earl of Rothbury comes to her emotional rescue; offering support, kind words and to dance the last dance
Beanbag Love
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Definitely not as good as the first, but Parker is such an enjoyable writer that I still give it four stars.

Charlotte and Rothbury are a couple of characters we met in 'At the Bride Hunt Ball'. Charlotte is introduced as a mouse who doesn't wear her spectacles because she 'reinvents' herself to go with other people's supposed desires. Rothbury is introduced as a rake with no conscience whatsoever (although his actions belie the other characters' perceptions).

So, I was very interested in the idea
Juliana Philippa
[UPDATE after reading again in September 2015: Enjoyed it, but had to go down to 3.5 stars. Those issues really are issues; don't know why the author/editor didn't change it. The beginning third is really not great and we miss out so much on actually SEEING their "friendship" develop. Oh well; enjoyed it nonetheless.]

Took me awhile to decide on a rating for this book. Some parts were 3 stars, other parts were 4.5s. I would say most of the last 2/3 of the book were in the latter category though,
Wicked Incognito Now
I wanted to like this book. Parts of Olivia Parker's storytelling have a sort Julia Quinn feel. I really enjoyed The Bride Hunt Ball. Kind of quirky and fun, but there's so much about her writing, especially in this newest novel, that takes away from the fun element and makes me just want to throw the book across the room (if I didn't have an e-reader, I would).

First of all, she shows the reader nothing and tells the reader everything. For instance---apparently the hero is scoundrel. We are not
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who like a good "friends" to lovers historical

What a cute,well-written regency romance with a spinster/rake friends to lovers theme. The two characters are first introduced in Parker’s excellent At the Bride Hunt Ball. Charlotte is one of the last two contenders to marry Lord Tristan and Rothbury the notorious rake is Tristan’s best bud. Rothbury has been secretly in love with Charlotte for years but never thought she’d care for him because they were so different. She decides to become his friend so they can mutually help each other find
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it
This is Parker's second book and the sequel to At the Bride Hunt Ball. I found her debut book stupid, but not offensively so, mediocre, but readable. I would basically say that if you liked her first book, this is more of the same: loads of slapstick, some funny twists of phrase, lots of anachronisms, huge jumps in logic. This book reminded me of any number of authors who writes light-weight wallpaper historicals with no accountability for historical accuracy like Leslie LaFoy, Melanie George, V ...more
A reread and I'm sad to say it went from 5 stars to 3.5/5. Almost on-the-shelf bespectacled wallflower strikes up unlikely friendship with handsome earl with rakish reputation. She's been infatuated for years with his best friend while the hero himself has eyes only for her - even all the while his penis went wandering around town. The premise was not convincing and there were many inconsistencies which added up to an uneven reading experience. Elevated by a couple of amusing lines, but unfortun ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Similar to her debut, To Wed a Wicked Earl is a fun, fast read liberally sprinkled with humor.

Lord Rothbury is generally considered a rake, scoundrel and wastrel and in love with the Duke of Wolverest's sister Lady Rosalind. What he doesn't make known to anyone is that he's been in love with the wallflower Miss Charlotte Greene. He'd happily abandon his hedonistic lifestyle if he thought Charlotte would have him, but she's been in love with his best friend for years. Charlotte is intrigued by th
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2017
The jaded rake falls in love with the wallflower. Cute story!
I love this book and I love its author. I love the story, the characters, etc. But its cover- no. It's not even bad. I just wanted an excuse to make my own imaginary cover of the book:

See. What I do for things I love.

For the Review:
Truth be told, I wasn't bracing for something ~awesome because I have already read ~awesome in the form of the author's previous work At the Bride Hunt Ball. Besides, the ratings are lower and the reviews are so mixed. -shrugs-
Ah, but then I still followed my instinct
Great sequel to At The Bride Hunt Ball, 4 1/2 Stars!!

I loved the characters in this book... Charlotte and Adam, the Earl of Rothbury. Charlotte was a quiet, shy and proper lady. She wore spectacles and thought that nobody saw her as the type of girl one would want to court. She had been in love with a man who was recently betrothed to another, in At The Bride Hunt Ball, and was broken hearted about it.

Adam, the Earl of Rothbury, had been secretly in love with Charlotte for six years! He was a b
I enjoyed this one, but not as much as The Bride Hunt Ball. I am so glad the book started out with the last few scenes from the previous book as they pertained to Charlotte and Rothbury and let to story take off from that point. I wavered between 4 and 3 stars. I'd give this one a 3.5
I am looking forward to Parker's next book!
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a cute second effort by Olivia Parker. I enjoyed the hero and I loved that it was he that had a crush on her for the longest time... and that she wasn't an apparent stunning beauty and only he could see that she had this allure. Not as funny as the first but very cute.
Rashika (is tired)
The cutest thing about this book is how this guy has had a crush on her (it didn't seem a lot like love to me but hey that's what I thought) for like years and this girl had no idea and was not even secretly crushing back on him as well.

Unfortunately I can give this book only 3,5 stars. I was really looking forward to read this book because I loved the first book from this author but the writing did disappoint me in this book. and I know I could have loved it because even with all its faults I really liked the characters and the story.

on one hand we have Charlotte - known from the "The Bride Hunt Ball", where she is a very shy character who would change herself in everything only to get married to Tristan. iw as very suprised t
The Anxious Bookaholic
Dear Miss Parker,
thank you all so very much for writing this book.

To Wed a Wicked Earl is the first book that I have ever read from this author and I can honestly say that I loved every part from it, no exceptions. Rothbury is truly a hero to die for with his wicked charm and naughty behavior; no to mention the small glimpses to his gentler side that only soften me more. Oh, my good. I am so in love with this man.
To Wed a Wicked Earl is the basically the second installment after At the Bride
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Charlotte Greene is shy and spectacled and a wall-flower, and after being spurned by Tristan, the boy-duke-wonder, she finds herself "rescued" by the scandalous Earl Rothbury. There's a bunch of skipped time and suddenly they're friends! Except there are boners and as we all know from When Harry Met Sally: boners ruin friendships! And then it tapers off into a pretty mild HEA except for one strange kidnapping attempt.

This was surprisingly hard to enjoy.

1. It's disjointed as all hell. The develo
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I really don't get the plot. At first I found it funny, however the relationship between the characters was so unclear. I keep expecting some explanations why or the past scene when Rothbury fell in love with Charlotte. Halfway through the books, still nothing. Everytime the characters met, it was under some ridiculous fiasco. The problem was I didn't feel the flow between each scene or any worthwhile emotion from the characters. That's why I stop reading halfway as the story stucked , no progre ...more
Mar 29, 2012 marked it as dnf
Shelves: reviewed
In a time where dancing with a woman more than two times was tantamount to a proposal and women with a broken engagement were beset with scandal and rumors that something's wrong with them, I'm supposed to believe that society wouldn't object to a Bachelor like contest involving 5 young virgins? WTH?

The book came highly recommended but that silliness is too much for me. I can't believe lots of things but not that.

“To Wed a Wicked Earl” is just was lovely as “At the Bride Hunt Ball”.

This one is about Charlotte, Madelyn’s best friend and her search for a husband leading her to befriend the scandalous Earl of Rothbury.

Their friendship blossoms into more but neither of them wants to acknowledge it. It takes prodding from friends and family to point them in the right direction.

It is a quick, light, funny read. My favorite character is Rothbury’s grandmother. That is a devious lady. :D

So glad I stumbled up
May 08, 2011 rated it liked it
3 stars.

Okay I'll be honest, I skimmed the ending. I didn't want to put this in my DNF pile because it was good for the most part and I did enjoy it! Besides skimming the less exciting bits to finish it, of course.

Adam was gorgeous and a delicious hero. I was sick and tired of people making such a big fuss of how much of a BAD PERSON and DEBAUCHED SCOUNDREL he was, though. Good grief. His reputation was tiresome and overrated in the extreme. But I persevered and soldiered on with the book regard
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This novel was completely unbelievable. Firstly, the hero has been in love with the heroine, so of course he goes around sleeping with other woman. I mean, what screams love more loudly than promiscuity, am I right?

Secondly, this whole miscommunication / misunderstanding between them was so dragged out. It would have been easier to read about if it was believable.

Thirdly, Charlotte is a wallflower, with slim prospects of finding a husband. Her mother warns her against the hero? A handsome titled
Maureen Feeney
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witty-historicals, 1
Loved it,maybe not as much as "The Bride Hunt Ball" but close.She is definately on my to buy list.The third book which is Rosalinds story will be out in the summer. I for one will be buying it
Ririn Aziz
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars
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Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
Should I read this book? It has mixed reviews.... Trying to figure out what book I should read next .So many to choose from!!!
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading it. The male lead is different from most heros in the historicalromance genre.

It's not perfect but it was fun. An longer review coming soon.
4.5 stars


Not as good as the first book, I hoped for more explanations regarding his feelings and past, but I liked this book very much.


This book started really slow and it was difficult for me getting into the story. On reason was that I was not a fan of Charlotte and Rothbury in "At The Bride Hunt Ball". I thought that Charlotte was immature, silly and foolish because she had this stupid infatuation with Tristan and thought to win his hand through changing herself. And I reall
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​Endowed with an insatiable yearning for happily-ever-afters, Olivia fell in love with the promise of happy endings found in the lovely pages of romance novels. When she's not reading or writing, she's quite the busy "governess" to a trio of lovely children.

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