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The Earl Claims His Wife (Scandals and Seductions #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,120 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
The Earl Claims His Wife is the latest romance from New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell in her new Scandal and Seductions series, where pride clashes with passion and temptation leads to love. Preoccupied with wars and women, the earl ignored his wife. But when he finally wants her by his side, the fiery Lady Gillian won’t go without a fight . . .
ebook, 409 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
4 Stars!

After years of neglect by her husband, Gillian is ready to take a lover. And just when she was about to entertain Andres, the Spaniard as her lover, guess who comes back to claim Gillian back? Her estranged husband, of course. Brian abandoned Gillian right after he married her, choosing instead his mistress whom he loved very much and then later on, going to fight the war against Napoleon. But after suffering a betrayal in the hands of his own father and mistress, Brian needed Gillian mo
R.L. Martinez
Okay, I have to say I was swept up in the beginning of the book, but quickly got disillusioned by several unforgivable faults.

1. This author really needs to restudy/bone up on her vocabulary. Not only did she repeat phrases over and over but she would use words in a completely inappropriate context. Those are not typos those are out and out mistakes that never should have made it past the slush pile!

2. The heroine, Gillian, was very annoying. She would change her mind about the hero on the turn
Nov 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Uninspiring writing, dispassionate characters. Four years after his abandonment of his new bride on their wedding night for his long term mistress, he finally decided she's the worthy one and returned to claim her and only after the mistress betrayed him and the heroine " is the only one who can save him". What she will save him from, I never cared enough to find out, as I was too agitated to finish. Silly twit of a heroine decided, after just 24 hours and a charming smile from H, that she will ...more
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Lover of Romance
Gillian, Lady Wright, after falling in love with Brian Rason, the Earl of Wright, then marries him only to find out that he loves another and plans to leave her to go to Europe to fight in the war and take the woman he loves as his mistress. Now she is ready to take a lover, a hansome spaniard who stirs up her heart, and she knows that she can find happiness with him. Brian has returned to London, and has been sending her requests to return to his side, however after all the years he has ignored ...more
Lady Darcie Guenon
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: kmart
Gillian Wright is a very inspiring person for she stands up to what she believes in even though her husband who hasn't wanted anything to do with her four years ago suddenly shows up at the time when shes thinking about taking a lover and demands her to return with him. Gillian won't go easily so she makes a deal with Brain Lord Wright that after 30 days she will have her freedom.
Brian Ranson Lord Wright needs his wife now more than ever, for when he returns from war he finds that his mistress h
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, okay. They're tortured with their love for each other and their pride, I get it. These two went back and forth about their feelings so often, sometimes on the same page, it was dizzying.

So it's 1810, and these two folks are married. He goes to war, leaving her with his parents. She gets tired of the in-laws and goes off with her family. He returns from war, goes to his mistress, and leaves her alone until one day he comes back to claim her.

Why, you ask? Well, I won't ruin the story, but th
I'm torn on this book. 1st I really don't like books that has one or both of the main characters cheat. This book had one that did and one that seriously considered it. drove me crazy! 2nd Gillian "forgave" Brian too quickly then hated him again then forgave him again. She was very macurical and I didn't like that. I loved the baby! He was a good addition to the book. I think it was a good reason to hate Jess and the dad while being a great reason for Gillian and Brian to be forced together long ...more
I have loved every book by Ms Maxwell thus far. And don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this one as well. But it fell short for me because of her mistreatment of Andres. I felt so horrible for him! If that whole scenario was written differently then this book would easily be 4 stars. But the book ended not with me feeling giddy over the HEA, but with me almost in tears for Andres. And that alone made me drop from 4 stars to only 2.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The hero needed to grovel a lot for his awful treatment of the heroine before the book started. Also, the heroine was kind of dumb too. Readable, but nothing more than that
Adwina Ralston Cumberbatch
ga smw Best Seller itu bagus lho..
mnrt gw ini membosankan sangat malahan..
Catherine Siemann
Apr 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty awful.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gillian and Wright could have had it all from the beginning, if only he hadn't told her, on their wedding night, that he had no intention of giving up his mistress.
This story tells of how he goes about winning her trust and love back.
We have a meddling ex-lover, his disgusting and treasonous father, her hopeful wannabee lover and a lovely child helping to show off the faults and strengths of these two main characters.
I am quite happy to recommend this as a brilliant story and one that I was sorr
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Um, no. He's had a long-term mistress, has been married for four years and then suddenly decides to go back to his bride. She hates him, but on the next page all is forgiven.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-review
I like Cathy Maxwell and it's been awhile since I've picked up a book of hers. The Earl Claims His Wife is book 2 in her Scandals and Seductions series. I haven't read the first book and don't see a problem reading the series out of order; however, if you're the type that doesn't like to be spoiled then start with book 1 (A Seduction at Christmas).

I should start out by saying that I enjoy the abandoned wife plot in historical romance. Maxwell does a good job with a simple plot. After spending fo
DNF @ 26%

I tried, I tried so hard to get into this book. I enjoyed Cathy Maxwell's Cameron Sisters series, and when I realized there was this spin-off series, I knew had to read it.

Gillian was a somewhat minor character in the previous book, and the few times the subject of her marriage came up, you got the sense that there wasn't good news there. Until you read the summary for this book. See, it was love at first sight for her and she goes into marriage with hearts in her eyes. Then, on the mor
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical/Georgian Romance Lovers
Gillian Ranson, Lady Wright has been married for over four years, and in all of that time, she has not seen and rarely heard from her husband who left her shortly after their marriage and a declaration of love for a long-time mistress. Brian Ranson, Earl of Wright, had succumbed to the pressure of obligating himself to a marriage of convenience, and promptly after the consummation took himself off to the bed of his beloved mistress followed shortly thereafter to fight in the war against Napolean ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
After deserting his wife on her wedding night for his mistress and the war Brian (hero) returns after 4 years to claim his wife not because he is sorry for the humiliation he has put her through and not because he loves her, but because he needs her to become his nursemaid, nanny, and to organize his household and help his career, oh and a bed partner. Gillian (heroin) returns with him to London to find a surprise waiting for her!! Brian comes across as very selfish and has no compassion for his ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It was funny too. Brian ignored his wife Gillian since their got married. Now he wants her back. She is not interest in him. But she does go to London with him. Can Gillian trust Brian again. He wants to start over but she does not. Why does He want her now after all these years. They make and agreement so she can help him get a job that he wants in the War Office. They try to work to together when she learns that Brian has taken charge of his father's son, Anthony or he would ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gillian was married to a third son of a Marquess who told her he was devoted to his mistress after he consummated their marriage. He left her with his parents and went back to the war. When his older brothers were killed his father called him home and he went straight to his mistress. For four years Gillian had lived with his morally bankrupt parents. She moved her residence to her cousin's country estate and decided to take a lover. Before spoken words could become actions with her new lover, t ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out so wonderfully, I loved seeing Gillian put Wright in his place and the fact that she wanted a divorce drew me to the story. So with all this going on I found it totally implausible that Gillian should capitulate so quickly, literally within hours of departure. I was so disgusted that I almost put the book down right then. It was only about 3/4 into the book that I actually started thinking well of Wright but still, not once did I ever think he truly deserved her and therein ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest my usual taste is Scottish Highland romances. But a friend of mine was making fun of it at work and said I should do a book report on how bad it was. So it sat on my to read shelf for about a month before I got laid up in bed sick as a dog. I was almost instantly drawn into the story of Gillian and 'Wright' Brian. The characters are relateable, they are brilliantly designed. I managed to finish this between the cold pills making me fall asleep. Even when I put it down to try and pla ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hm... Sedari awal, denger alasan si Brian ninggalin istrinya gara2 wanita lain dan terang2an mengakui kalau dia lebih mencintai wanita itu dan sama sekali istrinya tidak ada harapan tuk dapetin cintanya emang bikin keki. Kasihan juga si Gillian statusnya digantung ama si Brian yang lebih suka sama simpanannya itu. Terus tiba2 saja mau balik lagi ke Gillian karena alasan ingin mendapat tempat di dunia politik juga karena setelah dia tahu seperti apa belangnya wanita pujaannya itu, duh kejam amat ...more
M.A. Levi
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bravo to this book and author. I love the story line and message sent throughout this amazing story. A husband and wife with troubled begingings in their marriage, find love, commitment and trust in eachother to make it work. Instead of throwing in the towel, the characters make it work, while people of their past try to get in the way to draw the characters back to their old lives. I hope their is a second book to this one. I would LOVE to read it. It was charming, a feel-good book, not graphic ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I was completely unable to have any compassion for the hero, which ruined the book for me. The heroine was too much of a doormat. Any book where the hero gets to screw around while the heroine is supposed to forgive him? not my cup of tea. I don't even care if she made it hard for him. Not even close to hard enough after being such an asshat. He vacillated between being an ass and being whiny. Ugh.
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 2 and I liked it more than #1. I liked Gillian in the 1st book and also liked her in this one. She has been betrayed and wants to get on with her life, but her husband of 4 years, back from the war comes to get her. He is sort of a n idiot and keeps saying the wrong things, but he shows his love in the end. He will let her go to the life he thinks she deserves. Of course love ensues and they live happily ever after! On to #3.
Claire Mojieski
rated it liked it
Feb 23, 2010
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
I liked Gillian and her spirit. She is true and honest. Her husband is a fool though and although the author goes to pains to make him seem honourable, I didn't like him. He mistrusts her, lies to her by omission and is a fool. He has no subtlety and no understanding. She would have been better off with Andreas.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 12, 2015 10:54AM  
  • A Perfect Scoundrel
  • The Way of the Heart
  • The Rake's Rainbow
  • The Coming Home Place
  • Mutual Consent
  • The Counterfeit Marriage
  • The Earl of Her Dreams
  • The Obedient Bride
  • UnLove Me  (Angels Warriors MC Trilogy #1-3)
  • Lady of Quality
  • Wicked Dix (Hard Love Romance, #2)
  • Desires of a Perfect Lady (Lost City #3)
  • So Wild A Heart (Aincourt's Hearts, #1)
  • The Duke's Double (Lords of Love)
  • The Letter
  • In Praise of Younger Men (Three Heroes #1; Company of Rogues, #6)
  • Contingency (Covenant of Trust #1)
  • Courting His Countess
CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.
More about Cathy Maxwell...

Other Books in the Series

Scandals and Seductions (5 books)
  • A Seduction at Christmas (Scandals and Seductions, #1)
  • The Marriage Ring (Scandals and Seductions #3)
  • His Christmas Pleasure (Scandals and Seductions, #4)
  • The Seduction of Scandal (Scandals and Seductions, #5)