Title: The Earl’s Christmas Colt
Author: Rebecca Thomas
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 70 pages
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Lady Arabella Sutton is stunned to learn her brother has betrothed her to a stranger despite his promises for a season in London. Although she is the first to admit no man would suit, since she’s more interested in horses than marriage, the last thing she wants is to become a brood mare to a stuffy old earl. Facing a future she cannot abide, she takes an impetuous ride to clear her head and ends up tending her injured mare instead.
Oliver Westwyck, the Earl of Marsdale, can’t believe his luck when he stops at an inn the night before he’s to meet his fiancée. In the stable, while tending the colt he intends to give to his future wife, he happens upon her—rain-drenched but beautiful. She assumes he’s a stable hand, a fine joke he means to end…until Lady Arabella declares all noblemen are egotistical, conceited, and arrogant. How can he reveal his true identity before he’s managed to change her mind and win her heart?
I’m still on my historical romance kick and this book is another winner. Set in the regency period (yawn), I didn’t have to wade through all the boring stuff about London, the ton and parties. This story was about a man and a woman that meet under unusual circumstances. What happens next is funny to me. Lady Arbella thinks that Mr. Carrington is the stable manager and he doesn’t correct her. Bad thing is, Mr. Carrington is actually the man that her brother has arranged to married. Now, don’t go rolling your eyes. The story picks up at a rather fast paced and I was so sorry to see it end.
Mr. Carrington or Oliver is supposed to meet his wife at a Christmas party. He almost got married once and vowed that the next time wouldn’t be for love but for the heir. Never in his mind did he think that he would fall in love so quickly with Lady Arebella. Knowing that she had a love for horses, he brings one to her as a wedding gift. *swoon* I’m not a horse person but the man did know how to win his lady’s heart.
I felt bad for Lady Arbella in the beginning. Marrying a man that she’s never meet and then to find out he is slated to become a duke. The scene with her brother was priceless but at the same time, she was not going to take this laying down either. Upon meeting Mr. Carrington (Oliver) all she can think about is being married to an old man and being a broad mare.
I’m telling you while this is a historical, there is much humor in the dialogue. I was giggling in the stable scene and when they got to the shelter I was rolling. The pacing is quick and the book only covers a few days but I connected with Lady Arabella and Oliver quickly. My heart broke in the second scene with Lady Arabella, her brother and Oliver. Will it work out? You will have to read it to find out.
Again, this is my 4th or 5th…maybe 6th historical from Entangled and they have been spot on. Dear readers, you must find them, read them, and devour them. You will not be sorry. 🙂