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A French privateer’s daughter. A marquess’s son. And a chance encounter on the high seas. Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man. Today, VIOLET WINTERS is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather’s privateer, dreaming of com A French privateer’s daughter. A marquess’s son. And a chance encounter on the high seas. Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man. Today, VIOLET WINTERS is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather’s privateer, dreaming of commandeering a ship of her own. However, when she stumbles upon a betrothal announcement of the man she was set to marry, Violet cannot help but feel honour-bound to protect the woman who had been forced to take her place. Fortune smiles on Violet and delivers an English lord into her hands - and with him the chance to return to England unrecognised. OLIVER CORNELL, EARL OF CULLINGWOOD, is trapped in a life he abhors. Not seen as a son, but merely an heir, he dreams of sailing the seas, the epitome of freedom. By sheer happenstance, Oliver ends up on a merchant vessel, which is promptly boarded by a French privateer. On board the Chevalier Noir, Oliver meets the captain’s daughter, a woman unlike any other he has ever met. Utterly fascinated by the adventurous gleam in her eyes, he does not hesitate to offer his assistance when Violet finds herself in need of a guide to London’s upper society. Reveling in his first taste of adventure, Oliver poses as her husband…only to realise before long that posing as her husband will not be good enough. Can a privateer’s daughter and a marquess’s son ever have a happily-ever-after? Or is their love doomed to fail? This adventure story on the high seas by a USA TODAY bestselling author proves that love finds you even when you don't believe in it. If you like marriage of convenience stories with a touch of mystery, a dash of humour as well as heartfelt emotion, then you’ll love this instalment of Bree Wolf’s emotionally charged Love’s Second Chance Series. Buy CONDEMNED AND ADMIRED, grab a cup of tea, settle into your favorite reading spot and start this swoon worthy romance now! Love's Second Chance Series #1 Forgotten & Remembered - The Duke's Late Wife (Rosabel & Graham) #2 Cursed & Cherished - The Duke's Wilful Wife (Anna & Edmond) #3 Despised & Desired - The Marquess' Passionate Wife (Ellie & Frederick) #4 Abandoned & Protected - The Marquis' Tenacious Wife (Henrietta & Connor) #5 Ruined & Redeemed - The Earl's Fallen Wife (Charlotte & Sebastian) #6 Betrayed & Blessed - The Viscount's Shrewd Wife (Beth & Tristan) #7 Deceived & Honoured - The Baron’s Vexing Wife (Madeline & Derek) More to follow: #8 Sacrificed & Reclaimed - The Soldier's Daring Widow (Meagan & Edward) #9 Condemned & Admired - The Earl's Cunning Wife (Violet & Oliver) A Forbidden Love Novella Series #1 The Wrong Brother #2 A Brilliant Rose #3 The Forgotten Wife #4 An Unwelcome Proposal #6 Hearts to Be Mended #5 Rules to Be Broken More to follow: #7 Winning her Hand #8 Conquering her Heart


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A French privateer’s daughter. A marquess’s son. And a chance encounter on the high seas. Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man. Today, VIOLET WINTERS is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather’s privateer, dreaming of com A French privateer’s daughter. A marquess’s son. And a chance encounter on the high seas. Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man. Today, VIOLET WINTERS is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather’s privateer, dreaming of commandeering a ship of her own. However, when she stumbles upon a betrothal announcement of the man she was set to marry, Violet cannot help but feel honour-bound to protect the woman who had been forced to take her place. Fortune smiles on Violet and delivers an English lord into her hands - and with him the chance to return to England unrecognised. OLIVER CORNELL, EARL OF CULLINGWOOD, is trapped in a life he abhors. Not seen as a son, but merely an heir, he dreams of sailing the seas, the epitome of freedom. By sheer happenstance, Oliver ends up on a merchant vessel, which is promptly boarded by a French privateer. On board the Chevalier Noir, Oliver meets the captain’s daughter, a woman unlike any other he has ever met. Utterly fascinated by the adventurous gleam in her eyes, he does not hesitate to offer his assistance when Violet finds herself in need of a guide to London’s upper society. Reveling in his first taste of adventure, Oliver poses as her husband…only to realise before long that posing as her husband will not be good enough. Can a privateer’s daughter and a marquess’s son ever have a happily-ever-after? Or is their love doomed to fail? This adventure story on the high seas by a USA TODAY bestselling author proves that love finds you even when you don't believe in it. If you like marriage of convenience stories with a touch of mystery, a dash of humour as well as heartfelt emotion, then you’ll love this instalment of Bree Wolf’s emotionally charged Love’s Second Chance Series. Buy CONDEMNED AND ADMIRED, grab a cup of tea, settle into your favorite reading spot and start this swoon worthy romance now! Love's Second Chance Series #1 Forgotten & Remembered - The Duke's Late Wife (Rosabel & Graham) #2 Cursed & Cherished - The Duke's Wilful Wife (Anna & Edmond) #3 Despised & Desired - The Marquess' Passionate Wife (Ellie & Frederick) #4 Abandoned & Protected - The Marquis' Tenacious Wife (Henrietta & Connor) #5 Ruined & Redeemed - The Earl's Fallen Wife (Charlotte & Sebastian) #6 Betrayed & Blessed - The Viscount's Shrewd Wife (Beth & Tristan) #7 Deceived & Honoured - The Baron’s Vexing Wife (Madeline & Derek) More to follow: #8 Sacrificed & Reclaimed - The Soldier's Daring Widow (Meagan & Edward) #9 Condemned & Admired - The Earl's Cunning Wife (Violet & Oliver) A Forbidden Love Novella Series #1 The Wrong Brother #2 A Brilliant Rose #3 The Forgotten Wife #4 An Unwelcome Proposal #6 Hearts to Be Mended #5 Rules to Be Broken More to follow: #7 Winning her Hand #8 Conquering her Heart

30 review for Condemned & Admired: The Earl's Cunning Wife

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heike

    Oh wow! Sometimes it's good when the second sentence already reveals the future of a story in the "not for me, did not finish" pile. Still, her mother’s gentle but insistent voice reached her little mind, tickling it awake and chasing away the last remnants of sleep. Her little mind? I burst into tears! I gave it a fair chance, anyway, but the 18 year old noble woman sailing with daddy and a gang of french privateers, the oh-so-unhappy son of a Marquess who, oh darn it, is loved by nobody and dadd Oh wow! Sometimes it's good when the second sentence already reveals the future of a story in the "not for me, did not finish" pile. Still, her mother’s gentle but insistent voice reached her little mind, tickling it awake and chasing away the last remnants of sleep. Her little mind? I burst into tears! I gave it a fair chance, anyway, but the 18 year old noble woman sailing with daddy and a gang of french privateers, the oh-so-unhappy son of a Marquess who, oh darn it, is loved by nobody and daddy wants him to *shock!* marry! - is a no-go for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Love's Second Chance #9 Publication Date: 8/14/18 This is a new-to-me author and I could easily become a regular reader. The story is well written, well-plotted and well-paced. If you love a swashbuckling sea adventure with a bit of fancy balls, kidnappings, and rescues thrown in – this book might just be for you. Twelve years earlier, in 1796, Alexandra Winters, Viscountess Silcox, fled her home on the coast of England. She was in a loveless, cold, uncaring marriage and her husband had jus Series: Love's Second Chance #9 Publication Date: 8/14/18 This is a new-to-me author and I could easily become a regular reader. The story is well written, well-plotted and well-paced. If you love a swashbuckling sea adventure with a bit of fancy balls, kidnappings, and rescues thrown in – this book might just be for you. Twelve years earlier, in 1796, Alexandra Winters, Viscountess Silcox, fled her home on the coast of England. She was in a loveless, cold, uncaring marriage and her husband had just betrothed their six-year-old daughter, Violet to his best friend – another cold and uncaring man who would be ancient by the time Violet was old enough to marry. She loved her daughter beyond measure and absolutely could not allow the same fate to befall her. So, she left a suicide note – and escaped to France with Violet. Violet Winters has spent twelve gloriously wonderful years in France as the daughter of a privateer. Yes, she knows he isn’t her birth father, but he is her father in all but that – and now she has several brothers and sisters to love. Her first love, however, is the sea and the freedom it gives. She has persuaded her father to let her be a full-fledged member of the crew. She dresses in men's clothes, carries a sword and fully carries her weight as a member of the crew. For her – it is family above all – no matter where that family comes from. Oliver Cornell, Earl of Cullingwood, son, and heir of the Marquess of Northey longs for a different life. He can never please his father – and he’s not sure he wants to. He longs for adventure and continually spends his nights at the docks talking to the sailors and listening longingly to their stories. So, when he awakens from a drunken stupor and finds himself in a storeroom aboard a merchant ship, he’s not sure it is an entirely bad thing. At least at first – then – they are captured by a French privateer and as the son of an English peer, Oliver is a prime candidate to be ransomed back to his father. Oh, great! Yet another proof to his father that he is a worthless son. He’d really rather not be ransomed. When Violet wants to go to England to ‘rescue’ the young woman who is now being forced to marry the man that was supposed to marry Violet – Oliver volunteers to take her. They hatch a plan to pose as husband and wife and the adventure begins. You’ll find betrayal, kidnapping, chases and – well -- love in this fast-paced story. So, why didn’t I give it 5-stars? Well – for a number of reasons – and here are a few. First, there is no way I could believe that a strong, heroic, very loving father would EVER allow his young, unmarried daughter to take off with a virtual stranger – to go to England and pretend to be his wife. Second, it feels much too modern. Everybody was constantly giving Violet her ‘choice’. It was all about her – nobody else got a choice. While some men were much more tolerant than others in that time period, it was still a man’s world and they would have been in charge and not giving her all of those choices when they disagreed with them so strongly. Third, I found Violet to be a bit on the selfish side. I like a strong female, but it really was all about her and she never gave a thought about what her ‘choice’ (read that demand) did to others, what effect it had on them or how much it might hurt them. Fourth, Oliver appeared pretty spineless – just too good to be true. Whatever Violet wanted, Violet got. He wouldn’t stand up to her nor would he stand up to his father. I loved that he grew and got better – but for most of the book he’s pretty spineless. Fifth, Oliver’s father didn’t get his comeuppance. I really, really, really wanted him to pay for the way he treated Oliver (and even Violet). Maybe he could have had apoplexy and been unable to speak and then have to watch Oliver and Violet be happy and never see his grandchildren, etc. Just something! Sixth is that I found it very hard to believe that Violet would risk so much to go to England to rescue someone she’d never even heard of. She didn’t know that the young woman was unwilling – she didn’t even know that it was a young woman. I just couldn’t buy that – no matter how hard I tried. Please check out my reviews at: Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages... 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  3. 5 out of 5

    Gerda

    It was a four star book for me up until the last 15% on my kindle. They made a mess at Silcox manor, literally and figuratively, and the author does not solve the ploblems arising from(view spoiler)[ the murder or would you call it self defense that accured. How do Lady Silcox, Violette and Oliver explain Lord Silcox death to the coroner or magistrate? What about the servants who saw the french people ( enemies at that time). What about the legitimacy of Violette's half brother and her future ch It was a four star book for me up until the last 15% on my kindle. They made a mess at Silcox manor, literally and figuratively, and the author does not solve the ploblems arising from(view spoiler)[ the murder or would you call it self defense that accured. How do Lady Silcox, Violette and Oliver explain Lord Silcox death to the coroner or magistrate? What about the servants who saw the french people ( enemies at that time). What about the legitimacy of Violette's half brother and her future childs? Is Violette's and Oliver's marriage legitimate, important for succession as he is a peer? No explanation for his father's extreme dislike of their marriage. Violette and Oliver sail into the sunset. (hide spoiler)] I like my books plausible, if an author wants to write a mystery, she should think it through and solve the mystery in the end and tie all loose ends.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monique Takens

    Very good addition to this fabulous series . This story is full of Love ( yes .. big L ) drama and action . And for who's interested : it's not a religious book but it contains no sex scenes . Very good addition to this fabulous series . This story is full of Love ( yes .. big L ) drama and action . And for who's interested : it's not a religious book but it contains no sex scenes .

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man. Today, Violet Winters is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather’s privateer the Chevalier Noir, dreaming of commandeering a ship of her own. However, when she stumbles upon a betrothal announcement of the man she was set to marry, Violet cannot help but feel honour-bound to protect the woman who had been for Twelve years ago, Lady Silcox fled England with her six-year-old daughter Violet to spare her the life she herself had been forced into: an arranged marriage to an older man. Today, Violet Winters is a grown woman sailing the seas on her French stepfather’s privateer the Chevalier Noir, dreaming of commandeering a ship of her own. However, when she stumbles upon a betrothal announcement of the man she was set to marry, Violet cannot help but feel honour-bound to protect the woman who had been forced to take her place. Oliver Cornell, Earl Of Cullingwood, is trapped in a life he abhors. Seen only as an heir, he dreams of a life of freedom. By sheer happenstance, Oliver ends up on a merchant vessel, which is promptly boarded by a French privateer. On board the Chevalier Noir, Oliver meets the captain’s daughter, a woman unlike any other he has ever met. Utterly fascinated by the adventurous gleam in her eyes, he does not hesitate to offer his assistance when Violet finds herself in need of a guide to London’s upper society. Another engrossing read from the author, the pace of the story flows very well, the characterisations have depth the good guys are very likeable & the bad are horrid. Oliver & Violet are immediately attracted to each other but she is determined to live her own life. There are some twists along the way as well as arranged marriages & a kidnapping. I liked that there were appearances from characters in previous books & the promise of more books to come in the series as Juliet & Henri are made for each other. I would have liked a certain Marquis to have suffered far more! But that's my only quibble to a well written, well paced book My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  6. 5 out of 5

    April

    Condemned & Admired: The Earl's Cunning Wife (Love's Second Chance Book 9) by Bree Wolf is a fantastic read. While, book 9 in this series, it can be read as a stand alone. Well written, well crafted, and well executed, with engaging and charming characters. The storyline flows seamlessly and effortlessly. If you enjoy stories with a touch of humor, swashbuckling seas adventures, heart felt emotions, a marriage of convenience, romance, a bit of mystery, kidnapping and a daring rescue, then you're Condemned & Admired: The Earl's Cunning Wife (Love's Second Chance Book 9) by Bree Wolf is a fantastic read. While, book 9 in this series, it can be read as a stand alone. Well written, well crafted, and well executed, with engaging and charming characters. The storyline flows seamlessly and effortlessly. If you enjoy stories with a touch of humor, swashbuckling seas adventures, heart felt emotions, a marriage of convenience, romance, a bit of mystery, kidnapping and a daring rescue, then you're going to love this latest installment of a fantastic series. At first, I had a hard time liking both the h/h, due to their selfishness and spinelessness, but they redeemed themselves nicely. Readers will find themselves drawn into this delightful, if rather emotional sweet romance. Looking for to Bree Wolf's next grand adventure. "I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however, these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review." Rating: 4 Heat rating: Sweet Reviewer: AprilR

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori Quick

    I have always enjoyed books by Bree wolf and Condemned and Admired is no exception. There are so many unexpected surprises and twists and turns. A book I will re read in the future and I recommend as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sammee

    Nonsensical is the only word I have for the plot of this story. The main characters were unbelievable and impulsive and the "she didn't think," "he didn't think," "they didn't think" phrase became tiring and repetitive. Probably the worst of the series. Nonsensical is the only word I have for the plot of this story. The main characters were unbelievable and impulsive and the "she didn't think," "he didn't think," "they didn't think" phrase became tiring and repetitive. Probably the worst of the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joann Herley

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I would like to thank the author for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Violet was stolen away from a cruel father by her mother at a young age. She grew up as the daughter of a French privateer and now wishes to command her own ship. Nothing could convince her to go back to her former life, except for a chance discovery of an unknown stepsister left to the same date as Violet once was. Oliver is tired of his life and finds himself accidentally stowed away on a ship. His li I would like to thank the author for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Violet was stolen away from a cruel father by her mother at a young age. She grew up as the daughter of a French privateer and now wishes to command her own ship. Nothing could convince her to go back to her former life, except for a chance discovery of an unknown stepsister left to the same date as Violet once was. Oliver is tired of his life and finds himself accidentally stowed away on a ship. His life is about to change in ways he could not imagine. I found this a little boring, but I'm really interested in the story of Henri and Juliet. Hopefully it will come soon 😱 #booktubeathon book 4

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Violet and her mother snuck away in the dead of night when Violet was just six years old. Her father was under the impression that they are both dead, but they stumbled across a French privateer as they escaped the estate. And like fate, her mother and the French provateer fell in love and made a new life together as a family. Always curious about the life she left behind, Violet is determined to return to it temporarily in order to save a young woman she hs never met from the life that fate that Violet and her mother snuck away in the dead of night when Violet was just six years old. Her father was under the impression that they are both dead, but they stumbled across a French privateer as they escaped the estate. And like fate, her mother and the French provateer fell in love and made a new life together as a family. Always curious about the life she left behind, Violet is determined to return to it temporarily in order to save a young woman she hs never met from the life that fate that was once her own. But to navigate the the English ton she will need the help of someone familiar with that life. That helps comes in the guidance of Oliver, who has been searching for adventure, purpose, and acceptance his entire life. For all the high stakes in this one, it kind of fell flat for me. I wasn't really invested in this one and had a hard time sticking with it. The two bad guys in the story seemed a bit like caricatures of villians. Most of the plot was unrealistic and I just didn't get pulled into the storyline as I normally do with Bree Wolf's books. It was a good book, I just didn't feel a engaged with the story as I normally do. I didn't feel much connection to either Oliver or Violet, both of them felt a little lacking in personality and their regard for one another felt a bit fast. I think this one was just off for me though because I normally enjoy her books so much. So I'm looking forward to moving on to the next one, which expands on the story of her mother and their new life after they snuck away in the night. Many thanks to the author, Bree Wolf, who shared a copy of this book with me. This is my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grass

    This book has such an odd blend of exciting, intuitive writing and unrealistic events and plot. Totally lost interest 70% in, and read a couple other books before coming back to finish it. The cameos for me were annoying. They didnt serve to advance the plot of enhance the story in any way. I dont mind old characters showing up from previous books, but I think there should be a dang good reason. Oliver, the hero, didnt have much to recommend himself. I thought he was spoiled and lazy, just like h This book has such an odd blend of exciting, intuitive writing and unrealistic events and plot. Totally lost interest 70% in, and read a couple other books before coming back to finish it. The cameos for me were annoying. They didnt serve to advance the plot of enhance the story in any way. I dont mind old characters showing up from previous books, but I think there should be a dang good reason. Oliver, the hero, didnt have much to recommend himself. I thought he was spoiled and lazy, just like his wicked father accused him of. I think Bree Wolf is a talented writer in many ways, but needs to improve in tightening up her story lines.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Super cute story....right up until the epilogue. It ends with a kidnapping. WHY? I don't understand why this author does this. It isn't even the next story she wrote....so why ruin a nice happily ever after to introduce another book? It makes me want to cross Bree Wolf books off my "to be read" pile. Super cute story....right up until the epilogue. It ends with a kidnapping. WHY? I don't understand why this author does this. It isn't even the next story she wrote....so why ruin a nice happily ever after to introduce another book? It makes me want to cross Bree Wolf books off my "to be read" pile.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)

    What a fantastic historical fiction/romance! I am new to the series, so I was relieved to know this could be read as a standalone! Getting to know Violette and Oliver was a perfect way to spend the day! Violette is swept away from the life that was dictated to her by her cold, unfeeling father, Viscount Silcox, one dark night by her strong, protective mother and a French privateer. Years later, her mother and stepfather, that French privateer who whisked them away, have given her a life of freedo What a fantastic historical fiction/romance! I am new to the series, so I was relieved to know this could be read as a standalone! Getting to know Violette and Oliver was a perfect way to spend the day! Violette is swept away from the life that was dictated to her by her cold, unfeeling father, Viscount Silcox, one dark night by her strong, protective mother and a French privateer. Years later, her mother and stepfather, that French privateer who whisked them away, have given her a life of freedom to make her own choices. England is a lifetime away until one day all that changes when a prisoner and a notice of a upcoming wedding change everything, and she finds herself back in the possible crosshairs of her unfeeling father. Oliver dreams of a life outside the stuffy, regimented society of England that comes with being an Earl. He can never live up to his father’s standards, but he doesn’t believe he has the courage to take control over his own destiny that is until he becomes the prisoner of Violette and her family on a French sea vessel. This is a couple destined to be together even though all odds are against them. When Oliver agrees to help Violette by posing as her husband, all bets are off. I liked both of them as individuals so I adored them as a couple. She helps him embrace his passionate, adventurous side all the while helping him find the freedom he craves. He shows her another side of life beside the open sea...a life full of love and support. He truly sees her as an equal, and he treats her as such. This wasn’t just your ordinary historical romance. Violette wasn’t a damsel in distress, and she didn’t need a hero to save her because she was the hero. I just LOVED that concept. Yes, Oliver was a support, but they were equals which is a couple ahead of their time during that era. Underlying all the romance, intrigue, and adventure was the theme of family and what constitutes a family...is it blood or relationships? Wolf does an amazing job of showing her readers that blood doesn’t make a family as you will clearly see in this novel, but it’s the love and relationships you form with others that make up a family. I highly recommend reading if you love historical fiction/romance, and I recommend reading even if this genre isn’t your cup of tea. You might just become a fan after reading a Bree Wolf novel!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    What constitutes a family? Is it blood ties? Or is more than blood involved? This is the theme explored in this riveting tale combining the Regency Era romance with a tale of pirates (a.k.a privateers). A drunken earl is bundled aboard an English vessel, as an intended “sailor”, albeit involuntarily on his part. Upon awakening, he is discovered by the captain who is distressed to learn that a member of the peerage has been the victim of his sailor’s “recruiting” efforts. By a quirk of fate, the What constitutes a family? Is it blood ties? Or is more than blood involved? This is the theme explored in this riveting tale combining the Regency Era romance with a tale of pirates (a.k.a privateers). A drunken earl is bundled aboard an English vessel, as an intended “sailor”, albeit involuntarily on his part. Upon awakening, he is discovered by the captain who is distressed to learn that a member of the peerage has been the victim of his sailor’s “recruiting” efforts. By a quirk of fate, the English ship then becomes victim to a French Privateer’s vessel, sailed by a family solidly united in their sailing endeavors. The Earl, Oliver, is taken aboard the French ship, which had been headed for England, and intends to resume its course after the capture of the English ship and cargo. The Earl is struck by the closeness, respect and love of the family members for each other, lacking these things from his cold, calculating father. When he is returned to England and his father, the contrast is made more clear by interactions with his own father, as well as observing the father of his beloved Violet coldly dealing with the members of her family. He comes to see the wisdom in Violet’s words to him: “ Realise who you love and protect them! Realise what you want and go get it! Realise who you are and stay true to yourself!” How Oliver comes to appreciate these words and puts them into practice in his life, is the framework around which this delightful story is built. This is a clean book, with admirable H & h and has a HEA ending. There is enough action in the story to hold the attention of any reader, and the book is well written, making it a pleasure to read. As there are a few “hooks” visible in the last chapter, I suspect these will be used to catch additional stories in the future, to enlarge this delightful world Ms. Wolf has created. I await them with interest. I did receive this book as an ARC. My review is voluntary and my honest opinion, as I want to encourage others to enjoy this story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl M-M

    This is book 9 in the Love’s Second Chance series. It’s a story about a young woman fighting against old dinosaur rules. The type of rules that say women are goods to be bartered with and sold to the highest bidder, women are to be seen and not heard, and they certainly aren’t allowed to have any say in their own life. The only reason Violet is free to live the life of a sailing vagabond and potentially as the master of her own ship, is because her mother found the strength to leave her abusive a This is book 9 in the Love’s Second Chance series. It’s a story about a young woman fighting against old dinosaur rules. The type of rules that say women are goods to be bartered with and sold to the highest bidder, women are to be seen and not heard, and they certainly aren’t allowed to have any say in their own life. The only reason Violet is free to live the life of a sailing vagabond and potentially as the master of her own ship, is because her mother found the strength to leave her abusive and controlling father. In doing so her mother finds a man to love and a father figure her daughter can look up to. Violet is happy with her life and the freedom she enjoys, however there is a part of her that feels guilty about the young woman who has to stand in her stead. The poor unfortunate soul, who has to marry the man she was betrothed to. She decides to try and save her, and to try and find some closure with the past she left behind. Wolf writes about strong women, women who try to change and most definitely break the patriarchal rules of society. A small shimmer of empowerment in an era where women are possessions and treated like second-class citizens. She combines the sweet breathlessness of love, without the raunchiness of a bodice ripper, with social injustice and the oppression of women. The author gives us strong female characters who fight for equality and their right to make their own choices. Showing the reader that although we are still confronted with the same oppression and systemic abuse, we have come a long way since the days when women had no rights at all. I guess the message is that we should never stop trying to achieve equality and always empower girls and women to find their own path. It is a regency romance with a modern breath of fresh air. *I received a copy courtesy of the author.*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Martha B.

    Together they become a changing force for good. Violet Winters, daughter of Viscount Silcox was saved as a child by her very brave mother. She was taken away to France – to a new life with a loving father. Now as an adult she is Violette Duret, adopted daughter of Antoine Duret, Captain of the Chevalier Noir (Black Knight) a French privateer. With her father she sails the seas plundering unsuspecting English ships for France. Her life is perfect. Fate is about to turn her perfect world upside dow Together they become a changing force for good. Violet Winters, daughter of Viscount Silcox was saved as a child by her very brave mother. She was taken away to France – to a new life with a loving father. Now as an adult she is Violette Duret, adopted daughter of Antoine Duret, Captain of the Chevalier Noir (Black Knight) a French privateer. With her father she sails the seas plundering unsuspecting English ships for France. Her life is perfect. Fate is about to turn her perfect world upside down. Oliver Cornell, Earl of Cullingwood may as well be an orphan. His father, the Marquess of Northey has never shown any emotion but loathing and disdain for his only heir. Oliver now lives his unfulfilling life as he pleases, just to spite his father, which is not working very well for him. He dreams of more but doesn't know how to break the emotional chains that bind him. His live is miserable. Fate is about to turn his miserable existence upside down. I love a well written romantic adventure with swash-buckling characters, emotional angst, intrigue and off the charts chemistry. How will the hero and heroine meet and how will the find their HEA? Condemned and Admired by Bree Wolf is just such a novel that reads like a saga. Ms. Wolf's descriptions and talent for telling a tightly woven story are just two of the elements that make this book so interesting. This enjoyable stand-alone novel is clean (free of vulgarities and sex), which is why I can heartily recommend it to any age reader that loves historical romance with some action and emotional honest thrown in for good measure. Disclosure: I received a complementary ARC of this book via Instafreebie from the author. I am voluntarily submitting my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diana Aden

    Violette’s mother faked their deaths and took young Violette with her to France to escape her abusive husband and intolerable marriage. Several years later, Violette is living a life she loves, sailing with her step-father on the high seas aboard his French privateer. Violette meets Oliver Cornell, Earl of Cullingwood, when the English merchant ship he is on surrenders to the French privateer. Oliver is attracted to Violette and the adventurous life she lives. He is trapped in a life he abhors. Violette’s mother faked their deaths and took young Violette with her to France to escape her abusive husband and intolerable marriage. Several years later, Violette is living a life she loves, sailing with her step-father on the high seas aboard his French privateer. Violette meets Oliver Cornell, Earl of Cullingwood, when the English merchant ship he is on surrenders to the French privateer. Oliver is attracted to Violette and the adventurous life she lives. He is trapped in a life he abhors. Oliver agrees to enter into a faux marriage with Violette when she reads of a young woman betrothed to the older man she was betrothed to as a child. Violette wants to enter society so hopefully, she can help the young woman escape the life to which Violette had once been destined. This was a complex plot and quite entertaining read by Bree Wolf. As to the high seas and privateer scenario, though a bit outside her normal venues used, I thought it was refreshing. I enjoyed the lively banter between Oliver and Violette and the growing attraction between them. It was lovely to be reintroduced to characters featured in some of the previous works in the Love’s Second Chance series. What struck me most about this work though, was the inherent message, that the ties of love and family aren’t necessarily limited to blood relationships, but can and do encompass others with whom we have established a lasting bond. I received an ARC of Condemned and Admired from the author and voluntarily offer this review. Rating: 4 ½ Stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly The Sassy Book Lover

    Fate brought them together not just because a young lady needed saving, but because they needed each other. Every page turn brought something new to their romance and the story. There was a spark between them from the moment they met and it started their adventure. I could not put it down from the moment I picked it up. There were twists at every turn that I didn't see coming and had me gasping and holding my breath at times. They were truly meant for each other and everyone could see it just by Fate brought them together not just because a young lady needed saving, but because they needed each other. Every page turn brought something new to their romance and the story. There was a spark between them from the moment they met and it started their adventure. I could not put it down from the moment I picked it up. There were twists at every turn that I didn't see coming and had me gasping and holding my breath at times. They were truly meant for each other and everyone could see it just by looking at them. The ending to everything was perfect. This was my first time reading a book by Bree Wolf and I can't wait to read more and get to know characters. Violet is driven by the need to rescue this girl and give her the chance to make her own choices. I loved her right away because she ran her life and was pretty much equal to the men around her. She had a large family behind her that supported her no matter what. She could use a dagger too and wasn't afraid to use it or do what needed to be done to save her love. Oliver seeks something more in life but doesn't know what it is until he meets her. He was a thousand times more than what he father saw him has. My heart broke for him every time his father spoke, but he found the family he deserved. I loved that he didn't hold back his emotions and would do anything to help others. He found what he needed in the end. Copy provided for an honest and voluntary review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chandra

    SENSUALITY RATING: No PROFANITY; No SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS (use your imagination); No Euphemistic "CODE WORDS GENRE: Historical Romance; CLEAN Romance. SETTING: 18th century, Aboard the ship “Chevalier Noir”, to England . CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: VIOLETTE aka VIOLET – Fierce, born sailor and privateer, family oriented; makes her own choices. CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: OLIVER CORNELL - EARL of Cullingwood aka Lord Cullingwood; only son to Marquess of Northey; can stand up to people with the exception of hi SENSUALITY RATING: No PROFANITY; No SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS (use your imagination); No Euphemistic "CODE WORDS GENRE: Historical Romance; CLEAN Romance. SETTING: 18th century, Aboard the ship “Chevalier Noir”, to England . CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: VIOLETTE aka VIOLET – Fierce, born sailor and privateer, family oriented; makes her own choices. CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: OLIVER CORNELL - EARL of Cullingwood aka Lord Cullingwood; only son to Marquess of Northey; can stand up to people with the exception of his father. SYNOPSIS: She was raised in France and sails the high seas with her father and older cousin. He is of the upper crust in England and prefers to spend his time on the docks getting drunk and listening to tales told by sailors. He has no family. Her life is filled with the love of family. He cares not to be an heir nor to father one. She wants her own ship to captain. They come together to find a solution for her sister’s engagement problem. WHAT I LIKE: Meeting of all the minds in one townhouse. I also loved her fierceness. WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: The character of a red-faced hollering father lacked substance in his quest to end the marriage. RATING: (5) stars BECAUSE I found there to be approx. 3 or 4 major conflicts all well written. Two people on two separate directions in life; a father that hates the marriage; two that must be rescued; the meaning of family.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pris

    I was a firm believer in finishing the book one started since how would one otherwise be able to review it? However, this book turned out to be the first to change my mind on this subject. I took a chance on this book because it'd been sitting in my e-reader for a while, and because I had read "Banished & Welcomed" and liked that the author dealt with intimacy in a tasteful/suitable way (yes, there are passionate kisses and one make-out scene, but intimacy only happens after they get married and I was a firm believer in finishing the book one started since how would one otherwise be able to review it? However, this book turned out to be the first to change my mind on this subject. I took a chance on this book because it'd been sitting in my e-reader for a while, and because I had read "Banished & Welcomed" and liked that the author dealt with intimacy in a tasteful/suitable way (yes, there are passionate kisses and one make-out scene, but intimacy only happens after they get married and the reader is not given any details of the wedding night). Thus, I was willing to give the English girl raised as the daughter of a French privateer a chance, though I guess I should've stopped once she declared that she owned her life, did as she please, and wasn't saving herself for marriage, but I somehow convinced myself that the hero would be able to change her mind, that he would find a way to make their "marriage" official or something before anything happened between the two of them. Sadly, none of that ever happened, and after she didn't tell him to go from her room but rather encouraged him to stay, I knew I'd had enough. DNFing this one due to the reasons stated above as well as for the (OTT) drama that felt repetitive after a while. With how limited my reading time is these days, I don't think I'll be picking up another book by this author. Also, not rating it not only because of #DNF but because it wouldn't round up to a 3-star rating (aka being able to recommend it).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carma

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Condemned and Admired (The Earl’s Cunning Wife) is the first book I’ve read by Bree Wolf. It is an historical story involving both England and France. It is quite a long book if you are a slow reader, just as a reference. 4 stars from this reader. Our heroine starts as Violet Winters, daughter of Viscount Silox on a night when her mother makes the ultimate sacrifice to save both her and her daughter from a life of hell. Fast forward the story to Violette Duret and the mission she is on to save her Condemned and Admired (The Earl’s Cunning Wife) is the first book I’ve read by Bree Wolf. It is an historical story involving both England and France. It is quite a long book if you are a slow reader, just as a reference. 4 stars from this reader. Our heroine starts as Violet Winters, daughter of Viscount Silox on a night when her mother makes the ultimate sacrifice to save both her and her daughter from a life of hell. Fast forward the story to Violette Duret and the mission she is on to save her family. Oliver Cornell is the Earl of Cullingwood and he is tired of the rules and regulations he must follow to keep the titles in his family. He is young and just wants to have fun and enjoy himself, much to the chagrin of his father. When he wakes up on a ship headed to see he thinks he has found his ticket to freedom. When Violette and her family pull their ship over to commandeer the vessel they don’t realize the precious commodity they now have on board. When the Earl reveals his identity she realizes he could help with her plan. Violette and Oliver set off on an adventure that brings her right back into the family life her mother fought to remove her from. Will she make it out a second time? A well written historical story with plenty of description of times in 1800’s England. I enjoyed the storyline of Violette and Oliver and look forward to reading her mother’s story in Trapped and Liberated. I received a copy without expectation for review, any and all opinions expressed are my own. I have a couple other books by Ms. Wolf on my TBR, can’t wait to dive in.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I really, really liked this book. It felt more mature than most romances I have read. I could not put this book down. Page after page there was glimpses of devotion of family, reflection of one's life and love. I loved the characters in the book. Especially, Violette, she is a far cry from any heroine from the books I have. I feel she is the hero in this story. She is an individual, feisty, independent, fiercely loyal, loving, appreciative, resourceful and wise for her age. Oliver, Earl of Culli I really, really liked this book. It felt more mature than most romances I have read. I could not put this book down. Page after page there was glimpses of devotion of family, reflection of one's life and love. I loved the characters in the book. Especially, Violette, she is a far cry from any heroine from the books I have. I feel she is the hero in this story. She is an individual, feisty, independent, fiercely loyal, loving, appreciative, resourceful and wise for her age. Oliver, Earl of Cullingwood heir to a Marquess, is floundering in his life with no direction. He is a rake, but tries to be honorable and at times he fails. But at least he tries. His father shows no love towards him and is constantly dissapointed in him. Oliver bares this burden and wishes for a different life full of adventure. When he meets the beautiful Violette, his breath is taken away. His is amazed at her daring choices she has made for her life and admires her. Violette helps Oliver make sense of his life and he listens. They have a grand adventure a head of them trying to save her step sister from a fate that she escaped. Oliver finds his inner strength and finally stands up to his father, thanks to Violette. This is full of action and adventure on the high seas and on land. I totally recommend this book. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    Enjoying her fulfilled life on the seas as the beloved daughter of a French privateer, Violet came across a newspaper upon the capture of an English merchant ship that announced the marriage to the same elderly man she had escaped her betrothal from as a youngster. Another young victim had taken her place and she would not stand by and allow it to happen. Her determination and argument won out, but to reach the level of society necessary to save the maiden required their captured English lord, w Enjoying her fulfilled life on the seas as the beloved daughter of a French privateer, Violet came across a newspaper upon the capture of an English merchant ship that announced the marriage to the same elderly man she had escaped her betrothal from as a youngster. Another young victim had taken her place and she would not stand by and allow it to happen. Her determination and argument won out, but to reach the level of society necessary to save the maiden required their captured English lord, who had the misfortune of being on the seized vessel, to play the role of her husband. Oliver's life was a disappointment. His dreams included adventure and the task requested of him could be the beginning of his goal and the confident privateer's purpose. Violet's definition of family and love meant anyone who enters a person's life, supports them and remains by their side through the difficult times as well as the good, whether they are a relative or friend. Would Oliver remain by Violet's side or return to his life of boredom and obedience?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Another wonderful addition to the Love's Second Chance Series by Bree Wolf. I love Violet/Violette and Oliver's story. Having gotten to know a little bit about Oliver in previous editions of this Series, it was nice to finally get Oliver straightened out and on the right path to happiness. Bree writes such wonderful stories of love and faith, without shoving it down your throat. Good, clean adventure and romance in every book. I can't stop reading her books and never will. They are all keepers. I Another wonderful addition to the Love's Second Chance Series by Bree Wolf. I love Violet/Violette and Oliver's story. Having gotten to know a little bit about Oliver in previous editions of this Series, it was nice to finally get Oliver straightened out and on the right path to happiness. Bree writes such wonderful stories of love and faith, without shoving it down your throat. Good, clean adventure and romance in every book. I can't stop reading her books and never will. They are all keepers. If you like reading books with adventure and romance, and where the bad guy/girl finally gets what's coming to him/her, then you will love Bree's books. Check out this one and all the others. They can be read as stand alone books, but starting with book one helps things run more smoothly along. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy! I received an advance copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not expected, but it is freely given. All statements and opinions are strictly my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    I love the thought of a woman privateer! Not a pirate mind you, she’s completely sanctioned and legal! I loved Violet’s confidence. Poor Oliver, he really had a no life before he stumbled into Violet’s world. I like how he had to stand up for his family, his real family that is, the one he chose for himself. To see him come full circle was quite the journey. After reading this book I had to go back and read the previous books in this series. Although they are all stand alone, I just felt like I I love the thought of a woman privateer! Not a pirate mind you, she’s completely sanctioned and legal! I loved Violet’s confidence. Poor Oliver, he really had a no life before he stumbled into Violet’s world. I like how he had to stand up for his family, his real family that is, the one he chose for himself. To see him come full circle was quite the journey. After reading this book I had to go back and read the previous books in this series. Although they are all stand alone, I just felt like I liked his friends characters so much that I wanted to know more about them. This book is probably my favorite of the series so far. A really fun story, no open door bedroom scenes. Great ending sentiment: Family before flags! I received an advanced copy of this book from the author. However, this review is voluntary and my honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Watkins

    An enjoyable Regency adventure story, this book is entertaining, keeping the reader's interest from the opening chapter through to the epilogue. Violet has had an unconventional upbringing as part of her step-father's crew on board a French privateer. She has been given the rare privilege of being encouraged to make her own choices and as such, she chooses the sea and longs to captain her own ship. Oliver, Earl of Cullingwood has been raised with the expectation that he will marry, produce an he An enjoyable Regency adventure story, this book is entertaining, keeping the reader's interest from the opening chapter through to the epilogue. Violet has had an unconventional upbringing as part of her step-father's crew on board a French privateer. She has been given the rare privilege of being encouraged to make her own choices and as such, she chooses the sea and longs to captain her own ship. Oliver, Earl of Cullingwood has been raised with the expectation that he will marry, produce an heir and generally obey his father's every command. Their unconventional meeting is the catalyst to an adventure, one that takes Violet back to meet her past, and Oliver to meet his future. The story is clean and generally well written, with strong characters and lots of action. I received a copy of this book as a gift and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    PAMpublish

    Definitely creative and entertaining if not fantastical Regency/Privateer romance/adventure with a lovely cover. Two people bound to meet one another through an almost impossible predicament decide to benefit one another to meet their goals through the assistance of each. Violette, an independent young woman, sails with her stepfather and cousin on their privateer boat, meeting Oliver, who yearns for independence from his domineering Earl/father/life. Appreciate Violette's reach for independence Definitely creative and entertaining if not fantastical Regency/Privateer romance/adventure with a lovely cover. Two people bound to meet one another through an almost impossible predicament decide to benefit one another to meet their goals through the assistance of each. Violette, an independent young woman, sails with her stepfather and cousin on their privateer boat, meeting Oliver, who yearns for independence from his domineering Earl/father/life. Appreciate Violette's reach for independence, but difficult to understand her need to rescue a step-sister? from a marriage, never meeting her and putting everyone's life in danger in the process. Some extreme coincidences and many poor decisions results in mis-adventures by the two. However, if you enjoy a seaworthy Regency adventure with many creative twists, this is worth your time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zena

    This story proves that Bree Wolf has an amazing ability to write about any subject with so much flair and imagination that as a reader one cannot help but long for the next story to be published once the current one is finished being read. I loved the strengths shown by the main character, Violet and how she planned to solve the various problems that arose and then went about and solved them. I really enjoyed the evolving love between Violet and Oliver and couldn't help but hate both of their con This story proves that Bree Wolf has an amazing ability to write about any subject with so much flair and imagination that as a reader one cannot help but long for the next story to be published once the current one is finished being read. I loved the strengths shown by the main character, Violet and how she planned to solve the various problems that arose and then went about and solved them. I really enjoyed the evolving love between Violet and Oliver and couldn't help but hate both of their conniving and nasty natural fathers. To summarize, this is a story that is certainly worthwhile reading and is also extremely entertaining and enjoyable and so I am very happy to recommend it. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this ebook and the above is my unbiased review of it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Herron

    Continuation of the series This is the book that is a continuation of the story that starts in Trapped and Liberated. While it isn't necessary to have read it, it does make this book a better read as you are then learning what happens to Violet. This is a much more complex story than some of the others with so much happening. Their are main characters, Oliver and Violet/Violette, as well as many minor characters that almost demand their own story such as Henri and Juliet. This story calls back ch Continuation of the series This is the book that is a continuation of the story that starts in Trapped and Liberated. While it isn't necessary to have read it, it does make this book a better read as you are then learning what happens to Violet. This is a much more complex story than some of the others with so much happening. Their are main characters, Oliver and Violet/Violette, as well as many minor characters that almost demand their own story such as Henri and Juliet. This story calls back characters from her previous books so that you find out not only how those characters are doing but it gives you a different perspective to their relationships . Definitely a good addition to the series that leaves you ready to know what happens next.

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