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"The Earl’s London Bride” is the SWEET & CLEAN ROMANCE edition of “Amethyst” by Lauren Royal. From a New York Times bestselling author and her daughter! London, 1666: Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against "The Earl’s London Bride” is the SWEET & CLEAN ROMANCE edition of “Amethyst” by Lauren Royal. From a New York Times bestselling author and her daughter! London, 1666: Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against the match. In mere days Amy will be condemned to a stifling, loveless marriage, and she sees no way out—until the devastating fire of 1666 sweeps through London, and tragedy lands her in the arms of a dashing young earl who knows a diamond in the rough when he sees it… Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, has his future all figured out. He’s restoring his crumbling castle and estate to its former glory, and the key to its completion is his rich bride-to-be. But the Great Fire lays waste to his plans, saddling him with trouble—in the form of a penniless shopkeeper’s daughter with whom he’s most inconveniently falling in love… PLEASE NOTE: This book is the SWEET & CLEAN version of “Amethyst” by Lauren Royal. If you’d prefer to read the original book, which includes steamy love scenes and stronger language, look for “Amethyst.”


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"The Earl’s London Bride” is the SWEET & CLEAN ROMANCE edition of “Amethyst” by Lauren Royal. From a New York Times bestselling author and her daughter! London, 1666: Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against "The Earl’s London Bride” is the SWEET & CLEAN ROMANCE edition of “Amethyst” by Lauren Royal. From a New York Times bestselling author and her daughter! London, 1666: Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against the match. In mere days Amy will be condemned to a stifling, loveless marriage, and she sees no way out—until the devastating fire of 1666 sweeps through London, and tragedy lands her in the arms of a dashing young earl who knows a diamond in the rough when he sees it… Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, has his future all figured out. He’s restoring his crumbling castle and estate to its former glory, and the key to its completion is his rich bride-to-be. But the Great Fire lays waste to his plans, saddling him with trouble—in the form of a penniless shopkeeper’s daughter with whom he’s most inconveniently falling in love… PLEASE NOTE: This book is the SWEET & CLEAN version of “Amethyst” by Lauren Royal. If you’d prefer to read the original book, which includes steamy love scenes and stronger language, look for “Amethyst.”

30 review for The Earl's Unsuitable Bride: A Sweet & Clean Historical Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Misfit

    Just my opinion, but this was just a fluffy, oversexed wallpaper romance with a unbelievable plot that went on and on and on and on and on. Can Amy (Amethyst) the jeweler marry Colin Chase, Earl of Greystone? Or will he dump her for the wealthy heiress he's already formally betrothed to? And why isn't there one single person shocked at the idea of a lowly tradesperson marrying above her station? Oh well, I see others have enjoyed it, but I didn't care for the characters, Amy being a bit too Just my opinion, but this was just a fluffy, oversexed wallpaper romance with a unbelievable plot that went on and on and on and on and on. Can Amy (Amethyst) the jeweler marry Colin Chase, Earl of Greystone? Or will he dump her for the wealthy heiress he's already formally betrothed to? And why isn't there one single person shocked at the idea of a lowly tradesperson marrying above her station? Oh well, I see others have enjoyed it, but I didn't care for the characters, Amy being a bit too MarySue-ish, and Colin a bit of a self centered arse. I'm not a big fan of practical jokes (find them a bit mean), and Colin's went over and above any acceptable levels. YMMV. Moving on to the next book and zapping this one to Kindle oblivion. Glad it was free.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    Amethyst 'Amy' Goldsmith and Robert Stanley had been betrothed since she was born, and he was currently an apprentice in her father's jewelry shop. As time came nearer for her wedding, Amy expressed her reluctance and begged her father to call off the wedding. After tragedy strikes taking her father's life, Amy finds refuge with the Chase family until Robert spots her in public and realizes she must have saved her family's fortune. His maniacal scheme to marry her so that he can get his hands on Amethyst 'Amy' Goldsmith and Robert Stanley had been betrothed since she was born, and he was currently an apprentice in her father's jewelry shop. As time came nearer for her wedding, Amy expressed her reluctance and begged her father to call off the wedding. After tragedy strikes taking her father's life, Amy finds refuge with the Chase family until Robert spots her in public and realizes she must have saved her family's fortune. His maniacal scheme to marry her so that he can get his hands on her family's inheritance, whether she is willing or not. The darkness brought about by Robert Stanley's irrational persona and deranged force was certainly something I could have done without. I never liked the depraved fellow, which was probably the point. This was the introductory installation for the sweet and clean version of the Chase Family series, which I for one was delighted to discover by Lauren and Devon Royal. The Chase family are a diverse group, yet they are fiercely loyal to one another. Colin was the prankster and consistently played practical jokes on his family members. This was not a traditional historical romance story. It actually seems more like a fairytale of sorts. Robert's role definitely makes the reader seeking a clean read a bit wary and hesitant about completing the book. However, completing the book was well worth it, since the H.E.A. should meet with most reader's approval. The book is able to stand on its own. Each successive installment will provide the opportunity to learn more about the other members of the family in future installations of this series. Completing this nonconventional historical romance book was well worth it, since the H.E.A. should meet with most reader's approval. Read on and enjoy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy * Bookworm Nation

    Started out good, I liked the setting and time period and learning a little bit more about the London fires of 1666. I read a lot of historicals, but I am definitely far from an expert. Despite the setting and time period, this just didn't feel like a historical. The characters didn't really act or speak how I would expect them to for the time period and their stations. As for the characters, I wasn't really a fan. I thought Colin was very immature and didn't really care for some of his mean spi Started out good, I liked the setting and time period and learning a little bit more about the London fires of 1666. I read a lot of historicals, but I am definitely far from an expert. Despite the setting and time period, this just didn't feel like a historical. The characters didn't really act or speak how I would expect them to for the time period and their stations. As for the characters, I wasn't really a fan. I thought Colin was very immature and didn't really care for some of his mean spirited practical jokes (did they use the term "practical joke" in the 1600s??). The joke he played on his fiancée was very very rude and childish. I also didn't like that he was basically cheating on his fiancée with Amy. He didn't treat Amy or his fiancée very well. I just never liked him very much, he needed a lot of growing up, IMO. The pacing and different events felt off and when I thought it should have ended it just kept going and going. I had a hard time really enjoying this one. I really appreciate that the author has written this series to be cleaner reads, I love when authors do that. Content: Clean romance, closed door-fade to black intimacy, an attempted rape.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gilgamesha

    The book wasn't bad....I rather enjoyed it most of the time....but the scenes where the hero is throwing tantrums and telling his siblings how unfit and working class the heroine is I wanted to punch him....I also wanted to shake the heroine everytime she wanted to stay with him despite his reckless and mean comments....like seriously he just called unfit to become his wife so you go and sleep with him anyway???? No and the thing is he didn't even apologize for those things...like what? Outraged The book wasn't bad....I rather enjoyed it most of the time....but the scenes where the hero is throwing tantrums and telling his siblings how unfit and working class the heroine is I wanted to punch him....I also wanted to shake the heroine everytime she wanted to stay with him despite his reckless and mean comments....like seriously he just called unfit to become his wife so you go and sleep with him anyway???? No and the thing is he didn't even apologize for those things...like what? Outraged!!! but if you can get over that then it was a cute love story

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

    I have read another book by this author and enjoyed it. It is not the writing style that threw me off, but I can't stand either the hero or the heroine. I would be interested in reading another book set during the great fire in London.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Delving into the romance genre is not for the faint of heart. You can read a lot of really poorly written romances that just drag on and on and never go anywhere. I however like to think that reading the poorly written ones allows you to clearly know a gem when you read one. Lauren Royal's Amethyst is just that, a gem. (Yes, pun intended!) Amy Goldsmith (although her real name is Amethyst) is a successful jewelry maker who has quite the unfortunate personal life. She is scheduled to m Delving into the romance genre is not for the faint of heart. You can read a lot of really poorly written romances that just drag on and on and never go anywhere. I however like to think that reading the poorly written ones allows you to clearly know a gem when you read one. Lauren Royal's Amethyst is just that, a gem. (Yes, pun intended!) Amy Goldsmith (although her real name is Amethyst) is a successful jewelry maker who has quite the unfortunate personal life. She is scheduled to marry a man whom she does not love in two short weeks. To make things worse, he wants her to become a stay at home mom, and give up her career, which she is not ready to do. Although she is stuck, Amy does not want to back out of the marriage for fear of embarrassing her father. She longs for true love, and she gets a glimpse of it when Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, enters her shop. Although she feels that he is definitely above his notice, her life is changed when a fire devastates her shop and home and Colin comes to her rescue. He takes her to his home to rehabilitate, and although Colin's siblings take a liking to Amy, he remains distant and asks her to leave as soon as possible. Amy, however, has begun to have feelings for Colin, and enjoys her time with his family. Unfortunately for her, Colin is betrothed to another woman, who's dowry has been spent towards the reconstruction of Colin's castle. Unwilling to break up this monetary agreement despite his attraction, Colin is locked in a battle of wills against Amy, who wants him no matter the cost. Will Colin eventually reconsider and give in to is heart's desire? I've always enjoyed historical fiction novels that use true events as their backdrop, as opposed to just using a specific time period and developing a story. In Amethyst that true event is the Great Fire of London in 1666. As sad as the event was, it is an excellent plot device that sets the reader on a journey of self discovery with Amy and Colin that we certainly wouldn't have dreamed of without the amazingly detailed and intricate imagination of Royal. To me, Amy read as a nod to the modern woman. Your first taste of her modern ideals comes when she stands up to her fiancée, Robert, and expresses her desires to continue being a jeweler. Robert's jealousy over her jeweling skills are what drive his desire to have her stay at home and give up her occupation. After the fire when Amy is able to escape and meet Colin, she continues to hold onto her ideals that she can run the family jewelry business. Even after finding herself in love with Colin she realizes a marriage between them would end any future she has with her craft. She forces herself to make a tough decision: choose love or her craft. Royal does an incredible job weaving this difficult journey of "staying true to self vs heart" effortlessly. I can honestly say that Amethyst is one of the only historical romance novels that I actually truly believed in the conflict of heart that the heroine and hero go through. Every romance novel I've read has a conflict drawing the heroine and hero away from each other, but it's rare to find one that has to do with something other than conflicting social classes. Amy's need to continue her craft made for a much more interesting conflict. It was refreshing, honest, and definitely a worthy addition to anyone's "to read" pile. Go pick up a copy! Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict) http://wp.me/p18lIL-XU

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kirstin

    Generous 3 stars. I found myself not knowing what to rate this novel. It had a lot of right ingredients. Plot, well developed characters, drama. However the story dragged on for quite awhile. I kept thinking this is where it ends right? To find out I had still quite a bit left each time. Normally I like a long developed story. However I felt the same theme was dragged on even after it should have been resolved many times over. And it wasn't one I was big on. The big theme was the heroine thinkin Generous 3 stars. I found myself not knowing what to rate this novel. It had a lot of right ingredients. Plot, well developed characters, drama. However the story dragged on for quite awhile. I kept thinking this is where it ends right? To find out I had still quite a bit left each time. Normally I like a long developed story. However I felt the same theme was dragged on even after it should have been resolved many times over. And it wasn't one I was big on. The big theme was the heroine thinking she wasn't good enough for the hero. And then he loves her but can't marry her. And then he marries her but doesn't love her. On and on. I found myself annoyed at the novel that in the beginning had more potential. Maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bark the Overwrought Keyboard Warrior

    Amethyst "Amy" Goldsmith, daughter of a jeweler, is an accomplished and talented jewelry maker who loves her craft and has a great passion for her work but her personal life is hardly as fulfilling. In just two weeks she will be wed to a man whom she does not love - a man who plans to keep her away from her work to make babies and keep his house all nice and tidy-like. Amy longs for love but will not hurt her father by backing out of the unwanted marriage. One day Colin Chase "Earl of Greystone" Amethyst "Amy" Goldsmith, daughter of a jeweler, is an accomplished and talented jewelry maker who loves her craft and has a great passion for her work but her personal life is hardly as fulfilling. In just two weeks she will be wed to a man whom she does not love - a man who plans to keep her away from her work to make babies and keep his house all nice and tidy-like. Amy longs for love but will not hurt her father by backing out of the unwanted marriage. One day Colin Chase "Earl of Greystone" walks into her family store and they immediately connect but, sadly, he is far out of her league. These first few chapters are wonderful and really hooked me. The historic details are interesting and plentiful and Amy is presented as a likable and compassionate character full of life, dreams and motivation. Then a devastating fire destroys her life and changes everything. She now has the opportunity to take charge of her life but first is rescued by Colin who takes her to his home so she can heal from her physical and emotional wounds. She quickly finds love and acceptance amongst Colin's siblings but receives only the cold shoulder from Colin who wants her gone as soon as possible. Amy decides she wants Colin, cold shoulder and all, and comes up with one excuse after another to stick around. It was Colin's attraction to Amy that impelled him to rescue her and it is that same attraction that makes him want her out of his sight as soon as possible. Colin is betrothed to a "titled" woman and has already spent a good portion of the woman's dowry and sees no way to get out of it. And, lets be real, he doesn't want to. For the majority of the story money and titles are more important to Colin than love and it's here that the book lost the most of its appeal for me. Colin's a first class ass and I'm really not a fan. Colin and Amy are wildly attracted to each other and obviously belong together but he stubbornly refuses to break off his betrothal. This makes him come across as extremely selfish. Amy deserved so much better. Amy, unfortunately, loses some of her charm because she is forced into the role of pining away for the stubborn Colin instead of concentrating on getting back on her feet. The jewelry crafting, which was such a huge part of her life, takes a back to seat to thoughts of Colin and this was very disappointing. This story is a good choice if you like your books steeped in historic detail and don't mind love-stubborn heroes. The author has an obvious love for her time period and weaves in interesting tidbits whenever possible. Although Colin didn't turn out to be my idea of a hero (to put it mildly) I do look forward to the forthcoming stories about Colin's siblings who were lovable characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    This was a hard book to rate. I realized that this is a clean version of Amethyst. There were parts that I thought were unrealistic, and that figures, because they probably had a very different result in the other version of the book. The setting is during the fires in London in the 1600's. Charles II has just returned to his throne. I loved that the setting was different than other stories that I have read. I imagine that the book follows a realistic social expectation of Amethyst and Collin. This was a hard book to rate. I realized that this is a clean version of Amethyst. There were parts that I thought were unrealistic, and that figures, because they probably had a very different result in the other version of the book. The setting is during the fires in London in the 1600's. Charles II has just returned to his throne. I loved that the setting was different than other stories that I have read. I imagine that the book follows a realistic social expectation of Amethyst and Collin. They were obviously attracted to each other, but a relationship between them wasn't prudent due to their social status. That part of the story was tedious, because it was mentioned every time someone noticed the attraction between the two. This was a light romance. There are difficult scenes to read. Amethyst has a betrothed jerk, and he does some very jerky things. I don't want to mention it, in case you read the book. I will only say there is a near rape, for those sensitive to that situation. I "purchased" a copy of this book for FREE on kindle.

  10. 4 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    5 stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    read a while ago but couldn't remember to review. rather forgettable story. i did not understand the appeal of the heroine. She was good at her trade and fell in love with the hero when he asked her to create a piece for him. I don't see the appeal of such a woman and have no interests in her love story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mela

    [Edit, March 13th, 2018: Free on Amazon. If you like romances you can try it, but feel warned by my review] [This is a short review of two books, I put it for both books] I try from time to time with "bestselling romance author" (I call it that). I do it because sometimes Amazon makes sales promotion and secondly I wonder why those books are so "bestselling". This time I have tried with two books of Lauren Royal: "Amethyst" and "Tempting Juliana". First of all, i [Edit, March 13th, 2018: Free on Amazon. If you like romances you can try it, but feel warned by my review] [This is a short review of two books, I put it for both books] I try from time to time with "bestselling romance author" (I call it that). I do it because sometimes Amazon makes sales promotion and secondly I wonder why those books are so "bestselling". This time I have tried with two books of Lauren Royal: "Amethyst" and "Tempting Juliana". First of all, it isn't a great work of literature. But who expects it from such books? Still, I have been reading it fast, with a little pleasure. Mostly because there is a little humor. There is one thing what singles out these books from they genre. Lauren Royal gave them interesting historical background. In "Amethyst" we have Great Fire of London (1666), in "Tempting Juliana" we have beginning of smallpox vaccinations and Foundling Hospital in London (beginnings of XIX century). Thanks to writer's explanations which are at the end of the book I know now a few more things about that. Nonetheless these are only romances. You shouldn't expect more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really enjoyed this story. It seemed to drag just a little in the middle but that might have just been my need to see them happy. This had good elements that lead to a believable, romance set in the time of London's great fire. I want to read more by this author. This was a clean read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    Delightful Read. It's a long time since I read a novel set in the Restoration period and historical facts such as the Great Plague and Fire of London are skillfully woven into the story. Once started I couldn't put this book down and read it at one sitting. Thoroughly enjoyed the main characters and how they found a way to happily be together by the end. With thanks to the author for the epilogue (I enjoy an insight into characters several years hence).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori McD

    3.5-4 stars Set in London in 1666, "Amethyst" is the story of Amethyst (Amy) Goldsmith and Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone. Amy lives with her father in their Cheapside Goldsmith & Sons jewelry store. Her mother died just a year before during the Great Plague. Amy is affianced to Robert Stanley, her father's apprentice. It's tradition that if there are no sons in the family, that the eldest daughter marries the apprentice. Robert is from a good jewelry family. But as Amy's gott 3.5-4 stars Set in London in 1666, "Amethyst" is the story of Amethyst (Amy) Goldsmith and Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone. Amy lives with her father in their Cheapside Goldsmith & Sons jewelry store. Her mother died just a year before during the Great Plague. Amy is affianced to Robert Stanley, her father's apprentice. It's tradition that if there are no sons in the family, that the eldest daughter marries the apprentice. Robert is from a good jewelry family. But as Amy's gotten to know him over the years, she finds that Robert isn't so light-of-heart and fun as he first was. And Robert is determined that once they're married, Amy will stop making jewelry and be his wife only. Amy's convinced that Robert's jealous that she has more custom orders and her designs sell more. And she doesn't like the way that Robert is not only possessive of her, but the way he grabs her and kisses her. But Amy's father is too lost in his grief for her mother and his work. He knows that Amy doesn't want to marry Robert, but he forces Amy to promise that she'll do whatever necessary to keep Goldsmith & Sons going. To him, that means marrying Robert Stanley. Amy caught her first glimpse of the Earl of Greystone at the coronation parade of Charles I. Colin Chase is the 2nd son of a Royalist family that chose to be outlawed with and fight for the royal family against Cromwell. While he lost both parents in the final battle, Colin and his brothers and sister find themselves back in London and firmly in Charles I's court and affections. So Colin was riding in the parade... when Amy caught a glimpse of him. The looks that they exchanged - he, flirting openly; she amazed - finds Amy unable to forget about the way that her heart fluttered. She tries to convince herself it's only fascination and attraction. But when Colin comes to Goldsmith & Sons to buy a present for his sister, Kendra, Amy & Colin find themselves sneaking glances at each other. The attraction is still there and very strong. Strong enough that Colin commissions Amy to create a signet ring for him. Robert sees this exchange and doesn't like it one bit. He pushes for the marriage to happen, as does Amy's father. But Amy holds off. Then The Great Fire happens... and Goldsmith & Sons shop is burned to the ground. Amy loses her father in the fire, when he ran back in to get her mother's portrait. Amy managed to lug her case out - the case containing all the gold & jewels that make up the Goldsmith wealth for centuries... the materials that they use to make their jewelry. Colin takes Amy and several children separated from their parents by the fire back to his eldest brother, Jason's home. There Amy's wounds heal, but not her heart. She writes Robert to call of their engagement. Colin's family accepts and embraces Amy, but Colin stubbornly insists that she must go to France - to her aunt's home, where Amy can continue making jewelry. Colin finds her too irresistible, and Amy isn't of his class; she's a merchant! And Colin is engaged. He's already used a good portion of his fiancee's dowry to rebuild his own castle and lands, given to him along with his title by King Charles. But, of course, this is a romance, and we all know where it's heading... it's just how they get there! Other reviewers find Colin cruel and a real cad. But Colin is true to his times; and while much has changed in London with King Charles, the Great Plague, and the Great Fire, society is still what it is. It's a bit unusual and unlike the people and the times to accept Amy so willingly at court. She might be wealthy, but she's a merchant - not nobility. The way that Colin's fiancee treats her is more in line with how Amy would be perceived and received. It's all a matter of whether he can overcome his inbred class prejudice (and society, too) and whether she can figure out how to love Colin & keep her promise to her father. Oh, and whether or not Robert Stanley can kidnap and coerce Amy to marry him, so he can get his hands on her jewels and her trade...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elis Madison

    Amy (Amethyst) Goldsmith is a talented jeweler, not to mention the heiress to the family business and a trunk load of gold and jewels that her ancestors accumulated over generations. The hoard is a bit depleted by the Commonwealth years, when anything enjoyable or pretty was frowned upon. But with the Restoration of King Charles II, things are looking up. Amy was betrothed as an infant to Robert, the 2nd son of another jeweler, who is now her father's apprentice. But as the marriage draws closer s Amy (Amethyst) Goldsmith is a talented jeweler, not to mention the heiress to the family business and a trunk load of gold and jewels that her ancestors accumulated over generations. The hoard is a bit depleted by the Commonwealth years, when anything enjoyable or pretty was frowned upon. But with the Restoration of King Charles II, things are looking up. Amy was betrothed as an infant to Robert, the 2nd son of another jeweler, who is now her father's apprentice. But as the marriage draws closer she's finding it harder to accept this fate, especially since Robert is a drunken, gambling, rapey creep whose kisses are surprisingly uninspiring. Colin and his siblings lived in exile with Charles II. Now that the Crown has been restored, Charles has awarded his friends with titles and estates forfeited by families that supported the Commonwealth. Colin Chase is now the Earl of Greystone, and he's been working hard to renovate the Greystone estate to suit his snobby wife-to-be, Priscilla. His family's wealth was depleted by the exile, so he is marrying a titled heiress, even if he doesn't like her much. It doesn't matter that both Amy and Colin find it hard to breathe when the other is near. She's a commoner, he's a snob, and they're both betrothed so they need to forget the mind-blowing attraction and suck it up. It takes the Great Fire of London—not to mention abduction and a few headsmack revelations—to make the two of them realize that class is not everything. Historical details, like the claim that Chas II personally helped fight the Great Fire, not to mention the details of his intimate liaisons, add depth and richness to the story. 4 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dariotis

    Amy ( Amethyst) and Colin the Earl of Greystone their story is such a wonderful romance I loved the way they met , I truly believe that she fell in love with him while she had gone to see the Kings coronation . He was magnificent on his stallion , and he took her breath away. Even though she was betrothed to Robert Stanley a man of her fathers choosing who also happened to be an apprentice in her fathers jewellery store . He never made her heart flutter as Colin did , just with one glimpse! As f Amy ( Amethyst) and Colin the Earl of Greystone their story is such a wonderful romance I loved the way they met , I truly believe that she fell in love with him while she had gone to see the Kings coronation . He was magnificent on his stallion , and he took her breath away. Even though she was betrothed to Robert Stanley a man of her fathers choosing who also happened to be an apprentice in her fathers jewellery store . He never made her heart flutter as Colin did , just with one glimpse! As fate would have it they meet again when he enters her fathers store looking to buy something for his younger sister. He remembers her as the young girl he had seen at the parade and feels an attraction to her, he decides to have her design a signet ring for him. I truly enjoyed this story it had lots of twists to it , I also found it pretty descriptive on the Great London Fire , where Amy and Colin come together while trying to escape to what to them must have looked like the end of London. Don't hesitate to read this wonderful book. It's a great read , Lauren Royal is a great writer , her stories keep you entertained till the last page!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Davison

    The use of restoration England is an interesting setting, however once you got into the main body of the plot you would be forgiven for forgetting what setting it was placed in. Th author has obviously done a lot of research on the era but needs to add more. The plot line was a bit absurd, a lot of coincidences where happening in order to make it move forward. It also reminded me of the plot line for the first in her clean regency series Alexandra. However I did like the two mc's and I love the idea of th The use of restoration England is an interesting setting, however once you got into the main body of the plot you would be forgiven for forgetting what setting it was placed in. Th author has obviously done a lot of research on the era but needs to add more. The plot line was a bit absurd, a lot of coincidences where happening in order to make it move forward. It also reminded me of the plot line for the first in her clean regency series Alexandra. However I did like the two mc's and I love the idea of the story following the family tree and seeing how everybody is related. #24in48 - 4 hrs 53 mins price: freebie #COYER

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lorka

    Lol, I stopped reading when I got to the first practical joke that Colin played. I thought it was extremely idiotic and I knew right off that I wouldn't like him as a hero with tomfoolery immature behavior like that. Not very manly, hero-like in my opinion. I also thought the writing was .... different. The whole first scene in the jewelers when Colin comes in to buy a bracelet for his sister... it was just so awkward and I immediately became indifferent to the storyline. :(

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alathia Morgan

    I absolutely loved this story. It has all of the elements that made you want to keep reading. When Amethyst and Mr. Chase meet they have no idea that circumstances will keep them together in a such a way that they must choose each other or lose everything they hold dear. A couldn't put it down read with a compelling plot twists will have you up all night.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Loretta

    First time l have read any books from this author, l was'nt disappointed, loved this book.It kept me wanting to read more. It had romance, passion, everything you can except in a good book. Cant wait to read more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Leigh

    *eye roll* boy did this feel like it too forever to get through. I ended up skimming the second half of the book because I was bored.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin

    DNF This was too long, and getting nowhere fast, so I've given up on it. It was an easy read though,quite pretty

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Crowell

    Interesting time period. Some interesting history thrown in as well, but the characters didn’t do much for me. It was not that exciting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Stasko

    Oh my goodness I LOVED IT!!!! Absolutely no fillers. Every pages kept me eager for more story. The characters were beautifully developed and the scenes everything - I could feel it and see it for myself. So ready to devour the rest of her books

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ella Craig

    I hate to write a bad review, but THE EARL’S UNSUITABLE BRIDE did not do it for me – it had an intriguing start but became bogged down with too many distracting anachronisms. For instance: No one, apart from Amy and Colin, expresses any shock or horror at the thought of a commoner marrying an earl. This is England in the 17th century where class, rank, and status ruled. An earl’s sister called Kendra – not likely, as the name doesn’t appear on records for another 100 years. I hate to write a bad review, but THE EARL’S UNSUITABLE BRIDE did not do it for me – it had an intriguing start but became bogged down with too many distracting anachronisms. For instance: No one, apart from Amy and Colin, expresses any shock or horror at the thought of a commoner marrying an earl. This is England in the 17th century where class, rank, and status ruled. An earl’s sister called Kendra – not likely, as the name doesn’t appear on records for another 100 years. Also, the names Colin, Jason and Ford were not common choices for the sons of the nobility at the time. The language is peppered with blatant modernisms – I don’t expect forsooth and yea verily, but could do without phrases like “for real”, and saying gender when the word sex should have been used. As for the two leads, Amy starts as a strong and intriguing woman but morphs into a whiney brat before finding herself again. And Colin, to use a Britishism, is a pillock whose treatment of his fiancée is horrible. He also enjoys playing practical jokes, which are not funny, but cruel. Amy and Colin blunder around wanting and then not wanting each other until they finally marry, but this is not the end. The story trundled on with secret missions and money problems until I lost the will to live. I wanted to like this book with its Restoration setting, but I didn’t. Maybe if you aren’t an anal fussbudget like me, you might enjoy it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I purchased this book when it was on sale for $0.99. I had read Lauren Royal's previous "free' offerings, and enjoyed them, and when the author said it was on for .99 cents I went and bought it. It took me a surprisingly long time to read! Normal I devour romance novels—but this one took me about four days to read. I've been very busy recently, but it didn't engage me the way some other books do. However, I was interested in the characters, wanted to know what was going to happen, and I purchased this book when it was on sale for $0.99. I had read Lauren Royal's previous "free' offerings, and enjoyed them, and when the author said it was on for .99 cents I went and bought it. It took me a surprisingly long time to read! Normal I devour romance novels—but this one took me about four days to read. I've been very busy recently, but it didn't engage me the way some other books do. However, I was interested in the characters, wanted to know what was going to happen, and wanted to finish the book, which I did do. But I think that perhaps I didn't want to read this book to the exclusion of all other things in life, like can happen with some other books that I've read. Not a bad thing for my family and children perhaps, but maybe not a great thing in a book. I liked the characters, and that the main character had a career as a jeweler. I like the male protagonist, and I liked his family. I enjoyed the descriptions of the homes and landscapes, and I really liked the historical parts: the restoration, King Charles, his mistress, the plague, the London fire, etc. I felt that I really learned something while reading this book. There was a few plot points that seemed unfinished. I kept on waiting to see if the male antagonist would reappear...and he didn't. The zenith of the book seemed to come very early, and that the rest of the book as a long slow slide to the epilogue. Not a bad slide, a well written slide, but a slide. More "bumps" would have added much needed interest! I'll most definitely give further books in the series a read; often books in a series just get better and better.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Grace Elliot

    A very enjoyable historical romance that's a little bit different because it's set in the Restoration. It's love at first sight for Amethyst when she sees the handsome Colin Chase in a procession celebrating the restoration of King Charles II -Just two problems stand in their way - she is a child and a jeweller's daughter and whilst he is an aristocrat gentleman. The story picks up a few years later when Colin visits the jewellers where Amethyst works and although he can't admit it to himse A very enjoyable historical romance that's a little bit different because it's set in the Restoration. It's love at first sight for Amethyst when she sees the handsome Colin Chase in a procession celebrating the restoration of King Charles II -Just two problems stand in their way - she is a child and a jeweller's daughter and whilst he is an aristocrat gentleman. The story picks up a few years later when Colin visits the jewellers where Amethyst works and although he can't admit it to himself, starts to fall in love. Events gather pace as the Fire of London sweeps through London and throw Amy and Colin together... Amethyst was refreshing on a number of levels. It was good to read a historical romance set in the Restoration, and the story never let up. Even when (spoiler alert) Amy and Colin are married , the twists don't stop coming and I thoroughly enjoyed the story right to the last page. I read some of the 1 star reviews (on Amazon.com) and frankly, I can only assume they were written by people who don't like or understand the HR genre. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peggy N

    Amethyst by Lauren Royal is about the life of Amethyst Goldsmith. Amethyst is a jeweler in a time when Jewelers were men. The craft was handed down from generation to generation from father to son. She had no brother and the craftsmanship of their family was taught to her. She was promised in marriage to her father's apprentice as was the custom of the time. She did not love the apprentice and had sought to have her father call the marriage off. He would not telling her that she would carry on t Amethyst by Lauren Royal is about the life of Amethyst Goldsmith. Amethyst is a jeweler in a time when Jewelers were men. The craft was handed down from generation to generation from father to son. She had no brother and the craftsmanship of their family was taught to her. She was promised in marriage to her father's apprentice as was the custom of the time. She did not love the apprentice and had sought to have her father call the marriage off. He would not telling her that she would carry on the family business and that she "couldn't have everything." The fire of London in 1666 changed all of that forever as her father died in the fire. She was rescued from the flames by Colin Chase the Earl of Greystone. She found herself physically drawn to him, maybe it was the lass of all she had, maybe it was more. He was betrothed to another as well, and needed the dowry money from that marriage to save his home. What a dilemma for both of them. The book follows their story and how she kept her promise to her father, and yet she followed her heart.

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