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Peek Inside When the Earl Met His Match

Hugh and Phoebe view love differently, but a marriage of convenience pushes them together…and passion keeps them there. But when her past threatens what they’ve built, can love same them?

When the Earl Met His Match

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When Hugh Winthrop, the future Marquess of Albury, decides to advertise for a wife in the London paper, he never expected an anonymous response from a woman who matches him wit for wit. Their back-and-forth letters on the true nature of love, something they disagree on wholeheartedly, leave him shocked—and intrigued. But then the woman he’s been corresponding with shows up on his doorstep, enticingly beautiful and offering a marriage of convenience in exchange for his protection…

Lady Phoebe Maitland expected to marry for love and nothing else, until the man she gave her trust betrayed her. The more intrigued she becomes by the mysterious and devastatingly handsome Hugh, however, the more she realizes he’s holding back from opening his heart due to long-held secrets she struggles to understand. As passion flares wickedly between them, their marriage bed is quick to heat up. But when Phoebe’s past threatens to destroy the fragile bond they’ve formed, even a budding belief in love might not be enough to save them.

Each book in the Wedded by Scandal series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Accidentally Compromising the Duke
Book #2 Wicked in His Arms
Book #3 How to Marry a Marquess
Book #4 When the Earl Met His Match


“WOW I loved this book! Hugh and Phoebe are some of the best characters-in-conflict I’ve read in a while and I could spend hours reading about their times out in nature! Stacy Reid is now an instant-buy author for me after this one and you can bet that I’m going to be buying this book the second it releases just so I can have a physical book of it!” -Olivia A., NetGalley

Sweet, sassy, sexy, and steamy.” -Emily P., NetGalley

Lovers of old school, rip your heart out, stomp on it, then hand it back to you type relationship angst will certainly want to meet this rich, handsome, refuses to love to the point he is his own worst enemy hero.” -A. K., Goodreads

“I thought the amount of emotion the author was able to evoke in this story was unbelievable. And the action was nonstop.” -Patricia M., NetGalley

An enchanting five-star romance.” -Viper S., Goodreads

“This is my first book by Stacy Reid but will not be my last. This was delightful from beginning to end.” -Bethany K., Goodreads

“Stacy Reid is one of the best historical romance writers out there at the minute. She creates a perfect blend of romance, steam, drama and humour. If you're looking for something different in the historical romance department, I urge you to give this a go or any of Stacy Reid's offerings.” -Wonderfully Weird Book Reviews

OMG the amount of torturous emotions in this book and that this book made me feel right up till the end were just wow!!” -Amber S., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781649370525
Series: Wedded by Scandal, Book 4
Release Date: Sep 14, 2020
Page Count: 350
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: accidental pregnancy, marriage of convenience, overcoming odds

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By Stacy September 12, 2020

I am so very excited for you guys to meet Phoebe and Hugh! I've gotten so many emails and messages asking for her story since she was featured in How to Marry a Marquess (Wedded by Scandal, #3) by Stacy Reid . I hadn't planned to do a book for her, and I started her story at least three different times, with another hero than Hugh.

It wasn't coming togethe ...more

By MG October 23, 2020

4 cute and steamy stars

Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, has a problem: his father wants him to get married to a lady of the ton ASAP. The reason for the rush? The current Earl of Albury is dying, and he wants to ensure that his beloved children are cared for in his absence. His 3 children h ...more

By Carvanz September 03, 2020

What a unique historical romance that included several topics and issues that I’ve never experienced before in past HRs.

Phoebe was wonderfully brave to take steps that other young women of her time would have never even considered. Just writing to the Gentleman of Distinction and Wealth in response ...more

By Lisa August 24, 2020

I received a free copy free from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I don’t even know how to put into words just how much I loved reading “When The Earl Met His Match”. It was my first read by Stacey Reid, just WOW!! I don’t want to give anything away, for me the words flew like a breeze, th ...more

By Ezinwanyi September 22, 2020

What a refreshingly delightful story. A page turner with really likeable characters and a well developed story.

Lady Phoebe Maitland, afraid of the marriage arrangement her parents secured for her, decided to forge her own path. Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, who had fallen ill and now te ...more

By eyes.2c September 13, 2020

Forced to flee!

A marriage of convenience trope that has a few interesting twists. Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury responds to his father's prompting to find a wife. He advertises in the newspaper, and a bantering conversation opens up between him and anonymous lady sender.
Lady Phoebe Maitl ...more

By Luana September 27, 2020

It was nice but I though Phoebe was very immature. Ofc she's only 19 years old... and the story felt a little surreal. Where you know the ton has so many prejudices against so many things, it was incredible that a family would accept the things that happened with open arms right from the start.. ...more

By Stacee September 06, 2020

Well, Stacy Reid has quickly become an auto-buy author for me, so I was absolutely gleeful when I saw this was up for request.

I loved Phoebe and Hugh. She’s delightfully sassy and goes after what she wants. Hugh is all gruff exterior, but he doesn’t know he’s a marshmallow. I truly loved reading th ...more

By Elodie September 08, 2020

When the Earl Met His Match
Wedded by Scandal Series #4
Stacy Reid
Release date 09/14/2020
Publisher Entangled Scandalous


When Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, decides to advertise for a wife in the London paper, he never expected an anonymous response ...more

By ☘ Lily September 14, 2020

There were two things that took me by surprise in this book. One was a good surprise and another, a trope I didn't like.

So, this is the story of Hugh Wintrop, the future earl that desperately in need of a wife that he posted an add in the papers for an agreeable wife and so so. The surprise that I ...more

By Carole August 21, 2020

Every time I read one of Stacy Reid's books, I am awestruck at her talent for writing such wonderful stories. It's no wonder this author is a "must read" for me!!

I so loved Hugh and Phoebe's story, it's so full of passion and emotional angst, with a hero who has a disability and is distrustful of l ...more

By Leanne | Read Sweetly to Me September 11, 2020

This is a book that is packed with emotion. It actually reminded me a lot of all the old school historical romances with the amount of heart-rending moments.

I also don't think I've read a heroine like Phoebe recent ...more

By Cheryl September 10, 2020

This was such a great read! Two very engaging characters in Phoebe and Hugh. Hugh has his problems and his views were very influenced by his father. Phoebe has very controlling parents and were not any help to her when she needed them. There was just so much to enjoy about this book, how they felt a ...more

By Kristin September 11, 2020

It's hard to give too many details on this one without spoiling it, but I'll sketch the basic beginning. Phoebe is the daughter of a controlling duke, set to marry her off to an old man for political reasons. Hugh is heir to an Earl who grew up fairly isolated in the Scottish countryside. Hugh adver ...more

By Sophie (slovenianbookworm) September 12, 2020

My first book by this author and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it.

I love heroes who are disadvantaged in some way but manage to make it possible and live their life fully. Hugh is mute so he seeks a wife in a rather unconventional way – by publishing an add in a newspaper ...more

By Kathy August 23, 2020

Great story! A serendipitous premise and a lovely execution of this unusual romance. The characters are very engaging and the exchange of letters throughout the story tell much about their feelings and outlooks. Hugh and Phoebe’s HEA is hard won, but what a fabulous journey we enjoy along the way! ...more

By Kimberly September 13, 2020

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Ever since I finished the last Wedded by Scandal book, How to Marry a Marquess, I’ve been eagerly anticipating Phoebe Maitland’s story. Stacy Reid did not disappoint. I was swept away by When the Earl Met His Match from the very first page, losing track of time until ...more

By Elaine October 29, 2020

An interesting plot. I very much enjoyed reading this book, although I did think Phoebe was going to get abducted......and then she did. Lots of sexy bits and a lovely HEA ending. 4☆ ...more

By Cathy September 11, 2020

When the Earl Met His Match by Stacy Reid
Wedded by Scandal Series #4

Smiling as I finished this book – just what I needed today! Still smiling as I think back on the story and remember so many of the positives and how they took me away from the lack of internet, phones down, fires raging, political s ...more

By ChasingLeslie August 25, 2020

An unusual correspondence leads duke's daughter Lady Phoebe Maitland to Scotland to meet and marry Hugh Winthrop, Viscount Huxley and future Earl of Albury. Both have secrets that make a marriage of convenience necessary.

This is the fourth book in the Wedded by Scandal series, but it can be read al ...more

By Susan (susayq ~) September 12, 2020

Oh my. This was wonderful. I've never read a Stacy Reid book before and I am sad that I've not. I will definitely read her other works.

I loved Hugh and Phoebe. Hugh was loyal and protective and tender and just great...until he shut himself off from Phoebe. And then I wanted to smack him lol I loved ...more

By Jayslin (jay_the_bookworm) September 16, 2020

I started reading this book without having read the other books in the series, but it did not hinder my enjoyment one bit. Hugh Winthrop was looking for a wife in the most unconventional way and found Phoebe, who was not looking for a husband at first. But after she was betrayed by the man she loves ...more

By Janet September 09, 2020

When Hugh Winthrop, the future Earl of Albury, decides to advertise for a wife in the London paper, he never expected an anonymous response from a woman who matches him wit for wit. Their back-and-forth letters leave him intrigued. But then the woman he’s been corresponding with shows up on his door ...more

By Aisha August 23, 2020

I recieved a free copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Overall I really liked this book. There isn't really a major conflict in this book but the focus on the relationship is great.
Pheobe is desperate to get married in order to protect her unborn child out of wedlock. Hugh does not ...more

By Amy August 21, 2020

A desperate Phoebe finds herself in an intolerable position and runs away from home. She runs to Hugh, a man she’s never met but to whom she has been corresponding to in letters. They arrange a marriage of convenience. Can Hugh overcome his fear of love and being abandoned to accept the love Phoebe ...more

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Stacy Reid

About the author

Stacy Reid

Stacy is an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. She especially loves romance and adores writing about people falling in love. Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (out loud). She has a warrior way, never give up on her dreams. When Stacy is not writing, she spends a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with her love, Dusean Nelson.

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