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Girl vs Earl [Kindle Edition]

Phillipa Ashley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

WINNER of the Romantic eBook of the Year at the 2012 UK Festival of Romance

When Miranda finds herself fighting for her home, her job and her heart, sleeping with the enemy may not be the best tactic.

With no family of her own, Miranda Marshall has developed a healthy respect - some would say obsession - with other people's histories. As property manager of a spectacular island castle in Cornwall, she's made St Merryn's Mount one of the UK's most popular heritage attractions. While she may have the castle running like clockwork, Miranda hasn't bargained on its sexy owner returning to claim his birthright.

Dark, handsome and with a rakish reputation, Jago, the Earl of St Merryn, not only looks like a pirate but is intent on flogging the Mount to a soulless leisure corporation. Miranda faces the battle of her life as she tries to persuade him to face up to his past and continue the St Merryn dynasty. But Jago has his own reasons for jumping ship and when he throws down the gauntlet to Miranda, she's forced to delve into painful memories she'd much rather keep hidden.

Editorial Reviews


of the 2012 Romantic eBook of the Year at the UK Festival of Romance

"A great summer read that will make your beach day, or pool visit more enjoyable."

Miss Booklover
"An overall sweet, sexy and emotional novel that I highly recommend."

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  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0XU6UY
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Debra
Format:Kindle Edition
On the coast of Cornwall, St. Merryn's Mount stands as a family sentinel and a metaphor. When the tide is out, the home of the ancient St. Merryn family is connected to both the mainland and the people who live there. But when the tide is in, the Mount stands apart, isolated and surrounded by currents and eddies that flow with the Atlantic Ocean's rhythms. Thus is the metaphor for Girl vs Earl, the story of Miranda Marshall, property manager of this heritage spot, and Jago St. Merryn, present Lord of the manor. These two damaged souls are both, like the Mount, connected to this piece of land and each other, yet isolated by past circumstances neither one of them could control.

When Miranda first meets Jago, he is in the armory, holding an ancient cutlass and looking for all the world like a pirate from a story book. According to Miranda, he looked like someone who had "seen and done and probably smoked or inhaled a lot of stuff." He also looks like "how D'Artagnan might have looked if Levis had been invented." Jago is the Earl of St. Merryn, returned home after ten years abroad. And while the staff is hoping he has decided to take on the responsibility of his heritage, Miranda soon finds out the truth. He is selling St.Merryn's Mount to a large vacation company, and getting out. His reasons at this point are unclear. What is clear to Miranda is that at the very least, Jago is the enemy. At the most, she is already falling for him.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! March 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Funny, sexy, emotional and beautifully written, Girl vs Earl is a delight to read. I love Phillipa Ashley's 'to die for' heroes,they get me hooked into the story every single time, and cutlass wielding Jago is no exception. I've been looking forward to Ms Ashley's new book for ages and I wasn't disappointed - Girl vs Earl is fantastic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story March 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Miranda Marshall is the property manager of an island castle in Cornwall that she loves. It's her home and after being alone and un-tethered, she feels she's finally found something that won't let her down. Until Jago St. Merryn returns to the castle bringing changes in the air. What's driving him to make such radical changes? And why is Miranda finding him attractive when his presence not only makes her feel many things she hasn't felt in sometime, but also makes her question decisions from her past?

Today was quite gloomy and this book was the perfect anecdote. The story is really engrossing. The setting is an island in Cornwall that is based off an actual location, St. Michael's Mount. The descriptions of the locales are so vivid and easy to see in my mind, that I want to be there right now. After all, untamed and natural beauty are things we all enjoy and admire.

I felt as if the book flew by. I laughed at Ronnie's antics and some of the situations Miranda got her self into. There were quite a few sympathetic groans, tears, and a few "Really?" moments. I would love to read more about Miranda, Jago, and the rest of the crew at the Mount.

It's really simple to see and understand why Miranda's Mount won the best e-book award at The Festival Romance in October 2012. Phillipa Ashley has written another wonderful funny love story that's not just about a man and woman, but also people and the place they call home.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance at its best March 26, 2013
By Snoozy
Format:Kindle Edition
I laughed, I cried, I cheered. The characters were real and I was left wanting to know more about them. Jago was the perfect hero because he wasn't perfect, and didn't take himself too seriously. Miranda was a great heroine, sweet, sexy, and lovable. The secondary characters were developed in such a way that I felt for them too, and wanted to know what was going on in their lives. I loved everything about this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable romp! March 26, 2013
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read Girl vs. Earl under Ms. Ashley's UK title, Miranda's Mount. It was after my father's death and I needed a light-hearted, fun, romantic comedy to cheer me up! This story totally did the trick for me!
The characters and story were likable and the even the secondary characters were interesting and well plotted. As a US girl who has been reading Phillipa Ashley's books from early on, this is by far one of my favorites.

For a wonderfully light, romantic read, give it a whirl! Thank you, Ms. Ashley for another home run!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful settings; Saucy and Emotional Romance March 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My review rating: 4.25
Miranda had a difficult childhood with a young, unstable mother. She left home at a young age and managed to work her way through University. She always loved history and was thrilled to land a job at St Merryn's Mount, eventually working her way up to manager. She is fiercely devoted to the property and it's people who have become her stability and her people.

Dark, handsome Jago St Merryn has roamed the world and allowed his mother, Lady St Merryn, to oversee the home--or rather castle--management. He suddenly returns home and tells Miranda, in confidence, of his plans to sell the property to a leisure investment corporation. Miranda is distressed at the thought of losing her "home" and the impact it will have on the other workers and estate families. But she is appalled to find herself sexually drawn to Jago even though she doesn't like what he is doing and she realizes that any relationship is professionally inappropriate and personally a move toward heartbreak.

Meanwhile, a local heartthrob, Theo, has shown interest in Miranda. He and Jago have clear animosity and, although Theo is well respected in the community, it appears that he may be using Miranda to spite Jago. Miranda is caught between the alleged 'nice guy' who doesn't stir her senses as much as the alleged 'bad boy' she can't have.

Miranda and Jago each have painful pasts that they are running from. I really liked how Ms. Ashley slowly revealed their secrets and developed their characters. The romantic triangle with Theo was a little puzzling as his `courtship' was so slow to get started. I suppose that is fitting with it's ultimate purpose and result, but it didn't quite fit with the `really nice-guy' image that was being projected for him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best effort.
While this is a cute book, it is by far not one of the author's best efforts. Very light and breezy but don't expect any surprises. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joy
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
I am a huge fan of Phillipa Ashley, but this one just didn't have the same humor and romantic sparkle as her previous books. An OK read, but not one I would read again.
Published 21 months ago by Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one!

Miranda is the property manager for a large castle in the Lake District. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mary Bookhounds
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great romance from Phillipa Ashley
I own most of Phillipa Ashley's books, having been a fan since first reading "Dating Mr. December." Since I only purchase books I know I'll read again and again, this is saying... Read more
Published 21 months ago by K. Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl vs Earl by Phillipa Ashley
I first read the UK version of this novel, Miranda's Mount, loved it so much I had to get the US version and read it again. Read more
Published 21 months ago by FS
4.0 out of 5 stars Girl vs Earl
Phillipa Ashley's Girl vs Earl is a entertaining and lively love story that fans of British contemporary romances are sure to enjoy. Read more
Published 22 months ago by K. Branfield
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Summer Read!
Summer is fast approaching and Philipa Ashley has given you a great book to kick it off with. Girl Vs Earl takes you to St. Merryns Castle. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Miss Book Lover
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More About the Author

Award-winning British author, Phillipa Ashley, loves writing lively, sexy, funny romantic fiction. After studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University, she worked as a copywriter and journalist.

Her first novel, Decent Exposure - titled DATING MR DECEMBER for the US - won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award. In 2009, it was filmed as a Lifetime TV movie called 12 Men of Christmas starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins.

She also writes the Oxford Blue series of New Adult romance as Pippa Croft, which is published by Penguin and is an Amazon US romantic erotica bestseller.

Her latest contemporary romance GIRL VS EARL is also US Amazon.

She lives in an English village with her husband and daughter and loves champagne, Jane Austen, hiking and boogie boarding.

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