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The Earl: A Devil's Duke Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2016
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“The Earl is an enormously satisfying read on many levels. An exciting adventure and a sizzling romance all wrapped up in astute observation and social comment, this is historical romance at its best and it’s gone straight on to my keeper shelf.” (All About Romance)
“A smart hero, an even smarter heroine, and a fast-paced plot all keep the reader rushing through this excellent historical romance. […] A book that both stands alone and enhances her Devil’s Duke series. A dashing Regency romance that proves smarts are the sexiest attribute of all.” (Kirkus Reviews on The Earl)
“[...] humorous sparring and contentious courtship keep the plot on point and readers thoroughly mesmerized. A wealth of fascinating historical detail, elegant prose, and well-drawn, complex protagonists blend in a lively romantic adventure that will please the most persnickety of romance fans.” (Library Journal)
“Fast-paced and fun with a poignant storyline threaded in, this second installment in the Devil’s Duke series is certain to please historical romance readers.” (BookPage ("Top Pick"))
About the Author
Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Women’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.
Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.
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I especially loved the hero from this story...Colin is shown as a conflicted hero. He wants to be (and is raised to be) a strong leader within his domain and for his country, but still suffers from a period in his life when he was seen to be "weak" and not up to par for an aristocrat's son. His journey through the story involves lots of soul-searching and discovery, not only for himself but also about how he views the heroine. Emily is a politically opinionated daughter of an earl who also learns to expose her own "true self" during the course of the story (also with the help of her childhood friend Colin).
I have always especially enjoyed stories that involve personal growth that you can "see" and that is not just "inferred". The conversations between Colin and Emily are visceral and real, emotional and funny...and everything I love to read in a book. Neither hero nor heroine are perfect. They are headstrong and clash with each other's opinions quite often. But they are human and fallible. We see ALL sides of them, the good and the bad, as they strive to become their own authentic selves.
I am very stingy with my 5-star ratings...I don't give them out very often. A book really has to touch me personally, reach out and grab me, if you will, to rate those stars from me...this one was a no-brainer 5-stars, hands down.
Thank you Katharine Ashe for a beautifully written story.
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
By Katharine Ashe
The Falcon Club is dissolved. Peregrine, the Earl of Egremoor, Colin Gray is the only one left. He is at loose ends. His father is dead. What is he going to do next? Ask Lady Emily to marry him?
Lady Emily Anne Vale is known to all of London as the notorious pamphleteer—Lady Justice yet no one knows her true identity. When she finds herself in need of help from the Falcon Club she’s relieved to cancel their bargain when she learns who Peregrine really is.
The romance is slow in unfolding but the action is non-stop as Colin and Emily find themselves thrown together as the trek across Scotland, on the run from vigilantes who’ve mistaken them for thieving murderers. As Colin continues to put Emily’s needs and protection over his own, Katharine gives us little clues into their shared past. She weaves memories with present action taking the reader on an emotional ride of experiences and ideas.
Will Emily continue to deny her feelings for Colin despite all she learns about him. As Lady Justice she’s written time and again of the unfairness of marriage for women. A woman’s fortune is forever in the hands of the men in their lives: their fathers, guardians, husbands, even their sons. Few women prior to the modern era obtain control of their finances or even their children. To trust a husband to protect their interests requires a lot of faith. Can Lady Justice trust the man who once broke her heart? Will the earl find the right words to win the heart of the Lady all of London adores?
You know they have to be strong willed, determine individuals who refused to let the other know their identity. To find out they grew up together and where were destined to be a couple even makes it a better love story.
When Emily realized Colin was Peregrine triumph and heartache to know all this time she knew him and still couldn't make him understand her feelings.
Colin was so demanded to find the "man" who was destroying his years of work. He overlooked Lady Justice being a woman, he grew up with.
Their love story shows no matter how much you think you know someone they can surprise you in end. You have to be open to endless possibilities and be willing to take risks.
I enjoyed our H for the most part, but had problems with trying to keep liking our h. I wanted to say enough already, but she ended up endearing herself to me.
We get somewhat above mild descriptive lovemaking. There is very little romance until the very end. Interesting secondary character's that kept the story going.
I am not going into the premise of the story as so many have explained it, just what to expect reading it. No cliffhanger, lovemaking, suspense, finally revealed Lady Justice. As I stated previously, many side stories too.
Yes, I do recommend it and stay with it, because most of it isn't slow. (ljb)
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I just felt that the story was too scattered and boring at times.Read more