Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Just Say Yes (Zebra Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2005
See the Best Books of 2018 So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year so far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
... a warm, tender story where rank and title lose their importance as love pushes its way forward. (4 Stars) -- Romantic Times Book Club
From the Back Cover
Where you least expect it...
Weary of London's social whirl, Geoffrey Dorrington, Earl of Cheriton, longs for the simple life -- and what better place to experience it than on a relative's country estate? His plan to pass himself off as the steward succeeds... until the day Miss Cassie Hartwell smiles at him. Damin it all -- the vicar's daughter is far to charming for her own good -- and his. He will have to tell her who he really is.
...there is love
Cassie sees no reason not to talk to the friendly steward on the neighboring estate. After all, Geoffrey is well-bred, kind to animals, full of fun, and amazingly handsome. Even if her social-climing mama expects her to marry well, Cassie has other ideas. And love is in the air.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Tired of the London social scene, and deeply afraid that he'd end up leading a useless life of dissipation, the young Earl of Cheriton, Geoffrey Dorrington, jumps at the chance to do something worthwhile with his life when his brother-in-law, Lord Marchbourn, asks him to take a look at an estate he has just inherited and to put it in order. And so that he will be left alone to do his job, and not have to waste time making social calls which as the heir to a dukedom he would be forced to do, Geoffrey decides to pass himself off as the humble steward, Geoffrey Dorton. And his plan would have been perfection itself but for the complication of the vicar's charming and kindhearted daughter, Cassie. Where the pale, elegant and cool London ladies made no impression at all, short, tanned and practical Cassie delights at every turn. But the son and heir to a dukedom must not fancy himself in love with a humble vicar's daughter, for there would be no future in it. And yet, that's exactly what Geoffrey finds himself doing...
The charm of "Just Say Yes" lies in the telling. As I have already noted, the plot is a much used one with little variation on theme, but the lively and invigorating manner with which the author tells her simple and affecting tale, and the totally engaging character portrayals of the hero and heroine made the book a very pleasant and fairly absorbing read (although it is true that some characters were very typical stock types: like Cassie's pushing social climbing mother, the cowardly lout that Cassie's mother keeps throwing at her, and Geoffrey's stiff and proud father). The romance that developed between Geoffrey and Cassie was rather well done too -- I think that the author captured the quick and deep manner with which both the hero and heroine fell in love with each other rather well. So that all in all, even though this was not a very "deep" and complex read, and even though the plot premise was an oft used one, "Just Say Yes" proved to be good and worthwhile read.
That is... until she meets Geoffrey Dorton, the new steward of a local lord. Mr. Dorton is handsome and charming, and his kisses are unlike anything she ever imagined.
But Geoffrey has a secret. He's not Geoffrey Dorton, he's actually Geoffrey Dorrington, Earl of Cheriton. And Cassie, as much as he likes her, is just a vicar's daughter. She's no match for a future duke.
I enjoyed "Just Say Yes" very much. It was charming & fun, and the dog scenes reminded me of something out of a Barbara Metzger book. It did get a bit slow at times (especially after a certain dog plot comes into play), but it's still a solid 4 stars. You've got to love a heroine with a name like Caspar Whittley Maria Hartwell!
Although the plot is basic and not filled with much action, the well written and developed main characters, a beautifully drawn setting, some humor, and a fair amount of realism on the part of the hero, Geoffrey, and heroine, Cassie make this novel a delight to read.
Geoffrey Dorrington, Earl of Cheriton and heir to the Duke of Passmore, has been rescued from a life of dissipation in London by his brother-in-law Lord Marchbourn, who has taken him back to his country estate and interested him in learning proper estate management. Now Marchbourn has inherited an estate, in the parish of Vicar Hartwell, Cassie's father. Geoffrey, wanting to prove his capabilities, goes to set it order; and because he wants to see what he can accomplish without the deference due to his title, styles himself plain Mr. Dorton, land steward.
Neither Geoffrey nor Cassie is expecting the attraction they feel, and the plot develops as we watch them cope with it. The tension arises because Geoffrey knows that Cassie, as a country vicar's daughter is "unsuitable" as a potential bride for the heir to a dukedom and does his best to behave in an honorable fashion given this reality. Cassie, believing that Geoffrey is a land steward, sees no impediment in developing her acquaintance with him, except for the interfering ways of her mother. Her mother is pushing the claims of the local squire's nephew and heir, Rodney who Cassie knew as a teenager and disliked intensely; Rodney has not improved with age! Throw in a few dogs, and several interesting secondary characters and proceed to enjoy.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy their romances centered around character and not ACTION. I look forward to subsequent efforts by this author.