The Earl by Katharine Ashe
Date Read: October 25th 2016
How does a bookish lady bring an arrogant lord to his knees? Entice him to Scotland, strip him of titles and riches, and make him prove what sort of man he truly is.
Handsome, wealthy, and sublimely confident, Colin Gray, the new Earl of Egremoor, has vowed to unmask the rabble-rousing pamphleteer, Lady Justice, the thorn in England’s paw. And he’ll stop at nothing.
Smart, big-hearted, and passionately dedicated to her work, Lady Justice longs to teach her nemesis a lesson in humility. But her sister is missing, and a perilous journey with her archrival into unknown territory just might turn fierce enemies into lovers.
Series: Devil's Duke #2
Also by this author: The Scoundrel and I br> br>
This book is the 2nd of the Devil’s Duke series and the last, I think, of the Falcon Club series. I couldn’t put it down. The hard part for me in writing any review is to share my love of the story without giving too much away. I don’t like too many plot spoilers.
I have enjoyed the back and forth letters between Lady Justice and Peregrine, aka Colin Gray, now the Earl of Egremoor. When Colin meets a disguised Lady Justice he doesn’t believe a woman actually writes the columns. Lady Justice is asking for his help to find a woman missing in Scotland. He agrees to search for her.
Emily Vale, currently known as Zenobia, hasn’t heard from her sister in months. She believes Amarantha to be in Scotland so sets off with her companion, Clarice, to find her. Emily has known Colin all of her life. Their parents betrothed them at her birth. For the first nine years of her life, Colin was her world but then he broke her child’s heart and it stayed broken. Their childhood is important to who they are as adults.
In Scotland, Colin stops at an inn and of course it’s the one Emily has stopped at. He is mistaken for a highwayman who has a close resemblance to him. The villagers believe he is the bandit and Emily his associate. He grabs Emily from her walk and rides off with her to avoid being arrested or shot. He heads for one of the Duke of Loch-Irvine’s castles as he will be able to get help there. Of course there are many adventures on the way to safety and Colin and Emily have time to sort out past wounds. They also come across the real highwaymen.
Possibly the best lines describing Colin: “And that jaw! It’s nibbleable.”
I loved this book and can’t wait for the Duke of Loch-Irvine’s story.
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