Earl on the Run (The Duke’s Estates)
by Jane Ashford
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I really enjoyed the Duke Who Loves Me with The Duke of Tereford and Cecelia’s love story, the first in this series. There was a whole derelict dukedom that they had to figure out and uncover and at the end we get a glimpse of Jack’s story.
Now with the 2nd book, Harriet, Cecelia’s friend has been confined by her grandfather’s strict rules and is living in the country after the season. When she meets an attractive rogue with the travelers on the neighboring estate. An estate with a supposed errant Earl.
When her friend Cecelia and her husband the Duke who is a distant relation to the Earl show looking for him, things start to get complicated. Who is this attractive rogue she’s met?
I do adore a nobility in disguise.. though he just wanted a simple life since he grew up in America and worked in trade already so many strikes against him per the British aristocracy. I loved the travelers and their readings of the young ladies. I felt so bad for Harriet’s mother that father of hers was a nasty piece of baggage so controlling and belittling.
Jack and Harriet fell for eachother without the strictures of society and without the judgement and expectations. They were a great match but one felt like a burden and the other not worthy.
❓ If you could relive any moment in your life, would you? Which one?
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Regency fans can rejoice in a brand-new historical romance from Jane Ashford!
Pulled from his comfortable life in Boston by agents who insist he’s the Earl of Ferrington, Jonathan Frederick Merrill―Jack to everyone else―arrives in London only to face a torrent of criticism from his great-grandmother. Angry and hurt, Jack resolves to have one look at his ancestral home, and then return to America.
Harriet Finch has been carried off to her wealthy grandfather’s country house, where she’s seething with rebellion. She spends her days pacing the grounds, fantasizing about a way to escape the life her grandfather has planned. There she meets an intriguing, handsome rogue. What better way to flout her grandfather’s rules than to flirt with a stranger he would never approve of? But when she learns Jack’s true identity, Harriet is stunned and furious at the deception! Her grandfather is delighted and insists she marry the new earl.
Can Harriet accept Jack’s promise to marry her when she wants nothing more than to be free, and is Jack willing to pay the price of nobility if it means he’ll have to stay in England?