The Earl

Book 2 in the Devil’s Duke Series
Book 5 in the Falcon Club Series

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 really 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 enemies into lovers.

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The moon had ceded the night to the stars when she arrived at the meeting place they had agreed upon via letter: a small ancient cemetery surrounded by a fence and hedges on a street still busy with carriages and horse traffic. A long black cloak and veil aided the dark in disguising her.

Her coachman walked beside her, a hood drawn around his face as well, but he would not accompany her to the meeting. For all his taunting, Peregrine did not frighten her. A man who dedicated his leisure time to rescuing strays was unlikely to harm a lone woman.

The cobbles shimmered with an earlier rain as she gestured for Jonah to remain across the street. Lamps lit this part of London irregularly, and the break in the wall was in shadow. Beside the gate stood an enormous man.

“Ma’am.” The behemoth bowed. “He awaits you within.”

It was immediately clear why he had suggested this place. The thick hedge within the walls created a bower of privacy and the gravestones scattered unevenly throughout made swift escape impossible.

He had staged the situation to his advantage too. He stood among the stones not four yards away, a lamp on the ground behind him casting him in silhouette. He was tall, and the breadth of his shoulders and solid stance suggested a man of fine physical conditioning. The night was mild and he wore no hat or overcoat—nothing to disguise him.

He was entirely willing for her to know his true identity.

The gate creaked closed behind her.

“Good evening, madam,” he said into the darkness. “It is a pleasure to finally make your acquaintance. I have looked forward to this moment for years. But, of course, you already know that.” His voice was smooth and low, far from menacing, rather intimate, and shockingly, unbelievably, horribly familiar.

Only hours earlier this elegant voice had proposed marriage to her.

“I am Gray,” he said. “Now remove that veil and tell me your name.”

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The Earl

is Book 2 in the Devil’s Duke Series

The full series reading order is as follows:

The Earl

is Book 5 in the Falcon Club Series

The full series reading order is as follows:


A smart hero, an even smarter heroine, and a fast-paced plot all keep the reader rushing through this excellent historical romance…that proves smarts are the sexiest attribute of all.

Kirkus Reviews

Top Pick!
"A tender and gripping romantic adventure... Fast-paced and fun with a poignant storyline"


Desert Isle Keeper
A masterstroke... 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

Autumn 2016’s Most Swoon-Worthy Romance Books
A wild journey.

*Starred Review*
A rollicking page-turner... Entertaining and emotionally satisfying.

Publishers Weekly

Ashe deftly balances the nonstop action and adventure in the plot of her latest elegantly written, Regency-set historical... with an equal measure of sensually supercharged romance.

John Charles @ Booklist

Humorous sparring and contentious courtship...keep readers thoroughly mesmerized. Fascinating historical detail, elegant prose, and well-drawn, complex protagonists...

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