Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 7, 2018
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An Earl mired in melancholy is no match for a determined woman...
Widower Benjamin Romilly, Earl of Furness, has given up hope of finding happiness. His wife died in childbirth five years ago, leaving him with a broken heart and a child who only reminds him of his loss.
Miss Jean Saunders is a cousin by marriage. She doted on Benjamin's late Countess, and can't bear it when she hears rumors that the Earl is too bereaved to care for his young son. She arrives on the scene to evaluate his fitness as a father, and if necessary, to take his son away.
Jean's sudden eruption into the Earl's household simultaneously infuriates and invigorates him. She may be the only person who can breathe life into his neglected home―and his aching heart...
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Brave New Earl is the first book in The Way to a Lord’s Heart series by Jane Ashford.
I have read other reviews where inconsistencies with the time era have been pointed out and I am fortunate in as much as either I don’t notice them myself, or I do notice them but don’t let them bother me. I guess it depends on how much I am enjoying the story and how glaringly the inconsistencies stand out. I am happy to say that despite any in this book I still thoroughly enjoyed the story.
Benjamin Romilly, Earl of Furness is a widower. He is grieving so much that he has slipped into a slump where he sees nobody, goes nowhere and pays very little attention to his 5-year-old son.
Jean Saunders is a cousin of Ben’s late wife, Alice. When she hears at a party that her nephew is being sorely neglected she is determined to take the boy away from him and have him live with Alice’s grandparents. When she arrives at the estate and makes her demands Ben is horrified. He may not spend much time with his boy, but he is certainly not treated badly and nobody is ever going to take him away. Ben’s argument against his son not being looked after doesn’t start off well when the boy himself races into the room covered in what looks like blood, wearing just a homemade loincloth and wielding a real tomahawk!
Jean refuses to leave without the boy, and the longer she spends at the estate the more she helps Ben reach out to his son. She can see that he loves him and is happy to help as much as possible and to make sure Geoffery is a happy little boy. The more time she spends with the family also sees her starting to appreciate Ben, his good looks, his manners, and how he listens to her. He also happens to be very good looking and it isn’t long until Jean finds herself very infatuated with him. Fortunately Ben feels the same towards Jean, but he hasn’t even thought of moving on from Alice. Jean also has some serious baggage of her own due to her very neglected upbringing by her mother who resented Jean from her birth. There is a huge physical attraction between our hero and heroine, can they make do with that, or will they both want more? Can more be a possibility when they have so many obstacles to overcome?
The characters in this story, from the main ones to the lesser ones were all fabulous. Especially Geoffery, he was a right little tearaway but one with a heart of gold. I loved seeing how he grew throughout the story. I loved too the romance developing between Jean and Ben. Their intimate scenes were perfect. Not too much description, but still scorching with their passion. And the ending, well I can’t tell you what happens obviously, but rest assured that it was absolutely perfect and left me with a smile on my face.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.