Loving Lord Ash [NOOK Book]

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A Little Misunderstanding. . .

Kit, the Marquis of Ashton, is in a sticky wicket. He married young and for love—how naïve. He discovered his mistake the very day of his wedding, but he is saddled now with a wife he's reluctant to trust. And however much evidence he gathers against faithless Jess, he can't seem to prove her guilt to the final judge—his foolish heart.

Jessica knows she's bobbled her marriage, however innocently. A fairytale ...

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Overview

A Little Misunderstanding. . .

Kit, the Marquis of Ashton, is in a sticky wicket. He married young and for love—how naïve. He discovered his mistake the very day of his wedding, but he is saddled now with a wife he's reluctant to trust. And however much evidence he gathers against faithless Jess, he can't seem to prove her guilt to the final judge—his foolish heart.

Jessica knows she's bobbled her marriage, however innocently. A fairytale wedding makes no difference if she hasn't got the marquis charmed to show for it. Well, she's had enough of accidental encounters with naked gentlemen and near misses explaining things to her husband. It's time to buck up and go win her man back—even if she has to fight very dirty indeed.

"Great fun." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Novels of Sally MacKenzie

"Naked, noble and irresistible!" —Eloisa James

"The romance equivalent of chocolate cake...every page is an irresistible delight!" —Lisa Kleypas

"A perfect night's read." —RT Book Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
MacKenzie’s third Duchess of Love Regency romance (after Surprising Lord Jack) rehashes old tropes for a rather dragged-out plot. Kit, Marquis of Ashton, discovered his groom’s daughter, Jess, embracing a naked man. Kit implausibly married Jess to save her reputation, and immediately fled without consummating the marriage. For the next eight years, Jess lives the artist’s life and provides safe refuge for “sodomites” at Kit’s country manor, all the while pining away for her husband. When Kit arrives intending to make a deal for an heir and a spare, seeing Jess embrace another naked man sends him running once more. But Jess is determined to do things differently this time. The two overcome ludicrous sitcomesque shenanigans involving jealous wannabe lovers and society gossips, and finally have an obviously overdue heartfelt conversation that too neatly solves all problems. The comedy is stale, and truly humorous moments are few. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420134148
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Duchess of Love , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 15,613
  • File size: 834 KB

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

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    This is book 3 in the Duchess of Love series. Kit, the Marquis

    This is book 3 in the Duchess of Love series.

    Kit, the Marquis of Ashton, has been estranged from his wife since their wedding day. He has finally decided that he must make a decision about his marriage. When he arrives at her home, he finds her in the arms of another man, who just happens to be naked.

    Jess has finally made the decision to confront her husband about their marriage when he shows up at her studio. Unfortunately, he finds her in the arms of her naked friend. That is not how she wanted their first meeting to go.  Of course, Ashton storms off but Jess' s friend convinces her to go after him to see if they can make a go of their marriage.

    Ashton and Jess agree to go to London as they believe that no one will be there. Wanting to spend their time alone trying to make their marriage work, they are surprised to see the whole family has come to town.

    With the whole family around, can Ashton and Jess make their marriage a real one?

    If you've read the other stories in the series, you were probably just as excited as I was to read Ashton and Jess's story. I was a little surprised at Jess's background and how the two of them became married, but MacKenzie did a wonderful job of tying up the series.

    One of the things I liked best with this series, including this title, was that the author had many surprises in store for the reader. One sign that I really like a story is that I will stay up much later than I should be to finish it. That happened with all four books in this series.  I was already up way past when I should have been sleeping when I finished book 2. But I just couldn't go to be without picking up and starting Loving Lord Ash.  The storyline between all the books, just had me wanting more! Bravo, Sally MacKenzie!

    Thanks go to Kensington Book via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    I was really looking forward to reading this book as I had a





    I was really looking forward to reading this book as I had already read the previous 2 books in the series and I wasn't disappointed.
    Kit, the Marquis of Ashford loves his wife but has been estranged from her for 8 years, he needs an heir.
    Jessica, the Marquesses of Ashford loves her husband, she want's children and a real marriage. They decide reconcile, or try too. 
    Gossip has spread about both of them. Kit wasn't very trusting when Jess tried to explain a compromising situation she was found in when he returned to her, and at other times when she was in the company of other men.
    But I think Jessica was asking a bit to much of Kit at times, especially as her hobby was sketching the "male nude form."
    It was lost's of fun, and giggles just to see them both fumbling alone trying to make their reconciliation work.
    Kits mother, the Duchess of Greycliffe, "the Duchess of Love," is a darling, as she try's with subtlety and tact to help them out.
    I loved Kit and Jess. If you love romance at it's best read this book.


    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Recommend

    Fun Read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    I was very much looking forward to reading this story, but was s

    I was very much looking forward to reading this story, but was sadly disappointed. The story seemed rushed, gave more story to Ash's parents than necessary & spent too much time detailing the servants romantic preferences & not enough details of the main characters Ash & Jess. I felt the author could have given more of a story to the main characters than she did. Wish I had waited to find a copy at a yard sale or from the library I feel I just wasted my money on this book. Which is sad because I loved the first 3 in the series!

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    If you have been with the Duchess of Love series from the beginn

    If you have been with the Duchess of Love series from the beginning you know about Ash, the unhappily married Marquis.  We get tidbits that something terrible happened early on in his marriage, but we never quite know.  He shuts down, doesn’t want to talk about it and his wife’s name is rarely mentioned.  Now we get to find out what really happened.

    I’m very happy to finally know the whole truth and to revisit the whole Valentine clan, but this one didn’t stack up to the rest.  You have two people, who had feelings for each other, but they can’t manage to make it work and they both suffer terribly.

    This is one colossal mess of a marriage.  While one of the excuses is that they married young.  They were not that young for the time period; she was twenty and he was twenty-two.  There was no real excuse for this marriage to have lasted eight years with neither trying to work things out or to finish it.  When you find out how much each had suffered in those years, it is beyond unacceptable.  Ash’s lack of trying or will to end it bothers me.  If it had only been a few years I think I could have accepted it better, but in my eyes he’s a scared wimp.  Here we have the future Duke of Greycliffe and he can’t confront his wife about something he seen with his own eyes?  Then you pile on years of rumors and gossip, yeah I don’t buy it.  I enjoyed that the story was finally told, but the reasoning and excuses didn’t do it for me.  

    Ms. MacKenzie’s writing was wonderful and she was able to convey the pain, anguish, love and devotion into their tale, but I wish it was more realistic.  We already have a marquis marrying a groom’s daughter and then you add in the misunderstanding that would make any man in his position run for the hills.  I still devoured the story because I’m totally in lust with the series, but this one didn’t stand up to the other two and a half novels.

    I really adore the Valentine family and I’m going to miss them.  Farewell Duchess of Love; you have been a joy to read about.  Great job on a lovely series Ms. MacKenzie.  No matter how I felt about this final chapter, I still loved the journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Finally a husband/wife separation done right!

    Lord Ash and his wife has been separated for eight years. They still love each other very much but Ash cannot get over what he saw eight years ago and the eight year separation has created a toll on his wife too. I am so happy to see this couple get theur hea. They deserve it after staying true to their marriage vows and nor sleeping around with other people.

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    Couldn't Put it down. Perfect end to the trilogy.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    Sally Mackenzie's books just make me feel good when I read them.

    Sally Mackenzie's books just make me feel good when I read them. In this series, with the little pieces showing the Duchess of Love with her beloved Drew, it's like coming home and being wrapped in a nice, warm blanket with a cup of hot chocolate. That's how lovely I find these books.

    Loving Lord Ash is no exception to that. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and finding out more about Jess and Kit and how/why they were estranged.

    Jess was discovered in a very bad position with a rival/enemy of Kit's on the day they (she and Kit) got married. This of course left him with very bitter feelings toward her and she never really had the opportunity to clear it up. To make things worse, the keep where he dumps her is run entirely by men (except her maid), and the town has speculated that it's filled with all her lovers. The truth is decidedly different from the appearance.

    I liked how Ms. Mackenzie handled the idea of gay men in this period, given the highly unaccepted viewpoint of that lifestyle that reigned supreme in this era. I also liked that even though they might be that way, the gay men that showed up were in no way "flaming queer" as we might think of them today (my apologies if that phrase is offensive - I don't know how else to sum the gay-type I'm thinking of), but rather fully fleshed out men who have found themselves attracted to other men.

    Without the gay men in her life, Jess might never have found a way (or gotten the push) to reconcile with Kit when he came out to demand (or at least let her know his intentions of getting) a divorce. These two clearly had problems that needed to be worked out and I'm glad they finally found their way back to each other.

    The ultimate person responsible for the misunderstanding is handled in a great way. I always enjoy seeing someone get what they deserve.

    The only thing dragging this book down for me is the fact that it took eight years before Kit and Jess actually talked to one another about the scene he walked in on. While I acknowledge the characters were very young, I was frustrated at how long it took them to talk, even when they were thrown in together once more. I know it's a common device to use, the big misunderstanding, but really...I felt this one was an extreme.

    That little issue aside, this was a fantastic book and I'm quite looking forward to whatever Ms. Mackenzie comes out with next. Four stars!

    Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Want a free ipad

    Repost this at three books then kiss your hand three times then look under your pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Tony to Ashely

    Mind if i rape you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Lil

    She runs in looks for ashely to get her out of here. Her black hair falls into her face.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Disappointing

    After the first two books in the series, I was really looking forward to the story of Kit and Jess. But I would have to say that this book was disappointing. The back story was a bit lame. The characters were likable and had good chemistry, but some of the scenes were so ridiculous that they were unreadable. And the storyline was very immature. Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Jack

    Sighs soull im breaking up with you. I had acvidentally cheated on you hugs you im sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Soull

    Night Jack

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