The Earl (Devil's Duke Series #2)

The Earl (Devil's Duke Series #2)

by Katharine Ashe

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062412751
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: Devil's Duke Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 461,460
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers WeeklyWomen’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.

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The Earl (Devil's Duke Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KattCollins More than 1 year ago
I love Happily Ever Afters. But I absolutely adore stories which provide me with passion, poignancy, endearing and enriching characters that I want to cheer for, or just smack upside the head on their way to their HEA. The Earl Is one of those stories. It effectively ends the Falcon Club series while branching into the Devil's Duke storyline, and we finally get to know and understand both Peregrine and Lady Justice, their true identities, and what drives them to assume the roles they now play. Colin's story is actually unique; I don't think I've ever read a backstory or character development equivalent to his. I might have liked a little more insight, as the cause of his deficiency (trying not to leave spoilers) is never fully explained. Colin Grey, the Earl of Egremoor (aka "Peregrine"), is diametrically opposed to the rabble-rousing political pamphleteer known only as "Lady Justice." He would love nothing better than to expose her as a fraud. But Lady Justice's history (again, no spoiler here) is unknowingly entwined with his. Their mutual history of misunderstandings, unmet expectations, roles, friendship, loyalty, and the pain of their separation are so thoughtfully and sensitively handled, that you truly want to hold and cherish each of them, to reassure their younger selves that they are worthy of love. There is humor from the secondary characters, reintroduction of characters from previous books, and a fast-paced tale that left me feeling exhausted in sympathy with Peregrine and Lady J. But the beauty of the sentiment (SPOILER ALERT) expressed so much more eloquently by Katharine Ashe, that Lady J spoke for those who could not speak for themselves, because of Peregrine and his mother... Now, THAT was worth reading the entire book, if the story hadn't already been so eminently enjoyable. I give this book 4.75 stars. In the spirit of full disclosure, I was given an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Earl is book one in the Devil's Duke series. This is my first Katharine Ashe novel and I loved how the author made the leading lady so feisty and spoke her mind. I can't wait to backtrack to book one and get up to date on the series. We start off with letters going back and forth between Colin Gray, the new Earl of Egremoor and Lady Justice aka Emily. He isn't aware his childhood friend Emily is the mysterious and popular Lady Justice that has no qualms about writing about matters that trouble women and others alike. In an attempt to find out where her sister and sister's friend are, Lady Justice asks a favor from Colin but reneges on it when she receives a tip of the sister's location. She heads to follow the tip only to find none other than Colin Gray. They have some issues along their journey and must team up in attempts to get to their destination in one piece. That's what happens when someone is using Colin's title and wound up killing a local. Everyone is out to get them and no one believes their story so I was wondering if they'd be able to make it or if they'd get caught. The Earl was an adventure against the clock and I couldn't wait to to see how Colin would react when he found out his childhood friend Emily is really his rival Lady Justice. With tons of drama and no clue who they can trust along their way, the story kept my attention. I always love seeing strong leading ladies in Historical Romance but did notice she deferred to Colin's judgments quite a bit. I think I would have liked seeing her take charge a bit more since she was such a strong character. All in all, The Earl was a great read and I'd suggest it if you're a fan of females that aren't afraid to speak their mind in Historical Romances.
angcartwright More than 1 year ago
Worth the Wait! This is the conclusion of the Falcon Club series, the middle book in the The Devil’s Duke trilogy, and for Falcon Club series fans, worth waiting for. I do not recommend reading this out of order as it is best read with the others in the series, but you could definitely pick it up anew and enjoy it immensely. The Falcon Club series has been so spread out that I can hardly remember what occurred in previous books but did not find myself lost at all which is so refreshing. The last thing a reader wants to do when they pick up a book is feel like they have to re-read five previous books to be able to continue with a final installment. Now, there is a huge reveal in this book...the long awaited identity of Lady Justice who has colored each book with her sartorial wit and human perspective of the woes of the downtrodden of England. She has amassed quite a following in the years she has published her pamphlet and created quite an adversary (object of attraction?) in Peregrine, the Secretary of the Falcon Club to which she has directed much of her ire. The reveal is not a super big surprise to me, but either way, it is welcome because she is a character I have liked and whose spirit is contagious as you want her to win whatever she is fighting for. The fact the she and Peregrine have history is an interesting element to the story and creates the tension needed for the story to have the depth that it has. There is a ton of adventure in this story which is very enjoyable and has the reader turning the pages, not wanting to put the book down. I loved the mistaken identity storyline that creates another underlying tension to the story that had me wondering how on Earth the story was going to find completion. The love story elements make for a wonderful connection between the two characters that their ultimate, inevitable collision is sweet, sensual and sacred. There is a loveliness that is to be savored between them, a breaking down of barriers long built and the reader wants everything to last...but of course, that is not to be! Read this book - you will love it! You will want more as I do and I cannot wait to read the last in the Devil’s Duke series and more of Katharine Ashe’s books to come. ARC provided by Net Galley - Many Thanks!
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
The Earl is the second installment of the Devil's Duke Series. It holds the anticipated reveal of Lady Justice's identity. It is also the culmination of Lady Justice's repeated flirtation with Viscount Colin Grey that is written in her columns. The back and forth bantering and flirting within their columns is enjoyable. I really got a kick out of reading them. Emily is Lady Justice. She is intelligent, charitable and devoted. Colin is Peregrine. He is good looking, rich and overly confident. Can a scholarly lady bring a haughty lord to his knees? She can if she entices him to Scotland, strips him of his riches and titles, and makes him prove what kind of man he really is. Can opposites attract? They can if Colin Gray can unmask Lady Justice, who he considers the thorn in England's paw. They can if Lady Justice can teach her antagonist a bit about being humble. A dangerous trip with her adversary into unknown territory to search for her missing sister might just turn enemies into lovers. Their conflict, passion, persistence and benevolence is unique. I love this series and this book is a great addition. A must read!!
LadyJamers More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the latest book in the Devil's Duke series and it is also the final installment of the Falcon Club story, where we have Peregrine and Lady Justice’s story. All through the series, we have read their letters back and forth to each other. We learn that both of them have a backstory that goes to their childhood. Colin Gray, was a quiet boy, whose only friend was a little girl named Emily Vale. Emily was promised to Colin as a baby to unite their two families. When Colin turns 13, the friendship ends and they go on their separate ways. Emily felt like Colin had abandoned her. Colin grows to manhood and has no idea that his friend, Emily, has become Lady Justice. The mission of the Falcon Club was to find missing people and bring them back home. Colin’s final mission was to help Lady Justice find her sister. Colin agreed under one condition; they finally find out who each really is. At the meeting place, Colin admits he is Peregrine and he can’t believe Lady Justice is a woman. He believed her to be a man and insults her by demanding to see her master, the real Lady Justice. This leaves Emily to not reveal herself. As Colin is just starting the mission, both he and Emily encounter each other at an Inn. They find out that a man and a man, dressed as a woman killed a local man’s wife. The one man looks just like Colin and claims to be him, the Earl of Egremoor. No one believes Colin and Emily, when they say they are not the killers and run through the wilds of Scotland to escape. The main questions I had as I read the book were who were the imposters and why did the one look like Colin? Would Colin find out that Emily is behind Lady Justice? Will Emily and Colin put any misunderstandings behind them and find love together? Throughout the story Emily wanted to be called Zenobia. Colin refuses to call her this new name. When she talked about being called Pocahontas at one time, I recalled reading about her in another story. When a Scot Loves a Lady. In fact, Colin has a big part in it, too. I remember, as I read the former story, how it was cute how she kept changing her name. Though, in The Earl, I was a bit like Colin, she always was and would be Emily to me.
def618 More than 1 year ago
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.
jerichat More than 1 year ago
This book is something of a crossover. It ties up the end of the Falcon Club series, and sets the stage for the next book in the Devil's Duke series. I enjoyed this book - a strong, seemingly self-assured hero, a bookish, self-contained heroine, a quest, a chase. I wish this had been published closer to the release of the earlier books in the Falcon Club series (3 or so years ago). Incidents are referenced from those earlier books & it' hard to remember the particulars.