The Red Hot Earl

The Red Hot Earl

by Darcy Burke


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The Earl of Buckleigh was once an untitled misfit, tormented at Oxford. Now, he’s overcome his challenges and is eager for the future, especially when his oldest and dearest friend, Bianca, needs help to save the annual holiday party. Ash has a plan to rescue the event, but when the bullies from his youth are up to their old tricks, he must risk everything to put the past behind him and find true love.

Furious when her brother refuses to host the St. Stephen’s Day party, Lady Bianca Stafford is committed to giving the villagers their celebration. In Ash, she sees salvation for their local tradition, and perhaps a future she never expected. But her brother has other plans for her—a Season and marriage, and not to Ash. When disaster strikes, everything she cares about is threatened and it will take a miracle—or a hero—to save the day.

The Red Hot Earl is inspired by the song and story, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944576684
Publisher: Darcy E. Burke Publishing
Publication date: 10/04/2019
Series: Love is All Around , #1
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Darcy Burke is a USA Today bestselling romance author. Fall in love with a host of dukes, marquesses, and earls in her Regency-set The Untouchables series and journey to Oregon wine country and meet the Archer family in her contemporary Ribbon Ridge series. Darcy lives in Oregon with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and four crazy, beloved cats.

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The Red Hot Earl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Short, sweet romance.
Darlene491 3 months ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Red Hot Earl, by Darcy Burke, is available at booksellers on 9-24-19. Book 1 in the Love Is All Around trilogy, it sets the stage for our dysfunctional family. There's Calder, the new duke, Poppy, older sister who's sad who knows why, and our heroine Bianca (Bee). She's an upbeat, loyal, optimistic lady, a nice balance to her beau. Our hero is Ashton "Ash" Rutledge, new Earl of Buckleigh. He and Bee are childhood friends who've met up again all these years later. Ash suffers from a disease that sounds much like Tourette's Syndrome. He's been bullied by almost everyone all his life. It's taken years but he worked and worked to find way to control his symptoms. He's brave for not retiring to the country to hide away. His journey is most interesting. Bee, in her happy way, never noticed anything amiss with Ash, acceptance is everything. The story moves them along by way of the upcoming holiday and a snow storm. I just love that trope. The story is supposed to be loosely based on Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. Loosely is right, it's hard to see until you're done. My biggest problem with Red Hot Earl was the school bullies. All grown up now, they're still emotionally 12 years old. School pranks instead of grown men nastiness? They also changed their tune too quickly and easily for me to find it believable. Research into St. Stephen's Day proved interesting. He was the first Christian martyr, in AD36, still celebrated today. His feast is usually celebrated on Dec 26th, also Boxing Day. Ms Burke taught me a new tidbit of information. Thank you. I'm not sure how Ms Burke is going to pull Calder, the duke, into a story that redeems him. He's awful. I am interested in what the heck is wrong with sister Poppy. She doesn't share a dang morsel of information & it's killing me. Hurry and put me out of my misery. #NetGalley #DarcyBurke #RedHotEarl #LoveisAllAround #HistoricalRomance
LoriP123 3 months ago
The Red Hot Earl By Darcy Burke is the first book in her new series Love is All Around. What a wonderful start to a brand new Christmas series! I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series. When Lady Bianca Stafford asks Ash, the Earl of Buckleigh for his help with rescuing the annual holiday party he is more than willing to do anything for his oldest and dearest friend, but soon things aren't going as planned. When disaster strikes she isn't sure that the party will be saved and her brother is making plans for her to marry and those plans don't include Ash whom she has come to deeply care for. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Kacey14 3 months ago
Rating: 3.5 sweet stars rounded down to 3 stars This is the first in a planned trilogy of Holiday novellas by Darcy Burke. The second and third installments are set to be published in October and November 2019. This is a Regency romance set in the English countryside. It is a loose retelling of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and is utterly delightful in its light and cheery tone. It was a pleasant break from some of the heavier books I’ve been reading lately. The heroine, Bianca and her childhood friend, Ash meet again at a local house party. Ash has been tormented by the house party host and his friends since childhood. Ash suffers from what appears to be Tourette’s syndrome, and that made him a target for taunting and pranks. When the behavior continues at the house party, Bianca is appalled and tries to help Ash. The story takes off from there. Bianca and Ash are likeable and believable characters. I enjoyed getting to know them better. I don’t know how accurate the story is as far as what women were allowed to do in the 1800’s, but Bianca’s actions up the romance nicely. Sometimes all you want is to read a fun romance. I rarely give out 5 stars for a romance. They just don’t shake my world to that extent. So a 3.5 rating from me indicates a book worthy of spending time reading when you have a romantic itch to scratch. I am looking forward to seeking out the next two books in the series upon their publication. ‘Thank-You’ to NetGalley; the publisher, Darcy Burke Publishing and the author, Darcy Burke for providing a free e-ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
silvatrend8553 3 months ago
Lady Bianca Stafford is furious when her brother refuses to host the St. Stephen’s Day party. This is a family tradition after all and she must convince him to continue to sponsor the event for their friends and neighbors. Ash, Earl of Buckleigh was once an untitled misfit. Tormented at Oxford, now he’s overcome his challenges and is eager for the future with the girl who was his best friend during his time of agony. When his oldest and dearest friend, Bianca, needs help to save the annual holiday party. Ash has a plan to rescue the event, but can he overcome the tricks of the bullies from his childhood. In Ash, Bianca sees salvation for their local tradition, and perhaps a future she never expected. Except her brother has other plans which do not include her happily ever after with Ash. This short read is very well written but although it is surrounded by the Christmas season and all of it's revelries it just doesn't feel like a Christmas tale. I read it in one sitting and loved the hero and heroine. I also developed a dislike for most of the other characters. I didn't get the Rudolph the red nosed reindeer inspiration though. It just didn't resonate that way to me. I gave this first book in this series 4 of 5 stars for story line and character development. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this story which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
book_junkee 3 months ago
I have enjoyed several of Darcy’s books and I’m in the Christmas-y mood, so I was pretty excited to read this one. I really liked Bianca and Ash. She knows what she wants and is determined to go after it. Ash is sweet and smitten. I loved how they were childhood friends and reading them come into feelings. As for Bianca’s siblings, I’m not sure about either of them. Plot wise, it was quick. I didn’t realize it was a novella, so I wasn’t prepared for it to move as fast as it did. The thread with the childhood “friends” was interesting and really, someone should have gotten junk punched. Overall, it was a fun read. I will likely read the following stories because I’m curious about the way the siblings acted. **Huge thanks to Darcy Burke for providing the arc free of charge**
clarkws 4 months ago
The Red Hot Earl is book one in Darcy Burke’s new series Love Is All Around. I thought this was a magnificent story. Ashton Rutledge is a flawed hero who was bullied as a child. Those scars have left him struggling to conquer not just those who bullied him but to conquer himself. I thought Burke handled Ashton’s “handicap” with sensitivity and wisdom. I loved having a touchable, relatable hero. Bianca Stafford is not the typical Regency miss. She is bold and witty and quite determined to have things her way. There were moments when I didn’t much like Bianca and then she would do something magnificent - like defend Ash and I found myself admiring her. There are several steamy scenes in this book. Overall, a fabulous read. I am looking forward to reading this series. I was given a copy of this book.
FaeScot 4 months ago
A delightful Christmas novella based on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Darcy takes inspiration from this tale to give us the red haired Ashton Rutledge, new Earl of Buckleigh who was bullied by his Oxford classmates who called him Ruddy. Ash has Tourette's Syndrome that's brought on by times of high stress and emotions. He has tremors, and sudden verbal outbursts that he can't control. After school he went to London and became a Barrister and a pugilist (boxing) that helped him gain control over his Tourettes. He is totally surprised and unprepared to inherit his cousin's Earldom. Unfortunately his school tormentors are neighbors and they haven't changed. Lady Bianca Stratford is 22 and pretty much on the shelf. She's nursed her dying father the last few years and missed her season much to her delight. She doesn't want to be married as she's intelligent and not afraid to voice her opinions that men do not appreciate. She and Ash were childhood friends and meet again at a neighbor's house party. They renew their friendship and she jumps to his defence when he's once again bullied by the men attending. When she stops by his estate on her way to stay at her sister's estate she get's snowed in and they spend so time renewing their relationship falling in love. This is a delightful story of a man who's learned to control his disability and finds a woman who accepts him as he is. She on the other hand finds a man who appreciates her abilities and intelligence who won't dictate her activities. Together they will make the world a better place using their strengths to help others. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Detaildi 4 months ago
Darcy Burke has hit a home run with this first in a new series offering, The Red Hot Earl, which is loosely based upon the tale of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. What a smile I had on my face when I read this sweetly steamy story of Ashton Rutledge, the Earl of Buckleigh and his childhood friend, Lady Bianca (Bee) Stafford. When Bee’s brother Calder, the Duke, says he will not agree to host the annual St. Stephen’s Day party for the villagers, she is most distraught as their family has hosted it for years. When she can’t convince her brother to host it, she seeks alternative plans and tries to enlist the aid of Ashton. Unbeknownst to Bee, many of the other gentry in the area who were classmates of Ashton at Oxford tormented and derided him as he was different. During the years he resided in London, Ashton discovered ways he could control his twitches and other symptoms of his affliction. I loved how Darcy Burke was able to portray the growing relationship between Ashton and Bee. They had been friends for years so they were able to be at ease with one another which led to them trusting one another as adults. What was special to me was how Darcy wrote a very poignant and romantic description of Ash and Bee’s first kiss. Though they have to deal with some adolescent acting grown men, an uncaring brother, and an unforeseen catastrophe, they do find their HEA. I thoroughly enjoyed this little jewel and had a smile on my face the whole time. I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this work and voluntarily submit this review. All opinions state are my own.
beckymmoe 4 months ago
A cute, fairly fluffy holiday romance! The Red Hot Earl introduces readers to the world of the Love is All Around holiday novellas with Bee and Ash's story. It's loosely based on the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (honestly, I hesitated whether to mention that, since I was overly distracted at the start trying to figure out how) but is mostly a childhood friends-to-lovers story between two people who aren't overly fond of society but are terribly fond of each other. There aren't any huge revelations here (other than bullies often have their own personal issues that cause them to lash out, and some of them manage to eventually grow up) but it is a sweet, optimistic story about two likable characters who deserve their HEA. At this point, though, I'm mostly interested in seeing how Ms. Burke is going to make Bee's brother into a sympathetic character for book 3--he's not leaving us with a good impression here, that's for sure! Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
CynYoung 4 months ago
I received an advanced reader’s copy of The Red Hot Earl. This novella is cute story inspired by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Ash, the Earl of Buckleigh has dealt with bullies all his life. As the new earl, he’s having to face his childhood bullies once more to find they hadn’t changed. Bianca and Ash have been friends since childhood and she provides support to Ash as he’s being picked on. I liked Ash and Bianca. They are relatable characters that embody the spirit of the holiday season. They are kind people who help others, stand up to others when they’re in the wrong but are also able to forgive and move on. This is an enjoyable holiday story that has a feel good ending.
mscountrylace 4 months ago
What an amazing start to a new series! Darcy did an amazing job using the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as inspiration. These two are a perfect match because they see each other for who they are and always have. Even though they were old friends their romance was a whirlwind that neither one saw coming. It was a refreshing change to read characters like them that didn’t worry about things like others did. I loved the snowball fight scene and how it all ended in the end and can’t wait for the next one. Bianca is feisty and doesn’t hold back when she speaks her mind. I loved how she told people off and also calmed Ash when he needed it. She didn’t care about his challenges and realized he was what she wanted. Ash has worked hard to put the past behind him, but it’s not completely gone. I loved how he didn’t treat her differently and remembered things about her from years ago. He was quiet until someone dared to treat her wrong. Copy provided for an honest and voluntary review
Tlbran 4 months ago
The Red Hot Earl is the first book in the festive series Love is All Around. The series is about three siblings finding their happy ever after around the Christmas holidays. This book is Lady Bianca’s story and it takes place before the actual holidays. Lady Bianca’s family have hosted the St. Stephen’s Day party for the county for decades. This year her brother, Calder (Duke of Harwell) refuses to host the event. Their father had passed away recently and Calder had taken over as the duke and refused to continue the tradition. Bianca loved the holidays and was determined that the party traditions continue. While attending the Thornaby's house party were the planning for the party begins, she is reunited with a childhood friend, Ash (the new Earl of Buckleigh). Ash was terrorized as a child by three bullies at Oxford for Tic disorder. He decides to attend the house party thinking that surely the men had grown up but after they continued taunting him, he leaves the house party early. After hearing the three men tease and taunt Ash, Bianca decides to leave the house party and find Ash. She no longer wants to try and convince the Viscount Thornaby to host the party, instead she wants Ash too. Can Ash convince Bianca to marry him even though she has said she will never marry? This was a fun, sweet romance and certainly does a great job starting the series. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cali-Jewel 4 months ago
Heartwarming, fun, emotional and engaging journey for this exciting couple that started out as friends and are destined for so much more...... was a thrilling adventure from beginning to end filled with intriguing charters. Great reading!
Kristen Bergh-Lewendon 4 months ago
Managing heroines drive me mental, and yet, the way Bianca goes about it didn’t bother me at all. It’s the sense of manipulation that I don’t like. Bianca is simply forthright. Rather than steering other people to see her way in order to help her, she does it herself She’s such a force of nature that the people around her can’t help but bend to her will. Ash isn’t quite a full-on gothic hero, he’s just too sweet, but he does share many of their defining traits. He’s a bit of a loner with a tragic backstory and the love of the right woman makes him even greater than he already was. I enjoyed reading about this group of characters and I’m looking forward to learning more about them in the next book. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley.
georgia1 4 months ago
Love can be found close at hand when you least expect it. When it is built on friendship and blossoms into a true regard, it is lovely and Darcy Burke has written one such story in the first of a series. Ash, the now Earl of Buckleigh has overcome so much in his life. Or at least it seemed learned to manage his disease, that is, until he was around some old schoolmates who had bullied him during his days at Oxford. My heart went out to him because he truly yearned for acceptance just as he was and one day find love and have a family. Lady Bianca Stafford is a determined young lady. After nursing her sick father for two years, he older brother finally comes home to take over his father's place. He refuses to host the annual holiday celebration for all the villagers and tenants. She is set on making it happen though one way or another. When she see's Ash again after so many years, she is delighted! They use to be friends when young and he had grown into such a strong handsome man. But she also sees his struggles that she had not seen before and becomes his biggest supporter. Romance is alive and you can find it is this story of two souls meant for each other if they will let their hearts be true.. Adored this book and cannot wait for more! Lori D
Historical_Romance_Lover 4 months ago
Bianca is determined to have the St. Stephen's Day party, even when her brother refuses to host it as their family has done for years. Hoping to get help from a neighbor, she goes to a house party to recruit help. But when she arrives, she runs into her old friend Ash and things start to look brighter. Ash has never fit in with the guys he went to school with, but since he just because the earl, he feels he needs to socialize with them. Luckily when he arrives at the house party, he finds his old friend Bianca. While the gentleman torment him like they did in school, Bianca stands by his side. Could this childhood friendship turn into something so much more? I really enjoyed Bianca and Ash's story. It was a quick read and it will definitely put in the holiday spirit!
AmyLoveAt1stRead 5 months ago
I love Darcy Burke’s books. Every single one is filled with emotion, humor, and flawed, real characters. And there’s even more to love about The Red Hot Earl. It’s the start of her new Love Is All Around series which, if this first book is any indication, promises to be fabulous. It’s a holiday romance. Tis the season for love and what better way to get in the mood than a beautiful love story wrapped up in a holiday bow. There’s just something special about romances in a winter setting. And what better time than the Christmas season. A season of love, family, and happily ever afters. Ash and Bianca were such absolutely loveable characters who were perfect for one another and so deserving of love. I adored Bianca’s enthusiasm and confidence. She didn’t hide her emotions and said what she thought. She had such a kind heart and that desire to help others and ensure the village had their traditional holiday celebration was instrumental in bringing Ash and her together. Ash was such an admirable man. He’d been tormented and excluded since childhood for his Tourette’s, but rose above that. He’d worked hard at learning to control, cope, and survive with his disability. In spite of all he’d suffered, he still was kind to others and willing to put the past behind him. I loved the memories of Ash and Bianca’s childhood together. And I especially loved seeing that friendship become something more. They valued, accepted, and cherished each other. Though their reunion and romance takes place over a matter of days, this novella reads like a complete and satisfying historical romance. Red Hot Earl is an un-put-downable, sensitive, and beautiful romance with the perfect combination of heart and heat. I can’t wait for the rest of this series. I’m anxious to know more about Bianca’s siblings and hopeful I’ll see more of Bianca and Ash in future books.
AmyHi 5 months ago
Bianca and Ash are old friends who have not seen each other since childhood. There is an attraction as soon as they meet again. Bianca never wants to marry and Ash does not want to burden a wife with his affliction (possibly Tourette’s Syndrome). This story reminds us of the bullying that anyone different from the norm receives even today. It is hard to imagine in Regency time what they thought of people with Tourette’s Syndrome. They probably thought the person was mad or possessed by demons. I enjoyed this book and hope the bullies will redeem themselves in future stories. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
CathyGeha 5 months ago
The Red Hot Earl by Darcy Burke Love is All Around #1 Bee and Ash were friends as children and had not seen one another in years. Both had fond memories of time spent together long ago. When they meet at Thornaby’s house party they are all grown up and the friendship has become attraction that Lady Bianca is not going to brush aside. Ash has an “affliction” that saw him bullied as a child. He has worked hard to become the man he is and to rein in his “affliction”. The bullies of the past make an appearance and do their worse but good, in this case, does overcome evil. The two do get their HEA with the next two books in this trilogy hinted to focus on Bee’s siblings who are in some sort of trouble only hinted at in this book. Did I enjoy this story? Yes Do I want to read more in this series? Definitely Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Anonymous 4 months ago
i can't wait for her next book