Why the Earl is After the Girl

Why the Earl is After the Girl

by Tabetha Waite

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A missing heirloom. A stolen inheritance. Can love conquer mistrust?

Athena Hawthorne never imagined that she would lose everything she'd ever had. But after the death of her father, his prosperous jewelry store is sold off to pay his supposed debts. Athena, now destitute, embarks on a mission to discover the truth, but circumstances force her to accept an offer from a handsome stranger to work as a governess. She's determined to clear her father's name, but a certain earl is making matters far more difficult than necessary. And she can't be in danger of losing her heart to a member of the aristocracy...

Orion Ashcroft, the Earl of Rockford, is convinced that Athena is a grasping thief who stole a priceless family heirloom, the rare sapphire known as the Couleur Magnifique. When he offers her the position of governess to his sister's children, he only intends to catch her in some nefarious scheme and get back the sapphire--his grandmother's dying wish. But he soon discovers that keeping his distance--and his sanity--around the beautiful Athena isn't as easy as he'd planned. It certainly doesn't help that his sister and his best friend plead her innocence at every frustrating turn. Soon he's struggling between honoring his promise and his growing attraction to Athena.

But there's danger closer than either expect. Even a masquerade can't hide Athena from the curiosity of the ton forever...and there's a threat hiding among the highest members of society...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156883134
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication date: 07/14/2016
Series: Ways of Love , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 391
Sales rank: 357,831
File size: 779 KB

About the Author

Tabetha grew up in a small town with big dreams of writing, ever since her fourth grade teacher said she liked reading her stories. Combining a love of history and romance, along with a later fondness for Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, she continues to pursue a lifelong ambition of putting her imagination into print. In her spare time, Tabetha enjoys reading, doll collecting, and browsing antique stores. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two daughters and would love to hear from her readers!

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Why the Earl is After the Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PegC51 9 months ago
Why the Earl Is After the Girl is a cleverly written story with strong interesting characters, a roller coaster romance, and a bundle of mysteries with twists and turns that keep the characters on their toes and the reader wondering what will happen next. Several questions must be answered as the story unfolds. What happened to Gram’s brooch? What happened to Mr. Hawthorne’s finances and Athena’s inheritance? Who is trying to cause her harm? As Rion and Athena work to solve the mysteries, they fight the attraction growing between them (the chemistry simply sizzles!). The harder they try to resist their growing attraction, the harder the wonderful cast of secondary characters (with the exception of the villains, of course) push them toward their happily ever after. I happily recommend this engaging story. Oh, and, you are going to love the surprises at the end of the story.
clarkws 9 months ago
Why the Earl is After the Girl by Tabetha Waite is book one of her Ways of Love Series. I found this book to be very exhilarating. It has mystery, danger, humor and of course wonderful romance. The characters are well developed without being overly complicated. I liked the heroine Athena Hawthorne. She is very relatable. Orion Ashcroft the Earl of Rockford is at times almost comical in his devotion. This story has twists and turns that I didn’t expect. It kept me up late just wanting to find out how it turned out. Looking forward to more by Ms Waite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was cohesive and well written. There were no slow parts, it was exciting and kept a great pace to the end. I couldn't put it down. I look forward to owning more of Tabetha Waite's books. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
What a great debut story!! I love historical romances and this fit right into everything I enjoy. Mystery. intrigue, romance and humor took the story through to the end. What happens when a a woman is left destitute after her father dies and finds that nothing adds up? Athena Hawthorne sets out to find out why her father owed so many debts, but seemed to be a prosperous jewelry store merchant. Through what seemed a fortuitous meeting with Orion Ashcroft, the Earl of Rockford, she obtains a job as a governess for his sister's children. But Orion is convinced that Athena has a family heirloom that was stolen from his family. This is when everything gets interesting!! Orion and Athena feel an attraction but of course, Orion battles with himself because he thinks Athena is a thief! The banter between the two is really delightful and brought a smile to my face. Read to see how this entertaining story comes to a conclusion and be prepared to pick up the second book in this series! Well done Tabetha Waite!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Why the Earl is After the Girl by Tabetha Waite is an amazing debut Regency Romance. Book #1 in what promises to be an intriguing series, "Ways of Love". Book 1 is the story of Athena, and Rion, a jewelers daughter and an Earl. A commoner and nobility, mixing to learn the truth of the disappearance of an inheritance and a priceless heirloom. Well written with well-developed, and engaging characters. The plot is as captivating as intriguing. Filled with mystery, suspense, passion, intrigue, and the possibility of a forever kind of love. I was glued to the pages from the first couple of sentences. I read this story in one setting, just had to finish and learn the truth. A story with betrayal, romance, revenge, the prospect of white slavery, conspiracy, sensual tension, surprises, and twists and turns. The story offers readers so much, it will capture your heart and put a smile on your face. Just let me say, more than one kidnapping, would have done me in, but Tabetha, was determined to learn the truth, of why her well-known, and beloved father's name had been tarnished and she left penniless. Rion, was determined to keep his promise he made to his beloved grandmother, on her death bed, to find her missing heirloom. Together Rion and Athena embark on a journey of discovery, sexy encounters, danger and finding a HEA. Debut author, Tabetha Waite, is an author to watch for in the Regency genre. I was very impressed with her writing style, her characterizations, and her vivid descriptions. A job well done, Tabetha Waite! I look forward to her next exciting adventure, in the "Ways of Love" series. A must read for any and all historical Regency fans. Bravo, Ms. Waite!! I received a complimentary copy. Rating: 4 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining Regency tale that includes the mysterious disappearance of a family jewel, dangerous encounters with members of the lower class and the ton alike, and an unlikely romance between an earl and the girl he suspects of being a thief. The mystery kept me turning the pages, and the romance was sizzling, as well. While there were a few anachronisms in the dialogue, I enjoyed the descriptions of life among the upper class as well as the working class people. The historical details really added to the story. The next story is set up at the end of this book, so I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.