Yankee Earl

Yankee Earl

by Shirl Henke

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Yankee Earl by Shirl Henke


In Regency England anything is possible if one has the money and influence. The devious Marquess of Cargrave does, and he blackmails his American grandson into becoming his heir. Jason Beaumont, former Yankee privateer, finds himself the new Earl of Falconridge and on the verge of being leg shackled. He is not happy.


The Honorable Rachael Fairchild, daughter to Cargrave's oldest friend, Viscount Harleigh, is threatened by her father with even more odious marriage choices if she does not wed the man the Ton has labeled "the Yankee earl." But Jason is a toad stool, nothing more than a jumped up pirate. She is not happy.


The two first collide, quite literally, while somebody is shooting at Jason. In spite of the danger, he and Rachel strike sparks from each other in a battle of wits. Rachel devises a plan that will enable Jason is to escape England, thus freeing them both from a fate worse than death--marriage...to each other! If only the Yankee clodpole weren't so damnably witty and handsome. Jason quickly sees that his sharp-tongued "Countess" is right. They must work together to avoid leg-shackling...if only she weren't so damnably bright and beautiful. As the squabbling pair matches wits with the manipulative old marquess, mysterious assassins and kidnappers menace them. Rachel begins to wonder if marrying the wild Yankee would be so terrible after all. Jason slowly realizes that only a fool would not claim the willful "Countess" as his own, and the Yankee earl is nobody's fool.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013710238
Publisher: Shirl Henke
Publication date: 01/23/2012
Series: American Lords , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,024
File size: 546 KB

About the Author

SHIRL HENKE lives in St. Louis, where she enjoys gardening in her yard and greenhouse, cooking holiday dinners for her family and listening to jazz. In addition to helping brainstorm and research her books, her husband Jim is “lion tamer” for their two wild young tomcats, Pewter and Sooty, geniuses at pillage and destruction.
Shirl has been a RITA finalist twice, and has won three Career Achievement Awards, an Industry Award and three Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times.
“I wrote my first twenty-two novels in longhand with a ballpoint pen—it’s hard to get good quills these days,” she says. Dragged into the twenty-first century by her son Matt, a telecommunication specialist, Shirl now uses two of those “devil machines.” Another troglodyte bites the dust. Please visit her at www.shirlhenke.com

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Yankee Earl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a funny, funny book. Rachel, the heroine, is a viscount's eldest of three daughters. She has been running her father's estates since she was a young girl and that's all she has ever wanted to do. She had thought that now she was in her twenties she was safely on the shelf. But when the Marquis of Cargrave blackmails his American grandson into staying in England to be his heir everything changes for both Jason and Rachel. They are being pushed into a marriage that neither wants. Despite their antipathy toward each other (a feeling that gradually morphs into something quite different) they decide to work together to outwit the old men who are pressuring them. And the struggle becomes an epic game of "chess."
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Honorable Miss Rachel Fairchild is horrified to learn that a colonial nobody is the new Earl of Falconridge. She wonders how this Jason Beaumont from America will know the proper deportment of an English aristocrat when he was living in some barbaric land. To make matters worse for the athletic Rachel, her father expects her to marry this ¿American nobody¿.

From the moment they meet with Rachel lying in mud staring up at Jason, sparks fly, not all positive. In fact more are negative as Rachel makes it clear how she classifies this intruder. Jason sees Rachel as a hellcat probably not worth the trouble, but taming this shrew sounds so sweet. As they fall in love encouraged by their families, neither he nor Rachel ever expected that she would tame him.

YANKEE EARL is an exciting historical romance that the audience will enjoy due to the intelligent acerbic exchanges (perhaps barbs might be more accurate) between the two lead protagonists. Though similar tales have been told, Shirl Henke¿s entry stands out due to the strong cast from the lead dueling duo to the meddling matchmakers from each respective family to the shocked Ton not sure how to react to the behavior of Jason and Rachel. This battle of the sexes is fun to observes as this is one time a tie is a win for both participants and the reader.

Harriet Klausner

Flor-83 More than 1 year ago
Loved The Book could not put it down !!!!!!
McM0mmy-PW 9 hours ago
I really had started to like the story, thinking they were a witty/snarky pair. However, the constant badgering of hateful words literally became more abusive. At first, their interplay was cute and witty, but with Jason and Rachel constantly belittling each other, it left a bad taste in the mouth. There was no way I could believe that they were falling in love with the constant hatefulness they were spouting at each other all the way to the end of the book, then suddenly they loved each other? Others may see this differently, but this is not the book or series for me.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Not as predictable as I first thought. A fun romance with long running sexual tension. Great character development and descriptive writing.
Anonymous 6 days ago
I loved this book! It was exciting, and very interesting. A great read. I must read more about Fox in Shawnee Lord. Thank you!
Anonymous 6 days ago
Enjoyed Rachel and Jason, interaction between was great. This book has suspense and it's also funny. M2
Anonymous 10 days ago
Enjoyed the characters and their interactions with each other. I really cheered them on as the story continued. It was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was enjoyable and humorous. I liked the strong characters.
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Anonymous 10 days ago
This was a great read!
Anonymous 11 days ago
Thanks so much for the free book! Yankee Earl has been thoroughly enjoyed. I have read and consider all of Shirl Henke's books to be five star ratings! All of her books that I have read so far have been excellent, with well thought out plot's and superb editing. What more could you possibly want, Oh I know !!! More Shirl Henke's books.