One of the best I have read in a long while
What a fun book-humor, love, blackmail, mystery, a murder for hire-they are all here. Neither Jason or Rachel want to be married - or so they think. After finding out that they have been betrothed by her father and his grandfather they spend their time together shocking polite society with their behavior and trying to determine a way out of the marriage. Even as they try to find a way out of the marriage they find themselves drawn more and more together as they learn that Jason is being blackmailed and is the object of a murder for hire scheme. I really like the way Ms Henke uses humor in this story to show the growing love between 2 very stubborn and strong willed people. A very enjoyable read.
An American privateer becomes Earl of Falconridge and begins courting Mis Rachel Farichild.
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.
For the past six years Rachel Fairchild has successfully run her father's estate, happily avoiding London society in favor of quieter countryside delights. While out riding one day, Rachel encounters her new neighbor, Jason Beaumont, an American privateer who recently became the earl of Falconridge. Rachel's hope to never again cross paths with the brash, arrogant American is dashed once her father and grandfather betroth her to him. Fortunately, Jason has as little interest in marrying her as Rachel has in becoming his wife, so together the two of them concoct a scheme to avoid their impending wedding. Their plans take a small detour once they realize someone is trying to kill Jason, but even more distracting is the fact that they both are starting to enjoy each other's company