Who needs a knight in shining armor when there’s an earl at your side…?
Gwendeline Gregory doesn’t know what to think when she encounters the dashing Alex St. Audley, Earl of Merryn. She’s in over her head in London Society, trying to fend off a scoundrel who will stop at nothing to ruin her. On the brink of a devastating scandal, the earl arrives just when she needs him most. But are his motivations trustworthy? And can he avert ruin for both of them?
What People Are Saying About Jane Ashford:
“Jane Ashford absolutely delights.”—Night Owl Reviews
“Exquisite...one to savor.”—Library Journal for The Duke Knows Best
“Filled with wit and charm.”—Fresh Fiction for Nothing Like a Duke
“Expertly crafted…another triumph of nuanced characterization and sparkling wit.”—Booklist for Nothing Like a Duke
This revised edition of Regency powerhouse Ashford's first novel, originally published nearly 40 years ago, is a carefully arranged, bustling confection of Regency-era social politics. Gwendeline Gregory, left destitute by the deaths of her profligate absentee parents at the start of her first social season, is rescued by Alex St. Audley, fifth Earl of Merryn, a bachelor so popular he is nicknamed "the Unattainable." He spirits her to his novelist mother's London home. Gwendeline becomes increasingly dubious of his claims that her support comes from her late father's friends and not Merryn alone, while villainous Mr. Blane threatens her with devastating information about her family. Gwendeline and Alex's inevitable engagement lacks emotional resonance, the result of clearing obstacles rather than blossoming love. Ashford's completist fans will find enough of her characteristic style here to make the book worth reading, but the characters' motivations are frustratingly immature and shallow, and Ashford's more recent work is simply better.