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HOW THE EARL ENTICES is the fourth installment in her wildly popular, Capturing the Carlisles series! Don’t wait and jump into this spicy yet humorous Regency romance! Plus, enter to win the first three books from the Carlisle series!
Title: How the Earl Entices
Author: Anna Harrington
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Series: Capturing the Carlisles #4
Genres: Regency Romance
Word Count: 95K
Format: print and digital
WHEN OLD DECEPTIONS …
Ross Carlisle, Earl of Spalding, has dedicated his life to serving his country. When he discovers secrets that could endanger England, he’s forced into an impossible situation—commit treason and race to London to clear his name before the crown turns against him. He’s prepared to abandon everything he possesses in order to protect England, including his life…until he crosses paths with a woman who’s keeping her own secrets.
LEAD TO NEW DESIRES
Ten years ago, Grace Alden fled London in order to protect her son, only to come face-to-face with that past when Ross collapses on her doorstep. They strike a deal—she’ll help him travel to London if he helps her reclaim her son’s inheritance. But as old deceptions turn into new desires, will they be willing to sacrifice everything they hold dear in order to protect the people they love?
HOW THE EARL ENTICES Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Anna Harrington
“Where are the documents?”
Ross Carlisle, Earl of Spalding, spat out a mouthful of blood onto the midnight-black deck of the pitching ship as the storm intensified around it. “Go to hell!”
A fist slammed into his stomach. He doubled over in gasping pain, coughing and struggling for breath, yet thankful for the pouring rain that cooled the bruises the men had already put on his ribs and face.
The two Frenchmen holding his arms jerked him up straight.
Their leader grabbed him by the hair and yanked back his head. “You are a murderer and a traitor. No one will care what happens to you.”
Ross gritted his teeth against the pain.
“So I will ask you one more time before I cut off your kneecaps,” the thug threatened in street French, having to yell even at such close range to be heard over the wind and driving rain. In his free hand, he brandished a knife. “Where are the documents?”
Ross glared at him, refusing to answer.
So it all came to this…a decade serving the crown as a soldier and diplomat, an unblemished reputation without a hint of scandal, more recently a dangerous pursuit in which recognition would never have been possible—only to end ingloriously on a fishing boat being tossed about on the Channel.
He’d been running for the past week, fleeing for his life from Paris to the coast with hired henchmen on his heels. First on horseback, then on foot, changing identities as easily as other men change clothes. But he’d been unable to throw them off his trail, and always they’d been less than a day behind. Then a handful of hours. By the time he’d reached Calais and found a captain brave enough to take him across the Channel in this storm, they’d caught him. In a matter of minutes, he’d be dead.
And damn the world that the last person he thought about was Christopher! Not one of his French mistresses, not one of his first loves as a boy, not even his mother—but his brother. How the last thing Ross did in life was prove Kit right, that eventually he’d be discovered and that even his post at the Court of St James’s wouldn’t be able to save him.
The Frenchman released his hair and stepped back, struggling to keep his footing on the wet, rolling deck. With a menacing gleam in his eyes, he lowered the knife toward Ross’s legs. “Where are the papers?”
The knife tip sliced across his left thigh and through the rough work trousers he’d donned in his last attempt to hide, biting into the flesh beneath. Ross sucked in a pain-filled gasp through clenched teeth and bit back an ironic laugh—his left thigh.
The boat rose on the swell of a wave, then dropped with enough force that the men holding his arms wobbled to keep their balance. His interrogator stumbled backward—
Ross lunged toward the closest railing, tearing his arm free of the man on his right and catching the one on his left off-balance. He lowered his shoulder and rammed it into the man’s chest to push past. All went dark as he tumbled over the railing and into the black sea below.
Barbara’s Review — 5-Stars
I could hardly read the pages fast enough in this pulse-pounding, heart thrilling, oh so romantic story. It is intelligently written, excellently plotted and the characters are – well – just perfect! I love a strong female lead, but so often, an author tries to make her strong by making her stubborn, overbearing and foolhardy – that is definitely NOT the case here. The heroine in this book is lovely, feminine, intelligent and strong in all the ways she needs to be strong. The banter between the characters was fun to read and kept me chuckling throughout. Even though this book is part of a series, you could read it as a stand-alone – I just can’t imagine why you would want to though. Every book in the series is outstanding.
What an opening scene! Ross Carlisle, the Earl of Spalding, has been captured and is on a small fishing vessel that is traveling from France to England in the middle of a hurricane. Ross has been beaten and is being sliced with a knife because he won’t give up the location of the papers he was carrying to England. Then, he manages to free himself just long enough to step over the edge of the boat and into the raging seas. Nobody could survive that!
Grace Alden is alone at her humble cottage near the sea. The hurricane is raging outside and she’s really glad she has sent her son, Ethan, to town to stay in the stone-built apothecary with her friend. She is awakened in the night by a loud banging against her wall and she groans when she realizes that it is a loose shutter and she’ll have to go out and fix it before it crashes through the window. She dons a slicker and rain boots and heads out. Then, she is confronted by a giant of a man who demands to stay the night in her cottage. She refuses but really doesn’t have a choice because he has a gun. She can see that he’s been badly injured and figures he’s been in a brawl at one of the village taverns. Now, I have to tell you there is a scene in this section that kept me chuckling throughout the rest of the book. I can just picture his mortification and it makes me grin. I won’t tell you what it is, but you’ll surely recognize it when you get there. Who knew nautical knots could be amusing.
There is a huge secret hiding inside Grace and revealing it could cost the life of her son as well as her own. Grace is not who she appears, but she’ll do anything she has to in order to keep her son safe. She’ll also do whatever she has to in order to get back what her son deserves to have – blackmail isn’t beneath her. One of her secrets is that she recognizes Ross . . .
Ross is a very, very patriotic man who will sacrifice anything for his country – including his life. He has uncovered evidence that shows a very powerful and influential man to be a traitor. Ross has to steal the documents, thus making himself a traitor, in order to expose the man. Once the documents are stolen, he must then make it back to England with the documents before he is exposed as a traitor himself. Everything, including his beloved country, is against him, but if he doesn’t succeed many lives will be lost and a traitor will be free to continue betraying his country.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Grace and Ross as they journeyed to London. They were so attracted to each other – and Ross was all for it, but Grace fought it with all her might. I also enjoyed learning how Grace grew from a very frightened eighteen-year-old who fled her home in order to protect her unborn child. She grew into an amazing, loving, and self-sufficient woman.
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A signed copy of the first three books in the Capturing the Carlisles series – IF THE DUKE DEMANDS, WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINS, and AS THE DEVIL DARES.
(eBooks if the winner is international)
About Anna Harrington:
I fell in love with historical romances—and all those dashing Regency heroes!—while living in London, where I studied literature and theatre. I love to travel, fly airplanes, and hike, and when I’m not busy writing, I can usually be found in my garden, tending to my roses. I love to hear from readers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on all my social media. And be sure to sign up for my newsletter to be the first to receive exciting news, enter contests, access exclusive content, and more!