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The Earl

(Devil's Duke #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,035 ratings  ·  156 reviews
How does a bookish lady bring an arrogant lord to his knees? Entice him to Scotland, strip him of titles and riches, and make him prove what sort of man he truly is.


Handsome, wealthy, and sublimely confident, Colin Gray, the new Earl of Egremoor, has vowed to unmask the rabble-rousing pamphleteer, Lady Justice, the thorn in England’s paw. And he’ll stop at nothin
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Avon
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The Earl by Katharine Ashe is a 2016 Avon publication.

“But if I was fearless, could I be your reckless friend?
And if I was helpless, could be the one comes rushin’ in?

- Cyndi Lauper- ‘Fearless’

The showdown we have all been waiting for!

Lady Justice meets Peregrine after many salty, flirty, sharp, and witty written exchanges published for all to see.

The circumstances, though, are less than ideal.

As the Falcon Club comes to an end, the leader, Peregrine, aka Colin Gray buries his father, and
Mar 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, arc-edelweiss
DNF!!! 65%

I normally love Katherine Ashe's historicals. I normally like her strong and likeable heroines. But not this one.

Our heroine, Emily, is a very unhappy and angry women. She has held a grudge against the hero for eighteen years for leaving her when she was eight or nine. Our hero Colin was thirteen. She never tried to find out why or get answers. I'm not sure if the author was trying to portray the heroine as a strong feminist here (even for that time period I feel it was overboard) but
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've given this a straight A at AAR.

Readers of Katharine Ashe’s Falcon Club series will be well aware of the frequent, public, and bitingly sarcastic correspondence that has gone on between the club’s secretary, Peregrine, and the anonymous Lady Justice, pamphleteer, moral crusader and regular denouncer of the abuses and injustices wreaked upon the voiceless masses by the wealthy and privileged. That correspondence continued throughout The Rogue, the first in the author’s Devil’s Duke se
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases
3.5 stars.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Earl by Katharine Ashe
Book Two of the Devil's Duke series
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Rating; 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

How does a lady of wit and courage bring an arrogant lord to his knees?
Entice him to Scotland, strip him of titles and riches, and make him prove what sort of man he truly is.


5 "Opposite Ends of the Political Spectrum Share A Common Love" Stars for the story and narration!

What an incredibly complex and well developed story!  Seemingly diametrically opposed ends of the political spectrum turn out to have common roots and motivations. What can a revolutionary thinker like pamphleteer, Lady Justice (Lady Emily Vane), who champions the cause of the masses and poor as well as women rights possibly have in common with an Earl (Colin Gray, the new Earl of Egremoor) and form
I'm reading far less HR than I used to, and this book is part of why.

If I'm going to give an author a couple of hours of my precious life (given that I'll be passing through this vale of tears but once; at least, in this form), I want to be able to suspend my disbelief on the doorstep. I need to be swept up in the story, engaged with the characters, and able to enter the historical world of "The Earl" whole-heartedly.
If the period detail is "off", if the characters behave inconsistently, if th
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Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ for narration and an A for content at AudioGals.

The Earl is the second book in Katharine Ashe’s Devil’s Duke series, and is also the last in her Falcon Club series which is not, sadly, available in audio format. Because it refers to a number of characters and events featured in earlier stories, this might not be the best introduction to Ms. Ashe’s work for anyone unfamiliar with it, although it could be listened to as a standalone if you’re prepared to do a bit of ho
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm emerging from a sick cocoon that lasted 5 days, I wanted to write a solid review for this book because I had thoughts and feelings reading it but I barely had the energy to leave the bed to lay on the couch.

I see a lot of people had a problem with the heroine but I thought she was the better flushed out character of the two (hero). Yes, her grudge against the hero for "abandoning" her was forced and not quite up to snuff but I thought her brusque hard exterior and attitude towards the hero w
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Earl is Katharine Ashe's long awaited conclusion to her Falcon Club series and the second book in her new Devil's Duke series. For those of you who struggled with The Rogue, fear not! This novel can be easily read as a stand alone, though I'd recommend her novella The Scoundrel & I to get introduced into the long "feud" of the main characters in this novel.

Our hero is the final unmarried member of the Falcon Club and also its founder and leader, Peregrine, or Colin Grey, the recently named E
Oct 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Warning: Here be SPOILERS.

DNF @ 37%. Skimmed the rest for the first sex scene, which happens approx. 75% into the story, and the ending, which was as unrelentingly awful as the beginning.

With this culmination of 2+ series' worth of books, in my heart of hearts I hoped The Earl would be a sweet and sexy Falcon Club finale. I longed for banter akin to the best Lauren Bacall/Humphrey Bogart movie scenes between (finally!) Peregrine, aka Lord Colin Gray, and Lady Justice, aka Lady Emily Vane; for a
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Worth the Wait!

This is the conclusion of the Falcon Club series, the middle book in the The Devil’s Duke trilogy, and for Falcon Club series fans, worth waiting for. I do not recommend reading this out of order as it is best read with the others in the series, but you could definitely pick it up anew and enjoy it immensely. The Falcon Club series has been so spread out that I can hardly remember what occurred in previous books but did not find myself lost at all which is so refreshing. The last
Paige  Bookdragon
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf, not-for-me

3 stars even though it's a DNF because I'm feeling generous.

Lol, no seriously, DNF because it's the author's way of writing that didn't really clicked with me and the story seems to drag on and on and on.

I think the plot is really good and this would have been a favorite if I was able to get past the author's way of writing.

Do check this out though. This might work with you.
Kathleen Crowell
I don't even feel up to a negative review, this book made me so tired! maybe it was the ridiculous amount of sex these two had in a 4 hour period that exhausted me and that was after reading about 3/4 of the book before they finally kissed. just wanted to tell "Zenobia" to shut it after a while. Bummer because I really rather liked Colin...
Amy Quinton
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I've read all of Ms. Ashe's books, and in my opinion, this one is her best. Incredible tension, believable love between the main characters, and a healthy dose of feminism :) - I cried tears of joy before the end and read it all in one sitting! This one is a keeper and one for the Favorite's shelf!
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: elibrary-books
There was a lot going on in this book. I'm not going to summarize all of it, because I do have to go to work today and I'm not much for reviewing anymore, but it was a lot. And it felt like probably half of it could have been left out, to be honest. Second book I've read by this author, and with this one I believe I'm going to start remembering the style of story weaving that isn't really for me.
Susan Gorman
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Katharine Ashe’s descriptive writing style shines in The Earl, the second installment in the Devil’s Duke Series. It is an elegantly written opposites attract love story which features suspense, fabulous dialogue, romance and history. I have been waiting for this story for several years and I was not disappointed! Lady Justice writes about social reform in her pamphlets. She and Peregrine are fierce political opponents who have appeared throughout Ms. Ashe’s Falcon Club series. The Falcon Club’s ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At long last Katharine has released the story of Peregrine and Lady Justice. They have been entangled in a back and forth correspondence through The Falcon Club Series. Their letters to each other were smart, brusque and laugh out loud funny. What they don't realize is that they know each other personally and have since Lady Justice was christened.

Colin Gray is the tenth Earl of Egremoor, he is handsome, intelligent and takes his responsibilities seriously.
He was the Secretary of a secret group
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the 2nd of the Devil's Duke series and the last, I think, of the Falcon Club series. I couldn't put it down. The hard part for me in writing any review is to share my love of the story without giving too much away. I don't like too many plot spoilers.

I have enjoyed the back and forth letters between Lady Justice and Peregrine, aka Colin Gray, now the Earl of Egremoor. When Colin meets a disguised Lady Justice he doesn't believe a woman actually writes the columns. Lady Justice is as
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ashe-katharine
Finally! Lady Justice and Peregrine! Well worth the wait. ;)
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-history
I did not like Emily. Some parts of the story were really good but other parts did not keep my attention.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first Katharine Ashe book and I enjoyed it. This can be read as a stand alone, however, I think my overall reading experience would have been a little less confusing had I read the other books in the series first. There were characters and references, many humorous, that I just didn't "get".

Colin and Emily are both strong-willed, stubborn characters who not only share a history dating back to childhood, but witty retorts and great romantic tension, too. And Emily is not your stereot
Once Upon a Romance Reviews

Reviewed by Robyn
Sexual Content: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None
Violent Content: Minimal

Colin Gray, the new Earl of Egremoor is determined to find the identity of Lady Justice, the pamphlet writer who is the bane of his existence. Now that his father is dead, he needs to stop his previous activities with the Falcon Club—a group of people determined to find missing people—and take up the activities of an earl. Lady Justice—Zenobia (or Emily as she is actually named)—knows s
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I think this is 2.5 stars that I'm rounding up. Katharine Ashe writes great prickly heroines. And Emily is certainly prickly. She's self-righteous and a little smug and terrible at admitting she is wrong. She is very privileged but thinks her view on the working class and poor is the best and most informed and well-rounded and the end. She whines about not wearing lace because of the harsh labor that creates it, but then doesn't think about the fact that people would be unemployed without that l ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lady Justice, a pamphleteer whose mission is to defend the oppressed, and Peregrine, Colin Gray, the Earl of Egremoor and member of the now defunct Falcon Club, have been at odds for years in the press. The Falcon Club’s mission was to retrieve missing persons, but now Lady Justice is in a pickle, after colourfully insulting her foe for years, she needs Peregrine’s help. Her sister has vanished, but she cannot reveal her name, or else he will know Lady Justice’s identity. As an acquaintance of L ...more
Les Romantiques
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Posted on Les Romantiques - Le forum du site
Reviewed by Fabiola
Review Copy from the Author

The Earl is the second volume in the Devil’s Duke series by Katherine Ashe. My review of the first volume, The Rogue, can be found here:
A third (and probably last) volume is planned and we already know who’ll be the next heroes, but I let it be a surprise for the readers.
The Earl also brings to a close The Falcon Club series as it tells (at last) Peregrine and Lady
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the latest book in the Devil's Duke series and it is also the final installment of the Falcon Club story, where we have Peregrine and Lady Justice’s story. All through the series, we have read their letters back and forth to each other. We learn that both of them have a backstory that goes to their childhood.

Colin Gray, was a quiet boy, whose only friend was a little girl named Emily Vale. Emily was promised to Colin as a baby to unite their two families. When Colin turns 13
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book started off very slow. I almost did not finished and gave it but two stars. However, I started to relate to the fight for human rights and the adventure picked up as well as the Romance. By the end, I wanted to give it 5 stars but the mix bags required four.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not one for road trips or mistaken identity, so I was a little disappointed at first, but in the end I enjoyed The Earl mostly because of the wonderful dialogue between Gray and Emily. Both characters were enormously misguided in their opinions of themselves and each other, but ultimately a perfect match. I am very impressed with Ms. Ashe, she did a fine job of mapping out their complex relationship and the ending was very very good. The epilogue failed miserably though, I wondered why she e ...more
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is something of a crossover. It ties up the end of the Falcon Club series, and sets the stage for the next book in the Devil's Duke series. I enjoyed this book - a strong, seemingly self-assured hero, a bookish, self-contained heroine, a quest, a chase. I wish this had been published closer to the release of the earlier books in the FC series (3 or so years ago). Incidents are referenced from those earlier books & it' hard to remember the particulars. ...more
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Katharine Ashe is the USA Today bestselling author of historical romances reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including two Amazon's Best Romances of the Year. A professor of history and popular culture, she writes fiction because she adores the grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality of historical romance. For more information, please visit her at http://www.kath ...more

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“Don’t you see?” she cried. “I cannot have been wrong that you don’t have a heart.”
He came toward her swiftly, grasped her wrist, and flattened her hand to his chest. Through his ribs, his heartbeats beneath her palm were fast and hard. “You are denying me this?” he said close to her brow, the depth of his voice coating her rawness. “Because it has been like this since you walked through the door of that inn four days ago. It was like this when you stood across your parlor in London refusing me. And in Edinburgh in April. And each time I have seen you for longer than I can say.”
“Stop. Do not say this.”
“I don’t need to kiss you to feel this,” he said. “You have been turning me inside out for years.”
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