DNF Review: Earl To The Rescue by Jane Ashford

Reviewed by Sara

Earl To The Rescue is the story of Gwendeline Gregory, daughter of the Baron Gregory of Brooklands and his wife Annabelle. While she was young, Baron and Baroness Brooklands spent only a week out of the year with Gwendeline and were as uninvolved in her upbringing as possible. So, when they die in an ill-defined accident, Gwendeline, is less upset about her parents being dead as she is about the fact that they spent all of their savings and have left her penniless and soon to be homeless, since their debts require their estate to be sold off.

However, Gwendeline, is rescued by a the incredibly popular Lore Merryn, who, while surprised that Gwendeline is 19 years old and not an infant, is committed, along with a group of like minded gentlemen, to caring for her and helping her be introduced favorably into the ton. Gwendeline is whisked away to London where she is put up with Lord Merryn’s mother, a novelist, and begins making the round of parties. Here, she learns that her parents were general reprobates and begins to meet various characters. [Read more…]

Review: Lord Sebastian’s Secret by Jane Ashford

Reviewed by Jen

I did not enjoy this book. At all. I had such a difficult time connecting to it. Essentially, I found it boring. I found Lord Sebastian’s secret to be weak. And for something that is supposed to be the crux of the book, that’s not good.

Sebastian thinks he’s stupid. His big secret is that he can’t read. This is no big spoiler; it’s in the blurb. There is absolutely no tension or excitement to be found here. None. Sebastian and lady Georgina met before the book began, so there was no seeing them fall in love. This was already true on the first page. The entire book is about him winning over her peculiar family while hiding the fact that he thinks he’s stupid. That’s it. [Read more…]

Review: First Season/ Bride to Be by Jane Ashford

first season bride to beReviewed by Shelly

Both of these historical romances are by the same author, Jane Ashford and brand new to me. I really enjoyed the second story, Bride to Be, much more than I did the first.

First Season was initially published in 01/1984 and I thought there was a significant difference in the writing from the second story. Lady Anabel Wyndham is a young widow with 3 children. She didn’t have a coming out season before her first marriage as it was an arranged marriage, but she’s not so lucky this time around. During the parties, dances and dinners she meets Sir Charles Norbury. Charles isn’t looking for a match made in heaven; in fact, he’s not really looking at all, but he’s smitten with Anabel. She’s different than what he’s used to. While Charles and Anabel’s romance is taking off, Anabel’s longtime friend, Christopher Hanford, comes to the city looking for Anabel. [Read more…]

Review: Married to a Perfect Stranger by Jane Ashford

married to a perfect strangerReviewed by Jen

I had a really hard time falling into this romance. The primary reason? I thought the hero was an arrogant jerk for the first three quarters of the book. I wanted to like him. I think maybe I was supposed to like him. But it wasn’t happening. The way he treated his heroine was second only to the derision in which he clearly felt for her. This is a guy who left his new bride for almost two years, barely giving a thought to what her life would be like without him. THEN he comes home high on his own achievements, only to berate her for her personal growth. And as the story goes on, he bounces back and forth between neglect and disdain. I wanted to set him on fire. [Read more…]