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Brooke Chapman-Powell takes her position as the Earl of Englefield’s personal secretary very seriously. This job is what keeps her sister in her university for the deaf and the town from completely shutting down. But the earl’s dying, and they have only one hope. An American. From some place called Salvation, Virginia.
Now she’ll have to teach the in-all-likelihood-uncouth-and-lazy half American how to be a proper earl if they hope to save the village. God help them all.
Nick Vane has about two gazillion things that land higher on his to-do list than becoming an English earl. Things like naps. Hosting poker nights. Oh, and raking in the profits from his latest invention. Accepting the title his grandfather has denied him since birth? Doesn’t. Even. Register. But Miss Prim and Proper won’t give up, and before he knows what’s what, he’s on a plane to London.
He’s got too much pride to go down easily, and she’s got too much propriety to ever break the rules. They are as different as a cocktail fork and a bread knife...and the clash between them lands these two in the most unexpected positions.
Couldn’t put it down
Nick is a brilliant inventor but totally clueless when it comes to personal relationships, after his father’s desertion and his mother’s death. The last thing he wants is to be the heir to his English grandfather.
Brooke is his grandfather’s secretary and to say she’s a bit pushy is an understatement. But she’s a riddle to be solved and an enigma that is totally attractive to Nick. She’s a bit hard to get a read in at first but she quickly grew on me.
Funny and hot is a hard combination to pull off successfully, but I can always count on Avery Flynn to do exactly that with every story she writes. She won me over yet again with Royal Bastard!
I had to force myself to finish this book. It’s so slow! You don’t get to anything good until the middle, and then it goes right back to being slow. Could’ve been better.
Royal Bastard is wonderful.
Royal Bastard by Avery Flynn is a wonderful read. Even though set in the 21st century, it has a certain Regency period feel both from the plot and the wording: Stuffy old earl; tumbling down estate; unclaimed (until now) heir and a lady fair with demons of her own. Nick gets worn down by Brooke, his grandfather’s secretary, and against his better judgment travels to England to tell the old man who had ruined his and his mother’s lives off once and for all. What transpires next will keep readers totally engaged in completing the book without interruption. Gloves come off... and some clothes... and then there’s Brooke, and how can a damp, gray country generate such heat? This reader hopes you have been teased enough that you will scroll up and click “Buy!” I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. Most highly recommend.