Friday, March 4, 2016

Always His Earl by Cheryl Dragon

London, May 1815 

Back in London, and free from the navy, Lieutenant Myles Harris is now a wealthy man of property. His late father separated Myles from his lover, the Earl of Thistledown, George Hardwick. Years apart have hurt both men, but their feelings haven’t disappeared. 

George believes he has put the past behind him and has no interest in seeing Myles again. However, the Earl can’t turn away Myles’ little sister, the sweet girl he watched grow up next door, when she runs from her abusive husband. Hiding her in his London home, George must also have Myles as a guest under his roof. The duo must work together for their common good. Passion reignites and soon the men are breaking laws! The options are few, but they’d much rather defy the law than deny their hearts and abandon their honor. 

My review:
This is really two stories in one. First there is the second chance romance between the Earl and his Navy man, Myles, and the story of the Earl’s brother and Myles sister. Bottom line I had to grit my teeth at the injustice of it all. It was illegal for two men to be lovers and Myles father married Myles’ little sister off to an abusive bastard just to get access to a title. Now Myles father is dead and he has returned to London. He will need to deal with his ex-lover the Earl of Thistledown, George Hardwick as George has been tending to his estates for him while he was away. George is also hiding Myles’ sister Claire from her abusive husband while she heals from the beating she received. Can George forgive Myles for leaving without a word? Can Myles forgive George for not writing to him while he was away? Can George and Myles keep Claire safe from her abusive husband even though the law is on his side? Can George keep his brother Basil from killing Claire’s husband? You will have to read to find out.  This is a well written tale from a sad period in time.

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