- Mass Market Paperback: 353 pages
- Publisher: Leisure Books (Sep 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0843952415
- ISBN-13: 978-0843952414
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,632,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rachel met Jason by accident. Riding hard to avoid being shot he ran into Rachel and knocked her into the mud. When he finally got a good look at the person he'd knocked down - dressed in britches, with mud on her face, Jason mistook her for a `country wench'. Rachel was not impressed with him either as his arrogance, bold looks and manner did not endear him to her. However, the real surprise would come when between her father and Jason's grandfather, they would find themselves the main attraction of their `surprise' betrothal ball! Furious at having the choice of his bride taken from him, Jason had no intention of getting married. Rachel was none too pleased either over hearing the news and dumped her glass of champagne on Jason's head! Trying to make the most of a bad situation, Rachel, not wanting to give up her independence or the running of her estate, joined with Jason in plans to thwart both the patriarchs and help Jason and his brother escape England and return to America. But, before that happened the antagonistic sparring began to turn into `foreplay'-- for both of them!
I truly enjoyed the verbal sparring and double entendres the two protagonists had in the dialog of this book. This battle of the sexes between Rachel and Jason while often used as a vehicle in many romance books was extremely enjoyable here. Jason's arrogance was a perfect foil for Rachel's cutting wit. I loved her independence at taking care of herself, what with her hounds as bodyguards, the stiletto she kept in her boot, or the brace of guns she carried tucked into her waistband. Not your typical countess but totally unique - I loved her! The mystery of who was trying to 'off' the Earl was a bit of a twist but clues were there. Obviously, the plot has been used before but the sparkling dialog and double entendres made the story original and speed along and hard to put down. Very Enjoyable.
From the moment they meet with Rachel lying in mud staring up at Jason, sparks fly, not all positive. In fact more are negative as Rachel makes it clear how she classifies this intruder. Jason sees Rachel as a hellcat probably not worth the trouble, but taming this shrew sounds so sweet. As they fall in love encouraged by their families, neither he nor Rachel ever expected that she would tame him..
YANKEE EARL is an exciting historical romance that the audience will enjoy due to the intelligent acerbic exchanges (perhaps barbs might be more accurate) between the two lead protagonists. Though similar tales have been told, Shirl Henke's entry stands out due to the strong cast from the lead dueling duo to the meddling matchmakers from each respective family to the shocked Ton not sure how to react to the behavior of Jason and Rachel. This battle of the sexes is fun to observes as this is one time a tie is a win for both participants and the reader.