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“The Earl’s Hideaway, No Ladies Allowed”

Book description:

If there is one woman Samson Rutherford, Earl of Riverton, can’t abide, it is his meddling sister. He has spent his whole life being a pawn in her plans and tricks, but when one of her schemes leaves him dressed in women’s clothing, he has finally had enough. He cannot beat her at her games, or even say no to her, his only option to save his sanity and pride is to run away–and fortunately, his solicitor knows just the place…

Catherine Wallace wasn’t born to be a governess, but with her family’s fall from grace, she has become one. A good one. However, when the chance arises to stay at her uncle’s home so she can care for his horticulture project while he is absent, she jumps at the chance. Leaving her position, she plans to gather her sisters together so they can be a family again–even if it is only for a little while.

But the last thing Catherine expected to find upon her arrival was her childhood friend. Samson has sequestered himself at the cottage and claims to have been invited to watch over her uncle’s business while he is away. But Catherine insists that’s what she’s been asked to do. The quiet retreat is what they both need, but who will get to stay?

Not Samson, because he has never gotten the better of a woman, not since… well, not since Catherine let him kiss her years ago…

Come to think of it, perhaps it is time for Samson to win after all.

My review:

I have been waiting for another book by Esther Hatch and this book is everything I wanted and more! It has Esther’s wit and charm, LOL moments, smiling like a fool, heart breaking for the characters, and unique moments in the Victorian era.
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Samson has a lot of sisters and in general surrounded by too many women. He needs an escape after an embarrassing moment, particularly when a childhood friend sees his embarrassment at the the hands of his sister. The one rule to his hideaway – there can be no women.
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Catherine is watching her uncle’s home to take care of his plants. She’s invited her sisters for a reunion but the most unlikely gentleman is staying in her room at her uncle’s house. Samson!
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Second chance romance, forced proximity, unrequited love, secret identity, rags to riches – I could go on more. 🦛 This had fun unexpected moments, sweet passionate kisses with some innuendo but still clean and in a teasing way. You don’t have to read the books in order, here’s my review of the first book, Manor For Sale, Baron Included.
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This book came out Dec 30, 2022. Thank you to the author for the arc copy. These are my own thoughts and opinions.

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By Leslie_G

I love books and anything bookish!

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