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A Favor for the Prince by Jane Ashford

A Favor for the Prince, a reissue of The Bargain that makes its place in The Duke’s Sons series clear.

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Of A Duke Too Far Publishers Weekly says: “Ashford draws in readers with complex characters, subtle romance, and all the sparkling wit and flirtatious banter of a Georgette Heyer novel.” I’m thrilled by the comparison! Library Journal said: an “irresistible love story featuring a fearless heroine and a reluctant hero who find the answers they’re searching for in each other, aided by an entertaining ensemble of secondary characters.”

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Of How to Cross a Marquess. Harlequin Junkie said: “This was such a great book and was so hard to put down! It has humor, drama, mystery, romance, intrigue, and a surprising ending. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.”

Brave New Earl, a Night Owl Top Pick.

And A Lord Apart, which Booklist called an “impeccably crafted Regency historical …a welcome change from all the London-set, high-society-focused love stories.”

Since you’re here, I imagine you like historical romances, Regencies in particular. I’ve loved them since I was about fourteen. Foraging in my small town Ohio public library, in the back where there weren’t any book jackets, I was searching for something new to read. I pulled down a book called Arabella, and that was it. Georgette Heyer became a new favorite. I gobbled up every book of hers I could find. When I started to write my own books, I found inspiration in her writing. She did things I wanted to do, as well as I could. First, fun. It’s always my dream to make readers laugh out loud, as I often did when I read Heyer. Think of Hugo Darracott’s masterly manipulation of a scene out of farce in The Unknown Ajax. Second, an essential humanity. I like heroes who achieve their HEAs by showing kindness, and particularly by recognizing a heroine’s needs and fulfilling them. Third, true love as a process. Of course, we can all be dazzled by a wild physical attraction. But desire alone doesn’t make a true match. My couples challenge each other and reveal their true characters through action before they find their happy endings. The romance genre has evolved since Georgette Heyer’s time. Readers want the hero’s point of view as well as the heroine’s. Many are keen to follow couples beyond the bedroom doors. Way beyond sometimes. They’re also interested in what was happening outside the ballrooms of the Regency upper classes. And that’s great. It opens up all kinds of exciting opportunities and storylines. My sources of inspiration have expanded, too. But these things remain constant: I try to create believable, humane characters; plot stories in which two people learn about each other and find their way to recognition and love; and stir up a bit of fun. Jane Ashford   Save Save Save Save