The Return of the Earl

by Sandra Schwab

The Return of the Earl - Sandra Schwab

Can they overcome the betrayals of the past
for a second chance at love?

On the Continent they call him the Ice Prince, icy of manner, icy of heart. Now, after thirteen years of exile, Con returns home to England and to Harrowcot Hall, a place haunted by memories of a long-lost friendship and past betrayals, a place where all of his dreams shattered and died.

But the past is over and done with, and can no longer touch him -- or so Con thinks. He certainly does not expect to come face to face with Bryn Ellison again, the man whom he once loved beyond everything and who repudiated their bond in the cruelest way imaginable.
As snow and frost close in on Harrowcot Hall, Con's icy demeanour starts to melt while he grapples with old hurts and newly awakened passions. Will he give in to the lure of the past against his better judgement?

WARNING: This book contains a very grumpy earl, a dashing stablemaster, some ravishment in various places, several garden follies, a lot of snow, and a horse called Lancelot.

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Reviews:BJ Jansen on All About Romance wrote:

"What elevates this novel is [...] the language and the research that have gone into the accurate portrayal of the Regency era and the traditions of the times. [...] I liked the idea of a gangly, innocent young man in love who is changed and emotionally frozen by a betrayal then returning as a man who, during his absence, has earned the soubriquet of the Ice Prince. The man is frozen, the landscape is frozen – both waiting for love and warmth to bring them back to life."

Freya on Sinfully: Gay Romance Book Reviews wrote:

"Onto Bryn – the stablemaster whose betrayal sends Con into brood mode. Ohhh, he’s delicious and swoon-worthy. He’s a strong man who loves horses and treats them well – what’ not to love? A fan might be needed around him."

About the Author

Award-winning author Sandra Schwab started writing her first novel when she was seven years old. Thirty-odd years later, telling stories is still her greatest passion, even though by now, she has exchanged her pink fountain pen of old for a black computer keyboard. Since the release of her debut novel in 2005, she has enchanted readers worldwide with her unusual historical romances (some of which she now uses to shamelessly fangirl over Punch, her favorite Victorian magazine).

She holds a PhD in English literature, and in autumn 2015, she appeared on the BBC documentary Great Continental Railway Journeys to talk about another favorite topic of hers, the Grimms’ fairy tales (while walking through a rather muddy stretch of the Black Forest) (there were a lot of slugs, too).

She lives in Frankfurt am Main / Germany with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and an ever-expanding library.

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