Review of “The Bargain” by Jane Ashford

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The Bargain

by Jane Ashford

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The prequel to Jane Ashford’s January 2016 release, Heir to the Duke.

Overview:

A Scientifically Minded Nobleman Learns the Breathless Chemistry of Desire
Lord Alan Gresham is the sixth son of the Duke of Langford and, as such, has been allowed to remain at Oxford to pursue his scientific studies. When the prince regent asks him to debunk the “ghost” of a dead actress haunting Carlton House, he cannot refuse, and is forced back to the Society he deplores. But upon meeting the daughter of the alleged ghost, his calm, logical investigation is disrupted.

Ariel Harding doesn’t believe in ghosts, but she’s determined to investigate this haunting. Her mother recently committed suicide, and Ariel is desperate to find the reason. She’ll work with Alan because he has access to Prinny’s resources, but she never dreamed she’d make a perilous bargain with a man who’s as maddeningly arrogant as he is confoundedly attractive.

“A scintillating Regency adventure filled with…dark and dangerous action.” –Affaire de Coeur
“Charmingly written, by a deft hand.” –RT Book Reviews

The Duke’s Sons Series:

The Bargain (prequel)

Heir to the Duke (January 2016)

Fame and Fortune Favor a Lord (September 2016)

My Thoughts:

Pros:

I really enjoyed the heroine. She’s really funny and I like the way she handles our Hero and his brothers. The search for Ariel’s mother and the ghost is a strange addition and isn’t as well explained as it should be. BUT if you’re looking for a light fun read – The Bargain is a GREAT READ for you!

Cons:

Lord Alan, and the other Gresham brothers think women are complete idiots like most men of this time period. I was generally able to laugh it off, as Ariel is a strong female character, but I know some won’t be interested  in this book because of this. Since their mother is intelligent and well respected by all of them, it seems strange that they would think this way.

I received a Free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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