Tech wizard Daniel Fabian is wealthy and successful. In fact, he has almost everything—except a title to make him worthy in the eyes of the old-money snobs he went to prep school with. His high school reunion is looming, and he’s determined to attend it as a member of the aristocracy.
That’s where Robert comes in.
Daniel has the money, Robert has the name, and both of them know they can help each other out. But their marriage of convenience has the potential to become a real love match—unless a threat to Daniel’s business ruins everything.
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Robert Ashton's usually boring life is turned upside down and inside out when he learns that he is the new Earl of Hantford after his uncles passing. His mother cut off all contact with her family and Robert has never really met any of them. The title and estates he's inherited aren't exactly up to snuff though. It will take money Robert doesn't have to polish up Historic Ashton Park Estate.
Daniel Fabien is wealthy and successful, but has never garnered the respect he thinks is deserved. Enter the lovely matchmaker for people of Daniel and Robert's status and there just might be a solution to both of their problems. You know what they say... one problem solved, several more arise.
Their marriage of convenience slowly evolves into something more as both men grow quite attached to each other. But neither is certain the other feels the same way. In the middle of Daniel and Robert opening up to each other they learn that the estate will take a bit more time, effort and money than initially expected. And then the bottom falls out when someone tries to steal Daniel's business that he built from the ground up, out from under him.
Grey is getting back to his squishy, sweet, romantic type of story with this new release and I absolutely loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed traveling the journey of friendship, self awareness and, eventually love with these two men. They were very much alike, and yet, quite different. It wasn't all sunshine and roses from the start, they had to work together to figure everything out. But it was worth the wait and was sad when I came to the end, with a sigh and a smile. Definitely a must read. But then, it's Andrew Grey, everything he does is golden.
“ROBERT,” HIS aide, Blake, said as he knocked on the frame beside the open door to Robert’s tiny office.
“Am I late for another meeting?” Robert looked up from his computer, where he’d been preparing the documents on a case for a client whose landlord was trying to evict her improperly. The guy was a real piece of work, and Robert was determined to win her some relief from the local council.
Blake chuckled softly. “No.”
Robert breathed a sigh of relief and continued typing as fast as he could. He was scheduled to meet with the council in less than an hour, and he wanted to make sure he had all his arguments in place.
“But there is someone here to see you. A solicitor from London.” Blake sounded half-breathless with excitement—probably wondering what was going on and if he could increase his stature in the office rumor mill.
Robert closed his eyes and tried to think if he had had any business or clients that would precipitate a visit from a colleague in London. Robert was technically a barrister, trained to argue cases in front of the courts. But here on the edge of Cornwall, Robert had decided that rather than go into high-powered practice in London, he’d become an advocate for those without the means to advocate for themselves. So he’d gone into practice with a few like-minded friends from school, and they’d opened their office on the second floor of a run-down building in Smithford. In their practice, they took everything and did everything. Two of his partners were solicitors, and Robert had learned the ins and outs of that profession as well.
“Give me five minutes, please.”
Blake nodded, and Robert put the last touches on the argument and then saved the file. He’d just finished when Blake led in a man about Robert’s age, spit-and-polished, wearing a suit that cost as much as Robert made in a month. Robert stood to meet the man.
“Robert Morton? William Montgomery. I’m here on behalf of your uncle, the Earl of Hantford.”
“My uncle….” Robert didn’t honestly remember having an uncle, but then again, his mother’s family had not been the most accommodating when she’d married Robert’s father. No one had talked about his mother’s family in so long that they didn’t register immediately in his memory. “Yes…?”
“Yes. Your uncle, Lord Harrison Hantford, the Earl of Hantford….” He paused. “Apparently the family changed their last name to that of the estate some six generations ago. He recently passed away, and under his will, you are his heir. The estate is entailed, which means your uncle didn’t have a great deal of choice in the matter. You are his closest living male heir, and as such you are entitled to the earldom, as well as all the property associated with it.”
Robert shivered slightly and blinked in near disbelief. He motioned for Mr. Montgomery to sit down, remembering his manners through the complete shock. “So you’re saying I’m the Earl of Hantford now?” He sank into his chair and wondered what kind of holy hell had befallen him.
“Yes, sir. Or I should say, your lordship.” Mr. Montgomery seemed to be taking little delight in this.
“Did you know my uncle?” Robert asked.
“I’m afraid I didn’t. He was a client with Rhodes, Wentworth, and Middleton for many years, and the task of notifying you fell to me.”
And now, a guest post from Andrew Grey, all about writing this wonderful story...
In the nineteenth and early twentieth century there was a huge influx of Americans marrying into noble British families in order to gain the legitimacy of a title. The British aristocracy needed money and the Americans wanted a title. If you watched Downton Abbey, that was what happened to Lady Grantham. Lucky for her, she fell in love with her husband and it was a good match between them. It didn’t always work out so well. Other matches ended in misery, divorce, and even one heiress on top of a dresser threatening her new husband that if he touched her she’s kill him. Needless to say that marriage didn’t last long. With Noble Intentions, my match works out much better. It’s a modern day version of these relationships with some of the same issues that faced as well as modern ones added to the mix. I really hope you enjoy it.
Thank you Andrew, I did enjoy it, very much!
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