An Honorable Lord Catherwood Collection

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Four spicy contemporary romances featuring The Earl’s Rules, The Mad Marquess, Catherwood Burning, and The Naughty Marchioness.

The Earl’s Rules – He has vowed to protect her. Convincing Jenny to join him in Scotland isn’t easy, but Reade is up for the challenge.

The Mad Marquess – Reade’s father, the aging but still cruel Marquess of Catherwood, makes their life together difficult. He may be senile, but he’s still lord of the manor, and he won’t hear of an engagement.

Catherwood Burning – The cruel Marquess of Catherwood is finally dead, and Reade has inherited both the title and the vast estate, but all is not well. His angry half-brothers are lashing out, putting both Reade and Jenny in danger.

The Naughty Marchioness – Reade and Jenny can finally marry and start a family—or can they?

Publishers Note: These previously published steamy stories are now available in one complete collection and contain elements of power exchange.

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  1. Redrabbitt

    JENNY HANSON AND READE RAMSAY

    It was fun to start a new series, Catherwood, that is a spin-off from the previous series, The Earl’s Acceptance. While there will be characters from the previous series, like Mandy from Texas who is now married to Quinn, and Maisie, this is a new series and will focus on Mandy’s friends, Jenny Hanson, and Reade Ramsay. The stories in each series are best read in the order written because it is an ongoing saga.

    The Earl’s Rules (Catherwood #1)
    I MUST BE CRUEL ONLY TO BE KIND

    Jenny will be in Scotland visiting Mandy when Maisie receives an invitation to a party hosted by Lady Caroline at Catherwood. She will ask if she will also invite Lady Amanda and her American friend, Jenny. It will be at the house party where Jenny will become lost in the woods during a scavenger hunt and be rescued by Lord Cranford. Since Jenny has no understanding of titles or peerage, she isn’t overly impressed and if anything, slightly insulted by his high-handedness.

    “All the better to rescue lost maidens.”

    “He’d love to know you think he had a hissy fit,” laughed Maisie, but then she added more seriously, “It’s their training, I tell you. It’s like Pavlov’s dog. Woman endangers herself, woman must be punished.”

    The story is the beginning of a relationship between Reade and Jenny. He will go as far as to visit her in Houston to get to know her better, but his stern manners follow him and when Jenny takes her safety more as a joke, he will show her his disapproval.

    “Being spanked because someone cares about you is very different from being spanked because someone simply wants to cause you pain. Jenny, you’re not going to win this encounter. You are going to be spanked, so make it easier on yourself and stop fighting. I’m a man who does what I say. You had more than fair warning.”

    The relationship between Reade and Jenny brings two different worlds, upbringings, social classes, and ideologies into play. Jenny even describes herself as “just a standard American mutt model.” Maybe her carefree, no titles, no worries attitude is part of what attracts him to her, but it can also be challenging. She doesn’t make over him because he has multiple titles, like women back home, and instead, they develop a friendship that becomes a relationship. But what will happen for them and a chance for a future?

    “It must be nice to have the world at your beck and call.”

    “He truly loved this woman, but his world and her world were sometimes light-years apart. Either he’d completely lost his mind or he’d accidentally stumbled onto the brass ring.”

    I enjoyed watching Reade and Jenny getting to know each other, the clash of cultures, and her introduction into discipline for things he considered important, like her safety. She has Mandy to ask questions to, even if they are hours apart. Learning the life that Reade grew up in isn’t pleasant, with a cruel father who still is making Reade’s life miserable. Getting Jenny to give up her life in Houston and move to Scotland has its own set of issues. Now, listening to the words of wisdom from his mother, he sees that things will once again have to change, and it is to protect Jenny and his future.

    The story has flashback scenes to Reade’s childhood, the cruelty of his father, and the separation from his mother and sister after the divorce. While it does have several discipline scenes, the intimacy is only a passing mention without any details.

    The Mad Marquess (Catherwood #2)
    CATHERWOOD IS A REAL SNAKE PIT, ISN’T IT?

    Reade and Jenny have moved into Troop House on the Catherwood estate, because he needs to be near his father, keeping an eye on the estate, but keep Jenny safe. Things are happening on the estate, unethical behavior, and not only do they revolve around the Marquess, but his two illegitimate sons, Adair and Harold, by his mistress. With the Marquess mind failing, he will call for Reade and then belittle him and have moments where he doesn’t even know what year it is. You can’t help but have a deep respect for Reade for remaining polite no matter how cruel and distasteful his father can be.

    “I don’t think you’re going because of niceness. You’re going because you were trained to. Daddy says run, you ask how far. Daddy says jump, you ask how high.”

    Reade needs to keep Jenny safe, and that means away from his father, and for that matter, his half brothers. Getting her to understand that she cannot wander the estate, nor confront them, will be contention between them, and have him showing his displeasure with her disobedience by punishing her.

    “She did sometimes simply stir the pot to see what floated to the top.” “I’m not going to argue about it,” he replied. “You know exactly why you’re getting spanked. You’re a game player, and today you lost.” “History’s naughtiest marchioness. That’s what you’re going to be.”

    “I told you clearly quite recently that when I put things off-limits to you, it’s usually to protect you not simply to control you. Do you remember my saying that?”

    The story has the good, the bad, and the ugly. For Reade, he must acquiesce to the demands of the Marquess, and jump through hoops. While there is no love between father and son, Reade is the rightful heir by law to inherit. The time is near for his death, and while Reade is an Earl, he is also well trained in proper protocol. His time is coming soon to be the next Marquess of Catherwood. He will have plenty of challenges with changing the unsavory reputation that has plaque the March under the rule of his father and bastard sons. With Jenny by his side, he has love and support—and soon, he will have her as his wife.

    The story has flashback scenes to Reade’s childhood, the cruelty of his father, and the separation from his mother and sister after the divorce. You can understand why Reade has no love for his father, and his death will be a blessing. While the story does have several discipline scenes, the intimacy is only a passing mention without any details. Book three will have Reade gaining full control of Catherwood, but he will be facing battles against the Burton brothers.

    Catherwood Buring (Catherwood #3)
    ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG

    As Reade takes the reigns of Catherwood as the new Marquess, it comes with cleaning up the unsavory reputation and dealing with his two older half-brothers. He is ready to settle down with Jenny, but it won’t be easy. There are so many unsettling events around the vast estate, including shootings, fires, and it has made the estate unstable for Reade and Jenny.

    “Reade inherited not only the title of Marquess of Catherwood but also the difficult task of ridding the vast estate of the brothers’ sordid activities. He was determined to make Catherwood once again a place to be proud of—a place where he and Jenny could marry and raise a family.”

    The story will take place in several countries, including Scotland, the United States, and France. A trip to visit Jenny’s parents and them to meet Reade will be part of the plan, and also after their engagement announcement, a party in France. It will also have Jenny experiencing her first ball at the Morleton estate. But despite everything, the issue with the Burton brothers seems to interfere with their lives, while home or away. Even Reade’s staff is at a loss and must bring in outside help.

    “It’s like young children simply acting out. I can see no reason for it other than pique.”

    “I’ll tell you what they’re doing. They’re interfering with our lives.”

    Slowly Jenny and Reade start making plans, but bringing them to fruition will take plenty of work and people—now if the problem with the Burtons could be solved. Jenny is more down-to-earth and wants the wedding held at Catherwood.

    “It could be an old-fashioned country party. God knows Catherwood is set up for it. You have plenty of guest space, and you have a ballroom and a huge dining room that actually seats a hundred people—probably more. Think of it as the inauguration of Catherwood’s new era.”

    One thing never changes, and that is the naughtiness of Jenny. She knows when she goes to do something that Reade has explicitly told her not to do, that she will probably end up over his knee for a spanking. She ventures out where he tells her not to sneaks off, and each time, she finds herself needing help and then must face his displeasure.

    “She was his Jenny, and soon she would be his marchioness—probably the naughtiest marchioness ever.”

    While this story does progress, the Burtons cause a bit of discord between Jenny and Reade, and she isn’t afraid to express her opinions—even when he warns her to stop. In many ways, Jenny is naïve as to his title and duties and pushes him too far, too often.

    “A man of words and not deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.”

    The story has the good, the bad, and the ugly. For Reade, he must acquiesce to the demands as the new Marquess and how he plans for the future of Catherwood. He has an obligation to Jenny, to his people, and the future of the estate. While he is a fair man, his patience will be tried by the Burtons and his Jenny. But together, they will forge a new reputation of Catherwood—just like the fires have purged some of the past.

    “This was their future, full of love and passion. This was the new lord of Catherwood and his soon-to-be bride, who would surely be the naughtiest marchioness ever.”

    While the story does have several discipline scenes, the intimacy is only a passing mention without any details. Book four will have Reade and Jenny finally marrying, but trouble is still in the picture, and once again, Reade must deal with the unruly Burtons.

    The Naughty Marchioness (Catherwood #4)
    THEY’D SOMEHOW MANAGED TO MESH THEIR STYLES

    Reade Ramsey, Marquess of Catherwood, is soon to marry Jenny Hanson. She is returning from a three-week trip to Houston, where she shopped for her wedding gown. The plans have been made, including restoring the Reed Chapel that is part of the Catherwood estate. At this point, they are only months away from the wedding. Next will be to have Mandy, Maisie, and Caroline’s dresses made to compliment her gown—and to learn that her veil may not work with her Marchioness tiara.

    “Reade always says I’m going to be the naughtiest marchioness in Scottish history.”

    The closer they come to the wedding, the more Jenny wants to know and understand about Reade and his life, to find pictures of him as a child. The one thing she is determined to change is how Reade will be with their children, compared to how his cruel father raised him.

    “Joking around wasn’t a big theme in my childhood.”

    A highlight of the wedding for Jenny is when Reade will present her with his sword, offering her his protection for life. If anything, Reade has proven his word and honor repeatedly.

    “Jennifer Elizabeth Hanson, I give you my sword as a symbol of my sacred oath of honor to protect you and provide for you as long as we both draw breath.”

    One of the things that are still hard for Reade to wrap his head around is the lackadaisical attitude Jenny has for the peerage and her propensity for getting into trouble. She has the kindest heart, but the lace of self-preservation, and that is something he must keep spanking her for. Nothing as far as his rules are outlandish, and there are times he is more lenient with her than he probably should be.

    “You’re right, I don’t trust you to stay out of trouble, but other than that, I trust you. I certainly trust your integrity. Don’t you trust me?”

    “Jenny was silent. She’d never had a lot of patience with inconvenient rules, but she knew he was right about everything, including that he probably would have spanked her if they’d been at home.”

    With the March comes priceless antiquities, and the more Jenny learns about the items, the more in awe and wonders she becomes—even when they come back from their one-month honeymoon and sees the items gifted to them—or the estate.

    “Marrying you is like marrying the National Gallery of Art.”

    The story will have the good, the bad, and the ugly, with plenty of angst, along with troubling issues. The Burtons are still up to trouble, and getting Lady Catherwood to listen and stay indoors is a matter of life and death. It will result in a severe discipline by Reade. Jenny is antsy being a prisoner in her own home, and her brain works overtime.

    “I could if things were normal, but when I know I’m a prisoner, it short circuits my thinking.”

    While the story does have several discipline scenes, the intimacy is only a passing mention without any details. The way this last story ends indicates that this is the final one in this series. I enjoyed the journey of Reade and Jenny, their courtship, her irreverence for the peerage, and how two people, raised so differently, can make it work. Love conquers all, and these two prove that it has no boundaries.

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