To Heal an Earl by Alexa Aston
Book 1 in the exciting new Soldiers and Soulmates series from internationally bestselling author Alexa Aston has arrived.
Both wronged by their families . . . two souls alone in the world . . .
Instead of making her come-out during the upcoming London Season, Lady Charlotte Nott finds herself tossed
from her home after her father’s untimely death by a vengeful half-brother. Penniless, she makes her way in a
world new to her, first serving as a companion and then governess to the three children of Lord Crampton. When the earl dies moments after hiring her, Charlotte takes on the running of Gray Manor’s household and estate until the children’s new guardian arrives.
Guilt weighs heavily on Major Danforth Grayson, having lost too many men under his command over the years. When he receives word of the death of the brother who wronged him, Gray returns home, bitter with the hand life has dealt him. He intends to hire competent people to manage the estate and care for his nephew and nieces and retreat to a solitary life in London–until he meets the inimitable Miss Nott.
Charlotte is drawn to Gray but knows she is no longer of his world. When he suddenly becomes the new Lord Crampton, she knows it’s time to leave her charges behind–for what woman would care to watch the man she loves start a family as she suffers in silence? Yet Charlotte knows Gray is a broken man and her leaving might shatter him forever.
Can Charlotte walk away from a flawed man who desperately needs her, or will she leave before she loses her own soul?
Find the answer in bestselling author Alexa Aston’s first book of Soldiers and Soulmates, To Heal an Earl.
Each book in Soldiers and Soulmates is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1: To Heal an Earl
Book #2: To Tame a Rogue
Book #3: To Trust a Duke
Book #4: To Save a Life
Book #5: To Win a Widow
Targeted Age Group:: adults
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After writing my first Regency romance series, The St. Clairs, I decided I enjoyed this era so much that I wanted to set another series during those years. I decided to write about five men, officers in the Napoleonic Wars, who come home to England under different circumstances, and meet the strong women who will become their soulmates.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I first pictured Soldiers and Soulmates as a trilogy and had three young schoolboys who become friends and go off to war together when they reach adulthood. Through writing these three books, a few other characters emerged, and I got the ideas for two other army officers who could be connected to these storylines and find their own true loves.
Deliberately, Charlotte moved her palms to the broad wall of his chest. His heart beat out of control underneath her fingertips. She pushed against him and pulled back, breaking the kiss.
“Gray, we must stop,” she said gently, sounding perfectly in control but knowing her heart beat as fast as his did.
He looked at her in confusion a moment, then those beautiful blue eyes flickered with desire. The yearning she saw almost broke her resolve and Charlotte forced herself to keep from hungrily kissing him again. Instead, she brought a palm to his cheek, feeling the slight stubble against it.
“Are you all right now?”
His hand went to her wrist and encircled it, his thumb slowly stroking the delicate underside, making her pulse jump.
“I would say I’m sorry . . . but it would be a lie,” he said, his voice low and rough.
She bit her trembling lower lip, not trusting herself to speak.
His other hand went to her waist a moment and then he pushed himself to his feet, bringing her with him. Her thumb stroked his cheek once, reveling in the feel of him.
“You were having a nightmare,” she said softly.
His brow creased. “I can’t seem to rid myself of them,” he admitted. “There were times I had to follow orders that were given . . . and even times I issued orders myself . . . that caused the deaths of men under my command. It’s impossible to let go. I hear the anguished cries of the dying. The dreams can be vivid.” He swallowed. “I’ve tried to stop feeling—because with feeling comes vulnerability. I already hurt so much for those who were lost.”
“War is savage. The atrocities you saw may never leave you. But Gray, you and your commanding officers only did what you thought best. The loss of life is inevitable in battle. Please don’t keep holding yourself responsible.”
He shook his head. “I’m sorry you saw me like this.”
“I only hope I brought some comfort to you. I was afraid to awaken you.”
Instead, he’d awakened something within her that would never give her rest.
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