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Derek (The De Wolfes of Esterley Castle #2) by Alexa Aston. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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He loved her—and was blindsided when she wed another man . . .He refused her—and now her life is no longer her own . . .

Book 2 in the "The de Wolfes of Esterley Castle" series is now available. Read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Lady Amelia Ward is ecstatic that her brother, the Earl of Merrifield, has just married for love. Amelia, who is in her first Season, now wants the same for herself. Though ton marriages rarely involve love, she has seen what a difference it’s made in Oliver’s life and she won’t settle for anything less—especially because she’s already in love with her new brother-in-law—who thinks her a featherbrain.

Derek de Wolfe, the new Earl of Reston, has seen his older sister, Diana, wed to Lord Merrifield. Now Derek’s ready to return to Northumberland because he has no plans to wed for several years, preferring to focus on changes he wishes to make at Esterley, his country estate. In truth, he’s running away from his growing attraction to Amelia, his new sister-in-law, whom he knows believes in love.

When Amelia decides to make Derek jealous, her plans backfire. She finds herself wed to a stranger who’s a known rake and her unhappiness grows when she realizes the kind of marriage they will have.

Will Amelia find a way to escape a union that should never have occurred and if she does, will Derek be waiting for her?


Derek de Wolfe,  the Earl of Reston recently bought his sisters to London to enjoy the season.  The eldest has already found a worthy husband. Unfortunately the youngest has broken her leg and must put off her season until next year.  They have made some very good friends. 
Lady Amelia Ward is enjoying her first season and loves her new sisters in law.  It's great fun to have female company,  even if her new bestfriend can't come out to the parties yet.  There is also another reason she likes to visit with her friend. 
A short but action packed story that doesn't quite go as you think it will.  The characters and and their families are a fun and loving group.  You will meet many from previous and future books in the series and fall in love with them all. 
I loved it. 


Alexa Aston’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love.

She is the author of The Knights of Honor, a medieval romance series that takes place in 14th century England during the reign of Edward III and centers on the de Montfort family. Each romance focuses on the code of chivalry that bound knights of this era.

A native Texan, Alexa lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and can’t get enough of Fixer Upper or Game of Thrones. Alexa also writes romantic suspense, western historical, and standalone medieval novels as Lauren Linwood. 

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