I love Sally MacKenzie's Duchess of Love series and Loving Lord Ash is just as funny and wonderful as the first two.
Christopher or Kit is the Marquis of Ashton, heir to the Duke of Greycliffe. His mother is known in society as the "Duchess of Love" due to her matchmaking hobby and the pamphlets on romance she writes. He is in an odd situation. As the heir to a Duke he needs an heir and he has just turned 30. But, how do you get an heir when you have been estranged from your wife for eight years and never spent a night in her bed?
Ash decides that he needs to do something about his need for an heir and journeys to his wife's estate. Jessica was the head groom's daughter when he married her and growing up she was one of his best friends. Jess was the only one who really knew him as they were growing up.
I loved his reaction when he arrived at his estate and found her in her studio painting. Ash slowly figures out that Jessica didn't wrong him those eight years ago and in the eight years since, he has done some serious damage to her reputation.
I was cheering for Jessica and wanted her to tell Ash off for dumping her at this estate and never caring how she was doing until he decided he needed an heir. At the same time I wanted to shake Ash and yell at him for being such an ass. What I found tender was how he did care enough for Jessica not to sleep around the Ton. However, I was confused as if Percy was supposed to be a villain or what.
What a wonderful novel. I give this one five out of five stars.
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!