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Peek Inside The Earl and the Reluctant Lady

From the moment Agnes Watkins entered his life, Fletcher Banks has wanted her. But she’s the sister of the man who holds Fletcher's career in his hands. And that makes her off-limits…

The Earl and the Reluctant Lady

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From the very moment Agnes Watkins walked into his life, Fletcher Banks, Earl of Wakefield, has wanted her. Agnes is not just beautiful, she’s clever and determined. She’s also the sister of the man who holds Fletcher’s career as a spy in his hands. And that makes her completely off-limits.

Tall, impossibly broad, and handsome as a sin, Fletcher Banks is a brazen scoundrel. Known for his reputation as the greatest lover in London, he’s the only man who’s ever proved a temptation for Agnes. Her duties with the Ladies of Virtue mean she can’t overlook his lustful ways. The time has come to reform this rake.

With Agnes setting her virtuous sights on him, Fletcher can’t avoid her any longer. Perhaps spending more time together will release him from his infatuation with Agnes without falling further from her brother’s good graces. But they soon find it impossible to deny that this may be more than lust...

Each book in the Lords of Vice series is STANDALONE:
* The Scoundrel and the Lady
* The Marquess and the Maiden
* The Earl and the Reluctant Lady


“DeHart weaves her carefully crafted threads and produces a witty, romantic escapade that will have historical romance lovers devouring as fast as they can.” -Lindsay G., Goodreads

I loved Fletcher and Agnes story!!” -Amy A., NetGalley

"This beautifully written story grabbed my heart and did not let go.” -Lori D., Goodreads 

Wonderful writing and a great storyline, that’s what you get consistently from this author, this book is a great one to settle in and devour on a wet day, when all you want to do is switch off and lose yourself for a few hours.” -Maggie W., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637047
Series: Lords of Vice, Book 3
Release Date: Nov 12, 2018
Page Count: 249
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency, historical victorian
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, older brother's best friend, unrequited love

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By Maggie November 08, 2018

Wonderful writing and a great storyline, that’s what you get consistently from this author, this book is a great one to settle in and devour on a wet day , when all you want to do is switch off and lose yourself for a few hours .
The characters are so good , I love Fletcher , he may be a ...more

By Niki (mustreadalltheromance) October 29, 2018

During her second London season, viscount's daughter Agnes Watkins is overshadowed by her own mother, who consistently seeks male attention for herself, relegating the socially awkward Agnes to the position of wallflower, much to her embarrassment. As such, Agnes has given up the hope of marrying, d ...more

By Janet November 09, 2018

From the very moment Agnes Watkins walked into his life, Fletcher Banks, Earl of Wakefield, has wanted her. Agnes is not just beautiful, she's clever and determined. Despite her uncommon beauty, she refuses to conform to society's standards. She's also the sister of Christopher the man who holds Fle ...more

By Candy November 09, 2018

I thought this was a delightful story. Fletcher Banks, Earl of Wakefield, was a spy and had been for two years but he also lived the lifestyle. He had a horrible reputation. He met Agnes Watkins at a ball, he couldn't keep his eyes off her. She found him equally attractive. His boss turns out to be ...more

By Lori November 09, 2018

This beautifully written story grabbed my heart and did not let go. Upon first sight, Fletcher, Earl of Wakefield saw her at a ball from a distance and knew he had to meet her. Unbeknownst to him, Agnes is the sister of the man who holds his job as a spy in his hands. Agnes is of course attracted to ...more

By Angela October 30, 2018

Ms. DeHart does it again. Fletcher and Agnes each suffer from everyone wanting them but not really. I love Agnes' role of weapons maker. The women of the Ladies of Virtue are great characters. While reading this story you feel the longing and compassion of Fletcher and Agnes. How can these two peopl ...more

By MDM November 08, 2018

This was a perfect read to distract me from the stress of election night.

A 4* feel-good read, where from the very beginning you know that the hero loves the heroine, but it may take some time to bring her around. ...more

By Pat December 28, 2018

This was a new author for me, and I was pleasantly surprised. The story was beautifully written with wonderfully entertaining characters. I was drawn into the story very quickly and loved every minute of it. If you are a Historical Romance reader you are going to love this book! Well done! I will be ...more

By Amanda November 21, 2018

Oh my Lord Fletcher...What a great read! I really loved Agnes but strong women are a fave of mine! Lord Fletcher's character was so well done- made me laugh and shake my head at the same time. The Ladies of Virtue vs these Lords of Vice do not disappoint. Looking for a fun read with romance and of c ...more

By Arec December 18, 2018

The next installment of the beloved Lords of Vice series, this novel definitely does its predecessors justice. Well-written with dynamic characters, an interesting premises, and a romance to root for, it wants for nothing. ...more

By Brenda December 19, 2018

He knew he could never have her...

She thought she could change him...

Together their desire is undeniable.

My Thoughts:

This latest Robyn DeHart, Lords of Vice book is the best so far in this series.
I have read all three books in the series and two others by this author. I have enjoyed them all but mus ...more

By Kelly November 12, 2018

Great characters with plenty of heat

Book 3 in the Lords of Vice series, this book runs in parallel to book 2, which I’ve read (I haven’t read book 1 yet). Storylines do crossover, and there is an underlying plot line which I assume will flow through the entire series. So while I think this would wo ...more

By Lindsey November 03, 2018

Fletcher Banks, Earl of Wakefield, has no power with his title. His grandfather is the Duke while his father holds the Marquess title. Fletcher needs to earn a living until his elders die. He uses his charm and wit to seduce secrets for the Home Office, but when he meets Agnes Watkins, he realizes t ...more

By Debra November 26, 2018

From the moment Fletcher Banks, Earl of Wakefield, sees Miss Agnes Watkins, his stomach does a flip-flop and he's enchanted with her. When he kisses her out in the garden, he's pretty sure, he'll never want another woman for the rest of his life, but life has a way of interfering. It turns out Agnes ...more

By Fizza November 09, 2018

This is an adorable story. I loved both Fletcher and Agnes. Their interactions with each other are so sweet and interesting. I really enjoyed reading this historical fiction and would recommend it to all romance lovers.

Agnes has lived in her mother's shadow all her life. Finally, she gives up on lov ...more

By Mary November 01, 2018

4 stars

This is the story of Fletcher and Agnes. They are both in secret organisations and Fletcher is being blackmailed by Agnes's brother to stay away from her. I was a bit confused about Christopher because of his attitude at the end of the book, he either wanted his sister to marry Fletcher or no ...more

By Kat November 09, 2018

Wow… What a great book! The Earl and the Reluctant Lady by Robyn DeHart is book 3 in the Lord of Vice series. This is my first book I have read of Robyn’s but it won’t be the last and of course I have to get book 1 and 2 in this series so I can catch up. There is nothing better than finding a new au ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review November 12, 2018

The Earl and the Reluctant Lady by Robyn DeHart this is book Three in the Lords of Vice Series. This is the story of Fletcher Banks, Earl of Wakefield and Agnes Watkins. I have read the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Fletcher has been attracted to ...more

By Suzette November 12, 2018

I love the fact that Robin DeHart has managed to seamlessly integrate the stories in the Lord of Vice Series together. They are taking place simultaneously and without giving away plot lines and outcomes she is able to keep the storyline and characters running alongside each other in the same direct ...more

By Amy November 12, 2018

I loved Fletcher and Agnes story!!

Fletcher meets Agnes at a ball and it instantly infatuated with her, but her brother, who happens to be his boss, has warned him away from her. He allows himself one dance with her a year, any more and he would end up defying her brother's wishes. But that all chang ...more

By Delacey November 16, 2018

I really liked this story. Loved the characters with a nice mix of positive and negative qualities. This is the third in a series, is standalone, but book 2 is happening in conjunction with this book so may be better read in order if minor spoilers bug you. This was my first time reading Robyn DeHar ...more

By Terry November 25, 2018

What is Fletcher to do when the only woman for him (Agnes Watkins) is off limits. He can loose his job and everything he knows, however when his boss tells him his job is to watch over Agnes he is in for a real treat.
Agnes is just as smitten with Fletcher and can't imagine why he pretends to not be ...more

By Nancy November 10, 2018

The Earl and the Reluctant Lady (ebook) by Robyn DeHart ..this is the 3rd LORDS OF VICE book and I want to thank the Robyn for letting me preview this book. Agnes Watkins (member o Ladies of Virtue and is against marriage) Fletcher Banks (Earl of Wakefield works for the 7 ..also against marriage) Th ...more

By Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews February 08, 2019

This book was really sweet. I shipped the two characters from the beginning, though I wish the guy had gotten his act together earlier and realized that he loved her and would sacrifice stuff for her. I haven't read the other books in the series, but I might now having read this one. And while it ha ...more

By Tammy November 20, 2018

This is the 3rd book in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. Fletcher falls hard when he first sees Agnes but her brother doesn’t approve of the match. Three years later when he is assigned to protect her while her brother his away, those sparks come back. Good historical read with plenty of ...more

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Robyn DeHart

About the author

Robyn DeHart

National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it's hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it. Sign up for Robyn's newsletter 

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