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Excerpt ❖ The Beastly Earl by Monica Burns

December 27, 2019

If you loved Beauty and the Beast, you’ll adore Monica Burn’s brand new release, THE BEASTLY EARL



Is her love strong enough to tame a Highlander beast and free the man inside?

After eight years in the Sudan, Ewan Colquhoun returns home minus an eye and arm. His cold, grim childhood home hasn’t changed except for the boy his wife died giving birth to—a son that isn’t his. Bitter and angry at life, he quickly earns the title, the Beastly Earl of Argaty. When he finds Louisa half-dead on the moors, she stirs something inside him. Soon, he finds his life turned upside down by a woman hell-bent on taming the beast.

When tragedy strikes, Louisa becomes a widow with two young children. For two years, she’s struggled with the grief and guilt from that terrible night. Eager to let go of the past, she returns to the Rockwood family’s estate in Scotland, but an unfortunate accident places her in the path of the Earl of Argaty. She soon discovers letting go of the past is easier than taming the beast and freeing the man she loves.

Release Date: Dec 24, 2019
Series: Reckless Rockwoods
Book: 5
Heat Level: Sensual/Hot
Imprint: Maroli SP 
Price: $3.99


The woman’s impertinence made Ewan close his book in a fierce movement. The violence of the act caused a sharp crack of sound to linger in the room. There was a soft intake of air behind him, and he knew he’d startled perhaps even alarmed her. Satisfaction pounded its way through his limbs at the knowledge. He was accustomed to his mother’s criticism, but he refused to be chastised by a stranger no matter how lovely she was.

He uttered an inaudible curse word as he slowly turned to face her. Self-disgust crashed through him the instant he experienced gratitude that the fireplace was the only source of light in the room. That he even cared about the woman’s reaction to his physical appearance emphasized the strength of his awareness for Louisa Morehouse. An awareness he didn’t want to feel.

Louisa stood close to the hearth, and the firelight accentuated one of the reasons why he’d done his best to avoid her. As he studied her, the memory of a wet chemise clinging to her skin made his mouth go dry. Infuriated by the direction of his thoughts, Ewan narrowed his one eye at her.

“I don’t need a Sassenach to tell me how to raise the boy,” he said coldly.

“My mother was Scottish, so you’ll have to think of another way to insult me.” The condescension in her response only added fuel to his growing anger.

“Then I shall rephrase my words by saying, I don’t need a woman telling me how to raise Ross.”

“That’s where you’re wrong. In fact, there’s a great deal I can tell you—”

Enough,” he snarled as he forced himself to remain in the shadows when what he really wanted to do was silence her in a much different way. He shoved the disturbing thought back into a compartment labeled don’t touch. “You’re a guest in my house, Louisa Morehouse, and I’ll thank you to remember that.”

“The boy needs a governess,” she continued as if she’d not heard a word he’d said. In the back of his head, he noted her stubbornness rivaled McCallum’s, only she wasn’t as subtle as the old retainer was. “And as I understand from McCallum, each of the last two governesses the child had left in less than a month of arriving at Argaty.”

Ewan slammed his book down onto the shelf closest to him as he continued to avoid the firelight. The action rewarded him with the sight of her jumping slightly from the harsh sound. Suddenly she straightened to her full height, which wasn’t much less than his, and her chin tipped upward at a defiant angle.

It was a clear display of rebellion, and he couldn’t help admiring her for not allowing him to intimidate her. Despite the stubborn set of her mouth, it didn’t hide the fullness of her lips. Would her mouth taste as fiery and passionate as she looked? A bolt of desire lashed through him and made his muscles harden like the grand oak on the moor that stood not far from where Ewan had found her. He remained frozen in place afraid he might actually try to answer the question.

“You seem to have made a great many inquiries about my household.” Ewan grounded out between his teeth. He wasn’t sure if his anger was directed more at her than himself.

 “My questions have only been to inquire about Ross’s well-being, and when I’d be granted permission to meet with the exalted Earl of Argaty.” She glared in his direction in obvious disdain for him and his title.

“Now that you’ve bullied your way into my exalted presence, you can explain what your interest in the boy has to do with you, other than a reason to disturb my peace.”

As if she’d suddenly realized he’d yet to refer to Ross as his son, her eyes narrowed slightly. In the firelight he saw a look of puzzlement flit across her face. It was replaced by an expression of confident determination.

“I wish you to take me on as your son’s governess.”



Praise for The Beastly Earl

“Scarred, war hero in a kilt! I mean, come on!….and the brogue…hello! Melting on the floor, here! So you’ve got a hot hero, a heroine that can stand up to him, adorable children and meddling family members (some of which are dead-you’ll need to read it for that explanation!) Not to mention a thoroughly nasty bad guy. All of this wrapped up in one great book that is hard to put down once you start reading.”  — Laura Polito McEleney, Reviewer

“It’s an intense, emotional, and at times gritty read. The characters are achingly real with flaws, quirks, brokenness, and strengths just like real people.”  — Love At 1st Read

Critical Acclaim for Monica’s Other Books

“I was hooked and spent the whole day reading this sizzling, sensual, engrossing tale.” — Barbara Vey, Publisher’s Weekly – Beyond Her Book

“Delectably sensual…intensely emotional.” — Lucy Monroe, USA Today bestselling author

 “Monica Burns writes with sensitivity and panache.” Sabrina Jeffries, NYT bestselling author

“…Burns has a charismatic and confident writing style.” Sacramento Book Review

“… romance akin to a Johanna Lindsey classic…” RTBOOKreviews

“…a wonderful historical fiction voice…” Babbling About Books, and More


About the Author

Monica Burns is a bestselling author of spicy historical and paranormal romance. She penned her first romance at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me. She’s also the recipient of the 2015 GOLD MEDAL Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, 2016 Bronze Medal IPPY Awards, and USA Today HEA Blog 2015 Must-Read for Forever Mine.

Her paranormal romance awards include the prestigious 2011 PRISM Best of the Best award for Assassin’s Heart. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica is a survivor who believes every hero and heroine deserves a HEA (Happily Ever After), especially if she’s writing the story.


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