Title: Noble Intentions
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Currently a Standalone
Genre: M/M Contemporary/ LBGTQ
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Dec 2016
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Robert Morton is in for the surprise of a lifetime. His mother, a bit of a rebel, raised him away from the rest of the family, and it’s not until he’s contacted by his lawyer about an inheritance that he learns who he truly is: the new Earl of Hantford. His legacy includes ownership of the historic Ashton Park Estate—which needs repairs Robert cannot afford. He’ll simply do what the nobility has done for centuries when in need of money. He’ll marry it.
Tech wizard Daniel Fabian is wealthy and successful. In fact, he has almost everything—except a title to make him worthy in the eyes of the old-money snobs he went to prep school with. His high school reunion is looming, and he’s determined to attend it as a member of the aristocracy.
That’s where Robert comes in.
Daniel has the money, Robert has the name, and both of them know they can help each other out. But their marriage of convenience has the potential to become a real love match—unless a threat to Daniel’s business ruins everything.
My Thoughts:Robert Morton gets the shock of his life. For how his life has turned around, he actually has the perfect job. Daniel Fabian has done very well for himself. These two seem to have a similar goal and use that to help the other. Robert has a mother that I fell in love with and I was glad to see how much of a champion she is for her son.
This author creates characters that always seem to be very relatable. Some people may not be fans of the LGBTQ literature but I don’t think they’ve read Mr. Grey’s work before. People are finally coming to realize that we are all human and we all deserve respect and love. There were judgments based on incorrect notions without getting to know the person. In this story, we get to see the character’s relationship build over the course of the story and what may have started as one thing ends up with a great happy ending. The story seems to move so quickly that it’s over before I realize it. Good news is that I can see myself reading this story more than once.
This time of year, we don’t want to read a story that’s going to bring us down. Robert and Daniel work hard at giving us an enjoyable read. My problem is that they make me want to take a couple of trips and have them as tour guides. I want to experience New York with them and then travel to where they live and get the royal treatment there. So instead I’ll just have to bring this book with me. Can’t wait to see what my next adventure with this author will be.
Robert turned off the engine and blinked in disbelief. “You know I’m gay, Mum. I’m not going to marry a woman.”
“No. But I bet there is a gay man with a lot of money who would marry you for the chance to become a count.” She held up her hand. “Wives of earls are countesses, so the husband of an earl could be a count. Think about it. All you have to do is find someone who wants a title and marry him. Of course, he’d have to have piles of money, but you’re an earl. Meeting people with money shouldn’t be a problem.”
He knew his mother was falling in love with the idea. The only problem was that she wasn’t the one who was going to have to marry someone for money. Granted, he hadn’t had much luck in the love-life department, but still he wasn’t particularly interested in selling himself so he could fix up some family estate he hadn’t known existed until a few days ago.
“Mum. That’s crazy.”
“No, it’s not. I’m not saying you need to marry some prig you hate. But think about it. Earls and dukes have been doing this sort of thing for centuries. Who knows what you could get out of it? We got bloody Churchill from that kind of relationship. His mother was an American heiress.” The more she warmed up to the idea, the more Robert wanted to crawl under the car and hide.
“That’s enough. Like I said, I need to see what’s in the estate and what my options are before I throw myself off the arranged marriage cliff.”
“Who says it’s an arranged marriage? There are dating sites and things like that on the Internet. We’ll simply find you a gay matchmaker or something, like that show on American television.” Her excitement made him more uncomfortable by the second. Where had this idea come from and how did he get it out of her head? “You go ahead and look into the estate. I’m going to go look into some things on my end.”
“Mum. Just stop this whole thing right now. I’ll come up with a plan to try to figure out what I’m going to do after my trip to the States. I don’t need your help getting myself married off to some rich guy for his money. That isn’t the kind of life that I want. None of this is.”
He could see how his entire way of life was about to change. Up until now his life had been the law firm and trying to help people who couldn’t help themselves. And now he was supposed to be the Earl of Hantford and all that entailed, including looking after a huge pile of a house because it had been in his family… the family that had disowned his mother. This whole thing rubbed him the wrong way, and all he wanted was a way out of this mess. Selling everything seemed like that way to go. He could be rid of it and that would be that. Pay the taxes, put the rest in trust for the next generation, wherever what would come from, and say to hell with it all.
One look at his mother’s set jaw and the gleam in her eyes told him that wasn’t going to happen. Not even close. Lord help him—he was going to need it.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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