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One Good Earl Deserves a


The Second Rule of


Sarah MacLean


For girls who wear glasses




Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen


Author's Note

About the Author

Romances by Sarah MacLean


About the Publisher



Early Spring 1824


here were benefits to being the second son.

Indeed, if there was one truth in society it was this:

Rake, rogue, or scoundrel—an heir required reformation.

He could wreak his havoc, sow his wild oats, and

scandalize society with his youthful indiscretions, but his

future was cast in stone by the finest of masons: He would

eventually find himself shackled to his title, his land, and

his estate—a prisoner of peerage alongside his brethren in

the House of Lords.

No, freedom was not for heirs, but for spares. And

Jasper Arlesey, the second son of Earl Harlow, knew it.

He also knew, with the keen understanding of a criminal

narrowly escaping the gallows, that—despite having to

forgo heredity title, estate, and fortune—he was the

luckiest man on Earth to have been born seventeen months

to the day

after Owen Elwood Arthur Arlesey, eldest

child, first son, Viscount Baine and heir to the earldom.

On Baine lay the heavy weight of respectability and

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