Title: First Earl I see tonight ~ Author: Anna Bennett ~ Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Romance ~ Format: Kindle
About The BOOK
An heiress with a daring proposal. An earl who’s determined to resist her. And a love that just might be written in the stars, in First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett.
Recently jilted by his fiancée, David Gray, Earl of Ravenport is not in the market for a wife. Even if Gray didn’t have his hands full renovating his crumbling country house, it would take more than a bold marriage proposal from a headstrong young beauty to thaw his frozen heart. Gray is confident that spending a week at his ramshackle estate will change her mind about marriage, but every passionate moment he spends with her tempts him to change his…
A talented artist, Miss Fiona Hartley desperately needs her dowry money to pay off a blackmailer set on ruining her sister. The handsome earl seems a sensible choice for a husband…if only she can convince him that romance will play no part. But marrying in name only may prove difficult for Fiona. Gray can’t help but be dazzled by her genuine warmth. Yet as their feelings deepen, Fiona’s deadline looms. Will her secrets destroy them, or is true love their final destiny?
I would like start off by giving a huge thanks to St. Martin’s Press for sending a review copy and letting me be apart of the book blog tour for this book. I thought this story was really good, I’m looking forward to the next book in this series to come out. I wouldn’t mind revisiting this world again.
I thought the story was very well written and I was able to follow along easily. I thought the pacing of this story was just right. I didn’t think it was to fast or slow. I liked the overall plot to this story, at first i was not thrilled by the blackmail plot. I thought it would turn me off to the main character. But I turned out to be wrong. I really like the twist at the end in regards to who the blackmailer was. I thought it was a daring choice on the authors part.
I thought all the characters were well written. I love the pairing of Gray and Fiona. I like how Gray by the end of the story was able to put aside his insecurities and was able to give Fiona his heart. I liked that Gray realized that not everyone was materialistic and that you can find beauty in unexpected places. Though I was kind of annoyed at Fiona’s handling of the blackmailer, I soon realized that her actions was based on protecting her loved ones. Plus, I love how her protective instincts by the end of the story went to Gray.
Overall, great story, I highly recommend picking this one up.
Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.
Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen.
Anna’s books include the Wayward Wallflowers series and the Debutante Diaries series.