"Heart, humor, and a hot hero. Everything I look for in a great romance novel!"
— Award winning author Valerie Bowman on I Dare the Duke
My Brown-Eyed Earl
A Wayward Wallflowers Novel
by Anna Bennett
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Publisher ~ st. martin's press
Categories ~ historical romance
Categories ~ historical romance
William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, is at the end of his noble rope. Not only has he broken ties with his longtime mistress, his mother has publicly announced her wish for him to marry a suitable young lady―if only to help him raise the twins left in his care. Hiring a governess should solve some of Will’s problems…but when he meets the candidate in question, he finds himself in an entirely new predicament.
TO DO A WALLFLOWER’S JOB
Miss Margaret Lacey is brainy, beautiful, and, once upon a time, Will’s betrothed. But she bowed out of the engagement―and, since then, has never been the same. A tragic accident robbed her of everything, and now, at age twenty-three, her marital prospects are slim to none. Penniless but not without pride, Meg convinces the vexingly handsome Will to hire her for the job. What neither of them could have expected from this arrangement, however, is an attraction that burns stronger than ever. Are these two lost souls finally ready to be schooled in the art of love?
A brilliant start to a new series! This is not only a love story between two hard headed people but between children and adults who are not related by birth. It is refreshing in it's manner of presentation of different types of family's and that the ones not accepted by society can be impactful, meaningful and loving.
The Earl of Castleton won my heart from the start of the book. He is a heart throb who heats up the pages with his self involved "I want what I want attitude". The plot slowly shows the real Will as you read further into the book. The author does a smooth transition in this process causing the reader to become deeply in love with who he really is.
I do admire a heroine who may be a wallflower but will always find a way to help her family and others while still standing up for herself. Miss Lacey's attitude is refreshing and to the point throughout the book. She intrigued me as to how she would deal with Will and her feelings. What was interesting about this book is that the reader is involved in not just her story with Will but how she fights to help the twins and teach them how to behave in the world. Her fighting spirit is brilliantly shown in the area of her presence in society that will bring to mind times that the reader may have felt like she did and thus want to cheer her on for being strong.
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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. Other weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
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