Title: First Earl I See Tonight | Series: Debutante Diaries #1 | Author: Anna Bennett | Publisher: St Martin’s Press | Publication date: October 30th 2018 | Num. Pages: 352| Genre: Regency Romance
4 stars – A nifty little Regency Romance
I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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?
First Earl I See Tonight was the first book by Anna Bennett that I’ve read and I’m pleased to say it was a good one.
It was a nice little regency romance novel with a good character balance between all of the characters. Although the Earl in question – Ravenport- is a bit of a fool for a good block of the book and he slowly but steadily improves his opinion as the book progresses.
Fiona Hartley – our debutante of the hour – is an eclectic type of character with a forward thinking, progressive attitude towards marriage.
Their relationship begins in a very unromantic way and it continues on in much the same way until finally Ravenport clicks that maybe, just maybe, this debutante will be a good match.
The intrigue in the book was a nifty little one that is the premise of the story. Without the intrigue I think First Earl I See Tonight would just be a fluff piece, instead there’s an actual storyline to the book which I love.
The writing style is good but I did find some small sections that were slightly americanised and that is something I don’t like much in a Regency Romance book that is set in London.
Other than this small niggle the book was good, the character growth and dialogue was on point and I can’t really think of anything hugely irritating. I recommend First Earl I See Tonight if you’re a fan of Regency Romance with intrigue.