Monday, October 3, 2016

Quote-tastic/Review-- momentarily dumbstruck-- My Brown-Eyed Earl by Anna Bennett

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Sooo a semi-new-to-me. Anna Bennett is actually one of my favorite authors who has had a name change. She used to write as Anne Barton. It was so good, yall.

Anywho. Today's quote. ::snort:: Basically, years ago the hero caught the heroine skinny dipping and he's having to squirm a bit and explain himself. This part of it just made me laugh. Good save, hero. Good save.
"The point is that I stared because I found you mesmerizing. Not just your nakedness, but you. The way you glided across the water. The way the sunlight reflected off your skin. I'd never seen a creature so free... or so beautiful."
"And the truth is," he continued evenly, "that I haven't seen anything as beautiful since."
"That is quite the story," she managed."
"Do you believe me?"
"I believe you."

She could almost see the air rush out of his lungs.

"Then I am forgiven?" he asked hopefully.

"Are you apologizing, my lord?" She raised an eyebrow expectantly. Heady feelings aside, she could not make this too easy for him.

"That's a difficult question."

She snorted. "I don't think it's difficult at all."

"I would not apologize for being momentarily dumbstruck by the sheer beauty of a rainbow, nor for appreciating the awesome power of a storm."

Oh, he was good. 

My Brown-Eyed Earl (The Wayward Wallflowers #1)

I'm just gonna need a minute or two to have a swoon over the Earl of Castleton! Oh. My. Word. What a hero! My Brown-Eyed Earl gave my heart a flutter, had me fighting back a grin more than once, and simply left me charmed.

Now. The quick of it is that Will has suddenly found himself the guardian of two six year old twin girls after their father died and their mother abandoned them. And they are a handful! He's in desperate need of a governess to help take care of them. The woman who comes to interview for the job? Well. Margaret may help with the problem of the little girls but she'll bring a whole new level of trouble into his life since the two have a past and, well, aren't all that fond of one another because of it.

I loved these two. Will is just. He is THE hero. I was in a total swoon over him. He's a bit cold at first and intimidating. Sometimes growly. But holy cow I fell hard for him and how he was with all his girls--the twins, Margaret and all the others. And Margaret was a lovely heroine as well. Her family's down on it's luck but she's ready to do what she has to do. She had spirit and heart and was easy to love. Them together? Well. I always love when there's a near enemies to lovers trope. They have great chemistry and fire for sure.

And then the twins. they were something else. They've got a lot of life in them and I enjoyed their adventures and sass and how they brought everyone together around them. Not just the hero and heroine but the staff as well.

All in all, My Brown-Eyed Earl was a beautiful romance and a lovely start to a promising new series. If you love historical romance Bennett is one author you really must meet.

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.

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?

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (historical) | New to You (series) | Goodreads

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