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Llynmore Castle is the only place Annabel Lockhart has ever considered home. For years, she’s been able to live as she wished, freely roaming the wild moors. Now there’s a new earl, as arrogant as he is handsome, and he wants her out. But if he thinks she’ll go quietly, he’s in for a surprise. Theo Townsend returned from war a changed man. After unexpectedly inheriting an Llynmore Castle is the only place Annabel Lockhart has ever considered home. For years, she’s been able to live as she wished, freely roaming the wild moors. Now there’s a new earl, as arrogant as he is handsome, and he wants her out. But if he thinks she’ll go quietly, he’s in for a surprise. Theo Townsend returned from war a changed man. After unexpectedly inheriting an earldom and a secluded castle in the Scottish Highlands to go with it, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world—until he arrives to find a spirited, beautiful woman already in residence. He can’t just throw her out, but surely there's a way to get her to leave on her own. The sooner she's gone, the better, especially when he realizes there’s more than just mutual dislike between them.


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Llynmore Castle is the only place Annabel Lockhart has ever considered home. For years, she’s been able to live as she wished, freely roaming the wild moors. Now there’s a new earl, as arrogant as he is handsome, and he wants her out. But if he thinks she’ll go quietly, he’s in for a surprise. Theo Townsend returned from war a changed man. After unexpectedly inheriting an Llynmore Castle is the only place Annabel Lockhart has ever considered home. For years, she’s been able to live as she wished, freely roaming the wild moors. Now there’s a new earl, as arrogant as he is handsome, and he wants her out. But if he thinks she’ll go quietly, he’s in for a surprise. Theo Townsend returned from war a changed man. After unexpectedly inheriting an earldom and a secluded castle in the Scottish Highlands to go with it, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world—until he arrives to find a spirited, beautiful woman already in residence. He can’t just throw her out, but surely there's a way to get her to leave on her own. The sooner she's gone, the better, especially when he realizes there’s more than just mutual dislike between them.

30 review for Enchanting the Earl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    4.5 Stars When Theo Townsend unexpectedly becomes an Earl and inherits a Scottish castle (among other things), he figures moving to the remote estate in the Highlands might just be what his war-tormented self needs for a bit of peace and quiet. To Theo’s utter vexation, his three younger siblings decide to join him in his relocation, and to make matters worse, when they arrive at Llynmore Castle they find it already tenanted by a fiery young woman named Annabel Lockhart and her aunt. Theo and Ann 4.5 Stars When Theo Townsend unexpectedly becomes an Earl and inherits a Scottish castle (among other things), he figures moving to the remote estate in the Highlands might just be what his war-tormented self needs for a bit of peace and quiet. To Theo’s utter vexation, his three younger siblings decide to join him in his relocation, and to make matters worse, when they arrive at Llynmore Castle they find it already tenanted by a fiery young woman named Annabel Lockhart and her aunt. Theo and Annabel butt heads from the moment they meet, doing all they can to remain civil in the time it will take Theo to organise a replacement living situation for the two women. Theo wants them gone, pure and simple, but Annabel has other ideas. Llynmore Castle is the only true home Annabel has ever known and she’ll do what she must to either force the new Earl out, or convince him to let her and her aunt stay for good. I really, really enjoyed this story. The Scottish setting Maxton created was simple yet atmospheric, conjuring vivid imagery without going into unnecessary detail like is so often the case in more loquacious historical romances set in this time/location. The story had a bit of depth to it too, with all the characters having some serious meat to their backstories and personalities. Theo, in particular, was an honest and rich character, shaped and motivated by his past experiences as a solider. He lost a limb in battle and suffers from some pretty severe PTSD related issues throughout this story – although that term and its meaning had yet to be understood in such a time, making it particularly affecting to watch Theo struggle against something he couldn’t even begin to name. While fighting a daily battle to keep his fractured mind and heart at peace, Theo could oftentimes come across as difficult and unapproachable, both to the characters and the reader alike, but I felt that the severity of his fragile mental state was expressed so well through his narrative and through the deft perceptions gained by Annabel herself, that I couldn't help but feel great compassion towards his character and his plight. The developing relationship between Theo and Annabel could be described as having a enemies-to-lovers vibe to it, and their romance, although eventually steamy, was most certainly slow-burn in its progression, which is right in my wheelhouse of favourite romance tropes and an aspect of this story that I eagerly gobbled up. At the end of the day, this story was a huge success for me. I’m keenly looking forward to reading further in the series, which follows the rest of the Townsend siblings as they find love in the Highlands and features not only more delicious M/F romance, but also offers up a tasty M/M story between Theo’s brother Robert and the estates steward Ian, both of whom I’ve already fallen head over heels for already.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bubu

    When Theo Townsend, the new Earl of Arden, arrives at Llynmore Castle with his three siblings to claim his inheritance, he doesn't expect it to be already inhabited by Miss Annabelle Lockhart and her aunt. For Theo, who lost his leg in war and suffers from PTSD, Llynmore Castle could turn out to be finally the refuge he's been seeking since his return to England, and a new home for his two sisters and his brother. That the castle in not empty as expected, is an inconvenience Theo has to deal wit When Theo Townsend, the new Earl of Arden, arrives at Llynmore Castle with his three siblings to claim his inheritance, he doesn't expect it to be already inhabited by Miss Annabelle Lockhart and her aunt. For Theo, who lost his leg in war and suffers from PTSD, Llynmore Castle could turn out to be finally the refuge he's been seeking since his return to England, and a new home for his two sisters and his brother. That the castle in not empty as expected, is an inconvenience Theo has to deal with by finding Annabelle and her aunt other accommodations, away from the castle. Annabelle, who was orphaned at a young age and passed on from relative to relative, regards Llynmore Castle as the first place in which she truly feels home since her parents' death. In her aunt, the widow of the old earl's brother and of a slightly questionable reputation, who had been living there before Annabelle's arrival, she's also finally found a kindred spirit. Having nowhere else to go and with limited resources, she must find a way to get rid off the new earl and his family. That she's hiding her younger sister and her niece, makes matters only more desperate. So it comes as it must: they're both at odds with each other, and while trying to gently make the other party understand that leaving the castle is imperative, they get closer. Well, more or less gently. Theo has a penchant for being blunt to the point of rudeness, whereas Annabelle doesn't care much for proper comportment. But nothing too shockingly out of the ordinary. Enchanting the Earl is a solid romance. Both Annabelle and Theo are likeable characters a reader can easily relate to, with a secondary cast that gives the couple and their growing feelings the necessary context. Lily Maxton expertly avoids the usual traps of Romancelandia that would have dragged the book too much into Cliché-landia, apart from that one moment of 'We were too stupid to ignore the weather and got caught up in the rain and must now find shelter and shed our clothes in case we catch a chill.' This did make me sigh a little, a sigh of 'I've never heard of that before!' Nothing is rushed or contrived, the writing is equally solid. They speak with each other, they find comfort. Theo's PTSD is handled carefully, and no, love does not cure it all, for which I was grateful. All in all, a solid book that didn't waste my time. I must admit to feeling a little bit disappointed, however. Having read Ms. Maxton's The Improper Bride, I missed a certain kind of edginess, something that would have engaged me more emotionally. Despite Theo's PTSD problems and other subplots that created a slightly angstier read, I didn't feel drawn in as much as I would have expected. So much for expectations. By the way, PTSD is the new 'mommy issues' for broody heroes, it seems. I've noticed how many books rely on that particular trope. It's okay, though. At least we don't have the deep seated misogyny that used to be so prevalent with the 'mommy issues' trope. I just wish for a hero - or heroine - to be broody because it's a character trait. Oh well. Enchanting the Earl was fine but I don't feel rushed to read the next in the series. I will eventually, but it's okay for now.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    I found this author by reading her m/m book in this series A Scot's Surrender and I enjoyed it so much I decided to go back and read the first two books in the series. (both of which are m/f) This was another really good read. This was everything I've been missing in m/f CR. (maybe I need to read more historicals) The heroine was awesome. First off she was describe as "tall & gangly" and she had "sharp features". She was a bit older. (praise to the book gods for not yet another 20 year old, hot, I found this author by reading her m/m book in this series A Scot's Surrender and I enjoyed it so much I decided to go back and read the first two books in the series. (both of which are m/f) This was another really good read. This was everything I've been missing in m/f CR. (maybe I need to read more historicals) The heroine was awesome. First off she was describe as "tall & gangly" and she had "sharp features". She was a bit older. (praise to the book gods for not yet another 20 year old, hot, virgin). She was headstrong and independent and super funny. And she was all those things without crossing over to being a miserable bitch like so many "strong" women are shown in CR and PNR. This is our introduction to the Townsend family who have recently inherited a castle in Scotland. Theo is the oldest and has become an Earl through a distant relative's death. He's recently out of the army and is struggling. He has pretty severe PTSD and has had one of his leg's amputated. He's all around grumpy and Annabel's wild ways don't set well with him. This begins as an enemies to lovers story and there are a few scenes that made me laugh out loud. I absolutely loved these two and their journey together. There's a side story with Annabel's sister that adds a bit of adventure to the book. We also get to meet side characters who will come into play in later books. I really enjoyed this and highly recommend it. I'm off to read book two now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars Lily Maxton gets her new series The Townsends off to a great start with the first book, Enchanting the Earl, a sweetly sensual character-driven romance set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands in 1812. It’s a short but charming enemies-to-lovers story in which the author skilfully balances the angst of the damaged hero with gentle humour and loving, familial relationships and brings a real depth to the characterisation of the principals I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars Lily Maxton gets her new series The Townsends off to a great start with the first book, Enchanting the Earl, a sweetly sensual character-driven romance set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands in 1812. It’s a short but charming enemies-to-lovers story in which the author skilfully balances the angst of the damaged hero with gentle humour and loving, familial relationships and brings a real depth to the characterisation of the principals and secondary cast. A former soldier, Theo Townsend never expected to inherit an earldom or an ancestral pile in Scotland. Returned from fighting on the Peninsula damaged both mentally and physically, the newly minted Earl of Arden decides that the remoteness of Llynmore Castle will suit him admirably, affording him the opportunity to live in quiet solitude for the foreseeable future.  To his annoyance however, his brother and sisters have other ideas, and insist on accompanying him to see their new home which, Theo reflects, is at least big enough for him to be able to keep to himself and out of their way. On arrival, Theo is further annoyed to discover that the castle is not, as he’d been led to believe, uninhabited.  In the courtyard, a striking but dishevelled young woman who is attempting to rescue a cat from a tree, introduces herself as Annabel Lockhart, and informs them that she resides there with her aunt, the widow of the previous earl’s brother. Theo makes it immediately clear that he expects the ladies to leave, and says that he will have his solicitor find them somewhere else to live at the earliest opportunity. Annabel is furious at his arrogant high-handedness and dismayed at the prospect of having to leave the only real home and family she has ever known.  Orphaned as a child, she had been passed from relative to relative, most of whom took little notice of her and put her to work until one day she decided to seek out the scandalous aunt she had heard of over the years.  Travelling to Llynmore Castle, Annabel expected another rejection – but it never came.  Her aunt accepted her just as she was and the two of them have lived there contentedly ever since. The sudden appearance of Theo and his family is a problem for more reasons than one, however. Not long before the Townsends show up, Annabel’s sister, Fiona arrived unexpectedly with her four-year-old daughter, having run away from her abusive husband. Annabel daren’t let anyone know her sister is there, and with four complete strangers in the castle, it’s imperative Fiona and Mary stay well hidden. Annabel doesn’t think it will be too difficult to get rid of the earl and his family, but has to change her mind quite soon when it becomes clear that Theo has no intention of leaving, and her various strategems (some quite funny and others downright silly) fail to work. Theo and Annabel strike sparks off each other from the get-go, even though they dislike each other intensely. She thinks he’s arrogant (but handsome); he thinks she’s a hoyden who will be a bad influence on his sisters, and yet can’t fail to admire – and perhaps even envy – her zest for life and her outgoing, fearless nature. As the days pass, Annabel begins to realise that Theo is not quite as cold and arrogant as she had thought. She has already noticed that he’s an attractive man and has been annoyed at herself for feeling a strong, visceral pull towards him; but as they begin to unbend a little towards one another it’s clear to them both that they are in the grip of a strong mutual attraction. The author does a fabulous job of building the romantic tension between Annabel and Theo; their first kiss is electrifying and the longing they feel for each other is palpable. Annabel is easy to warm to, a generous free spirit who has at last found somewhere she feels loved and valued. I loved how honest she was with Theo and that she was prepared to give him her trust – something that doesn’t come easily to her – and ask for his help when she needs it. And Theo doesn’t disappoint, showing the honourable, loving man that lies beneath the scars and the gruff exterior. But even though he has fallen hard for Annabel, he is guarded and closed off, fearful of allowing anyone to get close to him because he knows he’s broken; he’s not always certain of his sanity and is terrified of infecting those closest to him with the ugliness of his memories. His siblings adore him, and realise he’s trying to push them away, but they don’t know how to reach or help him. Theo lost a leg and much of himself during the war, and while he copes well physically, mentally he’s a mess. Ms. Maxton details his PTSD with insight and understanding; his nightmares, his almost crippling reaction to loud noises or to things that trigger bad memories, and his belief that he has nothing to offer and is not worthy of love. And because she understands that particular insecurity all too well, Annabel knows that the only person who can convince Theo to accept the love she offers him is himself. Enchanting the Earl is a beautifully written love story between two people who haven’t had it easy. Annabel has been able to (mostly) overcome her insecurities thanks to the love and acceptance she found with her aunt whereas Theo has yet to allow himself those things and to realise that he does deserve healing and happiness. The fact that Annabel is wise enough to see that he has to want to get better is key, and I applaud Ms. Maxton for showing that. It’s so easy, in these types of stories, to have the damaged character redeemed by love, but it doesn’t necessarily work that way, and in any case, I never feel as though as change for someone else is going to be a permanent one. Change always has to come from within. The secondary plotline concerning Annabel’s sister is well-executed and, sadly, quite believable, and while Theo’s brothers and sisters only play supporting roles, they are likeable and the familial relationships are very well written. Enchanting the Earl is highly recommended and I’ll definitely be looking out for the other books in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Review For: Enchanting the Earl by Lily Maxton 'Enchanting the Earl' by Lily Maxton is book One in the "The Townsends" series. This is the story of Theo Townsend and Annabel Lockhart. Theo is damaged from the war physically and mentally and when he hears he has inherited a of Earl and a castle in the highlands. Theo is happy about the castle thinking it would be a perfect place for him to be alone. But his brother and sisters have a different plan....they insist on coming with him to see the the Review For: Enchanting the Earl by Lily Maxton 'Enchanting the Earl' by Lily Maxton is book One in the "The Townsends" series. This is the story of Theo Townsend and Annabel Lockhart. Theo is damaged from the war physically and mentally and when he hears he has inherited a of Earl and a castle in the highlands. Theo is happy about the castle thinking it would be a perfect place for him to be alone. But his brother and sisters have a different plan....they insist on coming with him to see the the Castle. Once they arrive there they find Annabel and her Aunt staying there. It appears that the old former Earl had allowed them to stay and they feel like it is their home. Annabel is determined to not leave the castle not just because it has been her and her Aunt's home for a long time. But because she is hiding a secret there which is protecting someone. Leaving the castle could cause that person to be found and possible hurt again. Theo and Annabel start butting heads from the start both set in their ways about what they want. This was a joy to read and watch how Theo and Annabel came together. I also fell in love with the brother and sisters and hope to see more of their stories in the future. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2H... https://www.facebook.com/RomanceBookR... https://twitter.com/soapsrus68https:/... https://www.tumblr.com/blog/romancebo...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review" 4.5 stars This is a beautiful story with wonderful characters. I loved the hero’s characterization and while reading I was delighted over and over with all the complexity and nuances Lily Maxton brings to this wounded and tortured man, Theo Townsend, who “lost a piece of his body and a piece of his soul in the war” and who “isn’t handsome in the typical sense” (quotes from ARC). Theo is surely one of the best wounded heroes I’ve read "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review" 4.5 stars This is a beautiful story with wonderful characters. I loved the hero’s characterization and while reading I was delighted over and over with all the complexity and nuances Lily Maxton brings to this wounded and tortured man, Theo Townsend, who “lost a piece of his body and a piece of his soul in the war” and who “isn’t handsome in the typical sense” (quotes from ARC). Theo is surely one of the best wounded heroes I’ve read recently in historical romance. The heroine, Annabel Lockhart, is also a great character, strong and not a classical beauty. Perhaps her personality and behaviour reflect more the patterns typical of contemporary societies than nineteenth-century ones. The secondary characters are strong and believable too and I’m really curious about their future stories in this series (“The Townsends”). And then there’s a dimension that brings so much richness into a story, the connection between characters and setting and/or landscape, so well done in “Enchanting the Earl” with its beautiful and heartfelt descriptions of the Scottish Highlands. This leads to another important factor: the exquisite writing style, one in which you want to stop and savor the words and reread the scenes and the vivid dialogue. I was enthralled throughout most of the book with the sheer greatness of the characters, the beautiful setting and the complex plot, unfolding with some unexpected and interesting twists. By the end of the story I was feeling I would have liked a bit more of attention to details concerning the hero's characterization. I'm grateful to the publisher, Entangled Publishing LCC, the author, Lily Maxton, and NetGalley for providing a free copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    I have tried earlier, shorter works by Maxton and enjoyed them enormously so when she released a new series, I was all over it. The moors? Reclusive earl? Battle of the sexes? I'm all in. Except...this isn't what this book was about at all. Maxton's other works are light, gently humorous, and character-driven. This book was a shock to the system. The writing is still lovely and flows well, but the tone of Enchanting the Earl is much darker. There was so much BAGGAGE in this story. I almost couldn I have tried earlier, shorter works by Maxton and enjoyed them enormously so when she released a new series, I was all over it. The moors? Reclusive earl? Battle of the sexes? I'm all in. Except...this isn't what this book was about at all. Maxton's other works are light, gently humorous, and character-driven. This book was a shock to the system. The writing is still lovely and flows well, but the tone of Enchanting the Earl is much darker. There was so much BAGGAGE in this story. I almost couldn't process it all. The hero has PTSD, the heroine has abandonment issues, and there is a side plot with the heroine's sister that made me think the story was just too full of ANGST. Goodness...all these people would be in therapy nowadays. The way Maxton handles everything is nicely done though. Theo still struggles with his PTSD at the end, but slowly gets better every day, and Annabel truly does love him for all his troubles. Sex isn't the cure for everything, the ending isn't wrapped up in a little bow, and the story ends like real life, one day at a time, together. The attraction between the two is strong and well drawn and was what kept me turning pages. I liked seeing how the two connected on a fundamental level. What I didn't like was all the extra plot and distractions that just added to the angst soup that was meaty enough just with the two leads! This book is worth a read, especially if you like stories with more realism and a romance that takes place outside of London. However, don't go into it expecting a light but still compelling story. This romance had a dark note that kept me reading, but didn't make me happy at the end. I closed the book satisfied that their story was complete, but I had no desire to return and I had no desire to continue the series. (My buddy read partner Andrea swears that the second and third books are good and much lighter so maybe I'll still check them out...who knows.) On the whole, lovely writing and multi-faceted characters, but too much somberness to make this a story I loved or wish to revisit. However, I'll still be reading more of her other novellas which are usually fun and sweet. Thanks for the buddy read Andrea :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Buddy read with Becca! I feel like I should say that this book is a whole lot more angsty and dark than the synopsis and the cover make you think. And this is exactly my problem with the book. I went in expecting a cute enemies-to-lovers story set in a desolate Scottish castle. But in fact, there's a whole lot more to this story than I expected or am comfortable with. Theo Townsend didn't expect to inherit anything from his mother's side of the family who, after all, abandoned her when she marrie Buddy read with Becca! I feel like I should say that this book is a whole lot more angsty and dark than the synopsis and the cover make you think. And this is exactly my problem with the book. I went in expecting a cute enemies-to-lovers story set in a desolate Scottish castle. But in fact, there's a whole lot more to this story than I expected or am comfortable with. Theo Townsend didn't expect to inherit anything from his mother's side of the family who, after all, abandoned her when she married a mere physician. So he sought a profession, went to war, and came home shattered and broken, never considering he'd be an Earl one day who would have to bring out his sisters and deal with the polite circles that never cared for them. So when he discovers he has inherited a remote Scottish castle, he quickly relocates his family there. It's close enough to Edinburgh so his sisters can have a season, but still remote enough for him to have the peace and quiet he craves. When it turns out the previous Earl had let some poor relations stay at the castle, he is less than amused, but Annabel Lockhart and her aunt are not quite as easy to get rid of as he thought... To be fair, it's my own fault I didn't enjoy this. Not the book's. The book is perfectly ok if you love your stories with a great amount of angst. But to me, Theo's whole "I'm a broken shell of a man who doesn't have anything to offer" brooding quickly became annoying. Add to that the fact that I thought Annabel was really annoying, manipulative, and (as Theo puts it) hoydenish, and I had very little chance to get into this story. Then there was the lying, the assuming, the baggage on both sides (oh, the baggage... (view spoiler)[including PTSD on his side and some serious abandonment issues and a sister who murdered her abusive husband on her side (hide spoiler)] )... Seriously, if you like this sort of stuff, go for it. But for me, it kind of ruined everything :( But I will say this for the book: I really LOVED that all of Theo's problems weren't magically cured by love. At the end of the book, he still has a long way to go, but with Annabel at his side, he's slowly getting there.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an ARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher* 4.5 stars What a great read! It was not exactly what I was expecting - but that only made it better! Theo has inherited an earldom and a castle in the highlands from the grandfather he never knew, he is recently returned from the war where he lost his leg and possibly his mind. Annabel has been living at the castle with her aunt for years and is shocked when Theo and his siblings show up. Annabel ha *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an ARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher* 4.5 stars What a great read! It was not exactly what I was expecting - but that only made it better! Theo has inherited an earldom and a castle in the highlands from the grandfather he never knew, he is recently returned from the war where he lost his leg and possibly his mind. Annabel has been living at the castle with her aunt for years and is shocked when Theo and his siblings show up. Annabel has had a hard life and the castle is the first real home she has ever had so there is no way Annabel is leaving, especially not now that her sister and niece have shown up seeking sanctuary. So Annabel sets out to make Theo leave. Some of her efforts are funny and some are ridiculous - but none of them are going to work! Theo has no desire to host Annabel and her aunt - he is going to get rid of them just as soon as he can manage it. Annabel is a hoyden and makes him uncomfortable. He just wants to be left alone to brood and suffer in silence. He has tremendous survivor's guilt in conjunction with PTSD. He believes he is not worthy and nothing Annabel does will change his mind. These two share an attraction, but neither is in a position to offer themselves. Once they begin to open up to each other, they sizzle. But Theo is convinced that he has nothing to offer and pushes Annabel away, time and time again. When things come to a head with her sister, Annabel turns to Theo for help. Trust is not something Annabel gives lightly and the reader can feel how hard it was for her to trust him. Theo does not disappoint and really shows the wonderful, loving man he really is under his scars and gruff exterior. But some wounds are too deep to easily heal and even after Annabel professes her love, Theo pushes her away again. It takes him almost no time to realize his mistake, but Theo knows that he will have to heal himself before he can offer Annabel his love in return. This was a great book, it is well written, flows perfectly, is emotional, funny, suspenseful, has some really good and sweet (but spicy) love scenes, a great cast of secondary characters and a very hard earned HEA. I highly recommend this book and will be looking for future installments to this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    'Enchanting the Earl' by Lily Maxton is book One in the "The Townsends" series. This is the story of Theo Townsend and Annabel Lockhart. Theo is damaged from the war physically and mentally and when he hears he has inherited a of Earl and a castle in the highlands. Theo is happy about the castle thinking it would be a perfect place for him to be alone. But his brother and sisters have a different plan....they insist on coming with him to see the the Castle. Once they arrive there they find Annab 'Enchanting the Earl' by Lily Maxton is book One in the "The Townsends" series. This is the story of Theo Townsend and Annabel Lockhart. Theo is damaged from the war physically and mentally and when he hears he has inherited a of Earl and a castle in the highlands. Theo is happy about the castle thinking it would be a perfect place for him to be alone. But his brother and sisters have a different plan....they insist on coming with him to see the the Castle. Once they arrive there they find Annabel and her Aunt staying there. It appears that the old former Earl had allowed them to stay and they feel like it is their home. Annabel is determined to not leave the castle not just because it has been her and her Aunt's home for a long time. But because she is hiding a secret there which is protecting someone. Leaving the castle could cause that person to be found and possible hurt again. Theo and Annabel start butting heads from the start both set in their ways about what they want. This was a joy to read and watch how Theo and Annabel came together. I also fell in love with the brother and sisters and hope to see more of their stories in the future. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read." https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2H... https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... https://www.facebook.com/RomanceBookR... https://www.facebook.com/groups/17091... http://sissymaereads.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/soapsrus68 https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp... http://booklikes.com/blog https://www.tumblr.com/blog/romancebo... https://plus.google.com/+SissyHicks https://www.pinterest.com/u2soapsrus/

  11. 5 out of 5

    Syrie James

    What a beautiful story! From the title, I had no idea that this historical romance novel would be so complex, deep, and emotionally compelling. Theo Townsend is one of the best wounded heroes I’ve ever read. The PTSD he suffers from, as a result of his physical and mental wounds from serving as a soldier in the war, is 100% believable and relatable today. It was presented in such a heartfelt way that I was enthralled and filled with empathy. I love that the author gave us a back story/wound for What a beautiful story! From the title, I had no idea that this historical romance novel would be so complex, deep, and emotionally compelling. Theo Townsend is one of the best wounded heroes I’ve ever read. The PTSD he suffers from, as a result of his physical and mental wounds from serving as a soldier in the war, is 100% believable and relatable today. It was presented in such a heartfelt way that I was enthralled and filled with empathy. I love that the author gave us a back story/wound for the hero that I’ve never seen in a historical romance novel, and a heroine who not only deserved this wonderful but tortured man, but was up to helping him heal. Annabel Lockhart is a great heroine: strong and an independent thinker, willing to risk her heart and her dignity to go after what she wants. She’s also wounded, in a different way than Theo. She grew and changed a bit in the story, although not as profoundly as Theo and with far less angst. I found it a bit unbelievable that despite being a virgin, she became so sexually adventurous and so skilled at it so quickly, but it made for a fun read. The love scenes are sexy and spicy. The supporting characters are intriguing and I look forward to their stories in future books in this series. I love that even though I knew there’d be a HEA ending, the story wasn’t ever predictable, with plot twists taking us in unexpected directions. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Scottish Highlands, but wished there’d been more. The writing style is elegant, the dialogue always believable, and the story so lovely that I’d like to go back and reread the entire novel again. I’m grateful to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this novel, and for introducing me to a new favorite author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    This is a gentle story about trauma and recovery. Also since I know some of you will care about this, it has a 26 year old virgin hero.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Reid

    I loved it. Review to come

  15. 4 out of 5

    G.A. Hurst

    This magnificent story begins in 1812 with a knock on the castle door! I will admit, I took a deep sigh and began to read, expecting another highland romance…I’ve read other novels from this wonderfully talented author. I should have known to expect something that would touch my heart and my very soul. It is not a typical romance. It’s a very antagonistic beginning. A very untypical couple. An interesting and provocative read. Okay, so let’s get right to the heart of it! Theo Townsend is a man in This magnificent story begins in 1812 with a knock on the castle door! I will admit, I took a deep sigh and began to read, expecting another highland romance…I’ve read other novels from this wonderfully talented author. I should have known to expect something that would touch my heart and my very soul. It is not a typical romance. It’s a very antagonistic beginning. A very untypical couple. An interesting and provocative read. Okay, so let’s get right to the heart of it! Theo Townsend is a man in his twenties. He has three younger siblings, two sisters and a brother, all fairly grown. Born to a loving mother and father who later died early, they were raised on the charity of aunts and uncles. Not treated unkindly, but not a loving family either. He joined the war effort to gain a name and calling and, of course, an income for his siblings and himself. War left him physically broken, missing a leg and gaining nightmares. Just because they didn’t call it PTSD back then, didn’t mean it didn’t exist. It just didn’t have a name and wasn’t talked about. He’s a broken man, both physically, which he handles rather well; and mentally, which he doesn’t know how to handle. After returning home, he finds his long lost mother’s father was the Earl of Arden (his mother married beneath her for love), who has recently died. He now has a title and an old, unmaintained castle in a remote part of the highlands of Scotland. Thinking this is a good place to find the refuge and solitude he feels he needs, he sets about going there. However, his siblings insist on living with him, and he cannot deny them. Annabel Lockhart and her younger sister Fiona were an orphaned pair. Annabel the older of the two, took care of you sister. They were raised by family, but not wanted or cared for deeply. Fiona married, and disappointed her sister by not taking her with her after her marriage. Annabel went from family member to family member, taking care of younger children, then passed on to others when no longer needed. While not necessarily abused, she wasn’t given the love of family either. Her aunt Frances had married the Earl of Arden’s brother, but she was an actress and not liked by the Earl. However, after his brother died, he allowed her aunt to live at his old castle in the remote highlands. Learning of her aunt, she walked away one day and attempted to find her. Her aunt immediately loved her and took her in to live at the castle with her. They didn’t have much, but they made do. Annabel was a free spirit, much like her Aunt Frances. She rode old highland ponies astride, wore men’s breeches while doing it. Laughed openly, often went barefoot. All the things proper women didn’t do. Fiona showed up on their doorstep, hiding from her abusive husband, her sweet daughter in tow. They didn’t know the old Earl had died and that their lives were about to change again. That’s only the beginning of this masterfully told story. There is so much more to envision and enjoy, told with wonderful conversations, realistic events and promise. Can two damaged people find comfort in each other, or will their differences and issues be too much to conquer? Prepare for a wonderfully written story, with drama, mystery, danger and all the wonder that makes a story worth telling. And yes, there will be some tears…they were mostly mine! If you love real romance and real people, you just shouldn’t miss this one. Copy provided for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Book Gannet

    While I found this an engaging read at times, I never fell in love with it and my attention wandered quite a bit throughout. There were moments when Annabel really got on my nerves and Theo felt a bit lacklustre, while all of the secondary characters were sadly underused. Then there were times when the plot picked up, pulling me in as I couldn’t see how certain things would turn out. So it’s was a mixed bag for me. Annabel’s situation is normally one that would have me thoroughly on the side of t While I found this an engaging read at times, I never fell in love with it and my attention wandered quite a bit throughout. There were moments when Annabel really got on my nerves and Theo felt a bit lacklustre, while all of the secondary characters were sadly underused. Then there were times when the plot picked up, pulling me in as I couldn’t see how certain things would turn out. So it’s was a mixed bag for me. Annabel’s situation is normally one that would have me thoroughly on the side of the heroine. She’s been told to leave the only home she’s ever truly loved, her sister is in hiding and in danger and she sees no reason why she should go. Yet somehow, her manipulations and tricks didn’t work for me. I didn’t find them funny – I mostly found them annoying – and my main problem was that I felt sorrier for Theo than I ever did Annabel. Theo is haunted by his years of war, not to mention wounded. He just wants some peace and quiet, and while he knows he can’t shut out his siblings, that doesn’t mean he has to put up with Annabel. Prickly, poking, pushy Annabel, who thinks provocation is the best way to deal with anything. He’s also a good man, and it’s fairly obvious from early on that he’s the sort to help out those in need (since he’s pretty reasonable about finding Annabel and her aunt alternative accommodations), so I kept wondering why Annabel didn’t ask for help with her sister. Ah, that sister. The one who somehow manages to keep completely out of sight, along with her young daughter. I know the castle is big (although not so big that one servant can’t take care of everything), but you have four Townsends roaming the place, so I expected more to come of that. I also felt like the plot line was forgotten for most of the book until, suddenly, it becomes important. I would have liked more from that side of things. I would have liked more from Theo’s siblings too, especially his sisters, who were rather interchangeable. His brother seemed promising at times, but like Annabel’s sister, they all just faded into the background for most of the book. Kind of like Theo’s earl status. I know he’s only just inherited the title, but I would have expected more business and work from him over that. So in all this book was okay. It starts off well and ends strongly, although I did feel some things at the very end were dealt with far too easily, putting a rather rosy glow on everything. The middle dragged a bit for me and it would have been nice if the secondary characters had been developed more. Regardless, I’d still be interested in reading the next one, if only to see how the rest of the family turn out. (ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fizza

    It's a wonderful story with great characters. I loved bot Annabelle Lockhart and Theo Townsend. Anabelle is a free spirited woman, she can't adhere to the rules of polite society so when she got a chance to live with her Aunt at Llynmore Castle, it felt perfect. This old and dark castle is now her home. Away from people, she can finally be free and live a life she has always wanted. She can ride as much as she likes, come and go as she pleases. There is no one to observe and criticize her behavi It's a wonderful story with great characters. I loved bot Annabelle Lockhart and Theo Townsend. Anabelle is a free spirited woman, she can't adhere to the rules of polite society so when she got a chance to live with her Aunt at Llynmore Castle, it felt perfect. This old and dark castle is now her home. Away from people, she can finally be free and live a life she has always wanted. She can ride as much as she likes, come and go as she pleases. There is no one to observe and criticize her behavior. When Lord of Llynmore Castle arrives to take residence, she is less than happy. Clearly new lord will send her aunt and her away, not only that now she also has to protect her sister. So simple solution is to "enchant" Theo Townsend. Then he might let them live there. Theo finds Anabelle quite irritating. He can see that she will be a bad influence for his sisters. Besides he wants to live with quite and peace. Clearly, as long as Anabelle is around that's not going to happen. But should he send an old, sick aunt and her niece away? As he gets to know Anabelle her personality starts to grow on him. She is wild, and just perfect for him. I loved this book. Story is amazing and there are enough surprises that it won't bore readers at all. Ending is perfect. I'm glad I got the chance to read this book. It was most definitely a delicious treat.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel- Goodbye Borders

    A distant relative of Annabel's allows her and her Aunt to live in Llynmore Castle. Unbeknownst to them, he dies. A new Lord Arden comes to the castle to live. Having no where else to live, Annabel sets out to make Theo leave. I really liked this. Both have Baggage. Theo's is both external (he is an amputee) and internal. He comes to the castle to hide and isolate himself. Other then that, the big difference between them, is Annabel LIVES. Growing up, her life was less than perfect, but she made A distant relative of Annabel's allows her and her Aunt to live in Llynmore Castle. Unbeknownst to them, he dies. A new Lord Arden comes to the castle to live. Having no where else to live, Annabel sets out to make Theo leave. I really liked this. Both have Baggage. Theo's is both external (he is an amputee) and internal. He comes to the castle to hide and isolate himself. Other then that, the big difference between them, is Annabel LIVES. Growing up, her life was less than perfect, but she made the best it. I thought her outlook, allowed Theo to out up and find acceptance. I loved the virgin hero! There is a second story-line with Fiona and Mary and a murder, but this doesn't overshadow the main story with Annabel and Theo. I also enjoyed that Annabel saved herself. Theo's siblings (Eleanor, Georgina, and Robert) are also a highlight in the book. eARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing and NetGalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    “It was more than love. It was as though her very soul was chained to his. She should have known. She’d been hungry for so long---she should have known that when she fell in love, her starving heart would be consumed completely.” 3.5 stars Bless Lily Maxton for saving me from what I was beginning to feel was a neverending book slump. I literally started and dropped four books in a row before picking up Enchanting the Earl and thank goodness I was hooked from the very start and didn’t look back. It “It was more than love. It was as though her very soul was chained to his. She should have known. She’d been hungry for so long---she should have known that when she fell in love, her starving heart would be consumed completely.” 3.5 stars Bless Lily Maxton for saving me from what I was beginning to feel was a neverending book slump. I literally started and dropped four books in a row before picking up Enchanting the Earl and thank goodness I was hooked from the very start and didn’t look back. It helped I think that the book was on the shorter side; too long to be a novella but not long enough to be full length either. That being said, I never felt like the story was rushed or that the characters weren’t fully formed or, thankfully, that the romance was too insta. This didn’t surprise me in the least as I’d already known Lily Maxton to be more than capable of conveying a believable love story in very few words. The fact that her prose has such an effortless flow and an almost lyrical quality to it made getting lost in the Scottish moors-set castle where our leads start off hating each other, only to fall in love later on, very easy to do. Obviously, this was an enemies to lovers/opposites attract scenario aka CATNIP. Theo Townsend, along with his sisters and brother, arrive in Scotland to take possession of one of newly minted earl Theo’s properties, Llynmore Castle. But when they arrive, Theo finds the castle isn’t quite vacant as Annabel Lockhart and her former actress aunt Frances (and an awesome black cat named Willoughby) call the medieval fortress home. Chaos ensues and if there’s something Theo detests more than anything else, it’s chaos. Unfortunately for him, Annabel is chaos in human form, or at least that’s how he sees her. Annabel meanwhile finds Theo quite boorish, pompish and a host of other undesirable adjectives. They quickly commence in a battle of wills; Annabel hoping to trick Theo into leaving so she and her aunt can get back to their quiet life of freedom, and Theo wanting to rid himself of the troublesome squatters. Their plans quickly go awry however when disdain begets attraction which leads to a meeting of the minds, souls and yes, hearts. I know, cheesy and typical right? But trust me, the way Lily Maxton brings it all together infuses new life into these much used tropes. Let me first say that I LOVED Annabel. She was feisty, clever and wasn’t afraid to back down from a fight, especially where irritable earls were concerned. Her backstory was a sad one as she had very little love or stability in her life. As a result, she grew up freethinking and independent, but also very lonely. She had no one to count on or find comfort with in times of need, until she found a kindred spirit in her equally lonely aunt and the two of them formed a makeshift family of their own. It was in Theo though, gruff and broody Theo, that Annabel was able to truly find herself. Meaning, in order to fall in love Annabel first had to open up her own heart, become vulnerable, which was beyond terrifying and yet an ultimately freeing experience. I loved this character evolution. It meant that this wasn’t just another story about a heroine who makes an emotionally constipated hero FEEL THINGS again. This was about a woman discovering herself and embracing a newfound inner strength she never believed herself capable of having. “Once upon a time she might have subsisted on scraps of affection and assume she didn’t deserve anything more. But that was before her aunt took her in, and before Theo had awakened her greedy heart. Before she’d begun to feel like she was worth more than she’d been given.” Unlike Annabel, Theo took way more work to like and in the end, I’m still not sure if I actually did like him. I liked that Annabel liked him...if that makes sense. But it was always a struggle with Theo. He was one of those broody hero types: stubborn, closed off, refusing to let anyone in, etc. Although because of that, I enjoyed watching Annabel break down his walls. She became the Persephone to his Hades (minus the consent issues) in a sense; the dark, brooding lord lost in his own hellish existence finding unexpected salvation in the form of a goddess with meadow green eyes who invades his domain with her light. Theo even likens Annabel to the goddess of spring at one point, and refers to his redemption as walking through hell, so you can understand why my inner Greek myth nerd made this comparison. At the same time, I liked that Annabel never sought to ‘fix’ Theo. His struggles with PTSD combined with his inability to open up were issues only Theo could address and make better, if that’s what he wanted. Annabel couldn’t make Theo accept her love, only he could do that. Only Theo could deem himself worthy of any love, period. It was a struggle as I said, and I really didn’t like that it took until the very end to get there. The scene where Theo cruelly pushes Annabel away after she lays her her heart bare to him damn near broke me. BUT, he did find his way eventually and I was happy he did for Annabel’s sake just as much as his. The end result was satisfying and a LONG time coming. “No one was perfect. But, he thought, as their lips found each other once again, some people fit together perfectly. Some people’s corners ana rough edges balanced in a way that was as close to perfection as one could get on this wild, beautiful, devastating earth.” I couldn’t quite give this the 4-star treatment mainly because of Theo’s broodiness, the dumb issues that always seem arise from that particular character trait and my own personal aversion to the type. I also didn’t care much for the plot involving Annabel’s sister. It just felt out of place and really didn’t do anything in regards to moving the story along so the book would’ve been better served without it in my opinion. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Townsend siblings’ books though, especially Georgina’s.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ilze

    Nice story, excellent characterization, especially of the hero (who has a severe case of PTSD). Looking for more by this author!

  21. 5 out of 5

    A Klue

    Adversaries at first sight to a passionate, steamy kiss near 50%, Annabel and Theo go from wanting the other long gone to, well, longing for each other to stay. Theo wants the reclusiveness, peace and quiet of the medieval castle his new, unexpected inheritance has just handed him, and Annabel wants to hold onto the only feeling of home she’s ever known. Throw in an unexpected life and death situation for a loved one, and we’ve got these two unlikely soul mates working together for a common caus Adversaries at first sight to a passionate, steamy kiss near 50%, Annabel and Theo go from wanting the other long gone to, well, longing for each other to stay. Theo wants the reclusiveness, peace and quiet of the medieval castle his new, unexpected inheritance has just handed him, and Annabel wants to hold onto the only feeling of home she’s ever known. Throw in an unexpected life and death situation for a loved one, and we’ve got these two unlikely soul mates working together for a common cause. Theo, the wounded warrior/hardened heart on the outside, but teddy bear heart on the inside, does seem to protest too much when it comes to Annabel. You see, he seems resolved at first to be completely rid of her, only to find her own steely resolve and his reluctant growing attraction for her getting in the way. When some white lies with a touch of silly deception fail to get the job done, Annabel decides to try and change his mind with some sweetness on her part. This more English speaking than Scottish lass has strong reasons why she refuses to leave and it’s not just for her sake. I can’t exactly pinpoint it, but eventually Theo’s medical condition/constant insistence why he will never marry, even after their occasional intimate encounters, I started to feel less engaged and just wanted the story to end. It was likely around 80% into it, when she had just left his room after a smexy scene, and he mentally once again reflects on the fact he will be sending her away, sooner rather than later. How’s that for romance, folks? Pretty much from then on, I grew weary of him and the direction the plot was headed. The writing simply lost its appeal. Here’s to hoping it was just me, my fellow romance book loving friends. Maybe I’m still a little put out this Scottish lass felt mostly English. Other than mentioning how she would get windswept hair and a muddy gown from her walks, she felt mostly prim and proper. A fiery, spitfire Scottish lass would have found a second use for Theo's walking stick (like a good whack across his stubborn noggin every time he mentioned how he was going to send her away or never marry her after getting smexy with her). Yeah, that might have helped bring him to his senses sooner rather than later, folks. Title: Enchanting the Earl, Series: The Townsends (Book 1), Author: Lily Maxton, Pages: 240, 4/17/17, virgin hero, PTSD hero injured in war, slightly older heroine, family drama, adversaries to lovers, a few very smexy scenes, no cheating, no OW/OM drama, no love triangle, hurtful at times hero, drawn out ending. (This review is based on an advanced reader copy distributed via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased, fair opinion. No compensation was provided to this reviewer, nor is there any affiliation between the reviewer and author/publisher/NetGalley.)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tales Of A Bookbug

    A wonderful historical romance from Lily Maxton that I really enjoyed reading!It has a really great story with wounded but beautiful characters. Theo has returned from war and is both physically and mentally damaged.When he learns that he has inherited the position of an earl and is the new lord of Lynmore Castle, he is relieved to have finally found a place to be left alone.Except his siblings wont let him go off alone! And when they arrive they find that the castle is already inhabited by two gu A wonderful historical romance from Lily Maxton that I really enjoyed reading!It has a really great story with wounded but beautiful characters. Theo has returned from war and is both physically and mentally damaged.When he learns that he has inherited the position of an earl and is the new lord of Lynmore Castle, he is relieved to have finally found a place to be left alone.Except his siblings wont let him go off alone! And when they arrive they find that the castle is already inhabited by two guests, who are just as surprised to see him. Annabel hasnt had an easy life.Orphaned at a young age and passed on from family to another, she has never known a home like the Lynmore castle.But the grouchy, new lord can't wait to send her and her aunt packing.And now that Annabel's sister is back, looking more defeated than ever before, Annabel is determined to stay there and make sure the earl doesn't have a reason to come there. So each character sets off with their own agenda and preconceived notions.But as they spend more time together they might very well find out that the thing they've been looking for along could be in each other! Annabel was perfect for Theo!WIth her fun,playful side she brought out the best in the usually stoic Theo.Theo has his own demons to deal with and I loved how determined he was.There is also a secondary plotline with a murder and many other things.Theo's siblings and Annabel's sister Fiona were wonderful additions to the story. Can't wait to read more from this series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    In my humble opinion, few genres offer the kind of escape from reality like historical fiction does. Nothing beats a good bodice ripper when you want to just get a away from it all. Dashing men, quick-witted, independent women, some intrigue and danger...Yep, I'm flying through that kind of story. Enchanting the Earl is a great example of historical romance. Annabelle Lockett is used to living her life in the remote Llynmore Castle free from society's judging eyes. The medieval castle offers pla In my humble opinion, few genres offer the kind of escape from reality like historical fiction does. Nothing beats a good bodice ripper when you want to just get a away from it all. Dashing men, quick-witted, independent women, some intrigue and danger...Yep, I'm flying through that kind of story. Enchanting the Earl is a great example of historical romance. Annabelle Lockett is used to living her life in the remote Llynmore Castle free from society's judging eyes. The medieval castle offers places to explore and discover. In a time where women weren't given the freedom to find themselves, Annabelle's spirit is given the chance to fly free. That is, until Lord Arden arrives at the castle to take over the earldom he just inherited. Lord Arden isn't what you would expect of someone titled. He isn't pompous or entitled. He's unsure of himself and doesn't want anyone to get too close as they may be able to see the very tenuous grasp he has on himself and his emotions. His newly inherited earldom is exactly the kind of solitude he craves. Imagine his surprise when he meets Annabelle and finds someone who loves the castle and its lands as much as he is growing to. With an attraction that cannot be avoided and life-changing decisions looming, will Annabelle and Lord Arden find the only thing that no castle can provide? A quick enjoyable historical romance that doesn't disappoint, Enchanting the Earl is a great example.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    An Earl's PTSD. A story about people whose souls have been wounded and coping with that pain. Theo carries the physical wounds of war and the psychological ones too. When he inherits a title from his maternal grandfather, his inheritance includes a remote Scottish castle. When he travels there hoping to find a bolthole he can hide in, accompanied by his younger siblings, he finds that it comes with sitting tenants, Annabel Lockhart and her aunt, Frances Blair. Annabel has had a painful past but An Earl's PTSD. A story about people whose souls have been wounded and coping with that pain. Theo carries the physical wounds of war and the psychological ones too. When he inherits a title from his maternal grandfather, his inheritance includes a remote Scottish castle. When he travels there hoping to find a bolthole he can hide in, accompanied by his younger siblings, he finds that it comes with sitting tenants, Annabel Lockhart and her aunt, Frances Blair. Annabel has had a painful past but has found peace living at the castle and is determined she won't be the one to leave. The stage is set for a battle of wills, that turns into something more but nothing can come of it whilst Theo feels he is unworthy of love. I enjoyed this story which while it deals with dark matter, is still at it's essence a light hearted Regency romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    anna

    this was such a captivating read. went in with not much expectations but turned out to be such a lovely novel. i need lily maxton to give masterclass to other HR writers on how to write a hero with troubling, extreme past without turning them to an overbearing 'I'm so broken I cannot fathom how other people can still function'. both hero and heroines were equally multilayered in characterization and i can say wholeheartedly they deserve each other and i really believe that they both can make the o this was such a captivating read. went in with not much expectations but turned out to be such a lovely novel. i need lily maxton to give masterclass to other HR writers on how to write a hero with troubling, extreme past without turning them to an overbearing 'I'm so broken I cannot fathom how other people can still function'. both hero and heroines were equally multilayered in characterization and i can say wholeheartedly they deserve each other and i really believe that they both can make the other person a better person just by staying close by and listen to him/her and stand by the relationship till the end. they have this strong understanding and steely trust that is needed in a good relationship. i really love how their progress was believable and i appreciate that there's little of will they or won't they. they especially the heroine came around to her feelings pretty quick and without so much denial and i thought that it was a refreshing, good quality. anyway will be looking forward to the rest of the books in the series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    21lakis34

    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I love historical romances about wounded heroes!I was so glad to read blurb about this one, thanks to my friend, who kidly recommed it.What i did not realize i love nature as well, in this book you will find beautiful love story but beautiful country as well, author did an amazing job with surrounding discritions and i love Scotland, eve if I have never been there! I loved Theo, who was strong and vulnerable at the same time, jus I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I love historical romances about wounded heroes!I was so glad to read blurb about this one, thanks to my friend, who kidly recommed it.What i did not realize i love nature as well, in this book you will find beautiful love story but beautiful country as well, author did an amazing job with surrounding discritions and i love Scotland, eve if I have never been there! I loved Theo, who was strong and vulnerable at the same time, just the way I love my heroes, he has so much do dealt with, but was able to handle all chalanges he was give, and what i also loved, he was decribed as not handsome in usual way. I have to confess, I could not really connect with Annabel, i do not know why, but I just couldnt, sometimes I felt litlle annoyed with her, but this is very common problem of mine. 4 stars I would recommed this romance to everybody who loves wounded historical heroes, in need of little bit of TLC

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    There is nothing like a good tortured hero novel done well, and this one was done very well. Theo Townsend, damaged both physically and psychologically from battle, comes with his family to claim his inherited castle to hide himself away from life. His wounds are deep and he feels as though he will never be worthy. At Llynmore castle, he finds a girl and her aunt in residence and has the uncomfortable task of having them removed from the castle so he could take up residence. What he doesn't expe There is nothing like a good tortured hero novel done well, and this one was done very well. Theo Townsend, damaged both physically and psychologically from battle, comes with his family to claim his inherited castle to hide himself away from life. His wounds are deep and he feels as though he will never be worthy. At Llynmore castle, he finds a girl and her aunt in residence and has the uncomfortable task of having them removed from the castle so he could take up residence. What he doesn't expect is how spirited and wild Annabel is and how hard it will be to get her to vacate the premises. This group of compelling characters have more of an effect on each other than they imagined and this emotional story of pain, loss and love captured my heart. The way in which PTSD is dealt with in the story made it believable and heartbreaking. I am looking forward to reading more in this captivating series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eleanore June

    There were so many moments of *pang* in this one. Turns of phrases that delighted or struck a chord with me. Lily Maxon's writing style was a delight to read. Theo is wounded, both physically and mentally by war. Annabel's wounds are better hidden and healed. I loved them both, as well as the side characters (his brother and sisters and her aunt). The danger element was handled really well and I'm happy it went the way it did -- which is not the way I anticipated it going. An easy 4 stars, perhap There were so many moments of *pang* in this one. Turns of phrases that delighted or struck a chord with me. Lily Maxon's writing style was a delight to read. Theo is wounded, both physically and mentally by war. Annabel's wounds are better hidden and healed. I loved them both, as well as the side characters (his brother and sisters and her aunt). The danger element was handled really well and I'm happy it went the way it did -- which is not the way I anticipated it going. An easy 4 stars, perhaps even 4.5. Thanks to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Berry

    What a wonderful read for a promising new series. This is Book 1 of the Townsends Series and is a sweet historical romance that captures your attention and holds you tight all the way through to the end of the story. Enchanting the Earl by Lily Maxton is a story of overcoming one’s past, taking risks and finding your future. A lovely and recommended read. Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Two Nerds With Words

    A sweet historical romance following Theo and Annabel. There was a great amount of realism in the plot surrounding this couple, which was well balanced with a sweep of escapism. Theo’s character especially was one I enjoyed. The author captured his plight and anxiety so very well. A great start to a promising series. Disclosure: This copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

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