Matchmaker Wilhelmina Montgomery helps cupid’s arrow find its mark in the drawing rooms of the Ton, effortlessly pairing even the most unlikely couples for a discreet fee. Perhaps not an appropriate pursuit for a lady…but with an ailing sister to care for, it’s Whimsy’s only hope at securing their future.
Meanwhile, penniless aristocrat Valerian St. David, Earl of Dashwood is society’s favourite matchbreaker; assisting those who want to escape engagement without being sued for breach of promise. Cynical, yes…but with no intention of falling in love himself, Valerian considers himself ideally suited to the role.
When Whimsy discovers that Valerian has set out to break the very engagement she has been painstakingly arranging, she refuses to allow this mysterious saboteur have his way. Yet she didn’t expect to find the handsome Earl so distractingly alluring. And suddenly, it seems that the Ton’s last two loneliest hearts are in danger of finding their match…in the most inopportune of places.
‘Defying the Earl’ is a light hearted story set in Regency England. Matchmaker versus matchbreaker is an interesting premise. Interwoven into the story is the charm bracelet, the Regency charm. There are plenty of plot twists and connections between the characters but the story does seem a little contrived. The story’s pacing is a little slow in parts and more historical details would give the story greater depth but with well written characters and an ending that ties up all the loose ends; ‘Defying the Earl’ is a gentle introduction to Regency romance.
Defying the Earl by Anabelle Bryant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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