In this historical romance novel we get Fiona Hartley. She is in desperate need of a husband so she can access her dowry. David Gray, Earl of Ravenport, is in desperate need of said dowry but doesn’t want another fiancé after being jolted by the first.
I felt like this historical romance story never really got going until maybe the last 20%. And even then I question if it really held my attention that well.
Almost everything in the book blurb happens before the 50% mark. That means there wasn’t much motivation for me to continue reading the book by that point. That is beyond seeing who the villain was. More on that in a moment. That made it really easy to leave the book for a while before coming back to it.
I found the characters to be quite perplexing. They seemed to switch personalities several times throughout the book. I don’t feel like I know either of them any better than before I started reading.
The conflict should’ve been more interesting than it was. It was painfully obvious pretty early on who the villain was and part of what kept me reading was wanting to see if I was right about it.
I’m not completely ruling out giving romance author Anna Bennet another try, but this title just wasn’t for me.
“Fans of Regency romance authors Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, and Mary Jo Putney will go wild.”—Booklist
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?
“Smart and sassy romance!”—RT Book Reviews