The Baron Next Door by Erin Knightley

Posted October 20, 2017 by Silvia in Books / 0 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from Publisher for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

The Baron Next Door by Erin KnightleyThe Baron Next Door by Erin Knightley
Series: Prelude to a Kiss #1
Published by Piatkus on June 3, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars

Charity Effington learned two valuable lessons from her first betrothal:
1) When one loses the attention of an earl, one gains the attention of every gossip in London.
2) Despite the lingering scandal, she’s not prepared to marry for anything less than love.

After an exhausting Season, Bath’s first annual music festival offers Charity the perfect escape. Between her newly formed trio and her music-loving grandmother, Charity is free to play the pianoforte to her heart’s content. That is, until their insufferably rude, though undeniably handsome, neighbor tells her to keep the “infernal racket” to a minimum.
Hugh Danby, Baron Cadgwith, may think he’s put an end to the noise, but he has no idea what he’s begun. Though the waters of Bath provide relief from the suffering of his war injuries, he finds his new neighbor bothersome, vexing, and . . . inexplicably enchanting. Before long, Hugh suspects that even if his body heals, it’s his heart that might end up broken.

While many readers are losing themselves into horrors and such this spooky month, I found myself wanting to visit another time, meet an unusual couple, and read a different kind of Regency Romance. And wasn’t Erin Knightley just the right author to pick for this?

The romance in here has a different pace than the one we are used to in historical romance reads—at least it is so from the ones I’ve immersed myself into so far—and that’s not bad at all. The hero went through a lot and he’s in need of healing in more ways than people can imagine. Of course, how can they when he keeps everyone at a distance? Or so he tries, sometimes duty calls and a Baron is ‘forced’ to make an appearance for the sake of his title. But what when he’s home and he must have others to keep it quiet? His neighbour won’t stop practising her pianoforte skills, she needs music as much as he needs silence, and here’s the challenge: how to make her stop? And how to make him understand how important this is to her? So, from a polite—and yet rude—first encounter to banters, interesting balcony meetings, and truths gradually revealed, Hugh Danby and Charity Effington definitely keep you entertained.

With an original story and all strong characters with quite the attitude, The Baron Next Door offers a very nice escape (to Bath!). Even though I missed that little something that makes me completely love a book, I truly enjoyed the read, and when I put it back on my shelf, I still had a smile on my face.


Silvia

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