Review: First Earl I See Tonight

First Earl I See Tonight

Anna Bennett

Debutante Diaries #1


Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: 30-Oct-2018
Date Started: 08-Aug-2018
Date Finished: 15-Aug-2018
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
ISBN: 9781250199461
Source: NetGalley
3 star


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… 

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?”



This historical romance contrasted greatly with the mountains of others I have read in the last month due to its outside catalyst. The mystery/blackmail in this story ushers the heroine into action that leads to such an interesting and unique romance.

Gray interestingly makes a 180 from trying to scare Fiona away to drawing her in close rather rapidly. Seemingly after the first night, he is second-guessing his self.

I really appreciated that Fiona was more than a pretty, intelligent, witty woman (as is prevalent in these stories), what makes her stand apart is her art and her ability to see past a person’s facades and put them on paper.

I definitely recommend this novel to historical romance fans.

About the Author

“Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.”


I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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