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Enchanting the Earl

(The Townsends #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  81 reviews
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
ebook, 240 pages
Published April 17th 2017 by Entangled
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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
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018, 3-stars, hr
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
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,
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
"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
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
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
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Tracy Emro
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*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
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
Syrie James
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Two Nerds With Words
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
2/6/19 Lily Maxton's books are currently 99c via Amazon: ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
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.
Stacy Reid
I loved it. Review to come
G.A. Hurst
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all romance lovers
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
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
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
“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
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-keepers
Nice story, excellent characterization, especially of the hero (who has a severe case of PTSD). Looking for more by this author!
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 ...more
Tales Of A Bookbug
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
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
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Eleanore June
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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
Katrina Berry
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer.

When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

Other books in the series

The Townsends (6 books)
  • The Rogue's Conquest  (The Townsends, #2)
  • A Lady's Desire (The Townsends, #2.5)
  • A Scot's Surrender (The Townsends, #3)
  • Highland Haunting: A Halloween Story (The Townsends, #3.5)
  • Claiming The Highlander's Heart (The Townsends, #4)

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