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The Earl and The Enchantress

(The Enchantresses #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Not all scars can be healed with a kiss.

Sebastian Lancaster, Earl of Roddam, harbors a family secret so dark he has forsaken marriage to hide the past. When fate introduces him to Lizbeth, he believes he has met his perfect match—a woman with whom he can share passion without commitment.

Lizbeth Trethow risks everything to follow her heart until Sebastian’s past returns t
ebook, 470 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Paullett Golden
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Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
I received this book from author Paullett Golden in exchange for an honest review. First time I've done one of these so here goes!

4 STARS for a wonderful debut! This reminded me somewhat of a Megan Frampton or Vivienne Loret novel! Consider reading if you like them.

Finally I have written the full review!! Lol I have been so so busy and also lazy and taken basically a GR hiatus but IM BACK BITCHESSS

Short version: I really liked it. This author is brand new and her writing skills are very, very g
Barbara Rogers
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The two very charming and compelling main characters in Paullett Golden’s debut novel have nothing keeping them apart but themselves. Each of them has very good reasons for avoiding love and marriage but they are also lonely and want more from life. Their journey to find their HEA is a lovely one where they have to learn to trust each other and open themselves to love. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know all of the characters. Each character was fully developed, robust and very rela ...more
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
True Rating 4.5 Stars!

The Earl and the Enchantress was a true romance! This was not a lust at first sight, I have fallen deeply for you although I met you just last night, type of romance. This story was a delightful courtship that had its up and downs because it was about two people coming together who never had any intention of finding someone they would want to change for. I absolutely loved this book! It had me circling through my emotions throughout its reading.

Sebastian and Lizbeth are two
Shannon Gallagher
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Escape with me," he dared
"I'm yours," she whispered.

And thus it began, a marvelous story of love. What I enjoyed most about Sebastian and Lizbeth's journey to their HEA was that it was filled with life, real issues and fears. A slow burn that ends with a WOW!

What I loved about the author was her knowledge of the era! Her descriptions are fresh and rich. Her writing is strong and emotionally driven. An author to follow.

I felt right there with Lizbeth in her need and challenge to help her new hus
Maria Dariotis
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! I just found a new author that I will be following! This was soooo good, I couldn’t put the book down. It was engaging from the first page. Well written with plenty of intrigue, emotions, sizzling chemistry and mystery. I’m so glad I found Paulette Golden! Now on to her next enticing book! “I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review."
Laura Jean

Usually regency romance is not my thing. However, this was a really good book.

There are a couple of things that I feel set this book apart from the majority of regency romances I have read. First, there was an element of psychological fiction in this novel. The male protagonist is suffering from guilt and emotional trauma. At the point of the denouement, when I assumed her love would be the balm to heal him [eye-roll], HE actually did the work, thinking about the traumatic ev
Jennifer Perkins
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Rose Blue
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Lizbeth Trethow lost her mother at age seven, and from that tender age started taking on the responsibilities of running her father’s household and caring for her baby sister, Charlotte. Now after several seasons, and watching how her friends’ marriages have turned out, she’s decided that wedded bliss is not for her. She has no desire to become a man’s property and only a strong love from an exceptional man will change her mind. Whi
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Stunning prose, full-bodied characters, feverish love scenes… this book should be on every romance reader’s keeper shelf!

A Georgian Romance set in 1790, The Earl and The Enchantress tells the love story of fiercely independent Lizbeth Trethow and brooding and handsome Sebastian Lancaster, Earl of Roddam. When beautiful and spirited Lizbeth encounters the arrogant Earl in a library, the last thing she expects is to be attracted to the man, whose troubled past is responsible for his uncouth person
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enthralling story. Lizbeth is determined not to marry as she has no intention of just being cast aside but wants an equal partnership. She is attracted to Sebastian, Earl of Roddam and thinks she could have an equal say with him. Sebastian is also attracted to Lizbeth but he has a secret in his past and thinks himself unworthy. He is an honourable man and cares for his tenants. In the story we also meet up with his cousin, the duke, plus Lizbeth’s family. Secrets are slowly revealed ...more
No Apology Book Reviews
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A solid, well-written debut with relatable characters

Thank you to the author, who asked if I would like to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book quite a bit! I wouldn’t say I was utterly riveted, but I didn’t like having to stop reading, either. I had no major problems with it, but a few small things bothered me. Not enough to detract from my enjoyment, though.

Thoughts on the writing and story

There were several parallels to Pride and Prejudice, but I’m not sure if they w
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having been a romance reader for over 20 years, I’ve developed a strict criteria by which I judge a story:
1) Relatable, lovable, desirable characters
2) Engaging and compelling story
3) Believable conflict
4) Love scenes are within context of characters/story
5) Satisfactory resolution

How does The Earl and the Enchantress, the debut novel from Paullett Golden measure up?
Lizbeth and Sebastian are characters that immediately get your attention and draw you in to their stories. Why does Lizbeth esche
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Earl and the Enchantress is Book One in The Enchantresses series by Paullett Golden. It's a historical romance set in England in 1790. Lizbeth Trethow's aunt wants to see her nieces wed, but Liz has other ideas. She's determined to remain unmarried, to keep her independence and not become some man's property to do with as he pleases. She's too outspoken and opinionated to appeal to most of the gentlemen suitors among London's elite, in any case, and she plans to become a lady's companion and ...more
Jasmine Warren
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I have a new found love for reading historical romances. I really enjoyed this book. I have been told that there were a few historical inaccuracies and the use of modern words in the novel that could pull the reader out of the story in several places.

This book is a Georgian Romance set in 1790, a time period that few romance authors seem to write about. Most romance authors seem to set their stories in the Regency era or the Victorian era. I liked the descriptions of places, from Cornwal
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
During the first half of this book, I felt like I was reading “Little Women,” by Louisa May Alcott. I enjoyed how the first 7 or 8 chapters really left you “hanging,” in a sense, and wanting to read the next chapter. The overall plot was fantastic, while the character’s description and language fit matched the time period. Regarding the characters, I appreciated how some of them were given a certain "negative" description in the beginning of the book but later turned out to have a deeper backgro ...more
Elaine Wilson
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a very good read. I thoroughly enjoyed this period romance. The characters were likeable and you could feel the chemistry between them.

At another boring ball, Sebastian Lancaster, Earl of Roddam retreats to the library for some peace and quiet.
Unbeknownst to outspoken, opinionated and openly vocal against the sanctity of marriage, Lizbeth Trethow, she decides it is also the perfect time to enjoy the quiet of the library.

This brief encounter starts the pair talking about their reading hab
Lauren Janee
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Earl and The Enchantress was an amazing love story filled with passion and suspense. I could not put down the book !! I love the attention to detail and the visuals that the author paints by the description of every scene and every character. The author makes you feel like you are inside of each scene. I was sad when I had finished the book and cannot wait for the next one to come out !!! I absolutely adore Sebastian and felt very sad for him in some parts because of the things he had to go ...more
Laura Parkins
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’d wanted to start reading historical fiction for a while and a story about the English aristocracy seemed like a great place to start. The idea of this story did catch my interest however I didn’t fully know what to except. I can now say I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the writing fluent throughout, it also captures phrases that would have been used during the era it was set. The images created of the outfits and the houses were written perfectly, allowing for a great image to appear ...more
Margaret Watkins
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this historical romance, an unlikely couple finds a connection at soul-level, that makes it difficult for them to negate their true feelings. Despite having strong ideas against marriage, Sebastian and Lizbeth discover that becoming friends leads the way to love. However, there are so many obstacles to overcome that at times one despairs for the couple. I do like Sebastian, in spite of his dark character, and Lizbeth is the epitome of a pearl of great price as she reaches in to dig out his pa ...more
Wanda Liendro
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lizabeth is fiercely independent and has sworn to never marry. At the age of twenty five she would rather be a spinster than give up her freedom.
Sebastian has very little use for society and even less use for the empty headed young ladies he meets in society.
While attending a ball Lizabeth sneaks into the library to read while trying to dodge her matchmaking Aunt. The library is a popular place because Sebastian has already settled himself in front of the fire to read. A conversation ensues and
Jimmy Jefferson
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A warm and loving story of soul mates

The earl and the enchantress is a epic love story of Sebastian, who has had many issues in his life and has little trust in anyone since the death of his beloved mother. Lizbeth is a fun loving with a deep soul and desire to help everyone. Both of the main characters have skeletons from the past and met at a ballroom. Both have damage from the past and Sebastian desires to shed his dark past and be with her forever. Fear of losing her is what keeps his secre
Shanell Meek
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written story

This story follows Sebastian and Lizbeth as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It is a fantastic first book to a series because it left me wanting to go further and find out what happens with them next. With a love and life like Lizbeth and Sebastian’s you know there’s more adventure to come and you’re one hundred percent certain that you’re not going to want to miss it! I’m already looking for the second book to purchase when I’ve finished with this round of boo
Katherine Parsons
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The Earl and the Enchantress is a good romance novel. The characters are sweet and relatively believable, the tension is well-written and the story itself is engaging. The author clearly knows a fair amount about the period in which the piece is set, which is also always a bonus.

My only disappointment with this novel is its total conformity to generic conventions. It is a good romance novel, but I found that much of it was quite predictable, and the descriptive passages were essentially as one m
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is quite interesting, I enjoyed it. Sebastian is the present Earl of Rodam, who has vowed never to marry because of self condemnation and the guilt he's been carrying along. He has some dark secrets he's scared of revealing to a potential mate so he decided to remain single.
Lizbeth is an opinionated lady who also doesn't want to get married because she believes she can't get a partner that will treat her as an equal.
A chance encounter between the two sets them rethinking their initial
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
We see Sebastian with his family and Lizbeth with her family. When they meet it is great minds think alike and they are both taken with each other. They both claim that they don't want to get married. They both have their own issues. He has secrets. You have to read to find out if it all works out.
The whole time I was reading it I was rooting for Lizbeth and Sebastian to get married and have good life. I enjoyed the story. It was nice to have a book that does not stop when they get married it a
Caitlynn Akin
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Earl and the Enchantress” had me enchanted with the historical views, beautiful romance, and complex characters. In the beginning I was drawn in by the introverted and relatable Lizbeth and captivated by how her relationship with Sebastian would develop. What started as a tale reminiscent of “Pride and Prejudice” turned into so much more. The author wonderfully described the events, the landscape, the struggles, and the passion within this story. I truly enjoyed this tale about how our past ...more
Ravin Maurice
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and well crafted, The Earl and The Enchantress was hard to put down. I am impressed this is a first novel!
I was absolutely engrossed in this amazing love story of Lizbeth and Sebastian. It had a very Pride and Prejudice feel to it, but the similarities end there. With complex characters and a backstory with amazing depth, the story of how Lizbeth, a woman determined not to marry, and Sebastian, a dark and brooding man with a secret, meet and come together is fantastic from s
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The main characters, Lizbeth and Sebastian, reminded me a lot of Belle and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. If I were to sum up this book in one sentence it would be, a mature and more realistic version of Beauty and the Beast without the cursed furniture. I don't usually read romance novels so I don't have much to compare to, but I thought it was well written. The author used lots of unique words like newfangled, aquiline, saturnine and so on. I'm not sure if I particularly liked that aspec ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming story about Lizbeth, a self declared spinster and Sebastian, an earl with ghosts in his past. The challenges of marriage while dealing with family both in the present and the past are woven through the plot along with with twists, turns, and a satisfying ending. There were a few spots where the storyline seems to stagnate as both Liz and Bastien both get stuck in a self reflective rut. Other than that, the story was interesting, characters felt real and the history around the King ...more
Rosie Amber
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Earl And The Enchantress is a historical romance set during 1790 and takes place in England.

The book opens with an introduction to Lizbeth Trethow, an unwilling attendee at a ball. She escapes her aunt’s matchmaking attempts by slipping off to the library. But she’s not alone; Sebastian Roddam is also avoiding the ball. The couple find themselves debating authors; Lizbeth is thrilled to find a well-read opponent, while Sebastian is surprised by Lizbeth’s vast knowledge. He is unaccustomed to
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Celebrated for her complex characters, realistic conflicts, and sensual love scenes, Paullett Golden puts a spin on historical romance. Her novels, set primarily in Georgian and Regency England with some dabbling in Ireland, Scotland, and France, challenge the norm by involving characters who are loved for their flaws, imperfections, and idiosyncrasies. Her stories show love overcoming adversity. ...more

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