REVIEW: My Brown Eyed Earl

browneyedearl_cover-2BOOK: My Brown-Eyed Earl
AUTHOR: Anna Bennett
PAGES: 352
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
MY RATING: ★ ★ (2/5)

William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, is at the end of his noble rope. Not only has he broken ties with his longtime mistress, his mother has publicly announced her wish for him to marry a suitable young lady―if only to help him raise the twins left in his care. Hiring a governess should solve some of Will’s problems…but when he meets the candidate in question, he finds himself in an entirely new predicament.

Miss Margaret Lacey is brainy, beautiful, and, once upon a time, Will’s betrothed. But she bowed out of the engagement―and, since then, has never been the same. A tragic accident robbed her of everything, and now, at age twenty-three, her marital prospects are slim to none. Penniless but not without pride, Meg convinces the vexingly handsome Will to hire her for the job. What neither of them could have expected from this arrangement, however, is an attraction that burns stronger than ever. Are these two lost souls finally ready to be schooled in the art of love?

I received an electronic reading copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

How can you tell you read a very superficial book? When you finally find the time to review it about a month after you’ve put it down and you can’t really remember anything worth talking about.

My Brown-Eyed Earl is the story of William Ryder and Margaret Lacey. Margaret Lacey and her two sisters have lost their parents in a tragic accident and are now living with their uncle, a man whose fortune has been depleted and his social status dwindling. Feeling the need to bring in some form of compensation for her family, Margaret looks for work as a governess. Unfortunately, her first interview happens to be with William Ryder – a handsome Earl whose hand in marriage she turned down when she was a younger girl. But William doesn’t hold a grudge. He hires Margaret to take care of the two girls he’s recently taken in.

It’s only a matter of time before the two are drawn to one another, but with Margaret’s dwindling social status, could she ever be the right match for such an important man?

Come on, this is a romance novel. Of course she can.

I just couldn’t lose myself in this book. While it was certainly entertaining enough to finish, it just felt like the whole story glossed over everything that happened. It lacked true depth. The characters lacked any sort of dimension and I didn’t really feel connected to them in any sort of way. William Ryder was a cookie cutter historical romance heartthrob, and I will admit he had a few lines that made me smirk. But Margaret just made me frustrated. She is not the strong female lead that I keep hearing her described as. I think it was fantastic that she decided to break apart from her family and start earning a living wage, but mostly she was whiny. And she didn’t really face her problems very often, mostly she was running away.

This book was light and fluffy, but it lacked anything worthwhile to make me really feel like I had enjoyed the read.


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