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Peek Inside Enchanting the Earl

Llynmore Castle is the only place Annabel Lockhart has ever considered home. Now there’s a new earl, as arrogant as he is handsome, and he wants her gone. But if he thinks she’ll go quietly, he’s in for a surprise...

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She’s the last thing he expected to find…

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 earldom and a secluded castle in the Scottish Highlands to go with it, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world—until he arrives to find a spirited, beautiful woman already in residence. He can’t just throw her out, but surely there's a way to get her to leave on her own. The sooner she's gone, the better, especially when he realizes there’s more than just mutual dislike between them.

Each book in the Townsends series is STANDALONE:
* Enchanting the Earl
* The Rogue's Conquest
* A Scot's Surrender
* Claiming the Highlander's Heart


5 Stars: "I loved this bookStory is amazing and there are enough surprises that it won't bore readers at all. Ending is perfect." - Intellectual Vixens

5 Stars: "Prepare for a wonderfully written story, with drama, mystery, danger and all the wonder that makes a story worth telling. And yes, there will be some tears...they were mostly mine! If you love real romance and real people, you just shouldn't miss this one." - G.A. Hurst, author of Heart of an Alpha

4 Stars: "Enchanting the Earl was a very fast and great read. The descriptive writing made me feel like I was one of the characters watching Theo and Annabel's story unfold." - Stacy M. NetGalley review

5 Stars: "Really enjoyed this book. Wonderful but damaged hero, charming, but interesting heroine, and a lovely, caring family work together to bring us our HEA." - Pamela J., NetGalley review

5 Stars: "This was a great book, it is well written, flows perfectly, is emotional, funny, suspenseful, has some really good and sweet (but spicy) love scenes, a great cast of secondary characters and a very hard earned HEA." - Tracy, review

4 Stars: "The settings are vividly described as are the characters. There is love, passion, lust and surprises...It's an emotional story with some heartbreaking moments. There is an infusion of humour amongst all the uncertainties." - Mes Livres

5 Stars: "I was enthralled throughout most of the book with the sheer greatness of the characters, the beautiful setting and the complex plot, unfolding with some unexpected and interesting twists." - Maria, review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759466
Series: The Townsends, Book 1
Release Date: Apr 17, 2017
Page Count: 259
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: highlander, historical, historical regency
Tropes: enemies to lovers, opposites attract

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By Meags August 06, 2018

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 dec ...more

By Alisa February 19, 2018

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 mor ...more

By Caz June 12, 2017

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-l ...more

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 th ...more

By Maria June 10, 2018

"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, Th ...more

By Tracy March 23, 2017

*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 i ...more

'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 thi ...more

By Syrie June 05, 2017

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 so ...more

By Two Nerds With Words April 13, 2017

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 ...more

By Tori August 27, 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. ...more

By Stacy April 01, 2017

I loved it. Review to come ...more

By G.A. April 09, 2017

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 so ...more

By Fizza April 11, 2017

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 h ...more

By Rachel- Goodbye Borders April 22, 2017

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 ...more

By Ilze June 14, 2017

Nice story, excellent characterization, especially of the hero (who has a severe case of PTSD). Looking for more by this author! ...more

By Tales Of A Bookbug April 24, 2017

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 L ...more

By Nicole April 30, 2017

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.

E ...more

By anna May 23, 2017

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 ...more

By Lesley April 11, 2017

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 hopin ...more

By 21lakis34 April 10, 2017

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 ...more

By Lily June 12, 2017

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 ...more

By Eleanore April 15, 2017

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 ch ...more

By Katrina March 24, 2017

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 risk ...more

By Sarah September 16, 2017

So Lily Maxton is a new to me author and I was pleasantly surprised. Her writing is beautiful and the story was excellent. I loved the MC's and loved their story of hope and healing. I will definitely be reading more of this author.


By eyes.2c November 19, 2017

Somehow I missed the first in The Townsend's story. So when I saw it on Amazon for 99c I quite happily snapped it up. Theo and Annabel's story is where it all began. A pleasurable read. ...more

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Lily Maxton

About the author

Lily Maxton

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.

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