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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.


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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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... ...more

By Maria April 01, 2017

"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,... ...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... ...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, h... ...more

By Bex 'n' Books 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 t... ...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... ...more

By wrecked_life 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 he... ...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... ...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... ...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 ho... ...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... ...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 r... ...more

By Becky April 24, 2017

Such a good story!

I really liked both Theo and Annabel--he was more than a little prickly, but it was easy to see why once you knew more about him. Annabel was just delightful from start to finish; I loved how she was always so aware of Theo and his reactions to things even before they became inv... ...more

By Debbie April 17, 2017

Theo Townsend has unexpectedly inheriting an earldom and secluded Llynmore Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Just the thing this war torn wounded soldier needs, some place quite away from people to hide from the world. Unfortunately Llynmore Castle is the only place Annabel Lockhart has ever cons... ...more

By Susan April 17, 2017

This was a good read for me. Characters were well developed and I found myself lost in a story of letting go if the past embracing your future and finding that love is worth all kinds of risks. ...more

By Angela April 04, 2017

A touching story about one man trying to adjust (albeit being dragged by a stubborn woman) to life after war. I liked how Theo’s anxiety was written in a way that did not glamorize but brought to life his emotional scars. The relationship between Annabel and Theo was tempestuous and leads to the... ...more

Theo was wounded in the war and seeks sanctuary in the secluded castle he inherited. When he arrives, he learns Annabel has already taken up residence there. He can't throw her out and she won't leave quietly. Is it possible there could be more than mutual dislike between them?

I really enjoyed th... ...more

By Whitney April 14, 2017

I have been provided with an ARC of Enchanting the Earl from Entangled Publishing through NetGalley for an impartial review. This is the first book in The Townsend Series it features Theo Townsend. This is the first book that I have read by Lily Maxton and it certainly won’t be the last. I absolu... ...more

By Anita April 18, 2017

This was a fascinating story with beautiful descriptive writing that whisked me back to the 1800's in the Scottish Highlands. This captivating, sweet historical romance was well written, with great complex, characters that are damaged due to their past and who have been living their life without... ...more

By Petula April 12, 2017

Theo Townsend is the new Earl of Arden. He inherited the title from an uncle he knew nothing about. The entailed lands are in the highlands of Scotland, that makes them ideal for someone like him. Since getting back from the war he just wants to be left alone in peace. His siblings however insist... ...more

By Eva April 17, 2017

when theo townsend unexpectedly inherits a castle in the scottish highlands, it occurs to him that it might be the perfect place to hide from society while he gets used to the fact that he is an earl and that his life has been permanently altered by his time at war on the continent.

he doesn't exp... ...more

By Brigitte April 03, 2017

Enchanting the Earl is the first novel in this Historical Fiction Romance. It portrays the post war trauma and its effects.

Theo is a casualty of the physical and psychological scars which linger, long after the traumatic events of a war.

Annabel lives with her aunt in a remote castle in the High... ...more

By MDM April 13, 2017

Both the hero and the heroine of “Enchanting the Earl” are likable, engaging characters who make you hope for a happy ending. Even the villain in this novel becomes a redeemable man before the end. I enjoyed this first in a series by Lily Maxton. ...more

By Anna April 22, 2017

Wow a definite buy book! From the first to the last chapter you will be captivated and entertained! I must say this book has every single element that makes it a fantastic read. Passion, characters that are complex, side stories that make you want to read their stories. The book is well paced and... ...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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