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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Baron Next Door by Erin Knightley

Charity Effington learned two valuable lessons from her first betrothal: 
1) When one loses the attention of an earl, one gains the attention of every gossip in London. 
2) Despite the lingering scandal, she’s not prepared to marry for anything less than love. 
 
After an exhausting Season, Bath’s first annual music festival offers Charity the perfect escape. Between her newly formed trio and her music-loving grandmother, Charity is free to play the pianoforte to her heart’s content. That is, until their insufferably rude, though undeniably handsome, neighbor tells her to keep the “infernal racket” to a minimum.
 
Hugh Danby, Baron Cadgwith, may think he’s put an end to the noise, but he has no idea what he’s begun. Though the waters of Bath provide relief from the suffering of his war injuries, he finds his new neighbor bothersome, vexing, and…inexplicably enchanting. Before long, Hugh suspects that even if his body heals, it’s his heart that might end up broken.


First impressions are not always just, especially for me when it came to both Charity Effington and Hugh Danby in this story. But they both soon became two of my favourite characters. Their extreme reactions to one another seemed to bring out their worst qualities but it soon became apparent that these actions were the result of their attraction. Without giving too much away I loved following their relationship from quietly sniped comments to clandestine conversations in the dark. I believe this author did a fantastic job of dealing with a very serious situation and still kept things on a light note and remained believable. Music played such a major part in this tale and while it couldn’t actually be heard I could feel it in the vivid descriptions and it was easy to see how the heroine could lose herself to the notes and sounds dancing in her head. I cannot wait to read the next stories in this series and if they are only half as satisfying as this one I shall still be extremely happy.