Friday, 3 October 2014

Review: The Baron Next Door by Erin Knightley


Publisher: Piatkus
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: September 30th, 2014
Rating: 7/10


Amazon summary:

After an exhausting Season spent at the mercy of the whispering Ton, Bath's first annual music festival offers Charity the perfect escape: freedom to indulge her true passion and play the pianoforte to her heart's content. That is, until their insufferably rude, though undeniably handsome, neighbour tells her to keep the "infernal racket" to a minimum. Hugh Danby, Baron Cadgwith, is in Bath to heal hidden wounds, both mental and physical. He may think he's finally put an end to the noise next door, but he has no idea what he's begun. The more he discovers about Charity, the more he finds her bothersome, vexing, and... inexplicably enchanting. Before long, Hugh suspects that even if his body heals, it's his heart that might end up broken. 

Review: 

The Baron Next Door is another fast-paced, fun Regency romance that fans of Sarah MacLean will enjoy. It's full of likeable characters, believable settings and even a pianoforte or two!

Charity Effington just wants to play her beloved music, but when Baron Hugh Cadgwith moves in next door her plans come to an abrupt end. The Baron hates Charity's music - it literally makes his head pound - but there's something about him that Chelsea can't figure out. What's his story, and why does he insist on being so tiresome? All will be revealed...

Charity and Hugh have great chemistry that slowly builds throughout the book. They get to know each other better, secrets are uncovered and Charity finds herself at the forefront of Bath's summer society. She fends off unwanted attention, makes new friends and ultimately realises that her music is anything but a flighty hobby. She's driven and determined, making her a fictional heroine that a lot of readers will easily relate to. Hugh is a great character too; headstrong and annoying, he's your typical Regency man who absolutely must not have feelings for the woman living next door.

The setting of Bath is one I loved reading about, especially because I've been to Bath and could actually picture what it would have been like in Regency England. I could imagine all this happening during one hot summer and it really helped set the scene. The writing is good too, and I raced through the book over just a couple of nights. It has an easy, dialogue-driven feel to it that makes reading just one more chapter an absolute must!

I enjoyed The Baron Next Door and am looking forward to reading the second book in the series, published next year. I liked Charity's best friends, Sophie and May, so getting to read Sophie's story will hopefully be just as fun as Charity's!

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