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Once upon a time three young ladies vowed to record their first London seasons…and to fill in the gaps of their finishing school educations. Thus began The Debutante Diaries—and London will never be the same…

“Fans of Regency romance authors Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, and Mary Jo Putney will go wild.”—Booklist

An heiress with a daring proposal. An earl who’s determined to resist her. And a love that just might be written in the stars, in First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett.

Recently jilted by his fiancée, David Gray, Earl of Ravenport is not in the market for a wife. Even if Gray didn’t have his hands full renovating his crumbling country house, it would take more than a bold marriage proposal from a headstrong young beauty to thaw his frozen heart. Gray is confident that spending a week at his ramshackle estate will change her mind about marriage, but every passionate moment he spends with her tempts him to change his…

A talented artist, Miss Fiona Hartley desperately needs her dowry money to pay off a blackmailer set on ruining her sister. The handsome earl seems a sensible choice for a husband…if only she can convince him that romance will play no part. But marrying in name only may prove difficult for Fiona. Gray can’t help but be dazzled by her genuine warmth. Yet as their feelings deepen, Fiona’s deadline looms. Will her secrets destroy them, or is true love their final destiny?

October 30
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Happyshipy ,

Be ready to pull an all nighter.

Just wanted to read a few minutes before bed, but it's now 2am and I'm wide awake and writing my first book review. Amazingly written, so romantic and witty characters that kept me in suspense until the end. Can't wait to read more!

Palma Chris ,

Interesting Premise that Didn’t Fully Deliver

First Earl I See Tonight is my first read by Anna Bennett. I received this arc from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.

The story starts off with an interesting premise. A heiress, who’s family earned their wealth, is being blackmailed with a secret about her sister. The only way she can payoff the blackmailer is to propose marriage to an English earl who’s in desperate need of money.

I enjoy a woman who takes the less conventional path and goes after what she wants. I also enjoy a man who is devoted to his family and only wants what’s best for them. However, to read this story, you need to just go with the flow and not ask too many questions.

The first half of the book was ok, but by the time I figured out who the blackmailer was, I was over it. The reasoning behind the blackmail, the way they figured out the secret and the hero’s dealing with the blackmailer were all disappointing.

Astroyic ,


Captivating! I was totally captivated by this intriguing, tender and suspenseful historical romance. These characters will touch your heart and a the romance is filled with wonderful tender moments that at times took my breath away.

Fiona Hartley is desperate, a shy, but rich, debutante, who is being blackmailed. Wanting to save her family from scandal, she proposes to a handsome Earl that is in dire need of the funds, that she can supply. But after being refused by the woman of his heart the Earl of Ravenport has decided that marriage would not be in his future until he could take care of his estate, finances and his grandmother.

But what starts out as a way to scare off Fiona, he invites her and her family to come and stay at his crumbling down manor house. But the more these two interact, the more they are taken by the other. Will the tender, beautiful moments lead these two a HEA? You will need read to find out.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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