To Love the Brooding Baron by Jentry Flint and A Kingdom to Claim by Sian Ann Bessey

This summer, check out these novels!

A Proper Romance novel called,
To Love the Brooding Baron
by Jentry Flint


Opposites attract and sparks fly when the vivacious Arabella falls for a baron who lives under the shadow of a scandalous family secret.

1815, London.

Arabella Latham is a free spirit who longs to feel the spark of true love, but few men can match her passion for Shakespeare or her zest for life. Though her prospects seem slim, Arabella knows she can always count on the handsome but stoic Lord Henry Northcott, dubbed “The Brooding Baron” by the ton, to be willing to engage in intelligent conversation and even share a congenial dance with her at almost every ball. His quiet demeanor is the opposite of her vivacious personality, and she finds herself drawn to him, despite their differences.

Lord Northcott has quietly admired Arabella for years, grateful that his friendship with her brother has allowed him to share in her company and even begin to secretly imagine a life together with her. But he knows he cannot pursue a romantic relationship with any woman—let alone someone as bright and beautiful as Arabella—because of the shadow that an old family scandal has cast over his life. He has vowed to preserve what is left of his family’s reputation by holding himself above reproach apart from society and focusing the majority of his efforts at Parliament.

But Arabella is determined to show Lord Northcott that life is meant to be enjoyed, and she sets out to see what is behind the walls the Brooding Baron has built around himself. Could the spark of true love be enough to drive away the shadows holding Henry back?

In my opinion:

This book was very captivating from the start. It included mystery, romance, and humor. Arabella Latham only wants a romantic relationship like her parents had. I loved her character development throughout the story. She loves Shakespeare with all of her heart. Will she find someone who has similar interests and will she ever get the romance she longs for? I love how clean this story is and how it deals with difficult topics such as mental illness. It is the perfect summer book for all.

Next, check out this novel called,

A Kingdom to Claim

by Sian Ann Bessey


Aisley lost everything in a Viking attack. Now, working alongside the one man she trusts, she is ready to fight for her people—and for love.

Aisley’s young life was changed forever when her father accompanied King Alfred into battle and lost his life in a deadly skirmish with the Vikings. Now, almost seven years later, the Vikings are once again rallying on Wessex’s borders, and Aisley fears that her older brother may have treacherous plans to betray the king by aligning himself with the invading Norsemen. But when Aisley encounters a handsome nobleman in the market, she feels the first stirrings of hope. Though they met only once when Aisley was little more than a child, she recognizes the man immediately as one of King Alfred’s most trusted men.

It has been years since Brecc has seen Aisley, but when he spots her in the marketplace, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the copper-haired young lady with a gift for healing. Before his fledgling feelings for her can develop into something more, however, a Viking attack tears them apart. King Alfred is forced into hiding, and in a matter of days, the Saxon nation is brought to its knees. Unwilling to forsake their people, the king and his men embark on secret raids of Viking encampments. But when Aisley joins the fight, Brecc must reconcile his steadfast loyalty to King Alfred with his growing love for the king’s newest warrior.

In my opinion:

To be honest, it took me a bit to get into this story but once I got past the slower parts, I was fully invested. This was the first novel I read by Sian Ann Bessey so I wasn't familiar with her writing style. I loved how it was based on actual historical events. I'm not as familiar with the Viking era so it was actually fun to read a historical fiction book that wasn't about WWII. Although, I do love a good WWII novel but it was nice for a break.

I also loved reading about how loyal Aisley and Brecc became while fighting for their king and country. They stood for what was right. I also appreciate any Shadow Mountain book because they are so clean.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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