To Love the Brooding Baron Review and Author Interview

Tuesday, June 18, 2024


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

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. 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?


Jentry Flint is bookworm-turned-writer with the propensity to try just about anything. She has a true love of history and believes a good quote can fix most things. She lives in southern Utah with her husband and two daughters—who, naturally, are named after characters from books. Her favorite things in life are flavored popcorn, her grandmother’s purple blanket, and curling up on the couch to watch a movie with her husband.


Life Is What It's Called - How is this book similar to Games in a Ballroom? How is it different?

Jentry Flint - So To Love the Brooding Baron basically leaves off right where Games in a Ballroom ended, I won't elaborate more so I don't risk giving any spoilers--BUT if you haven't read Games in a Ballroom you can still read To Love the Brooding Baron and not feel lost. It's just more fun, in my opinion, if you read Games in a Ballroom first and then To Love the Brooding Baron. And this is because To Love the Brooding Baron follows the story of Henry Northcott (aka Beasty if you ask Mr. Bradbury or The Brooding Baron if you ask members of the ton) and Arabella Latham, Emerson's sister and Olivia's best friend. In this book you will see many more of the same characters from Games in a Ballroom, while also experiencing some of the fun and humor that was in Games in a Ballroom! 

Life Is What It's Called -What was your favorite scene to write and why?

Jentry Flint - My favorite scene to write...that is such a HARD question! because I had SOOOO much fun researching this book! I found so many historical facts and settings that blew my mind that I feel like you won't find in a Regency romance! But I guess if I have to pick one scene, it might be the chapter when they go to Sadlers Wells Theatre! That place fascinated me so much while I did research and I truly wanted everyone to experience this place and the craziness that happened in that theatre! I would definitely say it's one of my sweater scenes between my hero and heroine.

Life Is What It's Called - What themes are in this book?

Jentry Flint - I would say there are a few themes inside this book, for example found family, but the one I hope readers feel the most is grace. To give grace, to receive grace and to forgive and believe in yourself. 

Life Is What It's Called -What inspired you to write this book?

Jentry Flint - Without trying to give too many spoilers, I truly loved the movie She's the Man growing up and when I heard that the movie was based on the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night, I KNEW I had to incorporate parts of my story in my book! I also fell down the rabbit hole when it came to a Parliamentary movement called the Lunacy Reform. The regency era ONLY happened because King George III was declared mad, making the Prince Regent have to step up and run the country. I can't really say more or I'll risk spoiling the book--curse myself for writing a story line FILLED with spoilers! 

Life Is What It's Called - What do you think is one of the most memorable lines in this book? And why?

Jentry Flint - Most memorable line. . . well, I know the most quoted line between me and my husband is when Mr. Bradbury yells: "Dinner!" We quote it often to each other and have a good laugh every time because it's just this awkward moment and only because Mr. Bradbury made it be! Other than that I don't know what will be a memorable line! I was more than surprised to learn that the line about the pig from Emerson's mother was the most quoted line from Games in a Ballroom, so I don't even know what to guess on this one. 

Life Is What It's Called - Which character are you most like and why?

Jentry Flint - Which character am I most like? I would probably say Arabella. She speaks her mind and doesn't like a bully. But my husband would probably say it's because we both don't have any patience--lol.

Life Is What It's Called - If this book was a food what would it be and why? (Is it sweet like chocolate, fun and cheesy like pizza, etc)

Jentry Flint - One of those jumbo bags of Sour Patch Watermelons. I think it's going to shock some people throughout, while also turning into this sweet, delicious story you can't help but want to go back for more! 

Life Is What It's Called - What writing projects are you working on now and what hints can you share?

Jentry Flint - I'm currently 3 chapters away from finishing Mr. Bradbury's story! You will recognize him as the comedic relief in the Brooks Brotherhood. You might remember he is VERY anti-marriage and he's going to meet his match!

Lord Northcutt is tasked to watch over Arabelle and her mother while her brother is away. He finds the task difficult at times as Arabelle has a vivacious spirit that doesn't conform to societal expectations and has a great love for Shakespeare and plays. On top of watching over Arabelle and finding himself falling for her, Lord Northcutt's also trying to avoid a doctor who wants to talk to him. As Lord Northcutt's world slowly turns upside down, he finds himself growing closer to Arabelle.

The author uses Arabelle's love of Shakespeare to add a taste of his work into the book. I love the references to Twelfth Night. I also enjoyed the subtle reference to King Lear/Hamlet as Lord Northcutt tries to figure out the truths surrounding him and figure out his own "madness." I did at times feel like Shakespearean quotes were dropped in there and the author could have played a bit more with it. The author does play around with common Shakespearean themes from woman thwarting man's domain, dealing with madness, forbidden love, dealing with the aftermath of tragic circumstances and etc. The characters were well-rounded, and the plot thickens gradually as the characters open themselves up to each other and to others surrounding them. Overall, this is a fun romance that I think Regency romance readers will enjoy. It has some light-heartedness, drama, social dangers, mystery, and twists and turns. The storytelling in the book is very smooth and the author draws you in from one scene to the next. This book can be read as a stand-alone or you can read it as a series starting with Jentry Flint's first book, Games in a BallroomTo learn more about this book, click here.

Please note that I received a free copy to review, however, this is my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links that help support this blog.

Lady Ivy and the Irishman Book Review

Saturday, June 8, 2024

About the Book

Lady Ivy Amberton, weighed down by her family’s expectations, has often struggled to navigate the complexities of high society—until the arrival of Lord Dunmore, a dashing Irish baron whose open charm and spirited view of life turn her world upside down. As Ivy grapples with the unfamiliar thrill of attraction, she is compelled to reconsider her understanding of what it means to truly be herself.

Teague Frost, whose tenure in Parliament has cemented his views on the rigidity of the English, finds himself unexpectedly captivated by Ivy's intelligence and grace. Her sincerity challenges his prejudices and sparks an affection he had not anticipated. Together, they explore the surprising depths of their connection, each learning to appreciate new truths about themselves and the world.

As their relationship deepens, Ivy and Teague are confronted with the profound implications of their attraction. Can Ivy embrace her true desires and the possibility of a love that defies her family’s plans? Will Teague allow his unexpected love to transform him, fighting for a future that honors both his heritage and his heart?

Set against the elegant backdrop of Regency England, Lady Ivy and the Irishman is a tale of self-discovery and unexpected love.

About the Author 

Sally Britton is a wife, mother, and author who loves the world of romance, earned her BA in English in 2007, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and she’s never looked back.

Sally lives in Oklahoma with her husband, four children, two Australian Shepherds, and a queenly cat. She loves researching, hiking, and reading YA Fantasy novels.

Follow Sally's adventures on Instagram and Facebook and check out her website!

Author Interview 

Life Is What It's Called - How does this book stand apart from the others in this genre?

Sally Britton - Lady Ivy and the Irishman stands apart due to its light-touch exploration of cross-cultural relationships set in the Regency period. While the genre often focuses either on the glittering aspects of upper-class England (ignoring cultural clashes) or delves into the complexities of Irish-English relations (usually the ugliest aspects), this book is meant to offer a fresh perspective through a gentler touch. And…y’know…an Irishman kissing an English woman. ;-)

Life Is What It's Called - What will readers like most about this book?

Sally Britton -I hope readers will be drawn to the dynamic between the characters—particularly how Ivy's quiet strength and Teague's vibrant charm clash and complement each other. The book offers a blend of tender romance, thoughtful dialogue, and a setting that transports readers into the heart of Regency England.

Life Is What It's Called - What have you learned from writing this book?

Sally Britton - Exploring the Irish perspective during the Regency era allowed me to appreciate the subtle things that influence the actions of individuals and the slow changes in society. It reinforced how historical accuracy can enrich a narrative, providing a more immersive experience for the reader. Even in a “lighter touch” romance.

Life Is What It's Called - What themes run in this book?

Sally Britton - Key themes include self-discovery, the struggle against the expectations of others, and the power of being true to one’s self.

Life Is What It's Called - Will there be more books in this series?

Sally Britton -Yes, the plan is to continue exploring the interconnected lives of characters who are part of the Clairvoir Castle family and friendships. Book 6 is already underway!

Life Is What It's Called - What inspired you to write this book?

Sally Britton - Inspiration came from a desire to blend traditional Regency romance with a more modern discussion of individual identity and historical expectations. I wanted to create a love story that not only entertained but also reflected the challenges and triumphs of overcoming deep-seated personal insecurities. Ivy has some stuff to work through. Teague accepts her for who she is.

Life Is What It's Called - What writing projects are you working on right now?

Sally Britton - Currently, I'm working on the next book in the series, which will focus on a secondary character from Lady Ivy and the Irishman. This story will delve deeper into the intricacies of loyalty and duty versus personal happiness, set largely in London but with visits back to Clairvoir Castle (of course).

Life Is What It's Called - If this book was a food what would it be and why?

Sally Britton - A delicious fruit tart. Light, tangy fruit (Teague’s flirty nature) and rich custard (Ivy’s emotional depths and struggles).


Lady Ivy wants to escape the household of her stepbrother and his demanding wife. Fortunately, she's invited to visit her cousin for the summer. On her visit, she's reintroduced to Lord Dunmore and finds herself attracted to him and finding herself finding herself in the process.

I loved this sweet romance. It's a tale about releasing expectations that others place on you and being able to be yourself, which is hard to do. The "meet-cute" in this book grabbed my attention and the characters banter made this book fun and sweet. The book moves quickly and is a fun, light-hearted romance. The author also touched a little on the complexities between the Irish/English. I hope she explores this further in future books. Everything in this book is clean and would be appropriate for a teenager to adult to read. My favorite part of the book was the reading the author's note in the back of the book. It was a nice wrap-up for the story. To learn more, click here.

Please note that I received a free ebook to review, however, this is my honest opinion. Please note that this post contains affiliate links that help support this blog.

A Sham Betrothal Review

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Paris, 1774. He can win her freedom, but can she win his heart?

With Sophie Twisden’s grandmother laid up with an illness, causing them to withdraw from the Paris social scene, the pompous Sheldon Cholmsley appoints himself as Sophie’s “protector.” Protector? Ha! More like tormentor. So when her new friend Basile Gervain offers her the protection of his name and promises he will not allow harm to come to her reputation when she breaks their sham betrothal and returns to London, she has little hesitation in accepting.

What once was an unthinkable notion—to align herself with a foreigner—becomes more and more the desire of her heart as she discovers how closely shared are their thoughts and sentiments. Now that it is time to leave Paris and put an end to their act, she wishes she might remain and become Madame Gervain in earnest. But what use is it to harbor a secret hope that he will declare his undying love, when he only proposed out of convenience in the first place?

A Sham Betrothal is a clean & wholesome 18th century romance novella, written in the traditional style.

Other books in the Georgians in Paris Series:


Jennie Goutet is the best-selling author of twelve Regency romances, including the Clavering Chronicles, Memorable Proposals, and Daughters of the Gentry series. Her books have received first place in historical romance for the New England Reader’s Choice Awards and have hit the number one spot in Regency Romance on Amazon. They have been featured on BookBub and Hoopla, and are translated into five languages. Jennie is an American-born Anglophile who lives with her French husband and their three children in a small town outside of Paris. Her imagination resides in Regency England, where her best-selling proper Regency romances are set. You can learn more about Jennie’s books and sign up for her newsletter on her author website at


Sophie Twisden quickly realizes that Sheldon Cholmsley as expectations after escorting her and her grandmother to France. When a new acquaintance, Basile Gervain, offers to be her protector and promises that no harm will come to her reputation, Sophie jumps at the chance. As Sophie and Basile come to know each other they realize that their sham betrothal might not be such a sham after all. 

A Sham Betrothal draws the reader in with likeable characters that go against the expected and do the unexpected. This fun romance will keep readers on their toes as they watch the main characters navigate their relationship and deal with the foes around them. The story is cute, clean, and well-researched. The story also shares what was fashionable during the time, history of the time, and favorite iconic shops and locations. I love the "French" vibes in this book and the mention of iconic places like the Cafe Procope, the Palace of Versailles, visiting gardens, pastry shops and more. I enjoyed the romance, but the setting and its descriptions were also well-worth the read. It's definitely something I would want to revisit before my next visit to France. To learn more about this fun romance, click here.

Please note that I received a free ebook to review, however, this is my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links.
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