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  • The Lords of Bucknall Club, Book 1
  • By: J. A. Rock, Lisa Henry
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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A Husband for Hartwell

By: J. A. Rock,Lisa Henry
Narrated by: Cornell Collins
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Summary

He must marry, or risk his fortune.

The whole of London society has long assumed Lord William Hartwell will marry his childhood best friend, Lady Rebecca Warrington. After two seasons, Hartwell remains quite content with bachelorhood - his parents do not. When Hartwell learns they intend to cut his purse strings unless he makes a match this season, he resigns himself to a marriage of convenience with Becca, and yet he can’t help but be drawn to her younger brother, Warry.

He must marry or risk his sister’s ruin.

The Viscount “Warry” Warrington is used to being viewed as the tagalong little brother. Now a grown man about to enter his second season, Warry is desperate to be seen. When Lord Balfour, a handsome older peer, takes Warry under his wing, Warry thinks his dream is finally coming true until Balfour reveals his true intent - to make public a letter that will destroy Becca’s reputation, unless Warry agrees to marry him.

Time is running out for both of them.

When an injury forces Warry to recover at Hartwell House, the two succumb to a secret flirtation. But, Warry’s sudden announcement of his engagement to Balfour drives Hartwell near mad with jealousy - and right into Becca’s arms. With the clock ticking for Warry to save his sister, will Hartwell discover the truth of Warry’s feelings before it’s too late?

A Husband for Hartwell is the first book in the Lords of Bucknall Club series, where the regency meets M/M romance. The Lords of Bucknall Club can be listened to in any order.

©2021 J. A. Rock and Lisa Henry (P)2021 J. A. Rock and Lisa Henry

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Not sure this is a romance

To be honest it was really hard going listening to this book, even Cornell Collins couldn’t rescue it. I have no idea why the main characters ended up together because for 95% of the book they didn’t get on, we’re really quite awful to each other and there were no real moments of tenderness to evidence a growing affection. I listened to the end because I paid for it, but I won’t be listening to it again or reading/listening to any further works by these authors.

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Entertaining alternate historical Romance

This story delighted and infuriated me in equal measure. Both men were stubbornly determined that they didn't like each other for almost the entirety of the book even though their actions said otherwise. Every time I thought they were making headway a thoughtless word or misguided selfless deed seemed to set them back even further.
Hartwell has always loved Worrie. That much is clear as the story unfolds but first sons need an heir and so he must marry a wo.an, and that message has been drummed into him by his father since childhood (when his father caught him sharing a kiss with Worrie). That message drives a lot of Hartwell's actions for much of the book, and coupled with jealousy over Worrie's growing friendship with Lord Balfor, results in some poor behaviour to the people he cares about the most. But Hartwell isn’t alone in this, Worrie also knows how to wound with words and actions.
If you don’t like conflict in your Romance then this possibly isn't the book for you, the MCs don't resolve their differences until almost the final chapter, despite having acknowledged their mutual attraction earlier in the book.
An excellent job at the narration by Cornell Collins. I always know I'm in safe hands when I see his name on an historical title.

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Great story!

I loved this when I read it with my eyes and loved it all over again when I listened to Cornell Collins great performance.

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Historical Regency mm romance

I must confess I am not a seasoned reader or listener of historical fiction. So that might colour my review.

The narrator did an amazing job, he brought the story to a higher level than the actual book seems to me. The storyline is a very light one. I enjoyed the use and frasing ( is that even a word?) of words.

The story is set amidst he upper classes in London. Hartwell needs to marry, according to his family. He and his best friend Rebecca arrange to be married, so that they each can live their own life. Worry/ Joseph, Rebecca her brother, and Hartwell are attracted to each other. However Worry is being blackmailed to be the husband of a supposed friend. Listen how the situation unfolds and both men fibs their hfn/hea together.
Narration 5* Story3,5-4, Overall 4*
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