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Reviewed by Caitlyn Lynch for Readers' Favorite
Enchanted By The Earl is a charming Regency-era romance. Author Amanda Mariel has created an extremely likeable pair of protagonists in Hunter and Rose, an honourable earl and a young seamstress being blackmailed into marriage by a man she despises. Hunter's wrestling with himself, trying to deny his growing attraction to and fondness for Rose, was particularly well-written and believable. He's definitely the kind of hero I'd love to see more of in Regency romances; I'm not fond of the 'reformed rake' trope and Hunter was about as far from that as it is possible to get. With the book being a Regency ‘take’ on the Little Red Riding Hood story as well, the villain, Mr Wolfe, certainly lived up to his name, adding a very believable element of urgency to the narrative.
Enchanted By The Earl is well-written and thoroughly edited. I would describe it as a 'sweet' romance; there is no hint of sex, even with the villain attempting to abduct Rose to a forced marriage. I did find it a little bit of a stretch that an earl would marry his sister's seamstress without even considering a solution other than marriage first, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the story, and if you like 'clean' Regency romance, this is definitely the story for you! I enjoyed the minor characters in the story – Hunter’s sister, Lady Julia, was particularly delightful in her efforts to match Hunter and Rose together. I’d enjoy seeing more of Hunter and Rose’s story and I hope that Amanda Mariel chooses to revisit the couple in her future writings!