Girls Before Earls is an effervescent, refreshing romance. Miss Hazel Lively has fought for everything she has, cultivating a complex, impenetrable façade. Hazel realizes her dream of opening a finishing school in a seaside town. Hazel is trying to build up the student roster for the fledgling school. Gabriel Beckett, Earl Of Bladenton, or Blade, has a complicated family past. He is the benefactor to his estranged niece. Blade comes to Hazel’s school to offload his troublesome niece. The two come to an agreement, and an unlikely romance blossoms.
This plot has the best character development I have read in some time. Both Blade and Hazel have complicated, tragic pasts; the entire story is the journey of their understanding and acceptance of their demons. The couple fights their burgeoning love every step of the way. Their emotional development unfolds naturally and perfectly. The couple’s issues take the book’s entirety to solve, which makes it seem more realistic.
The couple’s physical connection is instantaneous and electric. Blade and Hazel’s building passion ignites the page. I enjoyed all the secondary characters – the students were endearing. The plot was fantastic, keeping my attention, and it flowed seamlessly.
Girls Before Earls is the first book in the new series, Rogues To Lovers. This novel grabbed my attention. All the secondary characters were vivid, and I can’t wait to see whose story is told next. I am impatiently waiting for the next installment. Anna Bennett has created an intriguing, fascinating world full of romance and passion. This was an excellent start to a new series. Blade and Hazel’s romance is breathtaking – don’t miss it!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: December 28, 2021