Today, I’m reviewing The Baron Regrets, a contemporary romance by fellow eXtasy Books author D.S. Dehel.
Title: The Baron Regrets
Author: D.S. Dehel
Word Count: 77,402
Publication Date: June 26, 2020
Heat Level: 3
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Cozy
Published By: eXtasy Books
Blurb: Tessa Winthrop, an art restoration specialist, is hoping for the job of a lifetime—one which would cement her reputation in a field dominated by her male colleagues.
Working for Baron Lucien Stanhope—or Leo as he prefers—challenges Tess’s talent, intellect, and emotions. Leo is charming, handsome, and way out of her league. It doesn’t matter, though, because she only is there for her art and the mystery surrounding master painter Giovanni Remini.
When a night of passion leads to consequences that could mean the end of her career, Tess fears that the baron regrets having ever met her.
But fate has more in store for them, and sometimes regrets are the beginning of better things.
For a 77k novel, this was a fast read. Really, it was. From the opening paragraph I was hooked. The story is rich in history, art, and narration. It’s a wonderful romance set in England on a gorgeous estate explained in breathtaking detail that makes you feel as if you are there.
The research is impeccable. I gobbled up every detail, because I’m a sucker for accurately portrayed fiction. The prose reminds me of an old-school, English gentleman spinning the tale. And the contemporary setting is perfect for such a story.
So what made me snatch this book to read? The baron LOL. I love nobility. It does not matter if it’s contemporary or historical.
Tess Winthrop is a great female lead. I really liked her. She’s smart, ambitious, and dedicated to her craft. She’s also refreshingly mature. I liked this about her. She’s a woman who gives much thought to her life, and how she’ll tackle any hurdles.
The baron, “Leo” Stanhope is true to his breeding. He’s emotionally disconnected, obsessed with his work and estate, and focussed on the right person to marry since he’s titled.
I found the duo balanced each other well. Tess, being a creative person, is quite passionate in her feelings and emotions, so Leo was great at reeling her in, and the same is said for Tess since she allowed Leo to achieve growth.
The secondary characters are wonderfully created. I especially adored Robert. Maybe he’ll have a novel in the future? Hint. Hint.
There is even a mystery tied to the restoration project Tess is undertaking. This was a very sweet addition to the novel.
I highly recommend this book. It’s a gorgeous story set to make you stay up reading well past your bedtime. Purchase yourself a copy at eXtasy Books.
Have you read The Baron Regrets? If so, do you agree with my review? If you haven’t read the book, are you willing to now?