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Captivating The Cynical Earl

It’s been a while since I read a Regency Romance and so I was pleased to be able to read and review, Captivating the Cynical Earl, Catherine Tinley’s latest historical romance.

Captivating The Cynical Earl

The cool, aloof earl

And the enchanting lady

For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone—unless his frozen heart thaws before then…

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My Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Set in 1819 in London initially, we are introduced to the brothers, Jack and Tom Beresford. Jack being the eldest has the title of the Earl of Hawkenden, but both brothers have been very united in working towards restoring the family fortune squandered by their late father. Jack is terribly upset about the suddenness of Tom’s marriage to Nell, a young lady he professes to love. Being cynical of love, Jack suspects that Tom has been seduced by the young lady who is after his money, and love has no part in it! The brothers have words and there’s a rift in their relationship.

Jack meets Nell and her friend Lady Cecily at a party and mistaking the friend to be Tom’s wife, he offers her money to separate from Tom. Lady Cecily, who too had initial reservations about the marriage, has now come to realize that Tom and Nell are truly in love and is very supportive of them.

When all the four are thrown together in the Earl’s country estate, things are not comfortable.

But as they get to know each other the Earl is unwillingly drawn to Lady Cecily and she begins to understand how Jack’s cynicism is a cover for his hurt. The boys lost their mother when they were very young, and their beloved nurse resigned suddenly leaving them at the mercy of their disinterested father and subsequently a tough boarding school.

Will the Earl be able to shed his past? Can the brothers be united again? Will the feelings that Jack and Cecily share be given a chance to grow?

I loved the setting, the conversations and the characters in this story. There’s something so fascinating about Regency Romance and Catherine Tinley has created a poignant love story that is both entertaining and romantic.

Meet The Author

Catherine Tinley is an award winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021.

She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at,on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A creativity coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. I write about life, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. An avid reader, I review books at and offer coaching to writers and bloggers and anyone looking to explore their creativity at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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