Girls Before Earls

A Rogues to Lovers Novel

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Pub Date 28 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 11 Jan 2022
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks


"Irresistibly angsty...will keep historical romance fans hooked." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Girls Before Earls is the delightful first novel in the Rogues to Lovers series from romance author Anna Bennett.


To survive her difficult childhood, Miss Hazel Lively relied on two things: a tough exterior and a love of books. Now, she’s realized her life-long dream of opening a school for girls. She’s hoping the wealthy families who summer at the shore will entrust their daughters to Bellehaven Academy—and help pay for less fortunate students. All Hazel must do is maintain a flawless reputation. It’s a foolproof plan…until a handsome earl strides into her office.


Gabriel Beckett, Earl of Bladenton, has had a monstrous headache since the day his teenaged niece became his ward. She’s already been expelled from two London schools, but Blade is determined to enroll her at Bellehaven Academy, where she’ll be out of his hair. If only he can convince the buttoned-up—and unexpectedly intriguing—headmistress to take a risk.


Blade makes an offer that’s impossible for Hazel to refuse, but she has one condition: the earl must visit his niece every other week. Soon, Blade discovers there’s more to Hazel than meticulous lessons. Their sparring leads to flirtation…and something altogether deeper. But the passion that flares between them poses a threat to Hazel’s school and Blade’s battered heart. They say a good thing can’t last forever, but true love? Well, it just might…

“A fantastic storyteller. —Fresh Fiction

"This enjoyable tale of two people living full lives and finding unexpected love is a great kick-off for Bennett’s new Rogues to Lovers series.” —Booklist

"Irresistibly angsty...will keep historical romance fans hooked." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Girls Before Earls is the delightful first novel in the Rogues to Lovers series from romance...

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“Forgive me for speaking plainly,” Hazel said, “but I believe every girl is extraordinary and has the potential to flourish if given a chance.” The wording is just so magical. I was transported. This journey to happiness was just a wonderful thing. I enjoyed seeing Blade and Hazel find their HEA. The writing just pulled me into this lovely story and I didn’t want it to end. I recommend it his book to everyone who loves love and finding out that you deserve happiness.

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Anna Bennett creates a great new series in Girls Before Earls. Miss Hazel Lively is the perfect heroine who just wants to create a family with the school for young ladies that she is creating. When the Earl of Bladenton shows up at her school to enroll his troublesome niece, things soon heat up. Love the chemistry between Blade and Hazel. Can't wait for book 2 in the series.

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Hazel is a school headmistress who lost her parents at an early age. Blade has become the guardian to a niece he never knew about. Hazel and Blade each struggle with deep emotional wounds that together they can overcome with the help of his lively niece. I loved the growth each character had as they learned to navigate their relationship. The story pace was perfect and engaging with wonderful dialogue and setting. You immediately connect with the Hazel and Blade and don't want the story to end. Great start to a series!

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I received "Girls Before Earls" from Netgalley and voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Anna Bennett is a wonderful author, and she never fails to amaze me with her beautiful stories. A 6 out of 5 stars for this beautiful journey of love. Hazel Lively, headmistress of Bellehaven Academy of Deportment needs more students to make her dream school come true. Beck Blade, Earl of Bladenton, is trying to find a boarding school for his 15 yr old, orphaned, troublesome niece, Kitty. Miss Lively accepts to take on Kitty on the condition that Blade will visit his niece every two weeks. He reluctantly agrees but what ensues then is a blooming attraction between Beck and Hazel, two lonely broken souls  who need each other more than they realize. A lovely romantic story.

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Girls Before Earls is a phenomenal start to a new historical romance series by Anna Bennett. Ms. Bennett has provided readers with a well-written book populated with a stellar cast of characters. I love the characters in this book! Hazel became an orphan and a neighbor took her to a school for girls. She didn't have enough funds to stay, but the headmistress was impressed with her and allowed her to stay anyway. Now she's the headmistress of her own school in Bellehaven Bay. Blade didn't know his niece when he became her guardian and is trying to place her in Hazel's school after things didn't work out in the last two schools. Blade and Hazel's story is a fun read but full of feels. There's plenty of drama, humor, steam, action and suspense to keep readers glued to this story. I loved reading this book and look forward to reading more from Anna Bennett soon. Girls Before Earls is book 1 of the Rogues to Lovers Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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