To Love the Brooding Baron by Jentry Flint

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Book Review of To Love the Brooding Baron by Jentry Flint

If you like to be entertained on Instagram, follow author Jentry Flint. Seriously. She posts the most fun reels and posts! A word of warning, though. If you don’t like Pride and Prejudice, her account may not be for you. She didn’t tell me to say this, by the way! I’m just here today to review her new book. To Love the Brooding Baron is the sequel to Games in a Ballroom and it did not disappoint! I’m not sure if it’s possible, but I think I liked it even more than I liked Games in a Ballroom. I know! How?? 
 

Blurb:

 

Opposites attract and sparks fly when the vivacious Arabella falls for a baron who lives under the shadow of a scandalous family secret.
 

1815, London 

Arabella Latham is a free spirit who longs to feel the spark of true love, but few men can match her passion for Shakespeare or her zest for life. Though her prospects seem slim, Arabella knows she can always count on the handsome but stoic Lord Henry Northcott, dubbed “The Brooding Baron” by the ton, to be willing to engage in intelligent conversation and even share a congenial dance with her at almost every ball. His quiet demeanor is the opposite of her vivacious personality, and she finds herself drawn to him, despite their differences. 

Lord Northcott has quietly admired Arabella for years, grateful that his friendship with her brother has allowed him to share in her company and even begin to secretly imagine a life together with her. But he knows he cannot pursue a romantic relationship with any woman—let alone someone as bright and beautiful as Arabella—because of the shadow that an old family scandal has cast over his life. He has vowed to preserve what is left of his family’s reputation by holding himself above reproach apart from society and focusing the majority of his efforts at Parliament. 

But Arabella is determined to show Lord Northcott that life is meant to be enjoyed, and she sets out to see what is behind the walls the Brooding Baron has built around himself. Could the spark of true love be enough to drive away the shadows holding Henry back? 

My Book Review:

To Love the Brooding Baron has some fun antics like its predecessor, Games in a Ballroom. I won’t spoil anything, but let’s just say it’s super fun. Flint writes with such a fun flair. You’ve got sassiness, broodiness (is that even a word??), hilariousness (another made up word??), and yet a lot of seriousness (yes, I know this one is a word…). With all the fun and games, though, this book discusses some very serious topics. 

Maybe it goes with all the brooding, but I did find this book heavier than the first book. It has heavier themes, topics, and situations. The Brooding Baron is a complex person with a tragic past. That said, I loved him as a character. Although he comes across as somber, morose, and contemplative, he also has a very charming side and a smile that comes out every once in a while. 

Arabella definitely comes across as the exact opposite of Lord Northcott (aka the Brooding Baron). She is happy, full of life, excited, and she loves Shakespeare. Really LOVES it. She plays a game where she’ll quote a line from a Shakespearean play and whomever she is talking to will need to say which play it comes from. Her knowledge of Shakespeare is unmatched. With all her playfulness, though, Arabella does have a more serious side. She loves deeply and is determined enough to do what it takes to show people how much she loves them.  

I felt like the characters were well written and developed. Arabella drove me crazy sometimes, but her behavior matched her character. She made choices that made me cringe, but it worked for her. Lord Northcott had a tendency to black-and-white thinking, but was thankfully able to see it and work through a lot of it. Each character was unique, authentic, and I loved to watch their growth over the course of the story. 

I loved the story. I thought it was well written. It has great descriptions, flow, and transitions. It’s told from both Lord Northcott and Arabella’s viewpoints, and I found it easy to follow. Arabella’s fun and happy balances Lord Northcott’s sad and brooding. 

As I previously stated, the story line in To Love the Brooding Baron is heavy and deals with some serious and difficult topics. It has hints of a similar situation to Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Lord by Celeste Connally, which I recently reviewed. Some of the difficult topics discussed are mental health and mental health institutions, murder, and suicide.  

Mental health institutions in the early 19th century were not known for being the most loving, caring, and happy places to be, and this is a part of the story. Mental health was completely stigmatized and anyone who suffered was shuttered away. I’m thankful we are learning more every day and that the stigma is finally beginning to fade.  

Although neither a murder nor a suicide occurs in the actual story line, they are discussed as events that occurred in the past. Neither situation is laid out in great detail, but they are discussed. Descriptions of what happens in the mental health institution are disturbing to read. 

To Love the Brooding Baron is a great sequel to Games in a Ballroom. I enjoyed learning about Arabella and Lord Northcott. I loved being in Lord Northcott’s head, seeing his thought processes, and understanding the why behind his brooding. This is a book that stays in your head and comes back to you again and again.

If you, or someone you love, suffers from depression, trauma, or other mental health struggles, please seek out help. My other website, Weakness to Strength, has many resources that I hope will help. I applaud authors who bring these serious topics to the forefront. The more we talk about it the more we can lessen the stigma and help each other.

PG-13+ Rating

Content Rating: PG-13+

  • Profanity: None
  • Intimacy: None (Kissing)
  • Violence: Moderate (Discussions of murder and suicide along with an assault.)
  • Themes: Heavy (Deplorable conditions in mental health institutions, murder, suicide, mental health.) 

Age Recommendation: 16+

My Rating: 4/5

4 Star Review

Click HERE if you’d like to purchase To Love the Brooding Baron by Jentry Flint

 

 

 

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of To Love the Brooding Baron in exchange for my honest review.
 

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