Book Review: Courting Chaos by Lynne Barron

Book Review – Courting Chaos by Lynne Barron


Courting Chaos by Lynne Barron

Dunaway’s Daughters, Book 2

Published March 31, 2017


308 pages



Opposites attract, orbits align and chaos ensues…

Born of scandal and raised in squalor, Miss Harry O’Connell has turned her back on her feckless, frivolous father and carved out a happy, if rather hectic, life for herself in the working-class neighborhood of Wellclose Square. Until an unwelcome visit from the Earl of Dunaway puts her on a collision course with a handsome fortune hunter.

With three men standing between Phineas Griffith and the nearest title, he was perfectly content to live up to his reputation as a careless scoundrel. Two unfortunate accidents and an apoplectic fit later, the new Viscount Knighton finds himself saddled with a decimated estate, a mountain of debt and two sisters in need of launching into Society. There’s really nothing for it but to wed an heiress post haste.

Phineas cannot afford the luxury of falling in love with a prickly, penniless woman. Harry hasn’t the time or inclination to dally with a charming rake when all her considerable talents are aimed at laying waste to all the Earl of Dunaway holds dear.

But some forces are greater than gravity, and some chances worth taking. Can these two star-crossed lovers find the wherewithal to risk it all for a happily-ever-after that defies all odds?



Courting Chaos is based in 1821 London. Full of cheeky, fun banter between the characters. I loved the lead female role; she is a force of nature and has so many layers to her (she’s independent, confident, intelligent, does precisely as she pleases, haggles, knows a lot about a great many things, good negotiator, has connections, many schemes going on). She has a routine and keeps to a jam-packed schedule, that has been manageable until a near dissolute rake turns it topsy-turvy. Phin is desperate to wed a heiress but falls for Harry, who doesn’t meet his financial needs. He fears he has nothing to offer her and constantly mucks up any courtship they may have and makes a ghastly miscalculation. Deep down, he’s responsible, sincere, and loveable. A thoroughly enjoyable read, written outside of the usual historical mold. Very interesting plot, with many factors woven in. The characters personalities shine through.

Thank you to Aurora Publicity for the ecopy for review.

Reveiwed by L. Reigel





  ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Lynne Barron

Write About What You Know.  BARRON

Every Creative Writing Teacher and College Professor said these words to Lynne Barron in one form or another. But what did she know?

She knew she enjoyed the guilty pleasure of reading romance novels whenever she could find time between studying, working and raising her son as a single mother.

She knew quite a bit about women’s lives in the Regency and Victorian era from years spent bouncing back and forth between European History and English Literature as a major in college. 

She knew precious little about romance except to know that it was more than the cliché card and a dozen red roses on Valentine’s Day.

Then she met her wonderfully romantic husband and finally she knew.

Passion, Love and Romance.

And she began to write.





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