Review: Courting Chaos by Lynne Barron

Review: Courting Chaos by Lynne Barron
Courting Chaos

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Series: Dunaway's Daughters #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on 31 March 2017
Pages: 308
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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What happens when London’s longest reigning rake decides to make mischief?
Born of scandal and raised in squalor, Miss Harry O’Connell turned her back on her feckless, frivolous father and carved out a life for herself in the working-class neighborhood of Wellclose Square. She’s a creature of habit, a stickler for schedules, a keeper of secrets, and a woman adamantly opposed to wasting so much a single minute – let alone a spare shilling – on useless endeavors, sentimental nonsense or impossible expectations.
Opposites attract…
With three men standing between Phineas Griffith and the nearest title, he was perfectly content to float through life on a wave of mistakes, mishaps, coincidences and luck. 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 in tandem. There’s really nothing for it but to woo and wed an heiress post haste.
Orbits align…
An unwelcome visit from the Earl of Dunaway sets in motion a convoluted chain of events that put Harry on a collision course with the handsome fortune-hunter. And wreak havoc with her meticulously managed, precisely timed and exactingly organized life.
Worlds collide…
Phineas cannot afford the luxury of falling in love with a prickly, pragmatic and 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.
And chaos ensues.
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?

The Delight

If one delights to a smart, witty heroine who marches to the beat of a different drum then Harry is the gal for you.  Bawdy humor, sparkling wit, and clever turns in the plot await.


Courting Chaos is the second in the Dunaway’s Daughters series.  It takes place a few years after the first book from what I gather.  I read this one out of order.  It was okay standalone, but I could see where I was missing stuff so I’d recommend getting these in order if you can.

Miss Harry O’Connell is a bit of an enigma and something of an OCD type for roughly the first half of this book and truthfully, she came across as somewhat of a ‘rub it in your face know it all’ especially to the hero when he had not done a thing to deserve it.  I found her and the situation off putting.  So much so, that I nearly set this aside because I was tired of being as confused and in the dark over all her mysterious comings and goings as the hero.  Now Phin, fortunately, was not so difficult to engage with and appreciate.  He had the age old problem of having to marry for money to restore the family estates and keep things from ruin.

But there was enough of the sparkle for me to press on.  Decidedly the second half improved by leaps and bounds for me.  I still struggled with Harry, but there were other things to make up for her.  So much fun and intrigue and I must say, I loved when Dunaway’s daughters were together.  They are all something unusual and clever in their ways.  I want to go back for Lilith’s story now and keep going with the other sisters.

So, all in all, it was a good read.  Readers need to be patient to let this one get set up and then its off and a historical romance I can recommend for a fun romp.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. This cover is so gorgeous, and it’s a bit intriguing to meet a heroine called Harry! Glad you enjoyed it for the most part, Sophia! Hugs…RO

    1. It is very lovely. The series covers all look even better together.

      Yes, it was fun that she was ‘Harry’. The hero kept trying to guess what her real name was and getting it wrong. LOL

  2. I read books out of order all the time. Sometimes it’s ok and sometimes it only makes sense after reading the other books. Thanks for the review.

    1. Yeah, there was all this secrets and intrigue and she was busy and doing stuff that it never says quite what she’s up to so I spent the first half confused and getting irritated. But then it all comes together and starts to make sense in the second half so I was able to settle in and enjoy the story. I need more patience. LOL

  3. Sophia, thanks for the lovely review! I know Harry was a difficult heroine at times (she was difficult to write, too, lol) but I’m so glad you didn’t give up on her or the story!

    1. Ahhh, thanks for stopping by and reading my review, Lynne. I was just telling another reader that I really need to learn to be more patient. Harry was unique and I realized afterward that its refreshing to get those particularly in a series.

  4. Noticed how the hero’s are prob one of the few reasons we stick around to finish the book. I find some heroines lately ugh