The Replacement Husband (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: The Replacement Husband
Author: Eliot Grayson
Publisher: Smoking Teacup Books
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 160
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Goddess-blessed Owen Honeyfield is destined to enjoy perfect good fortune, and the arrival of handsome and eligible Tom Drake in his country town appears to be just the latest manifestation. Tom’s proposal is the fulfillment of Owen’s desires, but Owen is left heartbroken and at the mercy of Arthur, Tom’s disapproving elder brother, when his betrothal takes a disastrous turn. His reputation ruined and his bright future shattered, Owen must choose between loneliness and practicality.

Arthur Drake has taken responsibility for Tom’s scandalous behavior all their lives. He doesn’t think much of his brother’s engagement, knowing that even Owen’s sweetness won’t be enough to influence Tom for the better. When Tom’s impulsive selfishness threatens to ruin the lives of everyone involved, Arthur has only one honorable choice. He’ll need to repair the damage Tom has done and fight for his own happiness, knowing all the while he may never be able to take Tom’s place in Owen’s heart.

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This is my first book by Eliot Grayson and I will definitely be reading more. I absolutely loved this story.

Set back in the times of bed clothes and fainting spells, Owen Honeyfield takes a fall along the moors and is rescued by Drake brothers Tom and Arthur. After meeting them properly a week later, Owen has his heart set on Tom and Tom asks for his hand, knowing that Arthur, too, has feelings for Owen.

When Tom sends a letter describing his less than ethical situation, Arthur steps in and volunteers to marry Owen, thus keeping gossip at bay. But will Owen ever get over Tom?

I loved the gauzy, vintage sepia feel of this book. I felt like each page had a unique filter and the spectacular writing put me right there in the room with Arthur and Owen and a cup of tea. Both MC’s were wonderful. I loved Arthur and his fierce need to protect Owen and his ability to remain steady in the midst of Owen’s uncertainty. And that he laughed when Owen threw a pillow at his face.

Owen was described so well and held true to his nature of agonizing over every decision, word and meaning. He made me laugh so many times at his misunderstanding of situations, but he came through in the end and it was worth it to see the change when he came to his important realization.

All in all, this was a simple, fun, quick witted story and I loved all the words. I’d absolutely recommend it.

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Galley copy of The Replacement Husband provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday


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