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Louisa Cox is tired of fortune hunters pursuing her dowry. So when Lady Kellen offers to help her find an eligible suitor, Louisa eagerly accepts and makes a list of what she wants in a husband. The man selected is barrister Paul Sheldon. He may be a complete stranger, but he has one thing in his favor: he is unaware of her fortune. What Louisa did not anticipate was his c Louisa Cox is tired of fortune hunters pursuing her dowry. So when Lady Kellen offers to help her find an eligible suitor, Louisa eagerly accepts and makes a list of what she wants in a husband. The man selected is barrister Paul Sheldon. He may be a complete stranger, but he has one thing in his favor: he is unaware of her fortune. What Louisa did not anticipate was his curious behavior—or being so attracted to him. When Paul catches wind of the matchmaking organization his mother and her friends are establishing, he pities the fellow who will be caught in their scheme—until he realizes he is to be their first victim. Horrified, Paul determines to thwart his mother’s plans by whatever means necessary. After meeting his intended, however, his increasing desire to be near her threatens to disrupt his convictions. Louisa is everything he could want in a wife, and when an unexpected adventure sets in motion the very plan he had determined to halt, he almost wishes his mother’s plot could succeed. But Paul harbors a secret and a past that make it impossible for him to give Louisa the life she deserves.


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Louisa Cox is tired of fortune hunters pursuing her dowry. So when Lady Kellen offers to help her find an eligible suitor, Louisa eagerly accepts and makes a list of what she wants in a husband. The man selected is barrister Paul Sheldon. He may be a complete stranger, but he has one thing in his favor: he is unaware of her fortune. What Louisa did not anticipate was his c Louisa Cox is tired of fortune hunters pursuing her dowry. So when Lady Kellen offers to help her find an eligible suitor, Louisa eagerly accepts and makes a list of what she wants in a husband. The man selected is barrister Paul Sheldon. He may be a complete stranger, but he has one thing in his favor: he is unaware of her fortune. What Louisa did not anticipate was his curious behavior—or being so attracted to him. When Paul catches wind of the matchmaking organization his mother and her friends are establishing, he pities the fellow who will be caught in their scheme—until he realizes he is to be their first victim. Horrified, Paul determines to thwart his mother’s plans by whatever means necessary. After meeting his intended, however, his increasing desire to be near her threatens to disrupt his convictions. Louisa is everything he could want in a wife, and when an unexpected adventure sets in motion the very plan he had determined to halt, he almost wishes his mother’s plot could succeed. But Paul harbors a secret and a past that make it impossible for him to give Louisa the life she deserves.

30 review for Bargaining for the Barrister

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    Happy, Happy Sigh!!! I love a fun matchmaking book. Especially when there are some unexpected hiccups along the way. Well Paul’s mama is one of the Matchmaking Mamas and they are bound and determined to help their children along their path to wedded matrimonial bliss. ;-) One problem…Paul and his friends, the Rebels, know what their mothers are up to and are scheming just as much as those Mamas. It was truly delightful. Louisa and Paul have never met but when they do, you’re going to smile and g Happy, Happy Sigh!!! I love a fun matchmaking book. Especially when there are some unexpected hiccups along the way. Well Paul’s mama is one of the Matchmaking Mamas and they are bound and determined to help their children along their path to wedded matrimonial bliss. ;-) One problem…Paul and his friends, the Rebels, know what their mothers are up to and are scheming just as much as those Mamas. It was truly delightful. Louisa and Paul have never met but when they do, you’re going to smile and giggle. I was. Their first meeting can definitely be labeled as a meet-cute! And the fun doesn’t stop there. These two are put into several situations that just add to the enjoyment of this book. Anneka Walker will have you smiling and cheering for both the Mamas and the Rebels in her newest book. And exciting news, it’s going to be a series. So these Matchmaking Mamas and Rebels aren’t don’t yet with their scheming and escapades. Louisa was such a sweet and gentle character. She has some sorrows in her past and is determined to find a man who will love her for her and not her dowry. Smart girl!!! I loved the chemistry between her and Paul. Their sweet love story has ups and downs but don’t discount them yet. As trust builds and Paul realizes he can’t fight his attraction to her, his secret that is holding him back will come to light and Louisa will have to decide what to do with that information. Matchmaking at its finest! Don’t miss this fun series! I’m most definitely looking forward to reading the next book (but I’ll have to be patient while the author writes it)! Content: Clean. I received a copy from the publisher, Covenant Communications, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily Flynn

    Trauma is a topic that I hold dear in the fact I want to help those that have experienced it and hold sacred their growth and healing. This story takes that topic in loving hands and guides it through. It allows for hope, faith, and love to lessen the hold of trauma and illustrate it for those that might not have experienced the same. Often in a story there is an antagonist that pushes the drama and danger a bit. With trauma, that antagonist is in the past but very much present. Anneka Walker did Trauma is a topic that I hold dear in the fact I want to help those that have experienced it and hold sacred their growth and healing. This story takes that topic in loving hands and guides it through. It allows for hope, faith, and love to lessen the hold of trauma and illustrate it for those that might not have experienced the same. Often in a story there is an antagonist that pushes the drama and danger a bit. With trauma, that antagonist is in the past but very much present. Anneka Walker did an amazing job guiding us through that trauma, letting the results unfold as the hero did his best to sort through and understand it himself. Trust is one of those things that is devastated by such trauma, and despite of evidences otherwise, Paul struggles to trust those that would love him. Lest you think that this story is heavy laden, I will enlighten you. The story has elements of trauma, like I have explained, it was poignant enough to mention, but it is a beautiful story. There is emotion and humor that allow the love and care to be felt. Afterall, when there are matchmaking mamas at foot, what could result but a comedy of errors. I am excited to know that there will be other books in this series as these matchmaking mothers try to secure their children's happiness. Paul and Louisa were delightful characters. I loved their interactions together and the interactions with Paul's friends, "The Rebels" and I look forward to getting to know them better. I apologize for focusing on the trauma, but as a counselor, I love when reality is portrayed in fiction, when someone going through their own experience has someone they can relate to. I also loved that healing took place, it wasn't magically fixed, but it was addressed and supported, which is how it should be. I received an early copy through the publisher and NetGalley and this is my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    Oh. My. Goodness. if the rest of the Matchmaking Mama books are anything like this first installment, this is going to be a great series. Louisa Cox is a young lady whose parents have died and her older brother pays more attention to running the family business than the type of men that are pursuing his younger sister. Louisa meets with Lady Kellen to help her find an eligible young man that won't be after her money. Guess who meets all the qualities Louisa is looking for? None other than the up Oh. My. Goodness. if the rest of the Matchmaking Mama books are anything like this first installment, this is going to be a great series. Louisa Cox is a young lady whose parents have died and her older brother pays more attention to running the family business than the type of men that are pursuing his younger sister. Louisa meets with Lady Kellen to help her find an eligible young man that won't be after her money. Guess who meets all the qualities Louisa is looking for? None other than the up and coming young barrister Paul Sheldon, who doesn't plan on getting married "until he'd earned his fortune". While Paul visits his best friend, Ian, they overhear Ian's mother's "musical club" meeting, only it's not a musical club meeting, but a guise for a group of mothers with plans to find suitors for their children who are avoiding matrimony!! Now that Paul knows their plans the Matchmaking Mamas have a very unwilling suitor on their hands. I found this premise so much fun--a group of women set out to find mates for their children but they don't know that their children know what they're up to. One of my favorite parts was Paul and Louisa's first meeting! What a fantastic meet-cute that was as I pictured the entire thing in my mind while I read it. I also liked that Paul had a group of friends, "The Rebels", who'd been friends for years, and that the group included a couple of young women. I loved how kind Paul was, although it was sometimes to his detriment because he had trouble drawing the line with a particular person who'd been the cause of his painful childhood. He wanted to do things on his own to make Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon proud of him but he failed to see that his pride was getting in his way of happiness. Louisa was always so happy. At least on the outside. She'd taken her dying father's advice to be happy to heart and needed to learn that she didn't have to be happy or look happy all the time. Everyone has the right to be down or sad when bad things happen to them. Anneka Walker has done it again. This was such a fun read with the scheming mothers and reluctant suitor. This book will definitely make you laugh and smile and maybe shed a couple of tears, depending on how tenderhearted you are. I can't wait to read the stories to follow about the other "Rebels" now that the mothers' plans aren't so secretive. I received a complimentary digital copy from the publisher Covenant Communication via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    Bargaining for the Barrister is a fantastic start to a new series that I absolutely loved and couldn’t put down! Anneka Walker is definitely an amazingly talented author whose characters aren’t the cookie-cutter Regency variety. They’re deep, heartfelt characters with unique challenges who are witty, sympathetic, and endearing. The story is so fun with a gaggle of matchmaking mamas simply trying to find the perfect match for their children. The sons and daughters dubbed “The Rebels” discover the Bargaining for the Barrister is a fantastic start to a new series that I absolutely loved and couldn’t put down! Anneka Walker is definitely an amazingly talented author whose characters aren’t the cookie-cutter Regency variety. They’re deep, heartfelt characters with unique challenges who are witty, sympathetic, and endearing. The story is so fun with a gaggle of matchmaking mamas simply trying to find the perfect match for their children. The sons and daughters dubbed “The Rebels” discover their mothers’ secret and vow to thwart their matchmaking machinations. What follows is a funny yet poignant attempt to secure a match for the first of hopefully all “The Rebels.” You can’t help but love caring, sunny-dispositioned, beautiful yet strong Louisa. She’s determined to find happiness despite the loss of both parents. After suffering loneliness and unscrupulous suitors only after her dowry, she happily accepts an interesting proposal from her mother’s friend Lady Kellen. Louisa and her brother Logan travel to stay with the Sheldons hoping to secure a marriage match with their son Paul. Her first meeting with Paul is one of the best “meet cutes” I’ve read in a long time! It was hilarious! However, Paul is anything but a willing suitor. Despite their attraction and obvious chemistry, the match seems doomed to failure. Can Louisa help Paul overcome his past and fears enough to give love a chance? Absolutely adored Paul! He’s a barrister only wanting to marry after making his fortune and even then he worries he may not be marriage material. Enduring a difficult childhood makes him avoid personal touch at all costs. The only one able to break through his barriers is Louisa. Yet, his deep reservations and even his best friend Ian threaten to keep him from truly opening himself up to the idea of marriage. The matchmaking mamas and Louisa certainly have their work cut out for them. I loved all of Paul and Louisa’s interactions, especially the attic, the archery scene, the first kiss, and the pond scenes. This story will have you swooning, laughing, and perhaps shedding a few tears over these characters’ plights. I adored “the Rebel” friends with their fun nicknames and amazing meeting location. The matchmaking mamas were delightful too and always one step ahead. I already love this series and am eagerly anticipating Tom’s story. You do not want to miss this book! Highly recommend to everyone, but especially those who love clean, original Regency romance. I received an advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I’m voluntarily leaving my review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marilee

    Absolutely, positively fun! I could not put this one down and was hooked from the hilarious meet-cute! These matchmaking mamas are taking their job seriously and the best part is they don't know their kids are onto them and their scheming! 😂 Love the "Rebels" and how much they fight against it but you know they are all going to fall in the end. 😊 Sheldon and Louisa were such dynamic characters and I thought the challenges they needed to overcome were so unique, especially for a regency, and the Absolutely, positively fun! I could not put this one down and was hooked from the hilarious meet-cute! These matchmaking mamas are taking their job seriously and the best part is they don't know their kids are onto them and their scheming! 😂 Love the "Rebels" and how much they fight against it but you know they are all going to fall in the end. 😊 Sheldon and Louisa were such dynamic characters and I thought the challenges they needed to overcome were so unique, especially for a regency, and the tension and chemistry were just 😍. (The attic scene was so perfect!) If you enjoy sweet regency romance, you absolutely NEED to pick this one up. It is a fantastic beginning to what I anticipate being a must-read regency series. 5+ stars and someone get me the next book asap!! I received a complimentary copy of the book but a positive review was not required.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Mama knows best when it comes to her children. Paul Sheldon’s mom is determined for him to meet his perfect match with a little help from her and her friends! The meet cute between Louisa and Paul was so funny that I had to laugh into my elbow so as not to wake up the household. I wanted to burst out laughing so I reread it later for the belly laugh I was so deprived of the first time. 🤣 Here are Paul’s thoughts afterwards, “And why was she smiling at him? He had practically mauled her. Realizatio Mama knows best when it comes to her children. Paul Sheldon’s mom is determined for him to meet his perfect match with a little help from her and her friends! The meet cute between Louisa and Paul was so funny that I had to laugh into my elbow so as not to wake up the household. I wanted to burst out laughing so I reread it later for the belly laugh I was so deprived of the first time. 🤣 Here are Paul’s thoughts afterwards, “And why was she smiling at him? He had practically mauled her. Realization dawned, and he momentarily squeezed his eyes shut. She was smiling because she thought him an idiot.” I loved how strong and determined Louisa was about finding and choosing a husband herself. With each obstacle she faced, the loss of her parents, focusing on the good, and not letting rejection stop her, my opinion of her just kept growing. Her impulsivity made her all the more lovable. Dear, dear, Paul. He had such a rough childhood that I could see why he was driven to prove himself and to not easily trust. I just wanted to hug him and tell him I was sorry. His mama really did know Louisa was best in loving him and helping him to heal. With so many wonderful members of the Rebel society that Paul is a member of, the following books in this series are going to be sooo fun to read. I don’t know if I can wait. Can I read the next one now, pleeeze? I was given an advanced reader copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. A positive review was not required.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I finished this with a brilliant smile on my face. It was such a delight to read and I’m sad it ended. I love a clean, well done regency novel. This was my second read by this author and she’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. Louisa was one of my favorites characters. She was brave and funny, always making me smile. And Paul was, was, was a unique character with many flaws but he was so kind hearted. The banter and chemistry they had was adorable and I laughed out loud several times. This n I finished this with a brilliant smile on my face. It was such a delight to read and I’m sad it ended. I love a clean, well done regency novel. This was my second read by this author and she’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. Louisa was one of my favorites characters. She was brave and funny, always making me smile. And Paul was, was, was a unique character with many flaws but he was so kind hearted. The banter and chemistry they had was adorable and I laughed out loud several times. This novel has put me in such a lovely mood. I loved everything about this romance and can’t wait to see what else this author writes. I highly recommend this and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. One last thing…. The mothers and club was an added treat to this already good story. Thanks Covenant Communications via NetGalley.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina (belli_libri_library)

    A true delight! This newest publication by Anneka is one of kind and completely endearing. Included in the all-star lineup of characters are: match-making mammas, the best kind of friends (with secret awesome code names), overbearing siblings and friends, dastardly rakes, a hardworking yet kindhearted, vulnerable hero, and an optimistic, brilliant, and brave heroine. You get sucked into the story within the first chapter and it only gets better and better with each page. Plus this book has one o A true delight! This newest publication by Anneka is one of kind and completely endearing. Included in the all-star lineup of characters are: match-making mammas, the best kind of friends (with secret awesome code names), overbearing siblings and friends, dastardly rakes, a hardworking yet kindhearted, vulnerable hero, and an optimistic, brilliant, and brave heroine. You get sucked into the story within the first chapter and it only gets better and better with each page. Plus this book has one of the absolute best “meet-cute” in the history of romance books. Anneka does a wonderful job of weaving in historical facts and including realistic problems to help you feel as if you’re in the story. You become invested in these characters and their lives, and I’m already dying for the next book. This book was truly a delight to experience, and contained many valuable lessons. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a (regency) romance. And you better believe I am buying a physical copy for my bookshelf (so should you!) as soon as I possibly can. Overall this is a great addition to every library, not only is the cover absolutely gorgeous, but what’s on the pages inside is beautiful as well. I voluntarily reviewed a complementary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through NetGalley. Although happily given a positive review was not required.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Two reasons you should read this book: matchmaking mamas and their "rebel" children. I mean, if that doesn't pique your interest, I don't know what will. From the moment I heard about the premise for this new series, I KNEW I would love it as matchmaking is one of my favorite tropes. And Bargaining for the Barrister did not disappoint. Besides the premise, I loved the dual POV, the meet-cute, the highs and lows, and of course, the HEA. I already can't wait for Ms. Walker's next book in this seri Two reasons you should read this book: matchmaking mamas and their "rebel" children. I mean, if that doesn't pique your interest, I don't know what will. From the moment I heard about the premise for this new series, I KNEW I would love it as matchmaking is one of my favorite tropes. And Bargaining for the Barrister did not disappoint. Besides the premise, I loved the dual POV, the meet-cute, the highs and lows, and of course, the HEA. I already can't wait for Ms. Walker's next book in this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Bargaining for the Barrister" is a romance set in 1821 in England. Louisa knows that she has much to be grateful for, but she's grieving the loss of her parents and her local suiters are clearly just after her money. She agrees to meet a man who's kind, considerate, and doesn't know about her dowry. Will a man finally like her for herself? She tries to smile and find things to be thankful for even when things seem bad. This attitude draws Paul, but he refuses to marry until he proves himself wo "Bargaining for the Barrister" is a romance set in 1821 in England. Louisa knows that she has much to be grateful for, but she's grieving the loss of her parents and her local suiters are clearly just after her money. She agrees to meet a man who's kind, considerate, and doesn't know about her dowry. Will a man finally like her for herself? She tries to smile and find things to be thankful for even when things seem bad. This attitude draws Paul, but he refuses to marry until he proves himself worthy to be his parent's heir and of love. This was a sweet, slow-building romance. The two became friends as they got to know each other and then caring turned into love. It's funny when Paul's friends try to interfere on his behalf and the match-making mamas try to force them together. But it also went deeper as the characters struggled with real issues from their past and found healing. All of the main characters were likable. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable novel. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Some matchmaking mammas are on the loose and their first target is Paul Sheldon, a barrister who wants to make his own fortune and prove his worth before settling down. The would-be bride is recently orphaned Louisa Cox whose fortune comes from trade. She seeks the arrangement hoping that Paul will like her for herself, and remain unaware of her sizable dowry. They are supposed to get to know each other over a month and Paul is not supposed to know of the arrangement, but not surprisingly he doe Some matchmaking mammas are on the loose and their first target is Paul Sheldon, a barrister who wants to make his own fortune and prove his worth before settling down. The would-be bride is recently orphaned Louisa Cox whose fortune comes from trade. She seeks the arrangement hoping that Paul will like her for herself, and remain unaware of her sizable dowry. They are supposed to get to know each other over a month and Paul is not supposed to know of the arrangement, but not surprisingly he does. His group of friends, 4 men and 2 women who all grew up together, pledge to help each other escape the matchmaking plans. Throughout the story Paul and Louisa both show some character growth, Paul more so due to his difficult childhood. There were many sweet moments and Louisa’s unfailing optimism definitely helped them along. It’s set up nicely for a series, and I assume all the friends will eventually meet their match. I had some trouble keeping all the names straight when the friends were together but that could be because I was reading so fast to see what would happen next. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tasha (the_clean_read_book_club)

    The ‘Matchmaking Mama’s’ are in the house😂 I love meddlesome family members/friends in books & I’m so glad I picked this one up. The meet-cute starts off with a bang & there is a unique storyline of not having both parties privy to this matchmaking plan *insert trouble lol* The side characters made this book extra rich in depth & hints along the way about Paul’s backgrounds really captured my attention to puzzle it out. The ending will melt your heart & sets up perfectly for book number 2. These Matc The ‘Matchmaking Mama’s’ are in the house😂 I love meddlesome family members/friends in books & I’m so glad I picked this one up. The meet-cute starts off with a bang & there is a unique storyline of not having both parties privy to this matchmaking plan *insert trouble lol* The side characters made this book extra rich in depth & hints along the way about Paul’s backgrounds really captured my attention to puzzle it out. The ending will melt your heart & sets up perfectly for book number 2. These Matchmaking Mama’s won’t be done until every last one of them says ‘I do’ Available TODAY!! Thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for the copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna (The_Reading_Pantry)

    I love meddlesome mothers who take in the role of matchmaker. 😂 This one was even better because we got to know of their plans and the length these mothers would go to in order to set up their children. This book is set up perfectly for the next book and it will be an instant-buy for me. It was super cute and I loved how Louisa handled her situations. She probably was my favorite character in this whole novel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    A pure delight! Loved the banter and romance, and the matchmaking mothers made me laugh. Looking forward to the next in the series!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Megan (messybun.bookishfun)

    So, this book reminded me about all the things I loved about Rebecca Connolly’s London Spies Series & Spinster Chronicles, Kristi Ann Hunter’s intertwining series (again, about spies and friends), and of course Sarah M. Eden’s Jonquil/Lancaster/agents series. Why? Not because there are spies, well, not the traditional sort, but because it follows a band of friends - the Rebels - who are up against a formidable enemy - Their Matchmaking Mamas. It’s so cute, and I cannot wait for more books in thi So, this book reminded me about all the things I loved about Rebecca Connolly’s London Spies Series & Spinster Chronicles, Kristi Ann Hunter’s intertwining series (again, about spies and friends), and of course Sarah M. Eden’s Jonquil/Lancaster/agents series. Why? Not because there are spies, well, not the traditional sort, but because it follows a band of friends - the Rebels - who are up against a formidable enemy - Their Matchmaking Mamas. It’s so cute, and I cannot wait for more books in this series. I totally bought this book for the COVER! I’ll by the REST for the awesome story unknown is inside (I mean, this one had an awesome story too, I just didn’t buy us based on that at first). Here is what I Loved: The Rebels Meddlesome matchmaking mamas The library kiss 💋 💋 🔥🔥 Both pond scenes 😘 Awkward house party guests Discovering your true match ‼️Trigger warnings: childhood abuse (mental/emotional), loss of parents, some PTSD from past experiences

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    This is a sweet story that has its amusing moments, but which I also found a bit slow and long. When a confederacy of matchmaking mothers set their sights on Paul Sheldon, he and his friends prepare to do battle to retain their right to singleness. For Paul, the subject is complicated by an unhappy childhood and money problems. But his hand-picked future bride is already on the way to meet him. And once he gets to know her, he finds marriage a much more appealing idea than he ever imagined it cou This is a sweet story that has its amusing moments, but which I also found a bit slow and long. When a confederacy of matchmaking mothers set their sights on Paul Sheldon, he and his friends prepare to do battle to retain their right to singleness. For Paul, the subject is complicated by an unhappy childhood and money problems. But his hand-picked future bride is already on the way to meet him. And once he gets to know her, he finds marriage a much more appealing idea than he ever imagined it could be. But, of course, he's a Wounded Soul Who Doesn't Feel Worthy... so there's a fair amount of emotionally going in circles until everybody can figure out that if they would just talk to each other, things would get better very quickly. I tend to get impatient with these plot dynamics that hinge on nobly keeping secrets, which is why I found it rather long to get through. But the secret gang of matchmaking mothers was really quite humorous. Thanks to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for this digital review copy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    Did I pick up this book because of the beautiful cover? Yes, yes I did. I’m a total sucker for book cover click bait. It was a sweet story, if a tad anticlimactic (maybe could’ve used a bit more tension). But I appreciated the fact the characters acted maturely and it wasn’t all full of unwanted drama.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)

    This matchmaking mamas regency novel is amazing! You guys, I could not stop reading it! I loved the mamas and their determination to marry off their single children. It was ingenious their idea to meet under the guise of a music club. Louisa and Paul’s story is one I will not likely forget! Interestingly enough, Paul was the one who had past problems to overcome. It felt real and raw, Walker did a fantastic job relating his struggles. Louisa also had some past problems to overcome but she had th This matchmaking mamas regency novel is amazing! You guys, I could not stop reading it! I loved the mamas and their determination to marry off their single children. It was ingenious their idea to meet under the guise of a music club. Louisa and Paul’s story is one I will not likely forget! Interestingly enough, Paul was the one who had past problems to overcome. It felt real and raw, Walker did a fantastic job relating his struggles. Louisa also had some past problems to overcome but she had the best outlook on life. Her radiant smile and positive outlook beamed off of the pages. I loved the Rebels and the dome, man, everyone should have friends like the Rebels and a dome to go to when they need to get away! I cannot say enough about how good this book is! Run and get yourself a copy! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Holly Bleggi

    I loved this book by Anneka Walker! I have loved the other books she has written but I think this might be my favorite. I loved the characters and the mischief that both the matchmaking mamas and their children got into. I thought it was very well written and I can’t wait to read more about how these mamas get matches for their kids. This was a fun romance. I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors. A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed a I loved this book by Anneka Walker! I have loved the other books she has written but I think this might be my favorite. I loved the characters and the mischief that both the matchmaking mamas and their children got into. I thought it was very well written and I can’t wait to read more about how these mamas get matches for their kids. This was a fun romance. I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors. A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angeline

    This book was just perfect! I loved everything about it, the characters were sweet and I was engrossed with the story. Bargaining for the Barrister is the first book in Anneka R Walker’s Matchmaking Mama’s series. And it was a great start to this series! I can’t wait to read more! I really liked the characters and the storyline! The mother’s matchmaking was so much fun, and they totally meddled. Louisa and Paul were wonderful characters who had me from the beginning. They were complex and so inte This book was just perfect! I loved everything about it, the characters were sweet and I was engrossed with the story. Bargaining for the Barrister is the first book in Anneka R Walker’s Matchmaking Mama’s series. And it was a great start to this series! I can’t wait to read more! I really liked the characters and the storyline! The mother’s matchmaking was so much fun, and they totally meddled. Louisa and Paul were wonderful characters who had me from the beginning. They were complex and so interesting to read about. I felt as if they had become my friends by the end of the book. It was sweet to read about Louisa and Paul interacting. They started off as friends and grew to more. I liked their connection and how they looked out for each other. I really liked Pual and Louisa interactions, they were both so witty and quick. The conversations in books are some of my favorite parts and their conversations were just so much fun to read. Louisa was such a complex character. She was trying her best to be happy and yet she was weary. With the death of her parents, she carried a weight on her shoulder, she wanted to live life for her parents and she didn’t want to make things harder for her brother. I liked Louisa from the beginning. She was kind and thoughtful but she wasn’t a statue, she had a fire to her. It was fun to read about her quick wit and see her falling for Paul. She wasn’t naive but she chose to hope for the best. Life hadn’t always been kind to Louisa but she was up to the challenge. Paul was also awesome! He was kind and considerate, but he had his own quirks. He didn’t always enjoy being around people and he didn't like to be touched. He was generous and thoughtful to a fault, but he truly cared about those around him. He had his own troubles to work through and it was fun to see him grow. Louisa worked past his walls and it was so cute. Paul had to learn how to let people in and learn that he didn’t have to do everything on his own. I also adored the side characters. The matchmaking mamas were definitely stirring things up. Paul’s friends were also lovely, they all really added to the book! They totally need their own books. I liked how Louisa and her brother had a good relationship, they didn’t always agree but they still cared about each other. The families and friends in this book reminded me of my family and friends whom I love All in all, this book was pretty amazing! I would totally recommend Bargaining for the Barrister! It is a clean historical romance with meddling mothers and a sweet romance. This is another win for Walker! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Books and Socks Rock

    I couldn’t put this book down! I love matchmaking stories with forced proximity. Louisa comes to Rothbrier Hall to meet Paul. Only Paul is unsuspecting of a match. He’s a barrister and a poor one at that. His mother and best friend’s mother meddle into his affairs, believing it’s time he settle down. 💜 The meet cute was hilarious. Poor Paul and Louisa. It was a great metaphor for them 😂 Up and down, falling and flailing at times. 🥴 💜 I loved getting to know the side characters and the musical club I couldn’t put this book down! I love matchmaking stories with forced proximity. Louisa comes to Rothbrier Hall to meet Paul. Only Paul is unsuspecting of a match. He’s a barrister and a poor one at that. His mother and best friend’s mother meddle into his affairs, believing it’s time he settle down. 💜 The meet cute was hilarious. Poor Paul and Louisa. It was a great metaphor for them 😂 Up and down, falling and flailing at times. 🥴 💜 I loved getting to know the side characters and the musical club 🎉 This book had dual POV, pasts full of grief, mourning, letting go and letting God (one of my favorite sayings), hope and faith, great chemistry and tension! 💜 I love all of Anneka’s books and I think this quickly became my favorite! It’s a great book to start off what will be a promising and entertaining series of more matches. Better call the Rebels and alert them of the news! 💜 I received an arc copy from the publisher and Net Galley. These are my own thoughts and opinions. This book released today! It’s beautiful cover and story definitely deserves a spot on your shelf.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    Paul Sheldon overhears a conversation that appears to be harmless, until he learns that he's the first candidate for the Matchmaking Mamas. What? He doesn't want a wife right now, and he won't allow it to happen! And then, he meets Louisa Cox.....famous last words, indeed! Oh, how I love these Matchmaking Mamas who use their music club to hide their secret society! They are so funny, and they have very good intentions, but you can imagine the problems that occur while they're trying to make succ Paul Sheldon overhears a conversation that appears to be harmless, until he learns that he's the first candidate for the Matchmaking Mamas. What? He doesn't want a wife right now, and he won't allow it to happen! And then, he meets Louisa Cox.....famous last words, indeed! Oh, how I love these Matchmaking Mamas who use their music club to hide their secret society! They are so funny, and they have very good intentions, but you can imagine the problems that occur while they're trying to make successful matches. Bargaining for the Barrister is a delightful romance set in 1821 England, and author Anneka R. Walker perfectly captures the English culture and customs of that time and place. Paul and Louisa share a powerful chemistry, but this is a clean Regency romance, so marriage should certainly be the next step! Can they get past the secrets they carry, and allow love to win? Bargaining for the Barrister is the first book in the Matchmaking Mamas series, and I look forward to seeing who their next target is. Do yourself a favor and read this fun and entertaining Regency romance. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MK

    Bargaining for the Barrister is such a fun book! An arranged meeting with one willing party, and one unwilling partner, arranged by meddling mamas in the neighborhood. Louisa is a favorite. She’s practical, doesn’t care to play games, strong, and kind. Tired of trying to figure out the difference between those genuinely interested in knowing her and fortune hunters, she accepts an opportunity to get to know Paul at his home with his eager mother and matronly neighbors. Paul would like to settle Bargaining for the Barrister is such a fun book! An arranged meeting with one willing party, and one unwilling partner, arranged by meddling mamas in the neighborhood. Louisa is a favorite. She’s practical, doesn’t care to play games, strong, and kind. Tired of trying to figure out the difference between those genuinely interested in knowing her and fortune hunters, she accepts an opportunity to get to know Paul at his home with his eager mother and matronly neighbors. Paul would like to settle down eventually, but would like to wait until he has become a successful barrister. He’s had some set backs, due to an urge to help those less fortunate, and he’s not ready to court anyone. The matrons of the neighborhood will have none of it. They arrange for Paul and Louisa to spend time together in creative ways. Does Paul even stand a chance of our smarting them? While Paul refuses to be rude, he still attempts to keep an emotional and physical distance from Louisa. That is, he keeps his distance until he can’t. I love the matchmakers, Paul’s loyal friends, the humor, and the emotional depth of this novel. I love light fun reads with moments of serious topics, that make the characters real and relatable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    This book is the start of a fun sounding new series. I loved the Matchmaking Mamas in this one. And I can’t wait to read more books featuring them! And I really hope we get to see more of the Rebels as well. I loved the way Paul had a secret that even the reader doesn’t understand completely until the very end of the book. Paul is an honorable gentleman. He doesn’t want to take anyone’s money, but make his own way as a barrister. Even if that is hard and leaves him very little money. I loved that This book is the start of a fun sounding new series. I loved the Matchmaking Mamas in this one. And I can’t wait to read more books featuring them! And I really hope we get to see more of the Rebels as well. I loved the way Paul had a secret that even the reader doesn’t understand completely until the very end of the book. Paul is an honorable gentleman. He doesn’t want to take anyone’s money, but make his own way as a barrister. Even if that is hard and leaves him very little money. I loved that about him. Louisa’s family has money. She was left as an orphan. And now she can’t seem to get rid of men who just want her for her dowry. So she decides to have the Matchmaking Mamas find her a husband. And that man is supposed to be Paul. Unfortunately, he’s on to the Mamas. And he wants nothing to do with their schemes. Until he can afford to support a wife, he won’t marry. I loved the way these two meet. It was so funny! And they always seem to get into crazy situations together. That keeps the plot interesting and the reader wanting to know what these two will do next. Add in Paul’s friends, the Rebels, and a few extra suitors, and you’ve got tons of hilarious situations. You need to read this one! I can’t wait for more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    This was a truly beautiful story, a lot of feelings- frustration, impatience, love, contentment, humor. It has a very sweet ending and I am so glad that I read it. Paul and Louisa are a couple worth rooting for and, of course, who doesn't love the pure intentions of the matchmaking mama's. 😂 This was a truly beautiful story, a lot of feelings- frustration, impatience, love, contentment, humor. It has a very sweet ending and I am so glad that I read it. Paul and Louisa are a couple worth rooting for and, of course, who doesn't love the pure intentions of the matchmaking mama's. 😂

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    What a darling premise for a new series. The Matchmaker Mamas are in town and ready to bring romance to their adult children. I must also mention, I have such cover love for this book. It is absolutely beautiful! At first, this novel may seem light, funny, and fluffy. You know the premise of matchmaking is guaranteed to deliver on that. As the story goes on though, many things are brought up that contribute to our main characters not forming an attachment. I believe the author wrote wonderfully What a darling premise for a new series. The Matchmaker Mamas are in town and ready to bring romance to their adult children. I must also mention, I have such cover love for this book. It is absolutely beautiful! At first, this novel may seem light, funny, and fluffy. You know the premise of matchmaking is guaranteed to deliver on that. As the story goes on though, many things are brought up that contribute to our main characters not forming an attachment. I believe the author wrote wonderfully about past traumas Paul and Louisa suffered. It was a beautiful thing to watch Paul and Louisa trying to not grow closer and by doing so did just the opposite and helped each other in the healing process. There are many great side characters that are friends of Paul and of course, their moms are in the mix of the Matchmakers. I'm excited to read their stories in upcoming books in the series. The romance is very believable in Bargaining For The Barrister and I truly loved both Paul and Louisa. Readers will cheer both of them on as they start to fall in love. I know I did. Some of the best moments in the book had to do with an attic, bushes, and of course the lake. You'll understand completely when you read this novel. There is a perfect mix of romance, humor, and dealing with life troubles. This book is another winner from Anneka Walker that you need to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dee/ bookworm

    My favorite Walker book yet!! I loved this new book of hers. She mentioned she wrote it during her COVID lockdown and it was like a breath of fresh air. I loved the humor and the characters. There were quite a few surprises also. I actually laughed. out. loud. Several times. Thank you to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah the book maiden

    This book is adorable! I love Paul’s character, mr awkward and cringeworthy first impressions award goes to him. Their meet cute will have you wanting to cover your eyes but also giggle.. poor Paul. I enjoyed their story, the meddling mothers who thought they knew best, the Rebels, and Louisa. I felt for Louisa, the poor girl really just needed someone to be her friend and help her through her own personal grief. Here’s my complaint: I want it longer 😂 but I say that about every book I enjoy, so This book is adorable! I love Paul’s character, mr awkward and cringeworthy first impressions award goes to him. Their meet cute will have you wanting to cover your eyes but also giggle.. poor Paul. I enjoyed their story, the meddling mothers who thought they knew best, the Rebels, and Louisa. I felt for Louisa, the poor girl really just needed someone to be her friend and help her through her own personal grief. Here’s my complaint: I want it longer 😂 but I say that about every book I enjoy, so it’s always going to be a complaint of mine. I love their story and banter and all the fun moments that they shared, I just wanted more because they were so enjoyable. This was a novel that basically picks up right as the regency era ends since King George III has died. So not quite regency, but still riding those coattails. If you’re looking for a different regency, one that provides some light hearted love with some deeper topics underneath, this book is one for you. Wonderfully done, Mrs. Walker 👏🏻

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Louisa lost her parents in a carriage accident. They didn't die at the same time. Her mother did die actually in the accident, and then her father died several days later from injuries sustained in the accident. Her brother has taken over the responsibility of her father's business (a factory if I remember correctly). He has been very busy, and Louisa desires to remove the burden of taking care of her from him. Plus, she has been very lonely. It isn't as though she's had no suitors, but the ones Louisa lost her parents in a carriage accident. They didn't die at the same time. Her mother did die actually in the accident, and then her father died several days later from injuries sustained in the accident. Her brother has taken over the responsibility of her father's business (a factory if I remember correctly). He has been very busy, and Louisa desires to remove the burden of taking care of her from him. Plus, she has been very lonely. It isn't as though she's had no suitors, but the ones who have come around are only interested in her fortune. Louisa takes matters into her own hands. She conspires with an old friend of her mother's to make an arranged match. She will travel to his family home at the request of his mother and will give him a month to see if the two will fit well together. Louisa strives her very best to put on a brave and happy face, and I loved that about her. Despite being set to inherit enough so that he need not work, Paul is determined to make his own way. He's studied law and become a barrister. And he finds that he enjoys the work. But his mother thinks it's past time for him to marry. He also has a compassionate heart that can get him into trouble--financial trouble anyway. Paul reminds me so much of my dad. My Dad has always been willing to give his last dime to someone in need at the expense of himself. Paul does this a little begrudgingly. At least he's happy to help some children but resents the parents for putting him in the position. Paul doesn't feel he can marry until he is financially stable. He's seen too well what happens when people marry before being stable. Seeing Paul and Louisa's feelings was easy as day. These two were a cinch to read. But I felt so bad for Louisa. One can only endure so much rejection and she continued down her course of action much longer than most, I believe. Ultimately, I enjoyed the journey even if I did feel sympathy for Louisa. I'm hoping this is turned into a series so that we can read the side characters getting set up by some match-making mamas. Favorite quotes: -If this charitable side of him was a virtue, it was also his greatest weakness. -"But a person never realizes how close heaven is until they lose someone." -"I don't like how I feel right now. After striving so hard, I cannot feel proud of my decisions." "In my experience, we all reach that conclusion now and then in our lives. It's a horrid state of emotion. What do you propose to do?" -"He would not want you to pretend away your hurt but to use it to sympathize with others and lift them as you have me." Bargaining for the Barrister was a fun read that hit my mood to a tee. I enjoyed Paul and Louisa's journey even though my heart hurt for Louisa. I was proud of her perseverance. I would love to see this turned into a series that follows the side characters. Bargaining for the Barrister gets 4 Stars. Have you read Bargaining for the Barrister? What did you think? Let me know!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin Lanham (Read with Kaitlin)

    I was not ready for this beauty of a book. With a group like the matchmaking mama's, I figured it would have some really funny moments- and there was- but I was still not ready for the way this book sucked me in and caught me. Paul Sheldon is a man who wants to prove his worth by working as a barrister, although he doesn't need to. Between his want to be financially independent from the estate he will inherit and the emotional and physical walls he has built up from those around him, he has no pl I was not ready for this beauty of a book. With a group like the matchmaking mama's, I figured it would have some really funny moments- and there was- but I was still not ready for the way this book sucked me in and caught me. Paul Sheldon is a man who wants to prove his worth by working as a barrister, although he doesn't need to. Between his want to be financially independent from the estate he will inherit and the emotional and physical walls he has built up from those around him, he has no place to think of marriage. Louisa Cox is tired of fortune hunting men, yet she feels the pressure to get married so her brother doesn't have to worry about her. She doesn't want a man who needs to marry for her money, nor does she need an all encompassing love match that all the ladies in town dream of. When she is presented with the opportunity of a match, she agrees to let one be found, with the one stipulation- they not know she has money. When Paul finds out what his matchmaking mother and her friends are up to, making matches for the young adults in the neighborhood, he digs his feet in. He will not be swayed by this woman coming to visit and ensnare him. Or will he... There are interfering friends, mothers, and brother that try to push or pull them in one direction. But the question of marriage, and love, can only be solved by the two involved-Louisa and Paul. It was a delight getting to watch Louisa come to life and find herself after the loss of both her parents. Seeing Paul soften and heal from childhood traumas, that you get snippets of as the book goes on, gives you hope and allows you to believe in true love and kindness all over again. I was excited to read this book, but to get to experience this story was what I needed in a time of stress in my life. This series is going to be fantastic. I cannot wait to see what each mamma in that neighborhood has in store for the rebels. Anneka Walker weaves a gorgeous story of healing along with laughter and joy. They go hand in hand so many times in my life. To read a story that sees how that joy and a "fake it till you make it" mentality can often times help us in those times of grief and strife, was beautiful. You will laugh at the best meet-cute, and all of the other antics that these characters not only come up with, but endure. Rating: 5 Stars

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