To solve a mystery that’s become the talk of the ton, no clues run too deep for willful reporter Verity Lovelace. Not even in the sewers of London. That’s precisely where she finds happily self-sufficient scavenger Malcom North, lost heir to the Earl of Maxwell. Now that Verity’s made him front-page news, what will he make of her?
Kidnapped as a child, with no memories of his well-heeled past, Malcom prefers the grimy spoils of the culverts to the gilded riches of society. Damn the feisty beauty who exposed the contented tosher to a parade of fortune-hunting matchmakers. How to keep them at bay? Verity must pretend to be his wife. She owes him.
The intimacy of this necessary arrangement—Verity and Malcom thrust together in close quarters—soon sparks an irresistible heat. But when the charade ends, the danger begins. Will love be enough to protect them from a treacherous plot devised to ruin them?
Titles in the Lost Lords of London series include – In Bed with the Earl – In the Dark with the Duke (June 2020) – Undressed with the Marquess (November 2020) –
Title: In Bed with the Earl
Series: Lost Lords of London #1
Author: Christi Caldwell
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: March 17, 2020
Publisher: Montlake Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
In Bed with the Earl begins the Lost Lords of London series with a strong, emotional story that held me captive from beginning to the final page – and wishing that the June 2020 release of the next story was much sooner than it is in reality.
Verity and Malcom (Percy) each have their own issues to deal with yet they both are stubborn, intelligent, and ready for a fight which makes them, for me, an ideal couple to read about. What you truly need to know before picking up this story can be found in the cover description, but that doesn’t address the underlying emotions of anger, rage, the helplessness that will emerge as you read In Bed with the Earl. It also doesn’t address just how well these two fit together, even if they refuse to see it for a time. I liked Verity, she’s taken a lot in her life, done the best she can for herself and her family against all odds, yet for a woman in her time period what she faced wasn’t all that unusual. Having her story stolen was simply the final straw that leads her to decisions that would affect not only her future but Malcom’s as well. My heart ached for the child Percy and what he went through – the adult Malcom took me a bit longer to warm up to but eventually he drew me in as well.
I had such fun with their story, and if you love a well written, smooth, engaging love story with believable characters then you’ll want to be adding In Bed with the Earl to your reading list… now.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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