WILL A FALSE MARRIAGE

Shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed is done with men who covet her purse more than her person. Even worse than the ton’s lecherous fortune hunters, however, is the cruel cousin determined to force Georgie into marriage. If only she could find a way to be . . . widowed? Georgie hatches a madcap scheme to wed a condemned criminal before he’s set to be executed. All she has to do is find an eligible bachelor in prison to marry her, and she’ll be free. What could possibly go wrong?

LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?

Benedict William Henry Wylde, the scapegrace second son of the late Earl of Morcott and well-known rake, is in Newgate prison undercover, working for Bow Street. Georgie doesn’t realize who he is when she marries him—and she most certainly never expects to bump into her very-much-alive, and very handsome, husband of convenience at a society gathering weeks later. Soon Wylde finds himself courting his own wife, hoping to win her heart since he already has her hand. But how can this seductive rogue convince brazen, beautiful Georgie that he wants to be together…until actual death do they part?

Titles in The Bow Street Bachelors series include — This Earl of Mine – To Catch An Earl (June 2020)

Title:  This Earl of Mine
Series:  The Bow Street Bachelors #1
Author:  Kate Bateman
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  October 29, 2019
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  4 stars

THIS EARL OF MINE is the introduction to The Bow Street Bachelors series, and this one definitely caught my attention rather quickly.  Sometimes the premise of a story seems far-fetched beyond stretching my quite vivid imagination – yet, Ben and Georgie intrigued me for several reasons.  They are both strong, independent, stubborn people.  There was no over the top angst nor misunderstandings between them once they were forced by their own choosing into a courtship.  You might say marrying a supposed convict due to be shipped out of the country only to discover he was undercover working for the beginnings of a dedicated police force in the Bow Street Runners might qualify as a misunderstanding.  But what was Ben supposed to do?  Really?  Give away his undercover persona?  No, not going to happen so I don’t count that first encounter as a misunderstanding, more like circumstances taking over and leading a couple into their future.

There is world-building in THIS EARL OF MINE, there has to be, yet it didn’t overtake the basic story.  This is a slow burn romance where Georgie and Benedict might have started off with some secrets between them but they dealt (for the most part) with reality in an adult fashion.  They actually talked, got to know each other, made their own opinions of the situation, and began to have feelings that they didn’t fight.  That alone is not a typical romance, so I found it refreshing and intriguing.  I enjoyed myself – and I can only speak for myself, but there may be readers who feel differently.  I found an unusual couple, likable and interesting facing a situation that could have ended quite differently for them both.  So, yeah, I enjoyed myself and will definitely be following The Bow Street Bachelors series when TO CATCH AN EARL releases in June of 2020.  If you love Historical or Regency Romance then you should be checking out this beginning to a new series and decide for yourself.  I had fun, and that’s the whole point of reading.

*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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