To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman

Working undercover for London’s first official police force, the Bow Street Bachelors have an obligation to serve the city’s best interests—even while they’re falling for the city’s most alluring women…

SHE KNOWS HOW TO STEAL A KISS.

Alex Harland, Earl of Melton and dedicated rake, never pictured himself as an agent of inquiry. But the thrill of investigation is a challenge he now embraces. When he’s asked to pursue the Nightjar, a notorious thief who is reclaiming France’s crown jewels, the case throws him into the path of the beautiful and equally elusive Emmy Danvers, reminding him of the only puzzle he’s never solved: the identity of the mysterious woman who once stole a kiss from him—and left him wanting so much more…

WILL HE SURRENDER HIS HEART?

The daughter of a thief, Emmy learned long ago how to keep her secrets safeguarded—and, as the notorious Nightjar, her love for Alex Harland is one of them. With the determined earl hot on her trail—and making her hot under the collar—Emmy has no choice but to keep her distance. But when a moment’s danger threatens Emmy’s life as well as her name, will Alex finally discover that he’s followed every clue…to true love?

Titles in The Bow Street Bachelors series include — This Earl of MineTo Catch An Earl – The Princess and The Rogue (December 2020)

Title:  To Catch An Earl
Series:  The Bow Street Bachelors #2
Author:  Kate Bateman
Genre:  Historical Romance – Regency
Published:  June 30, 2020
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  4 stars

The Bow Street Bachelors‘ series continues with ‘To Catch An Earl‘, a romance full of intrigue, secrets, danger, and sizzling chemistry.

I liked Alex and Emmy’s romance, there were moments when I shook my head at some of the actions because they were just too… obvious, like continuing to wear a signature scent when in either or both roles that Emmy had going in her life.  Yet the chemistry between them let me overlook some small things that hovered at the edge of my enjoyment.  So I wish I could say I loved ‘To Catch An Earl‘ but I did enjoy it.

Nightjar might have finally gone too far with the most recent theft considering who owned that glittering stone.  Now Emmy is not only keeping one step ahead of those searching for her but also from the man she’s loved for a very long time while doing nothing about it – except for that one kiss that neither can forget.  Emmy is good at what she does, she learned all she knows from her father who she has now taken over for in her criminal activities.  And no matter how you try to maneuver it, Emmy is a thief, and not robbing from the rich to give to the poor kind either.  Now, not only is she being sought after by the authorities Emmy is also in danger from another source and that danger could cost her life.

Alex has never forgotten the kiss from the beauty at a masquerade ball, one stolen kiss that has haunted him for years along with an elusive scent he’s never encountered since… except, there is a lingering of it in the air where he least expects it to be.  Alex has been charged with finding a thief, one who is cunning, talented, and stole the wrong gem from the wrong prince.  What he’ll discover will put him in a most difficult position.  Protect the crown or the woman he’s come to love.

To Catch An Earl‘ is steamy, sensuous, and sexy in many ways.  This couple is on fire for each other, and it shows.  While I’ll confess to enjoying/liking the first story of this series more, I did like Emmy and Alex – it just won’t be a re-read for me.  It’s a good story, with danger and intrigue, and a likable couple, so if you love your Historical Romance on the steamy side with an unusual couple to follow along the journey to their happy ever after ending then you’ll want to pick this one up soon.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press 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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