Illicit. Exciting. Fun. Exactly the type of adventure she’d always dreamed of.
Published: October 29, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 336 (Mass Market Paperback)
Series: Bow Street Bachelor’s #1
Being married to Benedict Wylde was turning out to be far more interesting than she’d ever envisioned.
Introducing the Bow Street Bachelors—men who work undercover for London’s first official police force—and the women they serve to protect. . .and wed?
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, 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?
Hi friends! Long time, no review. Ha! I’ve been so busy with school and work and my internship that it feels like I spent too much time in front of the computer and yet I’ve been completely neglecting my blog. Well today I have a review I’m very excited about!
Thanks to my friends at St. Martin’s Press, who were absolutely phenomenal and offered me a physical ARC (my first one!) of This Earl of Mine, I got to read and (immensely) enjoy this phenomenal new release! This Earl of Mine comes out on the 29th, which will be this Tuesday if you’re reading this at the time of publication! If you’re new to historical romance or feel like other recent releases haven’t been scratching your HR itch, then I highly suggest this novel! It was super readable, incredibly enjoyable, and downright sexy!
The first of the new Bow Street series, This Earl of Mine follows our heroine, Georgie Caversteed as she attempts to foil any plans of fortune hunters seeking to get their hands on her newfound fortune. The novel starts with an absolute bang as Georgie enters a local prison with hopes to marry a man bound for the noose, and instead she gets Ben Wylde, an undercover rake working for Bow Street. He and Georgie marry, much to her disbelief, when she meets him again in a ballroom some time later. What ensues is a great deal of banter, spy work, fights with shitty cousins, and some pretty steamy midnight rendezvous. A cross between marriage of convenience and enemies to lovers! Count. Me. In.
My favorite part of this novel was the fact that it was so fun! The banter between literally every character had me laughing out loud; it was so witty and enjoyable and the writing style was completely spot on to what I was looking for. While it had it’s serious moments, of course, it had such an overall feel of fun and flirty lightness. Those serious parts included a kidnapping, stealing a boat, and even a few gun shot wounds. Don’t get me wrong, this book had some really exciting and even darker moments, but they played so well with the funnier ones that it didn’t seem like it was more one or the other.
All in all, this was such an excellent novel and I can’t recommend it enough for those who are just starting out reading HR or those who are lifelong lovers of the genre. Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press for sending this my way and I can’t wait to see what else Kate Bateman does with this series!
The Bow Street Bachelors
*Quotes listed in this review should be checked against the final copy!*