Rating 4 Stars
What’s the book about?
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?
I loved this one! In Bed with the Earl is a fantastic start to the Lost Lords of London series. Caldwell created a intriguing story involving a hero having survived a difficult beginning and a courageous heroine dedicated to her family and career.
From the beginning, the banter between the two main characters was so delightful and fun. They continually argued and made up, then argued some more and it made the romance so much sweeter when they got together. Both characters were so strong and independent, and it was a joy to see their budding relationship balance each other.
A truly captivating story and I can’t wait to read more from Caldwell in the future. In fact, I think I own 1 or 2 of her backlist titles and I’m going to have to move those up to the top of my tbr stack!
Disclaimer: Thank you to Montlake Romance and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.