ROMANCE

In Bed with the Earl

Montlake Romance: Amazon. (Lost Lords of London, Bk. 1). Mar. 2020. 1p. ISBN 9781542042574. pap. $12.95. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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In the face of extreme sexism, Verity Lovelace has worked her way up in The Londoner’s newsroom to the role of reporter. The new boss is threatening staff cuts, and unless she can deliver the true story of the Lost Earl, she’s out of a job and a way to support herself and her sister. Malcolm North has no memory of his upbringing as the son of an earl. Kidnapped as a child, he’s found security as a tosher, combing through London’s sewers looking for items of value. Uncovering Max’s true identity, Verity prints his story, exposing him to an aristocratic life he’s never desired to be a part of, not to mention the hordes of hungry fortune hunters. Set largely outside the glittering ballrooms of high society among the city’s destitute and working class, this first installment in the new “Lost Lords of London” series from Caldwell (“Wicked Wallflowers” series) delivers a slow-burn romance that sees Verity and Malcolm embarking on a fake marriage of convenience, going to great lengths to protect the people around them.
VERDICT Readers will be drawn to Verity’s independence and Malcolm’s compelling backstory, forgiving a few oddly timed intimate moments, as the pair moves between London’s seedy underbelly and high society to carve out a place of their own.

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