ROMANCE

To Catch an Earl

St. Martin’s Paperbacks. (Bow Street Bachelors, Bk. 2). Jul. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781250306111. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Alexander Harland, Earl of Melton, has returned from fighting Napoleon with vision loss and a hardened heart. His only untarnished memories are of a masked ball, a stolen kiss in a garden, and a mysterious lady’s perfume. He keeps these thoughts at bay by focusing on his work pursuing thieves and reprobates for the undercover detective agency Bow Street Bachelors. To keep her family safe, Emmy Danvers has taken up her father’s mantle as the international jewel thief Nightjar, a role she will rescind once she recovers the crown jewels of France. Her every step places her in Alex’s crosshairs, and after a brief encounter convinces Alex that Emmy is both the notorious criminal and the enigmatic woman from the garden, an opportunity to catch an even greater culprit arises, bringing them back together again unexpectedly. Even as the mutual affection and attraction intensifies their mission, old habits die hard, and the couple’s road to romance is anything but smooth.
VERDICT Bateman’s second in the popular “Bow Street Bachelor” series (after This Earl of Mine) is an alluring cat-and-mouse tale between two deserving adversaries. For Regency romance fans wishing for thrills in their to-be-read list.

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