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In Bed with the Earl by Christi Caldwell
Narrator: Tim Campbell
Series: Lost Lords of London #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on March 17, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 10 hours, 33 minutes
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?
Being a woman in a historical romance in London kind of sucks and yet I find myself whisked away to another place and time anytime I pick up a book by Christi Caldwell. In Bed with the Earl, the first book in the Lost Lords of London series, is exactly my kind of tale with the headstrong female trying to break the norms of society and a man who is broken but just needs the right kind of woman to love him through all of his scars, both physical and emotional.
Verity is my kind of heroine. She has spunk and isn’t afraid of much in this world, well except for losing her job, being thrown out on the street with no way to care for and feed her younger sister. The normal stuff. So, trying to find the lost Earl of Maxwell when he is trying very hard not to be found by anyone is nothing compared to that. Even if it means she might have to go down into the sewers to look for him.
Ah Malcom, he is just broken enough for me to really love. Kidnapped as a child, he doesn’t remember anything of his past and has become a brutal adversary in the sewers of London. He doesn’t want anything to do with his new life as the Earl and even less to do with all the gossip reporters searching for him. Verity though, she intrigues him, and even though she is more trouble than he is prepared for, there is just something about the spunky reporter that calls to him as much as it infuriates him. He’ll give her a story but Verity is going to have to give him something in return.
The characters in this story were good. As much as I liked Verity and Malcolm, some of the side characters were my favorites, from the other toshers Malcom kept around him, to Verity’s surprising sister, they added dimensions to the story that raised it from okay to really good.
A solid start to a new Historical Romance series for Christi Caldwell
Tim Campbell is no novice to the narration of Historical Romance and brings a very nice voice and tone to the book. I really enjoyed his performance of the moody Earl of Maxwell and the incredibly spunky Verity. I’m sure my enjoyment of this book was greater due to his narration. I listened to this at my usual 1.5x speed.
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