- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Montlake (5 March 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542042577
- ISBN-13: 978-1542042574
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
- Customer Reviews: 51 customer ratings
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"Exceptional...This series launch is an intoxicating romp sure to delight fans of historical romance." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Readers will be drawn to Verity's independence and Malcolm's compelling backstory...as the pair moves between London's seedy underbelly and high society to carve out a place of their own." --Library Journal
"Sizzling, Witty, Passionate...Perfect!" --Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author
"Christi Caldwell writes a gorgeous book!" --Sarah MacLean, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
About the Author
Christi Caldwell is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Sinful Brides series and the Wicked Wallflowers series. She blames novelist Judith McNaught for luring her into the world of historical romance. When Christi was at the University of Connecticut, she began writing her own tales of love--ones where even the most perfect heroes and heroines had imperfections. She learned to enjoy torturing her couples before they earned their well-deserved happily ever after.
Christi lives in southern Connecticut, where she spends her time writing, chasing after her son, and taking care of her twin princesses in training. Fans who want to keep up with the latest news and information can sign up for Christi's newsletter at www.ChristiCaldwell.com.
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Verity is a woman trying to support her family with respectable work, only to be disparaged for being a woman in newspapers. She draws out the loyalty in others through her goodness and determination to treat everyone with respect.
The Earl of Maxwell has been running in and operating the towhees in the sewers for twenty years. He is grumpy and distant to everyone, even though he has a softer side he won’t acknowledge. He slowly unwinds as he gets to know Verity.
I found the ending very satisfying when Verity is able to bring done her nemesis with calm, logical facts.
Reporter Verity is fighting for her place in a men’s world - one which barely allows for her existence and certainly won’t permit her to thrive. Finding and writing the true story of the lost earl might be her one chance to keep her job and a roof over her head - and that of her younger sister, who she’s desperate to protect. As the illegitimate children of a deceased peer, there’s certainly nobody else to look out for them.
Malcom and Verity butt heads from the very beginning, from their meeting in the sewers she’s ventured into in search of him with no idea of the dangers that await. He doesn’t want to care, but he can’t just leave her in the scrape she’s landed herself in, and with everything he learns about her, it gets harder and harder to walk away, whereas she literally can’t, not without risking everything she cares about.
I have to admit I burst out laughing when Verity found herself deep in a pickle as everyone assumed she and Malcom were married. She kept finding herself backed up against a wall with only one way to turn, though, and to his credit Malcom recognised that, looking at the situation logically. But then, unlike a lot of historical romance heroes, he knows what it’s like to be desperately looking for a way out of an untenable situation.
The pair of them made a really good couple with a deeply satisfying romance arc between them as slowly they revealed their secrets to each other. There are some wonderful themes of found family here and I definitely hope Malcom’s friend Giles gets his own book in the series (maybe with Verity’s sister?) This was a seriously enjoyable read and I’m delighted to give it five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.
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there's a peace and calm that descends reading this... the outside melts away and there's just a story you know will end happily, but will never expect to end so triumphantly!
love love love!
Before reading In Bed with the Earl I was doubting whether or not I would accept our male lead, Malcom North as he takes his rightful place in society as the Earl of Maxwell. Those of use who have read previous books know that this was once Tristan Poplar (male lead from Courting Poppy Tidemore). I loved Tristan, so for me to accept Malcom he needed to be a truly amazing character and thank you Christi for making him amazing, dashing, and absolutely sexy.
Verity Lovelace is strong, smart, and a brilliant female lead. She is exactly what Malcom needs and challenges him to be his best, while forcing herself to also be her best. Together they welcome us into a life where strangers become each others one true love and where opposites really do make the best partners. This story has depth and honesty that is rare to find in most books and it forces the reader to enter into lives that haven't always been great, but will turn out to be wonderful.
This book was GLORIOUS and left the reader feeling absolutely AWESTRUCK. I cannot recommend In Bed with the Earl enough.
I received an ARC of this book from Montlake Romance via NetGalley and am willingly giving my honest opinion.
Oh my !!!
It was a pages-turner read, why I could not read it previously, I needed a free-day devoted to this story.
Just a few sentences in Percival’s story and my heart was bleeding for him and the childhood he had been robbed once he became Malcom North.
Malcom is no more the sensible heir of an earldom, he has become a ruthless and merciless king of the underworld. Surviving the gutters, he has been stripped of any innocence and kindness he might have left after the brutal upbringing he was given.
Despite his apparent coldness, he is not the icy blooded monster everyone appears to think he has become. In his own way, even if he keeps everyone at arm’s length, he shows concern for the weakest under his protection. Over the years, he has gleaned a bunch of broken souls and risk takers, and whatever he might told himself, they are his kin and from all those he has won their indefectible loyalty.
Verity, without having the same dark past than Malcom, was not cuddled in a classically portrayed family, she had been shunned for her mother’s sins, whose sin was to have loved and trusted the wrong man. A man who loved them too, but too weak to fully take care of them. Why at the young age of twelve she became her remaining family only support. From then, she worked her skin to elevate her circumstances, alas it is well known women were seen as not fit for intellectual labors. And even if she is not one to cover, proving women’s worth is a challenge. And it is not prepared for the worst of the city, she runs head held high in the sewer and whatever are her mistakes, she fights like a hellion.
Both have experienced a good life with confort or some until they find themselves with nothing left and must fend for themselves or sank down.
Now together, they need to find their right place, she the illegitimate daughter and a woman, striving for acceptance in a world made by men for men and he the Earl raised in the slums of the city, to seek his bearing among his peers
Their story is one of small trusts won one at a time, until these morph to a deeper sentiment. Yet, with the past looming over them and some shadowy figures still ready to pounce, will their burgeoning feelings be enough.
As I came to learn with Mrs Christi Caldwell’s work, she has it mapped out, her heroes have oft connection with previous works.
And here, she does not disappoint, while her heroes have not been seen previously, they are linked to an other couple.
You can perfectly read this first in a series as what it is a standalone story, yet as I have read Courting Poppy Tidemore, I confess I adored watching the couple of heroes finds its own epilogue.
And what a sweet epilogue with the best revenge ever.
I can only praise Mrs Christi Caldwell for her so very unique insight of the historical period, far from the ballrooms and closer to the real people. She is the bearer of amazing tales which feed the reader a kaleidoscope of emotions.
A 5 stars for this tale of approval and embracing one’s true identity.
A particular mention for the cover which reflects perfectly the story said atmosphere, and the characters’ descriptions.
I was granted an advance copy through Netgalley by the publisher Montlake Publishing. I also preordered my own.
Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
Malcom North is a tosher, a sewer dweller who has amassed power and influence in the only world he’s known. He is a solitary, misanthropic man who avoids anything that looks like a relationship—a true curmudgeon if you will.
Verity Lovelace has been on her own since she was orphaned at an early age. Her sole focus in life is to care for her younger sister and her aged nursemaid. Her means of living puts her on a collision course with Malcom.
Christi Caldwell has fashioned a tale for these two unlikely people that is both engaging and gripping. There cannot be enough said about the sizzling chemistry between these two individuals. Neither was seeking what they ultimately found with one another.
“Forgetting” and “cherishing” the past are recurring themes. The power of forgiveness also plays a major role.
If you’ve never read Caldwell’s work, this is the beginning of a new series. Happily, there are quite a few characters from prior series who make cameo appearances throughout this book. It was fun guessing who would appear. I pride myself on my status as a Caldwell Superfan that I was right on all accounts.
Malcom is a cold, hardened man. He was kidnapped and abandoned in the slums of London as a child, his birthright stolen. Verity is an earl's bastard. As a child she had a lovely life, but missed having a real family. At age 12 her mother died and she became responsible for a younger sister and a nursemaid. She grew strong.
I hate reading a review that tells the plot, so I will not do this. What I will say is that these two people are in such pain. They have become survivors because they had no other choice. When they meet, there are sparks. Malcom does not want to have anything to do with Verity. But Verity needs Malcom and his story to survive. Getting to know these characters will take your breath away. The suffering they have both been through is devastating, yet in their own way, each has found a way to keep going.
Christi Caldwell writes about damaged and tormented souls so beautifully. She tells us their story so that we can feel empathy and often sympathy for these characters. This is a very special story, one that will have to laughing one minute and holding your breath the next. It will make you think of people whose lives have been stolen, and the struggles they go through to reach their goals. Be good to yourself and get this book, find a quiet place, and read this glorious story.
Because of Christi Caldwell’s artistry with words, the characters are well rounded, compelling, strong and believable. I love the way the characters and storyline are developed, tortured, then resolved. After I finished the book, I wanted to reread it again. Bravo! Encore!
I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest opinion.
Verity is the bastard born daughter of the Earl of Wakefield. After his death, she is forced into work in the most unlikely places, a newspaper. These two wounded people thrown together in life and learning to believe in one another as old hatreds and betrayals play out around them was truly an excellent reading experience. I can’t wait for the next one!