I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Casablanca, Sourcebook on May 6th
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It's going to take a Beast to tame this Beauty
The Enigma Earl. The Lord Phantom. That's what the gossip pages call Lord Sandford, a mysterious nobleman who doesn't show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, it's no wonder that Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.
While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she's decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn't interested in marriage; in fact, she would prefer to remain single so that she can spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she'll have to set aside her fear of Lord Sandford and discover the man hiding behind the beast.
First Thoughts: It’s flirty, enticing and a great read! This is my second book from this author and I can’t wait to read the next book in the Midnight Meeting series!
Meet the Earl at Midnight was a fun read about two characters who even though they were of a different class they were still very similar. It sort of draws off a little from the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. Edward, Lord Sanford is known as Lord Phantom because her never shows his face at any of the ton society balls. He was marred in an incident aboard a ship with pirates and has a horrible bunch of scares on one side of his face and chest. He is a scientist and more interested in his scientific pursuits than socializing and after a failed attempt at finding a bride of social standing he decides to try something different.
Lydia only knew that she was going to a meeting at midnight to help out her step brother Tristan get out of a mess. She had no idea that her step father was trading her to an earl to get him and his brother out of trouble. The Earl needs a bride so he can produce and heir and he doesn’t have a lot of time in which to do it. He doesn’t have time for social niceties nor does he care that the lady is not of noble birth. He sort of tricks her once he finds out she had no clue about the arrangement by telling her that he would see that her mother went to debtors prison if she didn’t go with him.
Edward is passionate about science and Lydia is passionate about art and that is the one thing that they can understand each other on. Edward likes how she is blunt and not anything like the girls of the ton. Lydia find him to be handsome despite his scars. There is an attraction that pulls them together even through the strange circumstances, but will it be enough to keep them together.
Lydia is a fun characters, she has a lot of spunk and I loved how blunt she was with the Countess, Edwards mother. Some of the things she said had me laughing so hard. Edward could be a bit of a beast, but he also had a good heart. He doesn’t have very good people skills and he would rather be along with his plants, but Lydia brings out the best in him.
I really enjoyed the story line in this romance and would recommend it to anyone who loves historical romances.