Book Review: Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle
Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle Publication date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Series: Midnight Meetings #1 Goodreads | Amazon| B&N
Meet the Earl at Midnight is the first book in Gina’s new series, Midnight Meetings. Unfortunately, this meeting is for the bargaining of Miss Lydia Montgomery for payment of debts. As Lydia is dragged from her bed in the middle of the night by her stepfather, she is brought to a dark room in an inn. Still in a sleepy fog, she is expecting to help her step-brother get out the trouble.. Instead, she
finds two men waiting for them.
When her stepfather addresses one man as “Milord” she recognizes the tall man in the shadows as Lord Sanford, the elusive Earl of Greenwich. When she learns she is be to be the bargaining tool in payment for a debt, she is outraged. The bargain: she is to become wife of Lord Sanford and produce an heir for him. Unwilling to be the bargaining tool of her stepfather, she refuses until faced with the fact her mother would be placed in debtors prison. Not being allowed to even to return home, Lord Sanford brings her to his house. They both have secrets that they have kept from each other. Getting to know each other better, they are drawn closer, yet the secrets have the power to pull them apart. Lydia is a spirited, blunt lady that stands up to the Earl. Can a marriage made in payment for a debt survive and end in love? Or will the secrets they each have tear them apart?
Throw in the mother of the Earl who is against the marriage, and Gina has written a book that goes beyond the normal relationships. I enjoy a spirited heroine, and Lydia was not a disappointment. The witty batter between the hero and heroine was fun and kept me wondering if they would be able to have the happy ever after. I enjoyed MEET THE EARL AT MIDNIGHT as this is a true romance. Sanford and Lydia agree to wait a month before consummating their marriage, which is a rarity in romance books today. During this time they each pursued their own interest, Lydia in art and Sanford in plant research, yet they begin to grow in their fondness for each other. Lydia had the personality to draw Sanford to share his work with her, not to avoid her, and bring out the hidden traits of the Earl of Greenwich. She is strong against the earl’s mother and doesn’t allow herself to give up on winning the love of the Earl. I do love a strong Regency Lady.
Side note: the whole story takes place away from the frolic of the ton and the ton’s season. This too is a rarity. I believe Gina has hit on the makings of a great series. I look forward to the second book in this series.
*Review copy complimentary of the publisher via Netgalley; yes it’s an honest review