Author: Rebecca Connolly
Series: London League #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: February 1, 2019
Publisher: Phase Publishing
With Cap in hand…
Malcolm Colerain, Earl of Montgomery, needs a wife. He has four children, a peerage, and a demanding secret occupation as a member of the London League; all of which give him a fulfilling life, so a proper marriage of convenience is all he seeks. But when he meets Elizabeth Owens, things begin to change. Distance becomes difficult, convenience becomes rather inconvenient, and his exciting life as a spy turns on its head.
Love comes to call…
Beth Owens seizes the chance to marry the handsome and striking Earl of Montgomery, marriage of convenience or not. Her heart is his for the taking, and she is determined that he eventually will. But the more she learns about her husband, the more he puzzles her. He has secrets, she is well aware, but just how many and how deeply do they run? And when she finds a few secrets of her own, will they ever have a chance at love?
I liked the first two books in the series but I liked this one even more.
This book seemed to be less about the league and more about the marriage and the two didn’t meet until the end. All the spy stuff was at a standstill because they couldn’t figure out clues to help them and Malcolm spends much of the book with his family instead of doing league work so the two things felt very separate.
I loved the banter between Malcolm and Beth. She was so funny. I smiled and even laughed at her words. And I loved that she worked out her problems by talking to the headstone of the first wife whom she’d never met. Such great therapy for her. I also cried, more than once, real tears while reading. There was a lot of emotion going on during this one. I loved her sweetness with the children and her independence and willingness to do stand up and do what needed to be done in her own way. Thank you Lily for helping Beth see that she could. Lily was a great friend.
In earlier books I was a little annoyed with the banter of the league guys. They are often so rude but this time I really enjoyed them. I love that they pushed Malcolm to do the right thing and were loyal at the same time.
I did have some unanswered questions. What exactly were the bad guys up to and what had the horrible woman planned to do that was thwarted? It was so easily resolved in that moment that I wondered what happened next with her. I’d also like to know what happened with Lily and her husband between the end of the regular book and the epilogue.
I really enjoyed reading this book and loathed interruptions when they came. The creation of conflicts in the marriage relationship did not feel contrived but like they could really happen. And once their relationship really began there was a sweetness between them that I loved. The ending was a bit swoony. So I had lots of feels reading this. I cried, smiled, laughed, worried and swooned.
Sex: Horrible woman continually propositioning and being inappropriate, innuendo, kissing, marital relations occur but not on the page.
Language: a little-mild.
Violence: a little- fencing got a bit out of control.