Review: This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman

43263448The first book in a new Regency romance series, an heiress and a rogue accidentally end up in a secret marriage of convenience.

In a desperate bid to keep her fortune out of her cousin’s hands, shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed marries a condemned criminal in Newgate prison. The scoundrel’s first kiss is shockingly heated, but Georgie never expects to see her husband again. Until she spots him across a crowded ballroom. Notorious rogue Benedict Wylde never expected a wife. He was in Newgate undercover, working for Bow Street. To keep their marriage of convenience a secret, Wylde courts Georgie in public, but the more time they spend together, the more their attraction sparks. Could an heiress with the world at her feet find happiness with a penniless rake? Kate Bateman’s This Earl of Mine is a delightful start to the Bow Street Bachelors series, with witty banter, dynamic characters, and swoon-worthy romance.

It has been A LONG WHILE since I last read or reviewed a historical romance book so I wasn’t sure how my reaction was to be when reading this book and honestly first few pages I was already annoyed by how fast Benedict, the hero of the book got a boner for the heroine. 

Really? Like, really? Makes you seem a tad bit caveman-ish to immediately get turned on by Georgiana just because she is beautiful female and smelled nice.

But the more I read, the more I warmed up to the plot and hope started to blossom in the pit of the abyss I call my heart.

Eventually I started to really enjoy reading the plot of this book and how Benedict and Georgiana will carry out their secret missions and the like but in all honesty the book for me was forgettable.

Even as I am writing this review now, I keep getting the plot of the book confused with another historical romance book I had just recently finished.

There is nothing wrong per say with this book, it ticked all the right boxes of:

  1. Strong independent heroine
  2. Understanding gentleman lover
  3. Some nefarious plot
  4. Having either the hero or heroine be injured to illicit some sort of emotion

But that’s the thing that made the book quite forgettable for me, it is due to the book following a set template that is set for the historical romance genre. There was nothing new nor unique that this book can offer that might make it stand out to me.

Hence, why this review is not as in depth as I would like it to be because there’s nothing much to say that while it is an enjoyable read it is still a forgettable book.

ARC was provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s in exchange for an honest review.

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