Introducing the Bow Street Bachelors
Men who work undercover for London’s
first official police force
and the women they serve to protect…
USA Today Bestselling Author
WILL A FALSE MARRIAGE
LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?
Shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed is done with men who covet her purse more than her person. Even worse than the ton’s lecherous fortune hunters, however, is the cruel cousin determined to force Georgie into marriage. If only she could find a way to be . . . widowed? Georgie hatches a madcap scheme to wed a condemned criminal before he’s set to be executed. All she has to do is find an eligible bachelor in prison to marry her, and she’ll be free. What could possibly go wrong?
Benedict William Henry Wylde, scapegrace second son of the late Earl of Morcott and well-known rake, is in Newgate prison undercover, working for Bow Street. Georgie doesn’t realize who he is when she marries him—and she most certainly never expects to bump into her very-much-alive, and very handsome, husband of convenience at a society gathering weeks later. Soon Wylde finds himself courting his own wife, hoping to win her heart since he already has her hand. But how can this seductive rogue convince brazen, beautiful Georgie that he wants to be together…until actual death do they part?
I love strong women and Georgiana Caversteed is definitely one of them. For the times she is an anomaly, as she is inheriting the company she ran with her father as soon as she turns twenty-five. Her wealth is an attraction the men around her can’t resist and mostly that’s what they want, not the woman attached to it. As a stipulation to marriage she has designed a contract, one that so far none will sign.
With her birthday fast approaching, her cousin, Josiah is determined to marry her, he needs the funds as he has gambled his own away. Not having any of that she finds a way to marry a convict, one who would be hanged the next day, leaving her a widow. Unfortunately he dies before the event and she is given a replacement. A man scheduled to be sent to Australia.
Benedict Wylde is undercover at Newgate prison to get leads on a conspiracy to release Napoleon from his island prison. He’s the one the bribed guard has selected for Georgie to marry. Only he isn’t leaving England at all but he can’t tell her that surrounded as they were.
Attending one of the many Balls thrown in London during ‘the season’, imagine Georgie’s surprise to see the man she married in the prison chapel.
This is a favorite scene as they dance.
He shook his head. “Ben Wylde is on his way to Australia, alone and unlamented.” A dimple creased his left cheek. “Benedict Wylde, on the other hand, brother of the Earl of Morcott, is very much present and correct. And delighted to renew his acquaintance with you.” He passed an idle glance around the room and lowered his head to her ear. “I do believe we’re setting tongues wagging, Miss Caversteed.”
Georgie shot him a cynical look. “I doubt anyone here will think it odd that a man known to be permanently in need of funds should be dancing with the richest single woman in the room.”
Bateman, Kate. This Earl of Mine. St. Martin’s Paperbacks. Kindle Locations (683-687). Kindle Edition.
With her husband very much in her present she needs to find a way not to cause a scandal that would limit her sister’s chances of finding a husband within the ton.
Ben and Georgie reach an agreement to wed publicly at the end of the season, in the meantime he would court her.
A unique relationship develops between these two as they get to know one another. Of course Josiah rears his ugly head a couple of times but that just adds to the fray.
A suspenseful, fun and romantic read with just enough heat. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
5 Contented Purrs for Kate!
Kate Bateman (also writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she’d ‘never finish the thing.’ She gleefully proved him wrong. Her Regency and Renaissance-era romances all feature her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to both strangle and kiss.
When not traveling to exotic locations ‘for research,’ Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a number-loving husband who still owes her that dollar.