Nearly twenty, Anna Beasley despairs of ever finding a husband. Eligible bachelors seem to avoid the stuttering, blushing debutante in favor of her bolder, more adventurous friends. Much to the delight of her father, who's determined to marry her off to his godson, Lord Carmichael, despite Anna's refusal. Her lifelong nemesis, Carmichael has kissed half the young women in London.
Surely Carmichael's friend, Lord Sorenson, newly arrived in Town, is cut from the same cloth. Anna decides to stay away from him…despite his wicked smile that makes her quiver.
Gilbert Bowen, Earl of Sorenson, had planned to live out his days as a country vicar. But when his old friend Carmichael sends a desperate plea for help, he can't say no. There's a murderer among the ton—and every death leads back to Carmichael. Catching a killer during the social season is difficult enough…and then Anna catches his eye. The shy beauty is a distraction he can ill afford but scarcely resist.
When the pair are caught in a compromising position, Sorenson needs little convincing to claim her, especially if it keeps Anna out of harm's way. But with as many twists and turns as there are suspects, this case may find no one safe—especially when the killer is closer to home than they ever dreamed.
Distinguished Rogues Series
Book 1: Chills (Jack and Constance)
Book 2: Broken (Giles and Lillian)
Book 3: Charity (Oscar and Agatha)
Book 4: An Accidental Affair (Merrick and Arabella)
Book 5: Keepsake (Kit and Miranda)
Book 6: An Improper Proposal (Martin and Iris)
Book 7: Reason to Wed (Richard and Esme)
Book 8: The Trouble with Love (Everett and Whitney)
Book 9: Married by Moonlight (Gilbert and Anna)
Book 10: Lord of Sin (Julian and Portia)
Book 11: The Duke's Heart (Sinclair and Kitty)
About the Author
Heather Boyd is the bestselling author of over 30 steamy regency historical romances, including the Distinguished Rogues Series. She is happily married to her childhood sweetheart, mother of two rogues, and is owned by a rescued cat. Heather loves a good chinwag so say hello on social media anytime.
Find out more at: www.Heather-Boyd.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A former vicar now an Earl, Gilbert is called upon to help solve the death of his best friends betroth. Carmichael is accused of killing her but he is innocent. Gilbert must help him clear his name and find a killer. When Gilbert sees Anna Beasley for the first time something inside him shudders. When Anna stumbles upon another girl murdered Gilbert knows he needs to keep her safe. As bodies start to add up the killer is closer than anyone ever realized. A great read. I realized early on who the killer was. A great fast read!
I really enjoyed Anna and Gilbert's story. I always enjoy stories where there is something else going on besides the romance, and in this case it was catching a killer. I throughly enjoyed watching Anna and Gilbert together. Even though Gilbert was trying to keep Anna away from the mess of the murders, she ends up stumbling her way onto a murder scene anyway. She then ends up helping Gilbert and Carmichael solving the murder. I loved the bantering between Anna and Carmichael and I'm hoping that Boyd gives Carmichael his HEA in an upcoming book!
Married by Moonlight by Heather Boyd Distinguished Rogues #9 I am not sure that one needs to read the other books in this series to enjoy this one and not having read any of them have to say that everything seemed to make sense. I did wonder about some of the characters and if they had been in previous books but did not need to know what their lives entailed to understand this book. In this book we have both a serial murderer needing to be caught and a romance all in one. It seems there is someone that has it in for the young ladies that are vibrant and might snare a certain Lord and as soon as they show interest in said young man they end up…dead. Enter Gilbert Bowen, Earl of Sorenson, also known to some as “the Bloodhound”. He steps in to help suss out the serial murderer and once on the scene quickly falls for Anna Beasley – a woman that most seem to avoid for no good reason. I truly enjoyed Gilbert! He was wise and worldly even though a vicar for a while. His knowledgeable pursuit of Anna was a delight and took me back to a time I was as naïve as Anna and intrigued by kissing ;) Fun story and worth reading though I think I enjoyed the romance more than the mystery. Thank you to the author who bestowed me an ARC through NetGalley – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
London - 1815 Gilbert Bowen, Earl of Sorenson, has arrived at the home of Lady Berry and has demanded to see Mr. Albert Meriwether, an investigator. Gilbert’s friend, Price Wagstaff, the Earl of Carmichael, had been engaged to Angela Berry, Lady Berry’s daughter. But that night, Lord Carmichael had found Angela covered in blood and dead. Meriwether is intent on trying to charge Lord Carmichael with her death, but Gilbert tells him he is wrong and sends the man away. Meriwether has beaten Lord Carmichael several so Gilbert sends him to his own home to be cared for. Gilbert is a Bow Street investigator himself and, at one time, had been a vicar. Anna Beasley has just finished dancing with Lord Wade, a viscount. They are at a costume ball at Almack’s. Her friend, Miss Portia Hayes, is there with her. When Anna is presented to Lord Sorenson, she finds him very handsome, but she does not care for Lord Carmichael. Gilbert and Lord Carmichael are at Almack’s to question those people who had attended the Berry ball and, hopefully, find the killer. When another young woman is killed a week later, the murderer is dubbed the Friday Night Killer. It so happens that Anna, Gilbert, and Lord Carmichael find the body. Anna and Gilbert have found an attraction to each other and when they are found in a compromising position, Gilbert offers for her hand. Who is the killer and why was he/she murdering young women? This book kept me guessing and trying to figure out who the killer was. I liked Anna and Gilbert as a couple but did not care for some of the other characters which made it more difficult to discover the killer. I think readers will enjoy this book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Almighty’s Bloodhound. Romance mixed with murder, Bow Street runners and investigative vicar Earl. Unusually for me, I guessed the murderer very early on in the story (there were obviously not enough suspects!) but having said that, I found this an enjoyable and easy read. Recommended. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A story full of mystery, suspense and eventually love that kept my attention from the start. The heroine Anna Beasley feels she will never find a husband and if her father his way, she would marry his godson Lord Carmichael. As far as she is concerned, he is a rouge and she has no desire to be attached. When his friend Gilbert Bowen comes to town, she at first stays away but eventually she sees he is not like Carmichael. Gilbert, now a country victor, previously worked with the Bow Street Runners and when his friend asks for his help in finding a murderer, he of course comes to his aid. There have been a string of deaths of young ladies that Carmichael has been connected to at several balls and suspicion comes his way. It was wonderful to see Anna bloom as at first she appeared shy, but was really outspoken and talkative as she became comfortable with those around. As she and Gilbert get to know each other an attraction grows and their relationship comes together. But there is also the suspense of finding a murderer and the outcome is really not what I expected! I truly enjoy when a lot of suspense and mystery are intertwined with a romance. This story was well done and although part of a series, can be read as a standalone. I have not read the other books in this series but hope to do so soon!! Lori Dykes