This Earl of Mine: A Bow Street Bachelors Novel

This Earl of Mine: A Bow Street Bachelors Novel

by Kate Bateman

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"Bateman's scintillating first Bow Street Bachelors Regency is full of intense emotions and dramatic twists. Intelligent, affable characters make this fast-paced novel shine, especially for fans of clever women and the men who sincerely admire them. Future installments will be eagerly anticipated by Regency readers." — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Introducing the Bow Street Bachelors—men who work undercover for London’s first official police force—and the women they serve to protect. . .and wed?

WILL A FALSE MARRIAGE

 

 

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?

LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250305954
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Series: Bow Street Bachelors , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 33,400
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kate Bateman, (also writing as K. C. Bateman), is the #1 bestselling author of historical romances, including her RITA® nominated Renaissance romp, The Devil To Pay, and the novels in the Secrets & Spies series To Steal a Heart, A Raven’s Heart, and A Counterfeit Heart. When not writing novels that feature feisty, intelligent heroines and sexy, snarky heroes you want to both strangle and kiss, Kate works as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several popular TV shows in the UK. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England. Follow her on Twitter to learn more.

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This Earl of Mine: A Bow Street Bachelors Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 5 days ago
London - 1816 Georgiana (Georgie) Caversteed, age 24 and a wealthy heiress, is off to Newgate Prison to find a husband. Her father’s manservant, Pieter, is with her. She prefers someone about to be hanged the next day leaving her a widow and in control of her own money. After her father died, she came under the dictates of her odious cousin Josiah who wants to marry her and control her money. This way, he must now leave her alone. She had inherited her father’s trading and shipping business and is extremely wealthy. Her mother and younger sister live with her and they also received nice inheritances. Benjamin (Ben) William Henry Wylde, age 28 and the second son of the late Earl of Morcott, is a war hero who has been imprisoned at Newgate. He, along with two friends, Alex and Seb, own the Tricorn Club, a gambling hell, which also allows them to spy on people for the Crown. Ben is in prison as a plant to listen in on a smuggling scheme. Ben makes extra money from the Crown to help his brother, John, pay off their late father’s debts. At the prison, Georgie finds there are no men assigned to be hanged soon so she decides to marry Ben because the jailer says he is to be deported the next day. In exchange for marrying her, Ben will receive 500 pounds with no claim to anything more. Thinking herself safe, Georgie is shocked to meet Ben at a soiree. She soon discovers his true background and admires him for vowing that he did not marry her for her money. But before they can even consider whether they should continue their marriage, there are many adventures ahead for them. This is a nice romance with lots of intrigue thrown in. I think that there is almost too much “extra" added to the story which is why I gave it 4 stars. Sometimes, less is more. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Readnread 8 days ago
What a wonderful story! This historical romance had everything; a strong heroine, a honorable rake as hero, intrigue, angst, humor and on and on! A truly complete story. Each detail and question neatly answered, no skipping huge chunks of time or wondering what happened to a character. I can only hope that Ms Bateman continues the series and Alex and Seb get their HEA too. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily
NovelKnight 9 days ago
Why, oh why, am I such a sucker for secret relationships? This Earl of Mine, while employing many of the same tried and true tropes and plot points of a historical romance, started off far different from any I've read. Our heroine, Georgie, marries a man in prison. Now that's new. It set the tone for her character so perfectly, a woman determined to keep what she earned in a world where those rights often went to a husband. I immediately liked her and wanted to see what sorts of trouble she ended up in. And obviously we know, from the synopsis, that the prisoner in question is not actually a prisoner, so a secret marriage of convenience ensues. And I ate it all up. Like I said, Georgie endeared herself to me from the beginning and I loved how independent she was without outright shunning society as it were. Too often I see "independent" heroines depicted as contradicting the system entirely which seems a bit unreasonable. And Benedict, the so-called prisoner, was just trying to do his job but now with a secret wife insisting on coming along for the ride. They had some serious chemistry and I appreciated that they were given time to have a slower courtship after the rushed wedding.  And even though the plot read much like many other historical romances I've read, especially ones that involve Bow Street or another comparable unit, I didn't want to stop reading. I wouldn't say it's a wholly unique story but it's entertaining and the romance was hot. The unsolved mystery Georgie involves herself in added plenty of tension and it was nice to see a book where the heroine isn't turned away from helping (after which she sneaks out and gets herself in trouble so the hero can save her). I never saw Georgie and Benedict as anything but (relatively) equal partners in This Earl of Mine. My only point of annoyance was the author tended to be a bit heavy handed with Geogie and Benedict's social standings compared to everyone else. They're constantly called out (or remark on themselves) as being different and I felt it was unnecessary because that's clear from the story. But it was a minor thing and I ultimately didn't care too much by the end of the story. I think this might actually be my first book from Kate Bateman but I will definitely pick up the rest of this series as well as check out her other work. This Earl of Mine was a promising first book in a new series and if the plot had stood out just a bit more, it would have been a truly fantastic romance novel.
georgia1 12 days ago
London, March 1816 "Desperate times called for desperate measures. She was buying herself a husband." Unfortunately it was to be a man condemned who was going to hang on the morrow and then she would be a widow. Oh yes, such a great and simple scheme! It would keep her greedy, cruel cousin Josiah away so he could not get his hands on her fortune she was about to inherit when she turned twenty five in three weeks. Little did she know, the prisoner she married was none other than Benedict Wylde, second son of the late Earl of Morcott, a known rake and working undercover for the Bow Street Runners to get information they were looking they needed. A simply ingenious plot with a scrumptious hero and a feisty, intelligent and beautiful heroine who is determined to manage her fortune. But fate has a way of twisting around as her "husband" turns up in society and the two meet.. well, it really gets interesting! They are married so they scheme to have him court her and eventually "marry her.". But the journey to their happy ending is filled with a mystery, historical facts that are so interesting, a sizzling chemistry and great dialogue that had me so caught up in the story I stayed up tell almost 3 reading!! Just perfect and cannot wait for more!!! I read this through NetGallery and the Publisher! Lori D
Historical_Romance_Lover 13 days ago
Georgiana needs to get married so that her horrible cousin doesn't force her to marry him. She devises a plan to marry a convicted man that is about to be hung. This way she gets the benefits of having been married, without the hassle of actually having a husband. Unfortunately the man that was picked to be her husband has died before they can get married. The best the prison can do is to offer a man that is being shipped of to the penal colony. At least she'll probably never see her husband again. What Georgiana doesn't know is that the man chosen to wed her, Benedict, is just there on an undercover mission. He really isn't a convict. When they run into each other at a ton event, the bargain they made has to change. They decide to act like Benedict is courting Georgia, they would get married again and then go their separate ways. But as they spend time together, the initial attraction they felt for one another grows stronger. They married for convenience, but can this marriage be one in truth? I absolutely adored Georgiana and Benedict's story!! I knew that they were going to see each other again and I just couldn't wait to see what Bateman had in store for their reunion. I loved watching them fall in love. Neither wanted the marriage, but both quickly fell for the other. This is a wonderful start to a brand new series and I can't wait to see what the next story holds!!
Michele-G 14 days ago
This Earl of Mine had two wonderful main characters, Georgie and Benedict. Ms. Bateman did a lovely job in creating their personalities in a way that would not only make them likable to the reader but also complimentary to one another in the storyline. Truthfully, I initially had some trouble with the pacing of the story and felt as if it was dragging.at times. However, about midway through, it began to flow better and finished well. I also appreciated the fact that the romance between Georgie and Benedict progressed in a slow and realistic manner. They were both strong and honest characters who respected one another. I liked that the author didn't see the need to toss unnecessary drama into the storyline. She allowed them to be mature individuals who reacted reasonably to events as they occurred. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Bateman in the future. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Luadri 14 days ago
This Earl of Mine is the first book in the Bow Street Bachelors. This is the first book I read by this author and I really enjoyed it. I liked her style of descriptive writing and well developed characters. I liked how the MCs were not perfect, but were perfect for each other. This first book is about Benedict Wylde, Bow Street Bachelor number one and Georgiana Caversteed. Georgie is a shipping heiress in need of a husband of convenience in order to keep/control her money and business. She was given a shipping business by her late father. Due to her hard work and dedication she has made it a great success. Therefore, Georgie finds herself in Newgate looking for a husband who will soon be hanged. Her plan is to become a widow and therefore be able to have more freedom in society. Especially because her cousin Josiah is intent in marrying her to get his hands on her money. It is while she is there that she ends up getting married to Benedict. While she thinks that he is soon to be sent to another prison far away, he is there working undercover for the Bow Street Runners. Benedict is a war hero in need of funds due to his late father gambling debts. Though he is a second son he helps out his brother to pay off the debts. I liked this story line. It is usually the other way around. Rich hero, poor heroine. In this story roles were reversed. When Georgie later realizes that her husband was not sent away they decide to help each other out. Luckily for Georgie she has the funds to help Ben and at the same time gets to go on investigative adventures along with him. I liked how Ben liked to live his live day by day to the fullest and that the most priceless gift he could afford was one that Georgie was in need of...love. That was what she was missing in her life. I highly recommend this story and really look forwards to the next in the series!! Thank you to the publisher for the ARC provided through NetGalley for review.
Noire 14 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read in exchange for a fair review. This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman is the first book in her new series Bow Street Bachelors. Hoping to escape once and for all the machinations of her slimy cousin Josiah, wealthy heiress Georgiana Caversteed comes up with what she considers to be a brilliant plan. She will marry a convict from Newgate who’s about to be executed and she will be free from both her cousin and the unwanted fortune hunting suitors who have been pursuing her. Unfortunately thing begin to go wrong when the intended groom dies too soon and the substitute groom turns out to be the younger brother of an Earl who was in Newgate on an undercover mission for Bow Street and who is very much alive and likely to remain that way. Georgiana is a most excellent heroine, intelligent, loyal, kind and game for any adventure that comes her way and with Benedict Wylde she’s met her match a man who sees her and not her fortune and who adores her exactly as she is. The story is one one of adventure, mystery, danger, excellent banter and quite a bit of steam. I highly recommend reading this book and can’t wait for the next ones in the series. Medium steam. Publishing Date October 29, 2019. #NetGalley #ThisEarlofMine #KateBateman #StMartinsPress #StMartinsPaperbacks #HistoricalRomanceNovel #Bookstagram #BowStreetRomance
Irene_SZ 14 days ago
Great start to new series…Georgie wants a man to love her for herself not her money. Georgie is strong and capable woman who is afraid of losing control of her fortune to a fortune hunter. Benedict, temporarily in prison to gather information, is forced to not only marry Georgie, but to sign away any claim to her fortune. Georgie is surprised to see her new cleaned up husband at a society event. As they discuss how they can end their 'marriage', they both feel a very strong attraction to the other. Before long, Georgie is helping Benedict on his mission. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgallery. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. Even though I don't often read books with lots of sizzling scenes and some steamy ones, I enjoyed this book very much. I liked that Benedict was doing various things to earn money to support his brother and the family estate. I loved that Georgie was now the head of a large shipping company. I enjoyed this reversal of typical romance roles. Benedict's friends and Georgie's family are interesting characters as well. This is a fun read and I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Momma_Becky 14 days ago
To say that this one is a bit out there in terms of believability would be an understatement. The idea of a lady of some means secretly marrying a prisoner is farfetched at best. However, farfetched or not, The Earl of Mine is a fun adventurous romance. Georgie and Ben have terrific chemistry, and it was entertaining to follow their story as their relationship grew into something tangible. There is a bit of mystery with this love story, and it is based on historical fact, but it's little more than something for this pair to bond over. Nevertheless, the story is engaging and I certainly enjoyed the way this couple interacted. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but every once in a while, one catches my eye, and I'm glad this one did. Believable or not, it did make for some fun reading.
DebDiem 14 days ago
Some books are like an appetizer, some like the main course, some like dessert. This book is a whole buffet. This Earl Of Mine by Kate Bateman is a whole smorgasbord of delightful reading. Ms. Bateman has once more delivered a well-written book and furnished it with a cast of characters that are spectacular. Georgiana is rich, smart and trying to stay out of the clutches of her cousin. Benedict is a second son, war hero and working undercover for Bow Street when Georgiana convinces him to marry her while he's in prison. Benedict and Georgiana's story is packed with drama, humor, action, spice and suspense. I loved every page. The worst part of the book....yes, it ends. But hey, you can always read it again, right? I can't wait to read my next book from Kate Bateman. This Earl Of Mine is book 1 of the Bow Street Bachelors but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. Now where is the 6th star so I can finish this review? I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
PMorgan6 14 days ago
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I loved the two main characters, Georgie and Benedick. I loved their relationship and how it developed. I loved how Georgie was a strong woman, running her own company. And I loved that Benedict wasn't afraid to work in order to get out from beneath his father's debts. What I didn't like was there were too many story lines. There was too much going on: Georgie and Benedick with her cousin Josiah, Georgie and Benedick and the submarine and then there was her sister Julia and Simon. As a result the book got bogged down a little bit in the middle. Also the title confused me until the last page. I felt like that was thrown in there and totally unnecessary. I thank netgalley for the chance to review this book.
Tink4evr 14 days ago
A sterling start to this new series. Georgiana is strong willed and determined to take her future into her hands. Benedict becomes the unexpected husband to her while on a mission undercover. This is is a great story. They both took a risk and end up with forever. On the way there they have lots of fun discovering each other and solving crimes. Georgiana is a great character as she is strong, witty and beautiful. Ben is a gentleman despite his roguish reputation and fulfills her needs by loving her and making her smile. Looking forward to see his friends who made fun of him also fall in love.
NhaughtyV 14 days ago
4.5 Stars “He craved her when he’d never craved anyone or anything before…” Shipping heiress Georgiana “Georgie” Caversteed was raised by her father to be strong, independent, and to not settle for anything less than marry for love. After the tragic passing of her father, Georgiana knows that when a suiter looks at her, he sees nothing beyond the wealth she brings, but flees the second he sees that her father has a marriage contract clause that allows her the bulk of control of her finances. If that wasn’t enough, Georgiana has a devious cousin that will stop at nothing to gain control of her fortune. Taking matters into her own hands, Georgiana heads to Newgate prison with a plan to thwart her cousin and any other would be fortune hunter…marry a man sentenced to hang and become a widow. What could possibly go wrong? Benedict Wylde, second son of the late Earl of Morcott, is part of the Bow Street investigators and currently undercover as a prisoner at Newgate. When brought before a beautiful woman with an offer he can’t refuse, Wylde finds himself newly married to one of the richest women in the ton...and her left thinking he is one of the soon to be exiled prisoners. When a lie to protect becomes a lie to possess, Georgie and Wylde find themselves partners in a cat and mouse game of seduction…one where the winner gets something far greater than gold. This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman is a delightful historical romance I devoured! Look forward to reading more of this series and highly recommend! **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **
rlane 14 days ago
Georgiana is desperate to keep control of her life and fortune which propels her into a brash decision. She arranges to marry a convict, one scheduled for the gallows so that she’ll be a widow in control of her life and fortune instead at the mercy of her malicious cousin, Josiah, intent on marrying her for those purposes. Georgiana’s worried he’ll corner her, make a move that’s will lead to a ruined reputation if she doesn’t marry him. He’s already tried, and she doesn’t want to take any more chances. This guy was a sniveling creep, and I’m glad Georgiana stood up to him on more than one occasion, but he wasn’t one for taking a hint, let me tell you! Benedict isn’t a man to be manipulated, but the undercover nature of his assignment means he must hold his tongue. Yet, when the vows are spoken Benedict can’t help but show Georgiana the real man underneath with a smoldering kiss that neither will forget. Georgiana is about to get the shock of her life when her plans widowhood doesn’t go exactly as she expected! Neither Benedict or Georgiana want to be married, but it’s so much fun to see these two come to grips with the reality of their situation and the unexpected intense draw of desire between them. There’s an irresistible pull physically, but mentally they challenge and excite each other as well. Can this random chance marriage bond be an unexpected love match or are they on an inevitable road to heartbreak? I’m not an expert on this time period in history, and I’m not sure if it’s accurate that Georgiana had that level of independence as business savvy female, but I just loved it! Georgiana was a strong, smart woman, not willing to let being a woman limit her choices in life. Loved the chemistry between Georgiana and Benedict from their first meeting on! Which just happened to be when they marry. The romance between them was wickedly delicious, but I loved their friendship, too, as they paired together thwart the bad guys from Benedict’s original assignment. This Earl of Mine was a fun and steamy historical romance, one that I devoured and enjoyed! I can’t wait for the next Bow Street Bachelors installment!
Dutch_Wil 15 days ago
Review based on an ARC of K.C. Bateman's 'This Earl of Mine'] The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Wylde gets off on a wrong start during an age and social setting where lopsided liaisons are the very height of excitement for the decadent, scandal-loving 'ton', Britain’s high society during the late Regency period. Forced to safeguard her inherited wealth, keen businesswoman Georgiana 'Georgie' Caversteed needs a disposable marriage partner to ward off the advances of a particularly persistent and revolting suitor. Her expendable hubby-for-a-day Benedict 'Ben' Wylde, however, proves to be far less disposable than Georgiana had hoped. Unbeknownst to her, Ben -a decorated veteran of the Napoleonic Wars- is a member of the Bow Street Runners, Britain's first official police force. What starts off as a marriage of convenience that is just as awkward as it is inconvenient, becomes a highly original and intriguing mix of adventure and growing desire. Unexpectedly, Georgiana's and Ben's daily lives become entangled in a way neither could have foreseen. Speaking of entanglement, K.C. Bateman avoids clichés such as a mere hint of 'smoldering passion” that so often plague the historical romance genre, and lets her characters go far beyond the flashpoint that would melt granite. 'This Earl of Mine' is a historical romance, spy and adventure novel all rolled into one. Set against the backdrop of early 19th century London, K.C.'s background as an antiques expert, auctioneer and BBC-presenter shines through in all her novels. Intelligently written, funny, and featuring smart, feisty female protagonists, K.C. puts shedloads of background knowledge and research into each and every single one of her novels. She cleverly and convincingly weaves a fast-moving plot involving the world's first functional submarine and a number of historical figures, into her fiction. Even the character of Pieter, Georgie's stoic, loyal Dutch servant reminds me of my Dutch grandad. And being a bit of a London enthusiast myself, I particularly like the authentic portrayal of the posh, upscale district of Mayfair, and the dismal, grubby quaysides of the Isle of Dogs (before the 20th c. redevelopment into a multi-billion pound luxury residential area, that is). 'This Earl of Mine' is very well worth the read, and should be enjoyed with a nice cup of tea within reach whenever possible.
Charlotte-P 15 days ago
Georgie has to take the desperate step of looking for a husband in prison who would not have a say in her fortune or her future. She marries Benedict Wylde and believes they will not meet again. You will follow Benedict as he has to weigh up the life of running a club with 2 friends which he uses to support the family estate. Or take a chance on life with Georgie and all the exciting new adventures to come. This is a fast pace story with plenty of characters you may see in future stories. I was given an Arc of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Marta Cox 15 days ago
Three and a half This had a fairly simple plot with Georgie needing a husband who wouldn't really have any impact on her life so she's decided to marry a condemned man ! Ok that's not sounding particularly sane but her idea strangely has merit given the circumstances but it doesn't exactly go to plan and Georgie ends up wed to a convict bound for the colonies or is he ? Ben is under cover in prison and decides to humour Georgie given he does actually need some cash to help his brother but he has absolutely no idea of disappearing and pretty soon makes quite an impression on his reluctant bride ! This was a total romp and very funny at times. There's a little suspense included to show that Ben really is a good guy and of course an odious bad guy who deserves to get his comeuppance. I applaud the author on her research as it made it feel very much of its period with numerous references to books, songs, places and indeed historical characters. The dual points of view were seamless and extremely well done but for me the way these characters constantly thought about sex was totally overkill. I could almost excuse Georgie although sadly she actually felt too independent and contemporary. Plus in the Georgian period she would have had a guardian so I couldn't truly buy into the whole setup . As for Ben he is written as an experienced man of the world so unfortunately I wasn't impressed by his juvenile thoughts. I did enjoy the action packed ending and as I've stated this was most definitely a fun , light hearted read . This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.
trosado 15 days ago
4+ Stars! The beginning of this book had me hooked with a misguided and inauspicious start to a marriage-of-convenience romance. One of my favorite tropes and I really enjoyed it! The story was peppered with witty banter, nasty villains, and some swoon-worthy tension. It also had an original and intriguing idea for the hero's investigation as a Bow Street employee and it's link to the heroine. All of the characters were wonderful in the story. Maybe not the most accurate portrayal of an H/h of the times, but I loved both the honorable and rakish Benedict and the progressive, but highly feminine Georgiana. The secondary characters were equally fun, which made me excited to read the stories of Ben's closest friends, Alex and Seb, next. It was definitely compelling and a hard book to put down. With this being my first by the author, I'm looking forward to her back list and future releases.
astroyic 15 days ago
Charming! This is the first story that I have read by Kate Bateman and I can’t wait to read the next one! This story was a unexpected delight. It had fabulously crafted characters, that were engaging, full of warmth, intelligence and sexual tension that was off the charts. The plot was original, clever, full of witty banter, adventure, intrigue and swoon-worthy romance. This Earl of Mine is absolutely everything I want out of a romance. A cold hero with hidden depths, a spirited heroine who’s got dreams and ambition. And a plot that is consistent and compelling. As well as secondary characters that add to the story rather than distracting from it and most importantly the romantic and sexual tensions is off the charts. Loved it! Loved It! Loved It! Don’t miss this one!! Blessed to receive a early copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.