Review & Giveaway: The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

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Review & Giveaway: The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review & Giveaway: The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina ConkleThe Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Series: Midnight Meetings #3
Published by Dreamscape Media, LLC on December 5, 2017
Format: audiobook
Genres: historical romance
Length: 12 hours and 29 minutes
Source: Barclay Publicity
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three-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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Lord Marcus Bowles has stained his family's reputation for the last time. Only after spending a scandal-free year restoring some far-flung property can this second son return in good graces. But Marcus isn't one to abandon a lone damsel on a dark country lane.

One stolen kiss and Genevieve Turner's handsome midnight savior disappears. Typical. No matter, Gen is finally on the way to her new post, and hopefully to finding her grandmother as well. Instead she finds her mischievous hero is her new employer. Surely a few more kisses won't hurt...

Midnight Meetings Series:
Meet the Earl at Midnight (Book 1)
The Lady Meets Her Match (Book 2)
The Lord Meets His Lady (Book 3)

Can the scoundrel second son, Lord Marcus Bowles, and Genevieve Turner, a woman of ill-repute, find happiness? Or will his roguish ways and her dark past forever tear them apart? Fans of Tessa Dare’s Twice Tempted by a Rogue will love this sensual read releasing December 2017 from Sourcebooks Casablanca.

 

 

  • Character: hero 4/5, heroine 4/5, secondary characters 2.5/5, growth 4/5, real 5/5  I really like both main characters. Marcus and Genevieve are trying to become better people and their journey is very interesting to follow. I don’t like Sam at all, who supposedly is Marcus best friend. Sam had his own agenda and he was very manipulative. Both Marcus and Gen have a huge development throughout the story. They felt real.
  • Cover: art 5/5, title 3/5, subtitle 4/5, color-font 5/5, buy 3/5  I love the cover art, but I don’t love the title that much. I’m uncertain if I would buy this book without reading the blurb first. I love the colors and the font.
  • Freshness:  This story feels original and different from most of what is out there. There are not many historical books that will create a story about a lady of loose morals.
  • Plot: believable 2.5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 3/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 3.5/5, opening 5/5, pace 3/5, setting 3.5/5, subplots 3/5, twists 4/5  I have mixed feelings here. But there were more good than bad. This is an overall good plot. It has a great beginning, a good ending and an amazing conflict. The story is loosely based in a retelling of The Red Riding Hood and is creative.
  • Romance: believable 2/5, chemistry 3.5/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 4/5 Even though I didn’t find believable their romance, it is very well written. It has great smut and the couple’s chemistry is good. It developed in a good pace within the story.

 

 

  • Addictiveness: I had trouble with the pace of the story and I stopped a few times while listening to it.
  • Character: I have to mention Sam here. He is a secondary character, but he has a huge role in the story. I didn’t like him at all and I’m shocked he was presented as a best friend and as someone who was doing good.
  • Romance: I also have to mention that even though I have enjoyed the romance, I don’t think it was believable. The reality is that Gen, whom I adored, was a prostitute. I can’t believe in those days a lord marrying a woman of loose morals.
  • Writing Style: There was a lot of melodrama, maybe a bit too many subplots going on. Also I had trouble with the pace.

 

Even though the book is the third of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read any of the books from the series prior to this one and I have completely understood the story.

I like the narrator’s voice and I believe she has added to my experience with this book.

This is a loose interpretation of The Red Riding Hood and I think it was very creative. The author incorporates some of the most important characters in a brand new way.

Overall 

  • Action 3/5
  • Angst 4.5/5
  • Darkness 2/5
  • Humor 0/5
  • Romance 4/5
  • Suspense/Mystery 3/5
  • Would I recommend? I would recommend the book for those that are following the series.
  • Would I re-read this book?  I don’t know.
  • Would I re-read this series? I don’t know.
  • Would I read more from the author? Yes.

You MAY read this book because you enjoy fairy tales retelling; you SHOULD read this book because you like historical; you MUST read this book for an original historical romance!!!

 

 

“Have you kissed her yet?” Samuel asked.

Marcus and Samuel rode along the pasture’s perimeter with an eye to the cottage. Miss Turner’s vibrant red cloak stood out against mellow sandstone. Shovel in hand, she jabbed the earth with determined thrusts. The weeds didn’t stand a chance.

“I assume we’re speaking of my housekeeper.” Marcus halted Khan. “A hardworking, respectable woman of excellent character. She’s done a fine job with Pallinsburn. I wouldn’t besmirch her honor with talk like that nor should you.”

Samuel rode on, his shoulders bouncing with laughter. “And every night she ascends to heaven on angel’s wings.”

If his friend saw right through him, how soon before others did?

“Came on strong, did I?”

Samuel pinched a small space between his thumb and forefinger. “A little.”

He urged his horse forward. “I don’t want her reputation damaged.”

“Should’ve thought about that before making her your housekeeper. People will talk.”

Marcus searched Miss Turner out again, a gust boxing his ears like some admonishing aunt.

Was it so wrong to want to help a woman in need?

His housekeeper cleared the last weedy invaders off his front step. Her serious exterior belied deep-seated passion, evidenced in the way she dove into every task. The enthusiasm fascinated him.

And yes, he admired her other parts.

“What will people talk about? Her youth?” he retorted.  “Does a woman have to be long in the tooth to hold a decent position?”

“No, but it’d help if you were toothless. Or married.” Samuel stared ahead, the wind assaulting his queue. “We don’t set the rules, but we both know them.”

“You hired her, and you’re not a married man.”

Samuel’s gaze pinned him. “Nor do I have your unsavory reputation.”

“I’d wager my housekeeper has more honor, more determination in her little finger than any woman of my acquaintance,” he said fiercely. “Who I am should have no bearing on her.”

“Me thinks you doth protest too much…or whatever that drivel is. A clear sign you have it bad for her, but haven’t touched her. Yet.”

Why did Samuel hunt for sordid details? Likely he’d seen through Miss Turner with her low-cut bodices and saucy skirts. Didn’t matter. She worked hard. He didn’t care if she fit the proper housekeeper stamp or not.

He ought to buy a dull grey gown for her, if only to aid her reputation. Smiling against his collar, he guessed she wouldn’t wear it. Nor should she have to. One look at his red-cloaked gardener and he was certain of one thing: he’d do his anything to keep his friend, or any man, on the straight and narrow when it came to Miss Turner. She deserved a fresh start.

His housekeeper had nabbed a piece of his heart.

But the afternoon ride wasn’t meant to discuss his housekeeper’s allure. Samuel pulled his hat low, failing to look him in the eye.

“Quoting Shakespeare,” Marcus said. “You must be reading with Adam again.”

 

Copyright © 2017 The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

 

 

 

Midnight Meetings #1

Review & Giveaway: The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina ConkleMeet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle
Series: Midnight Meetings #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 6, 2014
Genres: historical romance
Pages: 384
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Series Rating: four-stars

It's going to take a Beast to tame this Beauty

Enigma Earl. The Phantom of London. That's what the gossip pages call Lord Edward Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn't show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, no wonder Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.

While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she's decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn't interested in marriage. She'd prefer to remain unmarried and spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she'll have to set aside her fear of the earl and discover the man hiding behind the beast.

Will Edward and Lydia's greatest discovery be each other before time runs out?

 

Midnight Meetings #2 

Review & Giveaway: The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina ConkleThe Lady Meets Her Match by Gina Conkle
Series: Midnight Meetings #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 7, 2015
Genres: historical romance
Pages: 384
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Series Rating: four-stars

Locating Her Is Only Half The Battle...

Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight, and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all...

 

 

Midnight Meetings #2.5

Review & Giveaway: The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina ConkleMeet the Rogue at Midnight by Gina Conkle
Series: Midnight Meetings #2.5
Published by Dragonblade Publishing on October 17, 2017
Genres: historical romance
Pages: 107
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Series Rating: four-stars

A Saved Scoundrel…

Jonas Bacon Braithwaite wants to make peace with his grandfather before departing England. Once Nottinghamshire’s favorite trouble-maker, he’s since become an upstanding man of honor. But, the lushly curved thief hiding in his bedchamber makes him think twice about one last conquest.

A Stubborn Siren…

Livvy Halsey bristles at life’s rules. Always has. Sneaking into the Braithwaite house to reclaim a treasured family heirloom is one way she upends the conventional life that awaits her. Duty demands she marry. But what harm is there in having a little fun with her childhood friend before the Twelfth Night ends?

And Twilight Temptation…

Stolen kisses fan hot flames. Surprising passion intertwines with friendship…but will it be enough to last forever?

 

 

 

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three-half-stars

About Gina Conkle

Gina Conkle writes lush Viking romance and sensual Georgian romance. Her books always offer a fresh, addictive spin on the genre with the witty banter and sexual tension that readers crave. She grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, Gina loves books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now she lives in Michigan with her favorite alpha male, Brian, and their two sons where she’s known to occasionally garden and cook.

Rating Report
Addictiveness
three-stars
Character
three-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Freshness
four-stars
Plot
three-half-stars
Romance
three-half-stars
Writing Style
three-stars
Overall: three-half-stars