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In Bed with the Earl

Lost Lords of London, Book 1
Written by: Christi Caldwell
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins

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Publisher's Summary

“Sizzling, Witty, Passionate...Perfect!”

-Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author

Christi Caldwell, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Wicked Wallflowers series, combs London’s underground and finds romance and danger for a missing lord and the lady who loves him.

To solve a mystery that’s become the talk of the ton, no clues run too deep for willful reporter Verity Lovelace. Not even in the sewers of London. That’s precisely where she finds happily self-sufficient scavenger Malcom North, lost heir to the Earl of Maxwell. Now that Verity’s made him front-page news, what will he make of her?

Kidnapped as a child, with no memories of his well-heeled past, Malcom prefers the grimy spoils of the culverts to the gilded riches of society. Damn the feisty beauty who exposed the contented tosher to a parade of fortune-hunting matchmakers. How to keep them at bay? Verity must pretend to be his wife. She owes him.

The intimacy of this necessary arrangement - Verity and Malcom thrust together in close quarters - soon sparks an irresistible heat. But when the charade ends, the danger begins. Will love be enough to protect them from a treacherous plot devised to ruin them?

©2020 Christi Caldwell (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Exceptional... This series launch is an intoxicating romp sure to delight fans of historical romance." (Publishers Weekly starred review

"Sizzling, Witty, Passionate...Perfect!" (Eloisa James, New York Times best-selling author)

"Christi Caldwell writes a gorgeous book!" (Sarah MacLean, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author)

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  • Angelina S.
  • 19-03-20

Difficult for me to rate

Narration was great. And the story was awesome and interesting. The struggle is with the character of Verity who is so incredibly stupid that she is unrelatable. Over and over, she puts herself in dangerous situations for no reason other than she is an idiot. Also, when she meets the earl, she misses every sign of who he is. She is frustrating beyond words and makes it impossible to understand why the earl finds her attractive. She is also a Victorian version of the paparazzi- therefore extremely unlikable.

On the other hand, Tim Campbell’s performance of the earl is toe curling. The character of the earl is everything Verity isn’t. Smart, sexy, interesting and, yes, he has to keep saving her from her own stupidity.

I loved the earl, but hated Verity. Tough call to rate.

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  • Christine
  • 22-03-20

Brilliantly executed!

Thank you to The talented Christi Caldwell and the brilliant narrator, Tim Campbell ❣️ Wrackked with anxiety over Covid-19, her book,”In bed with the Earl,” was a welcome balm.

It is the flipside of Tristan’s story in “Courting Poppy Tidemore,” It reminded me of Julia Quinn’s “ mr. Cavendish, I presume” & “ The lost duke of Wyndham” --Telling the same story twice, the first time from one person’s point of you and then the next time from the other person’s point of view. As in those books, these two men were both victims, And it is in the brilliant telling of the story that this becomes poignantly clear.

Highly recommend!


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  • Trish R.
  • 21-03-20

Excellent..

I really liked this book, except for a couple of things. I don’t like reading about a woman who worries from day to day if they’d have enough to eat then read that she’s “plump.” The chances of anyone even being close to plump when food is scarce is crazy. AND I absolutely hate it when a woman is described as “five feet nothing,” and the hero is six feet four. “When she’s nose to nose her toes are on it and when she’s toes to toes her nose is on it.” That’s what I think of when she’s soooo short and he’s soooo tall. I mean, for Pete’s sake, picture it! She too short to even reach around his neck and he’s too tall to kiss her without bending his knees and bending over to reach her lips. I wish authors wouldn’t do that. BUT, that’s just my opinion!

Verity was nowhere near stupid. She made no stupid decisions and was very brave because she didn't take Malcom's crap. She was afraid of him but she wasn't stupid, IMO.

This was about an earl who was kidnapped as a small boy, Maxwell/Malcom, and taken to live in the Dials in London and was not discovered to be alive until he was in his 30’s, and even then he had a difficult time remembering who he really was and if he really wanted the life of the “ton” or if he wanted to stay in the sewers of the Dials. AND that’s where he met reporter Verity Lovelace.

There was sex in this book and the F-bomb was used 6 times.

As to the narrator: It doesn’t get any better than Tim Campbell. The man is a genius with accents.

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  • G.G.Gael
  • 20-03-20

In My Opinion...

... Angela S. is spot on in her review. Tim Campbell's performance of the earl is smoldering to incendiary. Verity's character is frustrating to aggravating to idiotic.

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  • Tracy
  • 06-05-20

Slightly steamy romance

This is a solid 4.5 star romance. It is slightly steamy. I took off a half a star for what I believed was the author being too wordy. While I liked the description of characters and scenes for me it could’ve been slightly shorter with the same quality. I will certainly read another book by her.

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  • Dr Scientist
  • 23-04-20

Narrator's voice was so perfect, yum

Story was cute, exactly what I look for in this genre. I've never had a male narrator for one of these books and it made all the difference! Loved it

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  • frances shelton
  • 23-04-20

Oh my !!!

It was a pages-turner read, why I could not read it previously, I needed a free-day devoted to this story.

Just a few sentences in Percival’s story and my heart was bleeding for him and the childhood he had been robbed once he became Malcolm North.
Malcolm is no more the sensible heir of an earldom, he has become a ruthless and merciless king of the underworld. Surviving the gutters, he has been stripped of any innocence and kindness he might have left after the brutal upbringing he was given.
Despite his apparent coldness, he is not the icy blooded monster everyone appears to think he has become. In his way, even if he keeps everyone at arm’s length, he shows concern for the weakest under his protection. Over the years, he has gleaned a bunch of broken souls and risk-takers, and whatever he might tell himself, they are his kin and from all those, he has won their indefectible loyalty.
Verity, without having the same dark past than Malcolm, was not cuddled in a classically portrayed family, she had been shunned for her mother’s sins, whose sin was to have loved and trusted the wrong man. A man who loved them too, but too weak to fully take care of them. Why at the young age of twelve she became her remaining family only support. From then, she worked her skin to elevate her circumstances, alas it is well-known women were seen as not fit for intellectual labors. And even if she is not one to cover, proving women’s worth is a challenge. And it is not prepared for the worst of the city, she runs head held high in the sewer and whatever are her mistakes, she fights like a hellion.

Both have experienced a good life with comfort or some until they find themselves with nothing left and must fend for themselves or sank.
Now together, they need to find their right place, she the illegitimate daughter and a woman, striving for acceptance in a world made by men for men and he the Earl raised in the slums of the city, to seek his bearing among his peers

Their story is one of the small trusts won one at a time until these morph to a deeper sentiment. Yet, with the past looming over them and some shadowy figures still ready to pounce, will their burgeoning feelings be enough.

As I came to learn with Mrs. Christi Caldwell’s work, she has it mapped out, her heroes have oft connection with previous works.
And here, she does not disappoint, while her heroes have not been seen previously, they are linked to another couple.
You can perfectly read this first in a series as what it is a standalone story, yet as I have read Courting Poppy Tidmore, I confess I adored watching a couple of heroes finds its epilogue.
And what a sweet epilogue with the best revenge ever.
I can only praise Mrs. Christi Caldwell for her so very unique insight into the historical period, far from the ballrooms and closer to the real people. She is the bearer of amazing tales that feed the reader a kaleidoscope of emotions.
5 stars for this tale of approval and embracing one’s true identity.

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  • Jennifer R.
  • 18-04-20

This book has a powerful message.

From the story line that Christie created to the performance by Tim, I feel honored to have read/listened to this fantastic book. The depth of the story, its characters depicted in the London underground were fascinating. Coupled with the glittering ballrooms above. You can't help but to be captivated at the end of the first chapter

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  • Joyce Reece
  • 04-04-20

Doing Fist Pumps

This story was so good and Tim Campbell’s performance so moving that I was doing fist pumps in the air during the final chapter. Thank you Christi Caldwell for this book which gives us a huge uplift when we really need it.

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  • Tricia Taylor
  • 26-03-20

Rags to Riches

I loved this story so much. An unlikely pair, I at first thought, but then realized they were perfectly matched! Enjoy a redemption and a fiery love.