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Meet the Earl at Midnight

(Midnight Meetings #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  849 ratings  ·  151 reviews
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 h
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 4 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3 Stars
Ending ~ 4 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 4 Stars

This was a surprisingly delightful read about a young woman who is traded by her stepfather to cover a debt owed to Lord Edward the Earl of Greenwich. Lord Edward is also known as "The Phantom of London", due to the fact that he does not show his face in society. The deal was that Lydia would marry him so tha
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Gina Conkle but it sure won’t be the last!! Meet the Earl at Midnight was an amazing book full of so much more then a quick romance. The two main characters, Edward and Lydia are two very different but similar people in many ways. They are from different stations in life, however neither really care what society says about them. Edward is “The Phantom of London.” He gains that title, among others, after he has a horrific run in with pirates. Edward is an Ear ...more
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This is an AUDIO review, so the narration factors into the overall grade, which is a B-, broken down as B+ for narration and C for content at AAR.

It should be noted that I listened to this audio and wrote this review some months before reading the next book in this series, The Lady Meets Her Match

I selected this title for review solely because Marian Hussey is the narrator. I’ve listened to her a couple of times recently and was very impressed with her performances in Brenda Joyce’s Splendor and
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Disclosure: I requested this ARC from Netgalley. Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Gina Conkle for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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Edward and Lydia are an unconventional set of main characters. He loves science more than anything else and she loves art more than anything else.

And Gina Conkle's novel has a very unconventional way of storytelling: I imagine it like a house full of closed doors where many questions are posed at every opportunity. The doors open eventuall
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
A scarred botanist and an independent-minded artist
My first by the author and I admit to being surprised, in a good way.
The MCs are well etched, worthy and fresh as is their version of the 'beauty and the beast'.
Their interactions hold interest and then a necessary dose of angst is stirred in, at the end.

I only wish the h understood his need to travel, better. For one who's so passionate about her art, she's blind to his aspirations. Yes, the epilogue takes care of it (view spoiler)
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

'If a woman's old enough to wear a corset, she's old enough to know midnight meeting's spell trouble.'
Well that opening salvo certainly grabbed my attention.
Bargained off to meet her stepfather's debts and to keep her mother safe, Lydia Montgomery decides to meet Lord Sandford, the Earl of Greenwich's demands, with her own strings attached!
Edward's passion is for uncovering the secrets of exotic plants. He has decided to set his things in order, get himself a wife and heir, before
Lady Wesley
More like 3.5 stars. It took me a long time to finish this one, which usually means that I'm not loving it. But -- not hating it either. ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Setting: England, 3/27/1768
Genre: Romance
This is a review of the audio format, so forgive any misspellings of character or place names.
Edward Sanford, Earl of Greenwich, has 3 months to get and impregnate a wife, as he is scheduled to depart on a 3 year mission. Because he was recently jilted by a woman of his class due to his scarring, he is reduced to bargaining for the step-daughter of a larcenous clerk in his employ. Lydia, not even apprised of the situation, refuses to cooperate. Then Lord
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Meet the Earl at Midnight is a sweet, Historical Romance, retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Lydia's stepfather essentially trades her womb in exchange for some of his and his son's debts. The earl of Greenwich, Edward, is on a tight schedule and needs an heir. He hasn't been able to find a bride, since he's known as a hermit, never going out into Society. Even if it weren't for his scarred face, he still probably wouldn't venture out, so this arrangement suit
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
First Thoughts: It's flirty, enticing and a great read! This is my second book from this author and I can't wait to read the next book in the Midnight Meeting series!

Meet the Earl at Midnight was a fun read about two characters who even though they were of a different class they were still very similar. It sort of draws off a little from the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. Edward, Lord Sanford is known as Lord Phantom because her never shows his face at any of the ton society balls. He was ma
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beauty and the Beast theme is a favorite of a mine so when I read the synopsis of this book I knew I had to read it. Edward is scarred and is happy being basically a recluse working with his plants however he needs a wife and heir. Lydia is betrothed to Edward without her knowledge which of course infuriates her. She is a strong person and is not about to sit back and let her life be dictated to by her stepfather. However she agrees, reluctantly, to go along with the betrothal. I really enjoyed ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I'm stopping this at 31%. I just don't want to pick it up again at this time. It was too much work to read and digest. The storytelling style is different and may work for some people, but it was too circuitous for me. I like description but still a constant forward motion--this story meandered a little too much and I found myself getting lost often. ...more
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Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great retelling of Beauty and the Beast, set in the Georgian era. Once I started, I couldn't put it down.

My Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Mrs. N
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bored.... I agreed it’s also plodding

I tried so hard to like this book and I did in the very beginning when Edward was a beast hiding his face and disagreeable. But then it was all pleasantries and easy going overly descriptive crap. Not much happened that went anywhere. Very frustrating and I was 8+hours in before the first kiss and since that was over 75% I skipped to the live scene and if wasn’t even that great.. DNF the final 1/8 of the book
Apr 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A captivating twist on Beauty and the Beast! Actually rated 4.5! Taken from my review at

Edward Seton, the Earl of Greenwich, appears often in the scandal sheets. Avoiding society, he is referred to as the Phantom of London and the Greenwich Recluse, among other names. A well-known scientist, he disappeared from society years ago and is rarely seen out during the day. Some believe he suffers from madness and others think he is horribly disfigured due to disease. Respectable ma
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Regency romance . First in the series . Hero is Edward . Heroine is Lydia
Edward is “The Phantom of London.” He gains that title, among others, after he has a horrific run in with pirates. Edward is an Earl in London and cares not for his title and standings in society. He is in love with science and all that it has to offer, that is until a need to have an heir starts to become unavoidable. Lydia is the step-daughter to a man that works for the Earl. She is also the pawn in a man’s world after
Debbie McCreary
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meet the Earl at Midnight is the first book in Gina’s new series, Midnight
Meetings. Unfortunately, this meeting is for the bargaining of Miss
Lydia Montgomery for payment for debts. As Lydia is dragged from her bed in the middle of the night by her stepfather, she is brought to a dark room in an inn. Still in a sleepy fog, she is expecting to help her step-brother get out the trouble.. Instead, she finds 2 men waiting for them. When her stepfather addresses one man as
“Milord” she recognizes the
Blodeuedd Finland
It's not often I come across a hero like this. Half his face normal, the other side filled with scars. He does not want to go out in society, he can't get anyone to marry him.

There is our story, he needs a woman and an heir. Luckily he finds Lydia, a spinster, an artist, a woman who says what she wants. But who needs to save her family. While Edward is a scientist and now a recluse. I liked him. And I sure wanted Lydia to save him, for him to move on, for them to be happy.

Most of the book, and t
Nola Arganbright
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received my copy of the Meet The Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle as a Get Well gift in January when I broke my arm. What an amazing gift to recover with.
Gina has such a gift for bringing life to her characters. I realize that the story is based on the story of Beauty and the Beast but the reader becomes so involved in the characters and their world that any flaws just evaporate. Lydia and Lord Sanford drove me mad! I was talking to them as I read and messaging Gina-- Why! When? The replies of
Erica Chilson
5 stars.

Meet the Earl at Midnight was a delight to read. I was thoroughly engaged, reading the book cover to cover in one sitting (which was a feat, as it wasn't a short book). Gina Conkle is a new-to-me author, who I found when I was awarded the pleasure to read the second book in this series for review. I purchased the first (Meet the Earl at Midnight) in order to be caught up, and was pleasantly surprised.

Gina Conkle's writing style was mature, written in a way to lend to historical accurac
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

This Beauty and the Beast style story set in Georgian England starts in a most intriguing fashion and continues to draw you in to the push and pull relationship that grows between Lydia and Edward.

Lydia is a very lively heroine, and I certainly admired her directness. She's not the type of woman to be easily cowed and when faced with the mysterious 'Phantom of London' in the middle of the night, she holds her ground and her composure. Lydia doesn't wish to
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a solid 4-star read. I greatly enjoy stories with the Beauty and the Beast theme and I think having the "beast" as a scientist was a fun twist. Edward is not just beastly for his appearance but much more for his lack of attention to the social niceties. He is so caught up in research and a desire to stretch the limits of his field that he has sequestered himself and forgotten the other responsibilities he carries in his life. I enjoyed the build up of attraction and feelings between the ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
I didn’t like it. I’m not really sure why but it didn’t took hold of me one bit.
The main point may be that I didn’t like the main character. Edward I just thought dull and not really worth the effort and Lydia was boring and sometimes downright dislikeable. The side characters weren’t any better, his mother was especially disagreeable. So I couldn’t sympathize with any of them and never became interested in their story.
But maybe it also just wasn’t the right time for me to read this bo
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet, charming, and romantic, Meet the Earl at Midnight was a wonderful historical romance read. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was absolutely lovely.

Lydia was a good heroine. She was strong, clever, and determined to follow her dreams. She could be a bit stubborn at times and she did some dumb stuff, but it were always done with the best of intentions, so it didn't bother me too much. Overall, I liked her.

Edward was also wonderful. He was very smart and much more interested in his scie
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An enticing historical romance take on Beauty and the Beast, Meet the Earl at Midnight lived up to all my expectations and more. This is the second book I’ve read by Gina Conkle and I knew I would not be disappointed. I fell in love with Earl Greenwich and Lydia Montgomery from their first midnight meeting to the very end of the story. Edward Greenwich devilishly sexy and stubborn mixes well with Lydia’s feisty spirit.
Half of Earl Greenwich’s face has been left scarred and his reputation has le
Jul 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast is one of my catnips, so of course I just had to read "Meet the Earl at Midnight". Now, I wish I hadn't. Everything about this novel was dull, plodding, one-dimensional and boring - the storytelling, the characters, the prose. Although this wasn't execrable, it wasn't a good book.

The tone of the novel didn't seem to match the 18th century setting. Characters don't talk, act or dress in the manner they should for this time period. Speaking of characters, both L
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is Gina Conkle's entertaining debut, the first in her Midnight Meetings series.

Edward, earl of Greenwich, needs an heir. After his older brother’s untimely death and a self-imposed deadline, Miss Lydia Montgomery, a commoner, will have to do especially since it will also settle her stepfather’s debt. Of course, she has no say in the matter and, as is common in this genre’s time period, there are themes of the manipulation of women.

“Her womb was a negotiation piece.”

Lydia is an on-the-shelf
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MEET THE EARL AT MIDNIGHT by Gina Conkle is a unique Georgian Historical Romance set in 1768 England. #1 in the "Midnight Meetings" series. What a beginning! A new and unique take on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. A beautiful, romantic tale of love, passion, secrets, beastly reputations, scandal, and happiness.
This is the tale of Lydia Montgomery and Earl Edward Greenwich and a meeting at midnight. Edward, is disfigured, Lydia, has such un-lady like behavior, but she is determined to tame the Phantom of
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“The warm wool blanket dropped to the floor, and Lydia set her hand in the earl’s firm grip. She stuck her foot outside, but awareness wasn’t with her. That cavernous black doorway claimed her attention, and therein was her problem. Trouble came in mere seconds, as it usually did for her. The step was slick. She slipped. The sole of her leather shoe slid off the step’s edge. “Oww!” she yelped as her foot banged the graveled drive hard. Legs buckling, down she went, like a graceless sack of flour. What’s worse, she slammed into the earl, her shoulder punching his midsection. “Ooomph!” Lord Sanford grunted but moved quickly to save her from falling all the way to the ground. Her face mashed against leather and linen. Strong hands held her arms. At least she didn’t knock the earl down. Grabbing for purchase, her fingers touched warm wool…buttons…skin. Her face pressed into fabric, she murmured, “I’m so very sorry.” Lydia tried to right herself, but relief turned to horror: she was a mortified eye level with the pewter buttons of Lord Sanford’s breeches. Stalwart English mist snapped sense into her. That and seeing his placket bunched low in her fist. Her fingers grazed smooth flesh. Another, more interesting sliver of Lord Sanford’s skin was exposed: pale, intimate skin just below his navel. Lydia yanked back her hand, and a pewter button went flying. “Oh no!” she cried as humiliating heat flared across her face and neck. “Miss Montgomery? Are you injured?” Lord Sanford asked above the wind, slowly lifting her up. He sounded unperturbed at having a woman’s hand on the front of his breeches. hands on the front of his breeches.” 1 likes
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