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In Bed with the Earl

(Lost Lords of London #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Christi Caldwell, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Wicked Wallflowers series, combs Londons underground and finds romance and danger for a missing lord and the lady who loves him.

To solve a mystery thats become the talk of the ton, no clues run too deep for willful reporter Verity Lovelace. Not even in the sewers of London. Thats precisely where she finds happily
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Montlake
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Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Being a woman in a historical romance in London kind of sucks and yet I find myself whisked away to another place and time anytime I pick up a book by Christi Caldwell. In Bed with the Earl, the first book in the Lost Lords of London series, is exactly my kind of tale with the headstrong female trying to break the norms of
Barbara Rogers
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: Lost Lords of London #1
Publication Date: 3/17/20
Number of Pages: 383

This first entry in the Lost Lords of London series introduces us to the first of the kidnapped children Connor Steele (The Vixen) has been commissioned to find. These are children of the ton who were kidnapped by the malicious, infamous Diggory. I thought maybe wed get a visit from Stephen who was one of those children and who was also a supporting character throughout the Wicked Wallflower series he was heavily
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Bed with the Earl
Lost Lords of London Series #1
Christi Caldwel
Release date 03/17/2020
Publisher Montlake Romance

Blurb :

To solve a mystery thats become the talk of the ton, no clues run too deep for willful reporter Verity Lovelace. Not even in the sewers of London. Thats precisely where she finds happily self-sufficient scavenger Malcom North, lost heir to the Earl of Maxwell. Now that Veritys made him front-page news, what will he make of her?
Diane K. Peterson
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Christi Caldwell writes such deeply emotional stories, and this one is no exception. Percival Northrup, heir to the Earl of Maxwell, is kidnapped as a child. Renamed Malcom North, he grows up in the sewers of London as a "tosher," someone who scavenges the sewers for lost treasure. When he is discovered to be the new earl as an adult, everyone in Polite Society wants to know his story. Verity Lovelace, the natural born daughter of an aristocrat, is barely able to provide for her ...more
Lady Heather

I like this story and the writing, but I had a hard time connecting with Verity and Malcolm's characters together (hence the reason it took me so long to finish this book).

Individually, the characters were amazing.
Verity was a smart, witty, and spunky character. Her sense of responsibility and honor was admirable.
Malcolm was a great broody character to meet.
Considering what happened to him as a child he still demonstrated compassion and empathy for those he considered his "associates".

Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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***4 STARS***

I enjoyed the romance between Malcolm and Verity.

This book holds one of my favorite plots in historical romance, that of the lost lord. Especially if he has been raised in the East End of London and is rough around the edges. Malcolm is a tosher, which I have to admit I had never heard of before this book. It is someone who scavenges in the sewers. This was so interesting because it explored the literal underworld of London. Although he has been wronged and stolen of his birthright
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.25 stars

In Bed with the Earl kicks off Christi Caldwell's brand new series, The Lost Lords of London. This series does connect with a couple of her older series, but In Bed with the Earl is a true standalone. This series is connected to the Wicked Wallflowers series, when Connor Steele embarks on his investigation on the lost lords. The actual investigation leading to Malcolm's discovery is not recounted in this book because it
Reporter Verity Lovelace will do whatever it takes to keep her position with The Londoner, even venture into London's sewers. She's determined to unravel the mystery every aristocrat is interested in: the whereabouts of the lost heir to the Earl of Maxwell. She's shocked to find the man, Malcom North, in those very sewers, having made a comfortable life for himself as a scavenger and with no intention of openly assuming his title. But when Verity betrays him and publishes his story in a futile, ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Bed with the Earl is everything I have wanted in a love story but didn't know it. The most imperfectly perfect characters tug at your heart strings in this tale of loss and love.

One of my favorite things about this book is the description of the characters. Verity is describes as a short, larger breast and wide hipped woman that is...gasp... thirty years old! Malcolm is described has having scars from his rough life and not quite classically handsome. yes, Yes, YES! I get so tired of the red
Carole Burant
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, in my opinion, this has got to be one of the best stories Christi Caldwell has ever written! Malcolm and Verity's story is filled with doing whatever it needs to survive, righting wrongs, memories returned, accepting the future, and oh, so much more. Malcolm is a hero like no other and even in his rage, he had my heart and I just wanted to hold him. Verity is a total spitfire and I absolutely adored her.

This is a story that will grip your interest from page one and with a couple of twists
*NetGalley Review All Opinions Are My Own*

What a fantastic start to a series I literally couldnt put it down, Verity & Malcolm are just magnetic!

I will reread this book as I enjoyed it that much!

5 Stars *****
Moony MeowPoff
Jan 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I didn't last more than 25% in the book, it wasn't my cup of tea. Sadly.
Could'nt connect with any of the characters and got somewhat confused here and there.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
In Bed with the Earl by Christi Caldwell is the First book in the Lost Lords of London Series. This is the story of Malcom North and Verity Lovelace. This is somewhat of a Spin off of the Wicked Wallflowers Series especially 'The Vixen' book where we learn that Connor Steele is looking for those past children that Diggory kidnapped. With that said, you don't need to have read that book or series (although it is a really good one!!) to enjoy this book. I just wanted to mention it in case you have ...more
Shoshanna Ford
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Christi Caldwell is back, baby! Holy Moses! I havent been the biggest fan of Christis latest books. They have kind of fallen flat for me. BUT this one makes up for them 100%.

Verity is a flawless heroine. She is magnetic, strong, and vibrant. I could not help but instantly fall in love with her. I was in her corner from page one. Not only is she in animated character with an intricate backstory and elaborate personality, she is a developing character. She
Brenda Hughes
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book! It begins with a small child being kidnapped from his home. Needless to say, I was entranced from the first page to the last. Many years later we meet Verity Lovelace, a reporter seeking to find the lost Earl of Maxwell. She enters the sewers of London in that search. There she comes upon Malcolm North, tosher and the ruler of the sewer. Trouble ensues and they wind up running for their lives. Malcom is drawn to Verify and her strength and ability to stand up to him. ...more
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pretend relationship tropes are one of my favorites. I love that moment when the relationship no longer feels pretend for the characters but begins to feel like something very real. I love all the confusing feelings and blurred lines when characters unexpectedly fall in love. All the questions they ponder. Whats real and whats fake. Was their heart involved or was it all pretend. It makes for a deliciously painful slow burn when two people who thought theyd never needed anyone else find they can ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Satisfying protagonists held my attentions!

Ok, not a dry eye in the house as the curtain closed on this first Lost Lords tale!
I do like the lost heir trope, and this has been one of the best I've read in a while. Original and refreshing. So all kudos to Ms Caldwell for her super addition to this genre.
I definitely am not going to be lurking in sewers anytime soon. These scenes are too realistic for me to be anything but thankful that I wasn't there. Talk about a heart in mouth scene.
The clash
Trish R.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really liked this book, except for a couple of things. I dont like reading about a woman who worries from day to day if theyd have enough to eat then read that shes 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 shes nose to nose her toes are on it and when shes toes to toes her nose is on it. Thats what I think of when shes soooo short and hes
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did like the main characters in this story, Verity was a brave woman who cares deeply for her sister. She doesnt back down easily and has a tendency to chatter. Verity is desperate to become recognised as a reporter for the newspaper. Not an easy task when women were disparaged for trying to earn a living in a mans world. Malcolm, the lost earl, has to come to terms with his new status. He hates weakness in himself and has become the man he is today through his own efforts. These two ...more
Chessela Helm
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set around the time of Poppy and Tristan's book, this book shows the other side of Tristan's story - the man becoming the Earl of Maxwell. It's interesting to meet him and see how he ticks. He makes a strong hero, and Verity is a great heroine. With neither of them raised in society there is less of the usual ton business going on. Rather, we focus on Verity trying to take care of her sister and servant, and Malcom trying to maintain his position as king of the sewers. Verity and Malcom have a ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Bed with The Earl is book one in the Lost Lords of London series by Christi Caldwell. Although it is a stand alone - truly, I recommend reading this book after Courting Poppy Tidemore. The character of Poppy and Tristan make an appearance at the end of In Bed with The Earl, and it is just a richer experience when you understand the greater depth and history of the tale. This book impacted me on a very deep level. I couldnt put it down. It left me enthralled and aching for more. Both of the ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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IN BED WITH THE EARL (Lost Lords of London Book #1) by Christi Caldwell is the first book in a new historical romance series that had me engrossed from page one!

While sick in bed and his parents dead, Percival Northrop is kidnapped and his life becomes a day to day struggle to survive in the St. Giles area of Victorian London. He blocks his memory of his younger life and learns the life of a tosher. He is now known as Malcolm North
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Percival Northrop, heir to the Earl of Maxwell went missing twenty years ago now there is a media frenzy, or a much of a frenzy as there could be in the early nineteenth century, to try to find the Lost Earl To solve a mystery thats become the talk of the ton, no clues run too deep for wilful reporter Verity Lovelace. Not even in the sewers of London & thats precisely where she finds happily self-sufficient scavenger or tosher Malcom North.
Percy now known as Malcom prefers the grimy
Lana Birky
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a MUST READ for all historical romance readers. The main characters have fought for survival for years and although, their horrible beginnings in the poor parts of London were different, they both believed in themselves to get them through each day, week & year. Christi Caldwell has the ability to write things so vividly that I could smell the stench of the sewers, I could hear the rats squeaking as they were making their way down the tunnels towards me & yes, I began to ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A strong heroine who has had to fight since a very young age to provide a living and a roof over their heads for a baby sister, nurse maid and herself. Shes always found herself at the mercy of the males in her life, especially trying to make it as a news reporter in a critical and restrictive society. And then theres the hero, a resourceful and determined heir to an Earl, kidnapped while a child and left to make his way in the underworld of London. Remembering nothing of his past, he is ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Bed With the Earl is the first book in a new series by Christi Caldwell. Judging by this book I'm looking forward to many more!
Verity Lovelace is the illegitimate child of an Earl. She's been working since she was 12 to support herself and her sister. She's worked her way up to reporter and when her story about the missing Earl of Maxwell is plagiarized by a male counterpart she's furious. So she does what any woman would do...she goes into the London sewers to find him.
Malcom North...the
Stephanie Panach
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I had so many feelings about this book. So many feelings. Malcolm North (formerly Percival Northam), heir to the Earl of Maxwell, was kidnapped as a child soon after his parents both died from an illness. He was also very sick at the time. Over time he became a Tosher - an individual who makes his way by scavenging the sewers. It isn't really clear how that happened exactly - but it seems like he ran away from those who kidnapped him and instead of living on the streets and stealing - he because ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love, love Christi Caldwell and when I received the book I was screaming in joy.
In this new series Lost Lords of London we are introduced to Malcolm his father was an Earl and both his parents died when he was very young. After their death little Malcolm was taken away from his home and taken to the bowels of london. It was so heartbreaking to read about his Life in the Sewers and how he trained himself to be a step ahead of all the danger.

Verity is born a bastard and has to take care of her
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the premise of this book very much, a young boy, Percival, the Earl of Maxwell, is kidnapped by a servant after his parents die, His relatives have schemed to rob him of his inheritance and he runs away from his captors to become a tosher in the sewers of London. He makes a life for himself there, and gets rich by his own hard work, and acquires a set of friends and associates on the way. Fowler, who showed him the ropes, the huge Bram and the one handed Giles. Now called Malcolm North, ...more
Sandra R
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well this was a beautifully written Historical Romance. You have to read it very slowly though, as each sentence is packed with information. Set sometime in the late Regency, early Victorian era - no exact date is given. A couple of other characters from Ms Caldwell's previous books make an appearance.

Our Hero, Malcom, lost heir to an Earldom, works as a tosher in the sewers of London, after being kidnapped as a child and dumped on the streets of London. Verity, our heroine, is the bastard
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