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)
Expertly developed characters populate Conkle's powerful third Midnight Meetings historical set in Georgian England (after The Lady Meets Her Match). Lord Marcus Bowles, a marquis's brother, is banished to Northumberland because of his excessive drinking and gambling. When he stops to assist passengers repairing their damaged coach, he encounters Genevieve Turner, who met him previously at the Golden Goose tavern in London. The forthright, brave woman has come north to take an honorable position as a housekeeper at the home of Marcus's friend Samuel Beckworth. Samuel agrees to allow the wily yet charming Marcus to employ Genevieve if he'll join Samuel in a business venture to breed and sell horses. The intense attraction between Marcus and Genevieve is highlighted by sensuous interludes as they work together to make his home habitable, becoming both friends and lovers in the process. Though they're all witty banter on the surface, the undercurrent of their true feelings for each other becomes evident when Marcus risks his own safety to protect Genevieve from a dangerous man from her past. Romantic tension, clever repartee, and tender love scenes make Conkle's fast-paced historical a winner.