Lord Gray's List

Author: Maggie Robinson

Publisher: Kensington

Release Date: October 30, 2012

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5.0


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At thirty, Baron Benton ‘Ben’ Gray keeps himself in shape by fencing, rather than boxing at Gentleman Jack’s. A sport using his fist is too reminiscent of his abusive father’s activities. Until his father’s death, when Ben was still a child, Ben and his mother had suffered under his heavy hand and the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness had still not completely gone away. His father had been famous for his temper, so Ben tries to remain affable at all times. But the one thing that could ruin that mood was the London List, a popular news rag that is published every Tuesday. It has something for everyone, but it seems that Ben has starred in almost every issue. Tired of having his life on the front page of the paper, he decides to go down to the newspaper office and confront the publisher. Checking the paper, he could not help noticing the coincidence of the publisher having the same surname as his past lover. But then, as is usually the case, he discovers there is no such thing as coincidence as the man bent over the printing press turns around and Benton comes face-to-face with Evangeline, his ex-lover, clad in manly attire.

Ten years ago at the age of twenty-two, Evangeline ‘Evie’ Ramsey had turned down Ben’s proposal. Years later, she returned to London to take over running the newspaper that her father had won in a card game. Knowing she could not be productive at running her paper as a female, she chopped off her hair, donned men’s clothing and assumed the name ‘Mr. Ramsey.’ So far, everyone has believed her ruse. However, when she first returned to London, she had been upset to see Ben’s frivolous lifestyle, as he went from one mistress to another, especially after he had declared his undying love to her when he proposed. Needing retribution, she began writing articles about him, and Ben, with his wild rakehell antics, was very accommodating about providing fodder for her paper. His scandalous behavior has helped make her paper profitable, so, after two years, she is finally making money and paying off some of the massive debts left by her father’s gambling losses and his subsequent medical bills. Now, suffering from Alzheimer’s, her father stays at home and has his good days and his bad days, under a nurse’s care.

Coming face-to-face with Evie, Ben finds their years apart slipping away and he is hit with desire for her, despite her close-cut hair, men’s clothing and sharp tongue. But he is also tired of being the joke of London, as everyone eagerly anticipates the next issue of the London List and his latest antics. Soon things turn heated and Ben, who has been against marriage, finds himself falling in love. But their past together has put Evie off of marriage. After confronting Evie, Ben gets the idea to purchase the paper and shut it down, but she refuses to sell. So he goes behind her back to her father, who accepts his offer. But when his intention to shut down the paper becomes widely known, her readers and advertisers protest, appearing right on his doorstep. So he rehires Evie and starts the paper again. The only problem is they cannot be in the same room without sparks flying and passion flaring, despite Evie’s attempts to keep everything professional. How long can Ben bear to work side-by-side with the woman he can’t forget?

When they were younger, Evie turned down his marriage proposal because she desired security and she believed that Ben was following in her father’s gambling footsteps. Can she trust him now, or does his rakehell antics prove her right?

A deliciously sexy tale, LORD GRAY’S LIST, the first novel in exceptional author Maggie Robinson’s LONDON LIST series, is a fun,passionate historical romance that is sure to captivate readers from the very first page.  Reading it kept me up late into the night as I could not put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting, but the loss of sleep was well worth it. A fan of Ms. Robinson’s work, I cannot pass up one of her books and I am so glad I read this one. As Ben works beside Evie, he finds himself enjoying his new profession and coming to the aid of those in trouble, something she has been doing all along. I could not help rooting for these two, who seem to be made for each other. Combining sassy humor, engaging characters, steamy sensuality, witty repartee, delectable scandals, surprising plot twists, second chances and true love, Ms. Robinson has penned a winning novel that readers will not soon forget. As I eagerly await the next book in this exciting, new series, be sure to get your own copy of LORD GRAY’S LIST. If you are looking for a terrific story with plenty of heat and humor, this is the one for you. Do not miss it!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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