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A case of secret identities finds reunited lovers on opposite sides of the law in this fun, flirty Regency romance. There's only one case Bow Street agent Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, hasn't cracked: the identity of the mysterious woman who stole a kiss from him before he left for war. He's neither forgotten--nor forgiven--her for leaving him wanting. When he starts invest A case of secret identities finds reunited lovers on opposite sides of the law in this fun, flirty Regency romance. There's only one case Bow Street agent Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, hasn't cracked: the identity of the mysterious woman who stole a kiss from him before he left for war. He's neither forgotten--nor forgiven--her for leaving him wanting. When he starts investigating the Nightjar, an elusive London jewel thief, he keeps running into the alluring Emmy Danvers, who stirs feelings he hasn't felt in years. Even though Emmy's loved Alex for years, she can't risk revealing her heart, or her identity as the Nightjar. With Alex on her case, Emmy knows that her secrets are in danger of being discovered. Their cat and mouse game heats up with every interaction, but when Emmy's reputation--and life--is at risk, will Alex realize that some rules are made to be broken for love?


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A case of secret identities finds reunited lovers on opposite sides of the law in this fun, flirty Regency romance. There's only one case Bow Street agent Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, hasn't cracked: the identity of the mysterious woman who stole a kiss from him before he left for war. He's neither forgotten--nor forgiven--her for leaving him wanting. When he starts invest A case of secret identities finds reunited lovers on opposite sides of the law in this fun, flirty Regency romance. There's only one case Bow Street agent Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, hasn't cracked: the identity of the mysterious woman who stole a kiss from him before he left for war. He's neither forgotten--nor forgiven--her for leaving him wanting. When he starts investigating the Nightjar, an elusive London jewel thief, he keeps running into the alluring Emmy Danvers, who stirs feelings he hasn't felt in years. Even though Emmy's loved Alex for years, she can't risk revealing her heart, or her identity as the Nightjar. With Alex on her case, Emmy knows that her secrets are in danger of being discovered. Their cat and mouse game heats up with every interaction, but when Emmy's reputation--and life--is at risk, will Alex realize that some rules are made to be broken for love?

30 review for To Catch an Earl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Addie H

    Is anyone else having uncharacteristic reading reaction to this world crisis? I would think having all this extra time in lockdown by myself I would plow through books. Instead I can’t focus for more than 15 minutes and it has taken me several weeks just to get through a few of them. But we will get through this – so stay inside and be safe! NB: Spoiler free ARC review – expected publication June 30th 2020 (Tropes: Class Difference, Work Relationship, Mistaken Identity/Disguise, Forbidden Love, Se Is anyone else having uncharacteristic reading reaction to this world crisis? I would think having all this extra time in lockdown by myself I would plow through books. Instead I can’t focus for more than 15 minutes and it has taken me several weeks just to get through a few of them. But we will get through this – so stay inside and be safe! NB: Spoiler free ARC review – expected publication June 30th 2020 (Tropes: Class Difference, Work Relationship, Mistaken Identity/Disguise, Forbidden Love, Second Chance Romance) ***** ”I truly wish we’d met under different circumstances, Lord Melton. But the fact of the matter is, I’m-“ “A criminal?” he supplied smoothly. She inclined her head but refused to admit it out loud. “And you’re-“ “Not?” “Indeed. So we shall ever be on opposite sides. Like Wellington and Napoleon. But I like to think we could have been friends.” ***** This book felt a bit flat to me. It had its ups and it had its downs. On average it was defiantly an ok read, I just wish it was more. A criminal and Bow Street Runner, who are both part of the ton, is defiantly appealing, and made for refreshing scenery. The banter and cat-and-mouse game was amusing, and it was clear they both enjoy it. The sexual chemistry sizzled, but the lack of romance and tenderness made it a bit disappointing. At times the sexy times crossed into coarse and my rose-tinted balloon would deflate. I expected more. More clever banter, more subterfuge, more romance. But it never really fulfilled its potential. 3 stars ***** - He’d always suspected faith was a perverse bitch, but even he couldn’t have predicted this cruel twist. Of course his mystery woman would be the prime suspect in a series of impossible crimes. And of course she would be beautiful, in that subtle, understated way that had always appealed to him most. - Without Harland’s electrifying presence, the whole evening felt like flat champagne that had lost its fizz. Life was no fun without someone to annoy. Or evade. - “You are the most aggravating woman I have ever had the misfortune to encounter.” “And you are the most irritating man.” She forced herself to hold his gaze. She understood this game; to close her eyes would be to admit defeat, and she refused to flinch fist. She kept her eyes on his as he brought his fingers along her jaw, just daring her to move, and his hand was so large, he touched both earlobes at the same time. - “Let’s try something new, shall we? I call it ‘honesty.’ It’s where you say things that are true. I’ll start, if you like. I’m hard as a rock for you right now.” Her mouth dropped open. - “You’re mine now, Emmy Danvers. I will never release you. Not even if you begged me on your knees. Not even if you fucked me all night.” - She was Icarus, flying too close to the sun, Persephone being dragged down int the underworld. She didn’t care. This might be a disaster, but it was a glorious, glittering, incendiary disaster. A crazy blur o seeking limbs and hot mouths in the dark.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I really wanted to love To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman, but I found it to be extremely hard to get into. It took me almost two weeks to finish, which is nearly unheard of for me. I found Emmy to be a frustrating character. First of all, if you have a very distinct, personalized perfume, why on earth would you wear it before stealing something extremely valuable?? It was just a TSTL move, and I was smacking my face. It was like she wanted to get caught. She kept doing things like that, just rev I really wanted to love To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman, but I found it to be extremely hard to get into. It took me almost two weeks to finish, which is nearly unheard of for me. I found Emmy to be a frustrating character. First of all, if you have a very distinct, personalized perfume, why on earth would you wear it before stealing something extremely valuable?? It was just a TSTL move, and I was smacking my face. It was like she wanted to get caught. She kept doing things like that, just revealing herself over and over again. I also didn't like her crimes, which weren't "crimes for noble reasons" but rather just straight up thievery. I didn't find them to be charming. I also thought the chemistry between the two MCs was lacking. It just felt forced. To Catch an Earl never grabbed me, and, unfortunately, it was a unmemorable read for me. goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    2.5 stars I just couldn't get into this one unfortunately—I'm not sure if it was the concept or the lack of grounded attraction between the two love interests, but this was a miss for me. Characters: ★★★ Pacing: ★★★ Enjoyment: ★★ To Catch an Earl is the second book in the Bow Street Bachelors series, but as with many romance series this can be read as a standalone. Alex Harland, the Earl of Melton, is on the case: a notorious jewel thief, the Nightjar, is stealing certain prized jewels from around E 2.5 stars I just couldn't get into this one unfortunately—I'm not sure if it was the concept or the lack of grounded attraction between the two love interests, but this was a miss for me. Characters: ★★★ Pacing: ★★★ Enjoyment: ★★ To Catch an Earl is the second book in the Bow Street Bachelors series, but as with many romance series this can be read as a standalone. Alex Harland, the Earl of Melton, is on the case: a notorious jewel thief, the Nightjar, is stealing certain prized jewels from around Europe and in London. He's determined to find the thief, and to find the mystery woman who enticed him at a masked ball years ago. He thinks he's looking for two different people, but his path might have only one finish line... Emmy Danvers is the Nightjar, the jewel thief of London. She's also been hopelessly in love with Alex for years, but given his role on the side of the law she knows that they can never be together. But the heart does what it wants... Overall, this story was...okay for me. I feel like it might have been my mindset, or maybe just a lack of focus, but I spent almost the entirety of this book attempting to keep myself engaged and not mentally wander somewhere else. The characters didn't stick in my brain, and even in the process of writing this review I'm really struggling to remember a lot of details. However, for those who love Regency-era romances, do check this one out! I think my review might be a one-off in this case. Thank you to St Martin's Press via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    The newly knighted Alexander (Alex) Harland, Earl of Melton, is asked by Bow Street to investigate a new case. The infamous jewel thief called Nightjar has recently struck again after a four-year absence, this time in London. He has reason to suspect the Danvers family is involved but when he meets Emmy Danvers, Alex realizes she may be more to him than the focus of his current business pursuit. I loved the idea of a 19th century female jewel thief eluding London’s Bow Street law enforcement. Bo The newly knighted Alexander (Alex) Harland, Earl of Melton, is asked by Bow Street to investigate a new case. The infamous jewel thief called Nightjar has recently struck again after a four-year absence, this time in London. He has reason to suspect the Danvers family is involved but when he meets Emmy Danvers, Alex realizes she may be more to him than the focus of his current business pursuit. I loved the idea of a 19th century female jewel thief eluding London’s Bow Street law enforcement. Both Alex and Emmy were ideal in their respective roles, he a dashing and brash figure and she resourceful and elusive. They were also immensely attracted to each other, having met in costume four years earlier but he having no idea Emmy and the woman he fell for were one in the same. The story’s dual plot of Alex discovering the masked woman’s identity and capturing Nightjar kept things exciting and off balance. Their verbal sparring was unique and clever, giving insight into their intellect and histories. I’m enjoying this series and very much liked this story, primarily because of Alex and Emmy. It was impossible not to root for these two and the strength of the secondary characters just enhanced the reading pleasure. Emmy’s grandmother Camille was delightful and naughty, Alex’s fellow Tricorn Club partners just as brash and daring as he. It was a fun and passionate story and I’m now anxious to read the last in the trilogy. Posted on Blue Mood Café (Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    5 Cat and Roaring Mouse Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free- It's LIVE!!! One of the past phrases of a chase is the use of "cat and mouse". Well, that phrase didn't work when it came to the back and forth between Alex Harland, Earl of Melton and Emmy Danvers. Every time these two crossed paths, it was questionable as to who was chasing who and who had the upper hand. As one of the Bow Street Agents, Alex has been tasked to find the thief who has been targeting specific gems. Known as the notorious Nightj 5 Cat and Roaring Mouse Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free- It's LIVE!!! One of the past phrases of a chase is the use of "cat and mouse". Well, that phrase didn't work when it came to the back and forth between Alex Harland, Earl of Melton and Emmy Danvers. Every time these two crossed paths, it was questionable as to who was chasing who and who had the upper hand. As one of the Bow Street Agents, Alex has been tasked to find the thief who has been targeting specific gems. Known as the notorious Nightjar, the last pinching of an infamous stone has put all eyes out to capture the culprit and return the stone. Emmy Danvers has been hiding in plain sight. As the daughter of the original Nightjar, she has been trying to fulfil her father's quest. Now things have become quite complicated. First, there is Emmy's desire to have "a moment" with the handsome and charming Alex. When this takes place, all bets are off. Alex is taken with this mysterious woman and she is overwhelmed by the feel of his lips on hers. She is not the only one left with an impression of wonder. Alex is captivated by the beautiful, elusive woman. Next, there is more than the danger of getting caught by the Bow Street Agents, now there is someone threatening her family. This becomes even more complicated when Alex is tasked to bring the thief to justice. I loved this book. It worked on so many levels. Emmy was smart and capable. She was not weak even when feeling overwhelmed. The chemistry between them was scorching and we wanted them to find a way to be together. This series is a winner and the next book is coming later this year. I can hardly wait for Sebastien Wolff get his comeuppance. ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ Those Bow Street Bachelors... Are at it again... This time it is The Earl of Melton... Alex Harland can have Any Woman he Wants... And he usually Does with Excellent Reviews... But lately, his mind has been on other things... One, a case he has been chasing... The Elusive Nightjar, the Jewel Thief... The other, more personal... A lasting Kiss before he went off to war... Never knowing whose lips touched his... Now as he ponders both puzzles... The same woman keeps turning up... Could there be a connection... Could one be the same... Or is she here only... To Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors #2)- May 26th, 2020 This Earl of Mine (Bow Street Bachelors, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... To Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The Princess and the Rogue (Bow Street Bachelors, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Very clever and a fabulous story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’ve read the first book in this series by Bateman and I love that she she gives us a flair for the unexpected. This book is showcases exactly the unexpected, along with some awesome twists. Normally it’s the guy who is the bad boy, but in this instance, it’s the girl. The story is beautifully crafted and includes so much interest and history that you are involved from the beginning. Plus, her character development is delightful and so int Very clever and a fabulous story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’ve read the first book in this series by Bateman and I love that she she gives us a flair for the unexpected. This book is showcases exactly the unexpected, along with some awesome twists. Normally it’s the guy who is the bad boy, but in this instance, it’s the girl. The story is beautifully crafted and includes so much interest and history that you are involved from the beginning. Plus, her character development is delightful and so intense. It’s bold and it’s sexy. It’s a heated cat and mouse game and you honestly have no idea where the author is going in order to bring us to a happy conclusion. With amazing artistic flair, we are given a book that is fun, smoldering, sexy, clever, and just an all-around perfect read. I hope you take a chance on a historical romance like this one. * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/to-catch-an-...

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    I loved the first book in this series, This Earl of Mine, so I was excited for the second installment. Unfortunately, this one fell flat for me. Four years ago, Emmy and Alex met: “They’d talked. Danced. Flirted. They’d shared one perfect kiss.” Spent minutes together, in an underwhelming encounter, IMO, and yet they can’t forget each other? Maybe if there was more of a setup before their meet up I could’ve bought into the romance, but I just didn’t feel it. Also, not a fan of the whole jewel th I loved the first book in this series, This Earl of Mine, so I was excited for the second installment. Unfortunately, this one fell flat for me. Four years ago, Emmy and Alex met: “They’d talked. Danced. Flirted. They’d shared one perfect kiss.” Spent minutes together, in an underwhelming encounter, IMO, and yet they can’t forget each other? Maybe if there was more of a setup before their meet up I could’ve bought into the romance, but I just didn’t feel it. Also, not a fan of the whole jewel thief plot. Alex in pursuit of a jewel thief, which is Emmy. This secret hanging over them for a good portion of the book. One hit, one miss. Not sure if I’ll read the next one or not. A copy was kindly provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Rating 4.25 Nightjar, is Europe's well known jewel thief that has alluded being caught. Earl of Melton, Alex Harland has been asked to assist the Bow Street runners in the investigation and capture of Nightjar. Emma Danvers has been attracted and fascinated by Alex Harland. One night at a masked ball the two met and shared a very memorable kiss. Alex never did find out who the woman was he kissed, before he headed off to fight in the war. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Rating 4.25 Nightjar, is Europe's well known jewel thief that has alluded being caught. Earl of Melton, Alex Harland has been asked to assist the Bow Street runners in the investigation and capture of Nightjar. Emma Danvers has been attracted and fascinated by Alex Harland. One night at a masked ball the two met and shared a very memorable kiss. Alex never did find out who the woman was he kissed, before he headed off to fight in the war. Years later the two are thrown together and become entangled in a game of "to catch the thief". I loved how these two interacted. The chemistry and attraction jumped off the pages as they danced around each other and eventually couldn't resist the pull any longer. But as the layers of their relationship unfold the truth of who Emma is revealed and now the two have to figure out how to make their love and relationship last and achieve their HEA. I loved the development of Alex and Emma's relationship. The intrigue and complexity of who each individual character was added to the excitement and pull of their love story. How Alex came to terms with how Emma became who she was and his wanting to rescue her. Emma being drawn to Alex when she knew it could be her downfall in not just the breaking of her heart but a possibility of imprisonment as well. But the two do find their HEA.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Oh give me a Regency Romance! Make it funny and I'm yours! This book hits all the chords. A spunky heroine, and brooding hero, mistaken identity and between the sheets romps. This is the kind of book that is almost impossible to put down and makes you fall in love with the characters. It's got all the fun of "To Catch a Thief" but with corsets. This is a brilliant author and I would LOVE to read more of her works!! 'hint, hint'

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    Well, these two were delightful. After devouring the previous book in this series, there was no way I was going to skip this one. I loved Emmy and Alex. They’re both so smart and so stubborn and really good people. Their button pushing was fantastic, especially when it was so thinly veiled as flirting and the chemistry between them was fantastically out of control. Emmy’s grandmother stole every scene she was in and I can’t wait to see the girl who knocks Seb on his ass. Plot wise, it was good. Well, these two were delightful. After devouring the previous book in this series, there was no way I was going to skip this one. I loved Emmy and Alex. They’re both so smart and so stubborn and really good people. Their button pushing was fantastic, especially when it was so thinly veiled as flirting and the chemistry between them was fantastically out of control. Emmy’s grandmother stole every scene she was in and I can’t wait to see the girl who knocks Seb on his ass. Plot wise, it was good. I enjoyed reading the thefts and how detailed the family got with planning. I could have done with a bit more regular conversation between Emmy and Alex, but this wasn’t a regular relationship and even Alex mentally notes that they need to learn about each other. Overall, it was another great story, with very little angst and a whole lot of irritation and I was here for all of it. **Huge thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing the arc free of charge**

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Release Day! This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. He stole a kiss at a masquerade ball, she stole his heart without leaving a hint to who she was.  Now it is years later and he is determined to find her; she is determined to evade him even though she has a huge crush on him. "Sometimes the chase is such fun that the catching is quite a disappointment." she took Release Day! This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. He stole a kiss at a masquerade ball, she stole his heart without leaving a hint to who she was.  Now it is years later and he is determined to find her; she is determined to evade him even though she has a huge crush on him. "Sometimes the chase is such fun that the catching is quite a disappointment." she took another bite of teacake. "One the other hand, sometimes being caught is only the start of the adventure." In To Catch and Earl, the second book of the Bow Street Bachelors , Emmy asks for a dance and ends up dancing away with Alex's heart.  Problem #1 she is a notorious Jewel thief.  Problem #2 he is an agent of Bow Street and is looking for her secret identity the Nightjar.  Problem #3 she is being blackmailed and needs to steal some very famous gems in the next few weeks or her family will be ruined. I very much enjoyed this book.  Emmy is a lot of fun.  She sneaks around stealing things and has an aunt who is pushing her into finding a good time with a rogue, or even a pirate would do, but a man in uniform is preferable.  Emmy's father was once a great jewel thief and on his death left the great task of reuniting the French Royal Jewels to their original home.  She could possibly let that all go if it wasn't for the blackmailer.  She has also loved Alex Harland from afar for years. Alex is an easy man to like as well.  He is smart and catches on right away to the fact Emmy is more than she seems.  Still the chase is on and he can't decide what he will do with the woman once he catches her. The Agent in his says to turn her in, but the man... Well the man has other plans for her. There are some fun characters and good times to be had along with a few inventive heists, all a win in this reader's book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    The Earl of Melton is determined to catch an elusive London jewel thief known as the Nightjar. The Nightjar who hasn’t been active in years is suddenly stealing gems with a unique history. Since returning from the war, he has also been working his own personal case; one that haunts his dream. Before leaving, he shared a kiss with a masked woman and no other will do. She proves to be just as elusive as the Nightjar until past and present collide…. Oh, how I loved the banter and cat-and-mouse game t The Earl of Melton is determined to catch an elusive London jewel thief known as the Nightjar. The Nightjar who hasn’t been active in years is suddenly stealing gems with a unique history. Since returning from the war, he has also been working his own personal case; one that haunts his dream. Before leaving, he shared a kiss with a masked woman and no other will do. She proves to be just as elusive as the Nightjar until past and present collide…. Oh, how I loved the banter and cat-and-mouse game that unfolded between Emmy and Alex. Emma knows exactly who Alex is and she should stay far away, but he draws her to him like a moth to a flame. Eep! I adored Emmy. She is cunning, clever and loves her family beyond measure. She fantasied about Alex, even if he may cost her everything. Bateman weaved a tale that held me captive. The Nightjar was clever and the history, methods and reasons kept me flipping through the pages. Would they be caught? Fans of historical romance, suspense and swoon-worthy romances filled with wicked banter will want to add To Catch an Earl to their bookshelf. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    I read it but I didn't read it. Does that make sense? I barely remember at least 60% of this historical romance and I kind of just went through the motions of reading it. Nothing in particular stood out and everything was basic. No excitement. No spark. No flare. It was just unrememberable and I will say it's more of a 'it's not you, it's me' type of read. I just didn't care much for it unfortunately but can definitely see this novel appealing to most readers that tend to gravita I read it but I didn't read it. Does that make sense? I barely remember at least 60% of this historical romance and I kind of just went through the motions of reading it. Nothing in particular stood out and everything was basic. No excitement. No spark. No flare. It was just unrememberable and I will say it's more of a 'it's not you, it's me' type of read. I just didn't care much for it unfortunately but can definitely see this novel appealing to most readers that tend to gravitate towards this genre.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heike

    Emmy is in love with Alex, Earl of Melton, but her criminal back ground forbids her to come forward with her love. She steals a kiss at a masquerade ball, and during his following years at war he can not forget the mysterious stranger. Back in London he works as a bow street runner, and his new assignment is to catch the Nightjar, a jewel thief. Who is no other than Emmy, and he is coming dangerously close to the truth while he reluctantly falls in love with her. A jewel thief with honorable motiv Emmy is in love with Alex, Earl of Melton, but her criminal back ground forbids her to come forward with her love. She steals a kiss at a masquerade ball, and during his following years at war he can not forget the mysterious stranger. Back in London he works as a bow street runner, and his new assignment is to catch the Nightjar, a jewel thief. Who is no other than Emmy, and he is coming dangerously close to the truth while he reluctantly falls in love with her. A jewel thief with honorable motives that are not honorable at all. A bad guy who is, of course, stupid as well. A deceived male protagonist (poor guy ...), and people who jump to conclusions that were already ruled out a chapter before ... nope. This was a disappointing second in a series that started out very promising with This Earl of Mine, the first in the series that I would recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Barnes

    This is the first Kate Bateman novel I've ever read and I have to say that it was spectacular from beginning to end - an absolute gem of a story! Emmy Danvers is the notorious Nightjar, a jewel thief so sly and clever she keeps evading capture. Her only weakness is Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, the man she loves and knows she can never marry. The kiss they once in a garden during a masquerade is all she will ever have of him, and she very much doubts he even remembers her. But when he joins the i This is the first Kate Bateman novel I've ever read and I have to say that it was spectacular from beginning to end - an absolute gem of a story! Emmy Danvers is the notorious Nightjar, a jewel thief so sly and clever she keeps evading capture. Her only weakness is Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, the man she loves and knows she can never marry. The kiss they once in a garden during a masquerade is all she will ever have of him, and she very much doubts he even remembers her. But when he joins the investigation that seeks to bring the her to justice, a thrilling game of cat and mouse ensues - a game Emmy is very determined to win. Alex Harland has never forgotten the woman he kissed in that blasted garden. Although he never even saw her face, she has haunted his dreams for years and continues to do so until he starts hunting the Nightjar, meets Emmy Danvers, and begins to wonder if all three people might be one and the same. One thing is certain - he will catch her. The only question is what will happen once he does. I absolutely loved how these two characters kept on getting the better of each other. I loved Emmy's fun collection of foreign words that don't exist English, and I loved that the author kept me wondering how a thief and an agent of the law could possibly find their happily ever after together. The world building/descriptions were phenomenal and really helped immerse me in the story while the secondary characters helped flesh everything out. Highly recommended!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Jewlsbookblog)

    I struggled ridiculously so to get into this book! When it was all said and done, I just didn’t feel Alex and Emmy had that ‘zing’ if you will, to make me believe they were meant to be with each other. I was really disappointed, especially after enjoying the first book of the series so much, but three stars for the storyline and other characters. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley/St. Martins and this is my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Bow Street Bachelors #2 Publication Date: 6/30/20 Number of Pages: 336 Welcome to the second exciting and steamy installment of the Bow Street Bachelors. You are going to love this excellently-written, well-plotted, and well-delivered story which takes place just two months after the first book, This Earl of Mine. I will admit, I had a love-hate relationship with Alex – quite often I didn’t care for how he treated Emmy, even though I could understand his turmoil. As for Emmy, well, I just l Series: Bow Street Bachelors #2 Publication Date: 6/30/20 Number of Pages: 336 Welcome to the second exciting and steamy installment of the Bow Street Bachelors. You are going to love this excellently-written, well-plotted, and well-delivered story which takes place just two months after the first book, This Earl of Mine. I will admit, I had a love-hate relationship with Alex – quite often I didn’t care for how he treated Emmy, even though I could understand his turmoil. As for Emmy, well, I just loved her and her family and was happy to see her find her HEA. Emmy Danvers (Emmeline Louise d’Anvers), the daughter of Europe’s most elusive jewel thief, has only broken one of her father’s rules – and it will bring her great pleasure and great pain. That rule? Only touch what you’re going to steal. She broke it four years ago when she kissed Alexander Harland at a masked ball. He had no idea who she was, but she knew exactly who he was because she’d admired him from afar for a very long time. She has never forgotten that kiss nor the man who bestowed it – no other man has ever felt ‘right’. She knows he’ll never notice her among the crowds – and she’s grateful for that – because they are on very different sides of the law. After her father’s death, Emmy has assumed his role as the Nightjar and is now being sought by Bow Street after stealing a gem owned by the Prince Regent. Two months ago, after he and his two best friends, Seb and Benedict, had foiled an attempt to rescue Bonaparte from exile on St. Helena, they were all granted titles. He is now Alexander Harland, Earl of Melton. But, more importantly to him, he is a partner in the Tricorn Club and he aids Bow Street with sensitive cases. He’s just been handed one such sensitive case – a thief known as the Nightjar has stolen a diamond from Rundell Bridge and Rundell. The owner of that diamond is none other than the Prince Regent and he is demanding they find his diamond and prosecute the scurrilous thief. Alex likes nothing better than a good challenge and the Nightjar will be a challenge. Alex doesn’t ever see himself marrying, but he can’t forget that kiss four years ago. A woman kissed him at a masquerade ball and he never learned her name – but he’s never forgotten her. He remembers every detail -he can picture it in his mind – and her scent – OH! He remembers that as well. When he visits the scene of the crime at Rundell Bridge and Rundell, he catches a whiff of that scent. He hasn’t smelled exactly that scent in four years, but he is positive it is the same. Yet, there are so many people on the street he can’t find the source ** He should be prepared, that scent is going to drive him insane for the next few weeks. ** I loved the mystery and the chase. Emmy and Alex are both very smart strategic thinkers and each takes delight in outwitting the other. Will she finish her father’s task and escape being arrested? Will he catch her and send her to the gallows? It seems it must be one way or the other with no in-between. You’ll just have to read the story to find out all of the wonderful details. Be prepared – there isn’t a dull minute in there anywhere. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    Emmy has fantasized about Alex for a long time and takes the plunge at a masked ball to allow him to kiss her. Sadly Alex is about to go to war but he never forgets the glorious, mysterious young woman who so sweetly captured his attention. Fast forward a few years and Alex assists the Bow Street Runners and is asked to investigate the resurgence of a notorious jewel thief. Emmy knows all too well who the Nightjar is and finds herself meeting up with Alex again . Emmy plays a dangerous game but Emmy has fantasized about Alex for a long time and takes the plunge at a masked ball to allow him to kiss her. Sadly Alex is about to go to war but he never forgets the glorious, mysterious young woman who so sweetly captured his attention. Fast forward a few years and Alex assists the Bow Street Runners and is asked to investigate the resurgence of a notorious jewel thief. Emmy knows all too well who the Nightjar is and finds herself meeting up with Alex again . Emmy plays a dangerous game but cannot divulge her secrets because the staunchly law abiding Alex just might spell her doom ! This was a fun read that could be classed as enemies to lovers but honestly this couple never really hated each other. They share a palpable chemistry, an attraction that they both find impossible to resist. I particularly enjoyed the passages told from Alex's point of view as he is beyond obsessed with Emmy but woefully ignorant of how exactly to proceed with their relationship. If you enjoy historical romance then I think this author is certainly one to check out. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 2.5 stars A lady jewel thief and an Earl hired to bring her to justice? To Catch an Earl has a fun premise and strong beginning, but for me the later part of the book was less than I hoped for, though readers who like alpha-male heroes may have a better experience. Alex Harland is an Earl and an investigative agent. His latest assignment? To catch the infamous jewel thief known as Nightjar who has recently come out of retirement. Emmy has loved Alex for years, but secretly she is c Actual Rating: 2.5 stars A lady jewel thief and an Earl hired to bring her to justice? To Catch an Earl has a fun premise and strong beginning, but for me the later part of the book was less than I hoped for, though readers who like alpha-male heroes may have a better experience. Alex Harland is an Earl and an investigative agent. His latest assignment? To catch the infamous jewel thief known as Nightjar who has recently come out of retirement. Emmy has loved Alex for years, but secretly she is carrying on the work of her father, the original Nightjar with a mission of stealing back all the French crown jewels and returning them to the people of France. So begins the cat and mouse game that leads to a romance. I found the early part of the book to be very fun and I liked Emmy as a smart and cunning woman who outsmarts men who assume the thief must be male. But once things began to heat up between her and Alex, I was less of a fan. He's very much an alpha male character which I don't prefer and the power dynamics surrounding their physical relationship made me uncomfortable. The first time they sleep together, he has caught and identified her and plans to turn her in the next morning. While the author tries to be clear that Emmy is actively consenting, I still didn't like the way that came together and it kind of tainted my view of the hero. I loved Emmy, but wasn't convinced Alex was her best option. There are also some great side characters such as Emmy's unconventional grandmother, her brother, and some of her friends. So I might try something else from this author in the future, but a strong start didn't pay off in the end for me. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    "If you run, I will chase you to the ends of the earth, never doubt it." I really enjoyed the second instalment in this series! Granted, with both you have to suspend all belief and just kind of go with it, because in both books the premise is a bit strange, but that's actually the part I love most. What I really enjoy is that her characters are always equal partners in crime, ok not so much "in crime" in this one, as one of them is a thief, and the other one works for Bow Street, but you know wh "If you run, I will chase you to the ends of the earth, never doubt it." I really enjoyed the second instalment in this series! Granted, with both you have to suspend all belief and just kind of go with it, because in both books the premise is a bit strange, but that's actually the part I love most. What I really enjoy is that her characters are always equal partners in crime, ok not so much "in crime" in this one, as one of them is a thief, and the other one works for Bow Street, but you know what I mean. Let's call these two perfect partners in life (as our hero actually does, too). They really bring out the best in each other. I loved our heroine, Emmy. She is a lovely heroine, proud and unashamed of being a thief (for a good cause), and I loved how she went after what she wanted. Her chemistry with Alex was full of fun banter and the thrill of the chase, and I really enjoyed their game of cat and mouse. Alex, our hero, took a while to warm up to for me, but I really liked his snark. He was a tad too proud and full of himself sometimes for my tastes, but I ended up really liking him. He really needed someone like Emmy to tease and challenge him, and I loved the two together. The only thing I missed a little bit was what I loved most about the first book in the series, and that was them actually working together. I wished they'd had a bit more of a conversation at the end, and I would've enjoyed it more if they had come up with the idea to catch the bad guy together, but oh well. It was still immensely entertaining, and I really enjoyed it! And now I can't wait for the third member of the gang to meet his match! *I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* *quote taken from an uncorrected digital galley*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    To Catch an Earl features an amazing romance between a jewel thief and a Bow Street agent. When Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, begins investigating an elusive jewel thief known as the Nightjar, he finds himself continuously running into the beguiling Emmy Danvers. Emmy has loved Alex from afar for years, but she knows revealing her identity as the Nightjar would put more than her life at risk. But when someone discovers her secret and threatens everything she holds dear, she finds herself turning To Catch an Earl features an amazing romance between a jewel thief and a Bow Street agent. When Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, begins investigating an elusive jewel thief known as the Nightjar, he finds himself continuously running into the beguiling Emmy Danvers. Emmy has loved Alex from afar for years, but she knows revealing her identity as the Nightjar would put more than her life at risk. But when someone discovers her secret and threatens everything she holds dear, she finds herself turning to Alex. With Emmy in danger, Alex is left with a choice. Catching his thief or saving the woman who has stolen his heart? Emmy was a wonderful character. She’s smart, clever, and incredibly resourceful. The methods and plans she comes up with for her thefts are unique and incredibly interesting to watch play out. Emmy is very close with her family which I liked and it was great seeing them all work together on the thefts. Alex is a great partner for Emmy as he can match her in wits and has the ability to come up with clever plans of his own. He definitely has all the makings of a great Bow Street agent and I loved that while intrigued by Emmy right away, he also caught onto the fact that she was hiding something. Emmy and Alex’s relationship was amazing with tons of flirting and an element of second chance romance due to a secret kiss they shared years before the story started. The chemistry and banter between the pair was simply fantastic and their attraction is immediate. Their cat and mouse game during Alex’s search for the Nightjar was a ton of fun and I really enjoyed how Emmy would bait Alex into trying to catch her. After Emmy revealed she was in trouble, I liked that Alex didn’t hesitate to help her despite his misgivings about their relationship due to being on opposite sides of the law. Thankfully, the two work through their differences pretty quickly once Alex becomes aware of the reasoning behind Emmy being the Nightjar. Ultimately I liked the way the Nightjar situation was resolved and I was happy with how Emmy and Alex’s story wrapped up. Overall To Catch an Earl was a fantastic read and I’m looking forward to Sebastien’s story, The Princess and the Rogue, releasing later this year. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  22. 4 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    ❝He wanted to both conquer her and protect her. To capture her and keep her safe. ❞ Determined to save her family, Emmy Danvers is forced to continue her father's passion. As the Night Jar, she catches the attention of Bow Street agent Alex Harland, Earl of Melton. Alex finds himself in a dreadful situation … prosecute the Night Jar and lose his second chance with her or circumvent the law, and make her his. ❝He wanted her, with that clever mind and tart mouth,❞ Emmy was sp ❝He wanted to both conquer her and protect her. To capture her and keep her safe. ❞ Determined to save her family, Emmy Danvers is forced to continue her father's passion. As the Night Jar, she catches the attention of Bow Street agent Alex Harland, Earl of Melton. Alex finds himself in a dreadful situation … prosecute the Night Jar and lose his second chance with her or circumvent the law, and make her his. ❝He wanted her, with that clever mind and tart mouth,❞ Emmy was spunky and fiercely loyal to her family. She was a force to be reckoned with. I loved her strong will and sassiness. She was the perfect match for the cocksure Alex, who admired her wit and bravery. I loved the push and pull between Alex's desire to do what was right and what he wanted. Emmy was the one who'd gotten away all those years before, and now that he had her, he couldn't imagine a life without her in it. The second book in the Bow Street Bachelors series, To Catch an Earl hit all the right notes! I was provided a review copy by the publisher. This did not influence my opinion of the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    I love a good jewel thief heroine! And of course the chase is on quickly to catch her, with Alex and his Bow Street Runners hunting the elusive Nightjar, a London jewel thief. It used to be her father, but Emmy has taken over since his death, trying to find all the jewels belonging to the French but in her case, it's due to blackmail that could seriously impact her family if they were found out. There is plenty of banter between Emmy and Alex as Emmy is a member of London society and they meet a I love a good jewel thief heroine! And of course the chase is on quickly to catch her, with Alex and his Bow Street Runners hunting the elusive Nightjar, a London jewel thief. It used to be her father, but Emmy has taken over since his death, trying to find all the jewels belonging to the French but in her case, it's due to blackmail that could seriously impact her family if they were found out. There is plenty of banter between Emmy and Alex as Emmy is a member of London society and they meet at several social events, developing an attraction (though they did meet once before a few years earlier at a masked ball). Alex has suspicions about Emmy's secret identity so there is a lot of delightful cat and mouse scenes as they race towards an exciting finale. Their attraction leads to some sexy scenes too. Sometimes Emmy isn't very smart - like for example, she has a particular perfume she wears and she still wears it when she's on her thieving jobs which is a very direct calling card to her and Alex is anything but stupid. But it was a small off note in an otherwise enjoyable read. The overall combination of plot and characters, the pace of the story and the romance between Alex and Emmy, (no matter how improbably their happy ending might be in reality) makes for a fun story and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series! Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  24. 5 out of 5

    TeriLyn

    **To Catch an Earl generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.** 3 "...the Runner and the thief..." Stars The premise of this book was very exciting but the execution was a bit off for me. There were many scenes of the book that I really enjoyed but there were also parts that were drug out for reasons I couldn't fathom. A lot of superfluous detail went into certain aspects of plot while the romance and banter between the main characters never really caught **To Catch an Earl generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.** 3 "...the Runner and the thief..." Stars The premise of this book was very exciting but the execution was a bit off for me. There were many scenes of the book that I really enjoyed but there were also parts that were drug out for reasons I couldn't fathom. A lot of superfluous detail went into certain aspects of plot while the romance and banter between the main characters never really caught a solid momentum. But those little glimpses of fun and mischief between the two were really great and worth reading this through until the end. I love the idea that Kate Bateman had here with a thief and a man of law and how the two danced around each other despite that glaring problem between them. The cat and mouse game between them was definitely a fun chase and cleverly plotted. The author's writing kept me engaged for most of the time. Although in some circumstances, as I stated, the details became mundane. The strength and freedom of the heroine though was quite admirable and once you saw that through the heroes eyes it made the connection more real.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamie :)

    LEGIT LOVED THIS ** a huge thanks to St Martins press and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book**

  26. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    This story had a lot of potential, and I'm sure that it is going to be a big hit with a lot of people. However, for me, something just consistently felt off about this one. For one, I wasn't completely buying the romance between Emmy and Alex. I don't feel as though I was shown that they had feelings for each other, although the banter between the two as adversaries was enjoyable. So the fact that he could speak so crudely to her, and she would jump into bed with him knowing what she did was a l This story had a lot of potential, and I'm sure that it is going to be a big hit with a lot of people. However, for me, something just consistently felt off about this one. For one, I wasn't completely buying the romance between Emmy and Alex. I don't feel as though I was shown that they had feelings for each other, although the banter between the two as adversaries was enjoyable. So the fact that he could speak so crudely to her, and she would jump into bed with him knowing what she did was a little off-putting. All things considered, I was more interested in Emmy as the Nightjar than I was with whether or not she would find love. I also felt that the "villain's" motives were also unclear. These were stolen crown jewels, what exactly did he think he could do with them? Added to that the stupidity of one of his "threats"? I don't think he came across as fleshed out as the author intended. In fact, I found him to be more scapegoat than a villain. As I said above, I'm most likely going to be in the minority with my feelings on this one. I would definitely read more from this author. DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    DNF. I'm not even sure I should count this book as one of my reads of 2020 and probably won't; I got through so little of it before deciding to put it down. I don't know why, but I have been striking out, it seems, with HRs recently, particularly books from new (or relatively new) HR authors. I'm consistently finding that these books, to me, feel so forced! As if they're written by people who have been reading romance books forever, and then thought they would go ahead and write one; I can best c DNF. I'm not even sure I should count this book as one of my reads of 2020 and probably won't; I got through so little of it before deciding to put it down. I don't know why, but I have been striking out, it seems, with HRs recently, particularly books from new (or relatively new) HR authors. I'm consistently finding that these books, to me, feel so forced! As if they're written by people who have been reading romance books forever, and then thought they would go ahead and write one; I can best compare it to when you see a TV show or a movie and you don't believe the actor's role, because you can feel that the actor is acting—you don't perceive them as the character, but as someone playing the character. That's what it feels like with these books, as if these authors think they just need to combine certain ingredients and boom. This is my first book by Kate Bateman and I probably won't pick up another one of hers. From the beginning I was wary and thinking I was maybe going to have to DNF, because the book starts with the heroine approaching the hero at a masked ball and asking him to dance. She's basically never met him, but she's in love with him. He's never met her, can't see her face, and they talk for a hot second (there's probably 5 lines of dialogue exchange, even though apparently they're dancing a waltz from beginning to end), but he's totally into her. Sure, maybe he's just horny, but that's not how it's setup—no, there's just something about her!!! They go into the garden, makeout for a bit, and they'll both never be the same. I'm sorry, but WHAT?? "I want to breathe you in and keep you in my lungs forever. Does that sound mad?" Umm, let me answer that for you: YES!!!!!! Sounds like it would be a hot and romantic line 75% into the book, but not in the fucking Prologue. And then the book is back in present day and although it's four years later, our hero is still thinking of her, because she is "the woman of his dreams. A woman who'd not only excited him physically but challenged him mentally " (emphasis my own). Either he's dumb as rocks and mental stimulation comes from basically any human interaction, or it's a stupid line. They barely exchanged a word. She was flirty. That's it. I'm firmly on the DNF train nowadays; the "too many books, too little time" adage is just too true to waste time reading a book I'm not enjoying. *This review is of an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Some changes and/or edits may be made to the final published version.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I loved the first book in this series and this is Alex's story. These books are filled with wit and a touch of suspense. I was entertained and enthralled throughout the book. Alex and Emmy are wonderful characters and I loved them. Alex Harland, Earl of Melton shared a memorable kiss with a beautiful woman at a masquerade ball just before he left London for war. He has returned Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I loved the first book in this series and this is Alex's story. These books are filled with wit and a touch of suspense. I was entertained and enthralled throughout the book. Alex and Emmy are wonderful characters and I loved them. Alex Harland, Earl of Melton shared a memorable kiss with a beautiful woman at a masquerade ball just before he left London for war. He has returned four years later with a war injury and the memory of that special woman. Alex and two of his friends set about to make their fortunes by establishing a gaming hall and working as Bow Street Runners. The Nightjar jewel thief has plagued Bow Street for more than a decade. Now the thief has taken a jewel that belongs to the Prince Regent. Bow Street is determined to catch the thief and Alex is adamant that he will see the thief in Newgate prison. Emmy Danvers and her family fled to England to avoid the French Revolution. They have enjoyed life as titled French nobility. Emmy even stole a kiss from a young gentleman on his way to war. When a blackmailer threatens her family, Emmy will do whatever it takes to keep them safe, even resuming the Nightjar thefts she thought she had buried with her father four years ago. When Alex encounters Emmy in his search for the Nightjar, she reminds him of that night long ago, her scent has stayed with him all this time. She stirs in him a passion he thought he would never experience, along with the suspicion that she is the Nightjar. It is only a matter of time before he has her right where he wants her and it isn't in Newgate prison.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    To Catch an Earl A Bow Street Bachelors Series #2 Kate Bateman https://www.facebook.com/kcbatemanaut... Release date 06/30/2020 Publisher St Martin’s Paperbacks Blurb : Working undercover for London’s first official police force, the Bow Street Bachelors have an obligation to serve the city’s best interests—even while they’re falling for the city’s most alluring women… SHE KNOWS HOW TO STEAL A KISS. Alex Harland, Earl of Melton and dedicated rake, never pictured himself as an agent of inquiry. But the t To Catch an Earl A Bow Street Bachelors Series #2 Kate Bateman https://www.facebook.com/kcbatemanaut... Release date 06/30/2020 Publisher St Martin’s Paperbacks Blurb : Working undercover for London’s first official police force, the Bow Street Bachelors have an obligation to serve the city’s best interests—even while they’re falling for the city’s most alluring women… SHE KNOWS HOW TO STEAL A KISS. Alex Harland, Earl of Melton and dedicated rake, never pictured himself as an agent of inquiry. But the thrill of investigation is a challenge he now embraces. When he’s asked to pursue the Nightjar, a notorious thief who is reclaiming France’s crown jewels, the case throws him into the path of the beautiful and equally elusive Emmy Danvers, reminding him of the only puzzle he’s never solved: the identity of the mysterious woman who once stole a kiss from him—and left him wanting so much more… WILL HE SURRENDER HIS HEART? The daughter of a thief, Emmy learned long ago how to keep her secrets safeguarded—and, as the notorious Nightjar, her love for Alex Harland is one of them. With the determined earl hot on her trail—and making her hot under the collar—Emmy has no choice but to keep her distance. But when a moment’s danger threatens Emmy’s life as well as her name, will Alex finally discover that he’s followed every clue…to true love? My review : When two sides of the law taunt one another, is there a common future awaiting them ... After two novellas, this is my first full length read by Mrs Kate Bateman. This is a fun and entertaining read, with many sensual scenes and a scorching hot couple. Still I found the voices in it a bit too modern for the time period. The book is set in two parts, the first the hunt, as both provoke one another. And while I understand Alex as it is his job to catch thieves, I found Emmy quite foolish and delusional when he showed every signs he knew who she was, and she continued to taunt him. And I very dislike women who can’t keep their knees straight at the sight of a gorgeous man, in my mind she very likely deserved to be caught. I liked better the second part, the rescue, when they worked together. Emmy took over her father’s mantle once more because she is blackmailed when she wants only one thing, a normal life, if possible with the man she dreams about from afar. And now he is back in the country and her direct opponent, she is unable to stay away, drawn to him like a moth to a flame. And the more she gets closer, the more she risks her wings to get burned, and by doing this she endangers her family. And burned she will be as she is enticed by his mere presence, and can’t say no to him. Alex is the personification of honor, why he is duty bond to catch and stop the French Crown Jewels thief. I like him most, he has every right to be angered when he discovers who was the woman who stole a kiss some years ago, in some way it shattered his long time fantasy. But it does not diminish his attraction, and the more he plays cat and mouse with Emmy, the more he settles his feelings. Thus, when time comes to make a choice, he chooses his heart over everything else. My practical mind had just a very down-to-earth problem, how could they travel ninety miles in a few hours with a carriage, nineteen would have been possible but to even think twice this distance... An amusing and pleasant tale of hide and seek, with very ahead of their time characters, 4 stars. I was granted an advance copy by the publisher St Martin’s Paperbacks, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vania Nunes

    In the first book, we saw Ben and Georgie fall in love after they met each other in the strangest way possible: he was a prisoner in Newgate and she was desperate to pay to marry a convict and be able to take care of the business left by her father. Lots of confusion, right? Now, we have Alexander Harland, Earl of Melton, who helps Sir Nathanael Connant, Chief Magistrate of Bow Street, to solve various mysteries and crimes, and comes across the famous jewel thief Nightjar. This thief has the chara In the first book, we saw Ben and Georgie fall in love after they met each other in the strangest way possible: he was a prisoner in Newgate and she was desperate to pay to marry a convict and be able to take care of the business left by her father. Lots of confusion, right? Now, we have Alexander Harland, Earl of Melton, who helps Sir Nathanael Connant, Chief Magistrate of Bow Street, to solve various mysteries and crimes, and comes across the famous jewel thief Nightjar. This thief has the characteristic of only stealing one piece at a time, even when he would have the opportunity to take several at the same time, and whenever he takes a rock, he leaves a big black feather. Alex was more than committed to finding out who this thief was who had given Magistrate a headache for years, and who now, in his boldness, had stolen a diamond that belonged to Prince Regent himself. On the other hand, Alex himself had been stolen in another way years ago, when at a masquerade ball he was boldly invited to dance with a lady whose face was completely covered by the mask, and who stole a kiss... and his heart. The next day, years ago, Alex traveled to Portugal because of the war. Now, he was determined to discover not only who Nightjar was, but also the mysterious lady of the ball. Emmy Danvers, or rather Emmeline Louise d'Anvers, came from a family of thieves. She was very good at what she did, along with her brother Luc and Grandmère Camille. Now, they were being blackmailed into stealing more and more by someone who knew their secret because of something that her father had done in the past. The problem now was not just stealing jewelry, but that Nightjar was being investigated closely by none other than the man Emmy secretly loved. Years ago she invited him to dance and marked his life, even without knowing it. At this point, she will have to choose between listening to her heart and surrender to the man she has always coveted or going to be hanged with her family for the many crimes committed. A game of cat chasing the mouse, but who will actually fall into the trap? 5 stars

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