The Lord Meets His Lady

The Lord Meets His Lady

Will His Roguish WaysLord 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.Scare Her Away?One stolen kiss and Genevieve Turner's handsome midnight savior disappears. Typ...

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Title:The Lord Meets His Lady
Author:Gina Conkle
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review

    The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle is book Three in the "Midnight Meetings" series. This is the story of Lord Marcus Bowles and Genevieve Turner. I have read the other books in this series but feel this can easily be a standalone book.

    Genevieve is a illegitimate daughter of a light skirt / whore and she doesn't know who her father is. Genevieve is on her own and had to sell her body some. Genevieve was even tricked into signing an indenture servant contract for a long period of time. Now ma

    The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle is book Three in the "Midnight Meetings" series. This is the story of Lord Marcus Bowles and Genevieve Turner. I have read the other books in this series but feel this can easily be a standalone book.

    Genevieve is a illegitimate daughter of a light skirt / whore and she doesn't know who her father is. Genevieve is on her own and had to sell her body some. Genevieve was even tricked into signing an indenture servant contract for a long period of time. Now making a run under a fake name to try to better herself.

    Marcus too is trying to better himself after being sent off to an isolated home after one to many times of messing up. So he is trying to stay on the strait and narrow way of life. Both of them are trying to better themselves and be what others want them to be. But the are both caring and loving people that have handled their lives the best they could at the time.

    I really enjoyed their story. Genevieve wasn't you typical heroine but she was just as strong and caring and so was Marcus.

  • Monique

    Lord Marcus Bowles had been banished from his elder brother the Marquis of Northampton because Marcus’ drinking and gambling was impeding the Marquis in his search for a suitable bride. Until he returns home, Marcus is to spend the winter at Pallinsburn cottage, and it was on his way that he saw what appeared like a coach being held up by highwaymen. It was not the case, still there was a damsel in distress to be rescued. Not precisely a helpless maid, still Genevieve Turner was in a pickle; she

    Lord Marcus Bowles had been banished from his elder brother the Marquis of Northampton because Marcus’ drinking and gambling was impeding the Marquis in his search for a suitable bride. Until he returns home, Marcus is to spend the winter at Pallinsburn cottage, and it was on his way that he saw what appeared like a coach being held up by highwaymen. It was not the case, still there was a damsel in distress to be rescued. Not precisely a helpless maid, still Genevieve Turner was in a pickle; she is both running towards someone and fleeing another. Marcus and Genevieve have a friend in common; when Genevieve tells Marcus that she is in Pallinsburn under an assumed name, she begs him to keep her secret. She has secured a position as a housekeeper for Marcus’ neighbour and friend Samuel Beckworth, but instead Genevieve ends up being Marcus’ housekeeper. It won’t be easy to ignore the pull that Genevieve and Marcus have felt right away on that fateful night and live under the same roof.

    THE LORD MEETS HIS LADY is a historical romance, which reminds of some of the classics: while the timeframe does not cover years, it is a saga of sorts of a relationship, and it felt oddly genuine. Genevieve is not your typical historical romance heroine, which I thought was marvellous. Her whole life has been rather peculiar, and she had to make tough choices; it was refreshing to witness a different side of a woman’s life in 1768. She is straightforward, clever at fixing things; she only wants to have a better life but for one hurdle that stands in her way, and she will do whatever it takes. Marcus was a rake, but being forced to mend his ways has done him good; I applaud the fact that he had one serious problem that was not swept under the carpet, and it nearly ruined his life again. Marcus is also quite the novelty: he actually wants to marry for love; he was quite an endearing man, and he had even more depth than even himself would have wagered! Marcus and Genevieve are quite extraordinary characters, and so are the secondary ones; the nefarious – and handsome – Herr Wolf will not be soon forgotten, particularly since THE LORD MEETS HIS LADY is very loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood: Genevieve has a read cloak, and Wolf, well… Ms. Conkle also amused herself with some playful lines of dialogues indirectly referring the fairytale.

    THE LORD MEETS HIS LADY is a very complex and layered romance, where character development reigns supreme; at the end, no one is as they were at the beginning. The prose is lush and luminous; the descriptions vibrant and vivid; the dialogues ring true; and I loved the flirtatious playfulness between Marcus and Genevieve. The romance was very compelling, the tone very sensual, and entirely in tune with the characters’ personalities, and the smoulder became a blazing inferno. There were some quite unexpected, and original, plot twists, and a fabulous ending with a little titillating extra that has me awaiting the next book with bated breath.

    I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

  • Kathy

    Interesting! It's not often that you find a romance set in the Georgian period and this one is particularly good. Great characterization, a decent story and amazing period details.

    On another note, it's obvious, too, that Conkle has done her research; she doesn't gloss over what living then was really like-machinery to turn roasts and chamber pots and all. I consider myself pretty educated and even I had a little trouble keeping up. Plus, there were a couple of times I winced because you forget

    Interesting! It's not often that you find a romance set in the Georgian period and this one is particularly good. Great characterization, a decent story and amazing period details.

    On another note, it's obvious, too, that Conkle has done her research; she doesn't gloss over what living then was really like-machinery to turn roasts and chamber pots and all. I consider myself pretty educated and even I had a little trouble keeping up. Plus, there were a couple of times I winced because you forget just how hard life was back then. If you want a historical romance with a large dose of history, check this out!

  • Barbara Rogers

    3.5 Stars rounded up to 4

    Series: Midnight Meetings #3

    Publication Date: 12/5/17

    This is my first book by Gina Conkle and I liked the story. It is very, very loosely based on Red Riding hood because there is a red cloak and hood featured in the story as well as a Wulf, who is NOT in sheep’s clothing.

    To me, this story is more about one man’s journey to finding himself, maturing, and realizing the kind of life he really wants to lead. Lord Marcus Bowles is the brother of a Marquess (**giggles** if he

    3.5 Stars rounded up to 4

    Series: Midnight Meetings #3

    Publication Date: 12/5/17

    This is my first book by Gina Conkle and I liked the story. It is very, very loosely based on Red Riding hood because there is a red cloak and hood featured in the story as well as a Wulf, who is NOT in sheep’s clothing.

    To me, this story is more about one man’s journey to finding himself, maturing, and realizing the kind of life he really wants to lead. Lord Marcus Bowles is the brother of a Marquess (**giggles** if he were to inherit he’d be Marquess Marcus) and he has lived a profligate life, flitting from thing to thing and woman to woman. He’s finally been involved in one scandal too many and he’s been banished to one of their run-down properties in the extreme north of England. He realizes he has to change his life and plans to use his time in exile to contemplate what he wants to do and how he wants to do it.

    Genevieve Turner is the illegitimate daughter of an actress/light-skirt and she has no idea who her father is. Her mother died a horrible death with the French Pox. Genevieve sold her body on occasion and lived with a man who had tricked her into signing into an indenture agreement with him. Well – he didn’t actually trick her into signing the indenture, he tricked her about the length of the indenture. When she finally learned to read and found out the length of the indenture and considered her life as it was, she decided she wanted something different and ran away. She was headed to the north to actually work as a housekeeper so she could spend time looking for her grandmother who was supposed to live in that area.

    Samuel is Marcus’ good friend and neighbor from childhood. I mention him because he has a big role in the book. I have mixed feelings about Samuel. He was a really good friend to Marcus because he gave him some tough-love and tough-advice and didn’t sugar-coat or excuse Marcus’ behavior. However, Samuel also had his own agenda and forced/tricked/cajoled (whatever) Marcus into doing some things and taking some risks that Marcus didn’t want to take or do. That they turned out to be good things for Marcus, in the end, was more fluke than plan.

    What did I like?

    I really liked both Marcus and Genevieve. Both were very caring people, but both tried to hide it. Both wanted to become better people and both wanted a better life. I liked that Marcus was intent on saving Genevieve from Wulf.

    What didn’t I like?

     I found it to be slow moving and caught myself skimming pages pretty often and had no problem putting it down for a break.

     It is set in the Georgian period, but other than the use of horses, carriages, and hip-rolls I didn’t see much to place it there. The conversation style, wording, phraseology, etc. were all very modern

     The premise of Marcus and Genevieve was just too improbable to be believable. Genevieve was basically a whore. I know the author avoided that description, but – how many times do you have to sell your body before that description fits? I cannot imagine any nobleman of that period blithely marrying a woman with Genevieve’s background.

     I didn’t like that Marcus’ final solution to Genevieve’s problem with Wulf had him treating her just like Wulf – as chattel to be bartered.

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  • Erin Kelly

    Spicier than many historicals. I loved the maid/employer storyline, but got a little bogged down toward the end with a villain that just wouldn't quit. 4 stars

  • Marisa

    This is a story of Marcus and Genevieve. Neither have a pristine past. Both want to start fresh and become better people. That is what this story is all about. One low born, the other quality. Both with a checkered past and both made bad decisions that paint their daily lives. As the story goes this is a nice story about second chances. Sure there is lust and sex written into the pages and sure it is on the steamy side. My problem with the book is really not them at all, my problem is with the s

    This is a story of Marcus and Genevieve. Neither have a pristine past. Both want to start fresh and become better people. That is what this story is all about. One low born, the other quality. Both with a checkered past and both made bad decisions that paint their daily lives. As the story goes this is a nice story about second chances. Sure there is lust and sex written into the pages and sure it is on the steamy side. My problem with the book is really not them at all, my problem is with the so called best friend Samuel. Talk about a man who covets and manipulates with impunity. I really didn't like him. With friends like him, who needs enemies! I finished the book feeling like it was incomplete, he was a terrible friend and uses guilt to get what he wants, and he wins? No. Not acceptable. And he wasn't even the bad guy! So here I am writing a review for a book that was ok. It was a good read. Took me a little longer than normal to read it. I did struggle with keeping from skimming in parts. Finished with the feeling of incompleteness, especially after the epilogue. Does this make me want to read the series further to find out what happens? No.

    I received this story from Netgalley for my honest review.

  • Tracy Emro

    I am torn about this review - I liked the idea of the book, but the execution didn't work for me.

    Genevieve Turner is a woman on the run, she has set out under an assumed name to take a position as a housekeeper. She desperately wants to start anew and hopes this position will be the first step in her new independent life.

    Lord Marcus Bowles is a man with no direction, after causing one too many scandals, his brother, the Marquess Northampton, has sent Marcus to the country to sober up and lay low

    I am torn about this review - I liked the idea of the book, but the execution didn't work for me.

    Genevieve Turner is a woman on the run, she has set out under an assumed name to take a position as a housekeeper. She desperately wants to start anew and hopes this position will be the first step in her new independent life.

    Lord Marcus Bowles is a man with no direction, after causing one too many scandals, his brother, the Marquess Northampton, has sent Marcus to the country to sober up and lay low until North can find a suitable bride. Marcus agrees to go, but is counting the days until he can return to London and his aimless, pleasure seeking life.

    These two meet when Gen's carriage is broken down and Marcus mistakenly assumes they are being held up by a highwayman. Gen immediately recognizes Marcus from her former life at the Golden Goose and asks him not to reveal her true identity. Intrigued, Marcus agrees.

    Days later he shows up at the house she is working in, turns out her employer is Sam, one of his best friends. Sam wants Marcus to work with him in a business venture and Marcus agrees, if Sam will let Gen come work for him. Sam explains the arrangement to Gen, who agrees to work for Marcus.

    Gen and Marcus then proceed to set his house to rights and Marcus tries to lure Gen to his bed. Gen is no stranger to a man's bed, but she wants a new life and sex is not part of their arrangement.

    When Gen's past comes calling, Marcus steps up and marries her to protect her. But Gen assumes it will be a sham marriage and doesn't want to get too close to Marcus. By this time, Marcus knows he has deeper feelings for Gen and is content to have her as his wife. They become intimate, but Gen refuses to let there be anything more between them than a physical relationship.

    The "Wolf" is not done with Gen yet and Marcus stands to lose everything to keep her safe. And Gen realizes that she loves Marcus and is willing to sacrifice her newfound independence to see him happy.

    The story is well written albeit a bit wordy and the pace of the story is bogged down by the wordiness making it a slow read. I liked all the characters, including Wolf (the villain), there are some steamy love scenes, some sweet moments, some amusing moments and finally a HEA.

    What I didn't like was the incorrect use of formal address - this is the one thing that annoys me more than anything else in historical romance - I can overlook a lot, but not that. Marcus is the son of a Marquess, so he has an honorific title of Lord Marcus, when he marries Gen, she becomes Lady Marcus - but for this entire book Marcus is called Lord Bowles and after they are married she is being called Lady Bowles and that made me want to bang my head against the wall. So that, along with the slow pace of the story, made this a 3 star read for me.

    *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

  • Vânia Nunes

    Lord Marcus Bowles, a well-born man who turned his life into a sea of shame for the family until, weary, the family banished him to a country house. He would have to stay a year free-scandal and, who knows, that would clear his image to the society.

    Not to mention that his brother, Marquess of Northampton, was trying to find a wealthy wife, and his brother's scandals could upset him.

    On his way to Northumberland, Marcus meets Genevieve Turner. A beautiful woman in her red clothes, who was travelin

    Lord Marcus Bowles, a well-born man who turned his life into a sea of shame for the family until, weary, the family banished him to a country house. He would have to stay a year free-scandal and, who knows, that would clear his image to the society.

    Not to mention that his brother, Marquess of Northampton, was trying to find a wealthy wife, and his brother's scandals could upset him.

    On his way to Northumberland, Marcus meets Genevieve Turner. A beautiful woman in her red clothes, who was traveling to go take possession of her work as housekeeper for the Beckworth family.

    Genevieve was not well-born like Marcus. In fact, her life was full of scandals, starting with her own birth, the fact that she, unlucky, had to sell her body and was even deceived by the man who seemed to want to protect her.

    Genevieve was in Northumberland fleeing, but also looking for a relative of her.

    Both Marcus and Genevieve had to meet to have a healthy life.

    Usually the historical novels bring plots in which the female character is in trouble and needs a protector, who ends up falling in love with her. Well, here, Gene needs a protector, but the search for Marcus seems to be much more urgent. It is an inner quest.

    I like to see that in the end he can make his dream come true and become a productive man (

    )

    Although the path to self-knowledge of each one was interesting, I found the pace a bit slow, and I did not feel (romantic) connection between the characters, although each of them, as an individual, was an interesting character.

  • Cathy Geha

    The Lord Meets His Lady, Gina Conkle

    Midnight Meetings #3

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It is the first book I have read by this author and though it is well written I found it difficult to believe. In some ways I found Marcus’s friend – Samuel – more interesting than Marcus and would like to know what happens to Samuel and his brothers in the future more than I want to know about Marcus and his brothers. Also, I have trouble believing that a well-born second son, no matter what transgres

    The Lord Meets His Lady, Gina Conkle

    Midnight Meetings #3

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It is the first book I have read by this author and though it is well written I found it difficult to believe. In some ways I found Marcus’s friend – Samuel – more interesting than Marcus and would like to know what happens to Samuel and his brothers in the future more than I want to know about Marcus and his brothers. Also, I have trouble believing that a well-born second son, no matter what transgressions he has been seen to perpetrate to require being banished, would actually fall for and marry someone as common as Genevieve…at least in that era.

    Loosely based on Red Riding Hood and the wolf with Genevieve in the part of Red and the man she unknowingly indentured herself to as the wolf this story is about her desire to get away from “the wolf” and move up in life even if it means acting as a housekeeper when never having been one. Into her life steps the Woodsman – Marcus did chop some wood – who is borderline alcoholic with a possible gambling addiction who has been banished to “improve” or at least stay hidden till his older brother can find an appropriate bride. They meet on the road, she becomes his housekeeper, they dance around one another, he goes into business of sorts with his friend Samuel, the Wolf reappears and has to be dealt with and eventually the two find a HEA together…I did feel like there was a cliffhanger ending with the couple heading off from their home to his family home in the making but have no idea if there is a book to follow or who that book might be about.

    So…there were things I did and did not like about this book. I can’t say that Marcus or Genevieve “talked to me” or that they were people that I would value as friends. I believe it is a book some will love and some will like and some might not like so very much. It has plenty of pages and storylines and characters and action and threads to follow with the potential for another book in the making BUT it is not a book that thrilled my soul or made me eager to pick up that next book when it comes out. I am rather sitting on the fence on this on so…

    Thank you to Barclay Publicity and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the ARC – this is my honest review.

    3 Stars

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