Lord Gray’s List by Maggie Robinson
Series: The London List (# 1)
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
From duchesses to chamber maids, everybody’s reading it. Each Tuesday, The London List appears, filled with gossip and scandal, offering job postings and matches for the lovelorn–and most enticing of all, telling the tales and selling the wares a more modest publication wouldn’t touch. . .
The creation of Evangeline Ramsey, The London List saved her and her ailing father from destitution. But the paper has given Evie more than financial relief. As its publisher, she lives as a man, dressed in masculine garb, free to pursue and report whatever she likes–especially the latest disgraces besmirching Lord Benton Gray. It’s only fair that she hang his dirty laundry, given that it was his youthful ardor that put her off marriage for good. . .
Lord Gray–Ben–isn’t about to stand by while all of London laughs at his peccadilloes week after week. But once he discovers that the publisher is none other than pretty Evie Ramsey with her curls lopped short, his worries turn to desires–and not a one of them fit to print…
Review: Lord Gray’s List is the first book in Maggie Robinson’s latest series The London List. While certainly not unique, the plot sounded very intriguing with the heroine Evie Ramsey masquerading as a man and disparaging the reputation of her former beau Lord Gray by publishing his transgressions each week in her newspaper. Even though the story line was very well developed and written, I did not find myself fully engaged and my mind kept wandering throughout.
The interactions between Ben and his mother and also with his staff regarding the newspaper were at times comical. Everyone was determined to get their hands on it and Ben was determined to keep them from it. Ben even went so far as to sitting on the paper to hide it from his mother only to realize he had to get up to fill his plate. Little tidbits such as this scattered throughout did give the story a more lighthearted feel.
As much as I enjoyed getting to know both characters and the sex (for a historical) was pretty hot, I didn’t feel the connection between the two of them. There was plenty of friction between them but it just seemed to be missing that extra little bit of spark and sizzle that I am always looking for.
All in all, this story had all the makings of a great romance with a decent plot and great character development but unfortunately lacked that dash of spice that would have brought it all together.