Review & Contest: Lord Gray’s List by Maggie Robinson

Lord Gray’s List by Maggie Robinson
Series: The London List (# 1)
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher:   Kensington Publishing Corporation
Pages: 352
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.


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18 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Lord Gray’s List by Maggie Robinson

  1. Rita Wray says:

    Thank you for the honest review. I think the story line sounds very interesting and I always look forward to some humor in the books I read.

  2. Barbara Elness says:

    I love that the heroine is a writer, and what fun for her to be besmirching Lord Gray. It sounds like it’s going to be a delightful story and I can’t wait to hear how these two get together. 😀

  3. Sue K says:

    The heroine Evie sounds interesting and Ben, the hero sounds hot. Can’t wait to read this one.

  4. Karen H in NC says:

    I have several books by Maggie Robinson and this book is already on my Books to buy list! It would be great to be able to win a copy here. Thanks for the review.

  5. Leanna H says:

    I love that the heroine mascaraids as a man to get bsck at her ex, very creative I slso love that it sounds like yhis book will hsve you laughing..

  6. Kristina says:

    I love finding new historical romances and authors. It seems like a good, different story. 🙂

  7. JeanMP says:

    I like that the heroine is such a strong character and she takes matters into her own hands to save her father and herself. Enjoy when a book has humor in it.

  8. Emma says:

    Thanks for the review. It sounds like it’s going to be a wonderful.story.I like finding new historical romances and authors.

  9. Debbie Sad says:

    Thank you I really appreciate an honest review it is rare anymore to get one Even though I listen to the review I still like to give the book a chance. Again thank you I very much enjoy the page and emails.

  10. Tammy S. says:

    Thanks for the great review. The book sounds very interesting. I love it when the review gives me a general idea of the story and what I can expect (ex. hot sex). Thanks!

  11. Chelsea B. says:

    Hmmm. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the novel. I’ve never read a book by this author, and I’ve heard mixed things about this book. I’m looking forward to giving it a try, though. I’m usually the odd duck: like what people don’t, dislike what people do 🙂

  12. Maureen says:

    I enjoy stories that have the hero and heroine at odds with each other and then learn to love each other.

  13. Chris Bails says:

    I love Maggie’s books and this looks like another good one. I want to read this because I love series and also a huge fan of historicals. I also like the whole gossip magazine/newspaper going on. Definitely adding to my must read list. Thanks for the chance to win.
    🙂

  14. Linda Mc says:

    I like the idea about her pretending to be a man, and I also like the newspaper bit. Always fun to have newspapers and gossip in historicals, so that would make me want to read the story.

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