Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Lord Gray's List by Maggie Robinson

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. . .

I read three of Ms. Robinson's four Courtesan Court novels and enjoyed two of them.  Since those aren't bad odds, I decided to give her new series a try.

In order to really enjoy Lord Gray's List properly, I think one must maintain a sense of the unbelievable.  For example, you have to believe that Evie can have womanly curves despite her height and still get away with impersonating a man at the offices of The London List.  You have to believe Lord Benton Gray can overlook her large nose (which is commented on often).  You have to believe that even young Evie might have lead with her heart when she first became entangled with a young Ben and that she impacted his life enough for him to carry a torch for her, yet not enough to pursue her.

Ben and Evie are great characters and their banter is quite enjoyable.  And given that I look for reading material to entertain me, Lord's Gray List certainly did.      

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