Lord Benton Gray is tired of waking every Tuesday morning to find his name in the The London List. Everyone is reading the gossip and it never paints him in a favorable light. So what if cavorts naked at night or carries his latest courtesan around on his shoulders sans clothing- that is his business not the whole of London’s! Fed up with being the brunt of the joke he is determined to get to the bottom of who is printing the paper. He will buy them out and stop the madness.
When he arrives at the address listed on the paper he is shocked to find the one woman he loved and lost hunched over the printing press. Only she doesn’t really look like a woman anymore. She has cut her beautiful hair, is wearing men’s clothing and walk and talks like a man.
Long ago, Evangeline Ramsey gave her virginity to Ben but would not be with him because of his gambling spirit. Her father is a gambler and she never knew where her next meal would come from or if they would have a roof over their heads. She refused to tie herself to a like man and made Ben leave her. Since then her father had lost possession of his wits but still gambled causing them to lose everything but the small paper he had won in a card game. Evie has run the paper ever since in order to pay for her father’s medical bills.
Because of their previous relationship and his crazy life of debauchery, Ben has been an easy target to write about. He wants it stopped so he goes behind Evie’s back and buys the paper from her father. As an act of payback Evie uses her last publication to print that Ben is closing down the paper. London is outraged and people gather to protest at his house. Ben finally gives up and agrees to keep the paper open but he will take a hand in running it if only to keep his own secrets from being printed. Working together keeps Evie and Ben in close quarters and causes their desire to run rampant. What will the future bring for these two previous lovers?
Lord Gray’s List is a pretty cute book. It is light-hearted and has some funny moments. It is a change of pace to see Evie act as a man in a very strict society. I am not sure how she would pull it off because women still look like women in tight pants but for the sake of the story I can go with her being a man. Ben is a bit of a pompous arse. He takes nothing seriously and endeavors to live a semi-worthless life. Being around Evie brings back all the old feelings he has tried to suppress. He thought he was over her but it turns out he just might not be. It was fun to watch the pair get around each other and even more fun to see Ben realize he has never stopped loving Evie. I always like the books where the man has to work hard to convince the woman to give their HEA a chance. Overall I would recommend the book for a fun, fast read in historical romance. Final grade- B-
Ben’s breeches dropped to the floor. “Ah, Evie, what fools we’ve been. I thought you married me for money for your charity projects.” He shuffled toward her, somewhat hampered by the fabric at his ankles and took her in his arms.
“Dont’ be absurd. I married you for you. How could I not? I’ve loved you since you were twenty years old. I must say I like how you’ve grown up.”
“I can show you how much I’ve grown-”
“Yes, yes. I have eyes. Put that thing away for half an hour…..”