To Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors, #2)
A case of secret identities finds reunited lovers on opposite sides of the law in this fun, flirty Regency romance.There's only one case Bow Street agent Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, hasn't cracked: the identity of the mysterious woman who stole a kiss from him before he left for war. He's neither forgotten--nor forgiven--her for leaving him wanting. When he starts investigating the Nightjar, an elusive London jewel thief, he keeps running into the alluring Emmy Danvers, who stirs feelings he hasn't felt in years.Even though Emmy's loved Alex for years, she can't risk revealing her heart, or her identity as the Nightjar. With Alex on her case, Emmy knows that her secrets are in danger of being discovered. Their cat and mouse game heats up with every interaction, but when Emmy's reputation--and life--is at risk, will Alex realize that some rules are made to be broken for love?

To Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors, #2) Details

TitleTo Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 30th, 2020
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250306111
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical

To Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors, #2) Review

  • Addie H
    January 1, 1970
    Is anyone else having uncharacteristic reading reaction to this world crisis? I would think having all this extra time in lockdown by myself I would plow through books. Instead I can’t focus for more than 15 minutes and it has taken me several weeks just to get through a few of them. But we will get through this – so stay inside and be safe!NB: Spoiler free ARC review – expected publication June 30th 2020(Tropes: Class Difference, Work Relationship, Mistaken Identity/Disguise, Forbidden Love, Se Is anyone else having uncharacteristic reading reaction to this world crisis? I would think having all this extra time in lockdown by myself I would plow through books. Instead I can’t focus for more than 15 minutes and it has taken me several weeks just to get through a few of them. But we will get through this – so stay inside and be safe!NB: Spoiler free ARC review – expected publication June 30th 2020(Tropes: Class Difference, Work Relationship, Mistaken Identity/Disguise, Forbidden Love, Second Chance Romance) *****”I truly wish we’d met under different circumstances, Lord Melton. But the fact of the matter is, I’m-““A criminal?” he supplied smoothly. She inclined her head but refused to admit it out loud. “And you’re-““Not?”“Indeed. So we shall ever be on opposite sides. Like Wellington and Napoleon. But I like to think we could have been friends.”*****This book felt a bit flat to me. It had its ups and it had its downs. On average it was defiantly an ok read, I just wish it was more. A criminal and Bow Street Runner, who are both part of the ton, is defiantly appealing, and made for refreshing scenery. The banter and cat-and-mouse game was amusing, and it was clear they both enjoy it. The sexual chemistry sizzled, but the lack of romance and tenderness made it a bit disappointing. At times the sexy times crossed into coarse and my rose-tinted balloon would deflate.I expected more. More clever banter, more subterfuge, more romance. But it never really fulfilled its potential.3 stars*****- He’d always suspected faith was a perverse bitch, but even he couldn’t have predicted this cruel twist. Of course his mystery woman would be the prime suspect in a series of impossible crimes. And of course she would be beautiful, in that subtle, understated way that had always appealed to him most. - Without Harland’s electrifying presence, the whole evening felt like flat champagne that had lost its fizz. Life was no fun without someone to annoy. Or evade. - “You are the most aggravating woman I have ever had the misfortune to encounter.”“And you are the most irritating man.”She forced herself to hold his gaze.She understood this game; to close her eyes would be to admit defeat, and she refused to flinch fist. She kept her eyes on his as he brought his fingers along her jaw, just daring her to move, and his hand was so large, he touched both earlobes at the same time. - “Let’s try something new, shall we? I call it ‘honesty.’ It’s where you say things that are true. I’ll start, if you like. I’m hard as a rock for you right now.”Her mouth dropped open.- “You’re mine now, Emmy Danvers. I will never release you. Not even if you begged me on your knees. Not even if you fucked me all night.”- She was Icarus, flying too close to the sun, Persephone being dragged down int the underworld. She didn’t care. This might be a disaster, but it was a glorious, glittering, incendiary disaster. A crazy blur o seeking limbs and hot mouths in the dark.
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to love To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman, but I found it to be extremely hard to get into. It took me almost two weeks to finish, which is nearly unheard of for me. I found Emmy to be a frustrating character. First of all, if you have a very distinct, personalized perfume, why on earth would you wear it before stealing something extremely valuable?? It was just a TSTL move, and I was smacking my face. It was like she wanted to get caught. She kept doing things like that, just rev I really wanted to love To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman, but I found it to be extremely hard to get into. It took me almost two weeks to finish, which is nearly unheard of for me. I found Emmy to be a frustrating character. First of all, if you have a very distinct, personalized perfume, why on earth would you wear it before stealing something extremely valuable?? It was just a TSTL move, and I was smacking my face. It was like she wanted to get caught. She kept doing things like that, just revealing herself over and over again. I also didn't like her crimes, which weren't "crimes for noble reasons" but rather just straight up thievery. I didn't find them to be charming. I also thought the chemistry between the two MCs was lacking. It just felt forced. To Catch an Earl never grabbed me, and, unfortunately, it was a unmemorable read for me. goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI just couldn't get into this one unfortunately—I'm not sure if it was the concept or the lack of grounded attraction between the two love interests, but this was a miss for me. Characters: ★★★Pacing: ★★★Enjoyment: ★★To Catch an Earl comes out on June 30, 2020.To Catch an Earl is the second book in the Bow Street Bachelors series, but as with many romance series this can be read as a standalone. Alex Harland, the Earl of Melton, is on the case: a notorious jewel thief, the Nightjar, is 2.5 starsI just couldn't get into this one unfortunately—I'm not sure if it was the concept or the lack of grounded attraction between the two love interests, but this was a miss for me. Characters: ★★★Pacing: ★★★Enjoyment: ★★To Catch an Earl comes out on June 30, 2020.To Catch an Earl is the second book in the Bow Street Bachelors series, but as with many romance series this can be read as a standalone. Alex Harland, the Earl of Melton, is on the case: a notorious jewel thief, the Nightjar, is stealing certain prized jewels from around Europe and in London. He's determined to find the thief, and to find the mystery woman who enticed him at a masked ball years ago. He thinks he's looking for two different people, but his path might have only one finish line...Emmy Danvers is the Nightjar, the jewel thief of London. She's also been hopelessly in love with Alex for years, but given his role on the side of the law she knows that they can never be together. But the heart does what it wants...Overall, this story was...okay for me. I feel like it might have been my mindset, or maybe just a lack of focus, but I spent almost the entirety of this book attempting to keep myself engaged and not mentally wander somewhere else. The characters didn't stick in my brain, and even in the process of writing this review I'm really struggling to remember a lot of details. However, for those who love Regency-era romances, do check this one out! I think my review might be a one-off in this case.Thank you to St Martin's Press via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.Blog | Instagram
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Very clever and a fabulous story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’ve read the first book in this series by Bateman and I love that she she gives us a flair for the unexpected. This book is showcases exactly the unexpected, along with some awesome twists.Normally it’s the guy who is the bad boy, but in this instance, it’s the girl. The story is beautifully crafted and includes so much interest and history that you are involved from the beginning.Plus, her character development is delightful and so int Very clever and a fabulous story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’ve read the first book in this series by Bateman and I love that she she gives us a flair for the unexpected. This book is showcases exactly the unexpected, along with some awesome twists.Normally it’s the guy who is the bad boy, but in this instance, it’s the girl. The story is beautifully crafted and includes so much interest and history that you are involved from the beginning.Plus, her character development is delightful and so intense. It’s bold and it’s sexy. It’s a heated cat and mouse game and you honestly have no idea where the author is going in order to bring us to a happy conclusion.With amazing artistic flair, we are given a book that is fun, smoldering, sexy, clever, and just an all-around perfect read. I hope you take a chance on a historical romance like this one. * copy received for review considerationFull Review - https://amidlifewife.com/to-catch-an-...
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  • Esther
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Rating 4.25Review to come closer to publication.
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    Those Bow Street Bachelors...Are at it again...This time it is The Earl of Melton...Alex Harland can have Any Woman he Wants...And he usually Does with Excellent Reviews...But lately, his mind has been on other things...One, a case he has been chasing...The Elusive Nightjar, the Jewel Thief...The other, more personal...A lasting Kiss before he went off to war...Never knowing whose lips touched his...Now as he ponders both puzzles...The same woman keeps turning up...Could there be a connection Those Bow Street Bachelors...Are at it again...This time it is The Earl of Melton...Alex Harland can have Any Woman he Wants...And he usually Does with Excellent Reviews...But lately, his mind has been on other things...One, a case he has been chasing...The Elusive Nightjar, the Jewel Thief...The other, more personal...A lasting Kiss before he went off to war...Never knowing whose lips touched his...Now as he ponders both puzzles...The same woman keeps turning up...Could there be a connection...Could one be the same...Or is she here only... To Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors #2)- May 26th, 2020 This Earl of Mine (Bow Street Bachelors, #1)https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... To Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!
    January 1, 1970
    I read it but I didn't read it. Does that make sense? I barely remember at least 60% of this historical romance and I kind of just went through the motions of reading it. Nothing in particular stood out and everything was basic. No excitement. No spark. No flare. It was just unrememberable and I will say it's more of a 'it's not you, it's me' type of read. I just didn't care much for it unfortunately but can definitely see this novel appealing to most readers that tend to gravita I read it but I didn't read it. Does that make sense? I barely remember at least 60% of this historical romance and I kind of just went through the motions of reading it. Nothing in particular stood out and everything was basic. No excitement. No spark. No flare. It was just unrememberable and I will say it's more of a 'it's not you, it's me' type of read. I just didn't care much for it unfortunately but can definitely see this novel appealing to most readers that tend to gravitate towards this genre.
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  • Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
    January 1, 1970
    I struggled ridiculously so to get into this book! When it was all said and done, I just didn’t feel Alex and Emmy had that ‘zing’ if you will, to make me believe they were meant to be with each other. I was really disappointed, especially after enjoying the first book of the series so much, but three stars for the storyline and other characters. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley/St. Martins and this is my honest review.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    "If you run, I will chase you to the ends of the earth, never doubt it."I really enjoyed the second instalment in this series! Granted, with both you have to suspend all belief and just kind of go with it, because in both books the premise is a bit strange, but that's actually the part I love most. What I really enjoy is that her characters are always equal partners in crime, ok not so much "in crime" in this one, as one of them is a thief, and the other one works for Bow Street, but you know wh "If you run, I will chase you to the ends of the earth, never doubt it."I really enjoyed the second instalment in this series! Granted, with both you have to suspend all belief and just kind of go with it, because in both books the premise is a bit strange, but that's actually the part I love most. What I really enjoy is that her characters are always equal partners in crime, ok not so much "in crime" in this one, as one of them is a thief, and the other one works for Bow Street, but you know what I mean. Let's call these two perfect partners in life (as our hero actually does, too). They really bring out the best in each other. I loved our heroine, Emmy. She is a lovely heroine, proud and unashamed of being a thief (for a good cause), and I loved how she went after what she wanted. Her chemistry with Alex was full of fun banter and the thrill of the chase, and I really enjoyed their game of cat and mouse. Alex, our hero, took a while to warm up to for me, but I really liked his snark. He was a tad too proud and full of himself sometimes for my tastes, but I ended up really liking him. He really needed someone like Emmy to tease and challenge him, and I loved the two together. The only thing I missed a little bit was what I loved most about the first book in the series, and that was them actually working together. I wished they'd had a bit more of a conversation at the end, and I would've enjoyed it more if they had come up with the idea to catch the bad guy together, but oh well. It was still immensely entertaining, and I really enjoyed it! And now I can't wait for the third member of the gang to meet his match! *I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**quote taken from an uncorrected digital galley*
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  • Heike
    January 1, 1970
    Emmy is in love with Alex, Earl of Melton, but her criminal back ground forbids her to come forward with her love. She steals a kiss at a masquerade ball, and during his following years at war he can not forget the mysterious stranger.Back in London he works as a bow street runner, and his new assignment is to catch the Nightjar, a jewel thief. Who is no other than Emmy, and he is coming dangerously close to the truth while he reluctantly falls in love with her.A jewel thief with honorable motiv Emmy is in love with Alex, Earl of Melton, but her criminal back ground forbids her to come forward with her love. She steals a kiss at a masquerade ball, and during his following years at war he can not forget the mysterious stranger.Back in London he works as a bow street runner, and his new assignment is to catch the Nightjar, a jewel thief. Who is no other than Emmy, and he is coming dangerously close to the truth while he reluctantly falls in love with her.A jewel thief with honorable motives that are not honorable at all. A bad guy who is, of course, stupid as well. A deceived male protagonist (poor guy ...), and people who jump to conclusions that were already ruled out a chapter before ... nope. This was a disappointing second in a series that started out very promising with This Earl of Mine, the first in the series that I would recommend.
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  • Jamie :)
    January 1, 1970
    LEGIT LOVED THIS** a huge thanks to St Martins press and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book**
  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    This story had a lot of potential, and I'm sure that it is going to be a big hit with a lot of people. However, for me, something just consistently felt off about this one. For one, I wasn't completely buying the romance between Emmy and Alex. I don't feel as though I was shown that they had feelings for each other, although the banter between the two as adversaries was enjoyable. So the fact that he could speak so crudely to her, and she would jump into bed with him knowing what she did was a l This story had a lot of potential, and I'm sure that it is going to be a big hit with a lot of people. However, for me, something just consistently felt off about this one. For one, I wasn't completely buying the romance between Emmy and Alex. I don't feel as though I was shown that they had feelings for each other, although the banter between the two as adversaries was enjoyable. So the fact that he could speak so crudely to her, and she would jump into bed with him knowing what she did was a little off-putting. All things considered, I was more interested in Emmy as the Nightjar than I was with whether or not she would find love. I also felt that the "villain's" motives were also unclear. These were stolen crown jewels, what exactly did he think he could do with them? Added to that the stupidity of one of his "threats"? I don't think he came across as fleshed out as the author intended. In fact, I found him to be more scapegoat than a villain. As I said above, I'm most likely going to be in the minority with my feelings on this one. I would definitely read more from this author. DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.
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  • Sophie Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Kate Bateman novel I've ever read and I have to say that it was spectacular from beginning to end - an absolute gem of a story!Emmy Danvers is the notorious Nightjar, a jewel thief so sly and clever she keeps evading capture. Her only weakness is Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, the man she loves and knows she can never marry. The kiss they once in a garden during a masquerade is all she will ever have of him, and she very much doubts he even remembers her. But when he joins the i This is the first Kate Bateman novel I've ever read and I have to say that it was spectacular from beginning to end - an absolute gem of a story!Emmy Danvers is the notorious Nightjar, a jewel thief so sly and clever she keeps evading capture. Her only weakness is Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, the man she loves and knows she can never marry. The kiss they once in a garden during a masquerade is all she will ever have of him, and she very much doubts he even remembers her. But when he joins the investigation that seeks to bring the her to justice, a thrilling game of cat and mouse ensues - a game Emmy is very determined to win.Alex Harland has never forgotten the woman he kissed in that blasted garden. Although he never even saw her face, she has haunted his dreams for years and continues to do so until he starts hunting the Nightjar, meets Emmy Danvers, and begins to wonder if all three people might be one and the same. One thing is certain - he will catch her. The only question is what will happen once he does.I absolutely loved how these two characters kept on getting the better of each other. I loved Emmy's fun collection of foreign words that don't exist English, and I loved that the author kept me wondering how a thief and an agent of the law could possibly find their happily ever after together. The world building/descriptions were phenomenal and really helped immerse me in the story while the secondary characters helped flesh everything out. Highly recommended!
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest reviewI haven't read the first Bow Street Bachelors book, but this did not affect my reading of To Catch An Earl.I am on a bit of a historical kick at the moment so Kate Bateman had me at Earl.Alex and Emmy's tale took me probably 25% to really get into - I was tempted to DNF this one, but it did seem to take off from there.At times, I felt Emmy was just a bit dumb - why wear something very distinct to commit a crime? Dudette? Why?I just wanted Alex to do ARC received via Netgalley for an honest reviewI haven't read the first Bow Street Bachelors book, but this did not affect my reading of To Catch An Earl.I am on a bit of a historical kick at the moment so Kate Bateman had me at Earl.Alex and Emmy's tale took me probably 25% to really get into - I was tempted to DNF this one, but it did seem to take off from there.At times, I felt Emmy was just a bit dumb - why wear something very distinct to commit a crime? Dudette? Why?I just wanted Alex to do what he had to do. Dragging out what would happen just went on too long.I did feel the attraction between our lovelies, but they didn't really have that "pow" factor. It was like yeah they are in the same circles and just ended up together a lot of the time.I can see the appeal for lovers of the genre, this one was just flat for me.
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  • Passion 4 Books
    January 1, 1970
    4.5* steamy stars!This is a fun and fan yourself Regency read!The Nightjar, a notorious thief, has baffled the most scrupulous Bow Street investigators for years. Hell bent on returning France's crown jewels, the heat is turned high on the Nightjar by investigator Alex Harland, Earl of Melton.Filling in her deceased father's footsteps, Emmy Danvers takes her thievery as seriously as protecting her family. Loving Earl Melton from afar, is all Emmy could do after that one kiss many years ago. Like 4.5* steamy stars!This is a fun and fan yourself Regency read!The Nightjar, a notorious thief, has baffled the most scrupulous Bow Street investigators for years. Hell bent on returning France's crown jewels, the heat is turned high on the Nightjar by investigator Alex Harland, Earl of Melton.Filling in her deceased father's footsteps, Emmy Danvers takes her thievery as seriously as protecting her family. Loving Earl Melton from afar, is all Emmy could do after that one kiss many years ago. Likewise, Earl Melton is always on alert for the masked woman who has never left his mind. When events put these two dangerously close time after time, something is bound to sizzle between them in the most delicious way.
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  • Douglas Meeks
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very entertaining story, a bit of enemies to friends vibe since he was an officer of the law and she was a thief. The story has an interesting back story which makes her activities seem a bit justified but he is a straight laced officer of the law .... at least is was until he met her which is giving him some serious inner turmoil.The story has a couple of twists and some funny moments but the real thrust of the story is the struggle between the two of them to try not to like the othe This was a very entertaining story, a bit of enemies to friends vibe since he was an officer of the law and she was a thief. The story has an interesting back story which makes her activities seem a bit justified but he is a straight laced officer of the law .... at least is was until he met her which is giving him some serious inner turmoil.The story has a couple of twists and some funny moments but the real thrust of the story is the struggle between the two of them to try not to like the other. It is done well and I have to say I read the premise and thought I was not really going to care for this book but it fell just barely short of a 5 Star rating but I will be awaiting the next (last?) book in this series since it has the usual "I am never getting married" hero .Bottom Line: A really good book for a weekend you can kick back and enjoy
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  • Rolé
    January 1, 1970
    -- This review, and others, are also available on my blog www.hookedbythatbook.com –Emmy is living a double life – in the one she is Emmy Danvers, a respectable English lady of French descent, living with her grandmother and her brother, and in the other one she is the Nightjar, a highly successful and elusive jewel thief. Emmy has taken up her father’s mantle and is in the process of repossessing the French crown jewels with the original intention of returning them to the French. But Emmy isn’t -- This review, and others, are also available on my blog www.hookedbythatbook.com –Emmy is living a double life – in the one she is Emmy Danvers, a respectable English lady of French descent, living with her grandmother and her brother, and in the other one she is the Nightjar, a highly successful and elusive jewel thief. Emmy has taken up her father’s mantle and is in the process of repossessing the French crown jewels with the original intention of returning them to the French. But Emmy isn’t very keen on her profession and she is only executing these heists under duress from a blackmailer. On the side of the law we have Alex Harland, the recently minted Earl of Melton, who has been tasked with apprehending the Nightjar and recovering the jewels. But Alex is also harbouring a secret desire for Emmy, whom he met a number of years earlier at a ball. Will Alex’s sense of justice and morality prevail, or will he succumb to his feelings for the intriguing thief?The story starts off very Cinderella-esque, and Emmy and Alex were introduced to the reader very effectively within the first few paragraphs. Alex is really torn apart when he realises that the woman he suspects of being the Nightjar is also the captivating masked lady who passionately returned his kisses in a dark garden years before. I found Emmy interesting. She is smart, meticulous, and secretly enjoys the excitement of being a successful thief. She also had great fun poking at Alex and his sense of right and wrong. She is mischievous in that sense and very entertaining to read. Alex is more serious, and he takes himself very seriously as well. He threw a lot of notions and convictions out the window when he became more involved with Emmy.The plot surrounding the blackmailer wasn’t the best, but he did prove to be a very convenient scapegoat in the end. I was wondering at the start how on earth Emmy was going to get out of this situation. I enjoyed the writing style and the story. It flowed well and everything was tied off neatly at the end. The secondary characters were also interesting.Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for giving me an ARC to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Luz Trevino
    January 1, 1970
    To Catch an EarlSeries: Book 2 in the Bow Street BachelorsRating: 3 starsThank you to the publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.This book had a very interesting concept. We have an Earl who works as a Bow Street runner who's been assigned the case of some missing jewels. Unfortunately for him the culprit is none other than the woman who he finds himself very attracted to. He was able to find out who it was early on because something gives her away. Tho To Catch an EarlSeries: Book 2 in the Bow Street BachelorsRating: 3 starsThank you to the publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.This book had a very interesting concept. We have an Earl who works as a Bow Street runner who's been assigned the case of some missing jewels. Unfortunately for him the culprit is none other than the woman who he finds himself very attracted to. He was able to find out who it was early on because something gives her away. Though her father, a professional thief, had told her to avoid doing it to not get caught. Alex's pursuit of her had him all twisted. He was very attracted to her and knew that she had to pay for her crimes.I liked how the story started with a very sweet and romantic prologue. It is the first chapters that I had a hard time getting into the story. I actually found it a little boring. I really didn't care to know who the jewels belonged to or who the rightful owners were. I wanted more of Alex and Emmy. They spend most of the story evading each other, since they are both ends of the law. I did like that Emmy outsmarts Alex for most of the story. She was good at what she did. She did have help from her family. Their plans were always very detailed and intricate.For me the story didn't take off until she was caught red handed by Alex. This is where we get to see them play out their feelings for each other and how they knew that being together was not in their future. This was such an interesting plot in the story. I really wanted to know how the author was going to resolve this conflict. I'm glad how it was done. That final chapter where we see his proposal was very sweet. I will continue with the series, because I want to see Sebastian fall in love!
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded upNot perfect but a good entry. Kate Bateman has woven a well written story with interesting and flavorful characters. This book is a good addition to the Bow Street Bachelors series. I quite enjoyed it. The story of To Catch an Earl was good, I really enjoyed the characters of Emmy and Alex almost from the start and I enjoyed how they fought themselves and each other. I liked the rapport between them very much. I just wish the love between them was more obvious. I didn't reall 3.5 stars rounded upNot perfect but a good entry. Kate Bateman has woven a well written story with interesting and flavorful characters. This book is a good addition to the Bow Street Bachelors series. I quite enjoyed it. The story of To Catch an Earl was good, I really enjoyed the characters of Emmy and Alex almost from the start and I enjoyed how they fought themselves and each other. I liked the rapport between them very much. I just wish the love between them was more obvious. I didn't really feel it. There was attraction and lust for sure, but I'm not so sure about love. Otherwise I really enjoyed this story but also I felt the ending was rushed and it took away from the story. I had an issue with the epilogue as well. It felt lacking. This book had all the makings of a great book but it got lost somewhere in there for some reason. I don't know what special spark was missing, but this story was just ok. Still worth reading though, it was far from bad, just not as good as I hoped for.*** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Carissa
    January 1, 1970
    I love this synopsis of this one as I'm still enjoying the Bow Street Bachelors series. Alex an agent of inquiry and Emmy the notorious Nightjar thief (trained by her father). I loved the whole plotting of stealing all the France's jewels to give them back to the country and the underlying reason Emmy has to do it. Loved seeing AIex and Emmy's relationship develop through this whole situation while Emmy is keeping her second life a secret. I'm also looking forward to the next in the series. I re I love this synopsis of this one as I'm still enjoying the Bow Street Bachelors series. Alex an agent of inquiry and Emmy the notorious Nightjar thief (trained by her father). I loved the whole plotting of stealing all the France's jewels to give them back to the country and the underlying reason Emmy has to do it. Loved seeing AIex and Emmy's relationship develop through this whole situation while Emmy is keeping her second life a secret. I'm also looking forward to the next in the series. I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Carole Burant
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was a fun read....after all, how many heroines do you know that can steal royal jewels from places that are deemed non-penetrable?! She's a jewel thief and he's a Bow Street agent so be prepared for the exciting cat and mouse game they play with each other!I loved Emmy's character, she's so daring and loving. Even though she has no wish to be a jewel thief like her father was, she's forced into it by a blackmailer. Find the rest of the royal jewels from France or her family will s I thought this was a fun read....after all, how many heroines do you know that can steal royal jewels from places that are deemed non-penetrable?! She's a jewel thief and he's a Bow Street agent so be prepared for the exciting cat and mouse game they play with each other!I loved Emmy's character, she's so daring and loving. Even though she has no wish to be a jewel thief like her father was, she's forced into it by a blackmailer. Find the rest of the royal jewels from France or her family will suffer. Alex, on the job to find the thief, doesn't take long to realize who the thief is and that's when his problems really start! Protect Emmy or turn her in....I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This book has an intriguing premise--a romance between a jewel thief and the Bow Street Runner who is hunting her. Alex is one of the three Bow Street Runners introduced in the first book of this series, and Emmy is an unwilling jewel thief, who is being blackmailed into continuing her late father's crimes (though she does take pleasure in a job well done.) Overall, I thought this was enjoyable, but I didn't love it. I wasn't wowed by the chemistry between Alex and Emmy, and there were several t This book has an intriguing premise--a romance between a jewel thief and the Bow Street Runner who is hunting her. Alex is one of the three Bow Street Runners introduced in the first book of this series, and Emmy is an unwilling jewel thief, who is being blackmailed into continuing her late father's crimes (though she does take pleasure in a job well done.) Overall, I thought this was enjoyable, but I didn't love it. I wasn't wowed by the chemistry between Alex and Emmy, and there were several times where she behaved so stupidly that I wanted to yell at her to stop. The perfume bit was the worst, plus wearing the very feathers she is about to leave as her signature at the scene of a crime at a ball that Alex is also attending. But it was a fun story with lots of suspense as Alex begins to zero in on Emmy as a suspect.*I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carey’s Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!! I loved this book! I loved the chemistry between Emmy Danvers & Alex Harland! I highly recommend this book and this series! The banter between the 2 main characters had me smiling the whole time while reading! Loved it!*I received this book at no charge from the publisher and I voluntarily left a review.* 4.5 Stars!! I loved this book! I loved the chemistry between Emmy Danvers & Alex Harland! I highly recommend this book and this series! The banter between the 2 main characters had me smiling the whole time while reading! Loved it!*I received this book at no charge from the publisher and I voluntarily left a review.*
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  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    January 1, 1970
    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher (via Edelweiss). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I'm adding To Catch an Earl firmly in the "great when reading, but completely unmemorable" category. This was a really entertaining historical romance in the moment but I can't say it was one I'd remember a week or month from now.Which I don't necessarily consider a bad thing because I'm generally not lookin Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher (via Edelweiss). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I'm adding To Catch an Earl firmly in the "great when reading, but completely unmemorable" category. This was a really entertaining historical romance in the moment but I can't say it was one I'd remember a week or month from now.Which I don't necessarily consider a bad thing because I'm generally not looking to romances for some life-changing story that will stick with me for years to come.The synopsis promises a cat and mouse game and it delivered! I loved that there was the constant tension of Alex hunting the thief, Emmy, while she's working to make the biggest steals of her life and battle her longtime crush on the aforementioned Alex. It kept the story moving along and created instant tension. And heat. There was plenty of that.I hesitate to call this an enemies-to-lovers romance because they're not quite enemies so much as two individuals with differing opinions of what's right and wrong. I loved that Emmy was a thief, and not just any thief but an infamous one after treasures for a cause, rather than just for profit. It spoke to who she was as a person, both her goals and motivation and what she stood for. Meanwhile, Alex is clearly opinionated when it comes to what he believes is right and wrong and having that challenged by Emmy made their interactions all the more interesting. Plus there's the early scene between them that sparks a romance that doesn't happen for years.But there's one element about the entire book that annoyed me to no end, despite how enjoyable I found the rest of it — the perfume. So not a spoiler, you learn Emmy has this favorite perfume she wears made just for her. She's literally the only person with that scent, and it's a noticeable fragrance that makes it pretty easy for Alex to start putting pieces of the puzzle together. So why would you wear that perfume to steal things? I'm no thief but I would think the first rule would be to not get caught, and the second to not make it easy to catch you. I had to kind of accept this premise to really love the book but it irked me to no end, even though Alex might have been the only one to make the connection. So romance was great. Story was entertaining. Just that one plot point that disrupted it all. But at the end of the day, I would still recommend To Catch an Earl as well as the previous book This Earl of Mine. Both have been just the sort of entertaining romances I needed at the time and worth checking out!For More Bookish Content: Blog || Twitter || Facebook || Bloglovin'
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    This is a review for To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman. There are numerous spoilers contained within this review.Let me start with saying this is the first book I’ve read by Kate Bateman, but I loved it so much that I’m now hunting down every other book she’s written, If I could give this 10-stars over 5, I would!This is the story of Emmeline (Emmy) Danvers, daughter of a French aristocrat who fled to London when Napoleon came to power. Her father, outraged at the theft of France’s crown jewels, This is a review for To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman. There are numerous spoilers contained within this review.Let me start with saying this is the first book I’ve read by Kate Bateman, but I loved it so much that I’m now hunting down every other book she’s written, If I could give this 10-stars over 5, I would!This is the story of Emmeline (Emmy) Danvers, daughter of a French aristocrat who fled to London when Napoleon came to power. Her father, outraged at the theft of France’s crown jewels, set out to steal each piece back to restore them to the people of France. Before obtaining all of them, he dies (with four to go). Emmy, her brother Luc, and her grandmother Camille live relatively peaceful and law-abiding lives after his death in London. Shortly after his death, Emmy is at a masquerade and is quite bold as she approaches Alexander (Alex) Harland, pretends they are to dance and then kisses him passionately in the garden before disappearing (he’s heading to fight Bonaparte in a few days). Fast forward four years: Emmy and her family are being blackmailed by another Frenchman who figured out her father was the Nightjar (her father’s thief name). Alex is back from the war in mostly one piece; he did take cannon fire that left him blind in one eye. He is working for Bow Street now and was given an Earldom by Prinny for services provided to the crown. As Emmy begins stealing the remaining jewels, Alex is assigned to her case.I will not go into the details of the rest of the plot, but I will say it was refreshingly different. Both Emmy and Alex are immensely likeable characters with a sizzling chemistry between them. I liked that there was strife in finding their happily ever after, but not to the extent that seems common in today’s historical romances (I don’t like conflict going on for an extended period; this is just my personal preference). It was nice and steamy, without being overpowering; it added to the story in a fun way. As I mentioned before, I would give this book 10-stars if it could and have already purchased the first book in this series, This Earl of Mine. Sadly, The Princess and the Rogue (book #3) won’t be out until the end of 2020 (Any way to speed this up?! Desperate times people!).I received a free copy of this story in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Matilda Dix
    January 1, 1970
    Published on my Romance Librarian blog. https://romancelibrarian88.blogspot.c...Given how I feel about reading books in order, I didn’t realize, at first, that this was the second installment of The Bow Street Bachelors. Also, I received this book in the mail on...wait for it...paper!!! It’s been a while since I have read a romance on something other than my ereader. So, it was kind of fun. I’d have to go back through my blog, but I think this is the first Kate Bateman book that I have read and Published on my Romance Librarian blog. https://romancelibrarian88.blogspot.c...Given how I feel about reading books in order, I didn’t realize, at first, that this was the second installment of The Bow Street Bachelors. Also, I received this book in the mail on...wait for it...paper!!! It’s been a while since I have read a romance on something other than my ereader. So, it was kind of fun. I’d have to go back through my blog, but I think this is the first Kate Bateman book that I have read and I am hooked. The writing flowed, the dialogue was witty, the characters are charismatic and yum, yum, yummy to our male protagonist, Alex Harland. If you have a thing for seemingly rigid, alpha, law enforcement types → you will be a happy reader. I also really like how the title To Catch an Earl plays on the idea of catching a thief. The prologue hooks you in with a masquerade ball and a steamy kiss *swoon* and then we find out that Emmy Danvers is the perfect thief. She is smart, nimble, calm under pressure and can find her way through anything to get what she needs. Emmy did not want a life of crime and was trying to get out, when she started to get blackmailed. She has her close friends and does get a thrill from the chase, but she does not want Harland on her trail because he is an equally skilled investigator. Emmy knows she would have to pay with her life if she got caught. I think this book is equal parts mystery and romance. While the reader knows more than the characters, it is rather intriguing to read about the war, espionage and missing French jewels. It’s gets pretty exciting when Alex begins to suspect Emmy’s role in the heists, but he also has to fight his attraction to her. She is his perfect match with her wit, intelligence and in her enjoyment of the thrill of the chase. Emmy Danvers is not your typical woman waiting around for a husband. In fact, she believes that she will not be able to give her heart to anyone because she can never tell the truth about herself to a suitor. When Emmy agrees to sleep with Harland, she has no illusions of marriage and a happily ever after. But we all want our happily after for them so you will not be disappointed by their flirty interactions, sizzling kisses and sexy bedroom escapades. I loved reading this non-traditional, action packed historical romance. I have to pick up the first book now because this one was so good. I also love the cover. The models on the cover look like I would imagine the characters to look. I think the shades of red and purple are very decadent and sexy. This book comes out June 2020. Be on the lookout. You will love it!!!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed To Catch an Earl. This was my first book by Kate Bateman (read: I, unfortunately, didn't have a chance to read the first in the series, -yet-... for which, I am bummed)The book kind of reminded me of that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery movie.... Entrapment, I think (there I go with my 90's showing again)... and kind of a mix of Ocean's 11-ish. Emmy is the daughter of the infamous 'Nightjar', a gentleman thief who is set on stealing and restoring the lost/stolen French cro I really enjoyed To Catch an Earl. This was my first book by Kate Bateman (read: I, unfortunately, didn't have a chance to read the first in the series, -yet-... for which, I am bummed)The book kind of reminded me of that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery movie.... Entrapment, I think (there I go with my 90's showing again)... and kind of a mix of Ocean's 11-ish. Emmy is the daughter of the infamous 'Nightjar', a gentleman thief who is set on stealing and restoring the lost/stolen French crown jewels. When her brother is injured in the war, she must take up the mantle of thief's apprentice in his sted. She becomes the master of hiding in plain sight.When Emmy discovers her secret fantasy man is about to go off to serve in the war against Napoleon, she indulges herself at a masked ball by scandalously asking him to dance. Intrigued by this mystery woman, Alex Harland, takes the bait. They share a dance and a very heady kiss. He is left with the mystery of who she is. Years later, after the war is won and Alex has returned, he is tasked by Bow Street to help discover the Nightjar's true identity and bring him in. Oh, how I love a good cat and mouse plot. I enjoyed the story and the unfolding mystery/drama. The secondary characters are really unique and fun. Emmy's grand-mère, Camille is just too much! I really would have loved to read more about Emmy's brother and Sally. We get a snippet of Benedict (This Earl of Mine) in the story but not much. I love the world Bateman has created and am really amped to read more about Sebastian. He sounds fun!*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.* 
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  • Eileen
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!!! I loved, loved, loved Emmy and Alex’s story in To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman, book two in her Bow Street Bachelors series. This fantastic Regency romance of a jewel thief and a rake who helps Bow Street catch criminals is a chase that warms one’s heart. Alex Harland never planned to become an agent of inquiry but the excitement of an investigation is the challenge he needs in his life. Being asked to track down the Nightjar, a famous thief who has been collecting France’s crown jewels WOW!!! I loved, loved, loved Emmy and Alex’s story in To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman, book two in her Bow Street Bachelors series. This fantastic Regency romance of a jewel thief and a rake who helps Bow Street catch criminals is a chase that warms one’s heart. Alex Harland never planned to become an agent of inquiry but the excitement of an investigation is the challenge he needs in his life. Being asked to track down the Nightjar, a famous thief who has been collecting France’s crown jewels has him crossing paths with the beautiful and elusive Emmy Danvers. Being around Emmy allows him to solve his one unsolved curiosity; that of the mysterious woman who once stole a kiss from him and left him wanting so much more. Emmy is the daughter of the notorious thief, Nightjar, and learned long ago how to safeguard her secrets; her love for Alex being one of those secrets. Alex knows Emmy is the Nightjar but needs proof before he can arrest her. It is the perfect excuse for him to follow and stay close to her. When Emmy’s life and her family are threatened, Alex is determined to keep her safe. Keeping Emmy safe takes Alex on a different path, one of falling in love. Ms. Bateman wrote a wonderful, amazing, and emotional story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sizzling chemistry, witty banter, endearing character, twists and turns, as well as a swoon worthy romance giving Emmy and Alex a chance at love, happiness, and a future neither expected. I highly recommend To Catch an Earl to other readers and look forward to reading the next book in this series.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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  • Liberty Ireland Historical Graffiti
    January 1, 1970
    This story was made up of two of my favorite tropes - Enemies to Lovers and Second Chance Romance. I'm a sucker for both of them and I was a sucker for this book - once I started reading it I just could not put it down.Harlan and Emmy were the hero and heroine. I loved the mystery, the chase, the witty repartee but most of all their hot, HOT Chemistry! It made the story all the more fun and enjoyable. Ms. Bateman really gave them good dialog and created well-rounded characters. The world-buildin This story was made up of two of my favorite tropes - Enemies to Lovers and Second Chance Romance. I'm a sucker for both of them and I was a sucker for this book - once I started reading it I just could not put it down.Harlan and Emmy were the hero and heroine. I loved the mystery, the chase, the witty repartee but most of all their hot, HOT Chemistry! It made the story all the more fun and enjoyable. Ms. Bateman really gave them good dialog and created well-rounded characters. The world-building was terrific as well. I mean she's a top notch jewel thief and he's an officer of the law? It made for one mean cat-and-mouse-game for sure. The only thing that disappointed me a little was the ending. It felt like it all wrapped up a tad too quickly for my taste. I like to enjoy my HEA/HFN's I guess. Would I read more of Kate Bateman's books? You bet! And this one is perfect for a vacation/weekend/pandemic read for sure. I recommend it to historical romance lovers who are looking for something a little different.5 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️2 🔥🔥Many thanks to Kate Bateman, Sara La Cotti, St Martin's Press and Net Galley for sending this complimentary copy of the ARC. It was my pleasure to read it and my choice to leave a review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Suzannah
    January 1, 1970
    To Catch An Earl is book two in A Bow Street Bachelors series by Kate Bateman. I enjoy Bateman’s writing. She has a talent for hooking the reader’s attention and then pulling you along at a frantic and frenzied pace. I was mesmerized and couldn’t put the book down. Alex Harland is a magnificent hero - a man torn between his attraction to a thief and doing his job helping Bow Street investigate sensitive cases. I liked the heroine Emmeline Louise d’Anvers. She has enough humor and wit to keep the To Catch An Earl is book two in A Bow Street Bachelors series by Kate Bateman. I enjoy Bateman’s writing. She has a talent for hooking the reader’s attention and then pulling you along at a frantic and frenzied pace. I was mesmerized and couldn’t put the book down. Alex Harland is a magnificent hero - a man torn between his attraction to a thief and doing his job helping Bow Street investigate sensitive cases. I liked the heroine Emmeline Louise d’Anvers. She has enough humor and wit to keep the story interesting. “Her heart almost stopped when he bent his head and kissed her. A light, almost questioning touch. He repeated the action, his lips soft yet firm, and Emmy closed her eyes, determined to savor the experience. This might be her one and only kiss with Alex Harland, ever.” There are a number of steamy sex scenes. I also enjoyed the references to words not found in the English language. One lovely example is a word Ms. Bateman mentions at the end of her book - Koi No Yokan means the sense of inevitability upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love. Bravo Ms. Bateman. Another masterpiece!
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