Series: The London League Genre: Adult, Regency, Romance Publisher: Phase Publishing Publication date: February 1, 2019
With Cap in hand…
Malcolm Colerain, Earl of Montgomery, needs a wife. He has four children, a peerage, and a demanding secret occupation as a member of the London League; all of which give him a fulfilling life, so a proper marriage of convenience is all he seeks. But when he meets Elizabeth Owens, things begin to change. Distance becomes difficult, convenience becomes rather inconvenient, and his exciting life as a spy turns on its head.
…Love comes to call…
Beth Owens seizes the chance to marry the handsome and striking Earl of Montgomery, marriage of convenience or not. Her heart is his for the taking, and she is determined that he eventually will. But the more she learns about her husband, the more he puzzles her. He has secrets, she is well aware, but just how many and how deeply do they run? And when she finds a few secrets of her own, will they ever have a chance at love?
Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
My rating: 3/5
A Tip of the Cap is the third book in the London League series by Rebecca Connolly. Having never read the first two (and not having the time to do so), I was worried that I wouldn’t understand what was going on. Luckily, though clearly characters, relationships, and references would be more clearly understood with the first two books having been read, I was able to understand and follow the mostly stand-alone plot of this book.
The “theme” of the series is the London League, a spy organization tasked with protecting the Crown and the Crown’s secrets. Each book is about one member, referenced in the title, and this book is about Cap, otherwise known as Malcolm, Lord Montgomery. Now, I will say that I felt the London League aspect of the book was the weakest part. Perhaps that’s because I hadn’t read the first two and so had no clue who Gent and Rogue and Rook were, but I found all the spy stuff hard to follow. For example, Rook and Rogue get into a fight for some reason at a ball, but it’s never clearly explained why—to throw someone off the scent? But why would a fight change that?—and I found it hard to believe that Malcolm and Gent would then have a conversation, in the ballroom, where they toss around Rook and Rogue’s code names casually, as if no one was around to hear them. I also had no clear idea about the nameless, faceless “enemy” they were facing, though there are mentions of France. Also, if they are spies and no one knows their true identities, why do they all work at the same office building (why have an office building at all??)?
However, besides my confusion with those points, I did enjoy the action and tension that the spy plot gave, as it lended itself well as a break from the more heavily romantic areas of the book. Because the book is, of course, a historical romance, featuring an arranged marriage of a sort and all the romantic angst and atmosphere that one might expect. I thought it was really well done, for the most part, if a bit predictable in some places and too fast-paced in others, and Beth was fairly adorable (though I found her speech at the ball when she broke up Rook and Rogue’s “fight” to be way too over-the-top and cheesy). Both her’s and Malcolm’s motivations and thoughts felt realistic, and their interactions and the development of their relationship were believable, as well as sweet and heartwarming in the right places. But I think my favorite romance of the book was the one between Lily Granger and her husband, even though most of that develops “off-page” and is resolved rather quickly.
A Tip of the Cap was much better than I thought it would be. Though I found a lot of the London League stuff confusing, and its explanation clunky, the main story was interesting, the romance was sweet, and the spy arc helped break up all that sugary stuff and injected some tension and drama that went beyond the normal romantic variety.
Genre: Historical Fiction
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