Book Review: Earl of Pembroke by Lauren Smith

Earl of Pembroke by Lauren Smith

Wicked Earls’ Club, book 10

The League of Rogues Club (book 7)

March 13, 2018

Novella/Historical Romance



She’s a servant masquerading as a lady…

Gillian Beaumont never had a fairytale life: she was left penniless after her father’s death, forcing her into service as a lady’s maid. Luckily, her mistress is more adventurous than most ladies and soon Gillian is aiding her espionage. One such spy mission forces Gillian to masquerade as a high-born lady to infiltrate a Hellfire Club. But when she falls into the club’s trap, she’s rescued by gentleman rogue, the Earl of Pembroke. His heated kisses make her long for a different life, but she has a secret that could destroy everything…

He’s a gentleman on the outside, but a rogue on the inside…

James Fordyce, Earl of Pembroke, tries to be a well-behaved man—for the most part. A member of the Wicked Earls’ Club, he has his fair share of notoriety, but he’s longing for the day when he might settle down. A chance encounter with a mysterious beauty leaves him feeling full of hope. When she vanishes without a trace and danger seems to be following her, he knows he must find her and rescue the woman he is determined to make the future Countess of Pembroke. Tracking her down to the seedy halls of a Hellfire Club, he knows he’ll have to fight against all odds to save her before it’s too late…





I was a bit disappointed in this offering in the Wicked Earls’ Club series. It didn’t feel like it belonged in the series. The hero didn’t seem to have a bit of rogue in him though he is likable. I was left wanting to know the background of how these two originally met, which apparently is covered in another series, The League of Rogues Club, which I have not read.  I felt a chunk of their history is missing since throughout the book it mentions a few times of their first meeting. I liked the premise for the story but I think the story would have benefitted to have their prior meeting(s) told especially since it’s stated that it can be read as a standalone.  If you can overlook missing part of their story, then this is a satisfying read.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel



USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.





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