About the Book:
Title: An Extraordinary Lord
Author: Anna Harrington
Series: Lords of the Armory #3
Page Length: 384
Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Synopsis: A steamy historical romance set in Anna Harrington’s star-studded Regency world.
Soldier turned solicitor Lord Merritt Rivers has dedicated his life to upholding the law. He patrols the streets faithfully, hoping to stop crimes before they can happen. While hunting an escaped convict, he encounters a woman also hunting thieves. She’s a delicious distraction, until he discovers that she is the criminal he’s after. She’s smart, challenging, and everything he finds attractive, but he cannot trust her.
Veronica Chase has hidden her past as a nobleman’s daughter. She confesses to a crime to keep her adopted brother out of prison. She now lives in London’s underworld, trapped between worlds, belonging nowhere.
Forming an uneasy alliance, Veronica and Merritt work together to protect innocent Londoners during the city’s riots. Moving between her world and his, they grow closer to each other and to the mob’s dangerous leaders. But their newfound trust won’t be enough, until each face their demons and ask what’s worth saving―the lives they’ve chosen to lead or the love that leaves them yearning for more.
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The third book in the Lords of the Armory series, An Extraordinary Lord follows Veronica and Merritt, a pair from very different worlds who work together to stop the violence in their city and the threats to the monarchy. Merritt, an ex-soldier and current solicitor, is one of the Lords of the Armory, and Veronica is a convicted criminal, though she is innocent of the crime for which she served time. With the promise of a pardon, Veronica begrudgingly helps Merritt figure out who is inciting violence and riots on the streets.
This is such a good story, and I love Merritt and Veronica. Their story is intense, action-packed, and riddled with sexual tension. Though they are seemingly different, they are similar in many ways. They both seem trapped between two different worlds, and they are both compelled to help others. I love that Merritt and Veronica are equally skilled in defending themselves and others. They make a good team, and they both work in different ways to rid the streets of criminal activity. They are both strong and capable characters with secrets, and they are also both slow to trust.
Veronica has had a hard life, and she’s wise for her years. There’s so much more to her than meets the eye, and Merritt quickly sees through her tough exterior. However, he can’t reconcile the skilled criminal with the intelligent, cultured woman he sees glimpses of. She is a puzzle, and he wants to solve it.
Life and loss have changed Merritt. His priorities have changed, and he sees his life going in a different direction than he initially planned. It’s interesting to learn more about what happened to his character and what fuels his decisions. The same is true for Veronica. I love how their pasts are slowly revealed as the story progresses, and how they help each other heal. I also love their amazing chemistry!
While fighting, working together and flirting, Veronica and Merritt have a fantastic connection. Their banter is charming and filled with innuendo, and they play off each other well. Of course, they resist their shared connection and pull back when things become too serious, as both are afraid of the depth of their feelings. This makes for some great angst and tension, as well as some swoon-worthy scenes. Their romance is steamy and fun and exciting, and their story is wonderful!
This is a great addition to the Lords of the Armory series and is filled with suspense, intrigue, and an epic romance. Though it’s the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. However, all of the books are fantastic, and I totally recommend the entire series. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Anna Harrington, and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
- The romance!
- The action!
“It’s not the size of a man’s gavel that matters.” She turned her head to look at him, bringing her lips tantalizingly close to his. “It’s how he pounds it.”
She was the perfect paradox. And the perfect temptation.
You can’t lose what you don’t have.