Leah Elliot sells secrets to survive. Donning boy's clothes, she uncovers society scandals for a London gossip rag to support herself and her sister, who were left destitute after their father's death. When she meets the dashing—and perhaps dangerous—Hal Forster, the Marquess of Denby, she learns he may be involved in treason. The rumor is too valuable not to sell, despite her attraction to him…
Hal does have a secret, but he's no traitor: he's a spy embroiled in a mystery, seeking the man who killed his contact in France. He sees the alluring woman behind Leah's disguise at once but is intrigued enough to play along…until he realizes that she's the source of the rumors interfering with his investigation and forcing him into an unwanted betrothal.
Now, Hal and Leah must work together to draw out the culprit and undo the damage caused by Leah's gossip. Or will their passion only cause more scandal?
Compromising the Marquess was such an adorable romance, sweet with just a hint of spice.
This book started out a little slow. It took be a couple of chapters to figure everything out and really get into it. But, once things sped up a few chapters in, I was hooked.
Leah is not a heroine to be trifled with. She is tough and not afraid to go toe to toe with anyone when she needs to. It was awesome. Her career as a secret seller is short lived throughout the duration of this book. I thought it would irritate me that the heroine sold secrets, but it was explained well and I ended up perfectly fine with it. She was a fun lead, one that a lot of people will like.
Hal was the perfect match for Leah. Not bothered by her tendency for the outrageous and able to match her strength of will. He's also a total beast. He's a spy and, of course, learned some incredibly skills as a result. At the end, we get to see the extent of his spy skills. It is totally awesome. He was also so sweet. There are two central conflicts in this book, one revolving around each character, which I won't reveal because that would spoil the fun of finding out for yourself. But Hal doesn't hesitate with helping Leah with her conflict, even when it puts him in great danger. It was so chivalrous. Their relationship was scandalous from the beginning and their spicy moments verify that entirely. There isn't much of that in this book, just a couple of moments, but those moments are very well done.
The plot, after that shaky beginning, was wonderful. There weren't very many surprises besides one that had me shocked. The ending was so adorable, just lovely.
Compromising the Marquess is a wonderful romance that I would recommend to any lover of the genre.
Thanks to Netgalley and Carina Press for a copy!
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