Friday, March 29, 2013

The Marquess Who Loved Me (Muses of Mayfair #3) by Sara Ramsey + Giveaway Info

The Marquess Who Loved Me (Muses of Mayfair, #3)

A not-so-merry widow…

The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover – the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him again.

A man determined to destroy her...

Nicholas Claiborne hasn’t stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer – and take revenge on the woman he couldn’t force himself to forget.

A love they can’t escape…

Nick hates Ellie’s transformation from sweet debutante to jaded seductress. Ellie despises him for leaving her behind. Still, the sparks between them reignite the passion that should have been their destiny. As their demands of each other turn darker and a potential killer closes in, they must decide whether to guard the fragile remnants of their hearts — or find a way to fall in love all over again.

My Rating: 3/5

The Marquess Who Loved Me was a lovely read. Though there were some elements that I didn't like, I definitely enjoyed this book.

Let me just get the bad over with.

I didn't like Ellie. I though she was, excuse my language, a bitch. She could just me so mean. Years ago, she broke off her engagement with Nick so that she could marry his cousin, a marquess, in order to please her father. But, during the book, she was angry with Nick for some unfathomable reason. Right from the beginning, she acted as is she had a right to be mad at him, when everything that happened between them was her fault. And then she threw out the flimsy excuse that Nick should have fought for her. Seriously? After she stomped all over his heart and told him under no uncertain terms that she wasn't going to marry him, she thinks that he should have fought for her. I just thought it was utterly ridiculous. I don't think Ellie had any reason to act the way she did. And, her excuse for leaving Nick to marry his cousin was way too flimsy for me to believe. I don't think "I was trying to please my father" justified her actions. I didn't even understand why she acted so guarded-absolutely nothing bad has ever happened to her that wasn't of her own doing. She had no reason to pretend to be jaded and guarded. I just didn't like her. 

And, what's more, everyone was going around blaming Nick for being mean to Ellie. As if he had absolutely no reason to be angry with her. Everyone took her side for some reason that I failed to comprehend. From what I saw in the book, she only had a few shining moments of humanity that kept me from utterly hating her. But, definitely not enough to excuse how she acted.

The other problem was the whole murder mystery. I didn't feel like it fit within the book. It seemed like it was just an excuse for Nick to return to England rather than a true plot component. It was barely even brought up. In the beginning, it was used to explain why Nick returned to England. At the end, it was brought up again to be solved. It didn't feel like an actual part of the story.

After all that, it probably seems like I hated the book. But, I didn't. I might not have loved the book, but I did like it. 

Nick was amazing. I adored him. He was so sweet and much more kind than I would have been in his situation. He was the saving grace of the book. He was perfect.

I liked the situation presented in the book, though, obviously, some parts of the execution didn't fly with me. I liked how the plot was paced and I liked how nothing in the book felt predictable. And the ending was lovely.

Though I had some issues with this book, I still liked it. If you like historical romance, you should give it a try-though maybe borrow instead of buy.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Spencerhill Associates for a copy!
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