Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Loving the Marquess by Suzanna Medeiros + Featured Freebie

Loving the Marquess (Landing a Lord, #1)She is on the verge of losing everything…

To save her home and keep her two younger siblings safe, Louisa Evans must turn to the head of the family that ruined hers.

He needs an heir…
The Marquess of Overlea is starting to show signs of having inherited the same illness that killed his father and older brother. To prevent the marquisate from falling into the hands of an unscrupulous cousin, Overlea must secure an heir before that illness also claims him.

But he is determined not to be the father of that heir…
Overlea’s plan is simple—marry the practical, yet desperate, Miss Evans and hold Louisa to her promise to provide him with an heir. But he waits until after they are married to tell his wife that he intends to have another man father that heir. His careful plan becomes complicated by an almost desperate need to claim Louisa for himself and an outside threat that proves even more dangerous than his illness.

My Rating: 5/5

A lovely historical romance! Loving the Marquess was a fantastic romance that kept me guessing.

The idea for this book is a little different. I've only scene something similar in one other book. So, I was curious. But, I was also worried that the issue of Nicholas not fathering the heir would be dragged out, which would have made the book a torment. However, it was well handled. Things weren't exactly as they appeared and that changed the game for Nicholas and Louisa. 

Louisa was a great heroine. She was strong and determined to protect her family. But, she also knew when she needed to ask for help, which I really appreciated. She wasn't the type to give in easily, especially to a demand as outrageous as Nicholas'. She was definitely a likable character.

Nicholas was equally wonderful. He fears the illness that claimed his father and brother and that has shaped his life.  And, despite his crazy plan, he was a good man who was just trying to do what he though was best for everyone, though he got it totally wrong. He was very sweet and easy to adore. 

Louisa and Nicholas had an interesting relationship with they way it started off. But, even with that confusion, their feelings for each other deepened. They were so sweet together and, once it happened, very spicy in the bedroom.

The plot was fast paced. There were tons of surprises in store. There were twists and turns that totally took me off guard. And the ending was brilliant.

Romance lovers, Loving the Marquess was a wonderful historical romance that you should definitely give a read.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the author for a copy!
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Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson by Delilah Marvelle

Lady Jane left her father, the Earl of Chadwick, and the ton behind to experience life on the stage. After a disastrous marriage, the widow is living on the edge of poverty, determined to guard her heart, when a secret admirer from her past demands a second chance.

Shy and retiring Martin Nicholas Pierce, the Sixth Duke of Somerset, has carried a torch for Lady Jane since her youth, but he is five years her junior. When she married another man, he left for Europe, determined to put her out of his mind. After returning to find Lady Jane free, he vows to replace the memories of her cursed Twelfth Night with a new beginning.

The Twelve Days of Seduction By Máire Claremont

Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward's governess isn't quite what she seems. Although Miss Flint is beautiful and intelligent, she misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he threatens to give her the sack mere days before Christmas.

Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she's grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, although she fears it may cost her heart. Alexander accepts the challenge, unconcerned that he has as much to lose, if not more, than the delectable Miss Flint.

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