Lady Sarah Herriand's husband died in a duel and she has retired to a seaside village to run an art and tea shop and to try to decide where to go next with her life. Into this life comes Lucian Avery, Marquess of Cannock who is going incognito in the villiage to try to get his sister to recover from a disastrous love affair where she has descended into depression.
I liked the interactions between the characters and their attitude to each other, though talking a bit more could have sorted some of their problems. Still Lucian is a good foil for Sarah and the two of them sound like they will be a good couple long-term.
Despised and Desired by Bree Wolf is an outstanding historical romance. Ms. Wolf has delivered a well-written, smooth read. This is my first book by Bree Wolf and what a fabulous surprise. Ellie and Frederick's story is packed with drama, action, bits of humor and spice along with an amazing cast of characters. Kudos to Ms. Wolf for bringing these tremendous characters to life. I enjoyed reading Despised and Desired and look forward to reading more from Bree Wolf in the future. Despised and Desired: The Marquess' Passionate Wife is book 3 of the Love's Second Chance Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Lady Evie Chesterfield has been crazy about Lord Richard Maitland, Marquees of Westfall, her brother’s best friend, since she was 16. Over the years, they became close friends. Evie became someone Richard could rely on and go to. When his reputation is destroyed by his final act of defiance on society’s expectation by claiming the illegitimate daughter he didn’t know he had, he pulls his friendship away from Evie.
I really loved this book. The characters had me absolutely engrossed in the book. I couldn’t put it down until it was done. I did find myself mad at Richard several times throughout the story for his ignorant treatment of Evie, but forgave him by the end:) I highly recommend.
**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
'How to Marry A Marquess' by Stacy Reid is Book Three in The "Wedded by Scandal" series. This is the story of Evie Chesterfield and Richard Maitland. I have read (and Loved!) the other books in this series but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Evie first met Richard when she was almost 16 years of age. Richard is her brother's friend but she had never met him until she sneaked out one night upset about her parents trying to marry her off to an older Duke. Richard happened upon her when she had been physically sick with upset about her parents plan. Richard and Evie hit is off after he told her how to turn the Duke's attention away from her. They both agreed they would be friends...which they did.
Richard once thought himself in love and wanted to marry the lady but they lady in question had her heart set on a title. Richard at the time was a Second Son and had no such Title. Richard was heart broken and vowed to never marry. Richard does not trust or think that Love is true.
Richard really likes Evie but she is the darling of the Town and of late even with a Title that he inherited he knows being something more that his frined would ruin her. In addition, he doesn't want to loose their friendship...but it hard to keep is desire for her to himself.
I so love the friendship between Richard and Evie an how it slowly build into more. Richard for all his talk of not wanting to love he had a big heart for the less fortunate.
This is a book you will not be able to put down!! Loved it!
Wedded by Scandal:,
Book 1: Accidentally Compromising the Duke,
Book 2: Wicked in His Arms,
Book 3: How to Marry a Marquess,
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