The Sinful Wallflowers, Book 2
From the publisher:
Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower.
When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber windows of a house party, Maryann does the unthinkable. She anonymously claims that the bedchamber belonged to none other than Miss Fitzwilliam, tarnishing her own reputation―and chances of the dastardly union her family secured for her. Now she just needs to convince the marquess to keep his silence.
Turns out Nicolas allows for the scandal to perpetuate for his own reasons… But when Maryann’s parents hold fast to their arranged marriage plan, it’ll take a scandal of epic proportions for these two to get out of this together.
This author was new to me but we share the same first name and even spell it the same way so I figured I’ve got to check out my partial namesake! Plus the storyline sounded good and I liked the cover so, to be honest, that was what really drew me in. Plus the publisher, Entangled, runs very hot and cold with giving out the egalleys. If I sign up to review, I definitely get the book, while others are hit or miss. I ask, sometimes they say no, sometimes they say yes. Which may explain why I review so many Avon and Harlequin romances – because they always say yes. And I have found that invariably, I always like their books. With Entangled, that is not always the case. But they are a “Women-owned publisher” and I like that so I want to support them.
Berkley Books is the most annoying publisher I deal with, and every month I swear I’m going to just ignore their titles and avoid the aggravation. I haven’t quite taken that step yet but I am THISCLOSE. Weirdly, they are an imprint of Penguin Random House, who I have been dealing with since 1998 with no issues at all, until this past year, and only with this imprint. I don’t know who is making these decisions now because they also choose to ignore me when I ask. One of these days I will seriously follow up and try and find out what their problem is but I’ve just been too busy to bother. Or I’ll just stop reading/reviewing their books. Occasionally, I get assigned a Berkley Book from my editor at Library Journal. I’ll request the egalley (because of my vision issues, it’s more comfortable for me to read on my Kindle or iPad) and invariably get turned down by the publisher in one of the egalley apps, but I can get it in the other and of course Library Journal is always able to get it for me. Just takes a few more days. ANNOYING! So I really think there is one person behind this. Or am I being paranoid? Hmmmm…
Anyway, back to My Wicked Marquess. This is a fake engagement type storyline, and I usually like that plot device, and it works really well here. There is a lot of explicit sex so if you don’t enjoy that, skip this book. I will say I think the sex scenes were well written. The main characters were well defined and drew me into their story and I wanted them to find their happy ending. The secondary characters were developed enough to make their presence felt, and that is not always the case, so kudos, Ms. Reid! A very enjoyable hot and sexy romp.
12/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
HER WICKED MARQUESS by Stacy Reid. Entangled: Amara (December 29, 2020). ISBN 978-1682815199. 400 pages.
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