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The Marriage Game #1

Setting: Regency England, 1814

Official Blurb

Polite society has its rules for marriage. But for Ella Quinn’s eligible bachelors, their brides will show them that rules are for the weak of heart…

Phoebe Stanhope is not a typical Lady. As feisty as she is quick witted, no one can catch her, especially astride a horse. And unlike her peers, experience has guarded her against a growing list of would-be suitors. But when she encounters Marcus Finley, what she fears most burns deep within in his blue-eyed gaze…

For Lord Finley, the spark of recognition is but a moment in the love he has held these many years. Now that he’s returned to England, all the happiness he desires rests on Lady Phoebe never finding out that he was the one who turned her heart so cold and distant. He must work fast to gain the advantage—to convince her what she wants is exactly what she denies—but in order to seduce her into his arms, he must be willing to give up more than he can control…

NOTE: THIS BOOK WILL BE RELEASED ON 19 SEPTEMBER 2013 BUT IS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON US, AMAZON UK, BARNES AND NOBLE AND KENSINGTON BOOKS.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

THE SEDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE, Ella Quinn’s Regency Historical debut novel, is a delightful mix of romance, excitement and charming characters.

I have a soft spot for unconventional heroines and Phoebe certainly falls into that category. She combines beauty with intelligence, daring, a political and social awareness and a damaging right hook!

For the first time in Phoebe’s life, she was truly afraid. Desperate, she broke his hold and drove her fist into his nose.

I’m also partial to a hero in hot pursuit of a reluctant heroine and love Marcus’ sheer determination to prove to Phoebe that he is no longer the arrogant, spoilt young man of eight years ago, but a man of honour and integrity.

I enjoyed Ms Quinn’s gradual development of the romance between Phoebe and Marcus. Marcus’ actions have instilled such feelings of fear and hurt in Phoebe that it takes a lot of effort on his part to break through the barriers she’s erected around her heart. His love for Phoebe has remained constant and his years of exile in the West Indies have given him time to reflect on his actions and realise what an arrogant and stupid young man he was. I love his willingness to let Phoebe set the conditions regarding his courtship. It certainly enhances the sexual tension and provides for some amusing plotting and scheming from various family members and friends. Although I like my love scenes with plenty of steam, I feel  Ms Quinn’s less explicit scenes do fit the general tone of the story perfectly and so this isn’t a minus point for me.

The secondary characters definitely add richness to the story (although, at times, it does seem like a cast of thousands! LOL!) I love the family dynamics and Lord Travenor makes a suitably menacing villain.

The family exchanges provide some lovely touches of humour and witty dialogue. This is one of my favourites:

“Does she always travel like this?” (Marcus)
Geoffrey grinned. “Always, unless she is fleeing you. Never saw her travel so light before.”
“At least she leaves the furniture,” John said. “I had a great-grandmother who took half her house when she traveled.”

The period language definitely gives the story an authentic Regency feel but, occasionally, I was distracted by some of the phrases, such as ‘peep o day boy’, which I’d never come across before. But, overall, this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story.

How I imagine Marcus…

How I imagine Phoebe…

THE SEDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE is a perfect blend of heart, wit and charm which will certainly appeal to all lovers of Georgette Heyer.

VERDICT:  A VERY GOOD READ

RATING: 4/5 Stars

SENSUALITY RATING: WARM

Many thanks to the author, Ella Quinn, for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

Read April 2013

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A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3)

MINISTRY OF MARRIAGE #3

Official Blurb

Lady Cecily Westruther is nothing if not practical. By agreeing to marry an older duke who already has an heir and a mistress, she can assume a wifely role—without the wifely duties. Only one thing stands in her way—a  letter that could destroy her betrothal. Desperate to retrieve that letter, Cecily must match wits with the most dangerously seductive man she’s ever known…

Disguised as a footman, Cecily gains entry to her adversary’s house—only to be unmasked by London’s most powerful man. Rand, Duke of Ashburn, is accustomed to getting any woman he wants—and he wants Cecily. He will stop at nothing, including seduction, to make her his. But Rand holds a secret more shocking and destructive than that letter could ever be…

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

This is the third book in Christina Brooke’s Ministry of Marriage series and although maybe not as good as Mad About the Earl, it’s still an enjoyable read.

I liked Cecily in the previous two books. She’s intelligent, independent, vivacious and witty; always a thorn in the side of her guardian, the Duke of Montford. So her willingness to accept the arranged marriage with the dull, mild-mannered Duke of Norland does seem a little out of character but he’s the perfect choice as far as she’s concerned. They have agreed to lead separate lives enabling Cecily to continue to lead the independent life she desires without the constraints of an autocratic husband.

Rand is my favourite type of hero. He’s enigmatic, powerful and confident but vulnerable as well. I love the poignant scene in which he tells Cecily about the most valued part of his inheritance. It really tore at my heart- strings to realise how lonely he must have been growing up and why he had never before been able to trust anyone with his heart.

So when they meet, I knew there would fireworks with two such strong-willed characters. Rand is totally captivated by Cecily and I love his sheer determination to make her his. He’s prepared to use every weapon in his armoury whether it be deceit or seduction. He’s not above manipulating the Duke of Montford or planting seeds of doubt in Norland’s mind about the marriage. I love a hero in hot pursuit of a stubborn heroine! Although Cecily is madly attracted to Rand, she’s not about to succumb. After all, he’s the type of compelling, autocratic man she wishes to avoid at all costs. So Ms Brooke creates great sexual tension as Rand pursues and Cecily retreats and I love their smart, witty repartee.

I enjoyed meeting up with Cecily’s cousins, Jane and Rosamund, again and Ms Brooke also adds a touch of mystery to the proceedings.

If you like a a stubborn heroine and a hero in hot pursuit combined with great sexual tension and a touch of mystery, this book wins on all counts.

RATING: ★★★★

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