Tuesday, September 11, 2018

BLOG TOUR - The Marquess and the Maiden

Today is my day for the Blog Tour for The Marquess and the Maiden by Robyn DeHart.

About the book:

Harriet Wheatley is the mastermind behind the Ladies of Virtue's quest to rehabilitate the gentlemen of the ton. So when it comes to selecting her own target, she knows who to choose: Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport—the most extravagant wastrel in all of London.

Known for his opulent lifestyle, Oliver isn't surprised by Harriet's confrontation. It's obvious Harriet longs for any way to take him down a notch. She says she'll help him find a bride, but he knows it's only because it gives her the excuse to chastise his indulgent ways.

Oliver has good reason for his flagrant overspending, but Harriet will hear nothing of it. So he has no choice but to teach the lady a lesson, even if it means risking his heart to the hard-headed and fiery woman.

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My review:

Author:   Robyn DeHart
Series:  Lords of Vice #1
Genre:  Adult Historical Romance
Publisher:  Entangled: Scandalous
Format:  Kindle ARC
Date of Publication:  September, 10 2018
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

The Marquess and the Maiden could have been a simple love story where a Regency couple married due to obligation. Harriet Wheatley wants to marry, well sort of, and has a substantial dowry. She sets her sights on The Marquess of Davenport, Oliver Weeks, who is drastically in need of funds. Their mothers, lifelong friends, think the two would make a fine alliance. However, Harriet and Oliver do not pair. Oliver is not going to marry for money, and he really hurts Harriet's feelings.

Harriet quickly moves on with her life and becomes a part of a group called the Ladies of Virtue, a group of women who secretly guard the streets of London. Years later, when their group is threatened, their aim changes. Harriet comes up with a plan, and sets her sights on rehabilitating Oliver. She is now in need of his help, and so they make a deal. She will find him a bride, if he will do a huge favor for her. One thing about Oliver is that he was badly injured in an accident once upon a time, and most women find him appalling. This does not deter Harriet in the least, but she is determined to marry only for love. However, the two must contend with a strong passion for each other...something that will definitely get in the way with both of their plans.

The Marquess and the Maiden is the second in Robyn DeHart's Lords of Vice series. Although I do wish that I had the opportunity to read the first, this does well as a standalone. It is a truly wonderful and sensual read. Both Harriet and Oliver are fantastic characters and their dance is truly spectacular to witness. In these historical romances, there is often the need to marry versus the need for love. What happens when a man decides that he can never, ever love? Why is there such a war when it comes to how Oliver feels about Harriet? I so enjoyed this couple, as well as the bit of mystery that came along with this love story.

If you enjoy Regency romances with a powerful hero who finds his heart and a very strong female heroine that stands out differently than many in these books, then you will definitely enjoy this read. The plot and the romance were quite interesting, and both moved along at a pleasant pace. I rather enjoyed watching Oliver make things go his way concerning Harriet.  I was able to enjoy this book in one sitting. It was truly refreshing and I do look forward to continuing this series by Robyn DeHart.

I received this ARC or review from Entangled Publishing and Authors Pal in exchange for my honest opinion.

Meet the Author:

National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart’s novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader’s Crown and a Reviewer’s Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras.

Known for her “strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page” (RT Bookclub) and her “sizzling romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others.

When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it’s hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.

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