Welcome to my stop for the sixth book in The Marriage Game series from Ella Quinn. Please be sure to read on for the excerpt, don’t forget to check the other tour stops to see what other readers thought about the title and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of three iBook downloads of A KISS FOR LADY MARY.
A Kiss for Lady Mary
The second I have read in this series, A Kiss for Lady Mary feels solidly Regency in era, and carries some of the hallmarks of earlier works in this genre of the time: heroes and heroines are more timid and less bold, a villain that isn’t very good at his chosen line of work, familial interference and meddling and a sweet romance, often lastly occurring to the characters themselves.
Ella Quinn managed to deliver all of those elements and more, in this slower-growing story that has Mary and Kit at its center.
Mary is being stalked/threatened by her cousin Gawain, intent on marrying her for her not unsubstantial fortunes. Still unmarried and reaching the age where she will be firmly on the shelf, she’s frustrated that she has not found love, and the constant upheaval and roadblocks from her cousin have added to her difficulties. Fortunately, she has a meddling grandmother who is willing to, with cooperation and collaboration, move her to the country and establish her in an estate, far away from grasping hands.
But, that estate, although unoccupied, is owned by Kit, and word reaches him that his wife has made quite a stir. He’s less upset by the estate being managed well than his obvious lack of wife, so he goes to investigate.
Mary and Kit are just two honestly too nice for their own good people that are unwilling to cause distress to their families or society by behaving inappropriately. So, they often do not do anything that could be misconstrued as scandalous, which means forward progress in their relationship, indeed in their following their own wishes is often painfully slow.
Fortunately, frequent appearances by the cousin-cum-worst villain ever, other characters from earlier installments in the story and the grandmothers stirring the pot keep readers moving forward even as Kit and Mary move at a snail’s pace. There is a solid attraction there, but they are very much OF their time, and truly honorable people, that neither is bold enough to make a move for a very long time.
Far from action packed the story wanders about and often steps off into unexpected directions as we check back in with Kit and Mary on their slow journey to an HEA. Light and easy to read, with plenty of moments to make you laugh or smile, and the appearance of characters from earlier books in the series give readers plenty to enjoy. A great rainy weekend read.
Title: A Kiss for Lady Mary
Author: Ella Quinn
Series: The Marriage Game #6
Also in this series: Miss Featherton's Christmas Prince, Lady Beresford's Lover
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Lyrical Press
Published on: 26 May, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Ella Quinn’s bachelors do as they like and take what they want. But when the objects of their desire are bold, beautiful women, the rules of the game always seem to change…
Handsome, charming, and heir to a powerful Viscount, Christopher “Kit” Featherton is everything a woman could want—except interested in marriage. So when he hears that someone on his estate near the Scottish border is claiming to be his wife, Kit sets off to investigate.
Since her parents’ death, Lady Mary Tolliver has been hounded by her cousin, a fortune-hunting fool after her inheritance. Refusing to settle for anything less than love, Mary escapes to the isolated estate of rakish bachelor, Kit Featherton. Knowing he prefers Court to the country, she believes she will be safe. But when Kit unexpectedly returns, her pretend marriage begins to feel seductively real…
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.