Susanna Ives on the blog today with the latest in her Wicked Little Secrets series. Please read on for my review, and an excerpt, a note from Susanna and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win One of Three sets of the Wicked Little Secrets Trilogy.
How to Impress a Marquess
I’m liking the Victorian era more and more – a time of great change in the UK, and many of the heroes and heroines tend to reflect their reactions to all these progressions. In How to Impress a Marquess, what starts as a fairly typical and lighthearted story soon develops into much more: with hints of feminist ideology, a romance, plenty of growth and a wonderful ending.
Lilith is a bohemian in training – she’s got all of the ideology, she wants desperately to ‘make a splash’, but she’s still got a bit of conventional marriage, family, romance streak. She is, however, a handful: often heedless to the wishes and feelings of others and far more naïve than she is willing to believe of herself.
George is the head of the family, and also Lilith’s guardian. He’s spent years being told of his responsibilities, and he’s actually rather stilted by the constant focus on duty and appearances. He’s not unkind, just unused to thinking for himself in terms of his own happiness. When he starts to discover the hidden layers and hurts that lie beneath his ward’s seeming devil-may-care approach to what others think of her, he’s genuinely confused.
Slowly the two start to reveal themselves, the deep recesses that no one is allowed to see. While Lilith truly sees the good in George, and wants him to show his love in her often immature visions, the two are growing closer. George is attracted and concerned about that attraction, worried of what people will think, and unsure about what these new feelings are. A lovely light story that conceals hidden depths, bringing the heroine’s youth and inexperience into play as she schools the hero in many aspects, not the least of which is happiness.
Title: How to Impress a Marquess
Author: Susanna Ives
Series: Wicked Little Secrets #3
Genre: British, Historical Romance, Victorian
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 1 November, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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TAKE ONE MARQUESS:
Proper, put-upon, dependable, but concealing a sensitive artist's soul.
ADD ONE BOHEMIAN LADY:
Creative, boisterous, unruly, but secretly yearning for a steadfast love, home, and family.
STIR in a sensational serialized story that has society ravenous for each installment.
COMBINE with ambitious guests at an ill-fated house party hosted by a treacherous dowager possessing a poison tongue.
SHAKE until a stuffy marquess and rebellious lady make a shocking discovery: the contents of their hearts are just alike.
Take a sip. You'll laugh, you'll swoon, you'll never want this moving Victorian love story to end.
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.
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