Viviene Lorret returns to the blog today with the latest installment in her Season’s Originals series. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the giveaway where you could be the lucky winner of a print set of THE DEBUTANTE IS MINE and THIS EARL IS ON FIRE (US Only).
When a Marquess Loves a Woman
The Season’s Original is the IT girl – that one debutante that makes such a big splash during her debut that all the girls want to be her, the men want to have her and the parents want to have raised her. A boon for family and the man who wins her notice, there is, in this most competitive environs that is the Season, few more coveted adjectives.
Maxwell is full of regrets and self-doubts. Always feeling ‘second’ to his brother Bram, he has held a torch for Juliet for years: the woman who, in his eyes, should have been named the original. Unfortunately, Juliet’s eyes were on Bram, and when his engagement was announced, to a woman other than her, she found consolation in his arms, and with his kiss. But, they were caught in this rather innocent moment, and while Max intended to return to ask for her hand, her father sent her off to marry another. Now she’s back in town, newly widowed and the anger from years ago rises again – setting the story and back and forth between them. Max felt abandoned, Juliet was mad for him not showing up and asking for her hand and now, she wants to purchase her family home, Max is not interested in her as a neighbor.
Between every page, the passion between these two simmers – love and hate are two sides of a coin, and as much as these two try to deny their attraction, the more vehemently those feelings rise. Fueled by a wager and some seriously well-played back and forth, these two slowly reveal the reasons behind their anger, Juliet’s life with her husband, and Max’s undeniable (and unreserved) torch he’s held for her for years. Full of snappy dialogue, burn the fingertips passions and solid tension from the will they or won’t they moments, the story was a fun read. Easy enough to read on its own, this is part of a wonderful series that fans of historic romance will enjoy.
Title: When a Marquess Loves a Woman
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Series: Season's Original #3
Also in this series: The Debutante Is Mine, This Earl is on Fire, Just Another Viscount in Love
Genre: British, Historical Romance, Regency
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 4 October 2016
Source: Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss
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As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord... taking Max’s heart with her.
Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can barely stand the sight of her. But Juliet has endured far too much to give up without a fight and if it’s a battle of wills he wants, it’s a battle he’ll get.
He hates her for breaking his heart. She detests him for destroying her future. But beneath all the loathing simmers an intoxicating passion that neither can ignore… and the harder they resist, the harder they will inevitably fall.
A copy of this title was provided via Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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