Caroline Linden returns with the third book in The Wagers of Sin series, this one featuring a clever heroine, several wagers and lots of visits from the characters met in earlier books in
When the Marquess Was Mine
I read the first in this series, the second is buried somewhere in my TBR pile, and now we are at the third – easy to pick up and start from anywhere in the series, even though you will want to read the earlier installments. Georgiana is living at the ‘pleasure’ of her family, while being her own woman and controlling her own destiny, particularly after ruination as a young girl. But, her visit with one of her best friends, away from the London crowds is just what she needed to recharge her batteries. Disliking the tonne on principal, and titled men being the worst of the lot, she’s present when her friend Kitty’s husband reveals that a wager while gambling has left them in a precarious position. The Marquess of Westmoreland has won the house, and it is expected that he will arrive shortly to put everyone out. Of course, the letter tries to lay all the blame for the wager and loss at the feet of the Marquess, rather that into the hands of Kitty’s husband, but Georgiana is incensed on their behalf, and determined to find a solution. But while out riding, she spots a well-to-do man beset by footpads, and the rescue and ‘cover-up’ begins. For the man is none other than Westmoreland, and his condition is dire. Georgiana can’t leave him out in the elements, so he is brought in and passed off as her long-term, dowry issues yet to be settled with her brother, fiancé Robert.
Westmoreland had no intentions of putting Kitty and her family out of the house, simply to put enough of a scare into her husband to ensure their security within the small Devon estate. But, the beating and head injury have left him not knowing who he is, and the constant attention from Georgiana has him noticing her, and being a far more pleasant version of himself than he had allowed to show. His purpose in going to Devon wasn’t simply to deal with the house won in a card game, but to deal with a more sinister matter of a shipping magnate whom they suspect of running slaves – a situation that is an anathema to him and his friends, and they are seeking for information to ruin him and close his business.
Oh this was sweet – from Georgiana seeing a different side of Westmoreland and his slow regaining of his memory along with a penchant for Georgiana: her kindness, her intelligence and the ways in which she operates to ‘mostly’ run her own life, despite the constraints thrown upon her by her sex and her brother. From first attraction to ultimate explosion in which all secrets are laid bare – the two work well together, and Westmoreland, even after regaining his memories, is clearly interested in her – despite her history and background. With a final push to get all of the answers about the shipping company, bring the owner to ruin, and to obtain Georgiana’s freedom from her over-controlling and not particularly nice brother, it will take all of Georgiana’s friends cooperating with Westmoreland and his cronies to do the deed and make everything right. Clever, full of attraction and heart, and plenty of intrigue as plots and schemes are unraveled, the story is a quick read and neatly manages to give the third of the original school friends a lovely chance at a life full of love and possibilities.
Title: When the Marquess Was Mine
Author: Caroline Linden
Series: The Wagers of Sin #3
Also in this series: My Once and Future Duke
Genre: Family Saga, Friendship, Historic Elements, Historical Romance, Late Regency, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published on: 24 September, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 25 minutes
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In the game of love…
Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he's won the deed to her friend Kitty's home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn't possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out—until he shows up, bloody and unconscious. Fearing that Kitty would rather see him die, Georgiana blurts out that he's her fiancé. She'll nurse the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…
You have to risk it all
He wakes up with no memory of being assaulted—or of who he is. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob and claims she's his fiancée even as she avoids his touch. Though he can't remember how he won her hand, he's now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he'll take a chance on a love that defies all odds.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.