True love blossoming from a marriage of convenience between a scarred and brooding Marquis and a ruined bluestocking.
A Marquis in Want of a Wife by Louise Allen is a lovely historical romance about inner beauty and true love.
It is book #3 in the Liberated Ladies series but can be read as a standalone.
Our thanks to the author, Harlequin, and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy.
Print Length: 217 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Historical (December 1, 2020)
Ross Vincent, Marquis of Cranford, with his scarred face and formidable disposition, knows he’s hardly a catch. But he needs a wife to take care of his motherless son. Shy, scholarly Prudence Scott seems ideal: she has no expectation of love or passion. She’ll care for his baby in return for the protection of his name. Yet seeing Prudence on their wedding day tests Ross’s willpower to not take his new wife to bed…
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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A marriage of convenience to a scarred and brooding Marquis is Prudence’s only chance to save her reputation.
Prudence was a bluestocking that had never fallen in love before until she met the good looking and flirtatious Charles.
But what seemed to be a dream coming true ended up being Prudence’s worse nightmare. No longer the virgin expected by her time’s society and possibly pregnant, Prudence asked her friends for guidance and help.
The help came in the form of a brooding, scarred, and low-born Marquis. Ross Vincent was raised in the London slams by his disinherited father, but upon the death of all other male relatives, became the Marquis of Cranford.
After marrying a woman only interested in his titled, he was left a widower with a toddler. He was looking for a marriage of convenience that would provide a mother for his son.
What starts as a marriage in paper only evolves into a sense of companionship, friendship, desire, and finally, love. But their way to their HEA was full of curves and dead ends.
I simply love a grumpy and emotionally unavailable hero, and Ross fits the bill beautifully. I was pleased that, despite his impressive physique, he was not at all handsome and had a scarred face.
I prefer it when the characters are not externally handsome. It makes it easier to connect to them and believe in the feelings that they evoke.
Prudence is also not beautiful, at least not for the standards of external beauty of the time. Her inner beauty shone throughout the book and was irresistible even to our cranky hero.
The side characters include an adorable baby, some loyal servants and sailors, and dreadful in-laws.
A Marquis in Want of a Wife is lovely, romantic, and entertaining. My first book by the author, but won’t be my last.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Louise Allen is the author of over sixty historical romances, published by Harlequin and Mills & Boon and also of time-slip historical mystery romances, historical mysteries and non-fiction.
The Regency is her passion, an endlessly fascinating era full of contrast and change, danger and elegance, luxury and squalor. Women had freedoms that would shock their Victorian granddaughters, yet lived within social codes that both intrigue and appall us now. Men in Society could win fortunes at the turn of a card and lose their lives in the hazard of a duel all in the space of twenty four hours. It is all so different, with the glamour of the past gilding it – and yet the characters seem to reach out and touch us now.