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How to Marry a Marquis (Avon Romantic Treasure) Mass Market Paperback – June 28, 2005
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Elizabeth Hotchkiss needs to marry a wealthy man, and fast. The oldest child of four well-bred orphans, she's managed to keep the wolf from their door for years, but she's running out of options. The only marriage prospect in sight is her landlord, Squire Nevins, but his lecherous gaze makes Elizabeth's skin crawl. So when she discovers the book How to Marry A Marquis in her employer's library, she impulsively stuffs it into her reticule and takes it home. Encouraged by her insistent sister, Elizabeth reluctantly agrees to learn the book's rules well enough to catch a monied husband. But first, she must find a man to practice her wiles on. Enter James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale. Posing as the new estate manager per his beloved Aunt Danbury's instructions, he just happens to arrive at the Danbury estate on the very day that Elizabeth discovers the book. Is it too coincidental that James's Aunt Danbury needs his assistance in catching a blackmailer at the precise moment that Elizabeth needs a guinea pig? Perhaps, but neither Elizabeth nor James have reason to suspect that they're being lovingly maneuvered.
James begins to search for a blackmailer, and Elizabeth is high on his list of suspects. While purposely spending time with her to explore her guilt or innocence, however, he's irresistibly drawn to her beauty and kindness as well as her practicality and sharp tongue. And when he learns that she's practicing to entice a husband, he can't resist offering to tutor her in courtship. Before long, the two realize their growing feelings for each other. But the course of true love never did run smoothly, and the lovers encounter a few obstacles along the way. Will the evil Squire Nevins easily give up his designs on Elizabeth and her sisters? What about the nefarious blackmailer? And how will Elizabeth react if she discovers that James is not who he pretends to be?
How To Marry A Marquis is a delightful read with witty dialogue that sparkles, wonderful secondary characters--including the difficult Aunt Agatha and an impossibly arrogant cat named Malcolm--sensuous love scenes, and a hero and heroine that readers will fall in love with. --Lois Faye Dyer
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Still, there was enough light hearted warmth in her style that I gave her another chance and tried The Duke and I. And I'm so glad I did! I loved the book and now consider Julia Quinn's books one of my few automatic buys. I even tried a few of her back list, and can see just how far she's come. Now, her books not only have the sense of fun and light-hearted comedy of her earlier novels, but they have rich, believable characters and poignant romance as well.
How to Marry a Marquis has lots of drama! The characters are colorful and unforgettable and make you want to yell at them one minute, next give them a shoulder to cry on , Next laugh out loud, and next feel their passion. The story and plot were entertaining and the heroine was spunky and fun. I laughed so hard at the dialogue and wit in between the characters. I was sad to have it end, but satisfied at the ending! How to Marry a Marquis has Lots of laugh out-loud, I-can't-believe-they-did-that scenes and oh so plenty of heart warming moments. How to Marry a Marquis was an emotional roller coaster, and I felt all the pain and joy they did. I was so engrossed, I read it in a day. The love scenes are ample & steamy, and the plot is a good one. A fast paced book with an intricate plot that I cannot help but enjoy. How to Marry a Marquis has a strong (but not obnoxious) heroine who is in no way ordinary, a back story which is compelling but doesn't get in the way of the love story, and of course a wonderful hero. Both the hero and the heroine have secrets of their own, which are slowly brought to light by the author, like layers being peeled from a (very good) onion....
Also You need to To Catch an Heiress it's the wonder 1st book to this series.
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I like this book, it has it's sweet moments and I like the characters. For the time period it's based in, the characters act like their supposed to and there's really no... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephanie
It is as good or better than the first of the series. Fantastic. I am definitely a f an. Good book.Published 2 months ago by juanice
A really good book! Such a joy to read, really well written, and super clever!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Laugh out loud funny. I would have given it 5 stars but I felt Elizabeth was out of character having sex before the wedding - James as well. He was always so considerate of her.Published 2 months ago by B. Huizinga
I read this book ages ago and before I began doing reviews. I've been going through the many books I've purchased by this author and rereading them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandy Milan
I read a lot of romance novels from this time period and sometimes fall upon a great writer. Julia Quinn is my favorite writer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed her book as I always love her books. I read the wrong one first. I enjoy books better if I read them in sequence which may be why this book didn't appeal to me like some... Read morePublished 5 months ago by betwet