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Mastering the Marquess (Zebra Debut) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2009
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"This is the best historical romance that I have read so far this year, and I look forward to more from this author." ~ The Romance Studio
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Vanessa's current series, The Renegade Royals, is a national bestseller. The first book in the series, Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
When she's not dreaming up plots for her next Regency historical novel, Vanessa is writing USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance with her husband under the pen name of V.K. Sykes. The first book in their forthcoming Seashell Bay Series will be released by Grand Central in February, 2015.
You can find Vanessa at www.vanessakellyauthor.com or at www.vksykes.com. She's also a member of The Jaunty Quills, a group of bestselling authors like Kristan Higgins, Shana Galen, and Jesse Hayworth. You can visit The Jaunty Quills at www.jauntyquills.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The two girls escape to her sister's estranged aristocratic grandparents. Now the grandmother wants to match Annabel with her nephew, the Marquess of Silverton, who is enthralled by Meredith. Meanwhile, the evil relatives aren't going away.
This book was a page turner. I enjoyed it from the first to the last page. I loved the main characters, and was drawn into their story. The secondary characters were as real as the hero and heroine. And the scenes with Silverton and Meredith sizzled.
Most of all, the story touched my heart and made me feel emotion. My favorite kind of book!
Annabel's grandmother, Georgina, wants to sponsor both ladies for a Season, something Meredith is not comfortable with. While Annabel is an heiress, Meredith is just a common woman.
Lord Silverton is cousin to Annabel and the titled head of his family. He agrees to take the ladies under his wing, but family charity is only part of the reason. His inappropriate attraction to Meredith is a surprise to the closed off lord, but something he can't deny.
As the family spends more time together and secrets come out, Silverton and Meredith have to fight more than just society to be together - they have to fight themselves.
I really liked the characters in Mastering the Marquess. The love that grows between Silverton and Meredith actually has obvious cause, not just ephemeral chemistry, which is hard to demonstrate on paper. All the characters are well-fleshed out and each serve a purpose in the overall story. The plot is twisty and veers in unexpected directions, and keeps the reader on their toes. Overall, this is an excellent story with characters you will remember after the last page is done.
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Lady in distress. Meredith doesn't expect much out of life for herself. She has the estate left to her by her beloved father, and her painting. But when it comes to her step-sister, it's a totally different story. Meredith adored Annabel from the time she came into the world via her father's second, and titled, wife. Now, with both parents gone, Meredith is all Annabel has left, well...except for Meredith's uncle, Annabel's guardian. When he and his family (including an apparently bipolar son) descend on Meredith's estate, she's not too worried. Until strange events become frightening and Meredith flees with Annabel.
Stephen is the Marquess of Silverton and is quite bored with life. He knows it's time to marry and begat the next heir, but he's having a devil of a time rousing any interest in the debutante line. Then, while visiting his uncle, a beautiful woman storms in and he's captivated by her energy, her beauty, and her bravery. But she's not titled, even if her sister is...and she's totally unsuitable. Now if only he could convince himself of that.
Yes, the plot is one I've read many times before. Yes, I knew how most of the story would unfold before I was three chapters into the book. And yet, Vanessa Kelly still kept me reading. Her characters are so well drawn I think I could recognize them on the street...assuming I traveled back to their time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a fun romp. A good start to a fun series. I found myself reading late into the night, I couldn't put it down.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Mystery, intrigue, passion and romance, interwoven with family and friends .A great read.Published 5 months ago by Nicola Keeble
Mastering the Marquess by Vanessa Kelly is a strong debut. Filled with numerous story twist and searing desire this book will keep you on your toes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jenerated Reviews
I very much enjoyed this Stanton family story. I read the books out of order (2, 4, 3, 1) not realizing it was a series. I liked Sex and the Single Earl least. Read morePublished 11 months ago by jhobbs
A hot romantic story with believable characters with flaws and realistic self confidence issues. I loved this book it was tastefully written but oh so steamy. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jusnana
I like Vanessa Kelly story, especially story of mastering the marquess. Love story between Stephen and Meredith. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kastina Bambang
This is the first of the series. I read My Favorite Countess first and after reading this and Sex and the Single Earl the Countess book makes more sense.Published 22 months ago by CJS
I love this new author twas good as previous books of hers I've read . I Found nothing
wrong with this book , IT keep me interested in reading to the end. Read more