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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Debut
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420106546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420106541
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A beautiful tale that will sweep you to another age and time with one snap of the fingers." ~ Romance Junkies: 4.5 Blue Ribbon Rating

"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

"An amazing talent who will capture the hearts of romance readers everywhere." - Julianne MacLean (Avon author)"

About the Author

Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance."  Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.  Her third book, My Favorite Countess, was nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Regency Historical Romance.

More About the Author

Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance." Her sensual, Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her third book, My Favorite Countess, was nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Regency Historical Romance.

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.

Customer Reviews

This book was a page turner.
E. Ramer
Her secondary characters are wonderful.
Amazon Customer
Can't wait for the author's next book.
Jill James

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Ramer on May 6, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The best stories start off with an orphan heroine or hero, from Cinderella to Harry Potter. Meredith Burnley joins the line-up. She's devoted herself to taking care of her sickly half-sister, Annabel, but now her unpleasant uncle (there's always an evil relative in these stories) wants to marry her off to his loutish son. If Meredith refuses, he'll put Annabel in an asylum.

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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2009
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Meredith Burnley's half-sister, Annabel, is an heiress and her guardians are threatening to have her locked in an asylum. Meredith goes to London to seek help from Annabel's grandparents. Despite a rocky past, Annabel's grandmother welcomes the two women into their lives.

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.

Niki Lee
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jjmachshev VINE VOICE on May 5, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the mood for a silly-sweet romance? Try "Mastering the Marquess" by Vanessa Kelly. It was a fairly quick read, the plot was easy to follow, the characters were entertaining, and what sex there was, was pretty hot. Better yet, as an 'author debut' novel from Zebra Historical, the price is an economical $3.99. Now that's hard to beat!

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Boyko on August 10, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is historical romance at its best - great characters, lovely setting, sexy, and intrigue to keep you wondering what happens next. I thoroughly enjoyed Mastering the Marquess and was hooked right from the beginning. The heroine, Meredith Burnley, seemed so real to me - I really identified with her. I really liked the hero and heroine - they were great together. The sex scenes were deliciously hot and steamy (I was fanning myself). I also really enjoyed the close relationship between the two sisters - Meredith and Annabel. For me, Mastering the Marquess was a pure reading delight. In fact, it was the first book in quite a while that I have enjoyed so much. I can't wait to read Ms. Kelly's next book - I wonder if it will be part of a series?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill James on December 17, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved the historical detail in Mastering the Marquess. The author brought the Regency vividly to life. The characters of Meredith and Silverton were excellent products of their time. I loved that just because it was a romance the hero and heroine did not just jump into bed, the author being true to the time period. The secondary characters of Meredith's sister, Annabel and cousin Sophia and the Earl added greatly to the richness and texture of the story. Can't wait for the author's next book.
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