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The Misbehaving Marquess: Nottinghamshire Series Kindle Edition

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This novella is a treat...Ms. LaValle is an excellent wordsmith-I loved the language in this story. She does a nice job of showing the reader how both Jamie and Cat feel-their conflict and its resolution is deftly portrayed.  ~Dear Author

Light, funny and very entertaining. ~RT Book Review  4 stars

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RT Book Reviews 4 stars...TOP PICK Night Owl Reviews...Nominated BEST HISTORICAL 2012 The Romance Reviews...Nominated for Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award

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  • File Size: 1176 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Heart Bay Publishing (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XN0W4O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Leigh LaValle is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the RWA Golden Heart award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she is not chasing kids, bemoaning the laundry, or carving out time to do yoga, she is sneaking away to write. She would rather read than sleep, and cannot imagine a better job than writing romance.

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This is the story of one of the side characters is Ms LaValle's previous novel, The Runaway Countess; this is the sister's story. Cat's husband left her soon after they were married after catching her in a compromising position with a notorious rake and he has stayed away for 5 years but now he has returned because he needs an heir. It turns out Cat was not involved with the rake but was protecting the reputation of a friend who was engaged to a Duke and even though her husband knew her reason for being in the compromising position he was angry and unable to forgive her for putting her friend's reputation before his.
This story is a novella so the story line moves quickly and very satisfactorily to the happy ending but unlike a lot of other novellas these characters are well developed and the story does not seem rushed.
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I originally read this novella in the excellent anthology Three Weddings and a Murder. At the time I was unaware that it was based on characters introduced in Ms. LaValle's first novel. This is completely a stand alone novel.

While I respect other reviewers opinions, I must disagree, to an extent. The entire plot is woven around The Misunderstanding. This is fairly typical. Did the Hero overreact? Yeah. Does his wife still love him? Yeah. Did I want them to get down to fixing The Misunderstanding? Absolutely. I did not feel the heroine forgave her husband too easily or without warrant. She was hurt, of course, but still very much in love. And for all the grandstanding our stupidly stubborn hero is a man, after all. He tries to show he is still madly in love with his wife, but he is prideful and ashamed and mucks it up for a while. Personally, I liked this sweet story very much and will purchase the author's full length book based on the beautiful writing. Keep up the good work!
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The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle
Book One of the Naughty in Nottinghamshire series
Publisher: Heart Bay Publishing
Publication Date: October 26, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir-immediately-she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again?

What I Liked:

This book is extremely short - novella short - but I really liked it! You all know how much I enjoy historical romance novels. This one was uploaded to NetGalley recently, despite being released last year in October. While this one isn't a full-length novel, I enjoyed the story and the characters and the cute romance!

Catherine's husband Jamie, the Marquess of Foster, finally returns home after five years. When he left five years earlier, the two of them were not on good terms. Jamie was angry because he thought that Cat did something to hurt him, while Cat was angry at him for believing such a thing. After he left, he never contacted her.

So when he returns, at the beginning of this novella, Cat is very frustrated with him. He doesn't believe her about the thing that they argued over (five years ago), he doesn't want to talk to her about anything, and he seems cold towards her. Cat still has feelings of love and attraction towards him, but he can't shake his uncaring attitude.
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Catherine Raybourne, Marchioness of Foster, tried to help a friend two weeks after her wedding to Jamie and in the process, got caught in what looked to be a comprising position and it sent Jamie away for five long years. Jamie refused to look a fool just weeks after his marriage and thought it best to leave than bear the gossip but has decided to return home and try again with Cat, to have an heir. But after Jamie left after their horrible fight and with no word from him during his five year absence, Cat is not ready to let Jamie back into her heart as it is quite broken and hurt. Jamie and Cat try to find a way to talk and move forward but sometimes it is hard to let go of the past. Will they be able to focus on their happier moments and find the love that is still burning between them?

This was an absolute delight of a novella featuring a side character from Leigh LaValle's debut novel, The Runaway Countess (but can easily be read as a stand alone). It had just the right amount of emotion, turmoil, action and heat to make this a must read for historical romance fans. The writing is lovely and watching Cat and Jamie find a resolution to their problem was handled well and not overdrawn. You could really feel for Cat and all her fears for being left high and dry again, especially as she reveals a painful secret, and at the same time you really feel for Jamie and his reluctance to be made to look a fool again. Tender moments are wrapped together with a little dash of heat and I really enjoyed watching this couple find their way back to each other as you could just see their strong love for each other. So even though this is only a novella, the story was well developed and thought out and I really enjoyed it. Yes, I did think it odd that Jamie would just take off and leave for five years with no word at all, but it just worked for me in this setting. An engaging, romantic tale of forgiveness and love. 4 stars
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