- Series: The Highland Brides
- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: ERB Publishing (January 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996988114
- ISBN-13: 978-0996988117
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mad About the Marquess (The Highland Brides) (Volume 2) Paperback – January 5, 2016
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It was brilliant to create a back story for them that was sometimes clear but often murky as well. I loved every moment and wanted Quince and Straithcairn's story to go on forever and a day!
Also learning "Highland Brides" is not the only series you use as a platform is marvelous. I look forward to exploring "Reckless Brides" with breathless anticipation, and you can take that to the bank.
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The heroine is basically a 1790s Robin Hood. Stealing from the rich to give to the poor. She starts out as a small time thief, pilfering snuff boxes and the like from parties, then graduates to highway robbery. Yeah, not attempted highway robbery, but full blown hanging offense highway robbery.
The dialogue is good, with sass and wit interwoven. I like sassy characters, spunky characters, and I was in love with the book up to the highway robberies. At that point, I felt like the author had gone too far with the heroine for her and the hero (who is supposed to be ferreting out this petty thief, then shoots the highwayman) to ever get together. Especially as the romance between them had really just started to progress when suddenly its revealed she’s his petty thief, and shortly thereafter, he discovers she’s the highwayman.
For a man who hates deception, is supposed to be “the law”, I just can’t believe that he’d marry her to save her. Especially as he doesn’t know that she is playing robin hood – her motives are not revealed to him until the end. And somehow marrying her saves his name, too, because of the scandal from his youth. Still not entirely sure how marrying her saves her from the law . . . Maybe I misunderstood that part. The whole “scandal” around him from his youth felt contrived, too. His “friend” raped a girl and then blackmails him for trying to help the girl he raped?!? How does that translate to a scandal wrapped around the hero’s neck? If you’re going to give the hero a sordid past he’s overcome, give him a sordid past. I rather like the wholesome, do-gooder type, but redeemed heroes can be sexy, too.
I really like the hero, too ... up until he throws away all of his morals and being an upstanding politician of exacting scruples for a woman he is just starting to have feelings for.
I was devouring this book, unable to tear myself away, through the whole first half. After the highwayman bit, I actually put it down for a week before coming back to it and making myself finish. The ending is fine, but that’s just it. Fine. Okay. Pretty Good. The beginning was spectacular. I wish the author would have spent more time developing the romance and chemistry and saved the highwayman bit until much later. Late enough that I would believe the hero loved her so much he was willing to look past a hanging offense crime.
*Heroine is mostly likeable. She’s strong, intelligent and sassy. She does good things, for somewhat, but not entirely, good reasons. Makes her human.
*There is growing chemistry between the hero and the heroine in the first half of the book.
*I genuinely liked the hero. He is honest and passionate about his work in parliament, including abolition. Would have liked him even more without the “scandal” I didn’t really think was a scandal.
*There is only one steamy scene, but its very well done.
*The first part of the plot with the petty theft was fun.
*The dialogue is excellent.
*I also like that the heroine’s mother and sister are portrayed as intelligent.
*I never understood why she stole the buttons from the hero when the rest of the story has her as a thief of opportunity – stealing left behind snuff boxes and the like. Not cutting buttons off of clothes currently being worn . . . Plot device, clearly, but not one that makes sense.
*The hero and heroine needed more history and more chemistry before he saves her from being a petty thief and a Highwayman.
*Building this chemistry would have added to the romance, which I felt was needed. A few stolen kisses in the garden to marriage? Really? The romance felt like an afterthought to a rather outrageous plot.
*Never understood why someone as well connected, landed, titled, etc. as the hero is searching for a petty thief.
*The plot is almost too over the top. At least for me. In the real robin hood, you root for him because you hate the Sherif of Nottingham so much. Makes it easier to accept armed robbery. Again, this could just be me. I had no real issue with the petty theft, even of expensive items, but the full on armed robbery . . .
*For a mother who is on to her over so many other little things, I can’t believe she never noticed her daughter’s thefts over the course of 3 years.
*I have never met a reverend as observant about who put offerings into their poor box, or as tenacious . . .really, sending street urchins to follow her and spy on her? Because they totally can do this across town while she rides in a coach and they run after her.
*I can’t believe her father is as aloof and uncaring as he appears. Maybe appropriate for the times, but it felt jarring.
All in, it’s a good read. I would’ve probably liked it better if I hadn’t gone into it with such high expectations.
Alasdair has been charged by the British Home Office to put a stop to the thievery in Edinburgh’s high society. He has some idea that Quince is involved but she persuades him otherwise. The attraction they feel for each other is totally mutual but Quince fears discovery.
Delightful!! This novel is brimming with witty banter and wonderful prose. I was totally enthralled with the plot and the characters. There is danger and action and I did get a bit annoyed with Quince at her daring but it was all totally in character. This is book #2 in the Highland Brides series but is a standalone novel.
If you want a truly entertaining read then this is the book for you.
IT DOESN'T MATTER! READ IT ANYWAY!
Mad About the Marquess is one of the best historical romances I've read in years. Its steamy, entertaining, and free of the problematic elements that made me stop reading romance novels for a long time. Ladies, the male lead actually ASKS FOR CONSENT before getting into the steamy stuff. It's awesome!!!
I can't wait to read more from Elizabeth Essex!
The lady is young and beautiful and very original in her choice of ways to explore in a progressive manner the other sex. She takes improbble risks up to that of getting hanged, at least shot at and wounded. She drives a male reader crazy, but it is delicate and progressive. The end is flourish.