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The Marquess Tames His Bride (Brides for Bachelors) Mass Market Paperback – January 16, 2018
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"Every book by Annie Burrows is a great read, and the second Brides for Bachelors is no exception! The Marquess Tames His Bride has strong characters, a fast-moving plot, a devious mystery and a touch of scandal. Readers will be captivated" - RT Book Reviews on The Marquess Tames His Bride
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Clare’s father has passed away and she needs to find a new home. Her brother is a curate but claims that there is no room for her in his home. As she is heading to find a job and waiting for a coach at an inn, she sees Rawcliffe. His remarks anger her so that she punches him in the nose. When people notice what she has done, he calls her his fiancee. He puts her in his coach and takes her to London. There, he leaves her with his friend, Lady Harriet, while he procures a marriage license. Harriet is to marry Lord Jack Becconsall, nicknamed Ulysses.
Rawcliffe and Clare are married at the same time as Harriet and Jack. As Clare tries to get to know and understand Rawcliffe, she finds that he talks down to her which hurts and angers her. She is unsure how to go on with him as he is so hurtful to her.
When he tells her about a smuggling operation going on and being organized by a clergyman, she wants to learn more. But it may be too dangerous for her to do so.
Good grief. This Rawcliffe guy is a total jerk. Clare is much too trusting and she should have sent him packing when he called her his fiancee. I did not care for this story and wanted to smack both of them.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Robert Walmer, the Marquess of Rawcliffe meets the quick tempered Clare Cottam, the woman he's always loved, by happenstance in an inn. Clare, in badly dyed mourning clothes, is off to be a noble woman's companion after the death of her father. And now here she is, confronted by her nemesis, desperately hiding her secret love for him. No wonder she hauls off and punches him. Rawcliffe takes the opportunity to declare that they must we'd to avoid a public scandal. Right from their wedding night it seems that these two are more attuned than was thought. In fact their bedroom antics do take up rather a lot of space in the novel. But there are other happenings afoot including the death of one of Rawcliffe 's friends. And it seems Clare might be the key to unlocking that mystery.
The ending has us poised on the edges of the cliff. That's a problem for me as a reader. I would like some resolution of the problem. Despite this I enjoyed the Rawcliffe and Clare's story. I am looking forward to the next in this series.
A NetGalley ARC
This steamy, marry for reputation historical romance is a well crafted growth of a relationship based on a misunderstanding. When it gets cleared up I yelled in triumph. I felt for both of the main characters, especially when they are irritated with the other. If a man liking a woman because she is cute when angry makes you mad, you will not enjoy this. There is a lot of banter that becomes hurtful.
It was unsatisfying that the take down of the villain wasn't in this story. Maybe it will be in another book that will use a side character from this one.