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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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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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This is a story of two couples falling in love-sisters with distant cousins. They flirt, walk in the park, participate in family activities and witty repartee. There are hurdles to cross but nothing impossible.
Each book in the series tells a much different tale of the Stanton family and those close to them. They are good people.
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 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Mystery, intrigue, passion and romance, interwoven with family and friends .A great read.Published 12 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 14 months ago by Jenerated Reviews
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 23 months ago by jusnana
I like Vanessa Kelly story, especially story of mastering the marquess. Love story between Stephen and Meredith. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 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 on March 29, 2014 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
I loved the characters and I truly enjoyed this first book. I will be reading more of this series. I loved the secondary characters and will be watching for their stories.Published on February 9, 2014 by Mia