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Mastering the Marquess (Zebra Debut) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2009

4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Stantons Series

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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

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.
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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,895,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I'd read all the books in the series and had left this one till last for some reason. Anyway I'm finally getting into by TBR folder on my Kindle. The story was surprisingly good and unlike some of the other reviewers, I quite liked the haughty H. Of course he had his really dense moments too. What cost this book a star was the h towards the end. She was irrational in not wanting to marry the H despite being intimate with him on a number of occasions, not credible for me. Anyway it was still worth reading.
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I very much enjoyed this Stanton family story. I read the books out of order (2, 4, 3, 1) not realizing it was a series. I liked Sex and the Single Earl least. I wonder if I would like it more if I had read them in order. Trask is a noble fellow and friend to Silverton in book 1, not the high handed suitor I saw him as in book 2.

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.
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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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