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"Absolutely enchanting Regency!"

Alexander Mitchell Raceworth, the Fourth Marquis of Raceworth, or "Race" to friends and family, is having a card party in his home. One of his cousins and best friends, Blake is there. His third cousin and best friend Morgan is not. Since he is a newlywed, Race can excuse his absence. For some unsettling reason, Race is finding that he really no longer enjoys the company of the all the young debutantes. So when he is interrupted by a servant telling him the Dowager Duchess of Blooming and her companion are waiting in her carriage and needs to speak with him, Race has the man settle her into a room and offer her refreshment and goes back to his party. An hour later, he finally remembers the Duchess is waiting for him. When he enters the room where she is waiting for him, he sees two women—one gray-haired and the other a beautiful woman about his own age. Not surprisingly, he assumes the older woman is the Dowager Duchess. Imagine his shock when he finds out she is the Duchess's companion. Race is even more shocked when the Duchess sends her companion away and tells him the Talbot pearls are hers. Now he inherited the Talbot pearls from his beloved grandmother and Race has no intentions of giving them to anyone—much less a Duchess he has never seen before. The Duchess does claim to have proof the pearls were stolen from her family. Even though Race has no intentions of giving the Duchess the pearls, he does want to see the Duchess again since he cannot recall ever having met such a fascinating woman before.

Susannah, the Dowager Duchess of Blooming, hasn't been in London since her fall from grace twelve years ago. No surprise that she didn't want to come now. However, when her sick mother asked her to retrieve the pearls, Susannah could not refuse and so here she is. Renting a house directly behind the Marquis's, she has one purpose for being in London and one purpose only—to retrieve the Talbot pearls. Of course, when Susannah meets the Marquis, she finds herself instantly attracted to him—the man being her ideal male. Not that she will allow an attraction to deter her from her goal. Even though Susannah had no intentions of being pulled into the Season, she finds herself going to events in order to see the Marquis.

Will Susannah ever get the pearls for her ill mother? Will Race ever look at the documents she has? Is there a hope of a relationship between the two, considering the attraction they feel for each other?

A MARQUIS TO MARRY: Book two in THE ROGUES' DYNASTY series is an exquisite Regency Romp. Amelia Grey has written a delightful Regency with all the perquisite items—a beautiful woman, a handsome titled gentleman, beautiful clothing, glittering social events and a mystery with a surprise conclusion. I really loved all the characters in this story, from Race's grandmother who sent him a letter every month with a quote from Lord Chesterfield, to Gibby, a somewhat eccentric old family friend. After her disgrace, Susannah was forced to marry the Duke of Blooming—an older man looking for a second wife. Even though he treated her well, Susannah did not love him and basically lived a quiet life with her mother after his death. Unusual for the times, Susannah is very headstrong and independent and basically does what she wants, regardless of the danger to herself. Race is a typical titled gentleman of the times— rich, strong and independent. And when the two meet, sparks fly! This is one author I have now added to my auto-buy list. If you enjoy a good Regency, do not pass of Amelia Grey's books! Very good story.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted October 2, 2009

SUMMARY

Alexander Mitchell Raceworth, the dashing fourth Marquis of Raceworth, is shocked when the alluring young Duchess of Brookfield accuses him of stealing priceless pearls belonging to her family. Susannah Brookfield is the most beautiful, enchanting woman he has ever met, but despite his attraction, he's not about to hand over the pearls.

Though suspicion and mistrust drive them apart when the pearls are stolen, Race suggests they pool their resources to recover them. If they do find them, will they finally be able to give in to love, or will the truth of the elusive necklace tear them apart once and for all?

 

A Marquis to Marry
(The Rogues' Dynasty: Book 2)
by Amelia Grey

Sourcebooks (Casablanca)
October 1, 2009
Available: October 1, 2009
ISBN #1402217609
EAN #9781402217609
352 pages
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