The Wrong Marquess

Harper Voyager. (The Mating Habits of Scoundrels, Bk. 3). Jun. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780062976628. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Miss Elodie “Ellie” Parrish has planned to marry her next-door neighbor since they were children. She’s going through one last season in the hopes that he’ll propose; before he can, she meets Lord Brandon Hullworth and falls in love with the wrong marquess. Orphaned at a young age, Ellie fears dying early and the deaths of those nearest to her. Brandon ascended to his title after tragedy and has taken seriously his role as a marquess. Quirky side characters occasionally distract from the central romance, though many readers will enjoy Ellie’s maiden aunts and their quest for all the best recipes in London. Particularly well-handled is the book’s villain, a character who is realistic rather than an over-the-top evildoer. The early portion of the story moves slowly, but the romantic payoff in the latter half will reward readers who continue.
VERDICT Recommended to fans of historical romance looking for plots driven by interpersonal conflict as opposed to outside forces.
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