ROMANCE

When the Marquess Was Mine

Avon. (Wagers of Sin, Bk. 3). Oct. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9780062913593. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062913609. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Rob, Marquess of Westmorland, has made a poor first impression on Georgiana Lucas. He not only accuses her of being a silly, shallow flirt at a ball but also has the gall to win her friend Kitty’s house in a card game. On the road to deal with his unwanted new acquisition, Rob is waylaid by thugs and knocked unconscious. Georgiana, who’s visiting Kitty, doesn’t have the heart to leave him in the road, but she can’t reveal his true identity and risk him being turned out by her angry friend. So Georgiana concocts a story that Rob is actually her fiancée—a lie that snowballs when Rob awakes and has no recollection of who he is. All he knows is that he’s falling in love with his tender, beautiful nurse, while Georgiana is similarly taken with the new and kinder Marquess.
VERDICT The hero-with-amnesia plot takes some unexpected turns (readers may be interested to know that a discussion of the slave trade—abolished in 1807 in England—appears in the third act), but comes together for a satisfying and romantic ending that won’t disappoint fans of this stunning series (after An Earl Like You) from the beloved Linden.

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