by Julie Anne Long

January 2012
ISBN: 9780061885693
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Phoebe Vale is a schoolteacher who has plenty of experience teaching recalcitrant girls because she was once one of them. She loves reading about the aristocrats in the London broadsheets especially about one Lord Ice, Jules Dryden. Any gossip she can get her hands on about his exploits is a source of pure fascination with her. Then one day, the object of her distraction walks into the little store she shops at and the invitation to be the paid companion of an aristocratic family completely changes the direction of her life.

Jules Dryden, Lord Ice, is a marquess of impeccable reputation. Whatever he does, the whole of the ton imitates. He is considered London’s “IT GUY”. Every man wants to be him and every woman wants to be with him. After all, he only seeks after the very best. He has rebuilt his fortune and family name. Now, he is after a wife as impeccable as himself. When he thinks he has found the perfect mate in his mind, he spies a certain school teacher who is the perfect mate for his heart and body.

Phoebe and Jules embark on a grand adventure through the London season. She is trying not to want all the things she has never had, and he is trying not to want her. Then, a humiliating wager is revealed and all bets are off. Either they are going to find their way to each other, or allow destiny to cause them to part ways.

How the Marquess was Won is a fun read. I found myself laughing out loud many times. It does not follow the regular formula of a regency romance novel and that is what makes this read so enjoyable. I love the characters and there is actually slapstick humor in this love story which goes beyond the English caste system. You will love the story for its easy flow and understated humor.

Reviewed in December 2011 by Lakisha.

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