by Fiona Carr

April 2003
ISBN: 0-8439-5186-9
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Mass Market Paperback

Headstrong Julia Westfall has two passions, racing her horses and the other, the Marquis of Rayne, Henry Pelham, the man who has always held her heart. When she is manipulated into a marriage with Henry, one would think she would be ecstatic, but the marriage Henry proposes is not the usual one.

Already having an unruly daughter and surrounded by a group of demented relatives, the last thing the Marquis wants is a conventional marriage. There will be no love and no sex in his marriage. He will not continue the family madness.

He never counted on Julia winning the greatest challenge of them all – his love.

The Mad Marquis is an enjoyable historical romance. Fiona Carr takes a generic tale of an arranged marriage and turns it into a sparkling romantic gem. What catapults this story into the reader’s heart is the tremendous appeal of the characters. Henry’s Aunt and Uncle are intriguing yet amusing people who have their own reasons for their eccentricities.

Julia and Henry merge together in a blazing ball of heart. Riding on witty dialogue, the chemistry between them sizzles. Carefree Julia is the perfect foil for cautious Henry.

My only complaint with this novel is that it is occasionally bogged down by unnecessary word usage, causing it to be slow in certain places.

Beyond that, The Mad Marquis is one novel I am pleased to recommend.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Natasha.

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