MARRYING THE MARQUIS
by Sara Blayne

October 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-6926-X
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Mass Market Paperback
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Gideon Rochelle, the Marquis of Vere, is certain the earl of Blaisdale had been responsible for his parents death. Gideon is seen by the ton as nothing more than a rake, and he is perfectly fine with this image, as it suits him in his plans for revenge.


Lady Constance Landford, the daughter of the earl of Blaisdale, faces a bleak future. After successfully avoiding her fatherís plans to marry her off, she falls into a trap and now finds herself forced to marry someone she despises. Whatís worse, she finds out that the earl is not even her real father and on top of everything else, she finds that he contributed to the destruction of Gideon Rochelleís family. Constance is determined to escape, not only to save herself from the unwanted marriage, but also to try to right the wrong done to Gideon.


Constance manages to escape and ends up seeking Gideon (Vere). As Constance explains what is happening, she presents him with a proposal. Gideon, knowing that Constance is in real danger, can only think of one solution, and that solution might be the one that will not only save Constance but also accomplish his ultimate revenge against Blaisdale.


Sara Blayneís Marrying the Marquis is a regency historical romance with a little bit of everything thrown into the mix: intrigue, adventure, action, a delectable yet slightly arrogant hero, an intelligent and gutsy heroine, a villain youíll love to hate, and a very nice cast of secondary characters. I must say that I found the heroine to be the strongest point in this book, at least from my perspective. Constance is intelligent, resourceful, and gutsy, and despite the fact that her behavior may seem at odds with the historical period she lives in, it all plays quite well thanks to Ms. Blayneís storytelling ability. I loved the fact that she had a very strong sense of justice and didnít assume a passive attitude both in solving her quandary and trying to right the wrong done to Vere, which would have been the easier road to take. As to Vere, he comes across as a bit patronizing and arrogant at times, but his circumstances and love for Constance more than made it up for this reader. The plot has plenty of twists and turns to keep the readerís attention from page one. Marrying the Marquis will certainly appeal to all lovers of regency romance.


Reviewed in September 2005 by Mireya.

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