Published by Zebra Shout on August 30th 2016
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Thanks to their large extended family and unconventional courtship, the Worthingtons have seen their share of scandal and excitement. But nothing has prepared them for this...
The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.
Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match… “A classic Regency romp! Perfect for fans of Grace Burrowes.”--Caroline Linden, USA Today bestselling author
They resumed ambling on the side of the path. Suddenly there was a commotion and a shout from behind. Dotty whirled around. A small dog had grabbed the tassel on a man’s boot and was backing up growling with its tail wagging, trying to shake its prize. Foolishly, the man kept kicking out at the dog, making the animal think he was playing.
She put a hand over her mouth to keep from giggling, yet when he lifted his cane to strike the poor little thing, she rushed forward. “Here now, sir! What do you think you’re doing?” She bent to the dog who turned out to be nothing more than a puppy. Turning to the man, she narrowed her eyes and scowled. “Shame on you.”
Dotty worked on releasing the tassel from the puppy’s grip, but each time the man shook his leg, trying to get the animal off, the puppy held on harder, growling and shaking his head. “Stop moving. Are you so stupid you cannot see the dog thinks you are trying to play?”
“Get him off me,” the man shouted in a voice growing higher in fright. “Someone will pay for this. Is he your beast?”
Determined to ignore him, she counted to ten, took a breath, and finally managed to release the gold bobble from the puppy’s sharp teeth. “There now.” Picking up the dog, she stroked its wiry fur. “Where is your master?”
Just then, two school-aged boys came running up. “Oh, miss. Thank you so much. We’ve been looking for Bennie all over. He got away from us.”
By this time Bennie was snapping at the ribbons of her bonnet. Dotty laughed as she tried to free them. “Here now, sir. Those are not for you either.” She saved the ribbons and handed the puppy to one of the boys.
“We’ll pay you for the damage, miss.”
“It’s no bother.” She smiled at both of them. “Use the money to buy a lead. That will keep Bennie from running away.”
“He’s only twelve weeks old,” the other boy said proudly. “We didn’t think he could run so fast.”
“Or so far,” added the other.
“Thank you,” they both said in unison.
Ah, well. Puppies would be puppies and boys would be boys. “Run along now, and keep Bennie out of trouble.”
“Wait just a minute,” the man with the tassels growled. “You owe me compensation. Your vicious beast ruined my boots.”
“Stuff and nonsense.” Dotty closed her eyes for a moment before fixing the man with a stern look. “It was entirely your fault. If you had acted like a sensible person and just picked the poor puppy up, your boots would not have suffered any damage.”
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
When A Marquis Chooses a Bride is the second book in ‘The Worthingtons’ series by Ella Quinn. It can be read as a stand alone novel, but having read the first book, I think you can only get extra enjoyment from this book if you have read that one. It’s wonderful to catch up on the characters from book one.
This is the story of Dorothea Stern and Dominic, the Marquis of Merton. Dotty, or Thea as Dorothea is known, is best friends with Lady Grace’s sister who lives with her and her other siblings (all from Three Weeks to Wed). Dominic, also known as Dom, is the cousin of Lady Grace’s husband, Matt. When Dotty was due to have a ‘season’ in London, her mother breaks her leg and the trip to London has to be cancelled. Fortunately Grace and Dom were happy to take on the task of providing her a place to stay and act as chaperone. They already have a houseful, so what’s one more. Besides it keeps Grace’s sister ecstatically happy too to have her season with her best friend as they planned.
None of the Worthingtons think highly of Dom, in fact they are quite disgusted with him and his political views. They especially dislike one Bill that he helped go through the House of Lords, that being, that thieves, no matter what age, or the circumstances should either by hung or transported abroad.
Dom’s parents were a most loving couple, and when Dom’s father died, his mother most understandably was distraught. So much so that she loses the baby she is carrying. Her brother in law offers to take Dom under his wing until such times as she feels well enough to have him come home. During that time he practically brainwashes Dom, makes him think that love is a bad thing, that it destroys people like his mother, and should be avoided at all costs. He’s also a very strict man who instilled over the top rules for Dom so that over time he stopped being a boy, and instead started acting like a man. He didn’t let any friends visit him, he wasn’t allowed to play, and he was brought up to believe that he shouldn’t have any time for people beneath him in class and status. By the time his mother wanted him home, he decided he would be better off with his uncle.
Dotty is the complete opposite of Dom. She is very soft hearted, rescues anything and everything that she can. She is very compassionate to everybody no matter their rank. Although she is the Grand Daughter of the Duke of Bristol, it’s not a highly known fact, and with the way she acts, speaking her mind, etc, it’s easy for people to think that she is middle class at most in society.
When Dotty and Dom meet they are instantly attracted to each other. Dom is searching for a wife, and as much as he can’t stop thinking of Dotty, he knows he can’t marry anybody like her because he needs a person matching his rank. Plus she totally disagrees with his political views and like the Worthingtons isn’t happy about the Bill that he helped pass. He is determined to put any attraction she has to him to the side and concentrate on finding an appropriate wife.
Dotty can see the man that Dom could be, and despite his political beliefs, she is willing to give him the chance to show his true colours. If he can, then she would more than happily have a relationship with him, and of course marriage.
The question is……can he change, does he even want to? Could two totally opposite people find a love match?
This book was a real pleasure to read. The book has some preciously sweet moments, some fun moments, some serious moments, and altogether makes you run the gamut of emotions. Not only is there romance and passion galore, but there is danger and mystery as well. Once you start reading the book you really won’t want to put it down. I loved seeing Dom’s character develop, oh how he struggles with his feelings. Dotty is a real star, and I love how she feels about life. Between them both and the whole Worthington family being part of the story, this book couldn’t be any better. I absolutely recommend it.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.