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
“Kimbal,” Dom called to his valet.
“Yes, my lord.”
“I shall be dining at White’s.”
“Yes, my lord.”
Dom scribbled a note to his friend Viscount Fotherby asking if he would like to join Dom for dinner. By the time he was dressed and had donned his hat, Fotherby’s answer affirming the invitation had arrived.
A short while later, just as a light sprinkle turned into a persistent rain, Dom handed his hat and cane to the footman at White’s and found his friend lounging in the room that held the club’s famous betting book. William Alvanley, another of Dom’s friends, was seated next to the window with another man staring intently at the rain.
He turned to Fotherby. “What are they doing?”
“Five thousand quid on which raindrop will reach the bottom of the sill first.”
Despite being close with many of the Prince Regent’s circle, Dom could not abide the excessive wagers his friends made. Alvanley would end up ruining himself and his estates at the rate he was going. “Are you ready to dine, or are you waiting the outcome?”
“Famished.” Fotherby tossed off his glass of wine. “Thought you weren’t coming to Town this year.”
“My plans changed.” Dom and Fotherby entered the dining room. “I have decided to take a wife.”
“Wife?” Fotherby choked. “Any idea who?”
“Not yet, but I have a list of qualifications. She must be well-bred, not given to fits of temper or strange starts, quiet, biddable, easy to look at—I must get an heir on her after all—know what is expected of a marchioness. And not prone to scandals. You know how my uncle hated them. I think that about covers it.”
“A paragon, in other words.”
Dom gave a cut nod. “Indeed. I could wed no one less.”
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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.