Published by Zebra on February 27th 2018
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Trouble is no match for a lady of the extended Worthington family—except when it comes in the form of a most irresistible gentleman...
Lady Charlotte Carpenter’s brother-in-law has put an infamous brothel owner out of business—yet it is Charlotte who suffers the consequences. Abducted by thugs and held at an inn, she is plotting her escape when she’s suddenly rescued by a dashing gentleman. Only afterward does she realize she’s seen him before—with two courtesans! Unwilling to tarry with such a man, Charlotte makes her second escape. But it is too late to repair her reputation.
A known gossip has spied Charlotte’s movements, and his report is speeding through the rumor mill. Soon, everyone knows that Charlotte spent the night with Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. And everyone agrees the only answer is marriage—including Constantine himself, his overjoyed mother—and his mistress! But Charlotte’s abductors aren’t finished with her yet. Now Constantine will do anything to protect the spirited woman he loves and win her heart.
He pulled her into his arms, slightly surprised that she came willingly.
“Charlotte.” She tilted her head, deepening their kiss. If only they could do this all night, but he had to make sure she was not simply overcome by her first experience with lust. He drew back, and wanted to preen when her lips followed. “I think we worked well together today.”
“I agree.” she said, her voice low, seductive. “We seldom disagreed at all.”
Damn. When had she turned from an innocent into a siren? She slid her arms around his neck, pressing her lush breasts against his chest for the first time. His breath hitched and his cock swelled.
This was even more of a statement than she had made earlier when she’d kissed him. He bent his head again, touching his lips to hers. Perhaps talking could wait for a while. Her mouth opened, and he took full advantage, tasting her, drinking as if he’d been stranded in a desert. A soft moan escaped her lips and her tongue touched his, tentatively at first as she learned how to take control, then with more confidence as if she wanted everything he could give her.
She felt so good, so soft and lovely. Slowly, so as not to frighten her, Con cupped one of Charlotte’s breasts and feathered her nipple with his thumb. Tilting her head, once again she deepened the kiss and pressed her body tighter against him. This time, he moved his hand to her bottom, pulling it against him. Her fingers tangled with the hair at the nape of his neck, scraping his skull.
Was this her way of telling him she would marry him? Or was it the danger they’d been in while rescuing Miss Cloverly making itself known? He damn well better find out before this went too far.
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~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Marquis and I is the fourth book in The Worthingtons series by Ella Quinn. You don’t have to have read the other books in the series for this one to make sense, BUT, if you have read them then you will definitely enjoy this one more because we catch up with characters that we have grown to love over the entire series.
This book focuses on Charlotte Carpenter and Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. When Charlotte is kidnapped Constantine is in the right place at the right time and is called upon to rescue her. He doesn’t know her and dreads rescuing her from the Inn she has been taken to. As far as he is concerned she will just be a simpering hysterical miss. He is pleasantly surprised to find that she is anything but that. His rescue of her goes well, but still, circumstances arise that could ruin her and her family’s reputation and Con finds himself telling people that they are betrothed!
Charlotte is horrified at the thought of marriage to Con when she realises that he is a rake and one that has a mistress. She has strong views on men who take advantage of women forced to sell their bodies. The worst of it all is that Con can’t see that he is in the wrong at all. There is no way she could marry a man like him! While she is thinking of all the ways she could get out of the betrothal he is thinking of all the ways he can get her to change her mind about him. They are both seriously physically attracted to each other, but they need to have more than that to ensure a happy marriage.
Alongside the romantic aspect of this wonderful story, there is also the hunt for the woman, Betsy, who organised Charlotte’s kidnapping. Betsy had her whore house shut down by Charlotte’s brother, and although it’s suspected that the kidnapping of Charlotte was done in revenge, it’s far more sinister than that. Con and Charlotte, their families too will do anything to stop Betsy in her tracks!
There is so much going on in this story, there is just the right amount of dark and light, from people getting killed to the fun frolics of the beautiful kitten that Charlotte has. There are beautiful sweet romantic moments for Con and Charlotte, and some very passionate moments as well. Do they get their happily ever after, does Betsy get her comeuppance? Read the book to find out, you won’t be disappointed.
I would love to have given this book a 5-star rating, but there were a couple of instances where I believe a phrase was used incorrectly. The words bread and butter in English colloquialism mean money/a stable income, a means of support. In this book here is one of the instances where it was used incorrectly ‘It was none of his bread and butter who eloped with whom.’ Meaning it was none of his business. Apart from that though, the book was a real pleasure to read.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.