Author: Vivienne Lorret
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
The wrong place…
Elodie Parrish can feel spinsterhood breathing down her neck. That’s the trouble with waiting for the marquess next door her entire life. But Ellie knows if she gives him one last Season, he’ll finally propose. The only problem is, her path keeps crossing with the arrogant Lord Hullworth, who is convinced she has designs on him.
The wrong time…
Brandon, Marquess of Hullworth, never wanted to be “London’s Most Elusive Bachelor,” or have a horde of hopeful debutantes and their scheming mamas follow him around. His past has left him too jaded to consider marrying any of them. At least, that’s what he thinks… until he meets Ellie. She’s quirky, opinionated, blushes easily, and drives him absolutely wild. The only problem is, she believes she’s in love with someone else.
Ellie never imagined that one sultry summer could change everything. But the more time she spends with Brandon researching her book on the mating habits of scoundrels, the more she starts to fall for…
The Wrong Marquess
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about The Wrong Marquess by Vivienne Lorret, but I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt because regardless of what I found wrong with it, I still greatly enjoyed the book.
So let’s talk about what I liked – the romance between Elodie and Brandon was wrought with sexual tension. The couple was so sweet at times, other times they were reluctant, or even scathing with each other. The two were caught in this tension-filled tug of war between their heads, their hearts, and society as a whole, and it led to an engaging dynamic.
The characters were well defined, and for the most part, I liked them. Mostly.
What bothered me, was the way Elodie was written. I’ve never seen a character in a historical romance come across as so …. Dumb. Elodie was clumsy, scared of everything, hopelessly naïve, and just generally air-headed. I found her completely insufferable, and the only reason I was able to continue with the book is that the romantic dynamic between her and Brandon was so engaging.
There were a few other minor tidbits that bothered me – a lapse in tense, and the author’s strange penchant for using thesaurus words that even my dictionary had never heard of, but for the most part, I was able to skim over those issues and enjoy the story as a whole.
Overall, I’d say that if you like historical romances, this is worth a read – just don’t expect a strong witty heroine in this one.