Title: You Can’t Always Get The Marquess You Want
Series: Master of Seduction #2
Author: Alexandra Hawkins
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch
A MOST FORBIDDEN LOVE
They call him Chance, though in truth the Marquess of Fairlamb feels bitterly cursed: A long-ago family feud is still standing in the way of his heart’s desire. Lady Tempest is the daughter of his father’s sworn enemy, the Marquess of Norgrave. She is beautiful, innocent, and utterly untouchable. But some seductions are just too good to resist…
Turns out Tempest is a woman of her own mind—and a true romantic who will overcome every obstacle to be with the man of her dreams. But the odds are against handsome, wickedly charming Chance if he intends to win Tempest as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything he has for the woman he yearns for?
The Hatfields and McCoys. The Montagues and the Capulets. Feuding families and love stories. I know it’s wrong on several levels but I love this trope. Enemies to lovers? OMG, yes! Me please! Oh, please, please, please. The Rookes and the Brants now join those feuding families in the literary world.
Mathias Rooke is the oldest son of a Duke. He’s good looking, smart, a bit of a brawler and a bit of a womanizer. He still likes his bachelorhood and it’s many perks. He’s been raised to dislike and steer clear of the Brants. When he and his friends are swimming one day, he realizes that he’s being watched. The watcher is a dark haired female. She flees the scene of the crime and he and his friends give chase.
Tempest Brant is the daughter of a Duke also. The eldest daughter and also the one with a failed match from the last season. She’s content being single until she finds the ONE. Her father would be content if she made a favorable match. On an outing she wanders off for a moment of peace and quiet. What she finds are three men swimming naked. When she realizes she’s been spotted, she runs back to her family.
Mathias, AKA Chance finds out too late that the woman he was chasing after is a Brant. He’s intrigued by her beauty and feisty attitude. Can you see past the sins of your parents? The lies? The over protectiveness? The secrecy? Can you do that to get to the love of a lifetime? Chance and Tempest are about to find out.
I liked this book so much better than it’s predecessor. This one felt like Alexandra Hawkins to me. I’m eagerly awaiting stories on all of the Rookes, Brants and their collection of friends.
Book given in exchange for an honest review vis the publisher and NetGalley.