Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy Reid
ABOUT THE BOOK
Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower.
When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber windows of a house party, Maryann does the unthinkable. She anonymously claims that the bedchamber belonged to none other than Miss Fitzwilliam, tarnishing her own reputation—and chances of the dastardly union her family secured for her. Now she just needs to convince the marquess to keep his silence.
Turns out Nicolas allows for the scandal to perpetuate for his own reasons… But when Maryann’s parents hold fast to their arranged marriage plan, it’ll take a scandal of epic proportions for these two to get out of this together.
I was thrilled to read book 2 in The Sinful Wallflowers series. It’s filled with an avenging rake, a wicked wallflower, dangerous enemies, and a swoon-worthy love story.
It wasn’t fear she felt toward the marquess–it was reckless, heady anticipation.
Lady Maryann FitzWilliam is tired of conforming to society. She does not want to wed a man who is her father’s age. She wants to experience life on her own terms and when opportunity knocks for her own ruination with one of the most scandalous men in London, she does it at her own heart’s peril.
He was not a man to be entangled with matters of the heart or of the flesh. Building a reputation such as he had did not happen overnight, but by layer of deceptive layer infused with a healthy dollop of cunning.
Nicolas St. Ives, Marquess of Rothbury, has no time for dalliances. He is on a mission to avenge a young woman’s demise ten years ago. He has built his reputation under the guise of a rake and dandy to fool the men he was hunting. He did not expect being hijacked by a clever and reckless bespectacled young woman who has chosen him as the object of her ruination.
Watching Maryann capture Nicolas’ attention and tear down his walls is a pleasure to see. Nicolas’ crusade to bring down the men who were part of his friend’s victimization and death is a tragic and honorable act and to his surprise, Maryann admires him for it. Maryann’s kindness and honesty are a great compliment to Nicolas’ charm and protectiveness toward her. My very favorite part in the book is when Nicolas declares his love for Maryann in the most public and moving way. Bravo!
I became Ms. Reid’s newest fan earlier this year with My Darling Duke, and I cannot wait to read the next book in this delightful series.
I recommend this engaging historical romance that is rife with action and adventure, wicked romance, and an incredible HEA ending.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (aloud). She has a warrior way “Never give up on dreams!” When she’s not writing, Stacy spends a copious amount of time binge-watching series like The Walking Dead, Homeland, Altered Carbon, watching Japanese Anime and playing video games with her love. She also has a weakness for ice cream and will have it as her main course.