Unlike most bluestockings, Lady Madeline Mulbourne is quite content for the ton to dismiss her as a widowed baroness and renowned hostess of society parties. No need for anyone to know that her flighty manner disguises an encyclopedic knowledge of art, a bone-deep distrust of men, and a dangerous secret.
Lord Arthur Carmichael, Marquess of Bancroft, has carefully cultivated a wild reputation. What could be a more perfect cover for the spy missions he undertook for the Crown? Unfortunately now that the war has ended, his reputation could keep him from settling into a cabinet position—unless he takes a wife.
Before Arthur can embark on the dreaded wedding quest, he must complete one last mission: catch a thief who’s stolen four of five priceless pieces of jewelry. If the last one disappears, the fragile peace between France and England could be damaged beyond repair.
Whom should he encounter on the French Riviera but Lady Mulbourne, who never forgave him for vanishing during their long-ago courtship. Arthur suspects her nimble fingers are adept at more than just fluttering a fan, because he knows of one item she’s already stolen: his heart.
Titles in the Matchmaking For Wallflowers series include: The Perfect Fiancé – How To Capture A Duke – A Rogue To Avoid – Runaway Wallflower – Mad About The Baron – A Marquess For Convenience –
Title: A Marquess For Convenience
Series: Matchmaking For Wallflowers #5
Author: Bianca Blythe
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: July 24, 2017
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Mix two young people in love, one scheming uncle’s actions, each believing the other had abandoned their love and the passage of time. When Madeline and Arthur meet again years have passed, each has changed in their own ways, neither is what they seem to the world in general. Yet one thing remains, that spark that has always been between them – only now with a second chance their outcome could be quite different.
A Marquess For Convenience is a delightful romance full of memories, secrets, danger and sexual tensions that are so easily felt. Madeline and Arthur have a history, one that was left in sadness, anger and feeling betrayed by each other. The truth is quite different from what they thought, but it’s also in the past and cannot be changed. Madeline’s ability to show one face to the ton and live a far different life on her own was a dangerous talent. Arthur’s determination to complete this last assignment runs into complications – but it also might be the way to win back the woman he still loves.
This series has been a favorite of mine and the latest addition continues that feeling. If you enjoy your romance with a touch of danger, a few twists and turns and delicious secrets, then this title and this series should be on your reading radar. I’d recommend this one for any Historical Romance reader – but then anyone who enjoys romance of any genre would have fun with this story.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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