Miles Weston, the Marquess of Hawksridge, longs for a holiday from his life. He is tired of all the politics in and out of the ballrooms. Ever since his aborted wedding, his aunt has tried to match him with blank-faced debutants at every turn. The only entertaining thing in his overscheduled life is observing the antics of Lady Susanna Ashby, whose beauty and vibrancy brighten the greyest day.
Susanna’s spirit for adventure is matched only by her loyalty to her friends. Determined to help the distractingly handsome, but overwhelmingly serious, marquess, Susanna concocts a plan to distract his matchmaking Aunt Diana. She’ll reunite Diana with her long-lost lover who wrote her passionate letters of love and longing. If only Susanna could discover the whereabouts of the mysterious James Marlow.
As Susanna launches her ill-fated plan, heedless of the danger, her worried friends send Miles to fetch her home. But Susanna has no intention of letting anything derail her quest to find the man from the letters. Not bad weather, broken carriage wheels, or highwaymen. Not even a sexy, managing marquess.
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Making the Marquess Mine
Series: The Maidens of Marbury #4
Author: Karla Kratovil
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: April 13, 2023
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5
I have been waiting for Miles to finally shine in his own book, and Making the Marquess Mine certainly gave him that opportunity along with stepping outside of his comfort zone as he chases after Susanna on her great adventure to locate the man who has been writing those delicious letters… and find his aunt’s love so that she’ll finally stop trying to play matchmaker. This is the fourth title in The Maidens of Marbury series, and although it could be read as a standalone title, you’ll enjoy this entire series (and see how the couples interact) if you can start at the beginning, in my opinion.
I absolutely loved Susanna. She’s feisty, she thinks outside the box, she cares little for the opinion others might have of her actions, she’s loyal, and has adventures that few ladies of her time period would even dream about let alone actually go out and experience them. She is the perfect opposite match for Miles who is the older twin who has the title and the responsibilities upon his shoulders from a young age. Frankly, he doesn’t really know how to have fun… but with Susanna in his life, first as a friend and then as so much more, he’s about to learn what letting go of his stuffy, serious side feels like.
I had such a good time back in this world. We’ll meet up with familiar faces, watch a couple go from friends to lovers, and finally get some answers about the love letters that have been in the background of this series. If you love a steamy, funny, emotional Historical Romance… then this one is a perfect fit.
Making the Marquess Mine is definitely more on the modern historical romance side of the page… if you’re a reader who needs that definition. Susanna definitely has a history of mischief, getting herself into scraps that she needs rescuing from (in other’s opinions), and she’s no simpering virgin. In my opinion, all of that makes her not a classic historical romance heroine. Not that I minded one little bit, but I’m starting to share those thoughts for there are readers whom it matters to.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing, and I sincerely thank them for their trust. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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