Review: When The Marquess Was Mine by Caroline Linden

Based upon rumors and such, Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’d won the deed to her best friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out. However, during  ride with the groom, Georgiana witnesses a  crime and a man being beaten. Heroically riding to the man’s rescue lies the victim, bloody and unconscious, she instructs the groom with her to bring him back to Kitty’s home.  Upon arriving Georgiana, finally got a good look at the unconscious man and discovered it was none other than the cruel Marquess.  Fearing, he might die or that Kitty wouldn’t give him any shelter, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancé. Georgiana then took on the task of nursing the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…

Rob, the Marquess of Westmoreland, wakes up with no memory of being assaulted, of who he is, and is baffled completely by the beautiful woman who claims she is his fiance. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob yet she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he’ll take a chance on a love that defies all odds.

*** Such an enjoyable read combining wonderful characters, backgrounds and motivations, where one can enjoy the sensualness and chuckle at the misinterpretation of assumptions.  I was caught up at once with Georgiana thinking so badly of the Marquess then having to save him first from being killed; then to have to nurse him back to health, all the while waiting in horror for him to blow her elaborate cover story.   Toss in a little suspense for good measure and the tale became even more delightful with a superb ending.  

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: The Fifth Doctrine by Karen Robards (Series: The Guardian Book #3)

First of all, I am so sad that this is the final book in a trilogy – I really do not want to see this series end and I hope Ms. Robards changes her mind and keeps it going! However, if she doesn’t then I must tell you all that THIS, was and is, a really great set of books highlighting a terrific heroine – Bianca St. Ives.

No one but the great Houdini could have escaped from so many hair raising and intense situations as Bianca eluding all those who are after her, from the CIA, FBI, MI6, Russian mobsters, Arab sheiks and everyone else who has ever been duped by Bianca and her father, Richard St. Ives.

The question has always been is her daddy alive or dead? He has this little quirk that shows he has more lives than the proverbial ‘cat’. And oftentimes even Bianca is left in the dark!

It took one relentless man (who also has personal scores to settle with her) to finally get the jump on Bianca and her capture involves a shot at a clean slate. One-shot, one last job and Bianca could walk away free to the legitimate life she wants in Savannah.

The job – infiltrate North Korea as an elite female hacker who recently stole top secret intel from NORAD. Bianca knows just how dangerous this job can be and if caught, torture or endless imprisonment would be her fate – assuming she lived. Bianca has somehow survived this long and in some pretty incredible scenarios which no one could have possibly survived. But if she can accomplish this – and it’s a BIG IF she might finally get a somewhat ‘normal life’ with friends and a certain lover?

As always, the pace and action are super fast where you don’t want to miss even one paragraph; where you don’t want to put the book down because you NEED to see what happens next! Bianca is a wonderful protagonist who thinks on her feet, and with a bit of help from a couple of cohorts she has managed to come out on top!

You can read this as a stand alone, but it is an amazing series and I suggest you begin at the start with ULTIMATUM.

Marilyn Rondeau