Title: You Can’t Always Get the Marquess You Want
Author: Alexandra Hawkins
Series: Masters of Seduction #2
Genre: Regency Romance
Available: April 5th
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?
Source: ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley
Considering that this book is based on a deep-lying family feud between the hero and heroine’s parents, I found this book surprisingly dull. I haven’t read the first book in the series (A Duke by No Gentleman) because I didn’t like the sound of the blurb, but I’ve read the reviews and know what happened between the families so perhaps that’s why I felt little surprise at the way certain story lines went. On the whole, though, it was the characters that failed to engage me.
Chance/Mathias is a smug, arrogant fool for most of the book. He purposefully baits his enemy, constantly puts himself in Tempest’s path – despite promising to leave her alone more than once – and can’t even seem to decide for himself whether he’s interested in her for revenge or something else. He doesn’t use Tempest precisely, but he’s not exactly careful with her either. He’s careless and feckless and I didn’t find much to like about him.
As for Tempest… well, aside from her name (which I could have accepted if the rest of her siblings didn’t have such ordinary names themselves), I found her lacking in much personality. There’s just very little there to work with. She seems nice enough and she paints well, but there’s no spark.
As for the rest of the tale – what’s with all the duels? Or talk of duels, rather. They were illegal! Yes, they happened, but not nearly so many as this book implies, and if these men were constantly going out and shooting each other, someone was going to die, which would have led to prosecutions or fleeing to the continent, not this blasé acceptance that Chance will just kill his enemies one day. Then there’s the whole Romeo/Juliet tale that goes along exactly as you’d expect, with a dastardly father on one side, along with a hot-headed brother. But it never really got going, and I was left disappointed on the whole.
There are a couple of interesting side characters – Chance’s friends, mostly – but overall this book failed to grab me. I didn’t like the characters and the plot didn’t entertain me much either. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be reading any more from this series.
You Can’t Always Get the Marquess You Want is out April 5th.
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