Title: Her Wicked Marquess by Stacy Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release Date: December 29, 2020 by Entangled Amara via Netgalley
Format: e-ARC (300 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb: 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 Ives 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.
Nicholas Ives, Marquess of Rothbury has purposefully cultivated a reputation as the most ruthless, unprincipled libertine, all so he can slip beneath the guards of those whose vile actions caused him to lose the only girl he’s ever loved. Despite his intrigue, Nicolas is determined to ignore the deceitful and enticing Miss FitzWilliam. However, his enemies are drawing close, and he soon discovers he must keep her closer to protect her. Nonetheless, she rouses a soul-burning passion within him, causing him to question who will protect her from his devilish wiles.
This is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series and it is another good addition by Stacy Reid. This featured Lady Maryann Fitzwilliam whose family arranged for her to be betrothed to the Earl of Stamford, a sadistic man old enough to be her father. In order to get out of the engagement, Maryann spreads a rumor that the rakish Nicholas Ives, Marquess of Rothbury snuck into her bedroom and “took liberties”. Maryann knew it would make her damaged goods and the Earl wouldn’t want her with her reputation in ruins. What she didn’t count on was getting entangled in the revenge plots that Nicholas had set into motion. Now all of the enemies of the Marquess can go after Maryann, and Nicholas won’t let that happen. Nicholas decides to offer Maryann protection via marriage, but it is also clear Nicholas is attracted to Maryann’s spirit.
From the beginning, Maryann showed she wasn’t a wallflower nor a scared debutante. She was resourceful and had very witty banter with Nicholas. They had chemistry and both had a sense of justice for others. I love that Maryann wasn’t the typical ton female, she had intelligence, inner fortitude and loyalty, the same qualities Nicholas possessed too. While they started off as a fake relationship, their attraction couldn’t be denied.
Stacy Reid’s writing was entertaining, suspenseful and romantic. I was engaged from the beginning to the end. I will say that this book was a lot heavier than I expected. The revenge mission that Nicholas was a part of contained some issues that may trigger some readers. So I hope readers pay attention to the precis before reading.
I look forward to the next book in this series as there is definitely more characters to explore.
Special Thanks to Entangled Amara via Netgalley for the e-ARC given in exchange for an honest review.