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You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want

You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want

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by Alexandra Hawkins

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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


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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hawkins’s second Masters of Seduction Regency (after A Duke but No Gentleman) revels in forbidden love between the children of feuding families. Mathias “Chance” Rooke, Marquess of Fairlamb, is frequently at odds with Oliver Brant, Earl of Marcroft, not least because their fathers are sworn enemies. When Chance meets Oliver’s sister, Tempest, after she spies on him and his friends swimming in the river, he is intrigued by her. As they secretly spend more time together, Chance’s attraction to other women diminishes, and he knows that Tempest is the only woman for him. Though both of their families warn them away from one another after hearing rumors of their assignations, Tempest and Chance continue to risk the ire of their parents by meeting in secret, as their mutual attraction is too strong to be ignored. Sensual romance fills the pages of this novel, which is rich with smart, well-rounded characters and an engaging plot. Agent: Lynn Seligman, Seligman Agency. (Apr.)
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"Enchanting...full of torrid trysts, sparkling conversation, and Machiavellian machinations." - Fresh Fiction on You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want

"Hawkins delights with another emotional and well-written read." - RT Book Reviews on You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want

"Sensual romance...rich with smart, well-rounded characters and an engaging plot." - PW on You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want

“Fans of the series will relish this last book, bringing all the characters back together for one last stand.” —RT Book Reviews on TWILIGHT WITH THE INFAMOUS EARL

“A dark, richly woven romance.” —RT Book Reviews on A Duke But No Gentleman

“Hawkins creates strong characters and dramatizes high emotion along with sensuality. Fans of Stephanie Laurens and Jo Beverley will enjoy this series.” —Booklist on All Afternoon with a Scandalous Marquess

Kirkus Reviews
A family feud in Regency England comes to a predictable crescendo when the son of one family falls in love with the daughter of another. Hawkins (A Duke but No Gentleman, 2015) returns to her Masters of Seduction series with the next chapter in the lives of the Brant and Rooke families. Mathias Rooke, Marquess of Fairlamb, knows that his father despises the Marquess of Norgrave, but he doesn't know why. But he's sheeplike enough to treat the Marquess' son, the Earl of Marcroft, as his own enemy and misses no chance to goad and taunt Marcroft into a brawl. When he comes upon the beautiful Lady Tempest Brant picnicking with her sisters on a summer day, he is dismayed to realize that she is Marcroft's sister. He begins to pursue her at first to annoy Marcroft but soon finds himself overcome with lust and affection for the young lady. Mathias is just as foolish and obnoxious as his father, the hero of the author's last novel, although he is less despicable toward women of a lower social station. Still, the novel suffers from the same painful prose and the same utter lack of likable characters. Lady Tempest is a ninny who does her parents' bidding even though her mother is a fool and her father, a blackguard. Mathias behaves just like the pampered 22-year-old he is, and his parents are doomed to repeat the same mistakes they made as youths—by not facing up to hard conversations or telling the truth, they cause untold pain for everyone around them. The book's sole redeeming quality is the way it portrays the long-term effects of sexual violence. Mathias' mother suffered an attack before he was born, and it has shaped his life just as surely as it has shaped hers. The weak characters and weaker prose make this book one to avoid.

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St. Martin's Press
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Masters of Seduction Series , #2
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Hawkins is an unrepentant Anglophile who discovered romance novels as a teenager and knew that one day she would be writing her own. The USA Today bestselling author has written seventeen historical romances, including A Duke But No Gentleman, the first book in her new Masters of Seduction series. Alexandra has combined her love of English history, mythology, and romance to create sensual character-driven stories that, she hopes, will touch readers' hearts.

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You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Even though their families may be bitter enemies, when Chance and Tempest first meet the attraction is undeniable. As they continue to run into each other the attraction grows and they begin to meet in secret. Will they do what is proper and find a way to leave each other alone or will they defy their families and find love. This is an excellent historical read with great characters and plenty of drama. The chemistry between Chance and Tempest was sweet and steamy. Loved it!
def618 More than 1 year ago
I really like Alexandra Hawkins' books and the ones she wrote as Barbara Pierce. For me, this book was not as great as the Lords of Vice series but still a very good book. The hero, Chance, and heroine Tempest, meet not knowing who their parents are. Their fathers, who at one time were best friends, hate each other - with good reason on his father's part. (See "All Night With a Rogue".) That doesn't stop Chance. He may be young, but he knows he loves her and wants her to be his wife. Secret meetings and a love that can't be denied bring them to the altar. But her father tells a lie that could keep them apart. No plot spoilers from me. Discover their HEA by reading this book!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I liked this story. We visit the the descendants of the previous book in the series, A Duke but No Gentleman. Tempest is the daughter of the fiend from the previous story and Chance is the son of the H/H. Because of what happened in the previous story, each family is the mortal enemy of the other. This of course causes problems between Tempest and Chance. They felt an attraction for each other before they found out what family the other belonged to. When they learn the truth, they of course both vow to have nothing to do with the other. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for them and they seem to run into each other around every turn. Choosing to deny their parents, Tempest and Chance decide to take their future into their own hands and end up finding an everlasting love. My first book by Hawkins was A Duke but No Gentleman. I didn't think much of it because of what happened to the heroine. It just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm glad that I gave Hawkins another shot, because I throughly enjoyed this story and am looking forward to reading whatever she comes up with next! Thanks go out to St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
SuzyReads More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. You Can't Always Get The Marquess You Want is the second book in the Masters Of Seduction series by Alexandra Hawkins. I love this author's writing and the intriguing theme of this series. The story had everything; interesting characters, an emotional plot device, romance and sizzling passion. All of this and excellent writing made it a book that I couldn't put down. Let's just say that there was a good reason why the Brant and Rooke families were enemies, although it was inevitable that their families would cross paths. There was plenty of emnity between the younger Lords, Fairlamb and Marcroft, although neither one of them knew the circumstances of the feud. Then an accidental meeting brings Chance(Fairlamb) and Tempest(Marcroft's sister) together. At first they don't know they're unwittingly consorting with the enemy and by the time they realize it is far too late. They were already smitten with each other. Despite the many obstacles they faced Chance and Tempest were drawn to each other. These two were wonderful characters. Chance was a charming rogue and Tempest was the sweet ingenue. Family tensions couldn't stop them from falling in love, but the conflict of the story was whether or not they could withstand the constant opposition trying to keep them apart. Family secrets complicated their relationship and there was a very unpleasant villain who conspired against them. I loved the romance of this story, and how Chance and Tempest defied their family to be together. I loved the edginess of the drama and the sensuality that isn't usually found in the historical romance genre. I loved the intriguing characters that were introduced and look forward to reading each one of their stories. I was definitely satisfied with this book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This very much has the Hatfield's and McCoys/Romeo and Juliet feel too it, but this actually involves the Fairlamb/Norgrave. The hero and heroine's families HATE each other and it's a well known fact in London and that neither family or family member should be in the vicinity of the other. The children aren't sure why the parents have such hate/animosity towards each other, but they are definetley loyal to their parents. But of course the the ending in this scenario is a happy one. We open with Chance Fairlamb our hero in a brawl with Marcroft Norgrave and that sets the underlining feel and tone of hatred that the two have for each other as well as the families. I thought the author did a very good job in conveying to the reader the intensity of that hatred. As we read further we have the scene of the first meeting for our hero and heroine. Chance and his friends are skinny dipping and our heroine stumbles upon all three men (her sister accidentally also comes into the scene just minutes later). The girls return to their younger siblings and chaperone acting as though nothing happened. But eventual the gentlemen find/run into the group of young ladies taking in some sun as well as sketching, reading and just relaxing. Introductions are made and instant awareness develops between Chance and Tempest. Neither is aware of their last names until the end of their conversation and it's Chance who discovers who Tempest is and instantly withdraws and leaves. Tempest returns home and runs into Marcroft (her older brother) he has been informed by the chaperone of what transpired. He then informs his sister who Chance really is and tells her to stay away. But life is funny that way because Chance and Tempest find they are now running into each other quite often, when it never had happened in the past. Each feels the pull of attraction and fights it out of loyalty to their family. Chance and Tempest begin to question the feud/hate and wonder what caused it. They slowly become aquatinted with no one knowing and realize the attraction is too strong to resist. They meet in secret, come to like each other and fall in love. But so many forces are at play; Tempest Father pushing for marriage with a certain Marquess, ex-lovers coming back into the picture, friends/family giving warnings of the futility of the situation. But the two forge on and eventually marry in secret. And things get somewhat ugly and tumultuous after it comes out that they have married, secrets are revealed and some wrongs are righted I really liked the hero and heroine. Both had good hearts and loyalty to their family (the villain in this story is Tempest Father and she struggles with her loyalty to him). Chance and Tempest relationships was engaging (even with the cloud of animosity between the familes), sweet, funny and had plenty of sexual tension. Chances friends, I LOVED them and cannot wait for their stories, they were such support and wonderful friends. I also liked Tempest sister, Arabella and hope that one of Chances friends and her have their own HEA. I enjoyed reading and watching the unfolding of Chance and Tempest love story. It had me engaged and immersed in their determination and quest for their HEA. This was well written, had very good pacing and I loved all the secondary characters (but Tempest Father, I hated him). My issue with the book was towards the end and how the secrets came to light, as well as the reaction and resolution. I felt in needed several mor