How to Best a Marquess

How to Best a Marquess

by Tina Gabrielle

NOOK Book(eBook)


Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now


When a handsome boxer kisses Lady Ellie Swift for good luck during a match, it turns her world upside down. Because the rogue isn’t just anyone…it’s the Devil Marquess returned. Thanks to Hugh Vere, Marquess of Deveril, Ellie learned at an early age that men are more trouble than they’re worth. Now, instead of a husband, she wants to take over her brother’s infamous gambling club—the Raven Club. And apparently the devil wants it, too.

From the moment Hugh sees Ellie again sparks fly, but battle lines have been drawn. Whoever is the most successful overseeing the club in one month’s time will win. And Hugh intends to win. And he intends to stay very close to Ellie to make sure she follows the rules. What he discovers, though, is that Ellie is no longer the sweet girl he knew years ago—and winning won’t be easy. But the nearly combustible chemistry between them is hard to ignore, and soon the club is not the only prize he wants…

Each book in the Raven Club series is STANDALONE:
* How to Tempt an Earl
* How to Best a Marquess

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640638358
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/10/2019
Series: Raven Club , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 10,865
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bestselling author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. She is the author of adventurous Regency historical romances for Entangled and Kensington Publishing. Tina lives in New Jersey and is married to her own hero and is blessed with two daughters. Visit her website to learn about upcoming releases, join her newsletter, and enter free monthly contests at

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

How to Best a Marquess 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover 9 days ago
I loved Ellie and Hugh's story!! Although they were in a competition for ownership of the club, they couldn't seem to fight their attraction for one another. I loved watching the interact with one another and the chemistry was red hot!! This was a great addition to the Raven Club series!!
Mimiphilly 10 days ago
This was a complimentary copy from netgalley - many thanks I really enjoyed this - I do love a historical romance - this was read in one sitting - couldn't put down !! The surprise for me with this were the additional strands dealing with female independence, feminism, domestic abuse and how it was hidden. The political aspects of society were deal with a light hand so raising awareness but not as hard hitting and didn't detract from the story telling which was very well done. I felt the language and vocabulary techniques were well done This would make a great holiday read but also a great book club read as being to draw on the political aspects of the time and in particular the female in that era's society was very interesting to me Loved the book and will be looking out for more of this author in the future
beckymmoe 12 days ago
My first from this author, but definitely not my last! Ellie and Hugh have a past--he broke her heart five years ago, and now he's back, threatening the future she'd planned for herself, one where she takes over ownership of her brother's club (the Raven Club that the series is named for). So you've got a second chance romance here, with a healthy dollop of lovers-to-enemies-to-(hopefully!)-lovers again. Ellie and Hugh have all kinds of chemistry, so there's tons of will-they-won't-they-OMG-they-need-to-just-do-it-RIGHT-NOW for the first 50% or so. Delicious! Things get a little wonky in the last third or so--neither Hugh or Ellie seem to be able to learn their lesson (actually, neither really seems to even understand what the lesson they need to learn IS) and the HEA feels further away than ever at many points. Fortunately, they both manage to pull it together in the end, giving us a very satisfying ending and epilogue. You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one, but you'd better believe I'm going to go back and read it now! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
nelriv 14 days ago
So I had requested this book a couple of weeks ago and kept going back and forth on when to read it due to some of the reviews that I had read and also because I was afraid of what Hugh had done to her years ago, I am so not the person to condone cheating. I am glad that my nosiness had me putting everything aside and reading the book, I did enjoy and have found a new author folks I think there was a previous book with how some of the secondary characters were portrayed I could be mistaken however I intend to find out and if that is the case will be reading not that I was overjoyed with Ian in this book but I did like Grace and I was intrigued (secondary characters). Ok so Hugh and Ellie were in love 5 years ago and he broke her heart and she has decided that she will not marry she wants and likes her freedom and she has started assisting woman who are in abusive relationships and she gets married she wont be able to assist. Hugh has returned from the military to take the title of Marquess since his father and brother have died something he never thought he would have and since he has been back he has not seen Ellie and has been cavorting with actresses, widows and loose woman. These two unexpectedly meet since they both want to own and run the same club and now they are in a contest to see who will win and as they spend time together old feelings return and secrets come out and revelations occur..Grab a copy my friends and enjoy! I sure did and hope to get a story on Olivia.. Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
georgia1 15 days ago
The Raven Club, London 1825 For a heartstopping moment, he was inches from her face. "A kiss from a lovely lady for luck, he said, breathing heavily. Before she could blink, those perfect lips pressed against hers. Hot. Swift. Over in seconds as he turned to his opponent. Oh my God. It was the devil returned, as Ellie recognized him." Wowza. Talk about getting my attention as our heroine was masked watching a boxing match. Hugh Vere, Marquess of Deveril had returned from the war and had to take over over the title after the death of his father and brother. But he had no love for the ton and wanted to buy the Raven Club. He loved to box and he wanted to be in charge. But when he sees Ellie again, he soon learns she wants the club even more. The challenge begins. Whoever is the most successful running the club for 30 days gets ownership. Two determined people who have a history together when they were youg that cannot be forgotten or fogiven by Ellie as he broke her heart. But sometimes the heart cannot pull away from what it wants and as these two are around each other, combustible desire is sure to win the day!! Loved this story and always enjoy everything this author pens! I read this through NetGallery Lori Dykes
Tlbran 16 days ago
How to Best a Marquess is the second book in the Raven Club series. It can be read as a standalone but the first book is a must read! Hugh broke Ellie’s heart 5 years ago and she is determined to avoid it again. Hugh is interested in buying the Raven Club and Ellie wants to take over the running of it from her brother. A contest is arranged to see who could make the most profit and be the best person for the club. Ellie is determined to win so that she can continue to use the club to cover her secrets. Hugh is determined to protect Ellie when she puts herself in danger. Hugh likes to be in control of all situations but he has to realize that Ellie needs to be part of his decisions in order for them to reach their HEA. This was a fun book to read (as was the first book) and was well paced and intriguing. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and recommend reading this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Tink4evr 16 days ago
Ellie is determined to never have her heart broken again. She is feisty, witty, and fiercely loyal. Hugh has become her greatest nemesis since he broke her heart. The two are now in direct competition for one prize. The story is filled with these two trying to outwit each other in words and deed. They are both passionate about the things they believe in and it spills over into major clashes. The topic of spousal abuse is dealt with by the author in this story as a serious issue that plagued women of that era. Having this couple work to better their lives is just one thing that brings them closer together.
FanniAnn 16 days ago
What a wonderful entertaining story this is, from the very start the likeable characters make this a pleasure to read.
Pompie1999 16 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and well-plotted addition to the series. I haven’t read the first book in the series, How to Tempt an Earl, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this book. Actually, this book just made me want to read that book as well! I loved the main characters – both are stubborn and thoroughly convinced that their way is the only right way, and it is a delight to watch them have to figure out how to compromise – him more than her, but they both had to give. Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril, who came from cold, hard-hearted parents, had no expectations or desire to become a Marquess – he was the second son. Yet, when both his older brother and his father died, he had no choice but to resign his military commission and assume the role. One of his first acts was to banish his cold and cruel mother to the country – then, it was on to finding something to give his life meaning besides the typical aristocratic activities. Since he’d recently taken an avid interest in boxing and he’d just learned that the Raven Club was going to be sold, he thought he’d purchase it. Imagine his surprise to find he had competition – a female – a female with whom he had a history. Hugh is a control freak – mostly because in his younger life he had no control over anything and it had cost him dearly – so, he fully intends to win his right to purchase the club. Lady Ellie Swift, sister to Ian Swift, Earl of Carleton, had her heart torn out and ripped apart five years ago by Hugh Vere. She loved him with all of her being and she thought he loved her the same – but then, he betrayed her most foully. Since that time, she’s hated Hugh and has never trusted another man. She certainly has no intention of marrying one, and if she manages to win the Raven Club from her brother, she’ll have the financial independence she craves. She cannot believe her brother is actually making her compete with Hugh Vere! Ian knows their history; how can he do this to her? Both Ellie and Hugh have reasons for wanting the club – Hugh’s are pretty open – he wants to be in control of things – Ellie’s are more hidden because she has activities that she absolutely must keep secret and the club gives her the perfect method of doing that. Should her brother – or Hugh – find out what she does, they’d stop her. She can’t afford for them to stop her because lives are at stake if they do. Hugh is very intelligent and has a gift for business, so she could easily lose to him. She has to be very careful to hide her secrets. Not only is Hugh very intelligent – he is also very observant. He knows Ellie is up to something and it doesn’t take him long to figure out most of it – but when he figures it all out, he’s aghast! Hugh is a protector and his only desire is to protect Ellie – even from herself. Hugh does what he did in the past for Ellie – he decides what is best for her and he acts on it. He doesn’t ask her. He doesn’t give her a choice. That just absolutely infuriates Ellie – why can’t he see that she should be consulted, she should have a say in her own life. His decisions aren’t the only correct ones – there is more than one way to do things. I began to despair that Hugh would ever have a grand epiphany, but he finally got there for a lovely, lovely HEA. It is definitely a good, intense, lustful read and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Pokeybooboo 16 days ago
How to Best a Marquess is the second book in Tina Gabrielle's The Raven Club series. This one can totally stand alone, but I recommend reading the first because it was such a fun book. However, I think I enjoyed this one even more! Lady Ellie Swift is at The Raven Club, her brother's gambling and boxing club. While wearing a mask to protect her identity, she is kissed for luck by the handsome boxer in the middle of a bout. Hugh Vere, now the Marquess of Deveril, soon discovers that underneath the mask is the girl whose heart he broke five years before. Ellie's brother Ian and his wife Grace are about to have a baby and they no longer wish to keep the club; it is her dream to take it over. But then she is informed that Hugh also wants The Raven. And she must compete with him to see who will get it! Let's just say that Ellie is NOT amused. I loved the chemistry between Ellie and Hugh. He let her go all those years ago because he had her best interests at heart. (That phrase makes Ellie want to shoot him, by the way.) Though Ellie is still hurt by his betrayal, she can't help but still be drawn to him. She has grown to be an incredibly strong woman; she helps abused women escape their abusers. Hugh still wants her to be his...except he has a habit of thinking he knows what's best for her. Ellie does her best to disabuse him of this notion. You can't help but root for these two stubborn people to realize what we already know - they belong together. I definitely hope to see more goings-on at The Raven Club. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
CaroleBurant57 16 days ago
They both want the Raven Club....but for different reasons! Five years ago, Lady Ellie Swift and Hugh Vere were in love and planning a future together but after finding him kissing another woman, it all ended there. Hugh Vere, now the Marquess of Deveril, is back in town and he wants the club AND Ellie! She has no intentions of making it easy for him, though!!! This was a very well written unique story and Hugh & Ellie are wonderful characters although he could be very controlling and she could be very stubborn! I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Lashea677 16 days ago
She's fearless. He's predictable. She knows what she wants. He knows how to get it. What happens when these restless hearts collide? Passion. Ellie and Hugh have a history. Unfinished business is about to explode into irresistible attraction. How to Best a Marquess is a seductive duel of hearts. Gabrielle makes spice a sure bet with this dangerously, naughty affair.