How to Impress a Marquess: a wittily charming Victorian romance

How to Impress a Marquess: a wittily charming Victorian romance

by Susanna Ives

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"A fresh voice that reminded me of Julia Quinn's characters." —Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author

TAKE ONE MARQUESS: Proper, put-upon, dependable, but concealing a sensitive artist's soul.
ADD ONE BOHEMIAN LADY: Creative, boisterous, unruly, but secretly yearning for a steadfast love, home, and family.
STIR in a sensational serialized story that has society ravenous for each installment.
COMBINE with ambitious guests at an ill-fated house party hosted by a treacherous dowager possessing a poison tongue.
SHAKE until a stuffy marquess and rebellious lady make a shocking discovery: the contents of their hearts are just alike.
Take a sip. You'll laugh, you'll swoon, you'll never want this moving Victorian love story to end.

"With [an] intriguing plot, quirky characters, witty escapades, and heartfelt dialogue, Ives has created a read that's as thought-provoking as it is romantic." —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars and nominee for Best First Historical Romance, Wicked Little Secrets

"Will touch readers' hearts. Ives delivers on every level" —RT Book Reviews for Wicked, My Love Top Pick 4 stars

"I have never, ever laughed so hard or swooned so much while reading a historical romance." —Long and Short Reviews for Wicked Little Secrets

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402283635
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Wicked Little Secrets , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 567,708
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susanna Ives started writing when she left her job as a multimedia training developer to stay home with her family. Now she keeps busy driving her children to various classes, writing books, and maintaining websites. She often follows her husband on business trips around Europe and blogs about the misadventures of touring with children. She lives in Atlanta.

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How to Impress a Marquess: a wittily charming Victorian romance 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all three in the Wicked Little Secrets series and loved them all. Quirky charecters made all three books great. Enjoy!
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’m liking the Victorian era more and more – a time of great change in the UK, and many of the heroes and heroines tend to reflect their reactions to all these progressions. In How to Impress a Marquess, what starts as a fairly typical and lighthearted story soon develops into much more: with hints of feminist ideology, a romance, plenty of growth and a wonderful ending. Lilith is a bohemian in training – she’s got all of the ideology, she wants desperately to ‘make a splash’, but she’s still got a bit of conventional marriage, family, romance streak. She is, however, a handful: often heedless to the wishes and feelings of others and far more naïve than she is willing to believe of herself. George is the head of the family, and also Lilith’s guardian. He’s spent years being told of his responsibilities, and he’s actually rather stilted by the constant focus on duty and appearances. He’s not unkind, just unused to thinking for himself in terms of his own happiness. When he starts to discover the hidden layers and hurts that lie beneath his ward’s seeming devil-may-care approach to what others think of her, he’s genuinely confused. Slowly the two start to reveal themselves, the deep recesses that no one is allowed to see. While Lilith truly sees the good in George, and wants him to show his love in her often immature visions, the two are growing closer. George is attracted and concerned about that attraction, worried of what people will think, and unsure about what these new feelings are. A lovely light story that conceals hidden depths, bringing the heroine’s youth and inexperience into play as she schools the hero in many aspects, not the least of which is happiness. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, enjoyed character's way of playing off each other.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this story! You have Lilith living the free spirited artist lifestyle and George living the 'proper' aristocratic life. George is tired of dealing with Lilith's antics and is ready to marry her off and make her someone else's' problem. He didn't count on falling for her himself. I loved watching Lilith and George really get to know each other. They both had a certain perception of the other that didn't make them really like them. As the two spend more time together, they realize that there is so much more to the other than they knew. I've really loved Ives Wicked Little Secrets series and I hope that she has more planned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London, Spring 1879 George, the Marquess of Marlywick, is returning home one evening after a very exhausting day. A busy man with many people depending upon him, it’s surprising to discover that he is enthralled with the latest serial, “Collette and the Sultan.” One of his responsibilities is his ward, Lilith Dahlgren, age 23, who loves spending time with her artist friends. When George discovers her at a party with some of these friends and sees her being rather loose, he finds her quite desirable and even tries to kiss her. Shocked at his own behavior, he heads home. But when George has to rescue Lilith once again from scandal, he informs her that he is going to arrange a marriage for her and let her husband handle her and her money. He gives her strict guidelines to adhere to but she is always refusing to do as he says. However, the more time he spends with her, the more he finds himself falling for her. Quite frankly, I found this story to be silly. Both George and Lilith are two spoiled people. Sorry. This book is not for me. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
These two really cracked me up. They are such opposites, and you can see the opposites attract coming from a mile away, but it was done quite well. Again, the characters were all a little too extreme, but there were immediate consequences from Society which made the situations a little more believable. Lillith is an artist, and she's proud of it. She supports other artists and writes a popular serial under a pen name. This is very important, I loved how this serial played a part in the story. At first I thought it was just another aspect to Lillith's character, but it's the way it all plays out that made it almost another character itself. Lillith is not your traditional lady by any means. She's quirky and honest, she's bursting with energy and sweeps everyone up along with her. George is quite the opposite. He's calm and respectful, making sure his duty comes before anything and everything else - including his own happiness. But Lillith breathes life back into him and his family when Society insists she joins in at a highly-attended house party. This house party is also another character unto itself. It's the perfect backdrop for the antics and adventures that Lillith and George find themselves caught up in. There was a good dose of humor and some very memorable moments - but then we got a little out of control. From the tail end of the house party through the very end of the book, things went too far for my taste. It was no longer a light humor, but something more forced and not as much fun. Once the ending hits, it made up for the previous craziness a little. The way it all seems to wrap back up around itself and put the right finishing touches to the story were great. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Plenty of moments of delight accompany Lilith and George as they face the ultimate test. How to Impress a Marquess blends intellect with heart to deliver a fresh look at a subject that is repeatedly examined in the genre of romance. Following your heart. George conceals himself behind the obligations of his title, never letting anyone close enough to expose his dreams and secret yearnings. Lilith does the opposite. She reveals her true self to the world in defiance of the negativity and hurt she hides away in her heart. Ms. Ives has flamboyant heroine stole the show with her impulsiveness but she also drove home the point that life is to be lived not feared. Wise advice.
strgth4yu More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed each character in How to Impress a Marquees. The story of Lillith and Marquess Marlyewick are opposite from each other. One is artistic and the other is proper.Millionth feels stifle from the marquees. She a ants to be free to express herself than being proper. The Marquess has a duty to his tenants and the people he is responsible for. He is trying to keep his promise on taking care of her. Can The Marquess and Lillith find themselves realizing that they misjudged each other's person. Spending time together they realize that they care for each other more than they thought. Loved the story of Lillith and George. I recommend this book. I received this book and volunteer to read for a honest review from Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago