Never Marry a Marquess

Never Marry a Marquess

by Regina Scott

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Shy Ivy Bateman has always felt more comfortable behind the scenes than front and center. She is happiest caring for her family and baking sweet treats. She certainly never expected the wealthy Marquess of Kendall to propose marriage, especially a marriage of convenience. It seems his baby daughter needs a mother, and Ivy cannot deny the attraction of the role, or the attraction she feels for the handsome marquess.

Kendall had asked Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency to find him a particular sort of lady. His heart went to the grave with his first wife. Now, all he cares about is ensuring his frail daughter doesn't follow it. Installing Ivy Bateman as his next marchioness will not disrupt his life or make him question his love for his dead wife. But as he comes to appreciate Ivy's sweet nature, he begins to wonder about their future. When an old enemy strikes at Miss Thorn and all her ladies, a grieving lord and a shy lady must work together to save the day. In doing so, they might just discover that love, and a good cinnamon bun, can heal all wounds.

Sequel to Never Kneel to a Knight. Fortune's Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.

Here's a little taste:

Lord Kendall was on one knee, gaze on hers, waiting. Fine lines fanned out from his eyes. It seemed she wasn't the only one wondering about this proposal. Once she'd dreamed of a proposal from the man she loved, of accepting with joy in her heart. Was it right to accept when she felt no joy? Was it wrong to accept for her family's sake?

As if determined to protect her, Fortune the cat stalked out from behind the couch, put her paws on Lord Kendall's knee, and glared up at him, tail swishing.

Ivy leaned back. "Please. Do get up."

He set the cat gently aside and climbed to his feet. Fortune paced back and forth in front of him, tail in the air, back up, ears tight, as if challenging him to combat.

He returned to the chair and sat. "I take it you decline."
His voice was so heavy Ivy hurt for him. Twice in the last month he had come to her aid—once by taking her in secret to see her brother box for the prince and once by helping her find Petunia when her sister had disappeared. He had been a true friend then. He had been honest with her now. She could do no less.

"I am not declining," she told him. As he raised his head, she hurried on. "Neither am I accepting. I understand the honor you have given me, my lord. I never thought to receive a proposal from a gentleman like you. But I had dreamed of a love match. Can you give me no hope of one someday?"

His eyes dipped at the corners. "Alas, Ivy, I cannot. My heart, once given, does not easily give again."

How extraordinary. She had loved her mother, father, and brother. That love had only expanded with the births of Daisy and Tuny. Now it had grown yet again with the addition of Charlotte to their family. Had he focused all emotions on his dead wife?

What would it be like to win such a devotion for herself?

Dangerous thought. He offered her nothing of his love. Yet she knew love could grow. He clearly cared for his daughter. Might he someday come to care for her as well? Was she willing to risk her future on a chance?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161353851
Publisher: Edwards and Williams
Publication date: 06/13/2019
Series: Fortune's Brides , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 16,824
File size: 329 KB

About the Author

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of 30 years reside in Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. Regina Scott is a decent fencer; owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet; and is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene.

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wfnren 23 days ago
I think this may be my favorite book in this series. What a beautiful story! This series should be read in order, it is possible not to but you will enjoy it much more it you do read it in order. Amazing job on this on Regina. I received this e-book free from the author. I was not required to write a review but have chosen to do so sharing my hones opinion of this book.
Jutzie 3 months ago
Never Marry a Marquess by Regina Scott Fortune's Brides Series Book Six The Marquess of Kendall already had the love of his life once. He couldn't open his heart up again. But...he needed a mother for his daughter. She wasn't doing well and his last chance was a woman who would love her and help her to thrive. Ivy Bateman had raised her two younger sisters and loved doing so. Now that her brother, Matthew, had saved the prince and been knighted, her new sister-in-law has sent her into Society...not her cup of tea, but hopefully things would settle down after the Season. Ivy has the love and caring that Kendall needs for his daughter. As long as she can agree to a marriage of convenience, she's the perfect choice. Great characters and story. Loved this series and the characters in it.
Phyllis_H 3 months ago
A lovely conclusion to the series Never Marry a Marquess drew me in like a familiar friend from the start. Simply reading the first few words brought a smile to my face as I settled in to enjoy it. What fun to add a marriage of convenience theme to Regina Scott's Fortune's Brides series. I wasn't quite sure how she was going to get Ivy and Kendall together after having seen the possibilities in Never Kneel to a Knight. For some reason this was completely unexpected to me. Of course, having read the description, you probably saw what was going to happen. Me, I simply saw the author and knew I had to read it. Though a little sad Fortune's Brides has concluded, yet I am so glad to have the mysteries resolved and Miss Thorne happily settled. This has been a wonderful series. If you haven't read the other books, go ahead and start from the beginning with Never Doubt a Duke. While it isn't completely necessary, I'm sure you could figure out what is important as you read this one. They do all build on each other. Read my review of Never Marry a Marquess by Regina Scott at
BrittanyMc 3 months ago
I loved this book from start to finish! Marriage of convenience stories are a favorite of mine, and this one was done exceptionally well. I couldn’t help but love the main characters, Ivy and Kendall. Ivy was so good with baby Sophia and so understanding and caring toward Kendall. My heart hurt for her as she patiently hoped for the marriage to become one of love instead of convenience. Kendall was another great character. His heart was so fragile from the death of his first wife and he had so much fear regarding the possibility of something happening to his baby, Sophia. He was quick to jump in to protect her from any harm he imagined, leading to some funny moments in the story. I loved how he grew in so many ways in this book. I liked catching up with characters from the previous books, especially seeing how things turned out for Miss Thorn and Julian. I have enjoyed this series so much! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 3 months ago
Regina Scott brings her Fortune's Brides series to an end with this one and I sure did hate to see it end. This one, in my opinion, was the very best! I loved it so much. It's a Regency, which I love and also a marriage of convenience, which is a favorite as well. There was nothing 'not' to like about this book! From the very beginning, I was captivated. As always, populated by great characters and themes. Well done! *My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.