A trio of sizzling historical romances that prove passion is timeless . . .
Mischief and the Marquess by Sylvia Day
Justin, the Marquess of Fontaine, and Lady Sophie Milton-Riley are completely ill-suited to one another. But they will have to prove it in order to end their mothers’ insistence that they should marry. Yet the more they attempt to demonstrate how wrong their union would be, the more surprisingly, irresistibly right things feel . . .
THE DUKE’S TREASURE by Minerva Spencer
Plain, prickly Josephine Loman has loved Beaumont Halliwell, the Fifth Duke of Wroxton, since the first time she saw him. But the most beautiful man she’s ever met had eyes only for Jo’s erstwhile friend, who betrayed Beau’s trust by marrying his brother. Beau hasn’t been home in years, but when his brother dies in an accident, he must marry to save the impoverished dukedom. And Jo is the overlooked heiress who will turn his world upside down . . .
THE INCONVENIENT COUNTESS by Kristin Vayden
As the eldest in a poverty-stricken family of daughters, Miss Diana Katherine Lambson’s only option is a marriage of convenience. Her only prospect is a rogue with a miserable reputation. Her only true desire: freedom. And that is exactly what Charles Brook, Earl of Barrington, is willing to offer, in return for the respectability their union will give him. He will even provide Diana with a contract. But does she dare entrust her future to a scoundrel? Does she dare not to?
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About the Author
SYLVIA DAY is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Visit Sylvia at www.sylviaday.com, Facebook.com/AuthorSylviaDay and on Twitter @SylDay.
Minerva Spencer was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has lived in Canada, the US, Europe, Africa, and Mexico. After receiving her M.A. in Latin American History from The University of Houston she taught American History for five years before going to law school. She was a prosecutor and labor lawyer before purchasing a bed and breakfast in Taos, NM, where she lives with her husband and dozens of rescue animals.
Kristin Vayden is the author of twenty books and anthologies. She is an acquisitions editor for a boutique publishing house, and helps mentor new authors. Her passion for writing started young, but only after her sister encouraged her to write did she fully realize the joy and exhilaration of writing a book. Her books have been featured in many places, including the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Familyshow. You can find Kristin at kristinvayden.weebly.com, at facebook.com/kristinvaydenauthor, or on Twitter @KristinVayden.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Arrangement is comprised of three stories by three authors: Sylvia Day, Minerva Spencer, and Kristin Vayden. Sylvia Day’s “Mischief And the Marquess” is about Justin, the Marquess of Fontaine and Lady Sophie Milton-Riley agree they are completely ill-suited for one another and set out to convince their mothers just that. As they attempt to demonstrate how wrong their union would be, they find themselves irresistibly drawn together. Maybe mothers do know what’s best after all. “The Duke’s Treasure,” Minerva Spencer tell a story about plain, prickly Josephine Loman who loves Beaumont Halliwell, the fifth Duke of Wroxton since she first saw him. They are both deceived by Jo’s so-called friend who married Beau’s brother. Beau leaves and never returns until his brother’s death, only to discover he must marry to save the impoverished dukedom. And Jo is the overlooked heiress who will turn his world upside down. “An Inconvenient Countess: (Kristin Vayden) is a delightful story where Diana Lambson’s only option to save her poverty-stricken family is a marriage of convenience—no other than the Devil’s Bachelor, Charles Brook, Earl Of Barrington. Brook’s goal is to achieve respectability his union with Diana will give him. But does Diana dare entrust her future to a scoundrel? I thoroughly enjoyed each story with its own plot, characters, and theme. The steamy bits were very well done. Kudos to Sylvia Day, Minerva Spencer, and Kristin Vayden for their excellent teamwork. I received The Arrangement from Minerva Spencer in exchange for my honest review.
3.5 stars--My review covers MISCHIEF AND THE MARQUESS by Sylvia Day. Told from several third person perspectives including Justin, the Marquess of Fontaine, and Lady Sophie Milton-Riley MISCHIEF AND THE MARQUESS follows the rebuilding friendship and relationship between former childhood friends. Lady Sophie Milton-Riley is a single mother who lost the love of her life before her son was born, leaving her reputation tattered and in ruins. Hoping to see their children fall in love, the Dowager Lady Fontaine, and Lady Sophie’s grandmother the Countess of Cardington arrange a meeting between Sophie and Justin, a matchmaking that will hopefully rekindle the attraction and romance from years before. What ensues is the quick building relationship between Justin and Sophie, as Justin prepares to save Sophie’s reputation and the dowry she never knew existed. Mischief and the Marquess is a quick read; a fast paced, novella of insta-lust to love between two people who have known one another most of their lives but went their separate ways when Sophie fell in love with someone else. Sophie believes her reputation will destroy the Marquess’ good name, while Justin is determined to make an honest woman of the girl he has always loved. The premise is cute and engaging; the characters are colorful and energetic; the romance is passionate and intense but I dislike the use of a certain four-letter word in my romance story lines.
Mischief and the Marquess by Sylvia Day Justin, the Marquess of Fontaine, has been enamored of Lady Sophie Milton-Riley since their childhood. Neither party will admit that feeling is reciprocated, which is a shame, since their families are attempting to nudge them into an alliance. Because of their current situations, Sophie is convinced they'd never suit, and intends to enlist Justin's help in convincing their matchmaking relatives this would never work. But spending some time together might be just the thing they need to ignite that shared spark... Justin and Sophie's attraction is a delicious thing, and Ms Day writes their longing and attraction beautifully. Watching them tumble headlong into this sexy affair will make your heart beat faster and raise your temperature. Definitely a winner! The Duke's Treasure by Minerva Spencer Beaumont Halliwell is the newly minted Duke of Wroxton who has just agreed to marry one Josephine Loman, heiress. His title and status in exchange for her father's deep pockets. Josie knows she's considered no prize--her plain features and plain-speaking generally turn gentlemen away, not draw them nearer. But her father is on his deathbed, and despite herself, she can't help finding Beau incredibly pleasing to the eye. Ms Spencer's marriage-of-convenience, ugly duckling story is a gem. Jo's well aware of her physical lack of "oomph" and recognizes that her fortune is the greater part of her appeal to many in society. Beau for his part can see that he's far from perfect, and Ms Spencer allows us to witness their relationship unfolding and building upon the small concessions and truths and admissions and small kindnesses that allow them to create a foundation relying not on what others see, but on honesty and using their words to construct rather than create walls or tear down. Beau's decision to commit to Jo and to build a relationship unlike many of those around them (including that of his own parents) sets into motion a lovely read, and I look forward to rereading this one as well as catching up on Ms Spencer's other books. The ugly duckling and marriage of convenience conventions are two of my favorites, and the way Ms Spencer has written this story has made it near perfection! An Inconvenient Countess by Kristin Vayden Charles Brook, Earl of Barrington and Miss Diana Lambson come to an agreement--he needs a respectable wife, she needs his funds. Neither wants nor expects more, but both are happily surprised by the mutual respect, friendship, and then more that grows from this simple, business-like arrangement. Brook and Diana don't particularly get along when they first meet, but it's clear neither is a fool nor cruel. Seeing what grows from the seeds of their relationship when watered with kindness and mutual respect is lovely indeed. This is the first I've read of Ms Vayden's work, but I look forward to reading more of it!
Mischief and the Marquess by Sylvia Day - 3 stars This was just an ok read for me. I just couldn't get invested in their story. This was my first story by Day. I'll have to read a full length story to see if I like it any better... The Duke's Treasure by Minerva Spencer - 4 stars I really enjoyed Jo and Beau's story. Beau was marrying purely to save his estate and was surprised to find himself falling for his wife. It was a joy to watch! The Inconvenient Countess by Kristin Vayden - 4 stars I really enjoyed Diana and Charles story. They both had their reasons for marrying and for neither of them was it love. I enjoyed watching them spend time together and find the love that neither of them was looking for.
Great collection of three stories that will keep you reading until the end! Mischief and the Marquess by Sylvia Day This is the first I have read by this author and this second chance romance was full of humor and a sizzling attraction. Justin had been so attracted to Sophie when they were younger but misunderstandings had kept them apart. Years later they meet up again and they are in the sights of a matchmaker. Will they find love this time? Fun story. The Duke's Treasure by Minerva Spencer Love Minerva Spencer and knew I would enjoy this story! Wonderful story of marriage of convenience for money! Beau must marry since coming back from war and finding the Dukedom in financial ruin. He decides to marry Jo, the daughter of a merchant and make the best of it. What he doesn't know is that Jo has had a tendre' for him for many years as she saw him out and about! This was such a wonderful story with great characters, a sizzling romance and a great journey to an HEA. Such a great storyline with excellent writing and I could not put it down! The Inconvenient Countess by Kristen Vayden A marriage of convenience between Charles, Earl of Barrington and Diana who was desperate to have help with taking care of her family since their estate was almost destitute since the death of her father. Charles was rake and had lived as such which left his reputation well known. Unfortunately there is a business deal he is counting on and he needs a wife to give him the air of respectability and having given up his wicked ways! As the two come together, something wonderful happens as they become attracted to each other and find that their marriage may not be so bad after all! I read this through NetGallery Lori D
The Arrangement has three stories written by Sylvia Day, Minerva Spencer and Kristin Vayden. 4 stars!! I really liked this collection of arranged marriages stories. Though they were not long each one told a very complete story. The hero and heroines were very likable and unique in their own way. Sylvia Day's Mischief and the Marquess told the story of childhood friends who years later reunite thanks to the matchmaking interventions from their family. They had great chemistry together and when he confesses to her his feelings towards her, feelings he had since they were young, it was so sweet. The Duke's Treasure by Minerva Spencer was also a great read. These two were not happy with the idea of getting married. Josephine's father arranged the marriage to Beaumont, Duke of Wroxton. Beau is your typical arrogant duke who likes to get his way, but Josephine is good at questioning his behavior and attitude. I did like that he was always honest with her and from early on in their marriage he does tell her that he sees in her a companion and lover. Though with time their feelings for each other became deeper and made their HEA a very sweet one. An Inconvenient Countess by Kristin Vayden was my favorite of the three. This one pays more attention to the romance between Diana and Brook, Earl of Barrington. Brook marries Diana because of a business transaction that he wants to do, which as a bachelor is out of the question, She needs money to help support her sisters and her mother. They have chemistry from day one and I liked how they became friends. I liked how they communicated with each other and were honest with each other. There was not much drama between them and though she came from the country and humble beginnings she was able to stand for herself. Brook did defend her and stood by her till the end. So sweet! I highly recommend this collection of stories! Thank you to the publisher for providing the ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.
The Arrangement by Sylvia Day, Minerva Spencer & Kristin Vayden Thoroughly enjoyed this collection of steamy historical romances! MISCHIEF AND THE MARQUESS BY SYLVIA DAY Fun romp that sees two people that were probably meant to be together earlier finally get together in spite of the choices they made earlier in life. My take on this was that the two assumed many things about one another that were not true and once those “things” were dismissed they ended up having much in common allowing themselves the HEA they so richly deserved. THE DUKE’S TREASURE BY MINERVA SPENCER Marrying for money is what Beau must do to fix his recently inherited dukedom. He knows he wants more from marriage than his parents and others of his class have managed so sets out on the path to a happier relationship with Jo than she was expecting. She is feisty and he has a heart of gold. Enjoyed this one. AN INCONVENIENT COUNTESS BY KRISTIN VAYDEN This is probably my favorite. I loved the way this couple found more than they bargained on when their marriage of convenience was arranged. The first laugh in the carriage after the nuptials was so much fun and it only got better from there. I truly enjoyed meeting Brock and Diana and felt they were well matched and would have a happy life together forever. Did I enjoy these stories? Yes Would I read more by these authors? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars