The Marquis and I

The Marquis and I

by Ella Quinn

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ISBN-13: 9781420145168
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: Worthingtons Series , #4
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 173,707
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ella Quinn is the USA Today bestselling author of smart, spicy Regency romances, including The Worthingtons and The Marriage Game Series. Prior to writing romance, Ella Quinn was an adjunct professor, a lawyer, and the first woman to be assigned to a Green Beret unit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and has extensively researched the Regency era, immersing her stories with the flavor and feel of the period so that readers lose themselves in the time. She and her husband currently live in Germany when they aren’t cruising the world on their sailboat. Visit her online at ellaquinnauthor.com.

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CHAPTER 1

Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, England, May 1815

Prickles of fear ran down Lady Charlotte Carpenter's spine, and she fought back the gorge rising in her throat. Inside her gloves her hands grew damp.

Not even as a child when she was afraid of thunder had she been so terrified. This must be what her sister Grace and her friend Dotty had felt when they were abducted. Charlotte drew a shaky breath. Well, they had survived and so would she.

She had been shoved roughly into the coach, hitting her knees on the door edge and almost falling to the floor. Fortunately, her basket had broken her descent before meaty hands had grabbed her, placing her none too gently on the forward-facing seat.

"Don't give us no trouble, and we won't hurt ye," the ruffian across from her had said.

Not looking up, she'd nodded.

After her sister had been kidnapped, Mattheus, the Earl of Worthington, her brother-in-law and guardian, had ensured that she, Louisa, her sister — actually her sister-in-law, yet Charlotte considered all her sisters-in- law sisters — who had just wed, and Augusta their sister who was three years younger than Charlotte and Louisa, had been given lessons on how to protect themselves and what to do if something like this happened to them.

All she could do was trust her lessons would stand in her good stead and remember all she had been taught. She should concentrate on that instead of panicking. Yet for what seemed like an eternity, her mind refused to cooperate. Closing her eyes, she focused on gathering her scattered wits.

Gradually, pieces of what she had learned began coming back to her. The first thing she had been taught was to let the curs believe she was under their control. That was supposed to lull them into thinking she would not try to escape. Under the circumstances, that wasn't very hard to do. She was under their control. Both the men were much stronger than her, making escape more difficult.

Second, she was to take inventory of what she had that could help her flee their control. That should make her feel better. She had a dagger strapped to her leg. Although she needed much more practice to be able to draw it out properly. Her basket held a pistol made just for her — loaded — and with extra bullets and powder. Unfortunately, her kitten, Collette, was in the basket as well. But she was in the harness and lead Charlotte had fashioned for the cat. Both items would serve her well if she had to abandon the basket. She tightened her hands on the wicker handle.

And the third part of the plan was to think of a way to escape. That might be a little more difficult. She had not intended to go farther than across the square to Worthington House; therefore, she had no money. Even if she did manage to get away from the brutes, she wouldn't get very far without funds. On the other hand, she knew how to tool a carriage, so she might be able to drive the coach if she could steal it.

Her breathing steadied and she began to feel a little more in control. As long as she ignored the brutes who had kidnapped her, that is.

A friend of Matt's had also taught her and her sister to pick a lock. It might take her a while, but she was sure she could do it if she had to.

She was wearing sensible leather half boots, and a twill walking gown, practical and sturdy enough not to fall apart if she had to go traipsing across the country.

There, already her heart had stopped beating as if it would fly out of her chest.

"Got any victuals in that basket of yourn?" the man across from her asked.

Oh, Lord, Collette! Who knew what they'd do to her kitten. Charlotte couldn't let them look in the basket. "No. I was going to fetch some things."

He leaned back against the worn cushions again, and she resisted the urge to breathe a sigh of relief.

Her abductors were dressed neatly, in a middling sort of way, even if they didn't speak like one would expect. They wore breeches instead of pantaloons, and Belcher scarves rather than cravats. At least they didn't smell or appear overly dirty. That was helpful as her stomach was still a mass of knots. It wouldn't take much to make her ill.

If she only knew in what direction they were traveling it might help her form a scheme to escape.

A few minutes later, a large estate situated on a hill caught her attention. "What is the building over there?"

The kidnapper across from her slammed the shade down. "None of yer business is what it is."

"Shut yer gob, Dan. We ain't supposed to talk to her." Next to her the other scoundrel shoved his chin forward as if daring Dan to defy him.

"An whatcha think the mort's goin' ta do? Jump out and run for help?" The man called Dan sneered. "She'd haf ta get away from both of us. I only closed it so no one could see inside."

Charlotte's cheek felt as if it was burning, as if the blackguard next to her was staring at her face, but she did not dare return his gaze.

"We got our orders," the man next to her said. "I don't need you ta put us aground."

Dan shrugged, and the burning feeling went away.

She had no idea how long they had been traveling, but surely they would stop to change horses soon. Perhaps then she could find someone to help her. She wondered how her kitten was doing, but she didn't dare show any interest in the basket. The two villains would be bound to notice, then they would find the pistol and her cat.

The men had once more lapsed into silence. Dan's eyelids drifted shut, but she doubted the other man would be so lax. Not that she could have jumped out of the coach in any event. The traffic had finally lessened, and they were moving along at a faster, steadier pace.

Sometime later, Dan's foot pushed against her shoe. She moved her leg to give him more room, but the foot followed.

Suddenly, he yelped, and when she sneaked a look he was holding on to his knee. The other man must have kicked him. "What'd ye do that fer?"

"Leave the mort alone," the blackguard next to her growled. "No talking. No touching."

She should be relieved. Someone obviously wanted her unharmed. Yet that begged the question of who could have ordered her abduction? She was positive that she had not made any enemies. Matt kept such a careful eye on her, no fortune hunters had been allowed within several yards of her or Louisa.

She gave an imperceptible shudder. Going down that line of thought would not help her escape. All it would do was distract her. And possibly frighten her even more than she already was.

The coachman's horn sounded, and the carriage began to slow. They must be at a toll. But before she could think what to do, they sped up again. Well, drat! She'd have to be faster the next time. A short while later she noticed a pattern of speeding up then slowing down, but not for the tolls. The driver must be sparing the horses so that they would not have to be changed.

"I have ta go ta the bog house," Dan said in a sullen tone. "Surprised she ain't whined about wantin' ta go. Ye musta scared the piss outta her." He laughed at his own joke.

The man next to her grunted.

Well, if they were going to stop somewhere, perhaps she could relieve herself and find help. Thinking about it made the urge almost too strong to hold. "I must use the necessary very soon."

"Burt, ye can stop here. I'll watch the mort." Dan leered at her, turning Charlotte's stomach.

"We're almost to the inn," Burt said. "If ye say a word, or try to get anyone to help ye, yer ladyship, I'll bind and gag ye. Understand?"

Charlotte nodded. The last thing she wanted was to be constrained in any manner.

Several minutes later the coach came to a halt.

"See ta the horses," Burt barked, and Dan jumped down quick as a rabbit. An ostler came around and let down the steps. The boy helped her out, but Burt grabbed onto her elbow and guided her into the inn.

"Sir," the landlord said, hurrying up to them. "How can I help you?"

"I'm Smith. Ye have rooms fer us."

"Oh, yes. Yes, indeed I do." The innkeeper cast Charlotte a disapproving glance. "Right this way."

Bother. The landlord had probably been told some Banbury story just as the couple who'd held her friend Dotty had been told. Two days before her wedding, Dotty, now the Marchioness of Merton, had been abducted by a man who wished to stop her from marrying Merton. She'd been taken to a house in Richmond and the caretakers had been informed she was a runaway. By sheer luck, Matt and Merton had discovered where she was, and the men had ridden ventre à terre to her aid. By the time Merton arrived, Dotty had already found a way to escape.

If only Matt were not out of Town. But he was, as were Dotty and Merton. Charlotte did not even know if anyone had seen her abducted. If that were the case, there was only one thing to do. She would simply have to find a way to escape by herself.

* * *

"My lord, my lord!" Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth, glanced at the crazed man in black waving to him whilst running down the street.

Good God! It was Thorton, his friend the Earl of Worthington's butler. What the devil was going on?

Drawing his phaeton to the pavement, Con slowed the horses, bringing them to a halt.

"My lord." With a shaking hand, the servant pointed at a black coach driving down the street. "You must go after them. They took Lady Charlotte."

"Lady Charlotte?" He could have sworn Worthington's wife's name was Grace.

"Lady Worthington's sister."

"Where's Worthington?" Somewhere close, Con hoped.

"His lordship is out of Town with her ladyship for a few days." The butler glanced worriedly at the coach. "Hurry, please, my lord. You must save her."

He glanced around, but for some reason, no one he knew was in the square.

Bloody hell!

This is not what he'd planned to do this afternoon.

"Tell me everything you know while I turn this rig around." The sooner Con took care of this problem, the faster he could get back to his own business ... and his mistress.

"Lady Charlotte was crossing the square from Stanwood House, where his lord and ladyship's brothers and sisters live, to Worthington House, when two blackguards grabbed her. They threw her in that carriage and drove off." The butler wrung his hands.

"Did she not have a maid or footman with her?" He couldn't imagine Worthington being so careless with his charge.

"He did try to stop them, but it was too late." The butler frowned as if he was still trying to figure out how he had failed to protect the lady. "After Lady Worthington —" The lines bracketing his mouth deepened. "What I mean to say is that for the first few weeks after his lordship's wedding, there was more vigilance, but the children go back and forth so often, we didn't think ..." The butler took out a handkerchief and mopped his brow. "There was no reason to believe she or the others would be in danger."

Con wanted to ask just how many children there were that Worthington would occupy two town houses, but that question would have to wait until later.

"Is it possible she eloped?" As scandalous as it was, the dash to Gretna Green wasn't that uncommon. Although, it generally did not involve bullies.

Con's only hope that this would be an easy task died a quick death when the servant's features froze. Definitely not a pretty sight. No wonder Worthington wanted the man to smile.

"Indeed not, my lord." The butler's lips barely moved. "Her ladyship would never disgrace her family in any way." The man glanced down the street in the direction of the carriage. "Please hurry, my lord. They are getting away."

Con gritted his teeth. "I am turning the horses as quickly as I am able." What a pity. That meant someone was intent on harming Worthington or his family. Then again, it could be an attempt to compromise the lady into marriage. "Inform Lord Worthington that I have gone to her rescue." Con almost cringed. Devil take it. He sounded like a character out of those romances his sister liked. "Better yet, tell him I have it all in hand."

"Yes, my lord. You might also wish to know that Jemmy, one of the younger boys, jumped onto the back of the coach."

How young? Con wondered. Still, it didn't matter. He hoped the lad would be helpful. If not, he would be rescuing a helpless lady and an equally useless boy.

Devil take it.

The Lords wasn't in session today. He had no real reason to be out and about. He should have just stayed at Aimée's house. If it had not been for a letter concerning a problem at his main estate — that still would not be taken care of — he would have been there, and not here chasing after some insipid young female.

Never mind that she was a friend's sister; he had yet to meet a young lady who wasn't too dull to bear. And this one would most likely be hysterical as well.

Con scowled. He had done nothing to deserve this inconvenience. He took care of his holdings and dependents, was active in the Lords, and he loved his mother and other family members, even if he did refuse to heed their exhortations to wed. He had plenty of time yet before he had to don a leg- shackle. His life was exactly as he wished it to be.

Until now.

An uneasy feeling like ants crawled up his neck. What rot. Now is not the time to become fanciful.

He'd rescue the girl, Worthington would owe Con a favor, and all would be well. With luck he'd be back in time for dinner with the lovely Aimée, and then the theater. Innocents held no interest for him at all. He didn't even like being around them. Still, he could not refuse to help a friend.

Glancing up the street, he saw the coach was still in sight. "I shall return her to you soon."

He gave his horses the office to start. Fortunately the pair was fresh and ready for some exercise.

Several minutes later, Con had time to take in the details of the vehicle he was following. Not so large, most likely it had once been a town coach. The boy — for the figure on the back was definitely a child, a small child — had a wide enough platform on which to stand. There were handles as well and no back window. The carriage had obviously belonged to someone who, while concerned for their servant's comfort, did not wish to see them or vice versa. And that worked out well for Con. By the time whoever was in charge of kidnapping the lady — damn, what had the butler said her name was? Lady Charlotte. That was it — knew Con was after them, it would be too late for the blackguards to escape him.

Better yet, he might be able to steal the lady away when the coach stopped to change horses or for a rest. Stealth in these matters was much better than declaring his rank and making a scene. It would help no one if the girl's reputation was ruined in the process.

Checking his pair, he stayed far enough back to blend in with the other traffic, but not so far away that there was a chance of losing them in the midday traffic. If he had brought his pistol, or there were not three of the blackguards, Con would have attempted to drive ahead of the coach and stop it. But there was too much traffic, and he did not have a death wish.

He transferred the ribbons to one hand, pulled out his pocket watch and flipped it open. Blast it all. It was almost four o'clock. That would teach him to laze about in the mornings.

Nevertheless, if the Fates were with him he'd be able to get the young lady back in good time to finish his business and attend the theater this evening.

An hour later, Con resigned himself to not only missing dinner but the theater as well. He had passed the southern outskirts of London into Surrey, heading toward the coast. That was not a good sign at all.

CHAPTER 2

Con drove into the yard of the Hare and Hound on the heels of the coach carrying Worthington's sister. Jumping down from his phaeton, he strode to the back of the coach and grabbed the boy, Jemmy, before anyone else saw him.

"Hey!" The lad wiggled, trying to get away. "Whatcha doin'?"

The boy couldn't be more than five or six. How in perdition had he been left unsupervised?

Before Jemmy could start yelling and draw unwanted attention to them, Con bent down and whispered into the boy's ear, "Worthington's butler sent me to help."

"Yer here to help Lady Charlotte?" the boy asked.

Con inclined his head. "Yes, indeed. I am Lord Kenilworth, a friend of your master's."

Talk about an old soul in a young body. Con was sure he had not been eyed that suspiciously since he'd been caught stealing a whole pie from his mother's cook and had lied about it.

Finally acceptance showed on Jemmy's face and he nodded. "How're we running this rig?"

Glancing up, Con saw the lady propelled into the inn by a big brute. "I want you to pretend you're my groom. Do you understand?"

Jemmy's sharp eyes narrowed. "How's that going to get my lady out of here right and tight?"

(Continues…)



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The Marquis and I 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Kristy_K 7 months ago
2.5 Stars Enjoyable although I did feel it dragged a bit. All of the kidnappings got a little old- particularly when Charlotte didn't take precautions even after being kidnapped the first time. I did like how honest and open her and Constantine were with each other. That is rare and refreshing to find.
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Darlene491 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Ella Quinn and her Worthington family series has been my favorite so far. I've been waiting impatiently for Charlotte and Con's story and it didn't disappoint. These two were meant for each other. They may meet under stressful conditions, she's been kidnapped, but the attraction is immediate and strong. Lightning bolts. They're seen together and an engagement is necessary but will the marriage ever take place? Charlotte and Con each help the other grow and understand that the world is not made up of black & white. Shades of grey exist and compromise is possible. All romance stories have a happy ending, we know that, but it's how you get there that counts. You won't regret taking the journey with the Marquis and I.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Worthington family and their friends. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good historical romance. Even though it's fourth in the series, I was able to follow the characters right away without having read the previous stories. This story is about Charlotte and Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. Charlotte is kidnapped by thugs employed by a former brothel owner. The brothel owner was shut down by Charlotte's brother in a previous story. Constantine was able to save her, at the request of her butler, even though he does not know her. Charlotte begins to become comfortable with Constantine, until she realizes she has seen him with two courtesans at one time. Charlotte and Con are seen appearing disheveled and at an inn together on their return to London by a peer. The rumor mill in London is started, and Con determines that the only option to save Charlotte's reputation is marriage. Charlotte resists Con's advances until she realizes changes in him based on things she's said. This was a good story and I enjoyed the large cast of characters very much. There were times I laughed out loud during this story. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a historical romance. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This story had so much potential, but once again Quinn's story falls short for me. As much as I love the Worthingtons, this might be the last one of Quinn's that I read... I really loved the storyline, but it was often the dialogue that had me cringing as I was reading it. I also thought that Charlotte spent way too much time harping on that fact that Con had a mistress. That was the norm during that time period. I realize that she had seen the darker side of the trade, but it was a but much for me. Time will tell if I pick up another of Quinn's stories, but I believe Elizabeth and Harrington's story will be coming up, so?!?!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
so i'm always a little skeeved out by regency romance novels that start out with the lead hero having a mistress or visiting prostitutes. it's kind of gross. the marquis and i starts out like this too, except the heroine is so opposed to men having mistresses that she basically believes the hero to be an abuser of women and a seriously vile human being. even though constatine, lord kenilworth is actually the guy who came to her help when she was abducted by some thugs out to sell her into sexual slavery. so then, even though i think he's kind of gross, i'm also don't believe he's an abuser of women because he has a mistress. yes there are some power dynamics in play that are horrifically anti-feminist, but i also think that the mistress has some agency. so it's weird. this is a weird issue to base the foundation of a romance novel on. listen on the one hand, con is actually pretty open-minded. and when he's challenged by lady charlotte to ask his mistress why she went into the business of mistressing, he's man enough to admit his preconceived notions are wrong. and he goes out to fix them. and then he sets out to woo charlotte. and he does a pretty spectacular job. like there's some other dude who is kind of a contender but it's clear early on that con has the advantage. in the end, the romance is elevated because con is actually a really good guy. he grows and changes. and charlotte stops coming off as a super naive do-gooder and instead lives up to the intelligence and resourcefulness we first see in her. **the marquis and i will publish on february 27, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington press (zebra) in exchange for my honest review.
Noire More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book to read from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Marquis and I is book 4 in Ella Quinn’s Worthington Series. I would recommend reading the entire series as the events in this book are tied to things that happened in the earlier books plus they are all very enjoyable. This story opens with Lady Charlotte Carpenter kidnaped by nefarious characters. Constantine the Marquis of Kenilworth is conscripted into riding to her rescue and unfortunately they get lost on the return journey and are seen by notorious gossips and so in order to save Charlotte’s reputation an engagement is in order. Constantine had no intention of even looking for a wife and Charlotte was definitely not looking for a husband who has a mistress so together they must find their way forward and learn to love each other. Luckily chemistry is on their side as well as lots of children, dogs, a kitten, more kidnaping and a very satisfactory HEA. Publishing Date February 27, 2018 #TheMarquisAndI #NetGalley
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
The Marquis and I by Ella Quinn is the Fourth book in 'The Worthingtons" series. This is the story of Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth and Lady Charlotte Carpenter. I have read (and Loved them!) the previous book in this series but feel this can be a standalone book. Charlotte is kidnapped and she is working to escape there clutches when she runs into Con. Con was happy on his way to see his mistress but ended up going after Charlotte who he was told had been kidnapped. Con found Charlotte and tired to help her but they ended up getting caught and he had to make the jester that they were getting married. This was another great book by Ms. Quinn. Just loved it!!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
The Marquis and I by Ella Quinn is the Fourth book in 'The Worthingtons" series. This is the story of Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth and Lady Charlotte Carpenter. I have read (and Loved them!) the previous book in this series but feel this can be a standalone book. Charlotte is kidnapped and she is working to escape there clutches when she runs into Con. Con was happy on his way to see his mistress but ended up going after Charlotte who he was told had been kidnapped. Con found Charlotte and tired to help her but they ended up getting caught and he had to make the jester that they were getting married. This was another great book by Ms. Quinn. Just loved it!!
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
A fast past adventure that starts out with the heroine, Lady Charlotte Carpenter being kidnapped off the street! Taken to an inn, she is held by rapscallions to be handed off to an enemy of her family that was thought taken out of the picture. But Charlotte keeps her head and is looking for any chance to escape. In comes Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth who saw the incident happen and speeds off to rescue her. What he finds is a somewhat quirky miss who has her kitten in a handbasket she has carted with her and a gun hidden to defend herself! One thing leads to another and Charlotte appears compromised by Con because he takes her to an inn nearby and tries to pass her off as his wife. Wife you said? How smart is that? This story has a lot of mishaps between Charlotte and Con but there is an underlying serious problem that is addressed with the kidnapping and selling of women and children. This seems to be part of the underbelly of society and Charlotte and her family have been trying to put a stop to what they can. As the story continues, there are serious moments as well as a lot of humor and in the end the attraction between the two. Can true love come out of such a meeting and quick betrothed? Or will they be stuck with each other due to convention? Read to find out what happens in this entertaining story. I want to read the rest of the series now to catch up! Lori D
def618 More than 1 year ago
Lady Charlotte Carpenter has been kidnapped! Thankfully, Jemmy, a young boy her family rescued from the streets, jumped on the back of the carriage she’s in and her neighbor, the Marquess of Kenilworth (Constantine), was coming out of his house and follows. She was taken to a remote inn where Kenilworth was able to rescue her. But it’s night and Kenilworth is not familiar with the back roads. He has spent the night listening to Charlotte mutter about courtesans and poor women. He just wants to get her home. Realizing they will not get back to London by daybreak, he recognizes a town near his mother’s estate and luckily, they meet Lady Bellamy. She and his mother help them get back to London. He’s not opposed to marrying her, but she is not sure about him. How they get to their HEA is for you to read. Jemmy also gets a HEA, when they find his family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1815 Lady Charlotte Carpenter has just been abducted and thrown into a carriage. She had only been going across the street to her sister’s home, Worthington House when she was grabbed. Some time ago, her sister and a friend had been abducted, so Charlotte’s brother-in-law, Mattheus (Matt), the Earl of Worthington, taught her and her sisters how to protect themselves should it happen to them. She is armed with a pistol in her bag, but she also has her little kitten in there too. The Butler, having seen the abduction, summons Constantine (Con), the Marquis of Kenilworth, to rescue Charlotte. When her kidnappers stop at an inn, Con is able to get her away and escape. But the journey home in the dark is long and tedious. As the sun begins to rise, they stop at an inn where they are discovered by people they know who are big gossips. Con tells them that he and his betrothed are headed to see his mother. Charlotte is furious at finding herself compromised by and betrothed to Con. She does not care for him because he has a mistress whom he plans to dismiss. She feels that any man who does this type of thing simply abuses women and she has vowed never to marry anyone like that. The story follows as they meet Con’s mother and then return to London. Con is determined to do his best to woo Charlotte and hopes that she will fall in love with him. It is an uphill battle for him as she is quite testy at times. Will they be able to settle and find a loving relationship and marriage? Oh dear. This author has written some good books but I have to say that I have become very weary of this Worthington series. There are way too many characters and the animals thrown in are a nice touch but that becomes a bit too cutesy at times. I would be happy to see the author end this series and go onto something else. I find that too often some authors don’t know when enough is enough. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
It’s all in the execution, and THE MARQUIS AND I couldn’t have been done any better! Charlotte is not the first kidnapping victim in the extended Worthington family; you’d think this book could be repetitious? No way! The evil Miss Betsy is on the prowl again; her human trafficking activities still go on, and Charlotte must be rescued. Constantine, the Marquis of Kenilworth happens to be at the right place at the right time, or is it at the wrong place at the wrong time. Anyway, he rushes to help Charlotte, who did quite well on her own, thank you very much. Unfortunately, they were seen together by the worst gossip, and they must marry. Charlotte thought Constantine wouldn’t be so bad; he didn’t want to get married right away, but Charlotte is the kind of wife he would be looking for. Until. Until Constantine shares his views on prostitution with Charlotte, and this is where Ella Quinn shines brighter than the sun, the moon, and the stars combined! The conflict between Charlotte and Constantine felt very real; their disagreement is palpable, and the considerable knowledge of the author on the subject made THE MARQUIS AND I a most compelling story. The pacing is superb; the language sublime; the characters felt entirely genuine, down to the secondary characters: Aimée, Constantine’s mistress is one of the highlights of the book, as is little Jemmy. What I found really remarkable was how the conflict contributed to the romance, how it gave Constantine and Charlotte the opportunity to grow, not bicker like stubborn idiots. Charlotte was determined not to marry a degenerate, and Constantine did not go all-alpha and mess everything up: he was willing to listen, he did not bully Charlotte into marrying him for appearances’ sake even though he thought about it, he acted like a man I could respect, and that Charlotte could respect. Although it is book 4 in the Worthingtons series, THE MARQUIS AND I stands perfectly on its own, in spite of the extended Worthington family – of which there are many members indeed. I have had problems recently with romances, especially when it comes to the heroes’ behaviour, but in THE MARQUIS AND I, everything happened how it should have. I am overjoyed! And please, read the Author’s Note: it is utterly fascinating! A fabulous, wonderful, magnificent book! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
I loved the idea and story of Charlotte and Con's love story. They slowly fell in love and I appreciate that they didn't immediately fall into bed! Seeing the whole family involved was a bonus. The only thing I didn't feel was a deep connection between them. It felt there at times and others not. The story was a stand alone. I was given a copy by NetGalley.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
For the Worthington household, trouble is forever on the horizon. For Lady Charlotte, it started with an innocent act that spirals into a dangerous situation. When her hero turns out to be the town cad, the rumors start flying and her hopes of a good match start dying. For Con, a favor for a friend turns his world upside down. Now the roguish Marquis finds himself saddled with a bride he never wanted, but can't seem to live without. With a mystery waiting to be solved and a heart needing to be won, Constantine will risk everything for a love he won't live without. Ella Quinn draws readers in with her quickwitted characters and her intricately woven stories. The Marquis and I is a seductive adventure of love, lust and danger. Intriguing yet simple.