When the Marquess Was Mine: The Wagers of Sin

When the Marquess Was Mine: The Wagers of Sin

by Caroline Linden

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Overview

In the game of love…

Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’s won the deed to her friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out—until he shows up, bloody and unconscious. Fearing that Kitty would rather see him die, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancé. She’ll nurse the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…

You have to risk it all

He wakes up with no memory of being assaulted—or of who he is. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob and claims she’s his fiancée even as she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he’ll take a chance on a love that defies all odds.

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ISBN-13: 9780062913609
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Series: The Wagers of Sin
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 3,776
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before turning to fiction. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA® Award, and have been translated into seventeen languages around the world. She lives in New England with her family. Find her online at www.CarolineLinden.com.

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When the Marquess Was Mine: The Wagers of Sin 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
gaele 23 days ago
I read the first in this series, the second is buried somewhere in my TBR pile, and now we are at the third – easy to pick up and start from anywhere in the series, even though you will want to read the earlier installments. Georgiana is living at the ‘pleasure’ of her family, while being her own woman and controlling her own destiny, particularly after ruination as a young girl. But, her visit with one of her best friends, away from the London crowds is just what she needed to recharge her batteries. Disliking the tonne on principal, and titled men being the worst of the lot, she’s present when her friend Kitty’s husband reveals that a wager while gambling has left them in a precarious position. The Marquess of Westmoreland has won the house, and it is expected that he will arrive shortly to put everyone out. Of course, the letter tries to lay all the blame for the wager and loss at the feet of the Marquess, rather that into the hands of Kitty’s husband, but Georgiana is incensed on their behalf, and determined to find a solution. But while out riding, she spots a well-to-do man beset by footpads, and the rescue and ‘cover-up’ begins. For the man is none other than Westmoreland, and his condition is dire. Georgiana can’t leave him out in the elements, so he is brought in and passed off as her long-term, dowry issues yet to be settled with her brother, fiancé Robert. Westmoreland had no intentions of putting Kitty and her family out of the house, simply to put enough of a scare into her husband to ensure their security within the small Devon estate. But, the beating and head injury have left him not knowing who he is, and the constant attention from Georgiana has him noticing her, and being a far more pleasant version of himself than he had allowed to show. His purpose in going to Devon wasn’t simply to deal with the house won in a card game, but to deal with a more sinister matter of a shipping magnate whom they suspect of running slaves - a situation that is an anathema to him and his friends, and they are seeking for information to ruin him and close his business. Oh this was sweet – from Georgiana seeing a different side of Westmoreland and his slow regaining of his memory along with a penchant for Georgiana: her kindness, her intelligence and the ways in which she operates to ‘mostly’ run her own life, despite the constraints thrown upon her by her sex and her brother. From first attraction to ultimate explosion in which all secrets are laid bare – the two work well together, and Westmoreland, even after regaining his memories, is clearly interested in her – despite her history and background. With a final push to get all of the answers about the shipping company, bring the owner to ruin, and to obtain Georgiana’s freedom from her over-controlling and not particularly nice brother, it will take all of Georgiana’s friends cooperating with Westmoreland and his cronies to do the deed and make everything right. Clever, full of attraction and heart, and plenty of intrigue as plots and schemes are unraveled, the story is a quick read and neatly manages to give the third of the original schoolfriends a lovely chance at a life full of love and possibilities. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Loved the fully-fleshed characters. The main characters evolve through the story without it seeming too contrived. There were times in the story I laughed out loud. It flows with humor, reconciliation, family warmth and true love. Highly recommend.
Joana_Varela 12 days ago
Review originally published at Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. 3.75* Caroline Linden has become one of my go-to authors. Her books are always romantic and amusing, and this one was no different. The main trope that’s present in the book is amnesia, and it’s a trope that sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Here, I think it worked perfectly. Georgiana is a sweet girl, who saves a man’s life by saying he’s her fiancé, instead of the man the family she is with hates. Lord Westmorland – Rob – is a rake/rogue, and he won a house in a bet. But he’s not a bad guy so, to make sure the house is never lost again, he decides to give it to the man’s family, so that they know what happened, and can keep their property safe. But Kitty, Georgiana’s friend, has been warned that a bad man is arriving at her house to kick her, and her family, out of their home. And Kitty is fierce, so she has all the guns ready to protect what’s hers. When Georgiana finds a man beaten almost to death, she decides she can’t leave him to die in the street, and gets him to Kitty’s house, and when she sees his face, and discovers that he’s Lord Westmorland (and she was the only one there who had actually met him), she knows she has to lie to make sure Kitty will help him. And, because Rob was beaten in the head, he loses his memory for some time. Georgiana tends to Rob, and when he wakes up, they start spending more time together, and… I’m sure you can guess what happens. Georgiana and Rob’s love is something at risk, because she’s engaged to someone else, so when Rob’s brother comes to get him, and Rob’s gets his memory back, they come up with a plan, and decide not to see each other again. Of course, days past, and they keep thinking about each other. There are some family problems regarding Georgiana’s family, and this is more developed at the end of the book. There’s also some mystery that is mostly dealt with at the very end of the book, so it’s not very important throughout the book, but it does drive the story at the end. It’s a sweet story, with romance and funny moments, with a rakish hero, and a sweet heroine who finds her voice.
georgia1 18 days ago
Such a delightful story that was perfect! I look forward to every book Caroline Linden writes because I know it will hold all the elements to enchant my imagination and make me fall in love with the characters! A celebratory night that ending in gambling, by some of the most dashing, daring rogues and scoundrels of London, celebrating the birthday of Rob, the Marquess of Westmoreland. What a rowdy bunch I have to say, but life changed in that last bet when Sir Charles Winston joined them and lost his home to Rob. Of course I don't think Rob really knew what he had won at the moment! He was a little impared to say the least! Georgiana Lucas is visiting with her friend Kitty, wife of Sir Charles when she gets the news that he husband was cheated out of their home by the scoundrel Westmoreland! Oh what a tangled web! Then the journey begins! Rob goes to make things right with Mrs Winston, gets accosted, then rescued by Georgiana, but he has lost his memory I adored these two! A rogue who needed a bump on the head to start changing his life and a woman who begins to find that maybe one of her choices may not be as she thought. Love can be found in the most unexpected ways and with humor, well drawn characters, including secondary that I hope to see in the future, a villian and a budding romance, what more could you ask for? Not one thing. Fabulous. Lori D
Gitane1850 18 days ago
How a gamble and a blow to the head can change your life! This is the third book in the trilogy "The wagers of sin". I just loved it! I started reading it and kept on reading it. And was quite sorry it ended Why? I loved the plot. I loved the characters I loved the writing I loved the emotions Georgiana is a sweet natured girl, whose parents died when she was young. No loving family. Just a hateful half brother but she has some loyal friends and a fiancé, she loved from an early age. Rob or also Westmorland is the heir of the Duke of Rowland. He is a spoilt, arrogant, a rogue of the first order. Nothing likeable about him until he gets ambushed and left for death. She is visiting a friend, Kitty, when a letter arrives to say that there was trouble between her husband and Westmorland. But then it gets interesting: Georgiana saves Rob without knowing it is Rob. Only when she arrives at the house, she sees it is Westmorland. Afraid of the reaction of Kitty, she tells a lie. She claims it is her fiancé. When Rob wakes up, he doesn't remember anything. He gets told he's Georgiana's fiancé. He noticed he was not the most charming fellow. The more time he spends with Georgiana the more he starts to grow feelings for her and she for him. She tries to hold her distance because she has a real fiance but Rob has become another man. He's funny, affectionate, galant. The complete opposite of whom he was before. This part was so wonderful to read because ms Linden described the feelings of Rob so beautifully: man falling in love with a woman, not willing to give her up, not even after she told him the reasons why she lied, knowing that she is the one, knowing that he should let her go back to her real fiancé, knowing there could be more, so much more. And then there is Georgiana. She also changes from a love stuck sweet girl to a woman, who is not afraid to go after what she wants and needs. She's willing to stand up to her half brother, who's a very dislikeable figure, ready to fight for her future. Also the moment they get together, when making love, was filled with pure reverence, deep love and wonderful vows. How marriage vows can be made special! I received an ARC for an honest review but I loved the book soooo much I also bought it!!!!!
MyBookAddictionandMore 19 days ago
When the Marquess Was Mine: The Wagers of Sin, book 3 by Caroline Linden is an awesome read. While Book 3 in this series, it can be read as a stand alone. Meet and follow, Lady Georgiana Lucas and (Rob), Robert Churchill-Grey, the Marquess of Westmoreland, on their journey to a HEA. A gambling bet and amnesia brought Lady Georgiana and Robert together, can circumstances and love keep them together? A very interesting story with lots of humor, a bit of intrigue, and a love story that defintely needs untangling. Well written and well excuted. The storyline flows seamlessly and effortlessly. The cast of characters are engaging, charming and most enjoyable. Georgiana is a bit judgemental at first, while Rob is deemed the "Malicious Marquess". Ms. Linden manages to create a story that will hold readers spellbound, while, she throws in a few twists, romance, amnesia, secrets, spies, slave traders, sensual tension and so much more. Will Rob and Georgiana find their HEA. A must read for fans of Regency Romance, a bit of humor, a great storyline and a terrific love story. Can't wait to read the next adventure. "I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however, these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review." Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewer: AprilR
MyBookAddictionandMore 19 days ago
When the Marquess Was Mine: The Wagers of Sin, book 3 by Caroline Linden is an awesome read. While Book 3 in this series, it can be read as a stand alone. Meet and follow, Lady Georgiana Lucas and (Rob), Robert Churchill-Grey, the Marquess of Westmoreland, on their journey to a HEA. A gambling bet and amnesia brought Lady Georgiana and Robert together, can circumstances and love keep them together? A very interesting story with lots of humor, a bit of intrigue, and a love story that defintely needs untangling. Well written and well excuted. The storyline flows seamlessly and effortlessly. The cast of characters are engaging, charming and most enjoyable. Georgiana is a bit judgemental at first, while Rob is deemed the "Malicious Marquess". Ms. Linden manages to create a story that will hold readers spellbound, while, she throws in a few twists, romance, amnesia, secrets, spies, slave traders, sensual tension and so much more. Will Rob and Georgiana find their HEA. A must read for fans of Regency Romance, a bit of humor, a great storyline and a terrific love story. Can't wait to read the next adventure. "I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however, these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review." Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewer: AprilR
Caroles_Random_Life 19 days ago
What a delight this book turned out to be! I decided to read this book because I have been in the mood for a historical romance for a couple of weeks and the premise of this one sounded like something I would like. I am not going to lie, the gorgeous cover might have had something to do with my decision as well. Once I started reading, I knew that I had made a great decision. I had a great time with this book from beginning to end and found that it was rather hard to set aside. Rob, the Marquess of Westmorland, wins the deed to a home in a rather high stakes card game. Somehow, he is made out to be the bad guy in the situation instead of the man that gambled the house away. When he finally decides what to do with the home, he sets out to take care of the situation but is gravely injured during the trip. Georgiana is staying with a friend who has just learned that her home is now owned by someone else. She goes out for a ride and finds an injured man and feels that she must save him. When she sees who the man is, she decides to say he is someone else to protect him. That one little decision ends up changing so much. I loved Rob and Georgiana. These two were just perfect for each other. I haven't read a lot of books with a character experiencing memory loss as Rob does in this story but I thought that it was handled wonderfully in this book. Since Rob cannot remember anything about himself, we get to see who he really is at his core. I do think that the experience helped to make him a better man. Georgiana was with Rob every step of the way. She takes a lot of risks to help save him. Their chemistry is undeniable and it helps Georgiana put somethings in perspective about her own life. I would recommend this book to fans of historical romance. This is the third book in a series but it worked very well as a stand-alone. I had a great time getting to know these characters and was eager to see them find their happily ever after even with the obstacles they faced. I will definitely be more of Caroline Linden's work in the future. I received a review copy of this book from Avon Books.
Anonymous 21 days ago
1819 A group of men are out carousing and gambling one night when one of them, Sir Charles Winston, decides to wager his house. Even though the others tell him he cannot wager property, he insists and yes, he loses it to Robert (Rob) Churchill-Gray, the Marquess of Westmorland, son of the Duke of Rowland. Georgiana Lucas is visiting in the Derbyshire countryside with her friend, Lady Kitty Winston, of Osbourne House. Charles writes to his wife, Kitty, saying he played cards and a disaster may fall upon them. He tells them that should Westmorland visit, do not allow him to come in. Charles does not elaborate further. Rob is visited by his solicitor who has delivered a dressing down sent by his mother who is fed up with his appalling behavior of drinking, gambling, and carousing. She is also upset when she learned that he had swindled Charles Winston out of his property. Evidently, this is the story that Charles has been passing around. While knowing this is untrue, Rob decides to head to Osbourne House to settle the matter. On the way, his coach is stopped and he is attacked by highwaymen, and he is left for dead. Georgiana and her groom are out riding when they see a body in the road. They rush over to help and manage to bring the unconscious and bloody man back to Osbourne House. Although Georgiana recognizes him as Westmorland, she tells everyone that he is Sterling, her fiancé, who had come to visit. With lots of wounds on his head, Rob does not remember who he is. Georgiana takes over his care and strives to keep others from him so his true identity does not become known to the Winston family who would probably throw him out. When he has healed enough, they both leave and return to their homes, but not before they have fallen in love with one another. Can there be a future for them? Can she break free of Sterling and not have her brother try to stop her? I liked this story. The awful secret her brother and others are hiding was shocking yet both Georgiana and Rob bravely and creatively found a way to beat him and others at their own game. Well done!! Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
beckymmoe 21 days ago
I am loving this series! Though amnesia plots can often test the boundaries of believability, Ms. Linden did a really good job with this one. Yes, Georgiana spent way too much of the story lying to Rob about who he was (convenient that he had the same first name as her actual fiance, though!) but she did have a valid reason for it and fessed up to her sins nicely (eventually...) and Rob, true romance hero that he is, forgave her. But he didn't forget her, of course...because, romance hero ;) What followed is an engrossing tale as we watch two people who met under dodgy circumstances get to know each other better and fall in love. Georgiana had some personal issues to resolve--the fact that she was already engaged being just the tip of the iceburg--and Rob had an espionage-y type mission to complete (with the help of an earlier series hero and heroine!) before we can finally get to the HEA. Which we do, of course. And it's glorious. Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Loves_books_13 23 days ago
This was such a fun book, sweet and funny. I loved Georgiana and how she isn't the quickest thinker, how she can make mistakes but tries to fix them without making anything worse. She is sweet and loving to her friend, her fiancé, and to Rob. Rob, on the other hand, is willing to consider that he may not have been then best person, and is willing to reconsider his life. I also loved that this story was sweet first, not steamy - but not sugary. Linden did a great job building relationships and personalities in this book and I enjoyed watching that unfold throughout the story. I also enjoyed seeing the family relationships and friendships, and seeing old characters again. I would have enjoyed a longer ending, I felt things wound up a little quickly, and there were a few things that could've used more time. It didn't detract from the book in general, but could have made it even stronger. Overall highly recommended! I was provided with an ARC of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review.
RoseisReading 23 days ago
When the Marquess Was Mine is the third book in author Caroline Linden’s newest series, The Wagers of Sin. This series focuses on three young girls from different backgrounds, who become friends while being students at Mrs. Upton’s Academy for Young Ladies. Each story focuses on one of the three girls and the journey to find their HEA. This story features Georgiana Lucas. Lady Georgiana Lucas is beautiful, vivacious and been engaged since she turned eighteen to Viscount Sterling. Their fathers were friends and they grew up together on neighboring estates. Her hateful half brother has been her guardian since her parent’s death and has delayed the settlements for over two years. Robert Churchill-Gray, Marquess of Westmorland is tall, handsome, charming, and a rake who is heir to the Duke of Rowland. He’s considered one of the most eligible men in England, and along with his friends leads a life full of debauchery. To Lady Georgiana, he’s nicknamed the Malicious Marquess. Oh my! I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I heard about it and Ms. Linden did not disappoint! For those of us who have read the previous books in this series, we’ve already met Georgiana and heard of her fiancé Sterling, and how she’s been in love with him since she was a little girl. So I was quite surprised to find out that Georgiana’s HEA didn’t include Sterling. But I trust Ms. Linden and her writing and was willing to give her a chance to take me and Georgiana down a different path. ;-) So our couple first meets while Georgiana is visiting her friend Kitty in the country, she stumbles across a badly beaten man who is near death and rescues him. When she realizes it is Rob, the Marquess of Westmoreland, she panics as Kitty hates the Marquess. Kitty has been told by her husband that Rob stole the deed to their home. So in a moment of duress, she claims Rob is her fiancé, Lord Sterling. I absolutely loved Rob and Georgiana’s time together while he recovered from amnesia. Rob is not at all who Georgiana thought he was and she starts to question her feelings for him and for Sterling. Ms. Linden did a wonderful job of dealing with Rob’s amnesia and Georgiana’s conflicting feelings. I absolutely loved Rob & Georgiana’s story! Although this book is third in the series, it could easily be a stand-alone. But I do highly recommend the previous books in the series. It was fabulous to see past characters from the previous stories and we have a bunch of new characters that helped make this story perfect. I would love to see Sterling get his HEA in the future and would love to find out more about Rob’s brothers and family. Such a wonderful story and couple, that I struggled to put this book down. Will look forward to seeing what Ms. Linden has in store for us next, I know I can’t wait! Highly recommend!
Anonymous 23 days ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. On 9-24-19 Caroline Linden presents us with book 3 in the Wager of Sin series, When The Marquess Was Mine. Lady Georgiana Lucas doesn't like the Marquess of Westmoreland, he's said nasty things about debutants, and specifically her. Robert Churchill-Gray is your typical bachelor with too much money and time on his hands. Ms Linden employs a favorite plotline of mine, amnesia. Without giving away too much of the plot, I will say that Rob is beaten up & left for dead. Enter Georgiana, who takes care of him, saves his very life, and lies to everyone about his identity. He can't remember who he is and that he is a jerk. This situation allows both characters to press the restart button, get to know each other without preconceived notions getting in the way. Along the road to his recovery, as they get to know each other, they start to realize that neither is what's expected. I love that they're given a chance to play things out, no compromising scenes or reputation saving engagements. Their relationship seems more real, not forced. I liked both of them, separately and together. I was invested in their happiness and that's a very good thing. #WhenTheMarquessWasMine #TheWagersOfSin #CarolineLinden #HarperCollins #Romance
PegC51 24 days ago
During a drunken card game Robert Churchill-Grey win the deed to Sir Charles Winston’s house. Winston is an idiot who shouldn’t be gambling to begin with, but he insists on his participation and the bet. Rob doesn’t even remember winning the deed and doesn’t want the house. On his way to set things straight and return the deed to Winston’s wife, he is beaten and left for dead. Lady Georgiana Lucas, a friend of Winston’s wife, Kitty, rescues him and recognizes him as the “Malicious Marquess.” Since Winston has spun a tale painting Rob as the villain in this tale, Georgiana is afraid Kitty won’t let him in the house and lies about his identity, even to him when he awakens with amnesia. The story? He is her fiancé. All goes well, and they are getting to know each other (sort of) until Rob’s brother shows up. Now what happens? To Rob and Georgiana? To the house? The third installment in the Wagers of Sin series is an interesting story with a lot of humor, a bit of intrigue, and a love story that needs a little untangling. At the beginning, Rob, who is the Marquess of Westmoreland, is the typical society rake, wealthy and self-centered, arrogant and rude. He is much nicer when he can’t remember who he is. When he regains his memory, he likes the new him. Lady Georgiana Lucas is an orphan who was sent away to school by her hateful half-brother when she was very young. She is a beautiful, intelligent, and caring person. At first glance, it’s hard to see how these two could ever fit together, but things, and people, change. I like the way Sophie, the Duchess of Ware, advises and encourages Georgiana. Rob’s brother Tom is awesome. A soldier, a fighter, a great brother, and a huge annoyance, he definitely has Rob’s back. There’s a little excitement at the Vega Club near the end of the story, and Nick Dashwood, the club’s owner, steps in to keep things from getting out of hand (hehe). I am really enjoying this series. I look forward to what comes next. Maybe Tom or Dashwood? I received an ARC of this book from the author and publisher via Edelweiss. My review is voluntary.
Luadri 24 days ago
I give this story four stars!! It was a sweet and likeable read. A gambling bet and amnesia brought Lady Georgiana and Robert together. They had great chemistry from the start. I enjoyed how the pace of their romance was set. It didn't feel rushed, they truly got to know each other before getting too close. It did seem that it took a while to get there but it picked up speed once they realized their feelings for each other. I would of liked a little more conflict between them, just to add a little drama to the story. He easily forgave her for what she had to do to help him heal and she forgave his past snobbish behavior. The historical conflict that was added at the end gave the story a different and exciting twist. The tension at that final game was so high!! Good read! I highly recommend this series! Thank you to the author for providing an ARC through Edelweiss for an honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover 24 days ago
When Georgiana comes across a man being beaten to death, she has to intervene. She has him brought back to the home of the friend she is staying to get medical attention. But when she sees his face, she realizes that it is the Marquess of Westmoreland, the very man that is going to throw her friend out of their home. She knows her friend will never all that man in her home and might actually harm him, so she tells everyone that the man is her fiancé, that no one has met yet. The only problem is what happens when the man wakes up and contradicts what she has told them. Rob wakes up and has no memory of what has happened or who he is. But he does know that the woman who claims to be his fiancée intrigues him like no other. But she doesn't act like a fiancée should and he knows there is more to the story than she is telling him. What happens when Rob regains his memory and the truth comes out to all involved? I absolutely adored Georgiana and Rob's story! I loved watching them get to know one anther. Georgiana has a picture of Rob from just seeing him in London over the years and that is not the man she is coming to know. We see her struggle with what her brain is telling her and what her heart is saying. This was a great addition to the Wagers of Sin series and I'm excited to see what Linden has in store for use next!
def618 24 days ago
Charles Winston got carried away at the exclusive Vega Club and lost his money and the deed to his home to the Marquess of Westmoreland. It was Westmoreland’s birthday and he and his friends were partying. Later, Westmoreland was on his way to Winston’s estate to return the deed when he was attacked and injured near the estate. Georgiana Lucas is visiting her friend Kitty, Lady Winston, when they learned of what happened. She’s avoiding her brother who wants her to marry his friend. Georgie was out riding when she discovered Westmoreland, and with help, took him to the Winston’s home. Georgie uses another name for him as she thinks he’s come to take their home. When he awakens, he doesn’t know who he is, so she gives him a false name and says she’s his fiancée. In the meantime, his brother has been searching for and finds him. She returns to London and he returns to his father’s estate. He is angry, but his father encourages him to visit her in London. They do have a HEA, but with many other things going on. You’ll enjoy this wonderful book by Caroline Linden!!
CynYoung 25 days ago
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The romance between Rob and Georgiana is not rushed. Caroline Linden is skilled at showing the development of the emotional connection between the hero and heroine. Characters are not what they seem at the surface and we get to see them open up and reveal a different facet of themselves as the story progresses. Georgiana is a strong heroine but also a practical one. She wants to do the right thing and follows through. Rob comes across as arrogant and is disliked by Georgiana at the start. I loved seeing how she wrestled with her feelings about him as she nurses him back to health. I liked how some seemingly unrelated events were tied together to increase the stakes for the characters. The romance and the interactions between Georgiana and Rob immersed me in the story. There are also interesting secondary characters whose story I’d like to read.
McM0mmy-PW 25 days ago
I loved this story. Georgiana was darn near perfect! Fairly confident woman, she didn't let others dictate to her, was strong willed, and not squeamish to boot! Rob was pretty much a jerk before he got coshed on the head and almost beaten to death, but the change he went through was awesome! It was great watching them fall in love and the steps he went through to win her hand. This story is not to be missed! Thank you so much for the advanced copy, this book was well worth me staying up until 4am to finish! (My husband was ready to kill me :D )
Noire 25 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. When The Marquess Was Mine by Caroline Linden is the third book in her Wages of Sin Series. The books can all be read as stand-alones but I have enjoyed reading them and do recommend them. Caroline Linden has written a book that joins up enemies to lovers, a fake engagement and a touch of amnesia and created a story delights one to read. Georgiana Lucas is visiting with a dear school friend and out for a ride when she and a groom stumble upon what appears to be a robbery. They scare off the would be robbers, discover the victim to be badly beaten and possibly near death. Having watched her father die Georgiana vows to do what ever she must to save his life even when she discovers it’s her nemesis Robert Churchill-Gray Marquess of Westmoreland. Knowing that he is not welcome in her friends household she pretends that he is her betrothed and when Robert awakens not knowing who he is her scheme gets a little out of hand because she does have a real betrothed and she’s not quite sure how to extricate herself from the chaos her lie has created. In the adventures that follow nasty villains get their comeuppance and Georgiana shines as a strong, kind and most delightful heroine while Robert’s knock on the head is indeed an awakening for him. Medium Steam Publishing Date September 24, 2019 #WhenThe MarquessWasMine #CarolineLinden #Edelweissplus #WagesOfSin #HarperCollinsCanada #AvonRomance #AvonBooks #historicalromancebooks #bookstagram
lcdolphin 25 days ago
This is one of the best "lost memory" books. The Marquess of Westmorland wakes broken and bruised from a terrible beating to find he doesn't even know who he is. Georgiana Lucas, afraid for him, must keep up the lie she has told her friends, to help him recover. Ms Linden has written a story with well rounded, loveable characters and an entirely believable storyline that holds your interest throughout. Highly recommend!