How to catch a sinful Marquess

Amy Rose Bennett

Book - 2020

A shy, tangle-tongued debutante and a former soldier make an unlikely but fated match as they hasten for the Isle of Skye. Orphaned heiress Olivia de Vere should have the world--or at least the men of the ton--at her feet. But when she's thrown out of a young ladies' academy, Olivia doubts she'll ever find someone who will love her, rather than her bank account. To make matters worse, her dissolute cousin Felix is determined to marry her against her wishes. A virtual prisoner in guardians' London townhouse, Olivia can't help but develop a tendre for her neighbor, a handsome Scottish marquess. Battle-scarred in more ways than one, Hamish MacQueen, Lord Sleat, has braved many dangers in life. But nothing has quite prepared him for the shock of having a young child dumped on his doorstep, with a note claiming she's his daughter. Just in the nick of time his pretty neighbor appears, offering to act as a nursemaid for the young girl on their journey to his estate in Scotland. He suspects she has her own reasons for wanting to flee the country... The close traveling quarters leads to a fierce attraction between Olivia and Hamish that seems impossible to resist. But when ghosts from the past and monsters from the present threaten to tear them apart, will their unlikely love survive?--

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Bennett, Amy Rose. Disreputable debutantes.
Historical fiction
Romance fiction
New York : Penguin Adult 2020.
First edition
Item Description
Includes an excerpt from How to catch a wicked Viscount.
Physical Description
325 pages ; 17 cm
Main Author
Amy Rose Bennett (author)
Review by Library Journal Review

In this third installment of the "Disreputable Debutantes" series, heiress Olivia de Vere is living with her cold, uncaring cousins after being expelled from a ladies academy for "inappropriate behavior." A marriage to her dissolute cousin Felix seems inevitable, until a runaway cat chase leads Olivia to the property of her next-door neighbor, the mysterious Marquess, Hamish MacQueen. Having been infatuated with Hamish for years, and sensing an opportunity to escape, Olivia offers to accompany him to his Highland home as a nursemaid to the little girl unexpectedly left on Hamish's doorstep. The rugged, eyepatch-wearing Scotsman is more accustomed to the battlefield than taking care of children, so he agrees to her offer, unaware of Olivia's true identity or the threat her cousin poses. The long journey to Scotland provides plenty of time for feelings to develop between the two characters, even though Hamish, who is clearly suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, tries to keep Olivia at arms' length. VERDICT Kind hearted protagonists and a tender, though quite steamy, romance make this a solid entry in the (not-quite-so) disreputable debutantes saga.--Kathryn Howe, Saint John Free P.L., NB

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