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The Reluctant Marquess by [Andersen, Maggi]
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Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced.

A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure she is not the woman he would have selected given a choice.

The Marquess of St. Malin makes it plain to her that their marriage is merely for the procreation of an heir, and once that is achieved, he intends to continue living the life he enjoyed before he met her.

While he takes up his life in London once more, Charity is left to wander the echoing corridors of St. Malin House, when she isn’t thrown into the midst of the mocking Haute Ton.

Charity is not at all sure she likes her new social equals, as they live by their own rules, which seem rather shocking. She’s not at all sure she likes her new husband either, except for his striking appearance and the dark desire in his eyes when he looks at her, which sends her pulses racing.

Lord Robert is a rake and does not deserve her love, but neither does she wish to live alone.

Might he be suffering from a sad past? Seeking to uncover it, Charity attempts to heal the wound to his heart, only to make things worse between them.

Will he ever love her?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing (6 March 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007I8N2W0
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rounding up to three stars, starts out well, but.... 16 October 2012
By Melissa - Published on
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Throw together a beautiful orphaned ward, a jaded roue and an inheritance and you have the makings of Maggie Andersen's The Reluctant Marquess. This novel started out very well but slid downhill after a few chapters.

Charity lost her parents and travels to her godfather's residence. She arrives to a dark castle ( I thought this was going to be gothic but don't be fooled, it's not) and discovers that her godfather has died and his nephew is now the new Marquess.

Lord Robert is estranged from his family but was close to his uncle. Turns out his uncle was quite Machiavellian and the only inheritance the two will receive is if they marry each other, seems that Robert's uncle thought they would be perfect for each other.

Charity agrees to the wedding as she has nowhere to go and no money but she stipulates that she needs time before they engage in intimacies and Robert agrees. After they marry Charity is whisked off to London to navigate the ton and Robert is off to carry on with his old London ways.

London is not a great place for this couple; in fact, it brings out the worst in them. Charity is angry that Robert ignores her and Robert is frustrated that Charity keeps him at a distance. Charity is hopelessly naïve and way too trusting of just about everyone to include maids and slimy nobles. She falls in love with Robert almost overnight and is angry and frustrated he does not feel the same way about her. He barely knows her but Charity mistakenly thinks he should mirror all her feelings.

Robert can be arrogant and he is also distant. I barely felt as if I knew him and I wondered why Charity fell in love with him so quickly. Robert is less than patient with Charity and he can be dismissive.

This couple's romantic journey is filled with arguments and unfulfilled expectations. I don't know how they fell in love with each other.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming historical romance 11 May 2012
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In 18th century England, when Charity Barlow's parents are killed in a carriage accident, she finds herself alone and suddenly under the guardianship of the Marquess of St Malin, her godfather. But when she arrives at his castle overlooking the sea, Robert, her godfather's nephew advises her that the Marquess has died and he has now inherited the title. But her surprises do not end there. In the will, she and Robert are to marry in order for them to inherit the vast fortune. And so they marry, albeit reluctantly, setting the story for much tension. The heroine is strong, verbally uninhibited, and able to fight for herself against a husband who pays her little regard. The hero is arrogant, charming, has been hurt in the past, neglectful, and not sensitive to his new wife's needs.

This light romance, although a touch predictable, unfolds at a good pace and is easy to read. It's a great book to escape into, with a fun story line and a great heroine. Although the hero is a bit frustrating at times, I think it actually helps make the story better by creating more tension. We are able to see all his faults, watch as he redeems himself, and then we slowly come to accept him just as Charity finally does. The story unfolds in a London castle and the author did a terrific job of describing the details and opulen
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The reluctant Marquess 26 January 2015
By Veronica - Published on
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Charity and Robert get married just a couple of days after meeting to fulfill the will of the former marquess ( Robert’s uncle and Charity's godfather )...Neither of them are happy about the prospect, Robert especially is very clear in telling her what to expect from the marriage.
In the beginning I thought that I was going to really like the story; but as it moved forward it became quite dull.. for a couple of chapters both characters are just polite to each other while Charity try to adapt to her new life as wife and marchioness and he does all possible to continue with his old life; then suddenly when things should get better everything goes wrong…it really annoys me when a book goes on and on not because there is an actual plot but due to misunderstandings or lack of communication between the characters.
Also, I found the writing distracting. There was sentence after sentence without stop; sometimes I wouldn’t even understand who was speaking for the lack of spaces or punctuation…or the writer would be writing about something and next thing it is a week later and the writer didn’t even bothered to change of paragraph, not to say of chapter..

Overall just a light reading with a happy ending.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings about this book 7 August 2012
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Here's a brief recap of what the story is about since other reviewers have already done such a fine job. This book is about an order for an arranged marriage left in the will of Robert's uncle between Robert and Charity, who happens to be the uncle's goddaughter. Before Robert can inherit the vast wealth of the estate he must marry Charity. What great timing for this arranged marriage because Charity's father had just died as well leaving her basically destitute.

The marriage begins without much fanfare. Robert's goal is to marry, get his money, beget an heir and live his life as he sees fit. Charity longs for a love match and is willing to invest the time getting to know Robert and trying to endear herself to him. Not being of noble birth, Charity finds it somewhat difficult to fit in with the snobby aristocracy she's exposed to while in London for the season. She often displeases Robert, and this causes him to be unkind to her at times. She tries desperately to belong while Robert tries to keep his distance.

Why the mixed feelings? The storyline could have been decent. The author set it up in a way that could have been interesting. However, it felt like the first third of the book drug along. Then I got annoyed with the demanding attitude Charity displayed at times. She entered into the marriage knowing it wasn't a love match but seemed surpised that Robert wasn't head over heels in love. Some of her actions were childish, and she seemed to meddle too much going against Robert's wishes more often than not. Also, I didn't truly see this couple come together in any form. They were either ignoring each other, fighting, or feigning hurt. They felt really cold. It got old and fell flat. Also, there were weird transitions in the book. I'm not sure if it was a formatting issue or not, but oftentimes a paragraph would end in one character's situation in one time and place, and the following paragraph would begin with another character in a completely different time and place. The paragraphs seemed disjointed at times.

Would I read this book again? No. I plan to remove it from my Kindle. I downloaded it free so it did not cost me anything. Would I be willing to read another book by this author? Probably. I like to follow up with at least one more story if I was able to at least tolerate the first book before saying I would never read another book by a particular author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read book straight through 28 March 2015
By Callie - Published on
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Charity Barlow had lost her family months before she was now penniless .The only person she thought would help her she was on the way to see. St. Malin was her godfather who she had not seen in seven years she was now 22. She arrived at the Castle St. Malin she found he had died a few months back. The biggest shock she was told by his nephew Lord Robert they had to marry as required by the will. He would lose everything if they didn't .She finally agrees but does ask for awhile before they have sexual relations till they are more use to each other. Robert has kept his mistress which he slept with after she agreed to marry him he planned to continue with her after marriage. The only thing in his defense he took her places but did not sleep with her.he left Charity alone most of the time living his life as before. She could not please him he just wanted to argue.She finally seduces him and thinks things will be better then she confesses what she had done involving family members. He was even angrier after that. She finally leaves him she feels everything is lost.Is this a romance with no HEA.Charity can't live with the way the marriage was going. I liked this book so much I read it straight through. It is not a sweet romance . If you like an arranged marriage with conflict but a chance of a HEA you will like this book.

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