- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (5 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250251400
- ISBN-13: 978-1250251404
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 277 g
- Customer Reviews: 14 customer ratings
You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want Paperback – 5 April 2016
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"Enchanting...full of torrid trysts, sparkling conversation, and Machiavellian machinations." - Fresh Fiction on You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want
"Hawkins delights with another emotional and well-written read." - RT Book Reviews on You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want
"Sensual romance...rich with smart, well-rounded characters and an engaging plot." - PW on You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want
"Fans of the series will relish this last book, bringing all the characters back together for one last stand." --RT Book Reviews on TWILIGHT WITH THE INFAMOUS EARL
"A dark, richly woven romance." --RT Book Reviews on A Duke But No Gentleman
"Hawkins creates strong characters and dramatizes high emotion along with sensuality. Fans of Stephanie Laurens and Jo Beverley will enjoy this series." --Booklist on All Afternoon with a Scandalous Marquess
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To fully appreciate this book/story you should read "A Duke But No Gentleman" by this author first. Although, it isn't necessary to read that book first. But to really understand the rift between these two families, it would be a good idea to read the first book in the series. This is not a "Hatfields and McCoy" feud over a pig or some misunderstanding. No, this feud/rift between both families is quite serious and will never be resolved. So Chance and Tempest have a lot to overcome!
Even though I knew Chance and Tempest would end up happily ever after, this book still had me on the edge of my seat up until the very end. I've been reading historical romance for over 20 years, and I've never read such a great plot/story as this book! Tremendous writing and plotting from this author!
I gave the first book "A Duke But No Gentleman" 4 stars, but to me is was a 4.5 star book. This book, however, deserves more than 5 stars! However, both are great books/stories.
I think having read the first book really enhanced my enjoyment of this story. I knew both family's back history and knew these two young love birds were up against a huge obstacle. And I knew this obstacle would not be resolved/solved at the end of this story. It will never be resolved.
But our two young love birds (Chance and Tempest) don't know why their families are enemies. Neither family will talk about it. And if you read the first book, you will understand why both families have buried the past and won't discuss it.
Chance and Tempest try to stay away from each other, but they can't. Hey! When you are in love, you are in love! They finally realize that "the bad blood" between their families/parents should not affect them. Oh! But it does affect them! It affects them right up until the last page of the book. Edge of your seat reading from this great love story!
So, if you want my advice, read "A Duke But No Gentleman" first. But I must warn you, "Duke/No Gentleman" is a darker story. This book is much lighter compared to the first book. But to fully appreciate this whole fictional world of rich characters this author has created, please read the first book then this book.
Now, all I have to do is hang on until January 2017 when her next book comes out! I will be counting the days! It is a story about an earl. Makes me wonder if this new book will be about Marcroft, Tempest's brother? I can't wait to see what this author spins next!
Chance, (Mathias) Rooke, the Marquess of Fairlamb is a young man from a loving family. He is only twenty-three years old but yearns for independence. Chance is a really likable character, he is not jaded, or a raekhell but rather a man who is like most other young lords, a little full of himself but by no means unkind or cruel or suffering from ennui. His one thorn is Oliver Brant a nobleman who has always hated Mathias. In fact the Brants and the Rooks have ever been at odds. These two men have been in several altercations.
Chance is therefore surprised to find himself so attracted to Oliver’s younger sister Lady Tempest. When they first meet, neither knows who the other is. Instead a natural attraction flows between them. When they discover each others identities, they really do try to stay away from each other at first but circumstances throw them together.
Tempest is a smart woman and one who is not easily intimidated by her family. Her father is a scheming man who wants her to marry the approved wealthy man he has picked for her and Tempest has her own ideas about her future.
Chance and Tempest have such a fun and amorous romance. They do not pretend not to like each other. They know their feelings but they are both very concerned over parent’s reactions. They refuse though to be bound by the hatred between the Rookes and Brants and their conversations are honest about their feelings and concern for their future.
There are many sweet scenes of these two trying to find ways to be together and incorporating friends and family in their desire to carve out time for each other. There are unresolved issues with their families and these threaten this couple but the reader never gives up hope that these two will find a happy ending.
The hero, Chance, and heroine Tempest, meet not knowing who their parents are. Their fathers, who at one time were best friends, hate each other - with good reason on his father's part. (See "All Night With a Rogue".) That doesn't stop Chance. He may be young, but he knows he loves her and wants her to be his wife. Secret meetings and a love that can't be denied bring them to the altar. But her father tells a lie that could keep them apart. No plot spoilers from me. Discover their HEA by reading this book!