- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (Dec 27 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006188569X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061885693
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 81.6 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
#600,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #9192 in Regency
How the Marquess Was Won: Pennyroyal Green Series Mass Market Paperback – Dec 27 2011
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From the Back Cover
The Scandal Sheetscall him Lord Ice.
Ruthless, cold, precise, Julian Spenser,Marquess Dryden, tolerates only the finest—in clothes, in horseflesh, in mistresses. Andnow he’s found the perfect bride, the one whose dowry will restore his family’sshattered legacy and bring him peace at last:the exquisite heiress Lisbeth Redmond.
She's about to play with fire...
But one unforgettable encounter withLisbeth’s paid companion, Phoebe Vale,and the Marquess is undone. This quiet girlwith the wicked smile and a wit tomatch is the first person to see throughthe icy façade to the fiery man beneath.But their irresistible attraction is atorment as sweet as it is dangerous,for surrendering to their desire could meanlosing everything else they ever wanted.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. Since hanging up her guitar for the computer keyboard, Julie has penned books that frequently top reader and critic polls and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA®, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and the Quill, and reviewers have been known to use words like "dazzling," "brilliant," and "impossible to put down" when describing them. Julie lives in Northern California.
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I loved how this story unfolded and the pace at which it happened. I laughed out loud so many times, but that has happened in each of the Julie Anne Long books I have read so far. There are many humorous moments to enjoy.
I felt immense pleasure reading this novel. It is very funny, with the hero, Julian who is a Marquess, setting the trends in the same manner as young TV and movie stars do today. It is also very romantic and the sexual tension builds to a crescendo. Julie Anne Long sure knows how to write a good “build-up.” Makes for a riveting read.
This book is not 5 star for me because I did not enjoy watching Phoebe and Julian deceive (whether intentional or not) the heiress Julian is courting during a house party. I also felt the big love scene/sex scene was out of place somehow.
Despite these reservations, I really liked this novel.
I enjoyed watching Julian suffer while trying to make the right choices. He deserved what he got from the cat. I loved everything about Phoebe - I thought she was a wonderful heroine.
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Let me start from the beginning. Julian Dryden, the Marquess, has had a load of responsibility since he was 17 years old. He gets a lot of attention in the broadsheets and is said to be searching for a wife. That is where Lisabeth comes in because Dryden is courting her in order to get some land from her father. That is how he gets his nickname because everything to Dryden is an arrangement or simply done with purpose.
Phoebe Vale is in her early twenties, a school teacher and loves to read the broadsheets. I liked how her and Jules first meet and the sparks between them ignite in an instant. She speaks to him as no one else does. After their initial meeting neither one thinks they'll ever see the other again. Well as fate would have it Phoebe has a accepted to be the paid companion to Lisabeth.
It was so excruciatingly painful to watch the cruelty done to Phoebe's character. Lisabeth always making her aware of their class separation and ordering her about. I hated how Phoebe allowed Lisabeth to treat her never fighting back or saying a harsh word. Even Dryden made it obvious to Phoebe of there difference and his true intention. I like my heroins with more spunk and feisty.
I laughed at how the ton watched Jules every move thinking everything he did was calculated, it usually was. The closer he gets with Phoebe things start to unravel. The forelock and the Dryden dance moves were so hilarious. You will die laughing at the images of a love story being told at a ball and in the mist are these woman spinning by like a whirlwind and men going on all fours. Too funny!
I loved Phoebe so much better when she drank. I felt at least then she expressed herself. The pain was inevitable one night at a ball when Lisabeth humiliates Phoebe in front of everyone. I could just feel all her pain and wanted to cry right along with her. Hey, I wasn't popular in school either so I could relate. Lisabeth was such a cruel person and known for her beauty and poor Phoebe who never hurt no one was so abused by her and Jules.
I really felt she let Dryden off too easy on several occasions. I did enjoy the book but I admit Lisabeth deserved far worse than what she received and I wish we could have read how Phoebe finally stood up to her. I do believe that this book took some years off of my life. Even though the ending was nice the road to get there messed with my head a bit. The separation of the classes is very prominent in this and very aggravating.
I gave it four stars because I would have liked to have a stronger heroin with a little more Harlow Hoyden in her. If you want a story with a feisty heroin readThe Harlow Hoyden: A Regency Romance. Lisabeth wouldn't have stood a chance.
I am so in love with the Pennyroyal Green Series. I feel as if it has taken over my reading life, and am happy for it. The Eversea and Redmond families are enigmatic and passionate and always surprising, and given that, I wasn't sure how How the Marquess Was Won would work without either family playing a leading part.
Maybe I overthink these things...
How the Marquess Was Won was terrific. It was thoughtful and funny, and very sweet. Despite some very large bumps in the road to Happy Ever After (I'm looking at you, Jules), it very much had a fairy tale feel to it.
It is a story of Phoebe, who has never truly belonged to any one or any place, and Julian, who carries a lifetime of burdens on his shoulders, who is feared and imitated, but has never been truly known. From the moment the two meet, there's a...feeling of rightness. That moment when you just know you've found your person. (best feeling in the world)
This knowing does not mean smooth sailing for Phoebe and Jules. Nope. He's determined to marry the right girl in order to get what he wants, and Phoebe, sadly, isn't it. She's just a schoolmistress, good enough to teach the girls but not good enough to be one of them. Theirs is a relationship that is just not done in society, but you know how that goes....
Looking at what I've said here, I realize I'm not painting the romance between Phoebe and Jules in the best of light. Honestly, it wasn't always winsome. He had his eyes on the prize (a Redmond cousin who comes with everything he's always wanted), and sometimes his thoughtelessness broke Phoebe's heart. Believe me when I say he earned his redemption. Jules gives good grovel.
And OH. How the Marquess Was Won also gives delicious little morsels in the ongoing Lyon-Olivia saga. I have to admit one revelation felt like a smart little slap in the face, and my excitement for their book continues to build by the day. And Jonathan Redmond. That boy is the best.
How the Marquess Was Won is not my favorite in the Pennyroyal Green Series. A Notorious Countess Confesses still holds my heart. But once again, any book in this series is always the best of historical romance.