You Can’t Always Get the Marquess You Want (Masters of Seduction #2) by Alexandra Hawkins

You Can't Always Get the Marquess You Want (Masters of Seduction #2) by Alexandra Hawkins


They call him Chance, though in truth the Marquess of Fairlamb feels bitterly cursed: A long-ago family feud is still standing in the way of his heart’s desire. Lady Tempest is the daughter of his father’s sworn enemy, the Marquess of Norgrave. She is beautiful, innocent, and utterly untouchable. But some seductions are just too good to resist…

Turns out Tempest is a woman of her own mind—and a true romantic who will overcome every obstacle to be with the man of her dreams. But the odds are against handsome, wickedly charming Chance if he intends to win Tempest as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything he has for the woman he yearns for?

You Can’t Always Get the Marquess You Want (Masters of Seduction #2) by Alexandra Hawkins

Who is responsible for this, the world’s clunkiest title? It’s like they randomly chose a sentence out of the book and just ran with it!

You Can’t Always Get the Marquess You Want runs with a theme I usually enjoy: the Romeo and Juliet-esque warring aristocratic family thing, where hero and heroine have reason to hate each other before they’ve even met. There were a few issues in the book here and there that had me hesitating, but I kept reading because of the appeal of that plotline.

In keeping with the theme, the hero in this one is much younger than they usually are in the historical romance genre. This wasn’t an issue for me.

However, as I read on and on there was a little anachronism here and an Americanism slipped into a sentence there, and after a while it was starting to bug me.

No female past girlhood in this era would be seen without her hair tied up, but there’re constant references to long hair hanging down backs – even at balls. It was a little like Pride and Prejudice and Pigs!

I was also a little annoyed by the overly descriptive passages. For example, a character couldn’t just hide behind a screen; they had to go to:

…the dark blue chaise longue that was partially hidden by a four-panel dressing screen adorned with a floral tapestry and walnut frame.

I don’t want descriptions of furniture when people are planning to have sex!

There’s a good plot here in this book, but – for me – it got lost in those little irritations peppered through the text.


Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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