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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

In the Arms of a Marquess by Katharine Ashe

In the Arms of a Marquess by Katharine Ashe
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (384 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

She’d never forgotten him . . .

Miss Octavia Pierce is witty, well-off . . . and shockingly unwed. Still, she is far too successful in society to remain on the shelf forever, and her family has hopes that Octavia will finally make the perfect match. What they don’t know is that, years earlier, Octavia was scandalously tempted by the one man capable of sweeping her off her feet— the man now known as the Marquess of Doree.

A third son, never meant to inherit, Lord Ben Doree has abandoned his past and grown accustomed to his illustrious new position of wealth and power. But he has never forgotten Octavia, and now she desperately needs his help in a most dangerous, clandestine matter. Although she claims she has put the memories of the passion they shared behind her, Ben is determined to once again have her in his arms—and in his bed.

Two worlds collided when Ben Doree, not yet the Marquee of Doree, rescued a wide eyed Octavia Pierce her first day in the markets of India. A harsh reality is soon learned. Some “noble” Englishmen believe that a man of mixed blood, no matter his wealth and lineage, should never aspire to court an English rose much less marry one. That prejudice ran deep and had the ability to make rational men into methodical monsters!

If you love a heart stopping period romance that sweeps you into the book from page one, have I got an easy recommend for you! Author Katharine Ashe is well on her way to making a name for herself as a fantastic Historical writer. After reading Ben and Tavy’s story it’s easy to see why. Her characters are multi-faceted and the plot has more layers than an onion. I literally couldn’t put the book down until I was assured not only of a HEA for Ben and Tavy but that all parties’ involved, secondary characters and side stories alike were resolved. Ms. Ashe does a fabulous job of tying up the loose ends by the conclusion of a thoroughly eventful journey.

Let me be very clear on one point, though. This is not a casual read. Ms. Ashe obviously puts a great deal of effort into creating a true and unique story that has historical facts interspersed throughout. Readers will come away feeling like that didn’t just read a part of English history but actually witnessed it. Her writing is very articulate and vividly exacting.

I often create a soundtrack to a story when I’m reading and for this novel I kept hearing the lyrics to Walter Egan’s 1978 hit single Magnet and Steel. The line that mirrored this book is “With you I’m not too shy to show the way I feel, With you I might try my secrets to reveal, For you are a magnet and I am steel”. Ben and Octavia are drawn to each other just like a magnet is drawn to steel and when they touch the love and physical chemistry practically explode off the page.

I couldn’t help but feel for Ben’s situation. When he thinks he can’t have Tavy he still provides protection. Ben feels compelled to keep secrets that weigh him down. I very nearly cried when he finally began revealing his true nature to Octavia and seeing her reaction. She is the kind of heroine that I can always get behind and cheer on. She’s normally honest to a fault but circumstances force her into a subterfuge that is obviously unnatural and distasteful to her character. It was actually pretty entertaining watching her lie while trying really hard not to lie.

In the Arms of a Marquess is an exquisite experience for Historical romance lovers. You’ll connect with the characters and join them for an epic journey that you’ll want to keep on your shelf and re-read over and again. Do yourself a favor and pick a copy of this wonderful book. I think you’ll be glad you did!