Friday, November 15, 2013

The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle

The story opens with Lady Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Forster finding her husband in her drawing room.  It seems that Jamie, Lord Forster had left for parts unknown after been married to his childhood sweetheart for two weeks and has been gone for five years.  His cousin and heir has died and he announces to his wife that she will provide him with an heir.

This book was originally part of an anthology called "Three Weddings and a Murder".  It is a novella and since it is a novella, the author can't delve into much.

There are only vague references to an incident on a balcony where Catherine was kissed by a rogue trying to save a friend and Jamie's embarrassment in the Ton.  If Catherine was Jamie's childhood sweetheart wouldn't he trust her more than to just leave the country for five years without writing.

While this is a cute story, I wish it was longer so the author could give more character depth.  I felt like I was missing chapters from the book.  Apparently, Catherine is the sister of a character in a previous book.  I am wondering if I would find out more about why Jamie left if I read that book.

I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley.  Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.

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