The Marquess Who Loved Me by Sara Ramsey

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Blurb:

                        A not-so merry widow…

The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover – the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him again.

A man determined to destroy her…

Nicholas Claiborne hasn’t stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer – and take revenge on the woman he couldn’t force himself to forget.

A love they can’t escape…

Nick hates Ellie’s transformation from sweet debutante to jaded seductress. Ellie despises him for leaving her behind. Still, the sparks between them reignite the passion that should have been their destiny. As their demands of each other turn darker and a potential killer closes in, they must decide whether to guard the fragile remnants of their hearts — or find a way to fall in love all over again.

Publisher and Release Date: Sara Ramsey, 16 March 2013

RHL Classifications:
Time and Setting: Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 3
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars

Review by Susan

Revenge drives Sara Ramsey’s hero Nicholas Claiborne, the new Marquess of Folkstone in her historical romance The Marquess Who Loved Me.  Shunned by Elinor, whose father arranged her to marry Nicholas’ cousin Charles (then the Marquess of Folkstone), Nicholas returns to England from India ten years later with one intention in mind — to have his revenge on Ellie for pushing him aside in favor of a cousin who never loved her and died leaving her a widow, and Nicholas the title of Marquess of Folkstone.

The hero and heroine are not immediately likeable as both appear to be self-absorbed in the opening chapters, focused on their own methods of self-preservation.  The reader learns what each had to endure over the last ten years without each other for support.  The story takes a turn when Nicholas’s life is threatened by someone who means to kill him and destroy Corwyn, Claiborne and Sons, Ltd., his family’s import/export company that ships commodities between England and India.  Priorities shift and instead of being at odds with one another, Nicholas and Ellie join forces to save Nicholas’ life and to ensure the survival of Claiborne‘s family business.

Spurned by a past lover, seeking revenge, and the healing old wounds are literary themes that relate to a modern world.  The third novel in Sara Ramsey’s Muses of Mayfair series, the book takes a while to warm up as Ramsey peels away the protective façades that Elle and Nicolas have created for themselves; but once the characters are stripped and bare (metaphorically speaking!) they make for a couple who show that love burns in the heart eternally.

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