Title: You Can't Always Get The Marquess You Want
Series: (Masters Of Seduction #2)
Author: Alexandria Hawkins
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: St Martin's Paperbacks
Rating: 5 Stars
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? -Goodreads
This case of "the daughter of my enemy is my enemy." At least that is, until I fall in love with her. Is the best example of a Hatfield vs. McCoy style feud brought to the English ton, that this reviewer has had the pleasure of reading in some time.
Though the lion's share of the grudge lies with the elders of both the Fairlamb and Brant bloodlines. It becomes very obvious, almost from page one, that the elder sons of both factions have absolutely no interest in burying the hatchet. Unless, of course, the burial of said weapon was to take place deep within the skull of one of the two parties.
The acrimony between these two men is to such an extreme that they are prone to engage in fisticuffs
at the slightest provocation, and walk around for much of the read sporting the bruises as proof.
It appears however, that said rancor is not as great an issue for the females of at least one side of this war. The Brant girls, though aware of both the feud, and the Fairlambs, have been most thoroughly cosseted against any of the finer details regarding its combatants. Meaning that they know nothing except that they are to avoid the dastardly Fairlamb clan at all costs. Chance or Mathias Fairlamb, in particular.
A task that wouldn't be difficult at all for any of the Brant girls if...they knew what he looked like.
So, when a chance (no pun intended) meeting between Chance Fairlamb and Tempest Brant results in a kindling of the Brant male ire, and the interest for one in the other between Tempest and Chance.
Things get very interesting, to say the least.
This is a story that is both irritating and entertaining in equal measure. Seeing Chance and Tempest flout both convention and the edicts issued by their parents in their efforts to be together is both exciting and fun. The fact that both the reader and the younger players in this drama spend about 95% of this read in the midst of a battle with no clear cause...down right exasperating!
In defense of the grand plot twist however, kudos must be given to the grand reveal of this long held secret and all the drama that ensues in its wake.
This is a wonderful romance for those who enjoy stories filled with secret trysts and forbidden love.
Reviewer's Note: This is the second novel of a companion aeries that can be read in any order.
*Reviewer's Note: I was provided with copies of the above referenced literary works for the express purpose of review. All opinions expressed therein are mine, and have been in no way influenced by St. Martin's Press or those acting on their behalf.
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