Tempting the Marquess by Sara Lindsey

Released: June 1, 2010

Title: Temping the Marquess : A Weston Novel

List Price: $6.99

Author: Sara Lindsey

Pages: 296; 297-305: Excerpt from A Rogue for All Seaons; 306+; ads.

Publisher:  Signet

Description (from her site): The Weston siblings have been blessed with Shakespearean names and an affinity for impropriety. Prepare to fall in love while discovering how the Westons are won.

While Olivia Weston loves matchmaking and romantic novels, she intends to make a suitable match. But first she wants an adventure, and when given the opportunity to visit a reclusive widower living in a haunted castle, Livvy can’t possibly resist.

After his wife’s death, Jason Traherne, Marquess of Sheldon, shut his heart to everyone but his son, and until now he has succeeded in maintaining his distance. But there’s something about Livy – her unique blend of sweetness and sensuality – that tempts him beyond all reason.

Though there’s nothing suitable about the feelings he inspires in her, Livvy can’t help falling for the marquess. But can she persuade him to let go of the past and risk his heart again?

THOUGHTS:

This second novel in the Weston series ( a Georgian Romance circa 1798) continues with Olivia Jane Weston (she repeats her full name.  A lot.) who travels with her Aunt Kate and cousin, Charlotte, to visit Kate’s stepson, Jason Traherne, Marquess of Sheldon.

Between Olivia and Jason, Jason’s character has more depth (as seen when Olivia insults him during the first dinner at Haile Castle).  He’s a widow, and now a single father to young Edward.  Jason is haunted by his mother’s death and his wife’s death.  His father remarries to Kate, but dies as well.  (You see the trend…)

Jason is alone, depressed, broken, and betrayed.  Yet, he cannot – and refuses – to succumb to the darkness.  Why?  Because he has a son who needs him more than he needs to wallow.  For this alone I think Jason is a wonderful character.  He’s strong, dependent, caring, flawed, hurt.

Olivia is one of seven children and travels with Kate to escape her mother.  (Scales: escape meddling mother vs self-imposed isolation due to continuous tragedy and immense loneliness.)

She’s nosy, pushy, and comes off as a spoiled child (which I would think is difficult being 1 of 7).  She annoyed me because she justified stealing from a dead woman.  Who does that?!  (The justifying or the stealing???)  Keep in mind I’m not blaming the writing, I’m annoyed at the character.  I don’t know if I’d be friends with her.

Like her recently married sister, Olivia is determined to meddle in a man’s life who doesn’t want it.  In fact, Jason is adverse to change.

Jason is a broken charmer.  Olivia is a nagging shrew.

She takes things out of context.  While I normally find myself nodding along with a character’s internal musing, with Olivia I constantly thought: What the hell are you talking about?  Where we in the same scene?

Again, (like in Promise Me Tonight) the ending was neatly wrapped up.  Everything was forgiven and seemingly forgotten.  There was hope for an amazing conclusion, but two pages later it was rushed and fell flat with the pretty pink blow flopping in the wind.  It’s an easy read though.  I finished it in a few hours.

Edward and Charlotte, however, add humor and cuteness to the plot.  Maternal instincts kick in with Edward and Charlotte is precocious, but borders on spoiled.  I loved the butler/valet/maid/coach/stable hand/renaissance man Gower.  Gower amused me with his adaptability.

In any case, the third Weston novel will be about Henry (since the others are still too young.)  But, I guess the release date for A Rogue for All Seasons was moved back because the excerpt says “available January 2011”, but her website says “May 2011”.

Rating: 3 stars.

PS

* BTW, totally random, but the cover model is sporting a French manicure. LOL.

Oh, look!  A family tree (via Google, click for larger view)

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