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The Wild Marquis [Mass Market Paperback]

Miranda Neville
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1 Mar 2010

“You’ll love Miranda Nevilles’s charming romance…and fresh new voice.”
—Madeline Hunter

 

It would be hard to find a more unlikely pair than the close-to-outcast Marquis of Chase and the quiet Juliana Merton. But sparks truly fly when they’re together in The Wild Marquis. The first book in a brand new historical romance series from Miranda Neville, featuring the romantic exploits of three confirmed rogues united in a secret brotherhood, The Wild Marquis is sexy and fun Regency Era romance in the lively, bestselling vein of Eloisa James and Elizabeth Hoyt. Give Miranda Neville a try—you won’t be disappointed.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061808709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061808708
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.3 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in southwest England. During my misspent youth I devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy and any other historical novels I could lay hands on. As a result I attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. I spent several years writing catalogues of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby's auction house in London and New York. Much of my time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed my suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people. I now live in Vermont where I enjoy skiing and writing romances set in Regency England where it hardly ever snows.

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The Marquis of Chase is not a reputable man.

He is notorious for his wretched morals and is never received in respectable houses. The ladies of the ton would never allow him in their drawing rooms . . . though they were more than willing to welcome him into their bedchambers. Ejected from his father's house at the age of sixteen, he now lives a life of wanton pleasure. So what could the Marquis of Chase possibly want with Juliana Merton, a lovely, perfectly upstanding shopkeeper with a mysterious past?

A moment's indiscretion?

A night's passion?

Or a lifetime of love?

Even the wildest rakes have their weaknesses . . .

About the Author

Miranda Neville grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby's rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor, she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Marquis 22 Jun 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent holiday read. A who-dunnit combined with some good sex and beautifully costumed glamour, and a serious insight into antiquarian book dealing in the early nineteenth century. Story telling at its best, and a page turner to a final happy outcome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rakes and their weaknesses 2 Aug 2010
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's unusual for the heroine of a historical romance such as this to be in trade - more so that she's the widow of a bookseller and still runs a bookshop. But there's more to Juliana Merton than a dowdy bibliophile, as the Marquis of Chase discovers when he asks her to help him buy back a family treasure, a particular book.

Chase (or Cain as he's known to his friends) is also not quite what he seems. Everyone knows he's a shocking rake, but as Juliana gets to know him she sees a different side, and as the story progresses we begin to understand how his reputation has developed.

There are a couple of mysteries in this story, although they take second place to the interactions between Chase and Juliana. I very much enjoyed the interactions between the two and the way in which we slowly uncover Chase's true nature - which is very appealing. Some of the characters were perhaps a little too eccentric at times, such as Chase's mother and one of the other book collectors, but overall it was an interesting look into the world of the book collector and the life of someone from the middle classes - or so we believe.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a bad thing could be good for you? 30 Mar 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Thw Wild Marquis is funny, romantic and thrilling. Juliana never backs down from an argument with the Marquis of Chase. The very wicked 'Cain' (Marquis of Chase) never backs down from his seduction of Juliana. And the combination of murder, illegitimacy (or not) and the Marquis's relationship with his deceased father keeps readers on tenterhooks for most of the book.

A great book which makes the reader want to try to work out all the twists before the characters do. I think Quarto was quite possibly my favourite character with Cain and Juliana a close second & third.

Recommended reading for anyone who likes to see a woman succeeding in a man's world(!) and making a rake reform (a little bit).
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meaty Regency Tale with Something New 20 Mar 2010
By A Lover of Good Books - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've had it up to here with seeing the same plot and the same characters in every Regency-set Romance, check out Miranda Neville's latest.

She writes with a command of language that is refreshing and she knows her history. Her characters are believable and unlike what one commenter here complained about, I found the love story to be a reasonable compromise between the demands of the modern readership and respect for the time period.

The storytelling kept me turning pages the whole way through and I enjoyed the way she used the mystery involving the rare book trade to keep it going.

I'm looking forward to reading more from her!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and enjoyable 19 Mar 2010
By Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second novel from Miranda Neville and I thought the writing was quite good. I found the storyline to be interesting and definitely kept me looking forward to reading each chapter.

My biggest complaint is that the love story seemed to take a back seat to the mysteries the characters were trying to solve. While I found the book very enjoyable, when I thought back on it, I couldn't really remember why I was supposed to root for this couple (as opposed to them as individuals). They are strong and complicated characters...good characters...but if you are expecting a romance novel with a lot of courtship and lovey-dovey-ness then this won't be the book for you. However, if you care more about the story and the writing, then you'll probably enjoy it as I did.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bibliophile and Rake are an entertaining duo 27 Mar 2010
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed Miranda Neville's regency romance. There's wonderful tension, a rake just waiting to be reformed and a smart book loving heroine who is searching for more than just rare books.

The Marquis of Chase, Cain is a young nobleman of twenty-four who has lived on his own since he was sixteen and thrown out of his father's house. He is glib and debonair, handsome too. He becomes interested in a rare manuscript and turns to bookseller Juliana Merton to act as his emissary.

Juliana is a widow and she truly loves books. Her guardian was an expert bibliophile so Juliana has an appreciation for these tomes beyond the average collector. She is grateful for the commission she will receive from Cain as her bookshop has suffered since her husband died.

These leads get off to a great start. Cain is irreverent and charming and so quick witted, his double entendres are entertaining. He is cut off from family but the reader recognizes that this had been difficult for him. His vulnerability with his family is moving. Cain is naturally fair-minded and kind and he extends these virtues to Juliana. He treats Juliana with professional respect but he also cannot help but notice how attractive she is.

Juliana is a cautious soul and initially she is reserved with Cain. However this changes when she intuitively feels that he is trustworthy with her secrets. There are mysteries that surround both Juliana and Cain, some of them deadly.

They work together to ferret out clues and to his credit Cain recognizes Juliana is too honorable for him yet he cannot help but admire and want her. She is indeed a smart woman, knowing the ins and outs of bookselling (btw the author does a great job of capturing the feel of a Sotheby's bidding war). She's not perfect though, she can be a little stubborn and she can lash out with some sharp words but fortunately she does not do so often.

Ms. Neville has written a romance novel that is out of the ordinary. Her characters are anything but run-of-the-mill and her story line is tight. The ending is sweetly satisfying too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and smart historical romance 21 Jan 2012
By Reviewer Aus - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I'd picked this up earlier!

I am an extremely picky reader of historical romance. Most books these days are nothing more than fluffy Americanised romps with no sense of time or place, and I passed on Miranda Neville's books more than once based on the trashy covers.

What a mistake that was.

Neville has a lot going for her. For starters, she is English, and it shows in both the dialogue and the creation of her characters. The heroes actually seem English, rather than sexed-up Fabio types so commonly created by other authors.
Secondly, her research is excellent. There's a big, engaging plot here beyond the romance and I felt like I was living in the world in which the book was set - this wasn't your standard wallpaper historical.

There is a huge power imbalance between our hero and heroine, and yet I felt that the steps they took to be together were realistic. Our heroine works for a living and is proud of it. Our hero cannot understand that. She wants independence. He wants a mistress. She refuses to be a mistress. He falls in love with her and has to find a way around their class differences.
The main theme of bookselling and book collectors was original - I didn't expect to find it interesting, and yet I did.

If I had to look for a fault, I'd say that the cover gives you the wrong idea. It is likely some readers will buy this expecting another fluffy Dukes and dances romp. This book certainly has the steam, but other than that, it is more serious in tone.

If you're looking for yet another Regency farce, you'll be buying the wrong book. For me? If more people wrote historical romance this way, I'd become an avid reader of the subgenre.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not So Wild 17 Jan 2011
By romancecritic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was an enjoyable read. Our heroine was a tad two-dimensional for my liking, always putting her books as first. Our hero was actually very accepting, understanding, and likeable. Through out the book our hero reconciles with his family, loosely stated, while our heroine finds her legitimacy.

There seemed to be, as mentioned by some other reviewers, quiet a bit of dealings with the past and solving of mysteries. But I feel it is this aspect that actually drove the novel, for if it was just the romance I'd have yawned myself to sleep (primarily bcs of the heroine).

The one thing that I found utterly annoying was that our bookseller had not read that many books (at least that was my impression, regardless of not purchasing expensive books for the reading). How can that be? May be it was just me, as I said I found her two dimensional and that ruined the romance aspect of a romance novel.
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