In the Arms of a Marquess (Rogues of the Sea) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Sep 2012
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“Swept Away By A Kiss” is a breathtaking romance filled with sensuality and driven by a brisk and thrilling plot. Her characters are intelligent, vibrant and wonderfully complex. Katharine Ashe writes with eloquence and power--what a compelling read!” (Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author)
“...an exciting, danger-packed historical romance that I hated to see end. A superbly crafted story…I highly recommend IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS to anyone looking for a great read. Do not miss it!” (Romance Junkies)
“I loved it from beginning to end, and so will you.” (Bookishly Attentive)
“Every woman who ever dreamed of having a titled lord at her feet will love this novel.” (Eloisa James, Barnesand NobleReview.com)
“Ashe’s debut is worthy of high praise. She presents readers with an incredible romance with enough sexual chemistry to singe your fingers. The characters are complex and highly sensual, the plot riveting and the backdrop vividly detailed. This is both a page-turner and a keeper.” (RT Book Reviews-- 4 and 1/2 stars, Top Pick)
FIVE QUILLS! “A wonderfully captivating book… In the Arms of a Marquess is perfection. … Ms. Ashe’s characters come to life not only in their provocative and lush setting but in the generosity of their witty dialogue. … A magnetic story.” (Romantic Crush Junkies)
“Ashe delivers a unique adventure romance, weaving exotic aspects of India into a staid British backdrop. The strong and deliciously unusual characters propel the plot forward allowing the adventure, mystery and romance to perfectly merge into a thrilling read.” - 4 1/2 stars! (”FANTASTIC/keeper”) (RT Book Reviews)
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From the Back Cover
She’d never forgotten him . . .
Miss Octavia Pierce is witty, well-off . . . and shockingly unwed. Still, she is far too successful insociety to remain on the shelf forever, and her family has hopes that Octavia will finally make the perfect match. What theydon’t know is that, years earlier, Octavia was scandalouslytempted by the one man capable of sweeping her off her feet—the man now known as the Marquess of Doreé.
A third son, never meant to inherit, Lord Ben Doreé hasabandoned his past and grown accustomed to his illustrious new position of wealth and power. But he has never forgotten Octavia, and now she desperately needs his help in a most dangerous, clandestine matter. Although she claims she has put the memories of the passion they shared behind her, Ben is determined toonce again have her in his arms—and in his bed.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Some minor **Spoilers** are included in my review.
Background: Sixteen year old Octavia Pierce was sent to India to live with her aunt and uncle when she was 16 years. On the day she arrived, she fell behind her uncle in the marketplace. Just as she was being grabbed by some men who had plans to kidnap her, she was rescued by the handsome Ben Doree, a young man of mixed blood who was the third son of a Marquess and an Indian woman.
However, we are not immediately given any details of their budding relationship. We do know that Ben and Octavia have not seen one another since she was 18 years old but we don't understand exactly what happened between them until much later in the book. So we have to settle in and let the story unfold.
In the second chapter of the book, 7 long years have passed and our 16 year old Octavia or "Tavy" is now 25 years old and her family is preparing to return to England where Ben has been living during this time. His father and two oldest brothers have passed and he is the now the Marquess. Octavia looks forward to seeing Ben again - in fact, she has lived to see him again but at times she has nearly given up hope. When she arrives in England, she sees him for the first time at the theatre. They exchange long, hard looks but he doesn't acknowledge her in any way.
Ben's and Octavia's relationship is slowly revealed as the reader works through the story. I found myself a little frustrated at times because we realize after the first chapter, this will not be an "easy-to-read" uplifting romantic story. However, we do know that things always work out at the end - at least we can hope.Read more ›
story in short guy and girl meet in india as young people share one night but do not go all the way fall in love families tear them apart meet up in uk after 7 years tension for them to admit love plot with other characters blah blah blah oh and when is it attractive for the hero to shoot two birds which then fall out of the sky and to annoy ,us animal lovers more, the author tells us he despises shooting ?????
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Octavia has a persistent suitor in Lord Crispin. He wants to marry her, but she knows she'll never love him --never burn for him, the way she does for Ben. But by all appearances, Ben is in a serious relationship of his own. When Octavia overhears someone blackmailing Crispin, though, she believes Ben can help get to the bottom of it. His investigation throws them together, setting them on a path to rekindling their love.
I had a very hard time connecting with this book. More than 100 pages into it, I was still waiting for a spark. But there was so much talk of India and trade and the politics of the time, I felt my eyes glazing over. I just wanted to get to the romance! And when we finally did begin to focus on Ben and Octavia, I got so frustrated. It was one big misunderstanding after another... words left unsaid that could have saved everyone a mountain of heartache. Just... ugh.
The love scenes were steamy and when the hero and heroine could finally get past their issues long enough to connect, I was really quite engaged. Unfortunately, that happened far too little for my taste. The big mystery about the blackmail scheme was convoluted and simply not exciting. This is the third book in the Rogues of the Sea series and the other installment I read didn't do much for me either. I don't think this author and I are a good fit.
A little less than 3 stars.
Tavy returns to London after spending a number of years in India growing up and around a different culture that she loved. Once back in London everyone assumes she will marry the man who has asked for her hand, but Tavy still holds out hope that the once third son Ben who has become Benjirou Doreé, Fifth Marquess of Doreé will come for her as he once did and they will be together in love.
Ben and Tavy are reunited at dinner parties, dance at balls, and dare to have a secret rendezvous or two but none of the stolen kisses, and tender caresses are enough and they both know the secrets between them are destructive. Ben does not want the distraction that Tavy provides as he is running a business both in public and private that needs his undivided attention as trying to prevent cultural disaster is a very time consuming job. Ben may save the known world but he is still it seems unable to tell Tavy what his true feelings have been for her all these years together and apart.
Tavy must deal with an annoying fiancée that is not a fiancée who won't go away, family that is trying to steer her path away from Ben, and figuring out where her life should go. Will she unearth Ben's secrets and discover that he is not the man she sees or will he tell her the truth and make her love him more? Even more puzzling is the secrets Ben did not know existed coming to life and the complexities of trying to figure out who is your friend and who is a deadly enemy.
This book is one that might appear to have too many pages, but trust me it has the perfect number. You need this amount to give you enough love, romance, suspense, danger, and well more love. At first the reader is not sure the mix of Tavy and Ben will work but trust me they are perfect together. Take this book for the "historical romance" that it is and enjoy without overthinking it.
Ben longs for Octavia with every sense of his being and even has her watched for her own safety. Years ago, back in Madras after one night during a ball, he and Octavia gave into their passions but were caught by her aunt who made him believe he wasn't worthy of Octavia. Since then he has stayed away from Octavia, but as the days go by, he can't ignore his desire for her. And because of that, both fall into a seductive dance where they only have to take one more step to be together as a man and a woman should.
There's a great deal of pining, longing and close to swooning from both Octavia and Ben. At one point I wanted to bash these two upside their heads because their angst over not being together became annoying. I'm sorry to say but Katherine Ashe doesn't make a good enough case on why these two must stay away from one another. The all consuming passion between these two is strong, but there simply isn't a good enough reason or a believable obstacle to keep these two apart. Ben thinks he's not worthy of Octavia because of his birth. Octavia thinks she's plain and unattractive to Ben who's so dashing and handsome. This is a case of major misunderstanding and lack of communication from both parties.
I will give Katherine some due and would recommend In The Arms of a Marquess for that atmospheric historical romance that readers may be interested in. The writing at times was crisp and held my attention, but the overall tension did nothing for me. This is another example of a book that isn't all that memorable with a mundane plot.
I can see Katherine has great potential, but not quite there yet, even though Lisa Kleypas blurbed this book. With that in mind, I do look forward to reading Katharine Ashe's future releases and hope her next one will be a better read for me.
True love gets a second chance in the lovely, romantic In the Arms of a Marquess. Katharine Ashe brings longing, pain, and distrust to vivid life without ever going overboard into angst territory. My heart broke for Octavia and Ben; they're clearly meant for one another, but their abrupt and painful breakup years before has left its mark on them. Ms. Ashe made it easy to become invested in their story and I longed to see these two reunite. It isn't an easy road to happily ever after for them, as both Octavia and Ben create their own obstacles that they then must overcome. A dash of intrigue adds further flavor to In the Arms of the Marquess, rounding out the story perfectly.
In the Arms of the Marquess is the third full-length book in Ms. Ashe's Rogues of the Sea series, but it can be read as a standalone. Fans of the series will be delighted to read references to some of their favorite characters and Valerie, the heroine of the first Rogues of the Sea novel (Swept Away by a Kiss), is a charming presence in this book. All in all, I very much enjoyed In the Arms of the Marquess. Ms. Ashe's writing style continues to be delightful and I'm looking forward to reading her next book.
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Just under a decade of residing in India, Tavy relishes her time there as she loves the culture. Now five and twenty years old she turned into a beauty. Thus in 1821 Tavy goes back to London where she is expected to make a match. Ben also lives in England as he has become the Marquess of Doree, which makes him acceptable by her family. The pair remains in love, but Lord Marcus Crispin also wants to marry Tavy. As the two male aristocrats compete for Tavy's hand in marriage, someone stalks them.
In the Arms of a Marquess is an exhilarating Regency romantic suspense that uses early nineteenth century India to refresh the mostly in England plot. The cast is solid while readers will enjoy this fine fast-paced, historical thriller while wondering who the villain is. Note that a portion of the sales will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.