Review: At the Pleasure of the Marquess by Sofie Darling

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Synopsis and Details:

Hortense Marchand has played many roles, but never wife. Until one desperate marquess seeks the lady spy’s help—and her hand…

Thief. Spy. Wife.

Orphaned as a child, Hortense has had to fight her way to becoming the ton’s favorite private investigator. But for a woman who lives on the edge, the past is never dead. When her former spymaster asks her to find his wastrel brother Jamie, the Marquess of Clare, she thinks it’s just one more job uncovering the ton’s dirty secrets. She has no idea that she’s about to find her future…

Lord. Lover. Husband.

To her surprise, Lord James Asquith isn’t as wayward as his brother thinks, and when Jamie catches Hortense searching his study one night, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. Intrigued, he tracks her through London, watching her work. But when his rakish past comes back to haunt him, Jamie can think of no one better to help him than the talented, and very fetching, lady spy…

When Lord Becomes Lover and Thief Becomes Wife…

Their quest takes them back to Hortense’s dark past as a child pickpocket, where she and Jamie will have no choice but to work together to do the bidding of a powerful thief lord—even if that means marriage! Despite their chaste intentions, passion flares and as they grow closer Jamie and Hortense can’t help but wonder if love will be enough to make their marriage more than a masquerade… 

Series: Shadows and Silk #5  |  Genres: Historical Romance  |  Release Date: April 28, 2021  |  Publisher: Love Ink Books, LLC  |  Length: 348 pages  |  ASIN: B08V8KD9LN  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Aurora Publicity

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The main theme running through the Shadows and Silk series is that the main characters are somehow involved with the business of spying, which is always intriguing to me. Hortense snagged my interest in the previous book, To Win a Wicked Lord, and I was very excited that she was the featured character in At the Pleasure of the Marquess. There was just something about her strength and resiliency that made me want to know her more. As it happens, her backstory was interesting and also very sad but I could see where her early skills learned on the streets would make her very adept at spying. 

Lord James Asquith was a surprising character and I liked him right away. I was a little shocked at the twists in this story that surrounded his past but it definitely added interest to the overall story. There was a push-pull attraction between Jamie and Hortense that was fun to see play out. Neither one of them ever suspected that life would deliver them any true form of happiness and that made the romance that developed extra swoony. Overall, At the Pleasure of the Marquess was an adventurous romance between two very deserving characters and not only will you laugh but you will swoon as well.

*Thank you to Aurora Publicity for this eARC of At the Pleasure of the Marquess*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.


About the Author:

Sofie Darling is an award-winning author of historical romance. Her debut novel, THREE LESSONS IN SEDUCTION, won the Writers’ League of Texas’ Manuscript Contest in the Romance Category in 2016.
She spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized she simply had to write the books she loved, she finished her English degree and embarked on her writing career.
When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.

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