A brooding marquess
And a mysterious widow
On the outside Henry Spencer, Marquess of Clairborne, has it all: title, fortune and dashing good looks, but inside he’s haunted by nightmares. Seeking sanctuary at his Scottish estate, his peace is disturbed by a new tenant, widow Genevieve de L’Omont. Her beauty and spirit lead to a growing desire that distracts him from his troubles, but as he unravels a mystery from his past, he discovers Genevieve has secrets of her own…
I want to thank Lotte R. James for asking me to review her new novel, The Marquess of Yew Park House and for providing me with a digital copy of the book for that purpose. I have reviewed the book honestly and impartially.
I’m not a regular reader of Mills and Boon novels but, I have to say that one of the best things to have happened to me since I started blogging is being asked to review some of their titles because it has introduced me to some wonderful books that I would not ordinarily have picked up. The Marquess of Yew Park House is one such book.
This is my first book by this author and it is one of the titles in Mills and Boon’s Historical range, set as it is in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1800s. Cue breeches, bodices and repressed desire in bucketloads. As soon as the book opens, we are introduced to the titular Marquess and I fell in love with him immediately. Here is a man troubled and contained by the role he has been cast to play in life, and the reader can feel the rebellion bubbling up inside him from the first page, which sets the scene for a drama packed novel.
As soon as Genevieve appears on the page, it is obvious this is a woman with secrets to hide, but also that she will be someone who will be more than a match for the Marquess. A woman who seems to have nothing left to lose, she is not as meek and mild as we would expect women of the day to be, so the tension is building from the first time they meet. How could any man fail to be intrigued by her?
There is so much going on in this book. Both Henry and Genevieve have secrets that need to be uncovered, personal issues that will keep them apart and need to be resolved, and sizzling chemistry to be explored. There is passion and mystery, set in the beautiful landscape of the highlands, which the author brings beautifully to life with her prose. I was captivated from beginning to end.
Everything about the book is perfect. The characterisation, the plotting, the setting, the pacing and the mystery element. What was probably the biggest shock to me was the level of sexual heat in the book, which went further than I have been conditioned, clearly wrongly, to expect from a Mills and Boon novel but it was absolutely perfect, indeed crucial from the story. There was not a misstep in this novel, and i would not hesitate to pick up another book by this author. As good a story and a level of writing as you will find from any publishing line anywhere, despite the snobbery towards this imprint from some quarters. Crafting such an exciting, engrossing, tightly-plotted novel takes great skill, and it greatly rewards the reader.
The Marquess of Yew Park House is out today in ebook and paperback formats and you can buy a copy here.
About the Author
Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director, but spent most of her life working day jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration, or nestling with coffee and a book.
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