How I Married a Marquess
The Secret Life of Scoundrels, Book #3
By Anna Harrington
A SHOCKING DECEPTION . . .
Josephine Carlisle, adopted daughter of a baron, is officially on the shelf. But the silly, marriage-minded misses in the ton can have their frilly dresses and their seasons in London, for all she cares. Josie has her freedom and her family . . . until an encounter with a dark, devilishly handsome stranger leaves her utterly breathless at a house party. His wicked charm intrigues her, but that’s where it ends. For Josie has a little secret . . . . . . LEADS TO AN EXQUISITE SEDUCTION
Espionage was Thomas Matteson, Marquess of Chesney’s game-until a tragic accident cost him his career. Now to salvage his reputation and return to the life he loves, the marquess must find the criminal who’s been robbing London’s rich and powerful. He’s no fool-he knows Josie, with her wild chestnut hair and rapier-sharp wit, is hiding something and he won’t rest until he unravels her mysteries, one by one. But he never expected to be the one under arrest-body and soul . . .
Anna Harrington has again given the reader a delightful historical romance. With complexity to the characters and a setting that the reader can immerse in she captured my attention from page 1.
With stolen kisses, secrets and espionage the story is fast moving. Add that to passion, a clash of personalities and of course the wrath of the Ton and I was hooked.
Josephine is tiny and innocent however she is hiding a secret and when she gets kissed unexpectedly at a ball (a victim of mis-identity) she does not know what to do with the feelings she encounters. Adopted at birth she knows she will never be able to fit into society so she devotes her time to helping the orphaned children. The orphanage she helps at also harbours secrets that could damage a lot of names among the rich and powerful. She decides at any cost she will continue her mission but Thomas steps in and begins to thwart her plans.
Thomas also has birth secrets he has been able to keep from the Ton. Recently shot and wounded he is fighting to gain his job back as a spy ( they have said he has lost his nerve) so when asked to find out who the mysterious highwayman that is stealing from high society is Thomas jumps at the chance. Finding who it is though means he will bring out more secrets that in turn may find him again without a job or love.
I must say I loved this third book of the Anna Harrington series for although you know who the love interests are from the beginning she has the ability to tell a great story and keeps you interested and excited throughout. I know I for one will certainly keep my eyes open for more books from this author.