Book Review: How to Best A Marquess, by Janna MacGregor

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Title: How to Best A Marquess    
Author:  Janna MacGregor   
Genre: Romance    
Rating:  4.5 out of 5

Beth Howell needs to find her dowry, post haste. After her good-for-nothing first husband married her―and two other women, unbeknownst to them all―she’s left financially ruined and relegated to living with her brother, who cares more for his horses than he does his blood relatives. If Beth fails to acquire her funds, her brother will force her to marry someone fifty years her senior and missing half his teeth. She’d prefer to avoid that dreadful fate. But her now-deceased husband, Meri, absconded with her money mere days after their illegitimate marriage. To find it, Beth will have to leave town and retrace Meri’s steps if she’s to take her future into her own hands.

Julian Raleah, Marquess of Grayson, cares not a whit for social norms and generally growls at anyone in his path. Grayson has had a heart of stone ever since his engagement to Beth Howell went down in flames―long before she married that cad, Meri, and sealed her own fate for good. But now she’s on his doorstep, asking for use of his carriage and accompaniment on the hunt to find her lost dowry. Surely Grayson cannot go on the road with the woman who has occupied his thoughts for the past decade. Yet, knowing she needs him, how can he resist helping her this one last time? And maybe that’s just enough time to change the ending to their over-too-soon love story.

Man, Beth’s brother was a real jerk! And his buddies weren’t exactly prizes, either. I’ve enjoyed The Widow Rules books very much, and I loved this one, too. I liked Beth’s determination to win through on her own—although she might have taken it a smidge too far at times. For someone who didn’t really care what the ton thought of her, she sure changed her actions because of them several times. I really liked Julian and his flirtatious, always-kind personality. This was a book I read straight through in one sitting, so if you need a weekend read, grab this.

Janna MacGregor lives in Kansas City. How to Best a Marquess is her newest novel.

(Galley courtesy of St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.)


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