Never Marry a Marquess by Regina Scott – Book Review, Preview

Posted June 13, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

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It’s hard to believe I’ve only been familiar with Regina Scott’s books for a little over a year. Since then, I’ve read every new release of hers and will continue to do so. Her books are always fun and have a touch of mystery and adventure.

Never Marry a Marquess by Regina Scott – Book Review, Preview

Never Marry a Marquess
by Regina Scott

Series: Fortune's Brides #6
Published by Edwards and Williams
Publication Date June 13, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance, Mystery
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Written for: Adults
Pages: 299


Shy Ivy Bateman has always felt more comfortable behind the scenes than front and center. She is happiest caring for her family and baking sweet treats. She certainly never expected the wealthy Marquess of Kendall to propose marriage, especially a marriage of convenience. It seems his baby daughter needs a mother, and Ivy cannot deny the attraction of the role, or the attraction she feels for the handsome marquess.

Kendall had asked Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency to find him a particular sort of lady. His heart went to the grave with his first wife. Now, all he cares about is ensuring his frail daughter doesn’t follow it. Installing Ivy Bateman as his next marchioness will not disrupt his life or make him question his love for his dead wife. But as he comes to appreciate Ivy’s sweet nature, he begins to wonder about their future. When an old enemy strikes at Miss Thorn and all her ladies, a grieving lord and a shy lady must work together to save the day. In doing so, they might just discover that love, and a good cinnamon bun, can heal all wounds.

I would like to thank Regina Scott for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Never Doubt a Duke, Never Borrow a Baronet, Never Envy an Earl, Never Vie for a Viscount, Never Kneel to a Knight

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Never Marry a Marquess drew me in like a familiar friend from the start. Simply reading the first few words brought a smile to my face as I settled in to enjoy it.

What fun to add a marriage of convenience theme to Regina Scott’s Fortune’s Brides series. I wasn’t quite sure how she was going to get Ivy and Kendall together after having seen the possibilities in Never Kneel to a Knight. For some reason this was completely unexpected to me. Of course, having read the description, you probably saw what was going to happen. Me, I simply saw the author and knew I had to read it.

My favorite part of the book was Kendall’s overprotective new-daddy-ness toward Sophia. He was so funny and so sweet all at once. The love he had for his infant daughter flowed from him and made him so lovable.

Ivy was a gem. Having mothered her younger sisters from the time she was still very much a child, she was a natural nurturer. She struggled with a sense of inferiority, not being good enough to be married to a marquess. Her attempts at frugality were cute.

Though a little sad Fortune’s Brides has concluded, yet I am so glad to have the mysteries resolved and Miss Thorne happily settled. This has been a wonderful series. If you haven’t read the other books, go ahead and start from the beginning with Never Doubt a Duke. While it isn’t completely necessary, I’m sure you could figure out what is important as you read this one. They do all build on each other.

Regina's New Marry a Marquess Pinterest Board

(click here to go directly to the board on Pinterest)
  • I pictured something like this for the Pavement Room, where Kendall keeps his family's greatest treasure.
  • A Roman pavement, not unlike the one in Kendall's home.
  • A Roman mosaic floor, not unlike the one Kendall protects.
  • Ivy loves to bake. Cinnamon buns are one of her specialties. (picture courtesy kitchenmage)
  • One of Kendall's favorite cookies (biscuits to him) is anise-flavored.
  • A Sally Lunn bun--delicious! Ivy would surely attempt this in her cooking.
  • Ivy preparing for a big event.
  • I can see Ivy wearing her hair this way.
  • Ivy would definitely wear something like this--simple yet elegant. English Regency French Empire Gown in Silk by SatinShadowDesigns
  • Practical, polished--very Kendall. Regency Gentleman, reproduced by The Costume Shop, Melbourne.
  • I can see Kendall wearing something like this. © Lee Avison / Trevillion Images
  • Very Kendall
  • I pictured Orlando Bloom as the Marquess of Kendall.
  • Shy Ivy Bateman is happiest baking sweet treats, but she cannot deny the attraction of joining the grieving Marquess of Kendall in a marriage of convenience to care for his frail baby daughter. Can she teach the handsome marquess that love, and a good cinnamon bun, heal all wounds?

About Regina Scott

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of 30 years reside in Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. Regina Scott is a decent fencer; owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet; and has driven four in hand, learned to fence, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course.

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