Benjamin Nash, Marquess of Creslow, must marry, for he is the last of the family line. Desirous of a business arrangement instead of a love match, he hires a matchmaker, but on the way to the May Day festival where he will meet her, as well as his matches, he encounters an alluring lady who may suit him perfectly…
After her husband’s death left her a pauper, Rebecca Sweet relied on family for help and in return guided two of them to successful marriages. Engaged with her first real client, she plans to present him a gaggle of young ladies eager to wed. But when she realizes the marquess is the same dashing gentleman she met on the way to the festival, the task becomes far more complicated. Attraction simmers between them, however Nash wants a loveless marriage and Rebecca would only wed again for love. She must find him a bride before she loses her heart forever.
Matching the Marquess is such a sweet and sexy story of second chances. Both Rebecca and Nash have been married before–she unhappily and he very happily, until his wife died from cancer a year and a half into their union. She would like to marry again, but only for love–though her life experiences up until that point haven’t exactly left her hopeful that she will be able to. He has to marry to produce an heir, but is determined that his second one be a more businesslike affair since losing another person he loves is out of the question.
So Nash hires Rebecca sight unseen–he thinks–to be his matchmaker at the famed matchmaking festival in Merrywell, only to discover that he HAS seen her before, rather a bit more than is socially acceptable for brand new acquaintances. House parties, amirite? 😉
Who would have thought that the initial attraction was still there?
(Everyone would, of course. We all know where this is going–we’re reading it for the journey, and the journey here is top notch. I mean, who doesn’t love a good “oops, we have connecting rooms? We’d better put that door to use to get it out of our systems” story?)
The latest Lords in Love story absolutely did not disappoint. Like all the others, this *could* work as a standalone, but if you’ve at least read Ms Burke’s contributions you will see some familiar names since Rebecca is Leah’s ( Romancing the Heiress ) sister and Nash is friends with Law ( Beguiling the Duke ). But no worries if you’re new to the series or have only read some of Ms Ridley’s–you won’t be lost at all.
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.