How to Manage a Marquess
Book 2, Spinster House
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In USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie's charming Spinster House series, love is always a welcome guest…
Two possible futures loom before Miss Anne Davenport. The first option: sharing an unhappy home with her father and soon-to-be stepmother. The second: a life of independence at the Spinster House--if only her friend, Cat, would vacate the premises and marry the Duke of Hart. A well-placed whisper about the pair's secret tryst might speed the course of true love. But the duke's stubborn cousin poses an obstacle. A ridiculously handsome, very persuasive obstacle…
Nate, Marquess of Haywood, has spent his life looking out for the duke, hoping to stave off a family curse. The only way to keep his cousin alive is to keep him single. That means convincing the intriguing Miss Davenport that her lovely lips could be put to far better use than gossiping. Kissing, for instance. In fact, Nate is beginning to hope that Miss Davenport's destiny lies not in the Spinster House at all, but with him …
Sally MacKenzie's novels are…
"Naked, noble, and irresistible!" --Eloisa James
"Perfect." --RT Book Reviews
"Great fun." --Publishers Weekly
Enjoying this series
I have been waiting for this book since I finished the first in the series. The stories are entwined but do stand on their own. Anne needs to get out of her father's home as he is hoping to remarry. She is waiting along with two friends to see who gets to move into Spinster House. Anne has no intention of ever allowing a man to tell her how she should live her life, and spinsterhood is the best solution. Her plans get derailed as she spends time with Lord Haywood. Nate is focused on protecting his friend Marcus from a curse that it is too late before he realizes that he is actually lonely. The two bond over two young boys who are to become Anne's stepbrothers. Seeing friends and family find a love that binds pushing them to acknowledge their own feelings. I definitely recommend this story as well as the series.
I don’t think I’ve ever been captivated by a premise as unique as this one
I don’t think I’ve ever been captivated by a premise as unique as this one: Sally MacKenzie has created the Spinster House series to provide eligible unmarried ladies with few options in this day and age with lodgings and funds, enough to secure their futures and see themselves in charge of their own destinies.
The story is mainly that of Anne Davenport, with her father marrying a widow younger than herself, with two young children, and bound to put her out. She’s put her name in the Spinster House Lottery, staking her future options on a chance. Unfortunately her best friend, Cat is also intending to enter the lottery, although she does have an option in Marcus, Duke of Hart. Anne’s plan is to gossip, with best intentions, in order to push Marcus and Cat closer together – with her out of the running, Anne feels sure her chances are better.
Only two people stand in Anne’s way: Nate and Jane. Jane is another in the running for the Spinster House lottery – a spiteful, mean and jealous woman who really becomes a thorn, although she has a connection to one of Nate’s friends – as impossible as liking her seems to be. Nate is the last obstacle – best friend to Marcus and diligently attempting to keep his promise to keep Marcus from marrying. Unfortunately his intentions are completely the opposite of Anne’s and he sets out elaborate plans to sway her from her intended course. From purpose-driven enemies fighting a palpable attraction, the two start to form a friendship, and begin to slowly come to terms with the possibility for more.
A wonderful cast of characters fill out this story filed with struggles for happiness and choices not made from lack of opportunities but in hope of opening doors.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.