Friday, May 6, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Book Review: How To Manage A Marquess

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Spinster House #2
Sally MacKenzie
Releasing April 26th, 2016
Zebra: Kensington Books

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 …

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How to Manage A Marquess is a sweet funny romance. I loved Anne and Nate, though it took me a little longer to warm to Anne than Nate, though both are very hard headed as far as romance characters are concerned.

Anne wants to live in Spinster House because her widowed father is marrying a woman one year younger than her with two small boys. Nate is protecting his cousin from a curse that says the Duke will die before his heir is born. He promised his mother that he would keep watch on him on her deathbed, and he takes his promise a little too seriously.

I enjoyed watching Anne change towards Eleanor's sons, even though Eleanor and her father didn't treat her very well. (Not bad by any means but they really didn't take her feelings into consideration at all). I have to admit that I didn't understand the actions and lack of communication between father and daughter, and even Lady Eleanor. If she wasn't really going to be a "wicked stepmother" why didn't she try to make things easier for Anne. I found both her father and Eleanor to be selfish, even though Eleanor's past marriage is one that would usually make you very sympathetic towards her.

I loved the banter between Anne and Nate and the sexual tension between them. I also loved the funny way Nate's body spoke to him around Anne. Good for giggles.

A great regency!

There's a short story attached to this novel which ties into this story, and what I find funny is that the short story is far more spicy than the full length novel. (Don't skip over it. It is a fabulous read too)

Rating: 4 flowers

A native of Washington, DC, Sally MacKenzie still lives in suburban Maryland with her transplanted upstate New Yorker husband. She’s written federal regulations, school newsletters, auction programs, class plays, and swim league guidance, but it wasn’t until the first of her four sons headed off to college that she tried her hand at romance. She can be reached by e-mail at Please visit her home in cyberspace at

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Unknown said...

Lovely review! Thank you for hosting HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS today!

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