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How to Marry a Marquis (Agents of the Crown #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  10,567 ratings  ·  392 reviews
She’s trying to follow the rules…

When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer’s library, she’s convinced someone is playing a cruel joke. With three younger siblings to support, she knows she has to marry for money, but who might have guessed how desperate she’s become? A guidebook to seduction might be just the thing she needs—an
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Published April 9th 1999 by Avon (first published January 1st 1999)
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Historical romance - 3.5 stars!

Sweet and fun!

"Are you paying attention or just trying to make me look like an idiot?"
"Oh, I'm definately paying attention. If you look like an idiot it has nothing to do with me."

"He looks like a man."
"How descriptive," Susan said in a droll tone. "Remind me never to advise you to seek work as a novelist."

(Edited: spoiler deleted scene - copied from JQ's website - at the end of this review. Another lovely epilogue)

I have no doubt that Julia Quinn is the queen of historical romance to me. This book gave me a great time (I was ill when I read this). It had quite a simple and common story with predictable plot and yet I ended up loving it. Tons of laughter guaranteed!
“I offered to burn the book, if you recall. I told you it was utter nonsense." He glared at her, and when that didn't cause her to qu
Very cute romance.....up until James' true identity was revealed. Then our funny & charming heroine turned into an annoying irrational priss. It was bad enough to make me demote this from 3 to 2 stars (if I could, I'd do 1.5). Elizabeth is desperate enough to marry for money, but suddenly too good to accept money from James. Even if it meant comfort for her siblings and the much needed education for her brother. And even to refuse marriage (or any common sense) from the Marquis who kept tryi ...more
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
i feel horrid to say that i found this book to be a HUGE dissapointment and far below my expectations if one could imagine :/


i loved the idea of the plot,but for some reason i felt almost the 1st half the book just drag,while the second half speed by with just fighting,screaming and dissapointments...

For the first time (in my long reading life ! ) I found myself unable to even LIKE ms.quinn's characters while struggling to finish the book..

A sad day indeed :(

After the lack luster hero in Julia Quinn's Ten Things I Love About You and the bubble head heroine in JQ's To Catch an Heiress, it was a refreshing change to read a JQ book where I actually really liked both the hero and the heroine. Not a bad place to start.

Marquis James Siddel is Lady Danbury's nephew(yes the beloved Lady Danbury of the Brodgerton series). Lady Danbury has been blackmailed and calls her nephew to flush out the criminal. He discuises himself as an estate manager in order to he
Grace Cieleen
Just when me and my friends were complaining about the plateau plots of HR's lately, I come across an unread Julia Quinn and then, BAM, I take it back. I take it all back! There is hope as long as we have such books in our lives.

I enjoyed the first half of the Bridgertons series, I loved loved loved all the characters and how their stories were brilliantly written. I did not however enjoy the last few, as well as the SS Quartet so instead of tainting my thoughts on Ms. Quinn's writing I stopped
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"How To" isn't going to broaden any horizons or make you think outside of the box. What it will do is help pass a rainy day or make you forget how hot you really are as you're laying by the pool... What a splendid and light hearted story this was, and if cheese was indeed a liquid it would absolutely drip from this book...


I just love how this oh so famous author can still make me laugh out loud while I reread the page two and three times just to laugh again. She has perfected one of my all
Adorable, as always! And, even better, there is plenty of evil-cat humor - my favorite!

She looked down. Malcolm, the demon cat was sitting at her feet, staring at her as if she were a kitchen rat.
"What do you want?"
The cat shrugged. Elizabeth hadn't known that a cat could shrug.

Uppity cats!

cat i am better than you photo: better-than-you better.jpg
bad kitty!

So, this book is about James, the Marquis from the last book, bff of Devin. He is an awesome love interest! He comes to help his aunt because she is being blackmailed, and in so doing, he meets hi
Mar 30, 2015 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Another fun and humorous book by Julia Quinn! Once again, I loved all the characters. I seriously cannot find fault in the hero or heroine--I thought they were both lovely, charming, and witty. I also adored the siblings of the Hotchkiss clan--their interactions were so cute. I just find that JQ puts a smile on my face and makes my worries go away for awhile. I absolutely love her books and I'm so happy that I loved this one as much as I do the Bridgerton series. And..... I was so HAPPY that Lad ...more
Putus asa karena miskin dan harus membesarkan ketiga adiknya, Elizabeth memutuskan untuk menikah dengan orang kaya demi membiayai sekolah dan kebutuhan mereka. Gajinya sbg pendamping Lady Danbury tidak cukup.
Pada saat di perpustakaan, dia menemukan buku mereah yg aneh berjudul "How to marry a marquis", tergodalah dia untuk meminjam buku itu.
Marquis James Sidwell yg adl keponakan Lady Danbury dipanggil utk menyelidiki pemerasan thd bibi nya dg menyamar sbg petugas properti lady Danbury.
Disini l
Sara ♥
January 19-21, 2011

Elizabeth and James are SO CUTE! I think I said most of what I wanted to say below, but Lady Danbury seriously rocks! :) I love reading books with her in them!

Summer 2007

I REALLY liked this book. The premise: Elizabeth, whose parents have died, is responsible for taking care of her 3 youngers siblings (her 8-year-old brother is a baronet, albeit a poor one). She's earning "minimum wage" as Lady Danbury's country companion, but it's still VERY difficult to feed and clothe 4 peo
Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 4.5 "How to Marry a Marquis" stars!!!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)
Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)
This is the cutest book ever written! I'm not sure what I love more. Was it the humor (Oh. My. God. My stomach still aches) or maybe it was the H/Hr. It might have been the supporting characters or it could have been the writing. Actually, it was probably all of these things.
We have our heroine, Elisabeth Hotchkiss, who is raising four younger siblings with dwindling funds. After much calculating it becomes clear to Elisabeth that she doesn't have much of a choice but to marry. Ironica
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Susan (susayq ~)
Have you read this book? No? Go read it and come back and read this review after.

I think I'm going to have to redo my all time favorite book list and put this in it. I laughed and cried and was swept away in their romance. It was perfect.
♥ Melody
Was totally prepared to give this an unexciting 'meh' 3 stars but the silly melodramatic drama and dunderhead of a heroine made it hard to even do that. Elizabeth Hotchkiss is the biggest drama queen imaginable who loved to blow the smallest things waaaaay out of proportion. This girl should have taken a job in theater cause everything is either mortifying, humiliating or absolutely horrifying to her. She's also a total ditzy klutz who can't even stand still without causing bodily harm, tripping ...more
Cuando leí la primera parte de esta serie tenía la esperanza de que la continuación fuera mejor. Y si, fue mejor. Mucho, mucho mejor. Ésta es la Julia Quinn que adoro, la que escribe esas novelas que serían un placer culposo si no fuera porque no siento absolutamente ninguna culpa al leerlos. Son libros divertidos, con humor inteligente y personajes completamente queribles.

Elizabeth Hotchkiss es pobre. Es la (sufrida y fuerte) hija huérfana de un Baronet, y está luchando desde hace cinco años p
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Maybe it's because the series was consisted only by two books, but this time I didn't fall into that trap of liking the hero of the current book I read as the series progresses. This time, I realize, I loved the both men. The first book hero, Blake Ravenscroft, was the perfect brooding man, the great grouchy husband, whereas this book's hero, James Sidwell, was the perfect, well, opposite. He was charming and playful and quite the rake, he was like his old self from the previous book. This is on ...more
I must say that I give this book a 4.5
This book was wonderful but I have such high standerds and this just barely missed the mark.

The only reason I even picked up this book was because I read To catch an heiress and that was my very first Julia Quinn novel, and I LOVED the story. The characters were humorous and I only read this book in the begining because I wanted to be able to read about Blake and Caroline again.

Yes, they made an appearence in this book and they brought their comical twists
Emine Nur
Bu kadın beni bir kere bile hayal kırıklığına uğratmadı bunu bu kitapla da kanıtlamış olduk. Nasıl seviyorum belli değil ya alıp kadını koynuma sokasım eve alıp besleyesim var o derece. :D
Another fun book by Julia Quinn! You can pretty much bet that by picking up a book by her that you are going to be reading a gem!

I love James, the hero, whom we met in To Catch an Heiress. I adored him in that book and enjoyed him just as much in this book! And the heroine, Elizabeth is very admirable!

ATTENTION all Lady Danbury fans!! Lady Danbury plays a significant role in this book, she appears throughout with her cutting and witty remarks!

This book is not to be missed! :)
I should also order the first one, seeing as the protagonists make an appearance here again.

I like Quinn's stories. They are light, but not too much so. They are a little angsty, but not annoyingly so. (This one imo even less than the Bridgertons) It's the perfect mixture and they make for a good read. There were some things I didn't like too much, which is why I can't give the novel five stars.

Still, I have never thought I'd like historicals and Julia Quinn managed to make me love her books: T
Elizabeth needs cash. James has cash to burn. Also, he's in disguise as a poor estate manager. He has the hots for her; she has the hots for him: MAGIC TIMES.

1. Here's the thing. EARLY ON, James comes to the conclusion that he really likes Elizabeth; wants to know her past, present, ~future. Wants to touch her naughtily. Has warm fuzzies about her.

Then comes the complication: she needs to marry money! AND NOT UNTIL SEVERAL CHAPTERS LATER DOES JAMES THINK "HMM. ME MARRY ME. I HAVE MONEY; WE CAN
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I love this book. Julia Quinn is one of my all time favorite authors of Regency romance. I first read this book many years ago, and have reread it a couple of times since. I was really happy to discover that it had been released in Kindle format. Elizabeth is a wonderful character. A woman of uncommon beauty, she's sweet, intelligent, hardworking, and extremely loyal. After her father commits suicide, Elizabeth undertakes the huge responsibility of raising her three younger siblings. She works a ...more

My review of How to Marry a Marquis could easily be an ode to Lady Danbury, who is one of my favorite side characters EVER. <--- No exaggeration. Lady Danbury, though she makes her introduction here, is in many of the Bridgerton and Smythe-Smith books. She is outspoken. She is crafty. She is everything I want to be when I grow up.

(Especially the lady in regency England part. Because that can happen!)

But what about James and Elizabeth? I suppose I should talk about
Oct 22, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
This was a cute one... no really heavy thinking involved.. but just one to make you smile.

Julia Quinn is a modern day Jane Austin. This book kept me turning pages from page one.
I really liked this and it had one of the best "I love you" scenes ever - not forced, not awkward, not surprising, just really sweet and lovely and genuine.

James, Marquis of Riverdale (and doesn't that just sound like he should be elven or something?) lived up to his wonderfulness that he showed in To Catch an Heiress, and I believed him to be falling in love and figuring things out for himself. And though there was a deception of identity, it didn't tick me off like it normally does - it felt
Elizabeth is raising her orphaned siblings. Although gentry, her father left them virtually penniless and she works as a companion to Lady Danforth to make ends meet. It becomes obvious this small salary will not be enough to see them through and she realizes she must marry and marry well to save the family. While at Lady D's home, she discovers a book in the library called How to Marry a Marquis, thinking it will help her learn how to attract a wealthy suitor she takes it home and she and her s ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Agents of the Crown (2 books)
  • To Catch an Heiress (Agents of the Crown, #1)
The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1) The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2) Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4) The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1) When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons, #6)

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“James - "Are you paying attention or just trying to make me look like an idoit?"
Elizabeth - "Oh, I'm definately paying attention. If you look like an idiot it has nothing to do with me.”
“He looks like a man.'

'How descriptive,' Susan said in a droll tone. 'Remind me never to advise you to seek work as a novelist.”
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