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Once Upon a Marquess (The Worth Saga #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,817 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
The last man Judith Worth wants to see again is Christian Trent, the Marquess of Ashford—the man who spent summers at her family home, who kissed her one magical night…and then heartlessly ruined her father. But when a tricky business matter arises, he’s the only one she can ask for help. With any luck, he’ll engage a servant to take care of the matter, and she won’t even ...more
Apple, 277 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Courtney Milan
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I've never read a Courtney Milan book. I've heard lots of good stuff about this author though and when I saw this book go up on Netgalley I about broke my finger requesting it.
I may need an Netgalley intervention quicker than I thought. I used to read historical romance, and I liked it at the time.
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I think I've read too many stabbing, killing and porny mayhem books though. Because in this book I was just bored.
Judith is not a bad character at all though. I don't want to distract people from re
Penny Reid
Feb 21, 2016 Penny Reid rated it it was amazing
When I tell people I read romance novels, oftentimes I can see the stereotype-light go off in the person's head. How they see me is now shaded (not illuminated) by their preconceived notions of what the romance genre is. And they say something like, "Oh... why?" like I've just admitted to wanting to have sexual relations with a polar bear (no offense meant if that's your bag).

I know. I've come to understand that their opinion of romance is typically based on nothing but supposition and the patri
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I'm a tough critic when it comes to historical romance, but Courtney Milan always delivers. I'm serious. Always. Her latest book begins a new series, The Worth Saga, which follows a family who have been ruined by a scandal. It is typical Courtney Milan stuff, and by that I mean a very high quality, slow-burn romance, an intelligent, independent female MC, and a host of multidimensional and interesting characters.

This is a second-chance romance, which sometimes is tricky for me. I tend to like m
3.3 stars

Look, I'm a Milan fangirl, so I kind of feel like you'll have to pry my Milan books from my cold bony dead fingers but I do get what you all were saying about this book. Have you ever put something together and then turned around to discover there are still some parts left in the bag? (Ikea, not for noobs) Well, I feel like Milan had this problem but instead of hiding the evidence in a blackhole drawer, she jammed them into any nook and cranny she could find.

We have the Worth family wh
Review written May 21, 2016

3 1/2 Stars - Nice enough but not impressive as a CM (rightly) should be. Luckily a fabulous and simply perfect audiobook narrator in RL

Book #1

A new series (The Worth Saga) from an author whose historicals I usually higly appreciate. Downloaded this first part a month ago and I was at last listening to the 9 hrs audiobook narrated by one of the very best - Rosalyn Landor.

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Once Upon a Marquess is the oldest sister in the Wo
4.5 stars EASILY.

"It was no surprise that he'd fallen in love with Judith again. He'd never fallen out of love with her, and over the years, she'd become... more. More beautiful. More capable. More sure. More of everything he respected. She'd become so much that she scarcely had need of him."

And so begins a brand new series from Courtney Milan. Courtney Milan, as we all know, is a writer who writes really complex and realistic characters and relationships with a deeply rooted social justice edge
Feb 06, 2016 Nastassja rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone

Actual rating: 4.5

Love was a knife, and try as you might to hold it properly, it would always twist in your grasp, cutting your fingers.

I've just finished the most wonderful book. These are the first and foremost words I want to repeat again and again when talking about this book. At first, I wanted to start my review explaining how Courtney Milan is extremely talented, which she is, and how complicated my relationship with her books, which it is, but I decided I don't want to go into self-philo

My biggest problem with this book is that it felt forced, and Courtney Milan's stuff has never felt forced to me before. I can tell she really struggled with this one. I feel like I would have been able to tell even if I hadn't read her newsletter where she confessed that Once Upon a Marquess had given her tons of trouble, to the point where she basically had to scrap it and start the book over (not to mention the author's notes where she hints at it more vaguely).

There was just too much she was
Dec 14, 2015 [Aengell] rated it liked it
Courtney Milan's writing style hasn't changed much, it's still multi-layered and complex. Her characterizations are precise as always, and they touch the human nature with all its emotions on a very precise level, which few others can claim to do. This also can be said of the plot and the structure of the story: it's engaging, the mystery part stays mysterious until I was satisfied that it was time to solve it, and the side characters and overall atmosphere weren't flat but rather dimensional.

dnf @ 45%

What a disappointment! Once upon a time Courtney Milan was one of my favorite HR writers. Not anymore. Nothing worked for me in this story. Based on characters' conversations, they, along with the story, can be transported to modern times with just a little adjustment to their attire or the transportation they used. The sprinkled socio-political drivel was off-putting. Over-the-top dialog was bogged down with too much cleverness and became tedious and annoyingly cute. It seems the autho
Dec 17, 2015 Mei rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I love the previous books by Ms. Milan, but, I'm sad to say, this is not as good as those... :(

The writing strives hard to be witty (see the cats obsession, the swans, the baby elephants...), but it soon becomes annoying and interrupts the flow of the story.

Also both hero and the heroine are mildly annoying in their enimity/freindship/love. I said mildly because I didn't particularly like neither of them: they just left me indifferent. I couldn't care less if they got together or not.

I'm really,
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
While reading a Courtney Milan story - any Courtney Milan story - I'm always guaranteed to laugh, to sigh, to fall for a new book boyfriend, and to come away knowing the time spent reading was time well spent!

One Upon a Marquess is the first book in the Worth Saga series. It's laugh out loud funny, passionate, romantic, intriguing, and everything I love about Courtney Milan's stories. She gives us amazing characters to cheer for and fall in love with. They're complex people who don't just fo
Did not finish at 25%.

Wow. What a disappointment. I consider myself a Milan fan, but this was kind of bad. What happened? (I have a theory. This book felt like the book written by someone who had no interest in writing it and was just desperately banging out pages in between plot elements from her outline, very much like a high schooler using extra words to try to eke out a few more paragraphs toward a mandatory wordcount.)

Premise: heroine and hero have a convoluted, vaguely tragic backstory:
While I enjoyed it for the most part, the romance aspect, and Christian, felt second to the Worth family drama. I didn't even feel anything romantic between the two until the two-fifths to halfway point, and that was only because of the flashbacks (when young Christian started to see young Judith as something more than his friend's pesky, younger sibling). The chemistry felt way off to me because, before that, they came off as good, bantering friends rather than two people who once shared a ...more
I've given this an A for narration (duh!) and a B for content at AudioGals. I suspect that my content rating would have been lower had I been reviewing the print edition, but this is one of those times when having an A-list narrator on board has done much to elevate the story, which I found more engaging in audio than in print.

4.5 stars - mostly for the narration.

I always find books and audiobooks by Courtney Milan difficult to review, usually because she explores such complex, meaty themes tha
Beanbag Love
May 23, 2016 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
Rounded up from 3.5 because ... Courtney Milan. Seriously.

I love Milan. She does great banter and great chemistry. Her plot lines are interesting and often unique and her characters are engaging. As always, she brings the laughs even when the story itself is poignant and dramatic.

The beginning of this book finds our leads -- Judith and Christian -- in a heartbreaking situation. They've been in this awful situation for 8 years but things are finally coming to a head. Their situation seems truly h
FINALLY was all I could think when Courtney Milan, at last, released Once Upon a Marquess, the first book in her newest historical series the Worth Saga. And it was everything I hoped it’d be, better even. Courtney’s ongoing ability to combine unique characters and lushly rich, not of the norm plots continues to amaze. It’s always wonderful to see an author’s prose evolve with each new work and Courtney’s growth was on full display here. With an intense depth that practically leapt off the pages ...more
reread: september 2016
WHY IS ANTHONY WORTH RUINING ME LIKE THIS and when will i have my judith/anthony hug

first read: january 2016
why you should read this book

1) there's a brother. his name is anthony. the curse is real and going strong
2) A GAY OLD MARRIED COUPLE OF SWANS is canon (don't ask just read)
3) JUDITH & CHRISTIAN WERE FAB (the violet/seb vibe was strong)
5) siblings. all the siblings. siblings everywhere. beautiful siblings. heartbreaking siblings. SIBLINGS AT E
Heidi Hart
Dec 15, 2015 Heidi Hart rated it liked it
If I had to pick my number one, favorite romance author, it would be Courtney Milan. No hesitation. She's a lawyer. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. She puts lawyer-geek jokes about the Rule Against Perpetuities in her historical romances. She's smart. She's funny. She's basically my hero.

Still, her latest effort, Once Upon a Marquess, didn't quite ring my bell. I'm excited about this new series and its premise, focusing on the five Worth siblings, who used to be aristo
Danielle A
I'm so pleased with this. Wow. The wit and characterization is brilliant. This is a really great read because we got a true glimpse of the Worths.

What a charming family. I love the Worths. I love that they have a little cat collection going on and the endless support and love they have for each other. This book had me smiling and crying lol. I definitely think Judith is one of Courtney's best heroines yet. I love that she faced her responsibilities and still got the dude. I hate when the heroin
0) it's been confirmed that the older-brother-named-anthony curse is strong and still burning my crops and killing my livestock,, but it is fine

1) this was such a smart book. such a lovely book. such a hopeful book. i enjoyed the brothers sinister series but i remember that the plot side of the story felt really cold to me (at least in the earlier books) but this one was so incredibly warm, in spite of the terrible things the characters have been dealing with. does it even make sense? when you r
Dec 11, 2015 Cristina marked it as couldn-t-finish
DNF at 31%

I doubt I'll ever read another book by this author.
Dec 08, 2015 Bips99 rated it really liked it
Its been over a year for a CM historical. Since she is one of my favourite authors, she is pretty much on my autobuy list. However, I wasn't really a fan of her last 2-3 works. I could be wrong but Reading her blog gives me the impression that she is not really interested in writing historicals any longer. She seems more interested in her new contemporary series (Trade me - which i thought was good in parts but really messy overall .... so pass)

This book's date has been pushed and pushed and pus
Dec 22, 2015 Tinsoni rated it it was amazing
My favorite books of Milan are in the Brothers Sinister series...Although I love all of her writing I was hesitant about this book because my other favorite authors (Hoyt and Kleypas) latest books have been major disappointments. This is book is not perfect by any measure, but the imperfections appealed to me a great deal more. The verbal banters between H/h were hilarious at times and poignant at others. The constant struggle of the heroine to want to hate the hero even though she was head over ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Keertana rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I just wasn't feeling this, which is a shock considering I adore Courtney Milan. But the chemistry between the leads didn't draw me in and the plot as well as the secondary characters weren't exceptional so I abandoned this roughly half-way in. Perhaps I'll try to revisit this before the sequel releases but...I doubt it.
Feb 15, 2016 Keri rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars Another winning beginning to a new series from Courtney...DANG...I want Camilla and Anthony's stories right now!!! Bit I will settle for Daisy and Crash's for now.
Nika (Off to Neverland)
My rating: 3.5 stars
Dec 13, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
Ok, if you really liked the puppy-cannon parts of The Suffragette Scandal, this book might be your jam. There is lots of dialogue like this:

"Something dire has happened." Lillian reached for her own teacup, as if it were filled with liquid consolation instead of just brown brewed water. "Something truly, dreadfully awful. Your reputation will never be the same."

"Oh my." Christian sat up straight. "They've found out about the elephants."

Lillian frowned at him. "The... what?"

"The baby elephants. I
Kate Sherwood
Dec 11, 2015 Kate Sherwood rated it it was ok
Wow. I've had a great run with Courtney Milan books, but I guess all good things must come to an end? This one really didn't work for me.

It felt like two books, either of which I would have really enjoyed, but that didn't match up with each other at all.

The banter was fun and smart, and it could have been great for a whimsical novella about an eccentric nobleman and the practical inventor who loved him.

And the angst was great, and I could have been totally immersed in the drama of the family sca
Jan 22, 2016 Giedre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once Upon a Marquess got some tepid reviews from some people on GR. That said, those not-so-positive reviews were in some cases a huge help for me, because those people didn't enjoy this book for exactly the reasons I enjoy Courtney Milan's historicals. Take note, authors, bad reviews, lukewarm reviews, they too sell books.
This is what I'll say about the book itself: I thought it was great, but if you're looking to read a ballroom historical with protagonists whose character arcs only revolve a
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 5 Jul 23, 2015 12:31PM  
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Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney wishes she could say she has lived in numerous fabulous places. But aside from her husband, there is a distinct lack of fabulousness in her life. Instead, she is happy when standards in the Milan household hover above mediocrity. Her husband attempts not to kill people for a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Worth Saga (7 books)
  • After the Wedding (The Worth Saga #2)
  • The Devil Comes Courting (The Worth Saga #3)
  • The Return of the Scoundrel (The Worth Saga, #4)
  • The Kissing Hour (The Worth Saga, #5)
  • A Tale of Two Viscounts (The Worth Saga, #6)
  • The Once and Future Earl (The Worth Saga, #7)

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“There were no knights, no castles, no magic. But there was laughter, and there was love, and while Judith still had breath in her body, she would make sure they had enough. Her life was already its own once upon a time. There was enough joy in the story, enough sorrow mixed in. It might not be the sort of tale that mothers told their children but it was still a good one. Not everything hurt. It would all turn out.” 4 likes
“If I had married, there is much I would not have learned of myself. This has been hard and painful and horrible. But I've learned that I'm stronger than hard, better than pain, and that with enough luck, horrible can go away.” 4 likes
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