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Compromising the Marquess (The Forsters #1)

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England, 1814

Leah Elliot sells secrets to survive. Donning boy's clothes, she uncovers society scandals for a London gossip rag to support herself and her sister, who were left destitute after their father's death. When she meets the dashing—and perhaps dangerous—Hal Forster, the Marquess of Denby, she learns he may be involved in treason. The rumor is too valuable not to
ebook, 241 pages
Published December 10th 2012 by Carina Press
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Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Leah Elliot is devastated by her fathers untimely death and the destruction of their source of income, his rare bookshop. With her mother dying shortly later of a broken heart, Leah and her sister have to turn to the mercy of her estranged uncle and Leah strives to make ends meet by selling tidbits of gossip. Knowing something is going on at the local pub, she dons her male disguise only to run into the man she suspects is behind the mysterious doings, the Marquess of Denby, Hal Forster. Leah be ...more
Kathie (katmom)
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, NetGalley and Carina Press for giving me the opportunity to read COMPROMISING THE MARQUESS by Wendy Soliman.

I enjoyed this very much. Leah is doing what she needs to do to keep her sister safe and to ensure her health. She's not really thrilled with selling gossipy tidbits, but as a young woman of no means, she has to do what she must.

Hal has a secret. But it's not what Leah thinks. Although her imgination is very fertile. He's a gorgeous hero with a bit of humor. I like that!

These tw
I felt that this was rather an insubstantial read. I got through the 240-odd pages quickly and easily, but came away feeling as though I’d spent the time with the literary equivalent of candy-floss. (Not that it was sickly-sweet, but rather because it was a load of fluff without anything in the centre!)
The plot – such as it is – only really gets going in the second half of the book, but even then, it’s not meaty enough on its own to carry the story, and there’s a second plot strand that runs par
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Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Set in England 1814. Leah Elliot and her sister have taken up residence in a seaside town in southern England. With her sister’s poor health and the death of their father leaving them destitute, Leah has taken to donning boy’s clothes at night and uncovering gossip for London’s gossip rag. Accompanied by the local towns preacher’s wife she attends a meeting at the home of Hal Forster, the Marquess of Denby. While his younger brother attends them, she quickly realizes he is hiding and listening. ...more
Nitzan Schwarz
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of historical romances and heroines who think for themselves.
Originally posted on my blog
I received an e-arc copy from Carina Press vie Netgalley. Thank you!

I'm a fan of historical romances, which is why I chose to request the title on Netgalley when I saw it, and I'm very glad I did as I think Compromising the Marquess might be one of my favorites historicals so far, and I definitely think you should check it out!

My affection for the book has to do mostly with the characters and the romance of the story. 

First we have Leah who is a girl from low statue
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
In Compromising the Marquess, Leah and her sister are forced to leave their home and take sanctuary with their uncle who truly wants the best for them, his wife not so much. Leah's sister is ill and is convinced they are moving to better her health by getting away from the smog and closer to the sea air. The truth of the matter is they were forced to move because after their father died in a fire at his bookstore, and their mother not long afterward, the girl's financial circumstances suffered g ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Compromising the Marquess was such an adorable romance, sweet with just a hint of spice.

This book started out a little slow. It took be a couple of chapters to figure everything out and really get into it. But, once things sped up a few chapters in, I was hooked.

Leah is not a heroine to be trifled with. She is tough and not afraid to go toe to toe with anyone when she needs to. It was awesome. Her career as a secret s
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
The plot was interesting enough and so the characters, but the story doesn't take off, always a little bit too slow and it lacks bite. The Hero is pretty ambivalent, at the beginning most of all, but the heroine changing of mind takes place somewhere near the end of the book but we simply have no idea about that, once she doesn't love him and she is not interested in marriage and two pages after she says she loved him to death.....mah.....

La trama era abbastanza interessante, così anche i person
Oh I quite liked this. It's a delightful little Regency romp with very hot sex, and bonus historical erotica and voyeurism. NOT EVEN KIDDING. There's also a mean, petty aunt, blackmail, historical books that AREN'T erotica, and men with their hair in queues. And a ship!

And some complete misunderstanding of weather in the south of England, as well as which constellations are viewable at which time of the year. Bad enough that I not only said "wait, that sounds wrong, and I can't tell if Our Hero
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and fast pacing read that I liked a lot. I thought the heroine brave and smart, doing what she had in order to survive.

The hero was someone with courage and fortitude to see through who and what our heroine is and does.

Through out the book I just kept hearing the expression “needs must”, which totally applied to Leah. It’s the “necessity” that “compels” her to spy on the ton thus earning her keep, allowing her to survive.

It’s Hal who has to decide if she really had no choice but t
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Despite the SEO title (‘compromise’ + ‘marquess’) this novel was a let-down. Mysterious goings-on in a harbour tavern, woman-dressed-as-man, a luxury schooner moored offshore, hints of spies and counter-spies, and an impoverished blue-stocking struggling to look after her invalid sister by passing on gossip to a tabloid that the author admits existed only in her imagination. So many feebly executed transparent characters that one suspects this book was intended as a filler in a never-ending seri ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story a lot, Wendy Soliman's writing was both captivating and very entertaining, I'm looking forward to reading the next stories in the series, thankfully there are a lot of siblings whose stories she can tell ;-) Detailed review to be posted soon.

4.5 stars
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
ok for a 1 time read. Not sure if I would buy more of her bks. The writing style is "ok". Somehow it lacks sthg to make it a good bk
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.75 stars
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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Wendy is an English author now dividing her time between Andorra and West Florida. She grew up on the Isle of Wight but now lives with her husband Andre and a rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree. She writes Regency romance, contemporary romance and a series of marine crime mysteries.

When not writing Wendy enjoys reading other people's books, walking miles with her dog, drinking decent wine and g
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