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The Marquess Who Loved Me

(Muses of Mayfair #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  858 ratings  ·  103 reviews
A not-so-merry widow...

The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover–the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritanc
Published February 13th 2013 (first published February 10th 2013)
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A not-so-merry widow…
The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover – the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him again.

A man determined to destroy her...
Nicholas C
Arc courtesy of Net Galley and Word Press.

Nicholas Clairborne the Marquess of Folkestone returns to England and Folkestone estate after 10 long years in India looking after the family business intrests and trying escape the hurt and pain of loosing his Ellie . The pain and bitterness would not have been so bad had he not lost her to a title and the money that this cousin Charles could provide as the Marques of Folkestone at that time. Nick has spent 10 years dreaming of his revenge he will take
2.5 stars

After this, it's pretty clear that second chance romances (at least ones that involve bad blood, bitterness and stubborn people) will never be my cup of tea. Although here at least, Ellie and Nick finally did, eventually, swallow their pride and past hurts enough to COMMUNICATE and realize that they still loved each other, despite everything. They stopped living in and agonizing over the past and came to accept and love the people they had each become in the intermittent years apart. Th
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The dress Nick had sent wasn’t a
dress — it was a fitted bodice and a floor-length skirt as
seductive as anything she had seen in paintings of the East.
The skirt fastened with a drawstring, the bodice with little
hooks down the front
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—She didn’t break eye contact as she walked toward
him —He leaned back and clasped his hands behind his
head. “If you paint yourself looking exactly as you do now,
I’ll give you a hundred pounds.”
Yes, she saw lust there — saw how
his eyes flickered to her hips, then to wh
Jun 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Wow, this is the first rapist hero I've read in years. I hoped the romance genre was past that horrible phase, but apparently not. This is the kind of shit that makes me want to become a romance novelist, just so I can contribute to the small (but growing! I think and desperately hope) group of romances that don't make me want to stab something in feminist rage.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
OK read. One of the other reviewers mentioned that there is a rape scene in the book. That is not true.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
As a first time reader of Sara Ramsey I must say she caught my attention. The Marquess Who Loved Me is the third book in her Muses of Mayfair series and really has an emotional punch.

Each of the ladies in her series are artists in some form or another, an actress, a writer, a painter.. things that while might be ok for drawing room fun are NOT acceptable for careers. Of course this is 1814 NOTHING is acceptable for women to have for careers.. at least not "proper" women.. It's bad enough that me
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Marquess Who Loved Me features a jilted hero and a heroine embittered by love.

Ellie and Nick were young lovers with stars in their eyes. Nick was the son of a disgraced nobleman and Ellie the daughter of some seriously snooty aristocrats. Desperate for her father's approval, Ellie abandons Nick and marries his cousin, the Marquess of Folkstone. Broken hearted, Nick moves to India and makes a fortune in trade.

The story opens with Nick returning home five years after his cousin's sudden death.
Oct 10, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
10/10/15 - free on Kindle
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
Once again, great book, stupid title. Ramsey does a great job showing the intertwined relationships not only of the hero and heroine but of their respective families, friends, and dependents, and gives them great depth without sliding into that familiar romance novel treacle. Even people who love each other don't always like each other, after all. As in "Heiress Without a Cause" she takes a familiar romantic plot but does a great job making it seem realistic and, in this case, manages to remove ...more
Second chances historical English romance with two childhood sweethearts find love finally after long voyages, deaths in the family and some revenge.
Marchioness of Folkestone, Lady Ellie Claiborne is miserable, she is chic, beautiful and very popluar in the ton London society, but she love her chance at love when Nicholas Claiborne hopped on a boat to India instead of kidnapping her and marrying her in Scotland.
Sometimes people are really dumb when they are young and in love. Actually, we're all
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the main characters and the story of how they came to be where they were, but the endless repetition of the dilemma and closing most chapters with a paragraph reiterating the dilemma got very irritating. It read as though it had been written in instalments and we were expected to forget that Nick is more muscular now than he was 10 years ago between chapters. With a good hard edit it could have been one of my favourites.
Sofia Currin
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-babey
I actually really enjoyed this book and the plot too. Well... The plot was a little iffy but it all worked out in the end I guess. The characters were cute and sweet and didn't fall in to the usual trope of past lovers with revenge schemes. I was pleasantly surprised by that.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story

I like this story for the mystery in it. I feel like you left me hanging after they married. I always like a ending looking more to the future. Still a good love story.
Sharon Crocker

Great narrator! She makes the characters come alive.

The story is full of angst and bitterness (but with an HEA!)
Kathy L.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muses of Mayfair

Through enjoyable story. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Well done. Highly recommend this author. A*
Zaida Barranco
May 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No sizzle

I hated the love scenes between them, they seem so cold to me, their story didn’t even made sense at all
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
With The Marquess Who Loved Me, the third book of the series Muses of Mayfair, Ms Sara Ramsey is one of my favourite authors of regency in this moment.
This is the book that I liked more in the series, perhaps because it differs a bit from the usual romance, in which two strangers fall in love, in this case the protagonists have already known each other , even in the Biblical sense I would say, and Ellie, to please the wishes of her father, who wants to marry her with someone possessing a title,l
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, kindle
I found this so disappointing. I loved the first two books. This is completely different. I enjoyed Ellie in the previous books but she acted completely against her nature in this book.

Nick was an arse! I hated how he acted. It was just disturbing and rude.

I forced myself to finish it. It actually got better with the fireworks. I have something to say about the villain but I can't without it being a spoiler.

I was hoping to learn more about how Amelia and Malcolm were doing other than "they st
Lori McD
3.5 stars
RECOMMENDED FOR: Fans of Historical Romance who like reunited lovers, revenge schemes, and a bit of "steam"

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lots of angst in this book... it starts out as revenge and ends up as a romance. Regardless, while other reviewers question the consensual nature of the sexual relationship and some go so far as to call it rape, the author makes it quite clear that both her male & female protagonists (Nick and Ellie) are willing partici
Margaret Fisk
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally published on Tales to Tide You Over

I enjoy historical romance. It's been a favorite genre of mine for a very long while. This book, however, takes the genre to another level. It is truly, beyond all others, about mature love. Beyond the fun glimpse into the period through the eyes of the various characters, including a look at the cross-continent trading as well as the lives of the ton, the novel is filled with characters who are complex and compelling, who have stories of their own t
Aurian Booklover
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ellie and Nick were a young couple in love, but with Ellie a Duke’s daughter, and Nick a rich tradesmen’s son, her father disapproved of the match. Instead, he wanted Ellie to marry Nick’s titled cousin. And to please her father, and save Nick from his wrath, Ellie gave in. But three days later, Ellie was a widow, and Nick was his cousin’s heir, the new Marquess of Folkestone. But Nick had already left for India, and there he stayed for the next 10 years, obsessing over Ellie and plotting his re ...more
Vânia Nunes
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vânia by: NetGalley
Did you glance at the synopsis? Did you feel the power?
Books about revenge always have a more pepper. This is so that ultra-super-passionate kind
Nick lost the woman of his life for a title. And worse, for someone of his own family. Unable to bear such disappointment - HER - he decides to leave and stay away for a long time.

But he forgets that Ellie suffered the same. She was forced to marry his cousin Nick for her father. Family connections in the time were very important and she could not go a
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love a good historical and this one was great!

In this third installment of the Muses of Mayfair series, Sara Ramsey introduces her readers to the life of Ellie Claiborne (a fiery heroine the way I like them) and Nicholas Claiborne (an irresistible bad boy).

Ellie is a merry widow and she's gone on about her life any way that pleases her. She doesn't care whatever the rules are, and were she not the way she is, she'd be an outcast. But, no. Not this Ellie. The ton gasps at her antics but there
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
The Marquess Who Loved Me was a lovely read. Though there were some elements that I didn't like, I definitely enjoyed this book.

Let me just get the bad over with.

I didn't like Ellie. I though she was, excuse my language, a bitch. She could just me so mean. Years ago, she broke off her engagement with Nick so that she could marry his cousin, a marquess, in order to please her father. But, during the book, she was angry with Nick for some unfathomable reason. Right from the beginning, she acted as
Romancing the Book
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Robin
Book provided by: book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I have to say before I begin that yet again I enjoyed the continuation of The Muses of Mayfair series by Sara Ramsey. With each book she continues on with the lives of the three friends along with their honorary member. Because of this, each book could stand alone; but they are so much more enjoyable if read as the series. It is so very easy to fall in love with the story of ea

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There's one thing that I wanted to address before I really got into my review. I always peruse reviews after I write my own. I would hate for what someone else thinks to taint my opinion and thoughts of a fresh read. For some reason, I started reading the reviews before I even flipped a page of this one. There was one reviewer that took me back a bit. They stated that there was a rape scene in this novel. I almost put the book in the Did
Vanessa  Pham
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book courtesy of a goodreads first reads giveaway contest. So thank you for having given me a chance to read this book.

I have given this book a three and a half stars. I rounded up because there was more that I liked than disliked about this book.

This is actually the third book of this series and I'm not sure if I will continue to go back and read the rest of the installments. This was actually my first historical romance and I'm not sure I really like it. Maybe it's because I'm mor
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Sara Ramsey writes fun, feisty Regency historical romances. She won the prestigious 2009 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® award with her second book, Scotsmen Prefer Blondes. Her first book, Heiress Without A Cause, was a 2011 Golden Heart finalist.

Hopelessly uncool as a child, Sara has overcompensated by becoming obsessed with fashion, shoes, and #regencyworldproblems. She has great tast

Other books in the series

Muses of Mayfair (4 books)
  • Heiress Without a Cause (Muses of Mayfair, #1)
  • Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Muses of Mayfair, #2)
  • The Earl Who Played With Fire (Muses of Mayfair, #4)