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Once Upon a Marquess

(The Worth Saga #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4,436 ratings  ·  614 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
Paperback, 277 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Courtney Milan
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Mya R It’s intended for an adult audience, but older teens would have no trouble with it.
Laura published date on Amazon is Dec 6, 2015

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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
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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 w
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
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

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

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
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
(2.5 stars.) This was Romance Most Fowl. If you like cutesy, pun-filled conversation and somewhat mannered characters (albeit all this done cleverly) you may think this is a 5-star book. I myself am probably lacking a personality chip which would allow me to love stories with cute, punny-funny dialogue, lots of food and lots of animals. I do recognize that this story has some interesting moments, some appealing characters, and lots of promise for the books to follow, but I found much of it tedio ...more
Oct 09, 2014 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,
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
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:
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy, audiobook
I almost always enjoy Courtney Milan stories but I have to be in the right mood. They tend to be weightier than other historical romances and this is no exception. It takes a while to figure out what's at the heart of the Worth family fall from grace. All we know at first is that Judith's father and older brother were convicted of treason. Her father committed suicide and her brother was transported and hasn't been heard from in nearly a decade. Which leaves Judith on her own to take care of her ...more
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
When things go bad...

It's amazing how quickly the people who claim to care, will turn their backs when you've hit rock bottom. I found Once Upon a Marquess thoroughly entertaining and exactly how I would imagine things would go when the "Ton" turns their favour. The "good" people turn their backs while the "bad" will protect your back. But, there are always exceptions.

The characters were engaging, the storyline kept my attention and the connection between Christian and Judith jumped off the page
Sep 26, 2015 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.

Can't say I liked much about this book.
✘ I didn't get the mix of depressing subject and very inappropriate humor.
✘ The brother's actions were execrable. So much like a man to do something supposedly honorable (NOT!) and then leaving a woman to take the fall. (view spoiler)
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 roma ...more
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
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
Jan 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
I waited so long to read this because so many reviews said this was one the weaker CM books... Honestly, I don't see it. The characters are quirky and lovable, the romance is cute and the story interesting and genuinely made me emotional at times. Maybe my only critique would be the literal singular page it took to resolve the "lying to push the other person away for a mysterious reason" issue, but it wasn't bad enough to truly take away from my enjoyment of this book. I just love CM's writing, ...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 EVERY
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I just re-read this in preparation for the coming of book 2 on April 24th. Finally. Yay! Before writing a few thoughts I will mention that I saw an update on Courtney Milan's website where she gives an explanation of sorts as to why it was so darned hard to get this book written and the next one. Turmoil and challenges abound in the nature of those of the #metoo movement. If you want to read about it here is a link:http://www.courtneymilan.com/shortnot...

So, this book. This boo
Heidi Hart
Jul 18, 2015 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
Beanbag Love
May 22, 2016 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
Aug 17, 2014 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. ...more
I liked this. Second chances love stories are my favorite and I really liked both Christian and Judith in here (they actually communicatedwith each other...what sorcery is this?!?!). Their interactions were great, esepcially when Christian kept reminding Judith why she hates him and I loved that they both realized that the last eight years had shaped them into the people they currently are (especially Judith) and that they wouldn't turn back the clock even if they could.

There were a few things t
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
Kate Sherwood
Dec 11, 2015 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
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
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The year is 1866, London. the Worth family is living under the scandal of there fathers suicide and there eldest brother Anthony's transportation because of believed treason to the crown. The main responsible party is there childhood friend and best friend to Anthony The Marquess of Ashford, Christian Trent. Christian thought he was helping to prove the Earl and his sons innocents by investigating the crimes they were charged with, only to find they were guilty. This part of
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Courtney Milan’s books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller and a RITA® winner.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After th

Other books in the series

The Worth Saga (7 books)
  • After the Wedding (The Worth Saga, #2)
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