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How to Manage a Marquess

(Spinster House #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  708 ratings  ·  149 reviews
In USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie's charming Spinster House series, love is always a welcome guest…

Two possible futures loom before Miss Anne Davenport. The first option: sharing an unhappy home with her father and soon-to-be stepmother. The second: a life of independence at the Spinster House--if only her friend, Cat, would vacate the premises and marry the
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Published April 26th 2016 by Zebra
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I enjoyed this. The humor was good and I liked how both characters are set on their paths, but their paths keep intersecting. The Spinster House cat, Poppy is quite the matchmaker. Haywood was so protective of Anne, and I liked that. I wish he didn't think it was okay to go to prostitutes, although I understand his options were limited because of the vow he made to his mother. Looking forward to Lord Alex and Jane's story.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Sammy Loves Books
This felt like a rinse and repeat of book one. I have little patience for naive, selfish heroines.
Giselle Bradley
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Our hero has so many sexist thoughts. (Women needing to be subservient and other bullshit like that.) Oh, and did I mention that he has conversation with his dick? Yup! You heard me right. Plural. As in at least 10. It was uncomfortable. He always telling it to shut up and behave. 😂 And the pacing was not good at all. It would be really slow and then bam! Something would happen that if practically miss. There were several scenes that were not very long and then when the characters were thinking ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
This is book two in the Spinster House series by Sally MacKenzie. I have read the previous book but I feel you would be okay with making this a standalone book...but I will say Ms. Mackenzie writing is so good that I would hate for you to miss out on any of her books.
There is a Spinster House that was set up by the previous owner to only have the house used for one Spinster until she married or died... then t
Sherwood Smith
Copy received courtesy of NetGalley

A very fluffy sexy Regency romp features three beginnings, establishing a curse over the Dukes of Hart, before we’re introduced to the Marquess of Haywood, who has dedicated his life to keeping his friend the Duke of Hart from marrying, and therefore dying, according to the curse.

Which may not be a curse after all.

Meanwhile, Miss Anne Davenport is competing with her besties to live in the Spinster House so she can escape her family, while trying to keep her fa
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
2.5 Stars

The saga with the Spinster House continues with Anne Davenport, another young lady who wants a chance to move in and leave the worries of her home behind her. Namely that her father is planning to marry a woman younger than she is. However, it doesn’t quite pan out as expected, when one of her closest friends gets the house, the subsequently falls in love with the Duke of Hart. All she needs is a little push from her friend to commit and marry…and then move out of the Spinster House
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was a little silly for my tastes -- educated men believing in curses? I think the author needed to choose an earlier time period than this one (early nineteenth century) to pull that off. Still, MacKenzie is a good writer and worthy of a 3 star rating.
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sally Mackenzie is a great writer she knows how too draw her readers in and she sure did with this book, what with a dynamic story line and lots of adventure and true love what more can you want or need in a book.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
"Mistress of the House"

The Spinster House series offers a situation-romantic-comedy in Regency clothing, and with the specter of tragedy floating around the castle.

I found the language a little modern; especially the use of the word, “Hey” as a way of calling to someone or as an exclamation. But, according to the first online site that came up when I googled it; it has its origins in Middle English. It’s all in the spirit of silly romantic fun. It reminds
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
A really solid follow-up to book 1. I approve! I wanted to hate Anne but I found it impossible to.
Amel  Armeliana
3 ⭐ to How Manage a Marquess by Sally MacKenzie (Spinter House #2)

The 2nd spinster of Loves Brigde, Anne Davenport had some "situation" with Nate, Marquess of Haywood and Marcus, Duke of Hart's cousin on Spinster House's bushes (Oh yes! Bushes have an important role in this series 😂)

Since he was young, Nate was told by her mother to guard Marcus to avoid the curse that haunted the Dukes of Hart. And until now Nate is very determined to keep Marcus away from the curse. But Marcus fell in love wit
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The clever premise of the Spinster House series continues with a story where the wishes of one woman and a man are constantly at odds, and growing sexual tension between them only adds more conflict when they are together. Sally MacKenzie is known for creating stories filled with lots of hilarity, and humorous scenes are scattered all throughout the latest Spinster House installment. HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS is entertaining with delightful characters and engaging moments.

For many years, it has b
Under the Covers Book Blog

The saga with the Spinster House continues with Anne Davenport, another young lady who wants a chance to move in and leave the worries of her home behind her. Namely that her father is planning to marry a woman younger than she is. However, it doesn't quite pan out as expected, when one of her closest friends gets the house, the subsequently falls in love with the Duke of Hart. All she needs is a little push from her friend to commit and marry...and then move out of the Spinster House, leavi

1.75 Stars

I find this such a let down, little to like on both main characters. Out of the series so far, this book is my least like of all. The wee stepbrothers saved the story for me.

The timeline in this book happened concurrently with What to Do with a Duke, and it still evolved around the Duke of Hart's curse, Marquess of Haywood - the male character - being the cousin of the cursed Duke. As such the book lost quite some details; like how Nate and Anne first met, whether that sparked attract
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haywood Castle - 1808

Nate, the Marquess of Haywood, is sitting by his mother’s bedside as he sadly watches her die. She is begging him to keep his cousin, Marcus, the Duke of Hart, safe. As the heir, Marcus may be another victim of the family curse that says that a Duke of Hart must marry for love by the time he is 30 or he will die. In promising his mother that he will watch over Marcus, he realizes that he will be unable to wed until Marcus is safely wed.

Loves Bridge - Nine Years Later - 1817

Heather andrews
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good lord the patience Nate has when it comes to Anne should earn him an award especially when she's tipsy, “be that as it may, you will sit on the stone.” Hell, he didn’t want to hurt her, but he was not about to have her plant her feminine hindquarters on his hard and getting harder . . . lap." The situations Anne and Nate find themselves in, “you can’t be very naked. It’s something you either are or you aren’t.” He was very aroused was what he was. Surely she noticed his ***k trying to impale ...more
Christine Woinich
I have been waiting for this book since I finished the first in the series. The stories are entwined but do stand on their own. Anne needs to get out of her father's home as he is hoping to remarry. She is waiting along with two friends to see who gets to move into Spinster House. Anne has no intention of ever allowing a man to tell her how she should live her life, and spinsterhood is the best solution. Her plans get derailed as she spends time with Lord Haywood. Nate is focused on protecting h ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

***Re-do of Review that never posted***

Corsets and curses...oddly, this covers it. :)

This book was fun, pure and simple. The characters, the things that happen to them, the dialog. It was all fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. As others have said, you get a good idea of the book from the synopsis, and it stays true to that.

What you get from this book is exactly what you want....a fun, feel good, romance. Anne and Nate are fun...and by now, the th
Janet Robel
I received this free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I liked the whole concept of the Spinster House spinster and found that to be intriguing. Nate and Anne's story is typical in that they are already acquaintances and the romance has yet to build until the story progresses. This is a nice afternoon read, but with so many romances out there, readers may decide to pass this up in favor of a more substantial book.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fave-authors, regency
What a very funny and romantic story. I loved when Nate's cock was talking to him - I kid you not! That was so comical and made me laugh out loud. I also liked how Anne interacted with her two step-brothers.
This novel is my favourite so far in the series.
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story was entertaining but it jumped from scene to scene with no rhyme or reason. Also the hero was a bit of a dandy, he was so weird. I liked Anne because she at least had some spunk.
Good continuation of the series. This book, about the second of the women vying for the Spinster House, takes place at the same time as the first book (What to Do with a Duke). Anne really wants to be the one chosen to live in Spinster House, as her father is about to remarry - to a woman younger than Anne, with two young sons. The thought of living with them horrifies her. Unfortunately, her friend Cat is the one chosen, leaving Anne stuck at home. That is unless she can encourage Cat to marry ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-regency
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Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
: Miss Anne Davenport's father has decided to marry again (to a woman not much older than his daughter), and all Anne wants is to move out of the house and have a life of her own. Her best option is the Spinster House, a house available by lottery to an unmarried woman of the village. Anne's two best friends Catherine 'Cat' Hutting and Jane Wilkinson are also hoping to win the lottery.

There is a curse attached to the Spinster House. The Duke of Hart owns the house and conducts the drawing. If th
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't a bad book. Part of my reason for disliking it at all isn't even the author's fault, the Kindle copy I checked out from my library had a giant sneak peak for the next book in the back, so only 75% of the book was the actual story, 25% was another book, and so when I'd check to see how far I had left to go I was thinking I had tons of story left to read, and thinking that there must be more plot when in fact... there was just this sneak peak.


My main annoyance with this book is
Avid Bookivore
As many people know...I love, Love, LOVE historical romances! And I absolutely adore finding new authors in this specific genre. I read this book first, but, I will have to go back and read the series from the beginning; though I do not feel that I need to. This book could work as a standalone because there was a lot of details about the previous book in this one.
I read many others' review on this to see if it was to my interest and it seemed like it was, so I gave it a chance and do not regret
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was perfectly fine. It didn't blow my socks off, but I did appreciate some of what MacKenzie did. Examples: You get to hear other characters point of view so there's not just the "Evil Stepmother" or "Overprotective relative" stereotype; Nate isn't a rake so when rumors about him start to swirl, nobody believes them; the steamy bits were a bit more realistic in where they were placed in the text. This is the second in the series, but it looks like the Spinster House books are actually compa ...more
Anne is the 26 year old daughter of a Lord Davenport, a widower, 50 years of age. They live in Love Bridge. A couple of weeks ago the Spinster House spinster took off, married and left the country side after living in the Spinster House for years. Now a new occupant has to be chosen and Anne wants this house, she wants her independence because her father plans to offer for Eleonore, a woman one year Anne’s minor. She is strong willed and cannot see herself with another mistress in her own house. ...more
Maggie Hesseling
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Another Love's Bridge novel!

Belle and William had an affair when they were teenagers. She got pregnant and was sent away, he joined the army unknowingly and married a woman who took him for a fool. When he finds her again in a lending library, while hiding from the London gossip, he immediately is drawn to her again.

This novella is a fun return to MacKenzie's novels. They always manage to put a smile on my face. And though this novella felt a little rushed (the ending could have been longer, or
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Sally MacKenzie decided to become a writer in grade school when she read one of her stories to the class. Her classmates laughed and she was hooked. She sat down immediately to pen her first novel.

Well, not exactly.

The hooked part is right--cursed might be a better description--but the sitting down and writing part came later. Much later.

Sally eventually went on to college, majoring in English, a

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