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The Marquess and the Maiden

(Lords of Vice #2)

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Harriet Wheatley is the mastermind behind the Ladies of Virtue's quest to rehabilitate the gentlemen of the ton. So when it comes to selecting her own target, she knows who to choose: Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport—the most extravagant wastrel in all of London.

Known for his opulent lifestyle, Oliver isn't surprised by Harriet's confrontation. It's obvious Harriet long
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ebook, 231 pages
Published September 10th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scandalous)
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Maria Dimitrova
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This was a lovely historical romance. The kind that sucks you in and makes you care deeply for the characters. A few things irritated me but I realize they're more a function of the age I'm born in, rather than true flaws.

Usually the Big Misunderstanding trope annoys me but this time I found it oddly charming. Harriet is a lovely woman, one I want to have been real, because of her passion and rather rebellious (for the age) nature. A bit naive but ready to fight for her own happiness. Her empat
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Caitlyn Lynch
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: victorian
Both the protagonists of this book are rather unique in their own different ways. Yes, Harriet is the well-dowered daughter of a duke… but she’s also very short and endowed with an over-abundance of curves, making her decidedly unfashionable among tall, willowy beauties. And Oliver is a tall, handsome, wealthy marquess… with a disability. A disastrous fall left him with a severe limp and unable to walk without a cane, or dance. His intended bride married another without a backward glance and, an ...more
Tracy Emro
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Six years ago, Lady Harriet Wheatley's mother had a plan, Harriet would marry Oliver Weeks, the Marquess of Davenport, her dearest friend's son. Oliver has inherited a bankrupt estate, been injured and dumped by his would be betrothed and Harriet has a huge dowry and 2 unsuccessful seasons under her belt - it is a win - win for everyone! Too bad Oliver didn't fall in line with the plan, he told Harriet in no uncertain terms, he would not marry her - - he didn't want her dowry or her. Harriet is ...more
Briennai Jackson
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am occasionally iffy about Regency romances. Even though I had my ups and downs with this couple, I loved Heather and Oliver being together by the end of this story

Harriet's involvement with the Ladies of Virtue made for a very unique story. I'll be honest, I struggled to figure out the true purpose of this organization. At first, I thought it was some sort of Robin Hood type of thing, but then it just seemed as if they were trying to change the men to be more charitable. I wish that more time
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Marie
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oliver, Lord Davenport has been thrown at Lady Harriet. He walks with a cane and has no fortune. She is considered everybody's little sister and has not had any offers. He rejects her totally. He comes back to London after several years and thinks Harriet is beautiful, but she can't believe anything he says after the set down he has given her. He asks Harriet to play matchmaker and find him a bride.. There's no one but Harriet for him. While at a house party, he meets his formally betrothed who ...more
Mary Gramlich
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Will you always be drawn to the one you love?

Harriet Wheatley is a strong, independent, and very determined woman who cares not a wit about being on the marriage market one year too many. She is not the perfect in size, shape, or temperament however for the love match Harriet craves she will have found bliss. What Harriet does know is Oliver Weeks, The Marquess of Davenport is the last man she wants to wind up with even though their needs do align. He may need a wife and she a husband but neithe
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Stacey
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (https://fanscihist.wordpress.com/2018...)

My Rating: 4 stars

Library recommendation: Recommended for public library Romance collections.

Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story.


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Number of titles I have read by this author: 1

Love story speed: Medium burn

Relationship dynamics: The Formerly Rejected Spinster (
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Lori D
I read the first book in this series and was excited to read this one. I was not disappointed and loved revisiting with this quirky group of ladies who formed the Ladies of Virtue with Harriet Wheatley, the heroine, being one of the founders. Harriet leads a campaign to rehabilitate the gentlemen of the ton in whatever their vice might be. She chooses, Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport to stop him from wasting money and give to charitable endeavors! Of course she and Oliver had a past that she ...more
Elaine
Just imagine a group of young women, the Ladies of Virtue, who are determined to “rehabilitate” the gentlemen of the ton! One of their founder members, Harriet Wheatley, is a headstrong, determined young lady and the man she’s determined to rehabilitate is the Marquess of Davenport, Oliver Weeks, the man who told her he wouldn’t marry her six years ago, not even if her substantial dowry would help him restore the bankrupt estate he’d inherited.

Now Oliver has restored his family fortunes his moth
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Janet
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harriet Wheatley is a member of the Ladies of Virtue's who’s quest is to rehabilitate the gentlemen of the ton. So when it comes to selecting her own target, she knows who to choose: Oliver Weeks, Marquis of Davenport the most extravagant wastrel in all of London & the man who cruelly rejected her.
Oliver & Harriet’s mothers are the best of friends & would love for their offspring to marry. When Oliver’s father dies leaving the family almost destitute the mothers think they dream will
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Brenda
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Publisher's Description:
Harriet Wheatley is the mastermind behind the Ladies of Virtue's quest to rehabilitate the gentlemen of the ton. So when it comes to selecting her own target, she knows who to choose: Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport—the most extravagant wastrel in all of London.

Known for his opulent lifestyle, Oliver isn't surprised by Harriet's confrontation. It's obvious Harriet longs for any way to take him down a notch. She says she'll help him find a bride, but he knows it's only
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Becky
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 9/12/18.

Oliver and Harriet's story was absolutely wonderful. From their (very painful!) first non-engagement through all of Oliver's (clueless) denied engagement through their actual relationship--even when I wanted to throttle him for his obtuseness or cry over her lack of self worth, I loved their story and couldn't wait to see them get to their HEA.

Which they did. Wonderfully. (Spoiler? ;))

I haven't had a chance to read the first book in the series yet
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Norah Gibbons
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Marquess and the Maiden by Robyn DeHart is the second book in her Lords of Vice series but each book is written to be a stand-alone. The Entangled:Scandalous imprint of which this novella is under features Alpha Heroes, Confident and Unconventional Heroines and lots of sexual tension. Five years ago Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport was broke, permanently injured, and had recently been dumped by the wom ...more
April
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE MARQUESS AND THE MAIDEN by ROBYN DEHART is book 2 in her "Lord's Vice" series, but cam br read as a stand alone. A steady paved, quick and fun read. Well written although. I wanted to learn more of the Ladies of Virtue a mysterious, crime fighting team composed of women, including Harriet, our heroine.  Follow, Harriet Wheatley, one of the Ladies of Virtue and Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport, on their adventure to love, and finding a HEA. Ms. Dehart has a way with her character conceptio ...more
Debra Martin
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read by Ms. DeHart and while I liked the romance of Oliver and Harriett, I was disappointed that the main mystery theme running throughout the book was not addressed or resolved at the end of the book. I'm not a fan of a mystery running across multiple books. Usually by the time the next book in the series comes out, I've already forgotten what the original premise was.

I did enjoy Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport, pursuit and courtship of Lady Harriet. He believes
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Terrie
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is definitely a book that I would recommend that you purchase. It is a fun, light-hearted read, which has left me with a big smile on my face.

The story revolves around the relationship between Harriet and Olivier. The two have known each other forever, as their mothers were best friends. Harriet is a member of the "Ladies of Virtue" a group of women determined to rectify the wrongs of the wo
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Niki
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a quick and charming read with plenty of steam, which I like, I just wish it had been a bit longer. The plot seems to be woven into a simultaneous timeline with the other book in the series, with hopefully more to come, so there is mystery woven throughout that isn't really resolved yet. This story focuses mostly on Oliver and Harriet learning to have confidence and believe that they can truly love and be loved. If you're
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Angela
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read by Ms. DeHart. I love how some of the characters overlap in her series. It was great seeing The Brotherhood’s Lord/Lady Somersby again. The second Lords of Vice novel features the lovely, Ladies of Virtue member Harriet and the broken, lustful Oliver. I do love a story where the hero or heroine has to overcome a disability. It makes it seem more real. Not everyone is perfect in every story. This is a sassy, sexy and intriguing story. We still do not know who Lady X is…that ...more
Amy Alvis
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Harriet and Oliver's story!

Harriet was on a quest to reform Oliver and his spending. She doesn't feel like he should be throwing away all of his money and should be spending it on helping others instead. What she doesn't know is that there is a reason he spends so much of his money. They've known each other most of their lives, but they don't really know the other. I loved watching these two really learn what the other was like. Their bantering had me laughing out loud.

This was a great a
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Mary Gramlich
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Will you always be drawn to the one you love?

Harriet Wheatley is a strong, independent, and very determined woman who cares not a wit about being on the marriage market one year too many. She is not the perfect in size, shape, or temperament however for the love match Harriet craves she will have found bliss. What Harriet does know is Oliver Weeks, The Marquess of Davenport is the last man she wants to wind up with even though their needs do align. He may need a wife and she a husband but neithe
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Robin Taylor
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.blogspot.com.

4.5 Stars

The Marquess and the Maiden could have been a simple love story where a Regency couple married due to obligation. Harriet Wheatley wants to marry, well sort of, and has a substantial dowry. She sets her sights on The Marquess of Davenport, Oliver Weeks, who is drastically in need of funds. Their mothers, lifelong friends, think the two would make a fine alliance. However, Harriet and Oliver do not pair. Oliver
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Kat
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Marquess and The Maiden is the second book of the Lord's of Vice series. It stands alone, so don't worry if you missed the first one. This was a fun, quick little read. I always enjoy this author's books, and this one is no exception.

Harriet and Oliver were the children of best friends who hoped their children would unite the families through marriage. Harriet was a friend of many, but beloved by none. Oliver was bitter because his almost-fiance ditched him when he suffered a bad injury to h
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Kelly
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2-blog
A funny, light-hearted and enjoyable read

My first book by this author, I could tell this was probably part of series from situations in the book. In fact, at first I thought it was probably the first book in the series but after research, it's actually book 2 in the Lords of Vice. Note I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything starting here.

I enjoyed this book from the start; it was light-hearted and funny, with a premise that was interesting as were the characters of both Harriet and Oli
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Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Rating 3 1/2 Stars

Posted on What I'm Reading

Where to begin on The Marquess and the Maiden, I mean I'm kind of all over the place with my thoughts on this story. I did like the story, and I also liked Harriet and Oliver. However, during the story Harriet started to get on my nerves about her insecurities, I can completely understand where they were coming from. Oliver hurt her pretty bad when he was trying to get his life back together and his state of mind wasn't thinking marriage. He was callou
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Krystal
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
While this story was for me - an OK read, I don't think the synopsis really personifies the story. Yes, elements of the synopsis do come into play - but its not what you think. In fact although Harriet does bring it up to "reform" him, nothing is ever really done. You see, Harriet and Oliver were supposed to be married six years prior (an arrangement between their mothers), yet he made it perfectly clear that he did not want her, nor would he ever. So years later, Harriet is trying to find him a ...more
Arec Rain
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
A delightful historical romance with a lot to love about it. Harriet is a strong female lead whose growth from the prologue to the actual story makes for an interesting novel. It helps that the POV switches between the leads so that the reader is able to truly see her evolution. She is such a fascinating, dynamic, and engaging character, it’s hard not to like her.

The hero is another story. While the author should be commended for inclusion of both a overweight heroine and a disabled hero, the h
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Jenny
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a second chance story. The same thing which irritates me in modern stories irritates me here. Sure. Women couldn't go off and live their lives the way they can now, so contemporary stories have far less of an excuse to leave the heroine rejected and waiting on the sidelines until the hero comes to his senses. The target audience is women so I've never understood why this is considered a fantasy? The fantasy is the dude who rejected you will be sorry when he sees you living a full life an ...more
Candy Briggs
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oliver Weeks, Marquess of Davenport, after his father had died, they found he had lost everything. He and his mother were destitute. So the mothers, his and Harriet's decided that they marry. He would get her substantial dowry and she would have a husband. But Davenport told her"I don't want you and I don't want your money". He hurt her badly. Six years later, he is rich and she is still unmarried. His mother tells him he needs a wife and she talks him into going to a ball. He had a bad accident ...more
Fizza
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It's a great story about two people who never really understand each other and always end up misinterpreting each other's intentions. But in the end they realize that it doesn't really matter as long as they have love, it's more than enough.

Harriett and Oliver are perfect for each other. They got their chance to get married but it was not the right time. Oliver didn't want to marry someone simply because he needed financial assistance. And Harriett was too shy, she herself wasn't rea
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Jacqueline Driggers
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A simply wonderful historical romance, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The give and take between the characters, Harriet and Oliver, is a delight to read. I could totally sympathize with her insecurities about her appearance, as I had some myself when I was younger. Reading about Oliver's path to discovering his love for Harriet was great. There were other characters and a minor storyline, that helped fill out the book and make it a great 5 star read. I loved, loved, loved it.

Yes, there wer
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