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How to Best a Marquess

(The Raven Club #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Lady Ellie Swift learned at an early age that men were more trouble than they’re worth. Now she’s all grown up and is the toast of society. Only she has secret ambitions to run her brother’s infamous gambling establishment—the Raven Club. Everything is progressing as planned until the man who broke her heart, Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril, wants to take over the club. ...more
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Published June 10th 2019 by Entangled Publishing LLC (Scandalous)
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Rating 3.5

Lady Ellie's brother the Earl of Castleton is the owner of the Raven club. But with marriage and a baby on the way the Earl is going to step away from the club and Ellie would like to take over. Hugh, the Marquess of Deveril is friends with the Earl and would like to purchase and take over the club. But the situation become a little awkward as Ellie and Hugh have a past.

Lady Ellie and Hugh where young and in love
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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What a cute romance....

Ellie Swift wants her brother’s gambling club, but so does Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril. So how does Ellie’s brother decide whom to sell to? He holds a contest. They each have one month to improve the club’s profits and the winner gets the club. Ellie is not enthused at all because first she feels like the club should rightfully be her’s because it is her brother’s club and second she has a history with Hugh. He broke her heart five years previously and she can’t sta
Barbara Rogers
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: The Raven Club #2
Publication Date: 6/10/19
Number of Pages: 202

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and well-plotted addition to the series. I haven’t read the first book in the series, How to Tempt an Earl, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this book. Actually, this book just made me want to read that book as well! I loved the main characters – both are stubborn and thoroughly convinced that their way is the only right way, and it is a delight to watch them have to figure ou
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, arc
Belle of the Beau Monde, Lady Ellie Swift quietly aspires to take over the running of her brother's well-known gambling den, the Raven Club, as the earl steps back to be with his wife and soon-to-be arriving child. Everything is going smoothly until the lost love who broke her heart then left for the army five years ago arrives on scene with the intention of buying the Raven.

Rakish second son Hugh Vere never wanted or expected to become the Marquess of Deveril, but has left the army to assume hi
Sissy's Romance Book Review
How to Best a Marquess by Tina Gabrielle is book Two in the Raven Club Series. This is the story of Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril and Ellie Swift. I have read the previous book, but fee you can make this as a standalone book.
Hugh and Ellie were once young and in love. Hugh was the second son of the Marquess so he felt that it was better if he broke Ellie's heart and joined the military. Ellie of course was heart broken but she learned from that experience that men aren't to be trusted. Now
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
How to Best a Marquess is the second book in Tina Gabrielle's The Raven Club series. This one can totally stand alone, but I recommend reading the first because it was such a fun book. However, I think I enjoyed this one even more!

Lady Ellie Swift is at The Raven Club, her brother's gambling and boxing club. While wearing a mask to protect her identity, she is kissed for luck by the handsome boxer in the middle of a bout. Hugh Vere, now the Marquess of Deveril, soon discovers that underneath the
Maria Dariotis
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How to Best a Marquess
Raven Club book 2
by Tina Gabrielle

I just love reading a Tina Gabrielle romance it’s like chocolate, decadent smooth and sultry all at once. You can’t just have one you need a box! I absolutely adore her writing she never lets me down!

Hugh Vere never forgot or stopped loving the young Ellie Swift, she was his first and only love. As a second son he had nothing to offer her and when his father threatened and refused to allow him tho marry her, mainly because of her brothers
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Once upon a time Ellie and Hugh were in love. Until he made the choice to “do the right thing” for her future and leave her by staging a very public humiliation. Doesn’t matter that he loved her deeply and only wanted what was best for her, he took that choice away from Ellie by making the decision himself. Now, years later, circumstances have changed – well, some things have Hugh is now in a place of power and he wants the Raven. Ellie now hates every man around her,
Tracy Emro
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up.

Five years ago, Lady Ellie Swift was in love and believed Hugh felt the same, but he broke her heart and walked away without a word. Now he is back and has challenged her for the right to buy the Raven Club from her brother Ian. Ian and his wife Grace propose a competition, since both Ellie and Hugh want the club, Ian will give them both a chance to prove who is best suited to take over - they both have one month to implement their plans for the club and whoever makes the mo
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit this isn't my usual genre but the blurb on the book drew me in and I'm glad I went for it.
What a fun, sexy romp with Ellie and her rival Hugh and life inside the Raven Club! Who would have thought?
Ellie's brother owns the Raven club and she's been a dedicated sister and worker at the club, keeping the books after her brother and wife are soon due to have a child. The club is private and exclusive, where ladies wear masks and can come to gamble along with men. A private side room is wh
Pelusa Rivera
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I had requested this book a couple of weeks ago and kept going back and forth on when to read it due to some of the reviews that I had read and also because I was afraid of what Hugh had done to her years ago, I am so not the person to condone cheating. I am glad that my nosiness had me putting everything aside and reading the book, I did enjoy and have found a new author folks I think there was a previous book with how some of the secondary characters were portrayed I could be mistaken howev ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Ellie Swift plans to take over her brother’s gambling club but unbeknownst to her, finds that Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril has similar plans. It seems that her brother and sister-in-law have planned to make their decision as to who should run the club, into a competition. Yet Ellie and Hugh’s past romance, may threaten the competition before it even starts.
The history behind Ellie and Hugh is well outlined, with Hugh’s betrayal breaking Ellie’s heart five years earlier. As the second
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

When a handsome boxer kisses Lady Ellie Swift for good luck during a match, it turns her world upside down. Because the rogue isn’t just anyone…it’s the Devil Marquess returned. Thanks to Hugh Vere, Marquess of Deveril, Ellie learned at an early age that men are more trouble than they’re worth. Now, instead of a husband, she wants to take over her brother’s infamous gambling club—the Raven Club. And apparently the devil wants it, too.

My Thoughts:
Hugh and Ellie's relationship is one that
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 6/14/19.

My first from this author, but definitely not my last!

Ellie and Hugh have a past--he broke her heart five years ago, and now he's back, threatening the future she'd planned for herself, one where she takes over ownership of her brother's club (the Raven Club that the series is named for). So you've got a second chance romance here, with a healthy dollop of lovers-to-enemies-to-(hopefully!)-lovers again. Ellie and Hugh have all kinds of chemistry, s
Lori D
The Raven Club, London 1825 For a heartstopping moment, he was inches from her face. "A kiss from a lovely lady for luck, he said, breathing heavily. Before she could blink, those perfect lips pressed against hers. Hot. Swift. Over in seconds as he turned to his opponent. Oh my God. It was the devil returned, as Ellie recognized him." Wowza. Talk about getting my attention as our heroine was masked watching a boxing match.
Hugh Vere, Marquess of Deveril had returned from the war and had to take o
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Ellie Swift has a past, one she has worked hard to forget. Unfortunately, she's staring right back at a big part of it, Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril. To make matters worse, he is going to be competing against her for ownership of the Raven Club, a gaming establishment, she wants to run. How will Ellie be able to stand being around him?

Hugh had no idea he'd be competing against Ellie to win the club. He just assumed he was the only one interested in it. Still Hugh is determined to win,
Debra Martin
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril, wants to buy the Raven Club, but an obstacle has been placed in his path. The owner's sister, Lady Ellie Swift, also wants the club. To make matters worse, Hugh broke Ellie's heart when they were young and she despises him. Now the battle lines have been drawn--each of them want the club for their own reasons and the competition to win is fierce. Despite their tumultuous past, sparks fly between these two, but Ellie is reluctant to open her heart again to the ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ellie and Hugh fell in love when they met in her debut year, but when his parents threaten to cut off him because they disapprove of her family Hugh engineers a scene to have Ellie catch him with another woman kissing. Thereafter Ellie decides to guard her heart & focuses her attentions on helping her brother out with his gambling club, The Raven.
After 5 years, Hugh comes back to her life when he suddenly appears and makes an offer to buy The Raven from Ian, Ellie’s brother who is looking to
Jun 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
How to Best a Marquess is the second book in the Raven Club series. It can be read as a standalone but the first book is a must read! Hugh broke Ellie’s heart 5 years ago and she is determined to avoid it again. Hugh is interested in buying the Raven Club and Ellie wants to take over the running of it from her brother. A contest is arranged to see who could make the most profit and be the best person for the club. Ellie is determined to win so that she can continue to use the club to cover her s ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
When a handsome boxer kisses Lady Ellie Swift for good luck during a match, it turns her world upside down. Because the rogue isn’t just anyone, it’s the Devil Marquis returned. Thanks to Hugh Vere, Marquis of Deveril, Ellie learned several years ago that men can’t be trusted. Now, instead of a husband, she wants to take over her brother’s infamous gambling club—the Raven Club but Hugh also wants to buy the club so whoever is the most successful overseeing the club in one month’s time will win. ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hugh is now the Marquess and is looking to own the Raven Club to manage. Ellie also wants to become owner of the club. Her brother, the current owner, tells them they must have a competition to see who it will belong to. This sets up the premise of the book, where they are looking at each other’s strategies and trying to beat each other.

These two have a past, the reader finds out what High really meant early on.

I just didn’t like this book. It had an enemies to lovers feel, with their volatile
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Ellie Swift loves everything about her brother's gambling hall. She always wears a mask when she is down among the customers especially when watching the boxers fighting.
Hugh Vere the Marquess of Deveril has recently returned from the war. Fighting in the boxing ring is a good way to let off steam and challenge himself. Another way will be to buy the gambling hall from his friend. The problem is someone else wants it, so they have to compete with each other to see who will be best for the
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

Ellie Swift helps her brother at the Raven Club. When her brother decides to sell the club, Ellie makes it known she wants to take over the club. Hugh, the Marquess of Deveril, learns the club is for sale and is also looking to purchase it. The decision is made for them to compete for the club.

Ellie is stubborn and wishes to remain independent. Hugh is used to being in control, getting what he wants, and people doing what he says. This leads to
Anna Swedenmom
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read. However, while the book is definitely well written, it is a story that just did not grab my total attention. I would consider this one a beach read. One that did not take a lot of concentration. It seems like many other historical romances that are already written. I want to be fair and make sure I put across that the author is talented and the story is good. The characters are also written well. I did not care for the extreme over the top stubborn behavior of the heroine but ...more
Carole Burant
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
They both want the Raven Club....but for different reasons! Five years ago, Lady Ellie Swift and Hugh Vere were in love and planning a future together but after finding him kissing another woman, it all ended there.

Hugh Vere, now the Marquess of Deveril, is back in town and he wants the club AND Ellie! She has no intentions of making it easy for him, though!!!

This was a very well written unique story and Hugh & Ellie are wonderful characters although he could be very controlling and she co
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
I enjoyed this book. Ellie was absolutely wonderful. I loved her dedication to her beliefs. What confused me was Hugh and her dedication to him. Hugh was a butt for most of the book. While the reader knows that he only fake cheated on her in the past, she doesn't know that until the end. What's more, Hugh almost always delivers information in a condescending or patronizing way. While I loved Ellie, I cannot understand how she can like Hugh. While I'm glad we finally get an apology from him, I pe ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love it when a new Tina Gabrielle book comes out because I know it will be a great read. We read about Ellie’s brother Ian in the first book of this series and the Raven Club adventures continue. Ellie and Hugh are great characters with great depth. They are not run of the mill and their exploits are binge reading material. Second chance romance is a favorite so, yay, it was the basis of this story also. Loved the interaction of Ellie and Hugh. If you have not read Ms. Gabrielle’s books, start ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ellie is determined to never have her heart broken again. She is feisty, witty, and fiercely loyal. Hugh has become her greatest nemesis since he broke her heart. The two are now in direct competition for one prize. The story is filled with these two trying to outwit each other in words and deed. They are both passionate about the things they believe in and it spills over into major clashes. The topic of spousal abuse is dealt with by the author in this story as a serious issue that plagued wome ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
That kiss at the boxing ring grabbed me from the start! I think the author hangs out at the gym watching muscular men doing pull ups. How else can she describe a scene so well! Tina Gabrielle has a wonderful series in The Raven Club books. She keeps the storyline moving through character actions and dialogue between the characters. I've enjoyed Ellie and Hugh and I look forward to the next book!

I was provided an advance reader's copy of this book but the thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good story.

Ellie Swift is determined to be an independent woman. No desire for marriage and love, the only thing standing in her way is Hugh Vere, the man who broke her heart into a million pieces five years earlier. He's back, sexier than ever and in direct competition with her to win the life of her dreams.

This second chance romance was intriguing, with the added layer of suspense and danger to the plot. The plot was paced well, and was not overly complicated.

I recommend this book.

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Amazon best-selling author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away.

Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, "Lady Of Scandal," was nominated as best first

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