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At the Pleasure of the Marquess

(Shadows and Silk #5)

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Hortense Marchand has played many roles, but never wife. Until one desperate marquess seeks the lady spy’s help—and her hand…

Thief. Spy. Wife.

Orphaned as a child, Hortense has had to fight her way to becoming the ton’s favorite private investigator. But for a woman who lives on the edge, the past is never dead. When her former spymaster asks her to find his wastrel brother
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ebook, 303 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2021
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Barbara Rogers
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-read, author-arc
Series: Shadows and Silk #5
Publication Date: 4/28/21
Number of Pages: 303
** 3.5 stars **

Two broken people from disparate backgrounds find their HEA despite all of the odds against them.

James Asquith, Marquess of Clare, doesn’t think much of love or relationships – or perhaps just people in general. He was raised by unloving, uncaring, totally debauched parents who could hardly stand to be in the same room with each other. James had been doing a great job of drinking himself into oblivion until h
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Minx
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and Aurora Publicity in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. Will post full review closer to publication date of April 28, 2021.
Lana Birky
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hortense Marchand was orphaned at an early age & she has fought & clawed her way from being a pickpocket on the mean streets & finally becoming an member of an informal spy organization but it disbanded two years ago. Her handler & mentor, Lord Nicholas Asquith introduced her to his society acquaintances & she quickly became the favored investigator for society members who needed tact & expertise for their needs. Most cases were based around infidelity & fees from those investigations were the b ...more
Karen_
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
At The Pleasure of the Marquess
(Shadows and Silk #5)
Written by: Sofie Darling

I don’t read Historical Romance as much as I should. Sofie Darling’s At The Pleasure of the Marquess is proof that I really should read at least three a month.

Darling gives us a hero who would have given up being the new Marquess if he could have. James (Jamie) Asquith, Lord Clare would have preferred to carry on being a wastrel and a rake, after all he learned that from his father, instead upon the untimely death of hi
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Deb Diem
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At The Pleasure Of The Marquess is an enchanting historical romance by Sofie Darling. I warn you, once you start this book you may have trouble putting it down. Ms. Darling has provided readers with a well-written book populated with an outstanding cast of characters. I LOVED the characters in this story. After Amelie's parents died she was shuttled off to a workhouse. At a young age she managed to escape into a gang of pickpockets and grifters. She was pulled into the spy/detective business whe ...more
Marcy G
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forced into a life she never expected. Orphaned, workhouse, thief, spy, how could she ever
expect happiness and trust love. He grew up in a family that showed no love for one another or
there sons. He new nothing about trust, feelings, and love.
Yet, putting this together Sofie Darling has given us an incredible tale how Love can really change
everything. Filled with, adventure, new beginnings, letting go, excepting change, and lots of
passion.
Hortense and Jamie Marquess of Claire are a couple that
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Maxine Wilson
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, suspense, romance, add some spying and this is a first rate read. Absolutely a fantastic book.

Those heart strings pulled for Hortense’s life from birth, to the work house then spying until on one of those spying mission she meets Jamie, who is determined to change her life around and in doing so his own as well.

Well written with quite a few twist and turns which pulled you into these two characters lives, wishing they would actually surrender to each other.

Superbly written, don’t do
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Shelly
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book tugged (and ripped!) at my heartstrings over and over. Hortense was alone in the world and created her own family over and over again, for better or worse. The Marquess of Clare was less than impressive, but he was working hard to show her just how impressive he could be. Their adventures are not the typical ton activities, so this book is not your run of the mill romance. Great writing!

* I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. **
Angela
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
We have the Marquess, Jamie, and a pickpocket turned spy/investigator, Hortense. The interactions were very interesting and a bit funny between these two characters. There is a bit of mystery and of course villains. It is a story of sacrifice and love. Wonderful story.

I received a complimentary copy from the author.
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Sofie Darling is an award-winning author of historical romance. Her debut novel, THREE LESSONS IN SEDUCTION, won the Writers’ League of Texas’ Manuscript Contest in the Romance Category in 2016.
She spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized she simply had to write the books she loved, she finished her English degree and embarked
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