Catherine and the Marquis by Samantha Holt
Catherine loves stargazing and has no intention of getting married. Ever.
Her mother sees things quite differently though…
With all her sisters happily married and financially secure, Catherine’s mother is now focused on finding her an eligible gentleman.
Much to Catherine’s displeasure, the VERY eligible Marquis of Thornefield has inherited the property where Catherine sneaks almost every night to look at the stars.
One night they meet unexpectedly and, frightened, Catherine kicks him HARD.
Sparks fly…not the good sort though!
Fun and quick “Hate to Love” romance that kept me entertained.
They do not actually “hate” each other…it’s more accurate saying they don’t like each other.
Catherine is an outspoken freckled redhead that, contrary to other women’s expectations, would LOVE to remain a spinster.
The Marquis of Thornefield has inherited his father’s debts right along with the title.
He has a lot of responsabilities and he’s striving to bring back honor to his family name.
Spitfire Catherine drives him mad but her liveliness is just what Marquis Thorne needs in his life.
“I came to call on you.”
“Yes.” He removed his hat and tucked it under his arm.
“Can you come down? My neck is beginning to hurt.”
She grinned and swung her legs. “I’m not sure. I quite like looking down on you.”
She finds him irritating but, when she befriends his lovely sister, they become a regular feature of each other’s lives.
Soon even Thorne’s mother and sister want him married to Catherine!
Lilith gave a sharp cough. “Oh, Mama, there is that thing we must do. Quickly, remember?” Lilith winked awkwardly at his mother and tried to look innocent when he caught the movement.
“Yes, of course. That thing.” his mother agreed.
I enjoyed reading about these two even if the pace of the story slowed a time or two and I wasn’t always a fan of the MC’s attitude toward each other.
Lovely ending and HFN epilogue (reminded me a lot the 2005 Pride and Prejudice’s movie).
“I need laughter in my life, Catherine. I need someone to tell me when I’m being an ass. I woud rather spend the rest of my days arguing with you than not have you in my life at all.”
⭐ 3.5 Stars rounded up ⭐
* Catherine and the Marquis by Samantha Holt is book #4 in the Bluestocking Brides series. Can be read as a STANDALONE but her sisters and their stories are mentioned in conversations throughout the book so it might be best to read the books in order (I didn’t).
~ My Ratings ~
Writing: 3.5 /5
Plot: 3.5 /5
Hero: 3.5 /5
Heroine: 3.5 /5
Secondary Characters: 3.5 /5 Catherine’s mother reminded me a lot Jane’s mother from “Pride and Prejudice”
MC’s chemistry: 3.5 /5
Steam: 2.5 /5
Triggers: No major triggers.
Recommended to: Adult Historical Romance Readers looking for a Hate to Love story that’s also a quick-read.
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