THREE WEEKS TO WED &
WHEN A MARQUIS CHOOSES A BRIDE
Books 1 & 2 in the Worthingtons series
Author Ella Quinn
Narrated by Cat Gould
Published by Tantor Media
THREE WEEKS TO WED:
Publication date Oct 25, 2016
Running time 11 hrs 28 min
Lady Grace Carpenter is ready to seize the day—or rather, the night—with the most compelling man she’s ever known. Marriage would mean losing guardianship of her beloved siblings, and surely no sane gentleman will take on seven children not his own. But if she can have one anonymous tryst with Mattheus, Earl of Worthington, Grace will be content to live out the rest of her life as a spinster.
Matt had almost given up hope of finding a wife who could engage his mind as well as his body. And now this sensual, intelligent woman is offering herself to him. What could be more perfect? Except that after one wanton night, the mysterious Grace refuses to have anything to do with him. Amid the distractions of the Season he must convince her, one delicious encounter at a time, that no obstacle—or family—is too much for a man who’s discovered his heart’s desire . . .
WHEN A MARQUIS CHOOSES A BRIDE:
Publication date Nov 29, 2016
Running time 11 hrs 22 min
The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.
Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match?
I don’t usually write about two books at one time but since I went through these within a few weeks of each other I couldn’t see a reason not to.
There are those series which, after a few books, fall into a pattern. This series doesn’t wait and follow one abduction crisis with a second. The main story lines from one book to the next are interesting and diverse, and having two large families together is interesting; like a Regency Brady Bunch! But herein the course of the romance and the ensuing crisis are very similar. A little too much in the way of coincidence.
Romance novels often depend on convention, and I understand enjoying the familiarity of consistent plotting in a series. I think I was expecting a new story, not a riff off the previous book.
Cat Gould’s voice is nice and her character is varied. Imagine having to give voice – dialog, description and emotion to 11 children/teens and a score of adults. Doing it consistently over two books is pretty amazing!
In the first book one is astounded by the sheer number of children involved – it’s a virtual Regency Brady Bunch! The second book offers more pathos in the way Dom was raised. His mother’s eventual self-awareness in her complicity is bittersweet.
The stories both offer a sweet romance with hot hook ups and both external and internal conflicts. I especially enjoyed Dotty, the love interest in book two, who is sensible, compassionate to a fault, and sensuous! I am looking forward to the next story and who might be the subject thereof.
THREE WEEKS TO WED
WHEN A MARQUIS CHOOSES A BRIDE: