Her Wicked Marquess is the second book in The Sinful Wallflowers series by Stacy Reid, but it can be read as a standalone novel. This book isn’t out until December 29th, but with the holidays I wanted to make sure to have this review out in plenty of time for those who might want to pre-order or order day of. Reid’s debut novella, The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding, was a 2015 HOLT Award of Merit recipient and Wedded by Scandal is a bestselling series that is a top pick in a variety of publications.
The story focuses on Miss Maryann Fitzwilliams who is categorized as bookish and a bit too witty for the men in her town. Out of a a sort of necessity her parents arrange to marry her to someone her father’s age. She though decides she won’t let this happen and sets out to become too scandalous to marry. When Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, is sighted she decides to say that he was staying in her own bedchamber. Maryann though does this completely anonymously so that no one will be able to realize she has tarnished her own reputation. She has to convince Nicolas to play along though, which will lead her to have to up the scandal. The Marquess is willing to go along with this for his own reasons, but Maryann’s parents are firmly set in their plan. What will bloom is a relationship built out of an invented scandal designed to keep a witty woman from being tied to someone that she would never choose.
Maryann is a delightful main character that acts as the perfect heroine for this romance. It is through her own efforts that a bond is made with the Marquess and the work she is doing is designed to keep her from being forced into a loveless marriage. The romance that grows out of this connection is handled well and this was such a fun read. If you are looking for a read with a great female character and well crafted romance that will be perfect for romance readers. You can pre-order your copy of Her Wicked Marquess today.