When the Marquess Was Mine
(The Wagers of Sin #3)
Rob, Marquess of Westmorland/Georgiana Lucas
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
In the game of love…
Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’s won the deed to her friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out—until he shows up, bloody and unconscious. Fearing that Kitty would rather see him die, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancé. She’ll nurse the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…
You have to risk it all
He wakes up with no memory of being assaulted—or of who he is. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob and claims she’s his fiancée even as she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he’ll take a chance on a love that defies all odds.
When the Marquess Was Mine is the third book in author Caroline Linden’s newest series, The Wagers of Sin. This series focuses on three young girls from different backgrounds, who become friends while being students at Mrs. Upton’s Academy for Young Ladies. Each story focuses on one of the three girls and the journey to find their HEA. This story features Georgiana Lucas.
Lady Georgiana Lucas is beautiful, vivacious and been engaged since she turned eighteen to Viscount Sterling. Their fathers were friends and they grew up together on neighboring estates. Her hateful half brother has been her guardian since her parent’s death and has delayed the settlements for over two years.
Robert Churchill-Gray, Marquess of Westmorland is tall, handsome, charming, and a rake who is heir to the Duke of Rowland. He’s considered one of the most eligible men in England, and along with his friends leads a life full of debauchery. To Lady Georgiana, he’s nicknamed the Malicious Marquess.
Oh my! I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I heard about it and Ms. Linden did not disappoint! For those of us who have read the previous books in this series, we’ve already met Georgiana and heard of her fiancé Sterling, and how she’s been in love with him since she was a little girl. So I was quite surprised to find out that Georgiana’s HEA didn’t include Sterling. But I trust Ms. Linden and her writing and was willing to give her a chance to take me and Georgiana down a different path. 😉
So our couple first meets while Georgiana is visiting her friend Kitty in the country, she stumbles across a badly beaten man who is near death and rescues him. When she realizes it is Rob, the Marquess of Westmoreland, she panics as Kitty hates the Marquess. Kitty has been told by her husband that Rob stole the deed to their home. So in a moment of duress, she claims Rob is her fiancé, Lord Sterling. I absolutely loved Rob and Georgiana’s time together while he recovered from amnesia. Rob is not at all who Georgiana thought he was and she starts to question her feelings for him and for Sterling. Ms. Linden did a wonderful job of dealing with Rob’s amnesia and Georgiana’s conflicting feelings.
I absolutely loved Rob & Georgiana’s story! Although this book is third in the series, it could easily be a stand-alone. But I do highly recommend the previous books in the series. It was fabulous to see past characters from the previous stories and we have a bunch of new characters that helped make this story perfect. I would love to see Sterling get his HEA in the future and would love to find out more about Rob’s brothers and family. Such a wonderful story and couple, that I struggled to put this book down. Will look forward to seeing what Ms. Linden has in store for us next, I know I can’t wait! Highly recommend!
When the Marquess Was Mine – Caroline Linden: