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The Wild Marquis by Miranda Neville

The Marquis of Chase is not a reputable man.

He is notorious for his wretched morals and is never received in respectable houses. The ladies of the ton would never allow him in their drawing rooms . . . though some of them have welcomed him into their bedchambers. Ejected from his father’s house at the age of sixteen, he now lives a life of wanton pleasure. So what could the Marquis of Chase possibly want with Juliana Merton, a lovely, perfectly upstanding shopkeeper with a mysterious past?

A moment’s indiscretion?

A night’s passion?

Or a lifetime of love?

Even the wildest rakes have their weaknesses . . 

  I truly enjoyed Neville's first installment of the Burgandy club. This book was sweet, romantic, exciting, and greatly appealing to fellow book lovers.
  The main characters are Cain (The Marquis of Chase) and Juliana. While Cain was pretty common in being a sly man, renown for his sexual premise but secretly a wounded, sensitive soul. Blah blah. In that sense, I felt like it was pretty common but I fell in love with Juliana. A recent widow, she was nevertheless a strong women trying to make do in a man's world. She is cunning and intelligent in the novel and it is exciting to see her become more free and open as her relationship with Cain goes on. 
  Then there's the books. The story is primarily focused on the world of book collectors with Juliana being a bookseller. Throughout the story they go to very important auctions, which may seem to being boring reading for some. 
  I was shocked to find these auction scenes more exciting than a fight scene and more intelligent than game of wits.  The lives of the bibliophiles was amusing and interesting.
  But the book wasn't perfect. The plot, aside from the book aspect, was pretty common, though I won't give it away to those who wish to read it. The romance, while spicy at times, seemed to go at a nice pace at the beginning and then seemed to stutter in the middle to wait for the plot points to catch up, leaving some pretty boring scenes.
  In the end, I gave the book a 3, for it wasn't a mind blowing piece of work but I did enjoy it.

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