When a Marquess Loves a Woman (Season’s Originals #3)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord… taking Max’s heart with her.
Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can barely stand the sight of her. But Juliet has endured far too much to give up without a fight and if it’s a battle of wills he wants, it’s a battle he’ll get.
He hates her for breaking his heart. She detests him for destroying her future. But beneath all the loathing simmers an intoxicating passion that neither can ignore… and the harder they resist, the harder they will inevitably fall.
And here we are, at the last of the Season’s Originals series. I’ve been enjoying this series and the build-up with the characters but at long last we’ve come to Max and Juliet’s story, which I had a feeling would be explored ever since they were introduced in the first book (as their chemistry even then when they were sniping at each other was through the roof) 😛
Gosh, I tried so hard to savour this book but ended up whipping through it in two evenings. I love Vivienne Lorret’s books and how her stories really just draw you in from the first page. In this case it starts with the backstory behind Max and Juliet’s relationship and why they turned into enemies; it’s quite sad, actually, especially when you learn the circumstances behind Juliet’s reasons for marrying Lord Granworth. But reading Max and Juliet’s relationship and that turn from friends to enemies to lovers was delightful; it reminded me of those enemies-to-friends stories, a subtle dash of Pride and Prejudice (review) and of course Persuasion (review) *happy sigh* I also appreciated how the author didn’t prolong their eventual romantic reunion/at-odds-with-each-other detente any longer than it should be, instead getting them together but then dealing with other outstanding issues along the way (Max’s place in his family and being overshadowed by his brother, Juliet and her trust issues).
Characters from previous volumes make an appearance, especially as the series wraps up at the end, but charaters that populate Juliet and Max’s lives–from Max’s mother and absent brother to Juliet’s companion and maid–bring the story to life further, informing the principle characters. There’s also a side story involving one character’s cut from society due to a scandal in her family, as well as Juliet’s navigation of Society which I thought was interesting. There’s also a fair share of smarmy characters, which Juliet dispatches quite capably.
This review probably isn’t saying much, mostly because I don’t want to spoil it for those interested in reading it! It’s definitely my favourite in the trilogy; I knew I was in for a ride reading Juliet and Max’s story and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Can’t wait for whatever Vivienne Lorret writes next 🙂