Content Warnings: Racism, racial slurs, sexual assault, infertility, and sexism.
As part of the Avon influencer program, I was sent a finished copy of THE MARQUESS MAKES HIS MOVE recently, which is the third book in the Clandestine Affairs series. Loving to fully immerse myself in a series I went ahead and bought books one [HER NIGHT WITH THE DUKE] and two [THE VISCOUNT MADE ME DO IT]. I was excited to see, that not only do these books have a somewhat diverse cast but that the author is a WOC herself [Arab American].
Leela, the widowed Lady Devon, had returned home after two years abroad to help facilitate her stepdaughter’s potential betrothal. Having essentially grown up together, with less than a decade separating them, Leela and her stepdaughter Tori are more like sisters and close friends rather than a traditional step parent-child relationship. Although not excited about dealing with her, always judgemental and rude, step-son Leela is happy to help ensure Tori finds a suitable husband that will treat her well.
Elliot, the Duke of Huntington, needs to secure a wife who will help him ensure no more scandal surrounds his family. Having witnessed his older brother, the former Duke, waste his life away and constantly be a subject of gossip and scrutiny, Elliot is determined to prevent the ton from having an excuse to claim he is the same. Elliot is ready for a quiet life alongside a woman who he hopes to someday care for or at least have a good partnership with.
The night before he’s meant to meet his future betrothed, Elliot gets stuck at an inn where he meets a woman who’s unpredictable in all the right ways. Thinking he’ll enjoy his last night of freedom in her arms he is completely surprised the following day when that same woman is introduced as his, soon to be, betrotheds’ stepmother.
Seeing Leela and Elliot desperately try to fight their mutual attraction and “do the right thing” had me laughing, sighing, and wanting to shake each of them at different times. I love the inclusion of Leela’s heritage and how she’s still trying to find where she fits in the world. Growing up mixed, from personal experience, can leave you feeling like you don’t belong anywhere and it was nice to see that expressed in the book.
If you’re looking for a fun and quick romance read, between two very stubborn people who battle their mutual attraction because they feel they need to “do the right thing” …then I highly suggest picking this book up!