Content Warnings: Racism, sexism, classism, and ableism.
If you read my last blog post, you know that I was recently sent a finished copy of THE MARQUESS MAKES HIS MOVE, for being a part of the Avon Influencer program. Me being, well me, felt that since THE MARQUESS MAKES HIS MOVE was the third book in the series I needed to buy, and read, books one and two. Like most romance novels set within the same world, all of these could be read as stand-alones but I really enjoy fully immersing myself and seeing breadcrumbs for future pairings. There’s just something about witnessing the meet-cute of characters who’ll later have their own book that’s so much fun.
From a young age, Hanna watched, and assisted, her father in his bonesetting practice. The rest of her family were merchants but bonesetting called to her, just like it called to her late father. Though society labels bonesetters as liars and cheats Hanna is determined to use her skills to help whomever she’s able. Hanna accepts that she’ll most likely never marry, as most men wouldn’t allow her to continue her practice after marriage but she won’t let that stop her from continuing her practice.
Griff, although a Viscount, has been treated as an outcast ever since the murder of his parents when he was a teenager. Instead of embracing him, his peers bought and spread, the rumors he murdered his parents causing years of pain, and isolation, on top of the loss he already suffered. During his short time in the military, Griff sustained an injury that prevented him from full use of his left arm which has caused him pain, discomfort, and insomnia.
After years of nothing, Griff gets a clue that there may be a connection between his parents’ death and Hanna the bonesetter. Determined to find out what that connection might be, Griff uses his injury to find out more about Hanna, and her late father. Like most of society, Griff believes Hanna robs people, by using the hope of a cure to charge outrageous prices, on their services. When her treatments start to work and he begins to regain the use of his arm Griff realizes he might not have treated Hanna, or her profession, fairly.
Hanna and Griff are from different classes but their growing attraction, and their attempts to uncover the past, keep bringing them closer together. Will Hanna and Griff be able to find out what really happened the night of his parents’ murder and avoid giving in to their mutual attraction?
This was such a fun historical romance to read. I loved all the family interactions Hanna had, especially the ones with her grandmother. One thing that had me laughing was that, although Hanna and Leela, his best friend’s wife, were both Arab not once did Griff assume they were related. In fact, he was almost surprised when he found out they were. It’s an experience many of us POC face, people assuming we’re related to everyone who looks, or is the same race, as us… which is always frustrating. I found it funny that Hanna and Leela actually were cousins and Griff never thought to make that assumption.
I am so happy that by being in Avon’s influencer program I was able to find Diana Quincy and her Clandestine Affairs series! Finding diverse historical romance novels is always exciting and I can’t wait to read more!