The Marquess Makes His Move by: Diana Quincy

Clandestine Affairs Book 3

Few have met the reclusive half-Arab Marquess of Brandon, who is rumored to live with a harem of beauties among his mother’s people near Jerusalem. Brandon couldn’t care less what society thinks of him, or that his fellow peers are disdainful of his common blood, but he won’t stand for being robbed. That’s why he’s disguised himself as a footman in the home of a respected mapmaker who cheated Brandon out of his land. But the nobleman’s plans for retribution are complicated by his growing attraction for the secretive lady of the house. London’s most renowned mapmaker is a woman…but nobody knows it. If anyone discovers that Rose Fleming is the power and talent behind the family business, the scandal could ruin them. Rose’s secret is tested by the arrival of a handsome new footman who shows far too much interest in his new mistress. Rose battles an intense attraction to the enigmatic servant, but maintaining a proper distance isn’t easy when you and temptation live under the same roof.  Diana Quincy returns with the newest novel in the Clandestine Affairs series with a steamy romance about a half-Arab marquess seeking revenge on—and falling for—London’s most famous mapmaker. When Brandon uncovers the shocking truth about Rose’ role in his stolen birthright, can a love born of deception really conquer all?  She makes him forget he has a score to settle… The new footman doesn’t seem to know his place…

Content Warnings: Racism, classism, and infidelity.

If you follow me on Instagram or Tiktok, you know that I was sent a copy of this book for being part of the Avon influencer program. You would also know that this is the third book in the series and me being me, raced to purchase and read, the first two books before starting this one.

So far I have adored getting to know all the characters that Diana Quincy has created in this series and can’t wait to see who else she adds to this world. Really hoping Hanna’s brother gets a book soon. 👀 Seeing POC representation, especially in historical romance, is always so exciting. It both makes me giggle, and feel sad, that in the acknowledgment Diana feels the need to say that yes, there were Arabs in regency England. It’s like some people really think we [POCs] just magically appeared out of thin air in the last century.

In THE MARQUESS MAKES HIS MOVE we get to learn more about Alex, the illusive Marquess of Brandon. Brother to Leela, whose story we get in book one, Alex has always spent more time at his country estate than in London. Having been judged, his entire life, for having his mother’s Arab blood he won’t allow someone to disrespect him by cheating him of his family’s land.

Rose, was raised and trained in her family’s mapmaking business. Her talent is known far and wide, though the credit has never gone directly to her. Fear of losing her business, or causing a scandal, due to being a woman in the mapmaking trade, Rose feels like she has no choice but to continue the ruse.

When Alex starts working as Rose’s new footman he struggles to contain his attraction to the mysterious lady of the house. Rose finds Alex’s frankness quite refreshing and enjoys their chats, though he seems to struggle to remember, or do, the most basic of footman tasks.

This book was so much fun to read, I adored seeing Alex fall fast and hard for Rose as well as seeing Rose finally find the courage to stand up for herself and her profession. If you’re looking for a fun regency romance with two people who struggle to fight their mutual attraction and who both have secrets that could blow up in their faces…I highly recommend giving this book a try!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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