Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle #HistoricalRomance

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About The Misbehaving Marquess:

Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir—immediately—she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again?

Addition Book Information:

* This was originally published in the e-book anthology, Three Weddings and a Murder. It is also included in the September 2014 anthology, Seven Wicked Nights.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 2860 KB
Print Length: 87 pages
Publisher: Heart Bay Publishing (January 14, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B009XN0W4O

My Review:

After catching his wife, Cat, in what is perceived as a scandalous position a mere 2 weeks after they took their marriage vows, Jamie flees his estate....for 5 years. 5 years? Really?

In the 5 years that her husband has been gone, with nary a word to her about where he is or how he is, Cat has learned to live on her own. She's been making decisions and changes to the way the estate is run so it's more inline with what she wants. Cat is none to impressed with Jamie's unannounced arrival back their home. (*Reviewer Note - he never contacted her the entire time he was gone, so I'm not sure why she expected him to contact her with news of his impending arrival.) Then Cat finds out the real reason for Jamie's return.  Apparently he now needs an heir.  Isn't that nice?!

Her indiscretion - you know, the one that send her husband storming off like a toddler throwing a tantrum - apparently was nothing more than bad timing, as Cat was only trying to help out a friend. Jamie doesn't stick around like a mature male and get to the bottom of the situation - No - he's too worried about the supposed damage to his ego and reputation. In the meantime, due to his selfishness, a newlywed wife is forced to run an estate alone and deal with loneliness while at the same time contending with the horrors of losing a baby.  See? He already had an heir but he abandoned them.

The discussion between Cat and Jamie concerning her pregnancy and subsequent loss made me tear up.  Cat's emotions were so real.  I ached and felt sorrow for Cat, for everything she endured.

If you haven't been able to pick up on it, Jamie disgusts me.  He's the epitome of a selfish, self-centered egomaniac.  His feelings got hurt over something that wasn't at all what he perceived it to be, then he fled his marriage, his home, and his life at the first sign of trouble. And we're supposed to believe that he ever loved Cat?

I love how strong Cat is in The Misbehaving Marquess.  She doesn't really have a choice but the strength is there and evident.  She even goes so far as to change up a few things around the estate.

Now, as much of a cad as I think Jamie is, he does come around and takes responsibility for his horrible behavior.  Once the two of them are able to talk and get past the reasons, whats, and whys, their dialogue becomes much smoother.  The accusations cease and they can actually talk through their feelings - which is what should have happened 5 years prior.

Overall, this novella, while inciting bouts of frowning, angry outbursts, and gentle tears, was very well written.  I would definitely continue reading the series.

*Note - I have not read Book 1.

Review copy was purchased by me from Amazon for my Kindle.

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