The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle

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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?

Rating: C

This was originally published in the anthology Three Weddings and a Murder which also included novellas by Courtney Milan and Tessa Dare – and I have to say, I found it fairly average. I’ve been fortunate enough to have read some very engaging novellas and short stories recently (Miranda Neville’s and Caroline Linden’s stories in At the Duke’s Wedding, Tessa Dare’s Scandalous No Good Mr Wright, Courtney Milan’s The Governess Affair, for example) all of which have managed to combine satisfying storytelling with a depth of characterisation and emotional engagement that is sometimes not found in full length novels, let alone the 100 or so pages of a novella.

Unfortunately, The Misbehaving Marquess, while being reasonably entertaining just didn’t have the depth I want from a story about the reconciliation of a couple who have been apart for five years, and the reasons given for their separation were, IMO, ridiculously flimsy.

It’s not a terrible way to spend an hour, but not a “must read”.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy

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