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5+ stars for The Lady’s Marquess: Conrad Legacy Book 1 by C.K. Mackenzie #regency #historicalromance
Title: The Lady’s Marquess: Conrad Legacy Book 1
Author: C.K. Mackenzie
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
The year is 1806, the ship is The Britannia, he's a titled gentleman and she's his best friend's sister. They have 35 days between Portsmouth and Kingston, Canada. What could possibly happen?
Esme Conrad expected only one thing on her journey from England to Canada--to discover the vandal destroying her shipping company's cargo. Maybe she expected a tediously long trip as the prim and proper maiden she planned to show the other passengers, but she could handle that. What she didn't expect was her brother’s best friend to sail with her, threatening the role she played, or a murderer. Perhaps she needed a better plan.
Major Landon Carhart, the Marquess of Strachan hadn't any expectation from this transatlantic voyage. A spy sailed to French Canada, attempting to stir up support for Napoleon and stopping the man was his duty. Sure, he joined HIs Majesty's Army to mitigate the scandal surrounding his family, but duty was duty. Until he spotted Esme Conrad on deck. Duty suddenly took a back seat.
She might be his best friend’s sister, but in the middle of the Atlantic, there’s no one stopping them. Their first kiss surprises her and she craves more. Can they overcome the secrets they carry and the lies they’ve told each other, to trust and allow love a chance? Or will their duties keep them apart?
Deception on the high seas leads to danger and love. Wow, this is my first time reading this author and I couldn’t get enough. This is the kind of historical romance I love reading. The characters grab you from the very first page. There’s a bit of adventure, suspense, and a whole lot of romance. The Lady’s Marquess ticks all the boxes for me, and I couldn’t put it down.
Let’s start with the characters. I connected with Esme right away. She’s a bit of a puzzle to figure out at first. What’s with all the secrets? The more I read, the more I understood Esme and her secrets. She’s a heroine after my own heart. I also found Landon to be an incredible hero. He’s got secrets too, but he also loves Esme. Their relationship is very much push and pull while being a bit taboo for the era.
The writing is flawless. The plot moves at an excellent pace with deep POVs and intricate descriptive narration. There are several scenes where I got so caught up in the story, I lost track of time. C.K. Mackenzie is a gifted writer and I’m thoroughly impressed. Her gift for writing historical romance makes me yearn for more.
If you’re looking to escape into the past, pick up The Lady’s Marquess. Brilliantly written from start to finish, you won’t be able to put it down.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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C.K. Mackenzie’s collection of historical romance novels continues to grow and expand with new characters and exciting plot twists. Mackenzie crafts her stories to include mystery and suspense – while also incorporating fascinating historical context that very often immerses the reader in other cultures. For those who want more than just another happy ending, Mackenzie’s books are second-to-none. Mackenzie is set to debut a brand-new series of 5 novels in 2023!
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Reviewed by: Nancy