Tempting the Marquess by Sara Lindsey

Orders are nobody can see the Great Oz! Not nobody! Not nohow!

Note to historical authors - make sure your editors are old enough to recognize phrases from old movies that you may have adopted in your vernacular. Oh sure, it's not the exact words, but when the hero (Jason pg. 47) says: "Not physically. Not mentally. Not nohow." The voice in my head immediately screamed, Wizard of Oz and I was thrown out of the story... just for a short time. In fact, it's said twice in the movie, by the guard and the cowardly lion. You see, as it so happens I am a Wizard of Oz geek, and that is one of my favorite lines... Not nohow!!!

Anyway, Tempting the Marquess by Sara Lindsey is the second in the delightful Weston family series - my new favorite romance family.

Both the hero, Jason, and the heroine, Olivia, have some issues. Jason more so - he was one of those brooding kind of guys, until Olivia rushes to his side to drag him kicking and screaming back into the world. He's in mourning for his wife, or at least that is what we are led to believe and that is what everyone else around him believes. I liked Jason, and I found his losing battle with lust and love to be amusing. On the other hand, Olivia I had a problem with. She is very young, and it shows. She is a very immature heroine. But, not all the time, so her character gave me a seesaw ride: sometimes she was funny, charming, and witty, and other times she overreacted and did some really silly things. So, for me, she wasn't an even character.

There are some very funny moments. I think my favorite is the "kiss." I'm probably going to remember that scene for a while. So far, in this series it's always fun when the other Westons make their appearance. I especially love Aunt Kate and Charles (not a Weston.) There are no villains or mysteries in this book, just two people struggling with love and each other. So, except for some inexplicable flying off the handle by Olivia and the very silly thing she does at the end of the book, overall I enjoyed reading about the struggle.

Looking forward to Henry's story in 2011!

Time/Place: 1790's England
Sensuality Rating: Hot


Sara Lindsey said...

Oz got a shout out, but not The Godfather? It's in there, I promise! ;)
I love throwing modern references into historical romances but I did check the "nohow" and according to the OED that was in use by the time TtM is set.
I really enjoy your reviews!

SidneyKay said...

Now, I'm going to have to go back and find it. I'm truly enjoying your series.