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A not-so-merry widow...The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover–the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritancA not-so-merry widow...The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover–the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him again.A man determined to destroy her...Nicholas Claiborne hasn’t stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer–and take revenge on the woman he couldn’t force himself to forget.A love they can’t escape…Nick hates Ellie’s transformation from sweet debutante to jaded seductress. Ellie despises him for leaving her behind. Still, the sparks between them reignite the passion that should have been their destiny. As their demands of each other turn darker and a potential killer closes in, they must decide whether to guard the fragile remnants of their hearts—or find a way to fall in love all over again....

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The Marquess Who Loved Me Reviews

  • Dee
    2019-03-11 10:30

    ★★★★½ Some of the blurb about the bookA not-so-merry widow…The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover – the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him again.A man determined to destroy her...Nicholas Claiborne hasn’t stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer – and take revenge on the woman he couldn’t force himself to forget.A love they can’t escape…It felt like I had been waiting a lifetime to read Ellie's story, I liked her right from when we met her at the beginning of the series and this book lived up to the character that had been built in the previous stories. I loved the fact that she owned up and admitted that it was her own stupid fault that she pushed aside the man she loved in order to please her father. With many other Historical Romances the story is told that it is the parents who usually force the heroine, but right from the start Ellie admitted that she could have chosen the guy that she loved and it was a decision that she bitterly regretted ever since.Right from the start the love that she felt for Nicholas shone from her eyes and each time she looked at him they asked for forgiveness, which understandably Nicholas refused to give and was hell bent on seeking revenge and continued to punish her. Despite breaking her heart each time Ellie took each punishment and continued to come back for more.Sara Ramsey is a wonderful writer and I eagerly look forward to every new story and can't wait until we get Prudence's story.....So Sara please, please write faster :)) Copy kindly supplied by Spencerhill Associates via Netgalley

  • Linda
    2019-02-27 09:45

    Arc courtesy of Net Galley and Word Press.Nicholas Clairborne the Marquess of Folkestone returns to England and Folkestone estate after 10 long years in India looking after the family business intrests and trying escape the hurt and pain of loosing his Ellie . The pain and bitterness would not have been so bad had he not lost her to a title and the money that this cousin Charles could provide as the Marques of Folkestone at that time. Nick has spent 10 years dreaming of his revenge he will take out upon Ellie and though he returns to Folkestone for other reasons he might as well exact his revenge.Nick arrives the night of Ellie's grand masquerade ball and has to don a face mask since he did not come in costume ;which suits well with him even the better to shock Ellie, oh and is Ellie ever shocked, hating him for leaving her, marrying Charles she did to protect him and never stopped loving him, but she hates him for leaving , for not fighting for her,Nick hates her for turning him away, for not turning away his cousin Charles , these two hate each other or try to anyway except their love for one another never truly allows the hate to take full hold. Ellie can not believe Nick's revenge, she has been living over the means of her trust fund for the past 10 years unbenounced to her, she has actually been living off of funds provided by Nick and his pedestrian business that she used to drive hm away s many years ago, and Nick's brother Marcus has kept all the notes for him t the tune of 40,000 pounds, her choice she can be his to submitt t his every whim and dream he has ever had of her in and out of the bedroom or face being publicaly ruined.The sensual attack he engages in wreaks havoc on them both and creates a danger to them both just as much as the attempted murder to Nick, which he has now brought to his Ellie's door and placed er in danger also.These two put each other through the sensual wringer but when the murder tries again they join forces to find the villain and continue to play their sensual game of her submission to his fantasies a night which are more dangerous to their hearts than a bullet from the murder .Wonderfully engaging characters and plot line, some great sensual scence and secondary character development left me looking forward to the next book in the series !

  • Amanda
    2019-03-18 14:56

    2.5 starsAfter this, it's pretty clear that second chance romances (at least ones that involve bad blood, bitterness and stubborn people) will never be my cup of tea. Although here at least, Ellie and Nick finally did, eventually, swallow their pride and past hurts enough to COMMUNICATE and realize that they still loved each other, despite everything. They stopped living in and agonizing over the past and came to accept and love the people they had each become in the intermittent years apart. This was very important."You aren't the girl I loved when I was a boy. You don't see the world as a parade of beauty. You don't trust, you don't confide, you don't laugh, you don't let yourself hope...But I'm not the boy you loved, either. I don't give a damn what you've done these past ten years, or how many lovers you've taken, or why none of your friends can tell me anything of substance about you. All I know is that I want the woman you are, not the girl you were."Unfortunately, there were still some things that left me cringing and dampened any regard I may have developed once these two got their shit together. The main one being (view spoiler)[Nick bartering Ellie's 'debt' to him for sex. That's just gross. I don't care how her rejection years ago shattered him, there is no excuse for treating someone you supposedly once loved that way, NONE. Thankfully he doesn't 100% go through with this harebrained scheme but still, eww. It also made it super difficult to enjoy any of their sexual encounters with this brand of fuckery looming overhead. (hide spoiler)]I did really come to love flamed-haired Ellie though, and enjoyed her interactions with Lucia (my pistol shooting queen!) and Prudence (baby girl!) especially. The intrigue surrounding the attempts on Nick's life kept me interested and helped distract me when his lame revenge plot (will we ever escape revenge plots???) was getting too annoying to tolerate. So this was a definite improvement from the previous book, but ultimately not a favorite.

  • *MariaA*
    2019-02-22 14:32

    The dress Nick had sent wasn’t adress — it was a fitted bodice and a floor-length skirt asseductive as anything she had seen in paintings of the East.The skirt fastened with a drawstring, the bodice with littlehooks down the front —She didn’t break eye contact as she walked towardhim —He leaned back and clasped his hands behind hishead. “If you paint yourself looking exactly as you do now,I’ll give you a hundred pounds.”Yes, she saw lust there — saw howhis eyes flickered to her hips, then to where her navelpeeked above the waistband of her skirt“Do you not like it? Only the highest class of womancould afford such attire. I would have brought you a sariinstead, but you would probably spend a week trying todeduce how to wrap it.”“I havedreamed of you like this for a very long time. And if Iwant to spend all night looking at you, I will.”

  • Elena
    2019-02-21 12:43

    Wow, this is the first rapist hero I've read in years. I hoped the romance genre was past that horrible phase, but apparently not. This is the kind of shit that makes me want to become a romance novelist, just so I can contribute to the small (but growing! I think and desperately hope) group of romances that don't make me want to stab something in feminist rage.

  • Nicole
    2019-02-27 10:33

    OK read. One of the other reviewers mentioned that there is a rape scene in the book. That is not true.

  • Shauni
    2019-03-22 15:44

    As a first time reader of Sara Ramsey I must say she caught my attention. The Marquess Who Loved Me is the third book in her Muses of Mayfair series and really has an emotional punch.Each of the ladies in her series are artists in some form or another, an actress, a writer, a painter.. things that while might be ok for drawing room fun are NOT acceptable for careers. Of course this is 1814 NOTHING is acceptable for women to have for careers.. at least not "proper" women.. It's bad enough that men of the upper class dare to dabble in "trade" but the women.. I don't think so.. just sit there and look pretty...Sara Ramsey's women don't accept that and fight back. They choose to break the mold. Sure I know it is all politically correct in today's romance novels to write the women this way.. But one has to wonder about the women who really did defy conventions.. What was their plight? I am sure they suffered greatly for their decisions.. I don't usually write about those thoughts.. but I love an author who can make me think them.. Good Job Sara..Ellie Claiborne fell in love as a young naive girl.. She honestly thought that her father would see that she loved Nick and would allow her to wed him. After all he was the heir to a Marquess.. only trouble was Nick's father not only married into the merchant class, he worked in *gasp* Trade *gasp*. Consequently he was quite wealthy but not really acceptable to society.. Ellie on the other hand came from nobility and her father was a father of the time.. looking to match her for political, financial and yes social reasons.. No tradesman was going to get his daughter. Consequently while Ellie truly loved her Nick she married his cousin, the Marquess because her father demanded it of her. Honestly what else was a girl of the times to do?Nick Claiborne, loved Ellie with a passion.. when she turned away from him, using his working class background as an excuse and married his cousin he was broken. When said cousin died just three days after the wedding.. and Nick inherited he saw a means to get revenge.. Leaving a broken and lost Ellie in the clutches of the side of the family he despised he left England.. with a plot for revenge boiling in the background.. Ten years later Nick is back!! Ellie is turning thirty and has created a lifestyle that will keep her on the edge of polite society.. not quite cutting her off but allowing for her to become not quite proper enough for anyone to want to marry. Her father can not use her again.. she has also grown.. she gets what she did, how her choices ruined what could have been a happy life.. Now Nick is back and his revenge is positively Machiavellian.. And Ellie learns that once again she can not trust a Claiborne.. Even Nick's brother who has been Ellie's "friend" and financial advisor these past ten years is in on the plot..But Nick has more to worry about than revenge... Someone is trying to kill him and it's someone close by. Either a member of Ellie's house party or someone that is close enough to know what is happening.. Ellie and Nick have to learn how to work together.. they have to learn how to get past the anger and decide on what they want..This is a story about regrets and second chances.. not about finding lost love but rather falling in love again. These two characters may share a past but the decade that separates them has forged them into new people.. in a way better people.. But two people who can make a go of it if they choose to.A great book that treats us to glimpses of characters from other books and teases us with the leads of the next one. But it's not a pleasant book.. it's exciting, intense, compelling and inspiring but NOT pleasant.. ShauniThis review is based on the ARC of The Marquess Who Loved Me provided by netgalley

  • Feminista
    2019-03-13 07:37

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-18 07:45

    10/10/15 - free on Kindle

  • Mary
    2019-03-05 11:45

    Kind of "steamy" scenes.

  • Nightwitch
    2019-03-10 13:32

    Once again, great book, stupid title. Ramsey does a great job showing the intertwined relationships not only of the hero and heroine but of their respective families, friends, and dependents, and gives them great depth without sliding into that familiar romance novel treacle. Even people who love each other don't always like each other, after all. As in "Heiress Without a Cause" she takes a familiar romantic plot but does a great job making it seem realistic and, in this case, manages to remove a lot of the creep factor. (The hero blackmails the heroine into becoming his mistress.) The suspense plot was just a distraction, frankly - the solution came out of nowhere, (view spoiler)[the characters actually had the wrong solution briefly (hide spoiler)], and it seemed to be forgotten for chapters at a time. My biggest problem would actually be that Ramsey creates this sprawling world with intertwined characters and things happening in the background and, just like real life, only gives us glimpses into those things - so in this book, for example, it's clear that (view spoiler)[Marcus and Lucia have a thing for each other, and Lucia has a mysterious past (hide spoiler)] - but rather than having a secondary romance which is explained and resolved, Ramsey introduces the characters and hints at their conflict, then reserves their romance for another book. Her novels don't feel self-contained, which is a big problem for me... especially since the sequels don't even exist and she's moved on to a new series. Given the deficiencies in plotting, frankly I think Ramsey could have done better by getting rid of the suspense plotline and throwing in a complete secondary romance.

  • Tonileg
    2019-03-17 09:32

    Second chances historical English romance with two childhood sweethearts find love finally after long voyages, deaths in the family and some revenge.Marchioness of Folkestone, Lady Ellie Claiborne is miserable, she is chic, beautiful and very popluar in the ton London society, but she love her chance at love when Nicholas Claiborne hopped on a boat to India instead of kidnapping her and marrying her in Scotland.Sometimes people are really dumb when they are young and in love. Actually, we're all very very dumb, blind and stupid when we're young and in love.I liked this story, I'm glad they go rid of the ridiculous revenge plot quickly and into a death threat mystery.342 pages and kindle freebie3 stars

  • Alicia
    2019-03-01 13:35

    I really liked the main characters and the story of how they came to be where they were, but the endless repetition of the dilemma and closing most chapters with a paragraph reiterating the dilemma got very irritating. It read as though it had been written in instalments and we were expected to forget that Nick is more muscular now than he was 10 years ago between chapters. With a good hard edit it could have been one of my favourites.

  • Cinzia
    2019-03-10 10:50

    With The Marquess Who Loved Me, the third book of the series Muses of Mayfair, Ms Sara Ramsey is one of my favourite authors of regency in this moment.This is the book that I liked more in the series, perhaps because it differs a bit from the usual romance, in which two strangers fall in love, in this case the protagonists have already known each other , even in the Biblical sense I would say, and Ellie, to please the wishes of her father, who wants to marry her with someone possessing a title,leaves Nick.The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover – the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him.Nicholas Claiborne hasn’t stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer – and take revenge on the woman he couldn’t force himself to forget.Nick hates Ellie’s transformation from sweet debutante to jaded seductress. Ellie despises him for leaving her behind. Still, the sparks between them reignite the passion that should have been their destiny. As their demands of each other turn darker and a potential killer closes in, they must decide whether to guard the fragile remnants of their hearts — or find a way to fall in love all over again.The book is written really very well, excellent plot, enriched with a little mistery, all the characters well delineated and described, even those which appear marginally and I love the irony, in dialogues between the characters that I've always found in this series.Ellie and Nick are both marked from the past, which left indelible scars in them, Nick tries to hate the woman who finds in front of him, but he can't find the girl he knew. Ellie in turn blames herself and she fears the intensity of feelings for Nick.Love and hate, revenge and forgiveness, passion and tenderness.Beautiful and I can't wait to continue the series, I hope the next book is about Prudence.Thanks to Netgalley and Sara Ramsey for the book.Con The Marquess Who Loved Me, terzo libro della serie Muses of Mayfair , Ms Sara Ramsey si conferma una delle mie attuali autrici preferite di regency del momento.Questo è il libro che mi è piaciuto di più nella serie, forse perchè si discosta un po' dai soliti romance nei quali scocca la scintilla tra due sconosciuti; in questo caso i protagonisti si sono già conosciuti, anche in senso biblico direi, ed Ellie lascia Nick, per compiacere il volere del padre, che la vuole far sposare con qualcuno in possesso di un titolo nobiliare.La Marchesa di Folkstone è una vedova conosciuta da tutti per le sue feste, la sua collezione d'arte e la sua inosservanza delle regole. Ma Ellie Clairborne sa che tutto questo sta per finire, insieme a lei. Il nuovo marchese è stato il suo primo amore - quell'uomo dal fisico scolpito e il ghigno sarcastico che la ossessiona ogni volta che prende in mano un pennello per dipingere. Se lui dovesse mai ritornare per reclamare la sua eredità, il cuore di Ellie non potrebbe sopravvivere nel vederlo ancora.Nicholas Claiborne non ha più messo piede in Inghilterra, da quando ha visto Ellie sposare suo cugino. Non aveva interesse nel vedere la bellissima ragazza senza cuore che lo aveva tradito o per il titolo stesso, per il quale è stato abbandonato da lei. Ma quando i suoi affari in India si rivelano un pericolo mortale, Nick deve fare il suo ritorno a Londra per scoprire un assassino... e vendicarsi della donna che non riesce a costringersi a dimenticare.Nick odia la trasformazione di Ellie, cambiando colei che lui conosceva, una dolce debuttante, in una consumata seduttrice. Ellie lo disprezza per averla abbandonata. Ma tra loro ci sono ancora scintille che riaccendono la passione, che sarebbe dovuta essere il loro destino. Mentre ciò che richiedono una all'altra diventa sempre più oscuro e l'assassino è vicino a loro, devono decidere se proteggere i cocci rimasti dei loro cuori frantumati o trovare un modo per innamorarsi ancora.Il libro è scritto veramente bene, un'ottima trama, arricchita da un po' di giallo, tutti i personaggi ben delineati e descritti, anche quelli che compaiono in modo marginale e l'ironia di fondo, nei dialoghi tra i personaggi che ho sempre ritrovato in questa serie.Ellie e Nick sono entrambi segnati dal passato, che ha lasciato in loro ferite indelebili, Nick tenta di odiare la donna che si ritrova davanti, ma in lei non trova traccia della ragazza che conosceva. Ellie a sua volta incolpa se stessa e teme l'intensità dei sentimenti che prova per Nick.Amore e odio, vendetta e perdono, passione e dolcezza.Bellissimo e non vedo l'ora che prosegua la serie, spero con il libro su Prudence.Si ringrazia Netgalley e Sara Ramsey per il libro.

  • Sharon Crocker
    2019-03-21 12:45

    BittersweetGreat narrator! She makes the characters come alive.The story is full of angst and bitterness (but with an HEA!)

  • Mainer207
    2019-03-20 09:39

    I found this so disappointing. I loved the first two books. This is completely different. I enjoyed Ellie in the previous books but she acted completely against her nature in this book. Nick was an arse! I hated how he acted. It was just disturbing and rude. I forced myself to finish it. It actually got better with the fireworks. I have something to say about the villain but I can't without it being a spoiler. I was hoping to learn more about how Amelia and Malcolm were doing other than "they stayed in Scotland."The narration was quite good; the book's major redeeming factor. I have the next book but after this one I have to reconsider listening to it.

  • Lori McD
    2019-03-02 12:51

    3.5 starsRECOMMENDED FOR: Fans of Historical Romance who like reunited lovers, revenge schemes, and a bit of "steam"ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Lots of angst in this book... it starts out as revenge and ends up as a romance. Regardless, while other reviewers question the consensual nature of the sexual relationship and some go so far as to call it rape, the author makes it quite clear that both her male & female protagonists (Nick and Ellie) are willing participants.This book is actually the 3rd book in the Muses of Mayfair series.10 years ago, Ellie scorned Nick, the eldest son of a wealthy 2nd son who has aristocratic ties, but is considered a merchant. In other words, not good ton. Ellie's father was determined that she make a titled match. Ellie was determined to win her father's approval, after being exiled for years simply because she had the audacity to look like the dead wife her father loved most. Nick's cousin, Charles, aka Lord Folkestone, offers for Ellie's hand out of spite, not love; Charles wants to make Nick's life miserable, and he knows that Ellie is hoping that her father will allow her to marry Nick if she completes one Season. Nick & Ellie have been keeping their relationship a secret; but Ellie mistakenly confides in Charles' sisters, who promptly give Charles the means to best Nick. OH, but that's not all... Ellie cuts Nick in a most cruel way, telling him that she could never marry a peasant.What seems to be the solution ends up a most tragic and wrenching break: Charles dies on the 3rd day of their marriage... in the bed of his opera mistress. Ellie is a widow. Nick is the new Lord Folkestone. You'd think that the two would find one another, and Ellie's father would be appeased by the title and money. NOPE.Nick leaves London to handle his family's business affairs in India. His brother Marcus is to handle the London affairs. That includes keeping a tally of Ellie's expenses and being her business adviser.Now, he's returning to London ONLY because someone is trying to murder him. He's not sure who it is, but Nick decides it's time to leave India. And so, he arrives at the Folkestone country home intending to put his dream revenge plan into action. His arrival coincides with the eve of Ellie's birthday - the night that she throws her annual party, usually quite a spectacle. This year is somewhat tame, however, because Ellie's siblings and half-siblings are in attendance after a long separation; and Ellie fears for their reputation should she throw her usual wild party.Nick is bent on revenge. And he cruelly informs Ellie that she owes him 40 thousand pounds, having long exceeded her dowry and annual allowance. Ellie, completely unaware, is in shock. Nick tells her that she can work it off by being his slave, day and night, for the next 4 months. Implied, of course, is sexual favors; not rape. While Nick postures about taking her as he wishes, the reality is that both Nick and Ellie are still in love with one another. But both have their individual demons of revenge, hurt, and guilt to deal with before they can acknowledge their true feelings.Thrown into the mix is the mystery of who wants Nick dead and why? That someone is still in the picture, and he's not afraid to pose as a highwayman, shoot his own accomplice in the head to prevent identification, or shoot into a crowd, attempting to hit either Nick or Marcus.While the mystery portion of the story is thin, it's amusing. Especially at the end of the book, when Nick attempts to interview his prime suspect.Overall, this is an enjoyable, if somewhat angsty, romance. Well-written with strong characters, including a very strong, independent woman protagonist.

  • Margaret Fisk
    2019-03-18 07:51

    Originally published on Tales to Tide You OverI enjoy historical romance. It's been a favorite genre of mine for a very long while. This book, however, takes the genre to another level. It is truly, beyond all others, about mature love. Beyond the fun glimpse into the period through the eyes of the various characters, including a look at the cross-continent trading as well as the lives of the ton, the novel is filled with characters who are complex and compelling, who have stories of their own to tell even if they're not the focus of this book. And Nick and Ellie are definitely among those complex characters.The story looks at the consequences of two soul mates who found each other when they were too young and still under control, actual and manipulation, of her father. Torn apart by this, neither has been able to move beyond that young love despite the passage of ten years and a lot of maturing. The "coming home" theme in contemporary romance is one I enjoy because there's time for their emotions to mature. I just never expected to find it in a historical romance.At first, Nick is bent on revenge for how Ellie broke his heart, and she's determined never to let herself be that vulnerable again. They have very real reasons for their attitudes, and both are guilty at least in part, but the book is about how they move past old pains and open themselves to a new future. It's not simply explaining what happened, or even taking responsibility for each of their choices. It's complicated both by the need for self-preservation and by wounds that stab deeper than rational thought.The Marquess Who Loved Me has the sensual/sexual content people have come to expect, but maybe not in the way they expect. Unlike the latest trends, the initial encounters are all about dominance as in Nick taking the control over Ellie that he thought she had taken over him when she dismissed him as unworthy of her hand. There's a lot more to that particular story, of course, but Nick saw only her cruel cut and comes back determined to own her in every way. It could have gone very dark. Instead, love rears its ugly (to both of them) head and undermines both of their plans to stay untouched and safe.On top of all of the witty dialogue mixed with social commentary and deep soul searching, there's also a murderer afoot, the need to keep it secret, and the possibility of betrayal from all sides.It might sound a bit crowded, and in another's hands, it might have been, but every piece from Nick's revenge to Ellie's paintings fit together smoothly. Where something might come from the outside such as the murderer, it is even more likely a result of the blend of relationships and hatreds in their inner circle. Every phrase has a double meaning, and every meaning only serves to offer a plausible, if unwanted, answer to the questions stewing in the minds of the characters.I started reading another title I'd received through NetGalley and found myself unable to finish for reasons other than craft. Though Sara Ramsey's novel was not next on the list, I thought it might serve as, shall we say, a pallet cleanser. It did that and more. I found myself making excuses to extend my reading time just that bit further, and even got back on the elliptical to capture ten more reading minutes. While I enjoy much of what I read, I don't always seek out other books by the author immediately. In this case, I'm planning to pick up the rest of this series which, I hope, will offer the rest of the tale for certain of the other characters I met and enjoyed.P.S. NetGalley provided this title in return for an honest review.

  • Aurian Booklover
    2019-03-22 12:29

    Ellie and Nick were a young couple in love, but with Ellie a Duke’s daughter, and Nick a rich tradesmen’s son, her father disapproved of the match. Instead, he wanted Ellie to marry Nick’s titled cousin. And to please her father, and save Nick from his wrath, Ellie gave in. But three days later, Ellie was a widow, and Nick was his cousin’s heir, the new Marquess of Folkestone. But Nick had already left for India, and there he stayed for the next 10 years, obsessing over Ellie and plotting his revenge, and also getting very, very rich. But now he is back in England, determined to claim his inheritance and take his revenge on Ellie. His younger brother was in on his plans for revenge, and he has made sure that Ellie kept spending more than she could, lending her money from Nick’s estate, while thinking it is her own money. And so Ellie is indebted to Nick for forty thousand pounds. A fortune she cannot possibly pay back. He wants her as his mistress for three months, to do with as he pleases, in and out of the bedroom. To keep her father from making another loveless match for her, Ellie had to sully her reputation so he would not bother with her anymore. She is known for her debauchery and orgies at her house parties. But still, she never did everything the ton is whispering about her. She has only had a few lovers in those 10 years, very casual flings. All this time she has been waiting for Nick to come home and claim her. And now, she is betrayed by him, and by his brother, whom she trusted to look after her affairs. She will not give in without hurting Nick in return.Nick came back for a reason though, someone is trying to kill him, and the thinks the culprit is in England. And now he has to find out who it is, before he is killed. This book is darker than the historical romances I am used to reading. There is not much humor in it, but it is a gripping tale, and I kept hoping that Nick would give in to his feelings for Ellie, and give up his revenge. He did show her some consideration every now and then that was unsuspected. Of course Ellie is furious about being deceived this way, but she is still glad that Nick has come home. They never did stop loving the other.I have been curious about Ellie since I encountered her in the first book. She is supposed to be a bad woman, with lots of lovers and such, but she did help her brother’s mistress without questions. And she never did sully her reputation beyond repair, beyond being welcome in the ton. She is a painter, using her handsome servants as models. And of course Nick stars in a lot of them…Nick has a hard time at the house party, trying to be nice to the aristocrats who would have shunned him before he inherited his title. And he certainly does not like how other men act protectively towards Ellie. She is his! But in the end, he might even has made some friends. The mystery was a good one, not easily solved. Sara Ramsey has a nice, fluent writing style, but she is especially good in writing characters you just have to fall for. The story is original; there is never a moment that I thought I knew what would happen next. So I do recommend this series, but don’t think it is fluffy, as it is not.8 stars.© 2013 Reviews by Aurian

  • Vânia Nunes
    2019-02-23 11:40

    Did you glance at the synopsis? Did you feel the power?Books about revenge always have a more pepper. This is so that ultra-super-passionate kind.Nick lost the woman of his life for a title. And worse, for someone of his own family. Unable to bear such disappointment - HER - he decides to leave and stay away for a long time.But he forgets that Ellie suffered the same. She was forced to marry his cousin Nick for her father. Family connections in the time were very important and she could not go against her father wishes. On the other hand, she also got mad at Nick because he departed leaving her. He did not fight for her. Years pass and the hurt only growing ...Ellie is a widow and an unfortunate (??) coincidence Nick is the heir to the title. With his return to reclaim what was rightfully his everything would be harder. How could they live after all that lived?Nick did not think of anything to facilitate Ellie's life. So it was not his concer if she was the widow of his cousin.Until there is a twist and Nick's life and those he loves are in the crosshairs of a killer. He no longer has to think about revenge, but only to save the woman who means everything to him ...The story gets really interesting: the return of Nick on the very day that Ellie gave a party for her birthday.It is interesting to read about what he thought, he brought the hate in his heart and all the things that he thought to do to avenge her. But you know the saying "the more stored anger, more love you feel." And that's the truth ...The man kitted out with Ellie. Charged delayed rental and said that if she could not pay, he would have a good idea of ​​what she could do. You know, right? But do not think Ellie is a passive heroine, and she knows what she feels for Nick is strong enough. After all, she not only been forced to marry another man; but this man, her husband, died three days after the wedding ...Creepy, no?Meanwhile, Nick's life is in danger. And who wanted to assassinate him since he lived outside the country, came behind him, and now threatens Ellie either? Well, the picture changes! Because now they will have to unite if they want to find out who the killer is and why he wants to kill Nick.I really enjoyed the book. Nick's character is totally passionate, you should be angry for being stubborn, but ends up falling for him.For Ellie ... Well, I think she's nice. I confess that at first I thought she was kind of ... let's say ... a bitch (???). She had a hurt heart and eventually became a person with dubious reputation, becauase of the kind of parties she liked to offer. But deep down she was not bad, and over reading I started to sympathize with her.The book has action, romance, mystery. Everything to hold the reader from start to end.I liked the characters. I felt no connection to Ellie at first, but always liked Nick.The pace of the story is good.Positive point: the mystery surrounding the killer was interesting and the chemistry between the main couple is perfect.Negative point: Ellie.If I read the other books in the series? I'm on the hunt!!4,5 STARS!!!

  • Evie
    2019-02-24 15:26

    I love a good historical and this one was great! In this third installment of the Muses of Mayfair series, Sara Ramsey introduces her readers to the life of Ellie Claiborne (a fiery heroine the way I like them) and Nicholas Claiborne (an irresistible bad boy). Ellie is a merry widow and she's gone on about her life any way that pleases her. She doesn't care whatever the rules are, and were she not the way she is, she'd be an outcast. But, no. Not this Ellie. The ton gasps at her antics but there is just so much to her that they prefer to accept whatever she does than miss the fun-- because, Ellie KNOWS how to have fun. The thing is, that is only a facade. She's brokenhearted and no matter what she does, the one man she once loved won't hear of her. Nicholas is a bad boy who's about to have his vengeance on the one woman who broke his heart. Ellie. Nick has plans for her, thinking he'd make her regret breaking his heart to tiny pieces. He's back, and he's ready to take back what is his. His claim includes her, whether she wants it or not. There is a thin line between love and hate. Both Ellie and Nick think they hate each other, but it doesn't take them long to realize the dislike they think they feel for each other, truly is love. What more can I say? Sara gives her readers: a good story, VERY likable characters, a little bit of fun, a dash of suspense, and...um, yes...she gives steam to her pages. I am looking forward to the next book in the series as I'm sure it'd be as awesome as this one. Blurb:A not-so-merry widow…The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover – the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him again.A man determined to destroy her...Nicholas Claiborne hasn’t stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer – and take revenge on the woman he couldn’t force himself to forget.A love they can’t escape…Nick hates Ellie’s transformation from sweet debutante to jaded seductress. Ellie despises him for leaving her behind. Still, the sparks between them reignite the passion that should have been their destiny. As their demands of each other turn darker and a potential killer closes in, they must decide whether to guard the fragile remnants of their hearts — or find a way to fall in love all over again.

  • Farrah
    2019-03-04 13:39

    The Marquess Who Loved Me was a lovely read. Though there were some elements that I didn't like, I definitely enjoyed this book.Let me just get the bad over with.I didn't like Ellie. I though she was, excuse my language, a bitch. She could just me so mean. Years ago, she broke off her engagement with Nick so that she could marry his cousin, a marquess, in order to please her father. But, during the book, she was angry with Nick for some unfathomable reason. Right from the beginning, she acted as is she had a right to be mad at him, when everything that happened between them was her fault. And then she threw out the flimsy excuse that Nick should have fought for her. Seriously? After she stomped all over his heart and told him under no uncertain terms that she wasn't going to marry him, she thinks that he should have fought for her. I just thought it was utterly ridiculous. I don't think Ellie had any reason to act the way she did. And, her excuse for leaving Nick to marry his cousin was way too flimsy for me to believe. I don't think "I was trying to please my father" justified her actions. I didn't even understand why she acted so guarded-absolutely nothing bad has ever happened to her that wasn't of her own doing. She had no reason to pretend to be jaded and guarded. I just didn't like her. And, what's more, everyone was going around blaming Nick for being mean to Ellie. As if he had absolutely no reason to be angry with her. Everyone took her side for some reason that I failed to comprehend. From what I saw in the book, she only had a few shining moments of humanity that kept me from utterly hating her. But, definitely not enough to excuse how she acted.The other problem was the whole murder mystery. I didn't feel like it fit within the book. It seemed like it was just an excuse for Nick to return to England rather than a true plot component. It was barely even brought up. In the beginning, it was used to explain why Nick returned to England. At the end, it was brought up again to be solved. It didn't feel like an actual part of the story.After all that, it probably seems like I hated the book. But, I didn't. I might not have loved the book, but I did like it. Nick was amazing. I adored him. He was so sweet and much more kind than I would have been in his situation. He was the saving grace of the book. He was perfect.I liked the situation presented in the book, though, obviously, some parts of the execution didn't fly with me. I liked how the plot was paced and I liked how nothing in the book felt predictable. And the ending was lovely.Though I had some issues with this book, I still liked it. If you like historical romance, you should give it a try-though maybe borrow instead of buy.*Thanks to Netgalley and Spencerhill Associates for a copy!

  • Romancing the Book
    2019-03-24 15:39

    Reviewed by: RobinBook provided by: book provided by NetGalley for reviewReview originally posted at Romancing the Book I have to say before I begin that yet again I enjoyed the continuation of The Muses of Mayfair series by Sara Ramsey. With each book she continues on with the lives of the three friends along with their honorary member. Because of this, each book could stand alone; but they are so much more enjoyable if read as the series. It is so very easy to fall in love with the story of each one of these friends. Each woman is so very remarkable in their own right and so very strong.In the third installment we get to follow Ellie Claiborne. Ellie is a very beautiful widow full of life, fire and passion. She married the cousin of the man she loved to please her father. On the outside we see someone who is strong, does what she pleases, and doesn’t follow the rules of the ton. Even though there are rules they tend to overlook them for her as she is very likeable. Ellie’s way of life is actually a façade to hide her broken heart.Entering Ellie’s life is a man from her past Nicholas Claiborne. Nick is Ellie’s other half; Her one true love. He left after he watched her marry his cousin. He went out to earn money as he was what was considered the poor relation at the time. No title and no money. He wants revenge on Ellie for tearing his heart to shreds and throwing it away. Always the bad boy Ellie finds she is still very drawn to Nicholas.Sometimes revenge may not be as sweet as what you imagine it to be in your mind as Ms. Ramsey’s showed us in Nick and Ellie’s story. I loved the love/hate relationship between Ellie and Nick there is that thin line between the two that often becomes very blurred or skewed to where you think one way but it actually is going the other way. She made it so real that you as the reader accepted it as something that was normal.Ms. Ramsey was able to portray the pain that Ellie had even though she pretended to be strong. I loved Ellie’s zest for life and how she was honest about the past even though Nick didn’t want to believe it. There was intensity in Nick’s feelings that came forth and filled him with regret as Ms. Ramsey made Ellie’s character honest giving Nick much more to deal with other than mere revenge. In each of the stories the characters interact and grow without losing sight of the main characters.I am so looking forward to next book as I think Ms. Ramsey may very well have saved the best of the friends for last.

  • Julie
    2019-03-16 12:56

    Check out some of my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!There's one thing that I wanted to address before I really got into my review. I always peruse reviews after I write my own. I would hate for what someone else thinks to taint my opinion and thoughts of a fresh read. For some reason, I started reading the reviews before I even flipped a page of this one. There was one reviewer that took me back a bit. They stated that there was a rape scene in this novel. I almost put the book in the Did Not Finish pile right then. Reading about rape just doesn't interest me and I don't think that I would ever read a novel where rape was involved. Kind of a weird thing considering that I can read about grisly murders, but I have my reading limits. Anyhow ... I decided to give the novel a shot anyhow. Dude, there was no rape scene. There wasn't a scene that even REMOTELY resembled rape. This just really chaps my ass. There are a lot of readers out there who don't want to read about rape in a romance novel ... they just want a fun, romantic read and this horrible claim could make someone shy away from this novel. I just think it's crappy of a reviewer to do ... give your opinion but don't make false claims about a novel. Okay, I'll jump off of my soap box now. You know, this was an interesting novel. My first reaction to the main character, Ellie, was not good. I didn't like her. I just wanted her to fall at Nicholas' feet and for them to fall in love again. Yeah, I know that that doesn't actually happen in romance novels ... what would be the point of reading it if it were that easy. After a while, I really started to like Ellie though. Both of these characters and the main characters were very well written. I wish that there had been more scenes with Nicholas' brother ... I really liked how he was developing. Maybe he will be the focus in the next novel. And that's really all I had to talk about with this one. Nothing really negative stood out to me and I ended up liking it. It wasn't the best historical novel out there but it wasn't the worst and I would probably pick it up again and read another one from this author.

  • VanessaPham
    2019-02-24 09:41

    I won this book courtesy of a goodreads first reads giveaway contest. So thank you for having given me a chance to read this book. I have given this book a three and a half stars. I rounded up because there was more that I liked than disliked about this book. This is actually the third book of this series and I'm not sure if I will continue to go back and read the rest of the installments. This was actually my first historical romance and I'm not sure I really like it. Maybe it's because I'm more into contemporary romances or something. I'm not sure. The plot was developed to a point, but it could have been better. It was lacking the intensity and the thrill that I normally look for In a book. As it was a mystery and romance novel, I was expecting quite a lot of action and flutter swoon moments that I didn't quite get out of this book. It wasn't the most action packed and it most didn't certainly start out with a Bang and end with a Bam. The overall idea of the book was quite good, but it may have been the writing that may have dragged it down. Speaking of writing, the style used was not very effective. It was lacking voice and the usual writing embellishments that made a book thrilling and fun to read. While the writing was good, I felt it could have attracted readers a lot more with a voice and distinct style. The characters were decent, but frustrating at times. They both had good chemistry between each other and I liked that, but the romance was a bit shallow. The deeper emotions should have played a bigger part of a romantic twist like this. The anger, the sadness, the frustrations... It was somewhat all missing. Te baggage that they both had was so easily solved with a flick of a wrist, but that's all right. I found myself detached from to characters and the book, while I was reading it. It was a struggle sometimes to focus, but I did. I'd reccomend this book for lovers of historical romance because of the higher chance you could get into the book. Still a good read with a solid three and a half stars.

  • notyourmonkey
    2019-02-23 07:54

    The hero in this book is even worse than the book before, but at least I've figured out why I keep reading these books so voraciously: Ramsey does an excellent "I will hold myself together in the face of extreme provocation and not only maintain my dignity but make equally cutting remarks in return" heroine, which I do adore. It's just that the extreme provocation is usually coming from the villain, not the hero. And again, it's like I see the idea of what Ramsey's going for, the various plot mechanisms she sets in place to create the particular kind of tension she wants between the hero and heroine, but it's like the impact of those mechanisms get brushed aside, and the implications of what it means to be a person who does that sort of thing is never addressed. By which I mean the hero. Always the hero. Always being a raging dickbag. This one, after what I'm sure is a thoroughly unpleasant jilting, spends the next ten years manipulating the heroine's finances in secret so that she is ultimately unwittingly ruinously in debt to him, which he offers to write off if she will do whatever he says, in or out of bed, for four months. I'm sorry; that's a shitty thing to do, and even if it's done out of hurt and to cover over love, it still makes you a shitty person to do it. And even as the author does explicitly address the consent issues inherent of all of this (because of course there are still sexytimes in this scheme), she never addresses the conflict between describing the hero as a person hellbent on the humiliation and ruination of the heroine as revenge while also describing him as a wonderful person passionately in love with the heroine. I just. He never once apologizes for the scheme, even after he calls it off, and, I don't know, I just want it more narratively recognized that he did a bad thing. But man I enjoy the viciously self-protective heroine, even as I seriously question her taste in men.

  • Kai
    2019-03-04 09:54

    The Marquess Who Loved Me is about the reunion of Ellie, the Marchioness of Folkestone and Nicholas (Nick) Claiborne. After ten years apart, Nicholas returned to seek Ellie's destruction for marrying his cousin Charles for the title of Marchoiness of Folkestone. What drove him back to England is that someone was trying to kill him in India and everything pointed to someone in England is behind the attacks. The story is more about Ellie and Nick. Nick wanted to humiliate Ellie by making her his mistress and Ellie was hoping that she could retained the upper hand by seducing Nick. The two characters don't know if they hate each other or love each other. Both were confessing bits and pieces that they still have feelings for each other but yet at the same time they couldn't let go of the past. Ellie hated that Nick wouldn't elope with her, that she had to married Nick's cousin, Charles, and that Nick has never come back to her after Charles has died in an accident.Nick hated Ellie for marrying Charles. He hated her for calling that he is a peasant and beneath her class. He hated her for being weak and did as her father, the Duke, demanded of her.It is a love and hate relationship. As for Nick's assassin's, the story doesn't mentioned much about it except at the beginning of the story and twice while Nick was in Folkestone. There are no mentioned after Ellie, Nick, and Nick's brother Marcus listed the list of people who would have the most to gain if Nick dies. When the culprit was confronted, this storyline just deflated. I would give the book 3.5 stars if the .5 exists. I love the tension between Ellie and Nick but to make this story as a suspense mystery, it was sadly lacking.I was given this book from the publisher for an honest review.

  • Elyse
    2019-03-19 10:55

    The Marquess Who Loved Me features a jilted hero and a heroine embittered by love.Ellie and Nick were young lovers with stars in their eyes. Nick was the son of a disgraced nobleman and Ellie the daughter of some seriously snooty aristocrats. Desperate for her father's approval, Ellie abandons Nick and marries his cousin, the Marquess of Folkstone. Broken hearted, Nick moves to India and makes a fortune in trade.The story opens with Nick returning home five years after his cousin's sudden death. He is now the Marquess, and wealthy to boot. Ellie found no happiness in her marriage (or her search for parental approval). She hides within a crowd, throwing lavish parties, becoming the toast of the ton.Nick has devised a scheme to get revenge for being jilted. Ellie's business manager is Nick's brother, Marcus. Marcus borrowed money from Nick's estate to fund Ellie's lifestyle--and now she ows him 40,000 pounds. Nick demands she become his mistress for a period of several months in order to pay off her debt.Personally I've never understood the revenge-sex theme. It's a little squicky and reeks of exploitation. In this case it more or less works becauses Ellie really wants Nick, and they wind up in bed prior to the arrangment. This is one of the sexier regencies I've read, so if you like steamy scenes it should be an auto-buy.The whole mistress thing starts to unravel when Ellie and Nick realize they still have feelings for each other. Add to that a little mystery--someone is trying to kill Nick. It's a sexy romp, with a little intrigue, and it's refreshingly set away from London (a country house party).Recommended for lovers of sexy regency hijinks and revenge plots

  • My Book Addiction and More MBA
    2019-03-16 14:43

    THE MARQUESS WHO LOVED ME by Sara Ramsey is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1813 London. #3 in the "Muses of Mayfair",but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Heiress Without a Cause" and "Scotsmen Prefer Blondes". Nicholas Claiborne,Marquess of Folkestone is back and determined to destroy, his one true love, Elinor (Ellie)Claiborne,now,the Marchioness of Folkestone,who married his cousin. Ellie is a widow now and Nick has chased a would be murderer from India which brought him back to London and his lost love. Filled with danger,secrets,regret,passion,revenge,forgiveness and love. Be warned though,Nick and Ellie have a somewhat awkward relationship as Nick is determined to seek his revenge by using Ellie's flesh,once they where young lovers intending to marry,but Ellie chose to marry his cousin,Charles,now Nick feels she owes him. He can not seem to move toward forgiveness,and Ellie can not seem to get Nick out of her system and her heart. But when danger threatens both Nick and the one's he loves including Ellie,revenge is the not what he has in mind. Fast paced. Nick and Ellie's story is unique,but an interesting story of lost love,vengeance and finding that love again. Oh, did I mention the passion between Nick and Ellie particularly ignites the pages. It brings the question do you really get over your first love? I would recommend this title for readers who enjoy historical,Regency,romance and a story with a different twist to it. Ms. Ramsey is a great storyteller. I enjoyed "The Marquess Who Loved Me" and am looking forward to the next installment,"The Earl Who Played With Fire", Muses of Mayfair #4 - coming late 2013. Received for an honest review from the author.RATING: 4.5HEAT RATING: HOTREVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

  • MelodyMay (What I'm Reading)
    2019-03-14 07:49

    Posted on What I'm ReadingI just finished The Marquess Who Loved Me by Sara Ramsey. Where do I started, I guess I should tell you I liked the book, but the story stressed me out. You probably asking how in the world did this stress you out. Let me explain:When Ellie Claiborne was younger she made a terrible mistake when she married Nicholas's cousin and she has been paying for her mistake for 10 years. Now Nicholas has return to England to extract his revenge on Ellie. Now Ellie and Nick are older and bit more jaded than they were before. So throughout the story Nick wants to make Ellie suffer like he has while in India. As he gets to know Ellie again, he can't really do so. At the same time, Ellie wants to fight Nick and forget him, but the more time she spends with him she realize she still loves him. So, during the first half the book I had an uneasy feeling, because the revenge plot Nick had instill. However, there was more than the revenge plot that Nick concocted, but another with a sinister plan to take care of Nick. Yet, majority of the story focused on Ellie and Nick's relationship and how they were going to med their relationship. Once I got past the uneasiness, I did enjoyed the story. I thought it was well crafted. Normally, I'm not a fan of revenge plots that bring lovers back together, but it worked for The Marquess Who Loved Me. So, if you are looking for something with a little revenge in it, you can try The Marquess Who Loved Me.Copy provided by NetGalley