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Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower. When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower. When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber windows of a house party, Maryann does the unthinkable. She anonymously claims that the bedchamber belonged to none other than Miss Fitzwilliam, tarnishing her own reputation—and chances of the dastardly union her family secured for her. Now she just needs to convince the marquess to keep his silence. Turns out Nicolas allows for the scandal to perpetuate for his own reasons… But when Maryann’s parents hold fast to their arranged marriage plan, it’ll take a scandal of epic proportions for these two to get out of this together. Each book in the Sinful Wallflowers series is STANDALONE: * My Darling Duke * Her Wicked Marquess


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Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower. When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber Miss Maryann Fitzwilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower. When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out the chamber windows of a house party, Maryann does the unthinkable. She anonymously claims that the bedchamber belonged to none other than Miss Fitzwilliam, tarnishing her own reputation—and chances of the dastardly union her family secured for her. Now she just needs to convince the marquess to keep his silence. Turns out Nicolas allows for the scandal to perpetuate for his own reasons… But when Maryann’s parents hold fast to their arranged marriage plan, it’ll take a scandal of epic proportions for these two to get out of this together. Each book in the Sinful Wallflowers series is STANDALONE: * My Darling Duke * Her Wicked Marquess

30 review for Her Wicked Marquess

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Reid

    I am so excited for you guys to read Her Wicked Marquess. Maryann and Nicolas's journey to happy ever after is one of my favorite stories, if not the fave. I loved writing it and I hope you guys feel that love and enjoy it as much as I do. P.S. Raccoons were known in England since colonization and their furs were sold in England!👀 I am so excited for you guys to read Her Wicked Marquess. Maryann and Nicolas's journey to happy ever after is one of my favorite stories, if not the fave. I loved writing it and I hope you guys feel that love and enjoy it as much as I do. P.S. Raccoons were known in England since colonization and their furs were sold in England!👀

  2. 4 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, is on a revenge mission, and Maryann Fitzwilliam wants to escape an odious betrothal. When gossip reports that Nicolas was seen climbing out of a window, Maryann starts a rumor that it was hers. Nicholas can't shake his growing interest for the surprisingly spunky Maryann. But, with his investigation and vengeance on the line, what will be more important: the vendetta or the vixen? This is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series. There are brie Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, is on a revenge mission, and Maryann Fitzwilliam wants to escape an odious betrothal. When gossip reports that Nicolas was seen climbing out of a window, Maryann starts a rumor that it was hers. Nicholas can't shake his growing interest for the surprisingly spunky Maryann. But, with his investigation and vengeance on the line, what will be more important: the vendetta or the vixen? This is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series. There are brief mentions of the heroine from book one, and a set up for book three's couple, but this book can stand alone. There is a lot of set up going on at the beginning of this story, and I had to focus perhaps a bit more than I wanted to in order to keep the details straight. However, once Nicholas and Maryann continued to circle each other, I was hooked by their flirtations. I love that Nicholas is somewhat of a dark, powerful figure, and he's unexpectedly undone by a strong-willed wallflower. Maryann is different than other woman he has encountered, and I liked how their chance pairing became friendship and then romance. The author's steamy scenes are always a treat, too! I also really appreciated that there were some twists in Nicholas's investigation. I wasn't expecting the outcome, and I always respect when an author can surprise me! 4.5 stars rounded to 5. Tropes: Wallflower, Revenge, Ruined * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #HerWickedMarquess #NetGalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    Topastro

    Stacy Reid is a favorite author of mine but I'm still unsure on how I feel about Her Wicked Marquess. My attention was not held and the story did not seem to really get going until the 40% mark. I also thought this was an odd follow up to My Darling Duke, it was much darker and didn't seem to quite fit in with what I thought this series would be like. The heroine was underdeveloped and inconsistent, it made it difficult for me to get connect with her. Maryann fell flat. Nicolas, on the other han Stacy Reid is a favorite author of mine but I'm still unsure on how I feel about Her Wicked Marquess. My attention was not held and the story did not seem to really get going until the 40% mark. I also thought this was an odd follow up to My Darling Duke, it was much darker and didn't seem to quite fit in with what I thought this series would be like. The heroine was underdeveloped and inconsistent, it made it difficult for me to get connect with her. Maryann fell flat. Nicolas, on the other hand was perfect, his pursuit of Maryann and conviction to bring justice to those who wrong a previous love was written flawlessly. The sex scenes in this were HOT! While not a complete disappointment it is far from a favorite or reread. Just a minor complaint, I hate when a cover does not match the author's description of a character: The cover model is blonde however in the book "His raven hair was impeccably styled, curling softly at his nape." TW: (view spoiler)[Off page rape of secondary character by multiple men and suicide. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    3.5 stars I was borderline obsessed with the previous book in this series and it sort of breaks my heart to rate this one so low. I love love loved Maryann and Nicolas. She’s feisty and smart and he’s charming and maybe a bit lost. Together they have loads of chemistry, curiosity, and cute moments. There were a good amount of characters here, but everyone stays on the superficial side. I will say I was hoping for a Kitty cameo, but it didn’t happen. Plot wise, it was good and not so good for me. 3.5 stars I was borderline obsessed with the previous book in this series and it sort of breaks my heart to rate this one so low. I love love loved Maryann and Nicolas. She’s feisty and smart and he’s charming and maybe a bit lost. Together they have loads of chemistry, curiosity, and cute moments. There were a good amount of characters here, but everyone stays on the superficial side. I will say I was hoping for a Kitty cameo, but it didn’t happen. Plot wise, it was good and not so good for me. I was loving all of the scenes with Maryann and Nicolas. I loved that he snuck into her room for conversation and chess and that he taught her to pick locks. The honesty between them was refreshing and Nicolas losing his mind over Maryann’s protection was perfection. My main problem with this book is that Nicolas is on a journey of revenge (which I’m absolutely here for) on behalf of a childhood friend who was gang raped and abused. The acts were not described in detail, but constantly mentioned in flashbacks, inner monologues, and conversation and it took a lot of enjoyment away for me. Overall, it was the characters who kept me captivated and a love for Stacy Reid that kept me reading. However, had I known it focused so heavily on this topic, I’m not sure I would have requested it. FYI: talks of rape, physical violence against women **Huge thanks to Entangled for providing the arc free of charge**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Oh my god! That ending!! Tears and smiles. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I don’t know what it was about this book but Reid really touched me with this story. The characters were amazing and the story was so completely unique. Nicolas was tough and not well-liked. He was on a mission that was ruthless and punishing. He was violent on one hand but with Maryanne, he was tender, sensual, and protective as hell. Heck, I was falling for him myself. Maryann, while called a wallflower, she was anything but. She was s Oh my god! That ending!! Tears and smiles. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I don’t know what it was about this book but Reid really touched me with this story. The characters were amazing and the story was so completely unique. Nicolas was tough and not well-liked. He was on a mission that was ruthless and punishing. He was violent on one hand but with Maryanne, he was tender, sensual, and protective as hell. Heck, I was falling for him myself. Maryann, while called a wallflower, she was anything but. She was smart, witty, and loved him with her whole heart. But she was supposed to marry another. I love the way Reid tells the story. This is no ordinary historical romance. It’s an intimate connection that is on fire. Starting with a slow burn, she builds up the heat, page by page. The emotion packs a punch and several times my eyes were misty and my heart was breaking too. This is more than a romance novel. This is a love story that gives you all the feels right along with the characters. The highs and the lows leading to an amazing climax to the story that catches you completely off guard. And the ending is simply perfect. It still makes me smile just thinking about it. The story was more than I was hoping for and the author absolutely gave it her all. This book isn’t just for historical romance readers. It’s for anyone that loves a true love story. Reid is a masterful storyteller who just shouldn’t be missed! * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/her-wicked-m...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amira

    Getting an advance reader copy of this book made my week! I still pre-ordered my copy but I was so excited to read this I did not work today. I think I have read almost every book HistRom this author writes. HER WICKED MARQUESS is my favorite. I would give this book 6 stars if I could! I LOVED the chemistry between Nicolas and Maryann. It was so damn hot and also sweet. I love how protective he was of her and the lengths he would go to ensure her safety. That had me swooning all over the place a Getting an advance reader copy of this book made my week! I still pre-ordered my copy but I was so excited to read this I did not work today. I think I have read almost every book HistRom this author writes. HER WICKED MARQUESS is my favorite. I would give this book 6 stars if I could! I LOVED the chemistry between Nicolas and Maryann. It was so damn hot and also sweet. I love how protective he was of her and the lengths he would go to ensure her safety. That had me swooning all over the place and grinning like a fool. The buildup of their romance and how they fell in love was sooooooo good! There is also a revenge plot that had me hooked from the beginning and on my seat wondering where it was going. It was heartbreaking, intense, and how it ended very satisfying. A really good read and brilliant addition to the series. I am already desperate for the next book. I hope we get ALL of the Wallflower's love stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    This is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series and it is another good addition by Stacy Reid. This featured Lady Maryann Fitzwilliam whose family arranged for her to be betrothed to the Earl of Stamford, a sadistic man old enough to be her father. In order to get out of the engagement, Maryann spreads a rumor that the rakish Nicholas Ives, Marquess of Rothbury snuck into her bedroom and "took liberties". Maryann knew it would make her damaged goods and the Earl wouldn't want her with h This is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series and it is another good addition by Stacy Reid. This featured Lady Maryann Fitzwilliam whose family arranged for her to be betrothed to the Earl of Stamford, a sadistic man old enough to be her father. In order to get out of the engagement, Maryann spreads a rumor that the rakish Nicholas Ives, Marquess of Rothbury snuck into her bedroom and "took liberties". Maryann knew it would make her damaged goods and the Earl wouldn't want her with her reputation in ruins. What she didn't count on was getting entangled in the revenge plots that Nicholas had set into motion. Now all of the enemies of the Marquess can go after Maryann, and Nicholas won't let that happen. Nicholas decides to offer Maryann protection via marriage, but it is also clear Nicholas is attracted to Maryann's spirit. From the beginning, Maryann showed she wasn't a wallflower nor a scared debutante. She was resourceful and had very witty banter with Nicholas. They had chemistry and both had a sense of justice for others. I love that Maryann wasn't the typical ton female, she had intelligence, inner fortitude and loyalty, the same qualities Nicholas possessed too. While they started off as a fake relationship, their attraction couldn't be denied. Stacy Reid's writing was entertaining, suspenseful and romantic. I was engaged from the beginning to the end. I will say that this book was a lot heavier than I expected. The revenge mission that Nicholas was a part of contained some issues that may trigger some readers. So I hope readers pay attention to the precis before reading. I look forward to the next book in this series as there is definitely more characters to explore. Special Thanks to Entangled Amara via Netgalley for the e-ARC given in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Wow! This was a wonderful read!!! Maryann had me cheering for her within a few pages. For the era, she’s fighting for the chance to be free. Interestingly, she doesn’t desire a career as many historical romance heroines in recent years seem to do. All she wants is a large family within a marital relationship filled with love and that will allow her to be a partner, rather than an object of ownership. She was quite feisty and I loved how she enthralled Nicolas from the beginning due to her quirky Wow! This was a wonderful read!!! Maryann had me cheering for her within a few pages. For the era, she’s fighting for the chance to be free. Interestingly, she doesn’t desire a career as many historical romance heroines in recent years seem to do. All she wants is a large family within a marital relationship filled with love and that will allow her to be a partner, rather than an object of ownership. She was quite feisty and I loved how she enthralled Nicolas from the beginning due to her quirky ways. Nicolas was one of the most alpha heroes I’ve read in awhile, and that’s comparing him to contemporary romances as well. Put him in a mafia romance and holy heck, he’d set the standard for a new type of hero. He had a steadfastness to him that had me lingering on every action he took and words he spoke in regards to Maryann. As the relationship between them grew his protectiveness of her grew exponentially. Nicolas had me swooning, and I don’t swoon easily. While this has a great rhythm and pace to the story, the relationship slowly evolves giving these characters a chance to truly get to know one another and thereby fall in love in a believable manner. The initial steam is light but it continues to grow as the story develops. When the slow burn finally comes to its ultimate conclusion, the ending result was an inferno of passion. This has several plot lines running through it with plenty of drama and a bit of angst. I was engaged from the first page as this author pulled me into the story and had me experiencing the highs and lows with Maryann and Nicolas. I laughed, gasped, cursed, and cried throughout the book before I closed it with a huge smile, delighted in an epilogue that gave me everything I needed. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[h virgin; H not a manwhore; om drama is due to a man h’s father has betrothed her to - h does not want to marry him and tries to avoid him - he causes drama but does not separate the h/H; a bit of ow drama but it only last a few pages and while the h thinks one thing, she’s wrong, and the ow does not do or say anything to h to cause drama and she does not set out to separate the h/H (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[rape - not on page (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Lady Maryann Fitzwilliam made the mistake of being too free and outspoken with her opinions in her first season and has now been labeled a wallflower. With no offers forthcoming several years later, her parents arrange a match for her with a man the same age as her own father. Maryann is determined to use her wits to escape the match. When a scandal column chronicles Nicholas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out of a debutante's window, Maryann sees an opportunity. She daringly claims Lady Maryann Fitzwilliam made the mistake of being too free and outspoken with her opinions in her first season and has now been labeled a wallflower. With no offers forthcoming several years later, her parents arrange a match for her with a man the same age as her own father. Maryann is determined to use her wits to escape the match. When a scandal column chronicles Nicholas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury, climbing out of a debutante's window, Maryann sees an opportunity. She daringly claims the bedchamber in question was her own and counts on the gossipmongers to cast shadows onto her reputation in the hopes that her parents' choice of groom will cry off. She just has to make sure the marquess doesn't give her ruse away. I wound up enjoying this but it did take awhile for me to get that point. For the first half or more, Maryann just frustrated me, especially when she kept making excuses for her parents' awful and hypocritical behavior towards her. I was also not expecting the revenge plotline and that definitely threw me off a bit. I loved the ending and its revelations, but I can't say more for fear of spoilers. I will say I liked the clandestine nature of the courtship between Nicholas and Maryann. Him sneaking into her rooms was quite romantic and allowed them to get to know each other on a deeper level, which made it believable that they fell in love fairly quickly. I did find the ending to be a bit abrupt and there were a lot of errors with titles and wrong words, even for an ARC, but hopefully these are fixed in the final copy. Overall, the storyline was original and the ending satisfying. I liked this much better than its predecessor and will look forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rainelle

    I loved this book. I liked the humor between the two characters. I felt that Nicholas was very comfortable around Maryann. He was charming towards her with wit. His devil may care attitude. And his insatiable need to get to know her more. I think he was sweeping Maryann off her feet. I like how the two played the cat and mouse game with each other. Maryann new how to stand her ground with Nicholas and Stamford, but not her parents. I enjoyed the romantic entertainment in the book. I also enjoyed I loved this book. I liked the humor between the two characters. I felt that Nicholas was very comfortable around Maryann. He was charming towards her with wit. His devil may care attitude. And his insatiable need to get to know her more. I think he was sweeping Maryann off her feet. I like how the two played the cat and mouse game with each other. Maryann new how to stand her ground with Nicholas and Stamford, but not her parents. I enjoyed the romantic entertainment in the book. I also enjoyed the mystery that played in the background of the romance. I struggled with the courtship between Nicholas and Maryann just a little. I was looking for Nicholas to kiss Maryann again or at least a passionate make out session between the two characters halfway through the book. Also, the mystery, I was waiting for it to pick some steam when Nicholas made the decision to protect Maryann. I still enjoyed the book. The romance between Maryann and Nicholas I found quite entertaining and romantic. I received a free copy of this book via NetGally and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline♡ beautyliterate

    5/5 stars While I enjoyed the first in the Sinful Wallflowers series, I am even more surprised by how addictive this second one was. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a slow burn historical romance. I loved our characters and as the story progresses I enjoyed getting to learn about them individually as well as through their relationship. They really do come off the pages and even when I wasn't reading this book these characters were on my mind. I was immensely invested in the plot and 5/5 stars While I enjoyed the first in the Sinful Wallflowers series, I am even more surprised by how addictive this second one was. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a slow burn historical romance. I loved our characters and as the story progresses I enjoyed getting to learn about them individually as well as through their relationship. They really do come off the pages and even when I wasn't reading this book these characters were on my mind. I was immensely invested in the plot and THE ROMANCE. My goodness, I have said it again but I will be preaching it to the anyone willing to listen. Stacy Reid can write chemistry and she can write her smut. She has a way of making her romances, centric on the characters and learning of them without it feeling overdone or repetitive. She has a unique way of approaching the story that allows enough of a build up before further bringing you into the story. Plus the development feels real. The circling of our characters with one another is pure entertainment I could read for hours, which I did, and cannot wait to reread time and time again!! I cannot express how much I enjoyed this story! Truly cannot wait for not only more in this companion series but more from Stacy Reid herself. Was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen (About That Story)

    Her Wicked Marquess was phenomenal! It was exciting to read with all the twists and turns and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved the drama, wit, passion, and intensity! Maryann and Nicholas were fantastic and unique characters. I loved Maryann so much and how she was going after what she wanted and trying to put herself out there to get the life she deserves. She's bold, bright, and fearless. Nicholas is quite devilish and not at all what he shows the world. He's smart and meth Her Wicked Marquess was phenomenal! It was exciting to read with all the twists and turns and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved the drama, wit, passion, and intensity! Maryann and Nicholas were fantastic and unique characters. I loved Maryann so much and how she was going after what she wanted and trying to put herself out there to get the life she deserves. She's bold, bright, and fearless. Nicholas is quite devilish and not at all what he shows the world. He's smart and methodical, and definitely a man on a mission. I loved learning about them, their motives, and their plots. I was completely fascinated by Nicholas' need for revenge and all the layers involved, it felt very cloak-and-dagger at times. I loved how he and Maryann met and the tension and intrigue between them. I loved their push and pull, their clever dialogue and verbal sparring. These two could be playful and teasing and it made for a lot of fun. It’s like they had a passionate game of cat and mouse happening. The build to them coming together was amazing and I hung on every word. I was filled with so much anticipation for them to get together. When sparks start to fly, it's intimate, raw, and real. I couldn't stop reading because I needed answers and was excited about what was going to happen next. There were so many I-didn't-see-that-coming moments, it was awesome. I loved the different aspects happening, Maryann battling for her independence, Nicholas’ need for revenge, and them together and how it all connected. I love the layers, development, and the build to all of Nicholas's secrets as well. It was fantastic when everything came together. The writing was wonderful, descriptive with great details. I thought this was incredibly entertaining and witty with the perfect mix of emotion and heat blended in. I loved Nicholas sharing, trusting, opening his heart, and moving forward. And that ending! The intensity of it, the drama and action, it was gripping. From beginning to end, this story consumed me and I couldn’t put it down! Complimentary copy received from Entangled Publishing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After one of her fellow wallflowers has married, after having her own scandal in the process, Lady Maryann Fitzwilliam decides it's her time to shine. Knowing that her parents want her to marry an abhorrent earl, a friend of the family who is old enough to be her father, she orchestrates for herself to be spoken about in all the scandal sheets, linked with the renowned rake Nicholas Ives, Marqu I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After one of her fellow wallflowers has married, after having her own scandal in the process, Lady Maryann Fitzwilliam decides it's her time to shine. Knowing that her parents want her to marry an abhorrent earl, a friend of the family who is old enough to be her father, she orchestrates for herself to be spoken about in all the scandal sheets, linked with the renowned rake Nicholas Ives, Marquess of Rothbury. However, being linked to him has brought more than just gossip on her heels. Nicholas is embroiled in a plot that's been ten years in the making, and his enemies would do anything to find a weakness, and it's so obvious that Maryann is his biggest weakness yet. As Nicholas gets closer to achieving vengeance, will he be able to control his heart, or has Maryann stolen her wicked marquess? As soon as I had finished My Darling Duke, I knew I needed more from this series. I had expected this book to be Charlotte's story, but Maryann was wonderful and I fell in love with her. She is a wallflower, and has never really been bothered by it in the past, but as soon as it's apparent she will be forced to marry that disgusting Earl Stamford, who has no qualms in sleeping with a servant when she's in the room, and takes pleasure in her disgust and fear, she needs to do anything she can to stop the match. But even after she starts the rumour that Nicholas was caught sneaking out of her room, her parents will not relent, and try and squash the rumours themselves, doubling down on the match. However, once Nicholas hears of the gossip, he can't stay away from the surprisingly enticing Maryann, and actually sneaks into her room, night after night, and an unlikely friendship is formed. I honestly felt like their affection for each other, not only based in lust, but in actually enjoyment of being together, was phenomenal, and made the angst towards the end of the story even more heart wrenching. One thing that may discount from the enjoyment of this story, for some, was the revenge plot that Nicholas was on. In his youth, he had been friends with the daughter of one of his servants, and she was brutally attacked and raped by a gang of 'gentleman', the sons of powerful men, and killed herself after leaving a letter with clues to the culprits. Though nothing was actually seen on page, there were many flashbacks to Ariana's letter, and it could be triggering. I appreciated this part being in the story, to explain Nicholas' back story, and why he was so engrossed in his revenge, and his need to protect Maryann. All in all, I really enjoyed this instalment, and though we didn't see anything of Kitty, I hope that the next book see's more cameos from previous characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    viktoria

    Pre-read: After reading #1 (and guessing on whose book it will be)... Just, like, constant eta: After reading the summary: the above .gif times a million Pre-read: After reading #1 (and guessing on whose book it will be)... Just, like, constant eta: After reading the summary: the above .gif times a million

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin Nicholas St. Ives, Marquess of Rothbury, is a man on a mission. He plays the feckless rake, making his way into the inner circles of those who raped and caused the death of the girl he once loved so that he can exact his revenge. Nicholas has accounted for every contingency…except Maryann Fitzwilliam. The clever and outspoken wallflower seems to be using his name to start a scandal in order to avoid marriage to a horrible man. From the first Maryann and Ni 4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin Nicholas St. Ives, Marquess of Rothbury, is a man on a mission. He plays the feckless rake, making his way into the inner circles of those who raped and caused the death of the girl he once loved so that he can exact his revenge. Nicholas has accounted for every contingency…except Maryann Fitzwilliam. The clever and outspoken wallflower seems to be using his name to start a scandal in order to avoid marriage to a horrible man. From the first Maryann and Nicholas are drawn together. But between her unwanted fiancé’s determination to possess her and Nicholas’s quest for revenge, there’s no way the two of them can be together…is there? Stacy Reid mixes the dark and the light beautifully in Her Wicked Marquess . Nicholas and Maryann charmed me from the start and that charm never faded. I loved the sparks that flew between them instantaneously. The (seeming) rake and the spirited wallflower? That kind of pairing is catnip to me. What I loved most about their relationship is that Reid gave it space to grow and develop. I adored watching them become friends before they fell in love. Nicholas would never be one to cage Maryann; he encourages her to be who she really is, even though society would turn their noses up at the pair of them if they could. Their secret nighttime encounters brought a smile to my face and I adored their teasing banter. The sexual tension that simmers underneath it all is delicious and I enjoyed watching them lose the battle to resist one another. Nicholas and Maryann see one another for who they really are and Reid crafts their love story so wonderfully that you can feel how good a match they are down to your bones. There’s no false drama in Maryann and Nicholas’s relationship, which I really appreciated. The obstacles are in the form of Maryann’s detestable suitor and the revenge plot. I won’t say how either plotline plays out but the former made me shudder in parts and the latter broke my heart. Nicholas is caged to the past because he failed someone he loved. Reid makes his need for vengeance and the guilt he carries understandable, which is why him trying to hold himself back even as he falls in love with Maryann is a believable obstacle. Though no depictions of sexual assault are portrayed on the page, they are discussed so I want to provide a trigger warning in case it’s needed. It’s a hard balance to have heavy topics such as this mixed with humor and light, but Reid does both perfectly while giving the more serious storyline the respect it deserves. Her Wicked Marquess is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series but it can easily be read as a standalone. I did enjoy the meetings between Maryann and her friends and found myself particularly intrigued by Ophelia, who I desperately hope is next in line for her happily ever after. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Maryann and Nicholas’s story. Stacy Reid’s love stories always sweep me away and Her Wicked Marquess is no exception. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    4.5 stars Lady Maryann, although considered a wallflower and timid, had hidden depths. She was willing to go to great extremes to escape an unwanted marriage. However, her mother was determined that Maryann should marry. Nicholas, Marquess of Rothbury, was also not what he seemed to be. He too, had hidden depths and didn’t show his true character to society. Nicholas was on a vengeance mission. Maryann and Nicholas gradually got to know each other and their feelings deepened but would Nicholas’s 4.5 stars Lady Maryann, although considered a wallflower and timid, had hidden depths. She was willing to go to great extremes to escape an unwanted marriage. However, her mother was determined that Maryann should marry. Nicholas, Marquess of Rothbury, was also not what he seemed to be. He too, had hidden depths and didn’t show his true character to society. Nicholas was on a vengeance mission. Maryann and Nicholas gradually got to know each other and their feelings deepened but would Nicholas’s mission take precedence. This was an engaging read, some of the scenes towards the end were wonderful and heartfelt. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it l all thoughts and opinions are my own. However, I did purchase my own copy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    4.5 stars I’ve never read this author before but I’m glad I gave this book a shot. I loved both characters and the romance was delicious. I just wish it were a bit shorter. ARC

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Slow start but I really liked it. I really like how Reid allows her characters time to fall in love.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jewels Tate

    This book was given to as a arc from netgalley in return for my honest review. 4.5 stars *contains spoilers * Before I start this review, I would like to thank Stacy Reid for writing such wonderful books to keep my mind off reality. Thank you for giving me a chance to escape through the pages. It's always much needed. I was enthralled with this book, that is was so hard for me to set it down when I had to be a responsible adult lol. This book contains laughter, emotional stress, love, tension, sex This book was given to as a arc from netgalley in return for my honest review. 4.5 stars *contains spoilers * Before I start this review, I would like to thank Stacy Reid for writing such wonderful books to keep my mind off reality. Thank you for giving me a chance to escape through the pages. It's always much needed. I was enthralled with this book, that is was so hard for me to set it down when I had to be a responsible adult lol. This book contains laughter, emotional stress, love, tension, sexual tension and the cutest banter. One of lines that made laugh through out the book was "racoons do that". My Wicked Marquess is about Nicolas, and Maryann. Nicolas holds the reputation of being the most scandalous wicked rake. Behind that facade he's actually just a really sweet guy but can be dangerous. He's one you should never mess with. He's a great friend, but can also be the worst enemy. Maryann is a witty bookish book nerd. She's also sweet and very kind to those she cares about. Nicolas seeks revenge for those who took his first love. One by one he takes them down. Maryann is trying to thwart and escape her parents plan of a arranged marriage to man her father's age. She seeks wickedness, scandal, & ruination... because of that she uses Nicolas name in vain. Spreading false rumors about herself in hopes to stop the unwanted marriage plans. But little does she know by linking their names together, his friends are now hers. His enemies are definitely now hers too. That's when their worlds starts to collide together. The met once when he aides her in a scheme. Pretending to be her masked brother they acted out the plot, and he thought she was the cutest, and bravest little thing. The entire time she thinks that he is her brother, until he speaks, and she hears his deep masculine voice. There were sparks flying everywhere...but she never found out his identity. So they were already attracted to eachother to begin with. With those fake rumors he saw it as a invitation. She owed him a kiss and she was to be warned. He sneaks into her room, waits for her and that's how their love story begins.. I wholeheartedly recommend this book! It has just the right amont of everything and makes a perfect combination. Great character and relationship build up, hot sexual tension, emotional rise, and lastly two individuals that truly belong together.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Viper Spaulding

    Ooooo, what a deliciously sinful romance! If you thought Kitty was brave and daring in My Darling Duke, then you are not prepared for the very mischievous Maryann! The story starts with a delightful meet cute with a dash of revenge fantasy and just keeps getting better and better as the story progresses. Maryann is determined to avoid a forced marriage to an utterly abhorrent man, and she has no qualms about borrowing the scandalous reputation of a notorious rake. Nicolas, however, has carefully Ooooo, what a deliciously sinful romance! If you thought Kitty was brave and daring in My Darling Duke, then you are not prepared for the very mischievous Maryann! The story starts with a delightful meet cute with a dash of revenge fantasy and just keeps getting better and better as the story progresses. Maryann is determined to avoid a forced marriage to an utterly abhorrent man, and she has no qualms about borrowing the scandalous reputation of a notorious rake. Nicolas, however, has carefully cultivated his rake status as a cover to investigate the affairs of the men who committed a horrible crime so that he can mete out whatever justice he can, in the style of the Count of Monte Cristo. This carefully crafted cat-and-mouse tale is superbly written, with both Maryann and Nicolas taking turns as the predator and the prey. Their banter appears effortless on the surface but there's an unmistakable current of honest emotion constantly flowing between them. It is this soulmate-level interplay that really sets this book above its contemporaries, and I absolutely loved every last bit of it. The secondary characters are also complex and multi-faceted, bringing surprising conflicts as well as shocking resolutions to the seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I was so happy to see the secondary romance get a solid HEA as well - any story that delivers two HEAs is an automatic winner in my book! Nicolas and Maryann have the kind of love that legends are made of, making this one of the most romantic stories I've read all year. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves historical romances, or just romance in general. It's truly one of a kind. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Holly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In general I enjoyed this book, as I do of all Stacy Reid's books. But the act of violence committed by the men that provides the basis of the revenge storyline is a bit too lighthearted for my liking. I don't think such a heinous crime has a place in a fluff book like this. I feel like somehow it has lessened the attack Arianna suffered. I think if I treat Maryann and Nicolas' love story as a separate entity to the crime, and pretend that in the end ALL the participants were truly punished rath In general I enjoyed this book, as I do of all Stacy Reid's books. But the act of violence committed by the men that provides the basis of the revenge storyline is a bit too lighthearted for my liking. I don't think such a heinous crime has a place in a fluff book like this. I feel like somehow it has lessened the attack Arianna suffered. I think if I treat Maryann and Nicolas' love story as a separate entity to the crime, and pretend that in the end ALL the participants were truly punished rather than half of them being tamely let off, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed this book! But yeah, not a great mesh for me!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ally Machala

    Um so parts of this book took my breath away. I’m obsessed. Full review to come.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    In an effort to right a wrong, Lady Maryann Fitzwilliam has enlisted her brother Crispin to help her carry out her plan to embarrass her former friend and the reigning belle of the ton, Lady Sophie Wembley. Her plan is simple, she will wait until Sophie comes close to a window in the ballroom and then will have Crispin dump a bucket of grass snakes on her and watch her humiliate herself. But it isn’t Crispin who comes to her aid, a fact she doesn’t learn until after the deed is done. She is horr In an effort to right a wrong, Lady Maryann Fitzwilliam has enlisted her brother Crispin to help her carry out her plan to embarrass her former friend and the reigning belle of the ton, Lady Sophie Wembley. Her plan is simple, she will wait until Sophie comes close to a window in the ballroom and then will have Crispin dump a bucket of grass snakes on her and watch her humiliate herself. But it isn’t Crispin who comes to her aid, a fact she doesn’t learn until after the deed is done. She is horrified and runs away – but soon discovers who her “helper” was – none other than the notorious libertine, Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury. Nicolas had his own reasons for being at the ball and for intercepting Crispin. Maryann was never part of his plan, but after meeting her, he is intrigued by her and can’t seem to stop thinking about her. Especially once he learns she plans to use him to ruin her – or at least imply that he ruined her to get out of an arranged marriage. When he overhears her spreading a rumor that he snuck into her room and stole a kiss – he can’t let that slide and proceeds to do just what she accused him of. But at much as he is captivated by her, he can’t afford to get tangled up with her – at least not until he carries out his plans for revenge on those who hurt someone he loved and cause her to kill herself. He has been setting up his revenge for years and tracking down all the men who were involved in Arianna’s downfall and ultimately her death. He is not positive, but thinks that Maryann’s brother was involved, so that is even more reason for him to stay away – but he just can’t. And as he spends time with her, and begins to fall for her, he knows he will have to make a choice – love or honoring his vow to Arianna’s memory. This was not a light read and based on the blurb, I was not prepared for a book that was in essence a revenge story – which is not a trope I enjoy. I felt like the book had the potential to be fabulous, but the revenge, inconsistencies, the title errors, and the odd raccoon references (I totally agree with another reviewer who noted this – there were no raccoons in England, so why use them??) – however, the twist at the end of the book was outstanding and the love scenes were smokin’ hot – so the book was not a total miss for me. Overall, the book was not my favorite by this author and it did drag a bit in the middle – but the ending did go a long way into making up for that and as this was an uncorrected arc, I am going to assume inconsistencies and title errors will be corrected before publication (hopefully), so would recommend that you judge for this book for yourself. This is the second book in this series, but they are very loosely connected and are definitely able to be read as stand-alone titles. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. *

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    I read this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review Ten years ago a young lady was approached by five young men, a couple of days she sent a letter to her best friend Nicolas and then she drowned herself in a river. Ever since then Nicolas has been hunting these men one by one while at the same time feeling guilt and regret for not being there when his friend was attacked. One night he crashes into the home of one of the suspects when he meets his sister, Maryann. Maryann is a I read this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review Ten years ago a young lady was approached by five young men, a couple of days she sent a letter to her best friend Nicolas and then she drowned herself in a river. Ever since then Nicolas has been hunting these men one by one while at the same time feeling guilt and regret for not being there when his friend was attacked. One night he crashes into the home of one of the suspects when he meets his sister, Maryann. Maryann is a wallflower and a bluestocking. No man of the ton looks at her twice for she is smart, outspoken, direct, honest and well read. She makes them uncomfortable. Nicolas never had any interest in her as he was blinded by his hatred. Not only that he has built a fame around his person that he is the wildest rogue in town, to associate with any woman would mean ruination for her. Yet Maryann uses his fame to make up a rumor that she’s been ruined by him so her appointed fiancée will break the betrothal and her parents will have to send her to the country where she will be able to live her life as a spinster and be happy ever after. That very night Nicolas breaks into her bedchamber just to make the rumor true or so he made her believe, and they become friends. The rumor doesn’t work the way she wanted so… they plot to make things even harder for the ton to look the other way and in the meantime, Nicolas investigates his suspects, threatens them, and falls in love with someone who brings light to a life of darkness. I think I would have enjoyed the book so much more without the “Is there forgiveness for them?” dilemma that is thrown into the book. For Stacy Reid there is no forgiveness, that much is clear, but she raises the question anyway. Having one character redeeming himself might lead to think she condones it and I’m afraid there will be readers who will not understand the actual circumstances for the redemption. I can’t give away details but there’s that. Honestly it was the romance which I enjoyed the most, not the revenge plot or the fake rake trope. The romance is so beautiful. They are enemies for a second but then they fall in to such a ridiculous and funny fight that they become very good friends. They see each other for who they really are and not for the disguise they present to others, even family. They understand and support each other. Nicolas is very protective of Maryann but he also sees her fierceness and braveness. And Maryann is so understanding of his situation while at the same time she hurts for him, for the bitterness and the painful regret that she sees in his eyes. They meet when they most needed to be understood and comforted, they have fun together, they dream together… and they live happily ever after because they deserve that, more than anyone else. The best thing is that I calculate that it all happens in a matter of weeks, but the pace set by Stacy Reid is slow and quiet, taking her time to uncover all the plot and the subplots… that if feels like a slow burn romance. And also because they become friends before becoming lovers and the process feels so natural that it’s heartwarming.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Estela

    Starring Miss Maryann Eleanor Fitzwilliam and Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury. Trope: Revenge This story is romance with intrigue thrown in the plot. A few twists that had me gasping!! Stacy Reid, once again, kept me glued to the pages. I loved every second I spent with this book!! Fantastic!! This was angsty at its best!! Nicolas was moody and broody and absolutely delicious. He’s my favorite kind of intense hero. I may have melted every time he was on the page. I love how protective Starring Miss Maryann Eleanor Fitzwilliam and Nicolas St. Ives, the Marquess of Rothbury. Trope: Revenge This story is romance with intrigue thrown in the plot. A few twists that had me gasping!! Stacy Reid, once again, kept me glued to the pages. I loved every second I spent with this book!! Fantastic!! This was angsty at its best!! Nicolas was moody and broody and absolutely delicious. He’s my favorite kind of intense hero. I may have melted every time he was on the page. I love how protective he was when it comes to Maryann... and that he’s willing to sacrifice anything for her. I’m pulling him outta the pages so he can be my book boyfriend!! Maryann is a little spitfire who stands up for the underdog. Some of her antics had me laughing so hard. She is a worthy heroine for Nicolas. She is the sunshine in the darkness he chooses to dwell in... and she draws him out with her light. Totally loved her!! Together, Nicolas and Maryann gave me all the feels. I really love that he calls her “raccoon” when she wants to be a “lioness”. “In jokes” between a couple is my jam!! They made me smile a heck of a lot!! Maryann and Nicolas are one of my favorite couples of 2020!! My heart is happy that these two found their HEA. Another fantastic story by the wonderful Stacy Reid. She is beyond amazing and I can’t get enough of her stories. Honestly, one of my favorite authors of all time. She is firmly on my keeper shelf. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily review it and the comments are 100% my own. My star rating: 5 stars Ugly cried AF. Major book hangover. Characters and storyline were freaken amazeballs. Made me wanna hug the author for writing a book that gave me all the feels!! Will definitely be re-reading this story over and over and over again!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meigan

    I think I’ve found a new favorite historical romance author. This is my second book I’ve read from Stacy Reid and I am most definitely hooked. Maryann Fitzwilliam is a wallflower that wants an escape; Nicolas St. Ives, Marquess of Rothbury wants revenge. It's this combination of circumstances that initially brings them together, and what a delightful first encounter it is! Their initial meeting is full of fun, and that sets the tone for the entirety of this humorous and often emotional love stor I think I’ve found a new favorite historical romance author. This is my second book I’ve read from Stacy Reid and I am most definitely hooked. Maryann Fitzwilliam is a wallflower that wants an escape; Nicolas St. Ives, Marquess of Rothbury wants revenge. It's this combination of circumstances that initially brings them together, and what a delightful first encounter it is! Their initial meeting is full of fun, and that sets the tone for the entirety of this humorous and often emotional love story. Reid does an incredible job balancing humor and steam, and that’s probably my favorite aspect. Well, that and the ever-present conflict where you don't know if these characters will get their much-deserved HEA or not. Or perhaps its the angst that's my favorite part, or the incredible flirtation between these two characters. Or probably it's all of the above. This tale isn't without it's fair share of emotion or heartbreak, though. Nicolas is on a quest for revenge concerning something that happened to his very dear friend many years ago. Revenge is the only thing that's driving him and, unfortunately, this also means he can't get close to anyone because his friends and lovers will ultimately become a target in this dangerous game. Maryann is certainly an unforeseen complication, albeit a rather attractive complication, and Nicolas undergoes many an internal conflict battling his feelings for her vs his need for revenge. Historical romance is oftentimes very formulaic, expectedly so, and this series is no exception. Having said that though, Reid manages to throw a couple twists and turns in the mix, breathing quite a bit of the unexpected right alongside the expected and I love when authors shake things up and surprise readers. She managed to do that in the other book I read from her as well, and that’s one of the (many) reasons why she landed solidly oh my Favorite Authors shelf. 4.5 stars and I can't wait to read everything with Reid's name on the cover. For new readers -- this is the second in a series, but you can definitely start here. They can be read in any order and you won't miss out on any important details if you've not read the first one. *eARC received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nerd Girl Vixen

    Wickedly delightful! The playful banter between Miss Maryann and the Marquess of Rothbury is splendid. As the story goes on, the more heated it becomes between them. I love that Maryann has a mind of her own, even though that sort of thinking was not encouraged in that time. The pacing is good. Like a sensual dance and I was engaged the whole way through. The world building was fantastic! I really felt transported to that era. A wonderful escape read! This is a sinful and fantastic read! I couldn Wickedly delightful! The playful banter between Miss Maryann and the Marquess of Rothbury is splendid. As the story goes on, the more heated it becomes between them. I love that Maryann has a mind of her own, even though that sort of thinking was not encouraged in that time. The pacing is good. Like a sensual dance and I was engaged the whole way through. The world building was fantastic! I really felt transported to that era. A wonderful escape read! This is a sinful and fantastic read! I couldn’t put it down. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure read! I enjoyed the authors writing style and will look for more books by her in the future. If you’re a fan of regency romance reads, this book is for YOU! You won’t be disappointed. Add it to your TBR today. I give this 5 stars. **Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.ng**

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

    Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Her Wicked Marquess is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series though it can be read as a standalone. The Sinful Wallflowers are a group of friends who after being declared wallflowers by the ton decide to defy the rules and go after their dreams although they have to be absolutely wicked to get them. I loved both Maryann and Nicolas and I thought they had great chemistry. After a grea Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Her Wicked Marquess is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series though it can be read as a standalone. The Sinful Wallflowers are a group of friends who after being declared wallflowers by the ton decide to defy the rules and go after their dreams although they have to be absolutely wicked to get them. I loved both Maryann and Nicolas and I thought they had great chemistry. After a great beginning and meet cute, I think the pace was a bit uneven in the middle and sometimes got a bit repetitive, but the drama and angst filled end more than made up for it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. TW: rape, suicide, assault.

  29. 5 out of 5

    K. Ramjohn

    Her Wicked Marquess is the 2nd book in the Sinful Wallflower series. I absolutely loved Book 1 My Darling Duke and couldn't wait to read book 2. Well I was not disappointed. This story had me hooked from beginning to end. I loved the characters. Lady Maryann and her Marquess were absolutely perfect together. From their first encounter, I loved watching them circle each other and I enjoyed seeing the progression of their relationship. They had great chemistry and excellent banter. I love that the Her Wicked Marquess is the 2nd book in the Sinful Wallflower series. I absolutely loved Book 1 My Darling Duke and couldn't wait to read book 2. Well I was not disappointed. This story had me hooked from beginning to end. I loved the characters. Lady Maryann and her Marquess were absolutely perfect together. From their first encounter, I loved watching them circle each other and I enjoyed seeing the progression of their relationship. They had great chemistry and excellent banter. I love that these two saw each other for who they really are and not the personna they put on for others. Apart from the romance, there was a sight mystery playing out in the background as Nicolas was on a quest for revenge. With lots of drama, some angst and suspense this romance was an enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it to all lovers of Historical romance.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series, and since I adored the first book, I was very thrilled to be gifted an ARC of this book. Maryann, our heroine, is betrothed by her family to a terrible man and manufactures a scandal about herself and the rakehell Marquess Rothbury to get out of the engagement. Nicolas, our hero Rothbury, has been on a decade-long vengeance journey to bring down a group of lords who raped his childhood friend, causing her to kill herself. So... trigger war This is the second book in the Sinful Wallflowers series, and since I adored the first book, I was very thrilled to be gifted an ARC of this book. Maryann, our heroine, is betrothed by her family to a terrible man and manufactures a scandal about herself and the rakehell Marquess Rothbury to get out of the engagement. Nicolas, our hero Rothbury, has been on a decade-long vengeance journey to bring down a group of lords who raped his childhood friend, causing her to kill herself. So... trigger warning for that story line, as it is a major plot point and discussed often. By linking herself to Rothbury, Maryanne has caught the attention of Nicolas, and his enemies. Nicolas is drawn to the smart and decidedly adventurous Maryann, but he can't risk his plans of vengeance or her safety for love. Or can he? 😂 Now, on to my feelings: I loved the dynamic of this couple. Maryann was very open and forthright in her feelings and never afraid or ashamed about it. And Nicolas was her perfect match, helping and supporting her at every turn. But, it took them awhile to get there. The first half of the book lays a lot of groundwork for the mysterious vengeance plot, and pieces are revealed a bit at a time. Once the pieces start falling in place, the story picks up, but the first half was a lot of plot details and not as much relationship development. Personally, I don't gravitate towards mysteries, so the first bit was a struggle for me. Also, this story was full of unsavory characters and terrible family, so the tone was darker than the first book in the series in that regard. But, I'm a sucker for heros that are ALL IN emotionally for their partner, and Nicolas checked that box for me. He was intense but not overbearing. All in all, a different feeling book than the first in the series (which is on my favorites list!), but I would still recommend this as another great read by one of my favorite authors.

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