How to Impress a Marquess by Susanna Ives
Sourcebooks Casablanca: November 1, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher
How to Impress a Marquess is a humourous, yet not particularly historically accurate historical romance. If you like your historicals with a heavy dose of realism back away now. If you’re like me, and accuracy doesn’t bother you that much, continue reading.
Susanna Ives is an author that first came on my radar with Wicked, My Love, a funny on-the-road-romance between two very different people. I loved Wicked, My Love so I was quite anxious to dive into Ives’ latest historical, which again features two characters who do not like one another due to their preconceived notions of one another. Naturally, these two discover that appearances can be deceiving.Lilith Dahlgren is a free spirit who embraces a bohemian way of life, which has been permitted because she’s essentially on her own, except for her guardian. George, Marquess of Marylewick happens to be Lilith’s guardian and has little respect for Lilith’s more carefree attitude and approach to life. Supporting starving artists in no way to live, after all. While George and Lilith appear to be polar opposites it is soon revealed that there is much more to both characters. Lilith has had a difficult childhood and longs to have a family, unfortunately every person that she clings to leaves her. And George, for all that Lilith believes him to have a had a picture-perfect childhood, also struggles with a less than ideal childhood. Like Lilith, George has an artistic soul, one that he has suppressed due to the harsh edicts from his father. There was a surprising depth to both characters and discovering those hidden aspects of their character is what I really enjoyed about How to Impress a Marquess.
While the character development was top-notch I have to admit to feeling that the ending missed the mark. Considering the fact that I thought the characters were well-drawn, I thought the ending of How to Impress a Marquess floundered. I personally found the ending to be over the top and rather cheesy. Don’t get me wrong, I like cheesy books, but when the majority of the book was so rich and detailed, I couldn’t help but feel let down by a rushed and overly sweet ending.
How to Impress a Marquess was nice read with really good characters. While the ending could have been stronger, the humour and lightheartedness of the novel very much appeals to me. Susanna Ives is a writer to gravitate towards when you are looking for an unusual historical in the vein of the more outrageous Tessa Dare or Julia Quinn.