A Mistress for Penndrake by Tammy L. Bailey

The Marquess of Wesley refuses to give in to a blackmailer to reclaim his ancestral home. He intends to ruin the blackmailer’s cousin and have his revenge.

Miss Kate Holden, receives an ominous letter from her cousin, instructing her to avoid The Marquess of Wesley at all costs. Having her heart broken at fifteen Kate has caused her to close her heart and mind to the prospect of marriage.

With both caught in a battle of wills and a Cinderella-esque family to deal with, who will win?

The premise of the book sounded promising but sadly the execution was lacking for me. Here is another insta-lust that the author wishes the reader to believe can turn in to love without any major interactions. I did not like Wesley’s motivation. He wants to ruin an innocent woman because her cousin offered him a reasonable deal. Edward won Penndrake honestly, he did not cheat the former Marquis out of it. There are a lot of unanswered questions, like why would Wesley give Penndrake to Kate’s father? Why was her cousin Claire desperate to marry Wesley and then found in someone else’s bed?

This book will appeal to many fans of historical romance; however, I have read better offerings to the genre.

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