Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review & Blast: Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson


Title: Second Chance Marquess
Author: Jessica Jefferson
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Second Chance Series (Book One)
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisWhen Wilhelmina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. 

George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation and fortune is at risk. 

A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. 

But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?


“Fine.” He looked away first, turning his attention back to the items he’d collected upon his desk. “If you want to join me, then you may.”

She squared her shoulders and stood a bit straighter having won their duel of wills. “Good.”

Without another word or a single glance, Chesterton left the room.

Not one to be left behind, Wilhelmina hurried after him, through the study and up the stairs.

“Where are we going?” she asked once they’d reached the top, breathless from the burst of activity.

He strode down the corridor, seemingly unaffected by the brisk climb. “To my bedroom.”

She immediately stopped. “Your bedroom? Why ever would we go in there?”

Chesterton turned back to her, one sardonic eyebrow arched high. “To change,” he answered. “You didn’t expect me to head out in this, did you?” He turned and continued toward the room, looking back at her before entering. “Are you coming?” he asked, voice smooth as warm chocolate.

This wasn’t the first time she’d been lured into George’s bedroom. He’d been an earl, the courtesy title bestowed upon him at birth, but more than that, he’d been a gentleman. Apparently, he’d lost that when he’d inherited the Marquisate. His bedroom was no longer an inviting sanctuary, and this invitation was not one of love as it had once been, but a lewd proposition, tenderness replaced by cruelty, as he watched expectantly for her reaction.

“I don’t think that’ll be necessary,” she stuttered, trying in vain to remain calm and collected as he started to untie the sash about his waist holding his robe closed. He let it fall to the ground and the robe opened, revealing his chest and torso in all its naked glory.

And it was indeed glorious.

She quickly averted her glance, whipping her head around and staring attentively at the painting on the wall.

“Is something the matter, Mrs. Turner?”

She was not about to play this game. She didn’t have the time, and he didn’t deserve the enjoyment it would undoubtedly bring him to see her suffer so. And most importantly, she couldn’t play because she knew good and well that she had no chance of winning.

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete. When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property. 

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again.

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When a couple get a chance to try again, will they repeat past mistakes?

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Willie never expected to have to come face-to-face with the man who wronged her so many years ago. And she definitely didn't think it would be under these circumstances. Her sister is nowhere to be found and Willie is certain that she knows who is responsible. Which brings her to a marquess' foyer in the middle of the night...

George is stunned to find his ex-flame at his door and even more surprised that she's accusing him of kidnapping her sister. When clues come to light, however, George realizes that it's his brother who is at fault. It seems George and Willie's younger siblings may have run away together. To avoid scandal, the pair must be found. And fast.

Unfortunately, things do not go as planned. George and Willie find themselves in a near-death carriage accident and stranded in an inn with limited capacity. Their close quarters mean the couple can't escape one another. Past hurts are brought to the surface and secrets are exposed. When the dust settles, our couple must decide if they want a second chance at love or watch history repeat itself.

I've really been on a historical romance kick for the past few months. It's almost become my go-to sub-genre when I'm looking for a sure-thing read to keep me from going into a reading slump. And this book was another good addition to my reading list, especially since it's a second chance romance and I love those. Not to mention, the cover is just plain gorgeous.

This book started off with a lot of vague clues as to our couple's history. We know that it ended badly but since it'd dual POV, we see Willie and George blame each other for their failed relationship. And neither of them are really happy with their current predicaments.

The plot was steady, though most of the book occurs within a short time frame. It's a whirlwind of brokenhearted tension leading to long-awaited passion. The romance is steamy and full of emotion. Our couple have suffered so much over the years and you can see the struggle as they try to decide if it's worth the risk to follow their hearts and allow their siblings to do the same. Meddling family members and stubborn pride just might get in the way.

In closing... 
Four suns for this historical romance full of wounded hearts and second chances!