As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord… taking Max’s heart with her.
Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can barely stand the sight of her. But Juliet has endured far too much to give up without a fight and if it’s a battle of wills he wants, it’s a battle he’ll get.
He hates her for breaking his heart. She detests him for destroying her future. But beneath all the loathing simmers an intoxicating passion that neither can ignore… and the harder they resist, the harder they will inevitably fall.
Juliet has learned to be independent and she doesn't want to go back after her controlling husband contained and controlled her to his needs. She denies wanting a husband and doesn't want to give up her newfound self-sufficient life. Max is a sexy, caring, determined man. He wooed me and had me swept off my feet in the first few pages. To say the banter and chemistry between Max and Juliet is explosive is not giving them the due they deserve. Though they believe the other despises them they can't seem to stay away or let their rivalry go. With difficulties trying to keep them apart at every turn, the two seem to be like magnets. The story is beautifully woven in this amazing historical, second chance romance.
Vivienne Lorret is still reigning queen as my favorite historical romance author. She can tell a story that makes the reader feel like they're truly immersed in the story. Each one is unique and tells its own tale. If you enjoy a fun, emotional historical romance I highly recommend When A Marquess Loves a Woman.