I was a little surprised that I enjoyed When the Marquess Falls because the whole Hellions of Havisham series wasn’t up to par with the other series that Lorraine Heath has written. In fact, I hated The Earl Takes All because the heroine COULD NOT tell the difference between her husband and his twin who was masquerading as HIM! HONESTLY!
When the Marquess Falls is George, the Mad Marques’ HEA or rather, sad HEA. If you read The Viscount and the Vixen, you would know what I mean. WtMF is about the hellions’ guardian the Marquess of Marsden who lost his wife Linnie to childbirth. This is NOT a spoiler by the way because it is stated in all 3 books of the series. So yes, WtMF is a prequel and really shows us how the Marquess of Marsden fell, married, and lost the love of his life.
Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. I think because I read The Viscount and the Vixen and was very intrigued by the old Marquess? He does have an interesting life and I think he just drowned himself in his sorrow and basically had alcohol-induced hallucinations. Also, I am such a fan of the friends to lovers and romance between classes tropes, so I am really biased!
As much as I enjoyed the plot, I wasn’t a fan of the writing. Heath’s writing feels off somehow than her usual and felt too…I don’t know, child like? I don’t know how to describe it precisely, only that it was different than her usual writing.
The end was a little too dramatic though and the animated movie Anastasia dancing sequence when she sang Once Upon a December flashed through my mind when I read the last scene. And also the last scene in [spoiler]Somewhere in Time, where Elise McKenna finally reunited with Richard in the clouds.[/spoiler] Like I said, too dramatic for me.
I enjoyed When the Marquess Falls despite the faults. However, if you haven’t read the other books in the series, or at least read The Viscount and the Vixen, you wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I did.
What do you think about sad endings in romance? Frankly, I have mixed feelings about it because I read romance to get away. So yeah, a romance that ends with one (or BOTH) main characters dead is just a fail for me. Gah, I hate you City of Angels!