James Drake, Marquess of Devlin, had everything—until he was found covered in blood, standing over a dead girl. Now locked away in a madhouse, he has one short year to recover his memories and prove his sanity, or be condemned for life. But the demons inside Devlin’s head are far easier to battle than the evil surrounding him at Ballencrieff Asylum.
Anne Winton hardly expects to find her calling—or love—while working in a lunatic asylum. But despite all warnings, the “Mad Marquess” proves dangerously fascinating to innocent Anne. She vows to save him not only from his adversaries, but from himself.
Initially, Anne is only a pawn in Devlin’s bid to gain his freedom, until he begins to see her not just as a means to an end, but as a beautifully passionate woman. He must choose: compromise the woman he loves, or languish forever in hell.
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Mad for Mad for the marquis
As in the Dressmaker's Duke, Jess Russell weaves a tale that is both engaging and titillating. Her profound ability with natural period dialogue mixed with great research and grounded in exposing ethics and morality of the time makes this a great read. Indeed, it goes quickly, as one is loathe to put it down! Her female protagonists are bright, clever, decent and smart. The things that truly make one beautiful. And her male protagonists are appreciative of the powerful women. Highly recommend!