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"Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters." —Sally MacKenzie For Ella Quinn's bachelors, courtship is all about gamesmanship, until the right woman shows them how much they have to learn. . . Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another "Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters." —Sally MacKenzie For Ella Quinn's bachelors, courtship is all about gamesmanship, until the right woman shows them how much they have to learn. . . Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife. . . Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh. . . Praise for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe "Lady Phoebe is a heroine Georgette Heyer would adore—plucky, pretty, and well worth the devotion of the dashing Lord Marcus.  A marvelous find for Regency romance readers." —Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author "A passionate tale full of humor, romance, and poignancy. Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!" —Shana Galen, author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby 109,009 Words


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"Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters." —Sally MacKenzie For Ella Quinn's bachelors, courtship is all about gamesmanship, until the right woman shows them how much they have to learn. . . Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another "Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters." —Sally MacKenzie For Ella Quinn's bachelors, courtship is all about gamesmanship, until the right woman shows them how much they have to learn. . . Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife. . . Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh. . . Praise for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe "Lady Phoebe is a heroine Georgette Heyer would adore—plucky, pretty, and well worth the devotion of the dashing Lord Marcus.  A marvelous find for Regency romance readers." —Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author "A passionate tale full of humor, romance, and poignancy. Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!" —Shana Galen, author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby 109,009 Words

30 review for The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rane

    This was another good addition to the Marriage Game series and while it started off very strong as the story progress it started to taper off. First and foremost this is Anna's story. It through her love and struggles which she's able to hold her own in a business of smuggling that women just didn't. I really admire her strengths and the dance she lead Sebastian, Baron Rutherford to prove himself and his love. Anna herself has to prove she's not just some miss whose going to follow Sebastian's le This was another good addition to the Marriage Game series and while it started off very strong as the story progress it started to taper off. First and foremost this is Anna's story. It through her love and struggles which she's able to hold her own in a business of smuggling that women just didn't. I really admire her strengths and the dance she lead Sebastian, Baron Rutherford to prove himself and his love. Anna herself has to prove she's not just some miss whose going to follow Sebastian's lead, but make her own way in the world and her own choices. Sebastian has always had a soft spot in his heart for Anna, but waited for her to grow up before marrying her. Of course him hanging and hiding behind Phoebe Stanhope's court didn't win him any brownie points when he finally up and asks Anna's hand in marriage. And finding out about who the Anna is now, instead of the young girl he once knew, well he has his work cut out for him. The first half of the book was wonder, with the cat and mouse game played between Anna and Sebastian, as Anna has to hide the smuggling she inherited from her deceased brother Harry and try to fight off Sebastian trying to win her over. Sebastian while trying to woo Anna is on a mission to discovery the identity of the leader of the local smuggling group. This push and pull with the toppled with the sexual tension between them was red hot. When they finally reveled their feeling and a surprising person shows up, the book seems to taper off with another love life thrown into the mix and Anna and Sebastian hopping like bunnies. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good sex scene, but I want a build-up to it not something that feels like it's on ever other page. Another thing that bugged me (view spoiler)[was Harry who after losing his memory in a ship wreak is saved and falls in love and marries a young woman for two years.When his wife dies in childbirth, he slowly regains his memory he almost quickly falls in love with a "Lady" and then he starts making those sayings of "Well my wife couldn't have lived in this type of "society"" I felt she almost became an afterthought. I would have loved it more if he had her as a treasure in his heart and moved on, instead of the first marriage feeling like it was a mistake. I've read books with that scenario in it before, but his first wife truly loved him and in others the wife or husband was bad news, user, gold digger etc. I think a short story of Harry finding his memory and falling in love again after a time would have been better believable IMHO (hide spoiler)] Still I greatly enjoyed this addition to the series with it's adventure and drama between Anna and Sebastian as they figure out their emotions while embracing their feeling after so long.   ARC Courtesy of Netgalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*

    NOTE: THE EXPECTED DATE OF PUBLICATION IS 7 NOVEMBER 2013 BUT IT IS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON US, AMAZON UK, BARNES AND NOBLE AND KENSINGTON BOOKS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH is the second book in Ella Quinn’s The Marriage Game series and I loved escaping once again into her delightful world filled with romance, charm and humour. In most romances, it’s the hero who steals the limelight but Anna is definitely the star of this book. She’s just wh NOTE: THE EXPECTED DATE OF PUBLICATION IS 7 NOVEMBER 2013 BUT IT IS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON US, AMAZON UK, BARNES AND NOBLE AND KENSINGTON BOOKS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS ANNA MARSH is the second book in Ella Quinn’s The Marriage Game series and I loved escaping once again into her delightful world filled with romance, charm and humour. In most romances, it’s the hero who steals the limelight but Anna is definitely the star of this book. She’s just what I love in a heroine… smart, strong-willed and capable. No twittering, fan fluttering, simpering miss here! She can ride, shoot and drive a curricle as well as any man. Oh…and she has a unique way of discouraging unwanted suitors! She has brains as well and is not afraid to voice her political views, no matter how radical. I admire her stance on social issues like providing schools for children of estate workers. It’s not just empty words either. Although she has always loved him, Anna remains true to herself, unwilling to compromise her independence by marrying Sebastian who expects a compliant, easily led wife. Marcus shook his head. “What a sapskull. I don’t know Miss Marsh that intimately, but I know her well enough to expect she’d bridle at that sort of arrogant behavior.” Marcus is absolutely right – Sebastian is a “sapskull” and he had to work hard to earn my affection but he got there in the end. He so annoyed me with his initial arrogant assumptions about Anna… that he merely had to snap his fingers and she would agree to become a compliant little wife. But Anna’s having none of it and surprises him at every turn. It was a pleasure watching Sebastian having to ‘court’ Anna and finally coming to the realisation that it’s the unconventional Anna he wants as his wife. I was swayed by Sebastian’s obvious love for his sisters and the understanding and support he shows his mother when certain secrets come to light. I liked the way Ms Quinn spent the time developing the romance between Anna and Sebastian and establishing that all important chemistry between them. The fact that they spend so much time together allows for a steady building of the sexual tension. The love scenes are definitely steamy compared to the previous book but I’m not complaining! There is also a charming secondary romance between Anna’s brother, Harry and Emma, Lady Rutherford’s goddaughter but this never overshadows the main romance. A backdrop of smugglers and French spies, some intriguing family dynamics, gentle humour and a real sense of the Regency period, all help to make this romance an engaging and satisfying read. A favourite quote: For God’s sake, he’d brought down an entire branch of Napoleon’s spy apparatus. How hard could it be to discover the key to one recalcitrant female, who might not be so comfortable and easily led after all? REVIEW RATING: 4.5/5 Stars SENSUALITY RATING: HOT The Marriage Game series so far (click on book cover for more details) I would like to thank Ella Quinn, for kindly providing me with an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. This review can also be posted on my blog: http://rakesandrascals.wordpress.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lady Wesley

    This is Ella Quinn's second book, and while I think she shows great promise I was ultimately left dissatisfied. The plot was something different, and the author devised interesting stories about not only the main characters but also the secondary ones. If I had read an outline of the book I would have expected great things. However, the pacing and characterization were weak. For a novel involving spies and smuggling, there was surprisingly little suspense or tension. Romantic complications betwe This is Ella Quinn's second book, and while I think she shows great promise I was ultimately left dissatisfied. The plot was something different, and the author devised interesting stories about not only the main characters but also the secondary ones. If I had read an outline of the book I would have expected great things. However, the pacing and characterization were weak. For a novel involving spies and smuggling, there was surprisingly little suspense or tension. Romantic complications between the hero and heroine were rather easily resolved by the middle of the book, and yet the story wound on and on with mundane conversations, lots of sex, and more meals than I could count. To fill the pages, new romances popped up, but they were no more gripping than the primary one. Other reviewers have praised this book, as well as Quinn's debut, so perhaps I'm just an outlier on this one. It simply didn't engage me, though. Thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for an advance review copy of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary - Buried Under Romance

    Originally posted on Buried Under Romance Spies, smugglers, and secrets...Sebastian, Baron Rutherford, had experienced a logical fallacy. That must have been why he had always believed Miss Anna Marsh would wait for him as he waited for her to get older so he can propose. After several seasons and Anna no longer at the age of a young debutante, he finally proposes, but gets rejected. The reason? Sebastian was so careful in pretending to form an attachment to Lady Phoebe (The Seduction of Lady Pho Originally posted on Buried Under Romance Spies, smugglers, and secrets...Sebastian, Baron Rutherford, had experienced a logical fallacy. That must have been why he had always believed Miss Anna Marsh would wait for him as he waited for her to get older so he can propose. After several seasons and Anna no longer at the age of a young debutante, he finally proposes, but gets rejected. The reason? Sebastian was so careful in pretending to form an attachment to Lady Phoebe (The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, The Marriage Game #1) that Anna thought she was his second choice, and that will never do for her, because she is living a secret life controlling a gang of smugglers that she inherited from her brother, Harry. And now, due to a treasonous ploy to smuggle French spies into England, Anna is keen to return to her family home just as Sebastian is determined to seduce Anna into becoming his wife, and also discover the head of the smuggling ring as a renowned spy for the Home Office. Add into the mix two other character plots, and this becomes a fantastically engaging tale that is both complex, yet seamlessly woven into the Regency era. Due to this unique setup of two people encountering an impasse in their relationship, the story was never meant to showcase the heady passions of two strangers falling in love, but written rather like a more sedate walk through the woods, through which the characters come to better understand what they wish from each other, and the importance of compromise and communication in their relationship. For Anna, her agreeing to marry Sebastian is only under the condition that he accepts all of her, but in truth, he only needed to learn how to live with her myriad faces. The brilliant, independent, free-thinker was always there, underneath a calm and logical exterior, wanting to break out just as her passions yearned to be given an outlet as well. As Sebastian had loved Anna for a long time, albeit belatedly realized, he needed to adjust his male-era perspective to allow Anna's independence, and concede to her. Just like a modern-day marriage. That is perhaps the most profound aspect of this historical, to tell a story between two people on the edge of love who have never known marriage. The majority of historical romance are interested in the process of falling in love, rather in what comes afterwards -- the rocky way to understanding and accepting each other in daily living, away from the distractions of lust and desire. To that end, Ella Quinn has done a fabulous job penning a most unique and interesting story with two captivating characters, who are just a little bit away from being together. The secondary characters, i.e., the multiple stories, are very interesting as well not only for their secrecy, but also for their relations to the Anna and Sebastian as well as the plot. When all is complete, the plot seems like a complex web of relationships and events, yet all is condensed within one small circle that moves at a fast pace so readers would never feel overwhelmed by the multiple character stories, nor bored by the interspersed relationship catalysts between the smuggler side plot. I say it's a side plot because as we all know, in Romance, the main plot is always that of the love between the hero and heroine. Kudos goes to the author for her masterful command of the English language. From accents to "proper" speech, all the speech and behaviors provide a taste of the Regency era without bombarding the reader with historical and Regency terminology. I especially liked the research done for smugglers of the era, ideal locations for their caves, and a plethora of other tiny details that normally escape the notice of readers but without which the story would seem bland, less rich in the historical ambiance that allows it such acclaim. The story, the plot, and the characters are all simple fantastic; perhaps slightly different from what a reader might expect, but akin to a nice surprise found on a Christmas day of gift-opening. For me, it was certainly a gift I am thankful for and enjoyed greatly. *Review copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susana Ellis

    On the surface, Anna Marsh appears to have everything a young lady could wish for. She’s beautiful, accomplished, well-mannered, and sought after by countless eligible gentlemen. She’s also a wealthy heiress. But Anna is not a typical debutante. She has a secret life that she is determined never to give up, even if it means she must remain unmarried the rest of her life. In any case, the man she’s always loved, Sebastian, Lord Rutherford, seeks a biddable, compliant wife, which she knows she’ll On the surface, Anna Marsh appears to have everything a young lady could wish for. She’s beautiful, accomplished, well-mannered, and sought after by countless eligible gentlemen. She’s also a wealthy heiress. But Anna is not a typical debutante. She has a secret life that she is determined never to give up, even if it means she must remain unmarried the rest of her life. In any case, the man she’s always loved, Sebastian, Lord Rutherford, seeks a biddable, compliant wife, which she knows she’ll never be. Sebastian, Lord Rutherford has been waiting for Anna to mature into a desirable young lady, and now that she has, he’s ready to pop the question. But when he doesn’t get the answer he expects, he becomes all the more determined to win her heart. But how can he truly love Anna when he doesn’t really know her? The question becomes: is he a suitable husband for her? Anna is a strong, independent woman determined to make more of her life than the typical society maven. There were times in the beginning when I wanted to slap Rutherford silly for taking Anna for granted for so long, but, on the other hand, there is nothing quite like seeing a man grovel to appease his lady, and Rutherford manages to do so quite satisfactorily. There is a very sweet secondary romance in this story, and also a mystery to solve originating from Anna’s “secret life.” The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh is the second in a series, following The Seduction of Lady Phoebe. The book stands well on its own, however. This review was written from an ARC provided by the author, who, incidentally, has the first book on pre-order. Ella Quinn is a wonderful new talent in the Regency world, and this Regency devotee looka forward to enjoying her future works.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn Book Two of The Marriage Game series Publisher: Kensington Publication Date: November 7, 2013 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was aliv ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh by Ella Quinn Book Two of The Marriage Game series Publisher: Kensington Publication Date: November 7, 2013 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife... Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh… What I Liked: I read the first book in this series - The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, and was hopelessly disappointed by the novel. It was long and very boring, and I found the romance distasteful. I almost wasn't going to read this book, because its predecessor was so NOT my thing, but I decided to give this one a shot anyway. Well, I can safely say that I liked this book more than I liked the first book... but not by much. I mean, yes, I gave both the same rating, but in reality, it's more like half of a star. There is something in general about Quinn's books that irks me, and I am more than happy to discuss it in the next section of my review. For now, I'll tell you a bit about the book, and what I liked. Anna Marsh has loved Sebastian ( Rutherford) all of her life. As children, he was her older brother's best friend, and you know how it goes - she totally looked up to Rutherford, and fell in love with him. For Rutherford, he has always known that Anna is the one for him, but he doesn't fall in love with her until, well, the beginning of this book, it seems. But the "secret" part of Anna's life is that she has taken over her brother's operation, an operation that has to do with the French and smugglers and spies. I actually don't really understand what she does (her role in her "secret" life), but whatever. Either way, Anna is quite certain that Rutherford wants a submissive wife - something that she definitely is NOT. So, half of the book is about Rutherford convincing Anna that he loves her, and doesn't just want a wife. This is cute and all, but it is only slightly less boring than the first book's romance. At least the steamy scenes are actually steamy. The second part of the book has to do with Anna brother, and Rutherford's mother's goddaughter arriving, and wedding preparations. Plot: meh. It was more or less interesting - more interesting in the first half of the book, less interesting in the second half of the book. What I Did Not Like: AHHH, I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO SAY HERE. The first half of the book is really about Anna and Rutherford. I found the first half of the book pretty interesting, and entertaining, and not too ridiculous (on Anna's part). I am NOT a huge fan of Anna. She's supposedly strong-willed and fiery, which is true, but I don't like it at all. Why? It's anachronistic. Men of this time period would NEVER let their wives walk all over them like that. As a woman of the twentieth-first century, I can appreciate the way Anna handles her man. But in the nineteenth century, and before that? Not so much. I totally get what Quinn is going for - a headstrong, free-thinking woman how doesn't want to be controlled. But it rubbed me the wrong way. Anna is TOO intrusive. She is too bossy, too nosy, too demanding. I did not like her, when she and Rutherford decided to tie the knot, and after that. Basically, I didn't like the second half of the book, for several reasons - Anna's behavior being one of them. The other reason would be the fact that the story kind of diverts from the engagement between Anna and Rutherford. We're introduced to another couple, and another love story. This love story is mushed into the second half of the book... which is like, less than a month, or thereabout. It was weird. I didn't like that. And the climax? Totally anti-climactic. In fact, I don't even know what the climax of the plot was. If you were to ask me, I would not know how to answer you. Climax? What climax? And you all know how important plot structure is to me. On the subject of anachronisms (we're not really there anymore, but whatever), there were a lot of dialogue and phrases that were used that were most definitely NOT nineteenth-century English. I think I know twenty-first-century American English when I see it... and not nineteenth-century British English. And can I just mention how much of a struggle it was for me to actually finish this book? It is so frightfully long, and honestly, I usually have no problems with long books (I LIKE books around 400 pages), but not when the book is, um, BORING. I have not NOT finished a book yet, and I don't plan to do so, but I could have easily started with this one, unfortunately. Would I Recommend It: Erm. Yes and no. If you read and enjoy the first book, go for it. You're probably one of those people that enjoy the whole "I-am-woman-hear-me-roar" routine (in HISTORICAL fiction novels, that is) - nothing wrong with that! But if you didn't like the first one, don't bother. Rating: 2.5 stars -> rounded down to 2 stars. I probably will NOT be reading the subsequent novels - especially if they are anything like the first two novels, in length, plot, romance, etc.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ermione Pickwick

    I enjoyed The Seduction of Lady Phoebe quite a lot and I was waiting to read the second one from The marriage game with trepidation; Anna has already charmed me in the previous novel (more than Sebastian, which by the way, hates his name, and I actually can't understand his dislike, I love it) and I had to know how their long lasting, deep, sometimes difficult and undefined relationship would develop. Miss Anna Marsh has always loved Sebastian Rutherford, since her childhood when she often follo I enjoyed The Seduction of Lady Phoebe quite a lot and I was waiting to read the second one from The marriage game with trepidation; Anna has already charmed me in the previous novel (more than Sebastian, which by the way, hates his name, and I actually can't understand his dislike, I love it) and I had to know how their long lasting, deep, sometimes difficult and undefined relationship would develop. Miss Anna Marsh has always loved Sebastian Rutherford, since her childhood when she often followed him and his best friend, as well as Anna's beloved brother Harry, everywhere. During her first season she has hopped and dreamed of Sebastian asking for her hand in marriage but unfortunately the worst tragedy landed on their life when Anna received the agonising news of her brother Harry's death in Spain, during a mission. [...] I must say I don't completely share nor truly understand why the author developed so much Georges, Madeleine and Florian's story; they are secondary characters (who clearly have a certain meaning in the principal plot) and their personal lives and relationships sometimes overloaded the storyline, especially at the beginning; speaking specifically about Georges and Madeline, at the novel end they are not really “settled” so I suppose it's a sort of “to be continued...”, I believe we'll know something more in Gervais's romance (the fourth of The marriage game: Lady Caro's accidental marriage) and honestly I hope so too, Georges' personality fascinated me very much. Ok, maybe I bite off more than one can chew...well, Gervais is one of Sebastian's friend. On the other side I truly loved Harry's chapters, they are intriguing and touching and when finally he reunites with her beloved sister Anna and the rest of his family, the main plot acquires a lot. I loved his relationship with Emma, they are so good together, there is something deeply sweet, strong and visceral about how they instantly support and trust each other. I often enjoyed their moments more then Sebastian and Anna, especially in the last part. [...] I confirm my opinion about Ella Quinn, she is so talented, I really, really enjoy her style and her descriptive and creative abilities. I love her characters and there's a lot more I would like to know about them, and I'm also talking about the new introductions: Huntley and Featherton. In the next one from The marriage game we'll meet again the extremely funny Robert, Viscount Beaumont, I can't wait! TO READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW click here ** I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review, thank you for the opportunity!

  8. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    'He had simply just assumed she'd always be available when he was ready'...foolish man! _______3 1/2 stars England 1814, Napoleon is on Elba but things are afoot. Miss Anna Marsh returns from her London season accompanied by family friend Sebastian, Baron Rutherford. Anna has overheard Sebastian telling his friend Marcus that he intends to make a comfortable life with Anna. Anna is aghast. She's been in love with Sebastian since a small child but wants to be appreciated for herself, not merely thou 'He had simply just assumed she'd always be available when he was ready'...foolish man! _______3 1/2 stars England 1814, Napoleon is on Elba but things are afoot. Miss Anna Marsh returns from her London season accompanied by family friend Sebastian, Baron Rutherford. Anna has overheard Sebastian telling his friend Marcus that he intends to make a comfortable life with Anna. Anna is aghast. She's been in love with Sebastian since a small child but wants to be appreciated for herself, not merely thought of as a comfortable wife when the time came. Sebastian's secretly an intelligence officer for the British Home Office as was Anna's dead brother Harry. Sebastian is endeavouring to find out who's in charge of Harry's smuggling ring. Unbeknownst to him, that's Anna. Things are hotting up, rumours of French spies returning to English shores has the Home Office worried. Sebastian is dispatched back to Kent to discover what he may. Anna is continuing to run the ring by night, and her father's estates by day. Sebastian has his preconceived notions of Anna turned upside down. Taking her for granted is something he can no longer do. Then there's Percy Blanchard, childhood acquaintance and malicious underhanded specimen who thinks to marry Anna and is already spreading rumours about her failed London season. Which of course it wasn't. Anna does punch him into the water trough when he's behaving like an ungentlemanly boor! Very satisfying! And then there's the 'fiery touch' aspect. The merest accidental touch is like a jolt of fire, a shock (electric?) for the story's couples. Obviously this is becoming a prerequisite as the telltale tag for all relationships in the Marriage Game series. But there's different shocks all round as characters appear, the mystery surrounding Harry's death is revealed, and further romantic interests are engaged. Relationships are not what they seem, neither are the people. Not a bad story in between the hot and steamy parts, which do seem to occur at any given moment. A NetGalley ARC

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gramlich

    Does love last a lifetime? Anna March knew she wanted to marry Sebastian, Baron Rutherford since she was five years old. He was her late brother’s best friend and the one man she saw as a true hero. But all these years later is Sebastian really the man she should be bound to for life? Anna loves him with all her heart, yet wonders if Sebastian feels the same or does he see their potential marriage as a merger rather than a love match. Nothing but a lifetime of love and romance with do for Anna a Does love last a lifetime? Anna March knew she wanted to marry Sebastian, Baron Rutherford since she was five years old. He was her late brother’s best friend and the one man she saw as a true hero. But all these years later is Sebastian really the man she should be bound to for life? Anna loves him with all her heart, yet wonders if Sebastian feels the same or does he see their potential marriage as a merger rather than a love match. Nothing but a lifetime of love and romance with do for Anna and if Sebastian cannot provide that, then being a spinster is more appealing. Sebastian sees and admires the strength that Anna shows as well as her ability to survive under the direst of circumstances. He is not aware of all her activities and that is for the best as some as not quite on the legal side and he is the Magistrate. Anna has to maintain the legacy her brother created and do her best to keep the family she holds so dear together as much as possible regardless of the consequence. What a pair they make together both of them fighting for the same thing and not even aware of it they are so determined to win their position. Sebastian is determined to make Anna realize his love runs past passion and lust straight into the romance that will keep them together for eternity. Whatever comes around will not be able to part a couple so sincerely meant to be together. Even when a persistent suitor refuses to take no for an answer, or a ghost from the past literally walks back into their lives creating a situation no one is prepared to handle. Ella Quinn brings warmth to every reader’s heart with her story of how a romantic love can be created between a strong woman and a determined man.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I admit, I grabbed this book based on the title alone. I was super curious what this “secret life” was and just had to find out. I’m delighted that I gave this book a chance. This book is the second in the Marriage Game series by Ella Quinn. I didn’t read book one, and I didn’t need to. Other than the wedding of the couple from book one, there’s really not much connecting the two (although I assume Anna was in the first story somehow). That said, I am going to go back and read the first story. Thi I admit, I grabbed this book based on the title alone. I was super curious what this “secret life” was and just had to find out. I’m delighted that I gave this book a chance. This book is the second in the Marriage Game series by Ella Quinn. I didn’t read book one, and I didn’t need to. Other than the wedding of the couple from book one, there’s really not much connecting the two (although I assume Anna was in the first story somehow). That said, I am going to go back and read the first story. This story follows Anna and Sebastian. There is a lot going on. First, you have the romance between these two. But then there’s also Anna’s secret, Sebastian’s job with the Home Office, a mystery surrounding Anna’s brother. Then there was Sebastian’s family… yeah, it got a little busy. There were so many characters. I felt like I was being pulled in a million different directions. And yet, Ms. Quinn was able to pull everything together in the end, and I think if much had been removed, it would collapse like a house of cards. Could it have used a little more editing to flesh it out a bit? Sure. But it worked in the end. I enjoyed the characters. I really do like a strong heroine in my historical romances. Anna isn’t afraid to voice her opinion, won’t bow to the pressure to marry for duty. And yet, she has a soft spot for Sebastian and her family and is willing to do anything for them. Sebastian was your typical historical alpha male. I really did enjoy this book. It held my interest, and I just needed to know how everything was going to turn out. I believe this is the first book I read by Ms. Quinn, but I’ll be back for more. Be advised that this is a re-release of the book that originally was published in 2013. *I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Brickert

    Exciting adventure Not a description for most romance novels but this one fits! From smugglers to slush to special cottages, this talentless them all! nd of course, there is the romance and the missing, presumed dead brother! Definitely keeps you reading! Great story!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Denise Levendoski

    Thank you to Ella Quinn and Goodreads.com I won this book in a Giveaway. I will preface this with I did not read Book #1, but I didn't feel that there was a back story that I was missing out on. But WOW ! to Anna Marsh at times. This book was a super fast, super fun read and very steamy at times. Loved her character and really enjoyed this whole story. Thank you to Ella Quinn and Goodreads.com I won this book in a Giveaway. I will preface this with I did not read Book #1, but I didn't feel that there was a back story that I was missing out on. But WOW ! to Anna Marsh at times. This book was a super fast, super fun read and very steamy at times. Loved her character and really enjoyed this whole story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Farrah

    A sweet historical romance that took my by surprise. The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh was a lovely read. There was sweet romance, thrilling mystery, and some secrets that blew me away. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful romance. Anna was a great heroine. I really liked how she was not going to let Sebastian take her for granted. He'd always assumed that she'd wait for him to be ready to marry, but he had another thing coming when he actually had to woo her. But, she wasn't annoyingly stubb A sweet historical romance that took my by surprise. The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh was a lovely read. There was sweet romance, thrilling mystery, and some secrets that blew me away. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful romance. Anna was a great heroine. I really liked how she was not going to let Sebastian take her for granted. He'd always assumed that she'd wait for him to be ready to marry, but he had another thing coming when he actually had to woo her. But, she wasn't annoyingly stubborn, either. She just knew to make him grovel a little. She was strong, determined, and a force to be reckoned with. I really liked her. Sebastian was a sweetheart. I adored him. I appreciated that he didn't wallow in denial about his feelings for Anna. As soon as he realized them, he was determined to win her over. He was very sweet, strong, and intent on getting what (or who) he wanted. I thought he was wonderful. The romance was a blend of sweet and spicy. It was really sweet seeing these two fall for each other. They had always assumed they would be together, but now they actually got to know each other romantically. It was adorable. And, there was some hot chemistry between them. They could not keep their hands off each other. I thought they were a lovely couple. I really liked the secondary romance in this book between two other characters. It was really sweet and adorable. And the secret behind Harry, Anna's brother, was a huge surprise. The truth about what happened to him was shocking. It totally blew me away and added an unpredictability to the story. The plot was the weak point. It started off fast, but then it started dragging a bit. Then it would pick up, and then drag again for a bit. The slow parts kept me from being completely hooked, though not enough that I got bored. I was still kept interested throughout the entire story, but I was tempted to skim during the slow parts. For the most part, though, I really enjoyed the story. The secrets and surprises kept me drawn to the story. And the ending was wonderful. The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed this fantastic read. Lovers of romance, this is a book you'll want to check out. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liza O'Connor

    Writing a review about The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh presents several difficulties due to all those secrets I can't tell you about without diminishing the impact of surprises that keep popping up all through the book. Seriously, Anna Marsh's carriage would require giant spoiler alerts on her carriage wheels if I were to attempt to tell you about all my favorite moments. Let me share the basics mentioned in the blurb. Anna Marsh has been in love with Sebastian Rutherford since she was a youn Writing a review about The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh presents several difficulties due to all those secrets I can't tell you about without diminishing the impact of surprises that keep popping up all through the book. Seriously, Anna Marsh's carriage would require giant spoiler alerts on her carriage wheels if I were to attempt to tell you about all my favorite moments. Let me share the basics mentioned in the blurb. Anna Marsh has been in love with Sebastian Rutherford since she was a young girl. Sebastian had long ago decided he'd marry Anna once she matured. When he finally attempts to court Anna after ignoring her for many years, she shuts him down, for she is no longer the young girl he remembers. She has stepped up and taken her deceased brother's place in certain activities that would ruin her if discovered. A match between them will no longer do. She is nothing like the type of woman Sebastian says he wants for a wife. The first part of the story enchants us as they discover and fall in love with the person they’ve each become. Still Anna clings to her secret life as long as she can, certain the revealing the truth will drive him off or diminish her life. The second half is full of surprises and action, none of which I can share with you. So let me talk about Ella. Ella Quinn has a wonderful writing style and the ability to weave a captivating and intriguing story. She endows her heroines with extraordinary intelligence, confidence, self-determination and competence. Absolutely nothing a young lady coming out should be. From my understanding, they were to be a blank slate, pliable and without personality so the husband could impose his thoughts and opinions into his young bride's tiny, inferior brain. Yet, Ella's characters do not fear they are exactly what men do not want. Nor are they desperate to marry. They will have a love marriage or none at all. I strongly recommend this Regency book for anyone who wants to have a delightful read where the lady is as intelligent and strong willed as the gentleman and she will not be contained by rules of conduct when her body and soul finds her true love. This book gets 5 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Alvis

    Originally reviewed for: Historical Romance Lover blog Anna Marsh has loved Sebastian Rutherford since she was a little girl. But when he finally asks for her hand in marriage, she turns him down. He has just spent the last several years paying court to Anna's best friend and she doesn't want to play second fiddle. Sebastian has always known that Anna would some day become his wife and has just been paying court to Anna's best friend as a diversion to other women. He has been bidding his time unti Originally reviewed for: Historical Romance Lover blog Anna Marsh has loved Sebastian Rutherford since she was a little girl. But when he finally asks for her hand in marriage, she turns him down. He has just spent the last several years paying court to Anna's best friend and she doesn't want to play second fiddle. Sebastian has always known that Anna would some day become his wife and has just been paying court to Anna's best friend as a diversion to other women. He has been bidding his time until Anna was old enough to get married. Sebastian is ready to settle down but he must convience Anna that she is the girl for him. Since Anna must return home for an undisclosed reason, Sebastian decides that is the perfect time to begin his pursuit of her. Anna is headed home to work with the smugglers in the area. Her brother passed on the job to her when he left the country. Unfortunately, what should have been a two to three month job has lasted much longer when her brother was killed. Can Rutherford accept this side of her? She is not the girl he thinks she is while in London. Her true self comes out when she is home. Can he love this side of her too? I really LOVED this story. There is so much more to the story which I didn't include because I didn't want to spoil it for anyone. When we first meet Anna and Sebastian in The Seduction of lady Phoebe, you know that there is an attraction between the two. They were constantly bickering with each other. Their story was one of the best I have read in awhile. I really didn't want to put the book down. I would have rated this book a 5/5 except there was some portions of the writing that I just cringed at. I can't wait for the next book in the series, The Temptation of Lady Serena, which will be out on January 14, 2014. Thanks go to NetGalley and Kensington for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a wonderful story of a very strong young woman who knows her mind, what she wants and goes about getting it. Miss Anna Marsh is responsible for so many things; running the house hold’s (in town and the country), she is feeling torn between her estranged parents and has discovered that the man she wants is looking for something totally different in a wife than what she is! She misses her brother, Harry, very much and has a secret that Harry charged her with. She is the toast of the ton, b This is a wonderful story of a very strong young woman who knows her mind, what she wants and goes about getting it. Miss Anna Marsh is responsible for so many things; running the house hold’s (in town and the country), she is feeling torn between her estranged parents and has discovered that the man she wants is looking for something totally different in a wife than what she is! She misses her brother, Harry, very much and has a secret that Harry charged her with. She is the toast of the ton, but refused numerous offers of marriage. Sebastian, Baron Rutherford, has known Anna since she was born. He was best friends with Harry and the three of them would wander around Marsh Hill, Anna and Harry’s country estate. Sebastian is convinced he wants one kind of wife and marriage- “comfortable and no surprises.” He discovers that is NOT what he wants and is intrigued with the woman that Anna has become. There are smugglers, men from the Home Office, French spies, insipid men, other strong women and the chance to return love and family to the lives of Sebastian’s family. This story is about second chances, having your mind changed for the better and the power of true love. This was my first book by Ms Quinn and I am looking forward to reading more of her books. I have found a new author to follow. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Sebastian Rutherford is ready to settle down and childhood friend Anna Marsh is his intended bride to be, however Anna turns down his proposal leaving Sebastian stumped. He had always assumed they would end up marrying one another, they were friends and could have a comfortable life. Anna has loved Sebastian since she was a child, but Anna holds a secret and is worried that Sebastian will be unable to accept what she has done by taking her brother's place in a smuggling group. What Anna does not Sebastian Rutherford is ready to settle down and childhood friend Anna Marsh is his intended bride to be, however Anna turns down his proposal leaving Sebastian stumped. He had always assumed they would end up marrying one another, they were friends and could have a comfortable life. Anna has loved Sebastian since she was a child, but Anna holds a secret and is worried that Sebastian will be unable to accept what she has done by taking her brother's place in a smuggling group. What Anna does not expect is Sebastian's determination on winning her hand and that Sebastian has a few well kept secrets of his own. Charming story, Anna initially tries to get Sebastian to run the other way by letting him spend as much time with her as he wants, feeling he will get bored and move on. It doesn't work. The story had a few surprises that leaves little crumbs into the next story, entertaining read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon The Romance Addict!

    Nice Strong Heroine h: Anna Marsh H: Sebastian, Baron Rutherford I really liked Anna she is beautiful, strong, and independent & Not a push over. A lot of the heroine i read are almost to sweet and willing to please. So Anna has been in love with Sebastian as long as she can remember and been waiting for the day they marry, but that was before her older brothers death. When he comes to claim his bride she side steps him on every try, why? Well......you have to read it. I really liked this book an Nice Strong Heroine h: Anna Marsh H: Sebastian, Baron Rutherford I really liked Anna she is beautiful, strong, and independent & Not a push over. A lot of the heroine i read are almost to sweet and willing to please. So Anna has been in love with Sebastian as long as she can remember and been waiting for the day they marry, but that was before her older brothers death. When he comes to claim his bride she side steps him on every try, why? Well......you have to read it. I really liked this book and the main charters. Their is also a second romance in this book so it like a two for one. Great book lots of secrets to come!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Sholders

    I liked this book a lot. I have read some of Ella's books before and this is as good as the they are. Anna is a very strong minded young lady. She runs the local smugglers her brother used to lead. He is dead so she has taken over. She has been in love with the neighboring Lord since she was a small child.Sebastian,or Rutherford as he prefers, has found out he loves her and thinks she will be his perfect quiet, solid wife he wants. Wow do the fireworks go off over those discussions! There are qu I liked this book a lot. I have read some of Ella's books before and this is as good as the they are. Anna is a very strong minded young lady. She runs the local smugglers her brother used to lead. He is dead so she has taken over. She has been in love with the neighboring Lord since she was a small child.Sebastian,or Rutherford as he prefers, has found out he loves her and thinks she will be his perfect quiet, solid wife he wants. Wow do the fireworks go off over those discussions! There are quite a few stories in this book and a few twists and turns too.I think everyone could read this book. I fell in love with the characters and you can too!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Hesseling

    Some people just know what and who they want from a young age- such is the case with Anna. She's been in love with Sebastian for years. And to tell the truth, whether he realised it or not he's been in love with her for the same time too. For years she's just been too young. And now, when she finally decides that it's time to move on, he realises that he's hidden too long. With great sub-stories and a second love story surrounding her long lost brother, this novel will attract most HR readers, m Some people just know what and who they want from a young age- such is the case with Anna. She's been in love with Sebastian for years. And to tell the truth, whether he realised it or not he's been in love with her for the same time too. For years she's just been too young. And now, when she finally decides that it's time to move on, he realises that he's hidden too long. With great sub-stories and a second love story surrounding her long lost brother, this novel will attract most HR readers, merely for the lively writing and quirky characters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    P Karr

    I loved reading this adventurous Regency Romance. Ella Quinn's heroines seem to be ahead of their times and are great at raising hell. This was so refreshing and different from the typical Regency books. I have a detailed review on my site. A Million Kindle Books I loved reading this adventurous Regency Romance. Ella Quinn's heroines seem to be ahead of their times and are great at raising hell. This was so refreshing and different from the typical Regency books. I have a detailed review on my site. A Million Kindle Books

  22. 5 out of 5

    Negar Arvanaghi

    "You know, I really can mount myself" Ha! This book was SEX-AY and funny. I didn't much care for the subplot and the cast of secondary characters, but those are just my personal preferences. The book was well-written and it was obvious the author did her research. "You know, I really can mount myself" Ha! This book was SEX-AY and funny. I didn't much care for the subplot and the cast of secondary characters, but those are just my personal preferences. The book was well-written and it was obvious the author did her research.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    This was a good story with many side stories. All questions were answered and I enjoyed the book, it did seem long but everything fit and I didn't lose interest. This was a good story with many side stories. All questions were answered and I enjoyed the book, it did seem long but everything fit and I didn't lose interest.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Another excellent book by Ella Quinn. Please read my full review at my blog: http://letague.blogspot.com Another excellent book by Ella Quinn. Please read my full review at my blog: http://letague.blogspot.com

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aki1713

    I really like the story, but there are too many different people telling their story...just Annas and Harrys Stories would have been enough.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mummy Cat Claire

    1814, London Mis Anna Marsh is a young woman who fills her time in different ways. She has come out but is still unattached. She hopes to one day marry Baron Sebastian Rutherford but her hopes have recently dwindled. She has a secret and doesn't feel that Sabastian will take kindly to it. "She'd loved him since she was a child. If he's asked for her hand when she'd first come out, she would have accepted him. Now, at one and twenty, she was wiser." Anna wants to know that Sabastian really loves he 1814, London Mis Anna Marsh is a young woman who fills her time in different ways. She has come out but is still unattached. She hopes to one day marry Baron Sebastian Rutherford but her hopes have recently dwindled. She has a secret and doesn't feel that Sabastian will take kindly to it. "She'd loved him since she was a child. If he's asked for her hand when she'd first come out, she would have accepted him. Now, at one and twenty, she was wiser." Anna wants to know that Sabastian really loves her and she isn't just his duty to marry and start a family to continue on the line. Anna's brother has been missing and presumed dead for several years. Anna's mother has not dealt well with the loss of her son and her marriage and family interactions have suffered. Anna decides to leave London and go to her family's home. Rutherford's friend tells him to spend more time with Anna and get to know her, become more acquainted with her and maybe things will improve. So he does. There's are some mysteries to solve in the book and some secrets to tell. This story had potential because Anna's secret was interesting. I liked how she was a strong and intelligent woman but the sex was a bit over the top. I skipped over the scenes but then they became too many. The story is okay. About half way, I became bored with Anna's constant ruminations of never being with Sabastian. It's your typical romance novel. I think things could have been fleshed out more and talked about the French and English tensions of the day. How and why smuggling was important and illegal, etc. More about Napoleon but this is too much for a romance novel. Overall, it wasn't my favorite book ever. I liked the beginning of the book. It does get pretty nasty so I skipped and skimmed a lot. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    After reading reviews of the last of her books I read I thought I'd give her another go. Reviews of that book said it wasnt her best. So here we go. This is part of a series though you dont need to read the first book to read this one. I recommend not reading anymore of her work. Too many storylines which are unnecessary and only annoyed or fatigued me. It went on and on and on. I like the idea of strong willed, smart, forward looking female leads but would prefer they be better written to suit After reading reviews of the last of her books I read I thought I'd give her another go. Reviews of that book said it wasnt her best. So here we go. This is part of a series though you dont need to read the first book to read this one. I recommend not reading anymore of her work. Too many storylines which are unnecessary and only annoyed or fatigued me. It went on and on and on. I like the idea of strong willed, smart, forward looking female leads but would prefer they be better written to suit the time period the book is set in.

  28. 5 out of 5

    PR

    Reviewing this after I have read 5 books in this series. In each of them the handsome hero pursues the very beautiful heroine without coming across as a an obsessed alpha-male. Would rate this a bit higher than the first one, because the emphasis is not much on the beauty of Anna. However Sebastian is still much older than her, which would have been OK and expected for this time period. Good for one-time read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Rodriguez

    Quinn sets her historical romance in 1814. Beginning in London, the story moves to Kent. Sebastian, the Baron of Rutherford has recently arrived in London with the intention of honoring a family betrothal. Anna Marsh has loved Sebastian since she was a child. However, Anna doesn't want to be taken for granted. Included with the story is a novella: Madeline's Christmas Wish. The stories are linked by character. Quinn sets her historical romance in 1814. Beginning in London, the story moves to Kent. Sebastian, the Baron of Rutherford has recently arrived in London with the intention of honoring a family betrothal. Anna Marsh has loved Sebastian since she was a child. However, Anna doesn't want to be taken for granted. Included with the story is a novella: Madeline's Christmas Wish. The stories are linked by character.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angelica Morado-Young

    I did enjoy this story! It took longer to read as I just moved and have been busy rearranging everything!The story happens during the time of the French Revolution. So it involves spying and secret shipping of illegal cargos. It also involves two neighboring families, with several interesting developments. I enjoyed learning about the main characters and all the intriguing situations!

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