My favorite romance trope is reunited lovers, and my latest book, The Marquess Who Loved Me, fits the bill. If you like love stories with hot, angry sex and even hotter makeup sex, this may be the book for you 🙂


But I believe romances should be about emotion, not just sex. As with the other books in the Muses of Mayfair series, I wanted Marquess to go beyond the relationship between the hero and heroine. Don’t get me wrong – the relationship between Nick and Ellie is the most important one in the book. But at its core, the Muses of Mayfair series continues to explore the power of female friendships and how all of our relationships, not just our romances, evolve as we learn more about ourselves.


I’m not egotistical enough to think that The Marquess Who Loved Me is on par with all the books about female power and relationships that have come out in the past year. From the raging debates over the term ‘mommy porn’ caused by the popularity (and media scorn) of Fifty Shades to the eternal question of whether women can ‘have it all’ in Lean In, we seem to have reached another one of those moments where many circles are actively questioning what it means to be a woman and what our choices really are.


The Marquess Who Loved Me isn’t explicitly part of that conversation – I’m rabidly apolitical in my professional life, for what it’s worth. But I think romance novels are important, because we can take whatever we want from them – whether it’s a few hours of pleasure and relaxation, or whether it’s a chance to explore how other people live and love and make choices.


I personally prefer romance novels that show a broader range of the human experience, not just how a man and a woman fall in love. This is why my Muses of Mayfair spend so much time figuring out how to be better versions of themselves and become stronger, more supportive friends. And I hope you’ll enjoy that element of their stories just as much as the sex (or, at least, almost as much 😉

Thank you so much for spending time with us and our readers today,Sara. What a wonderful insight into the world of romance.




Why do you read romance novels? Do you prefer to focus tightly on the hero and heroine, or do you like to see their friends, families, etc.? I would love to hear your thoughts – and one lucky commenter will receive a free copy of The Marquess Who Loved Me!

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About The Marquess Who Loved Me


 A not-so-merry widow…

The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover – the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him again.

A man determined to destroy her…

Nicholas Claiborne hasn’t stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer – and take revenge on the woman he couldn’t force himself to forget.

A love they can’t escape…

Nick hates Ellie’s transformation from sweet debutante to jaded seductress. Ellie despises him for leaving her behind. Still, the sparks between them reignite the passion that should have been their destiny. As their demands of each other turn darker and a potential killer closes in, they must decide whether to guard the fragile remnants of their hearts — or find a way to fall in love all over again.

Series: Muses of Mayfair #3
Previous Book: Scotsmen Prefer Blondes, Muses of Mayfair #2
Next Book: The Earl Who Played With Fire, Muses of Mayfair #4 – coming late 2013
Genre: Regency Historical
Setting: England, 1813




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  1. First of all, let me say that the cover of this novel is just lovely! That royal blue against the heroine’s reddish-orange hair is stunning!

    I read romance novels because I love the plots and, hopefully, the happily ever after. I enjoy “getting to know” both the hero and the heroine. Adding the family members and their side stories only add more seasoning that makes the entire novel a tasty read.

    I’m certainly looking forward to reading “The Marquess Who Loved Me.” Sara Ramsey has proven herself to be a fabulous author. Congratulations, Sara!

  2. The reason that I read romance novels is because I love to be swept back to another time and place, where people lived, laughed and loved, and were finding their way to each other. I also love to see other family members and friends incorporated into the story , and hopefully meet them later on with a story of their own.

    "The Marquess Who Loved Me" is the type of book that I love to read, with lots of mystery, intrigue, danger and a second chance at romance.

    The cover art and colors are stunning, and I'd love to read this in print.

    Thank you for this chance to win.

    1. Diane, I'm glad you and others love this cover as much as I do! It was redesigned from a previous version, and I had a lot of angst over which version to go with – but I think the blue one was the way to go 🙂 Best of luck with the giveaway!

  3. I mainly like to read about the 2 main characters. Family and friends are okay but not to much for me.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Joy. I also don't love stories where the secondary characters take over too much of the book, although I do enjoy seeing some character growth over the course of the series. Good luck with the giveaway!

  4. I read romance for the romance of course. And the HEA at the end of the story. Who can refuse a good romance with a HEA

  5. I read romance because it's an escape from everyday cares and worries. It transports me to a different era ( my favorite genre is historical romance) and the heroe's and heroines' interaction is delicious!

  6. I prefer to focus mostly on the hero and heroine, but I do like to have some info on their friends and family. I just don't like reading a chapter or more about them.

  7. I love to see the friends and family of the characters! I think the other characters make a stronger impression for the main characters. I also enjoy watching them in later novels. The whole setting lends more realism to the charactersa nd allows the writer to develop the characters better as they interact with others. Consequently, I think the overall writing improves as a result.

    If I win, I would love Kindle format!

  8. Cover is gorgeous. Like all aspects of romance. And the fact, that sometimes, if not all the time, there is a happy ending. Sometimes the supporting character(s) are much more interesting and fun too.
    Epub would be great.

  9. Very sexy cover. I've been reading romances since Barbara Cartland, love the happily ever afters.
    Wouls love a print book.

  10. I love to read romances because they make me dream of far away places! I specially love the Regency-Victorian era, so romantic. I do not really mind, but I find it interesting when the story involves friends or family, but not much..Also, some friends come back in a second story and it is fun to know what happened to them. The cover of THE MARQUESS WHO LOVED ME is so gorgeous! I would love to get a chance to read your book in exchange for an honest review. One of my passions, is reading and to thank the author, I write a review! nlaverdure88@videotron.ca

  11. Romance reading started back in the 1960's… I like where there's family involved and not just focused on the 2 main characters.. My TBR list is huge and I continue to add new authors and new books.. And I must say that Sara's books are very enjoyable and I've been impressed by the cover art which I understand that some authors have very little control over choices.

  12. I love everything about romance books. The emotions they invoke. I read historical romance because I love going back in time. I also like the books with secondary characters, most of the time I want to know more about them and go looking for their book as well.

  13. I read romance because of the development of the characters and their ability to cope with life events and overcome obstacles (or sometimes create them!). I also love the romance the idea that there is a "happily ever after" out there!

  14. I prefer if the focus is on the couple, but I love if their friends/family play a big role in the book too! Like in most of Julia Quinn's books 🙂
    I would prefer an e-book, thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I like that so many romance books have a HEA. I love seeing the friends and/or family of the hero and heroine. The supporting characters allow readers to see other aspects to the main characters. And it's fun to have the supporting characters get their own stories in other books.
    I would love the Kindle format.

  16. Lovely cover! Love HEA and your books! 🙂

    maybe31 at yahoo.com
    Print copy pls if I win!

  17. I absolutely love the cover of this book. The blue is very catching and I would pick up off the shelf if I saw it.
    I love any kind of romance books. I am a huge fan of historical and paranormal, but starting to love contemporary. I love from either from either point of view. I like hearing both sides of the story. I also very much love when the family, friends, or others are involved. This also helps with setting up the writing of the next story or sequeal. I always love secondary characters and sometimes even more than the main characters.
    This is a new author for me. I love to read and always looking for new authors to check out. Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. The biggest reason I read romance novels is because I love seeing a couple discover their love for each other and reach that happy ending, that's my favorite part. I enjoy seeing the friends, family, pets, etc. as well as the hero and heroine in a romance.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    I prefer a print copy.

  19. I love reading romance for the HEA or at least HFN endings. I like for stories to include a variety of characters, to have secondary characters to be active in the stories. This could be b/c I love series books, and love when secondary characters then get their own stories told, plus this allows us to catch up with previous couples.
    Btw, second chance love stories is one of my favorites 🙂

    1. forgot my email: manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com
      I would probably choose a print copy….maybe 🙂

  20. I love to read romance novels because I get to live someone elses love story for a little while. I love stories that include family and friends, especially if they provide a bit of humor to the story. My email address is jenafyre@sbcglobal.net and I would like an ebook copy for my nook please.

  21. "The Marquess Who Loved Me" does look fantastic. I do enjoy reading the reunited lovers trope, among others.

    PRINT thank you.


  22. Hi Sara!

    I'm so excited about The Marquess Who Loved Me and one of the reasons is that I love your stories so much is because your secondary characters are as vital to the development of the story and the way you have them relate to the "hero and heroine".

    I think as a reader that the interaction between the main characters with their family and friends adds that extra depth to understanding not only how they became the people they are but also what they feel is important in their life. I think we may not even realize it at times when we're reading but how a character relates to all the people around him whether a Duke, a valet, a Duchess or a maid, a close friend or a foe, helps the reader to really understand the pleasures and problems of the characters and help us to make a personal connection to them.

    You always manage to do just that and it's one of the reasons your readers keep wanting that next book that right now is just an idea waiting to be written, completed and shared with us all!

  23. I read romances for the HEA!! I love books that focus on friend and family, I always find someone that I want to read more about. Thanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  24. I agree with you, the H/H romance is great but you can't forget about all the other relationships that affect a person. I enjoy when the story lines include secondary characters and their own romances, or deep firendships that affect the story for the H or H.

    I read romances for the journey. I know there will be an HEA, and I do love that. But it is the how do they get there, what hurdles do they have to cross or sacrifice to reach that end point.

    if I'm lucky, print
    eyesofblueice (at) gmail

  25. I read romance novels for fun so I want an HEA too! And I do like the couples friends & relatives to be brought into the story – it often helps show different sides of the hero & heroine!

  26. I love the feel and smell of an actual book, but I can sneak my phone into work far more easily… so I’m voting the tech version.

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