Sick of hearing a woman her size can’t be a leading lady, Vi started her own theatre company and proved everyone wrong. But when there’s finally enough money to hire an artistic director, the board chooses Lucian, a local actor whose only qualification is being so good looking that old ladies love to give him money. If the board thinks Vi will be so busy swooning that she hands over control peacefully, they’ve got another think coming. If only Lucian would stop wearing those tight jeans to work.
Lucian’s been the muse of a brilliant but tyrannical director since he was fifteen. Desperate to get away from her, and certain he’s got creative vision, he lands the job of his dreams: artistic director of Vi’s up-and-coming theatre. He's admired Vi for years. She’s poised and passionate—but when she’s wearing a corset, his rational mind shuts down. Why did he choose two corset plays? He needs his brain in working order to show everyone he's more than a leading man.
As Vi and Lucian rehearse Miss Julie, a sexy play about hierarchy and status, their growing attraction screws with their intentions and challenges their objective: be the one who ends up on top.
Complete at 80,000 words, MOUNTING THE MARQUIS is contemporary romance with series potential. It will appeal to readers who like the humor and theatrical authenticity of Act Like It, as well as the sophisticated characterization and power dynamics in Cecilia Grant’s Blackshears series.