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Peek Inside How to Best a Marquess

Lady Ellie has ambitions to run her brother’s infamous gambling club, but the man who broke her heart, the Devil Marquess, has other plans. And soon, the club isn’t the only prize he wants…

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When a handsome boxer kisses Lady Ellie Swift for good luck during a match, it turns her world upside down. Because the rogue isn’t just anyone…it’s the Devil Marquess returned. Thanks to Hugh Vere, Marquess of Deveril, Ellie learned at an early age that men are more trouble than they’re worth. Now, instead of a husband, she wants to take over her brother’s infamous gambling club—the Raven Club. And apparently the devil wants it, too.

From the moment Hugh sees Ellie again sparks fly, but battle lines have been drawn. Whoever is the most successful overseeing the club in one month’s time will win. And Hugh intends to win. And he intends to stay very close to Ellie to make sure she follows the rules. What he discovers, though, is that Ellie is no longer the sweet girl he knew years ago—and winning won’t be easy. But the nearly combustible chemistry between them is hard to ignore, and soon the club is not the only prize he wants…

Each book in the Raven Club series is STANDALONE:
* How to Tempt an Earl
* How to Best a Marquess
* How to Capture a Duke


“Ahhhhhhh this was just such a wonderful book and I just thoroughly enjoyed myself. I didn’t want to put this book down!” -Leah W., NetGalley

“What a fun, sexy romp with Ellie and her rival Hugh and life inside the Raven Club!” -Lori Z., Goodreads

“That kiss at the boxing ring grabbed me from the start! Tina Gabrielle has a wonderful series in The Raven Club books.  She keeps the storyline moving through character actions and dialogue between the characters.  I've enjoyed Ellie and Hugh and I look forward to the next book!” -Alice C., Goodreads

“I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and well-plotted addition to the series.” Barbara R., Goodreads

A charming historical romance that will make you swoon!” -Erika C., Goodreads

“This book starts will a stellar first kiss and never lets up. It is fast paced, fun, and oh-so-romantic!” -Bridgette P., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638358
Series: Raven Club, Book 2
Release Date: Jun 10, 2019
Page Count: 350
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: enemies to lovers, reunited lovers

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By Anovelqueen June 03, 2019

What a cute romance....

Ellie Swift wants her brother’s gambling club, but so does Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril. So how does Ellie’s brother decide whom to sell to? He holds a contest. They each have one month to improve the club’s profits and the winner gets the club. Ellie is not enthused at ...more

By Esther May 16, 2019

ARC provided by NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for an honest review.

Rating 3.5

Lady Ellie's brother the Earl of Castleton is the owner of the Raven club. But with marriage and a baby on the way the Earl is going to step away from the club and Ellie would like to take over. Hugh, the Marquess of ...more

By Barbara June 01, 2019

Series: The Raven Club #2
Publication Date: 6/10/19
Number of Pages: 202

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and well-plotted addition to the series. I haven’t read the first book in the series, How to Tempt an Earl, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this book. Actually, this book just ma ...more

By Tracy June 05, 2019

3.5 stars rounded up.

Five years ago, Lady Ellie Swift was in love and believed Hugh felt the same, but he broke her heart and walked away without a word. Now he is back and has challenged her for the right to buy the Raven Club from her brother Ian. Ian and his wife Grace propose a competition, sinc ...more

By Petula May 31, 2019

Lady Ellie Swift loves everything about her brother's gambling hall. She always wears a mask when she is down among the customers especially when watching the boxers fighting.
Hugh Vere the Marquess of Deveril has recently returned from the war. Fighting in the boxing ring is a good way to let off s ...more

By Lori June 10, 2019

The Raven Club, London 1825 For a heartstopping moment, he was inches from her face. "A kiss from a lovely lady for luck, he said, breathing heavily. Before she could blink, those perfect lips pressed against hers. Hot. Swift. Over in seconds as he turned to his opponent. Oh my God. It was the devil ...more

How to Best a Marquess by Tina Gabrielle is book Two in the Raven Club Series. This is the story of Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril and Ellie Swift. I have read the previous book, but fee you can make this as a standalone book.
Hugh and Ellie were once young and in love. Hugh was the second son o ...more

Belle of the Beau Monde, Lady Ellie Swift quietly aspires to take over the running of her brother's well-known gambling den, the Raven Club, as the earl steps back to be with his wife and soon-to-be arriving child. Everything is going smoothly until the lost love who broke her heart then left for th ...more

By Maria June 11, 2019

How to Best a Marquess
Raven Club book 2
by Tina Gabrielle

I just love reading a Tina Gabrielle romance it’s like chocolate, decadent smooth and sultry all at once. You can’t just have one you need a box! I absolutely adore her writing she never lets me down!

Hugh Vere never forgot or stopped loving th ...more

By Brenda June 07, 2019


When a handsome boxer kisses Lady Ellie Swift for good luck during a match, it turns her world upside down. Because the rogue isn’t just anyone…it’s the Devil Marquess returned. Thanks to Hugh Vere, Marquess of Deveril, Ellie learned at an early age that men are more trouble than they’re wo ...more

By Carole June 01, 2019

They both want the Raven Club....but for different reasons! Five years ago, Lady Ellie Swift and Hugh Vere were in love and planning a future together but after finding him kissing another woman, it all ended there.

Hugh Vere, now the Marquess of Deveril, is back in town and he wants the club AND El ...more

By Isha June 09, 2019

She's fearless. He's predictable. She knows what she wants. He knows how to get it. What happens when these restless hearts collide? Passion. Ellie and Hugh have a history. Unfinished business is about to explode into irresistible attraction. How to Best a Marquess is a seductive duel of hearts. Gab ...more

By Kat June 09, 2019

How to Best a Marquess is the second book in Tina Gabrielle's The Raven Club series. This one can totally stand alone, but I recommend reading the first because it was such a fun book. However, I think I enjoyed this one even more!

Lady Ellie Swift is at The Raven Club, her brother's gambling and box ...more

By Marsha June 12, 2019

Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Once upon a time Ellie and Hugh were in love. Until he made the choice to “do the right thing” for her future and leave her by staging a very public humiliation. Doesn’t matter that he loved her deeply and only wanted what was best for her, he took that choice away from E ...more

By Nessa June 29, 2019


HERO is back from the war to take over the family name after the death of his father and brother. Years ago, he broke the heart of his only love a ...more

By Pelusa June 12, 2019

So I had requested this book a couple of weeks ago and kept going back and forth on when to read it due to some of the reviews that I had read and also because I was afraid of what Hugh had done to her years ago, I am so not the person to condone cheating. I am glad that my nosiness had me putting e ...more

By Ayekah May 24, 2019

I'll admit this isn't my usual genre but the blurb on the book drew me in and I'm glad I went for it.
What a fun, sexy romp with Ellie and her rival Hugh and life inside the Raven Club! Who would have thought?
Ellie's brother owns the Raven club and she's been a dedicated sister and worker at the club ...more

By SH June 06, 2019

Lady Ellie Swift plans to take over her brother’s gambling club but unbeknownst to her, finds that Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril has similar plans. It seems that her brother and sister-in-law have planned to make their decision as to who should run the club, into a competition. Yet Ellie and Hu ...more

By Becky June 14, 2019

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 6/14/19.

My first from this author, but definitely not my last!

Ellie and Hugh have a past--he broke her heart five years ago, and now he's back, threatening the future she'd planned for herself, one where she takes over ownership of her brother's club (the Rave ...more

By Pamela June 11, 2019

Lady Ellie Swift has a past, one she has worked hard to forget. Unfortunately, she's staring right back at a big part of it, Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril. To make matters worse, he is going to be competing against her for ownership of the Raven Club, a gaming establishment, she wants to run. H ...more

By Debra May 13, 2019

Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril, wants to buy the Raven Club, but an obstacle has been placed in his path. The owner's sister, Lady Ellie Swift, also wants the club. To make matters worse, Hugh broke Ellie's heart when they were young and she despises him. Now the battle lines have been drawn--ea ...more

By Janet June 06, 2019

When a handsome boxer kisses Lady Ellie Swift for good luck during a match, it turns her world upside down. Because the rogue isn’t just anyone, it’s the Devil Marquis returned. Thanks to Hugh Vere, Marquis of Deveril, Ellie learned several years ago that men can’t be trusted. Now, instead of a husb ...more

By Cynthia May 25, 2019

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

Ellie Swift helps her brother at the Raven Club. When her brother decides to sell the club, Ellie makes it known she wants to take over the club. Hugh, the Marquess of Deveril, learns the club is for sale and is also looking to purchase it. The decis ...more

By Angela June 01, 2019

I love it when a new Tina Gabrielle book comes out because I know it will be a great read. We read about Ellie’s brother Ian in the first book of this series and the Raven Club adventures continue. Ellie and Hugh are great characters with great depth. They are not run of the mill and their exploits ...more

By Terry July 04, 2019

This was a mother standalone in the Raven Club series.
This book finds Ellie ready to take over The Raven Club. It is exactly what she needs to keep helping abused women get away from their husbands. When the Duke of Marquess comes back to town things are not going to be exactly what she wants.
The Du ...more

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Tina Gabrielle

About the author

Tina Gabrielle

Tina Gabrielle, an Amazon best-selling author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She's the author of adventurous Regency romances In The Barrister's Bed, In The Barrister's Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books. ""A Spy Unmasked"" is the first book in her new Regency romance series, ""In The Crown's Secret Service,"" from Entangled Publishing. ""At The Spy's Pleasure"" will be available in May 2015. Tina's books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by RomanticTimes Book Reviews.

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