My genre of choice is romance and although I enjoy all types, my preference has always been historical. Mad for the Marquess is definitely historical. However, Ms. Russell takes a darker direction with her tale. Conspiracy, murder, danger and intrigue are always a haunting combination, but from within the depths of tragedy and despair, something beautiful grows. A love that knows no bounds and will risk everything to conquer the evil. Devlin and Anne light the spark that ignites the flame to burn through the hopelessness that is intent on keeping them apart. Their love singes through the obstacles and empowers their faith as it slowly thawed this reader's heart.