BOOK HEARTTHROB PROFILE: MARCUS, LORD WESTCLIFF FROM IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN
How are you doing? I hope you guys are doing great and feeling all excited to read my post today ^_^ It's because the book heartthrob profile series is back with another book heartthrob to swoon your heart. Yay!!! And today's post is the first book heartthrob profile episode for 2023.
For this month's book heartthrob profile episode, I'm going to feature Marcus Marsden, Earl of Westcliff from Lisa Kleypas' It Happened One Autumn. He is another crush-worthy book heartthrob. And he is also unique and different compared to all the book heartthrobs I featured before. Do you guys want to know why he is unique and different? Well, you have to read this post till the end ^_^ Now, let's not waste time and begin with Marcus' profile...
ABOUT MARCUS, LORD WESTCLIFF
NAME: Marcus Marsden, Earl of Westcliff
AGE: 35 years old (It was mentioned in the novel)
OCCUPATION: He is an Earl and owns a huge estate in Hampshire.
HIS ROLES IN THE STORY: Marcus is the male protagonist, and the love interest to the female protagonist, Lillian Bowman.
HIS GOALS: At the beginning of the story, Marcus wants to find a bride who is well-cultured and suits his aristocracy. But later, he falls in love with Lillian Bowman, an American heiress who is the opposite of his ideal type. To Marcus, Lillian is the most extraordinary girl he has ever met. He is willing to do anything just to be with her and have her as his bride.
Kleypas portrays Marcus as a very arrogant English aristocrat at the beginning of the story. No one else is good enough for him. He even despises Lillian the first time they met. Marcus thought Lillian was uncultured and not ladylike at all. And Lillian does not like him either. But Marcus changed into a tender loving man after he falls in love with Lillian.
Besides being arrogant, Kleypas also portrays Marcus as a very confident man. He is good at everything. He is courageous, charismatic, bright, intelligent, smart, quick-witted, and has good leadership. These qualities make Marcus an alpha male hero indeed.
HIS PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES
When it comes to physical attributes, Marcus is not created as an awfully handsome hero by Lisa Kleypas. Compared to all Kleypas' heroes, Marcus is described as striking instead of handsome. His inner handsome is more dominant than his outer handsome. That's why I believe Marcus is a unique hero.
Marcus is not that tall. His height is average. He has a solid body and broad shoulders. Marcus has dark hair and sharp coffee-colored eyes.
When I was reading It Happened One Autumn, I imagined Welsh actor, Ioan Gruffud as Marcus. Like Marcus, Ioan Gruffud is also more striking than handsome. Plus, Ioan Gruffud is a very charismatic actor. So I believe Ioan Gruffud is the perfect fan cast for Marcus, Lord Westcliff.
Marcus is not an arrogant person at heart. The reason why Marcus becomes arrogant is all because of his mother. The old countess makes Marcus believe that their family is superior compared to other families. The old countess also wants to protect her family's heritage and aristocracy. She wants all of her children to marry people of blue-blooded families only.
But unfortunately, most of the countess' children choose to marry commoners. And the commoners are Americans. The countess despises Americans the most. Marcus is the countess' only child that is still not married. And he is now her only hope. Because of this, the countess tries her best to control Marcus and influence him to be arrogant. But unfortunately for the countess, love changed Marcus. Falling in love with Lillian Bowman makes Marcus the loving and romantic man he is supposed to be.
MY OVERALL REVIEW OF THE CHARACTER
Marcus, Earl Of Westcliff is not a book heartthrob that I have a crush on. But he is a book heartthrob I admire. I'm glad that Kleypas created him as a man with inner handsome instead of outer handsome. A hero does not have to be awfully handsome. Most important he must be courageous, charismatic, confident, intelligent, quick-witted, and has good leadership. And Marcus has it all.
The no.1 reason why I enjoyed reading It Happened One Autumn is because of the way Kleypas portrays Marcus' relationship with Lillian. They begin as enemies and then they started to have feelings for each other. I like the way Marcus and Lillian's relationship develop as the story unfolds. I believe Marcus and Lillian are a very cute couple. They also make a good team together. Marcus and Lillian are definitely the best partner-in-crime couple.
Overall, It Happened One Autumn is a very lovely romance novel to read and Marcus is a very striking hero to have a crush on or admire. Everything in this novel puts a smile on your face while you're reading it.
Ok, so this is my analysis of Marcus Marsden, Lord Westcliff. A book heartthrob created by Lisa Kleypas for one of her historical romance hit novels, It Happened One Autumn.
Thank you for joining me again in this book heartthrob profile episode. Insya-Allah, the book heartthrob profile series will be back next month with another book heartthrob to swoon your heart. So please don't miss out.
Before I end this post, I would like to ask my readers two related questions. First question, has anyone of you read It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas? If yes, what are your thoughts on Marcus and Lillian? Hehehe... please feel free to share your opinions in the comment box below.
Ok, this is all for now. I'll see you guys again in my next post. Take care ^_^
Fadima Mooneira ^_^
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FADIMA MOONEIRA'S REVIEW OF IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN