Welcome to my stop for The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell, the first book in her new Marrying the Duke series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Complete Print Set of The Brides of Wishmore Series (THE BRIDE SAYS NO, THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE and THE GROOM SAYS YES)
I’ve read the prequel to this series, and enjoyed the literary obsession of the heroine, fobbed off by many as just another pretty face. In this story, Elin has everything every girl should want: a wonderful debut season topped with an engagement to a Duke, making her the envy of her friends. Now, her life is in the country as the wedding plans are being made and her fiancé Gavin has decided his brother Ben must give up ‘playing soldier’ and return home to assist him.
Dancing the line between convention of the time and appealing to more modern readers, Maxwell dances Elin’s former crush, Ben, stirring up her old feelings for him, despite her anger at being ‘abandoned’. Ben believes Elin is too good for his arrogant brother, and he doesn’t appreciate being made to tuck tail and obey his every whim.
A slower pace sets the tone as the history between Elin and Ben is revealed, her father’s plans for her marriage to a peer and the slow redevelopment of their relationship, one that could set the ton on its ear. But, all is not quiet in the country, and whether it is sibling rivalry with Ben and Gavin, a bit of censure of Elin because of her relationship with Ben years ago, or the fact that someone wants Elin dead, the story takes several twists, none of which seem to be noticed by Gavin. When Ben rescues her, and they are able to admit the feelings that still exist, the rather loosely defined love triangle faces another crisis point. Will Elin marry the Duke, the dream of all young women of her station, or will she truly make a match of the century with her fated love?
Fun and light with a few twists and some moments of complete self-indulgence on Elin’s part, a not very kindly Gavin and the true feelings that never seem to fade make this an enjoyable afternoon getaway read.
Title: The Match of the Century
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Series: Marrying the Duke #1
Also in this series: A Little Thing Called Love, The Fairest of Them All, A Date at the Altar
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Published on: 24 November, 2015
Source: Publisher, Avon Addict
Audio Length: 10 Hours (approx.)
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In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell's glittering new series, wedding bells are ringing… until the return of a rake throws a bride's plans—and heart—into a tailspin...
Every debutante aspires to snag a duke. Elin Morris just happens to have had one reserved since birth. But postponements of her marriage to London's most powerful peer give Elin time to wonder how she will marry Gavin Baynton when she cannot forget his brother, Benedict.
Already exasperated at being yanked from the military to meet "family obligations," now Ben must suffer watching his arrogant sibling squire the only woman he has ever loved. Joining the army saved Ben from sinking into bitterness, but seeing Elin again takes him back to the day they surrendered to their intoxicating desire.
As the wedding draws near, Elin tries to push Ben far from her thoughts. When danger brings them together, there is no denying their feelings. But can Elin choose love over duty?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher, Avon Addict for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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