Review: The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell

Posted January 25, 2016 by Felicia S in 2015 Read, 3.25 Wine Glasses, Cover Girls, Reviews / 15 Comments

Review: The Match of the Century by Cathy MaxwellThe Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell

Date Read: January 2016


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?

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Publisher: Avon

Also by this author: His Christmas Pleasure, The Bride Says No, The Devil's Heart, If Ever I Should Love You

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Overall Rating: 3.25
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.00

First Thought when Finished: The Match of the Century was not my favorite Cathy Maxwell book but boy am I looking forward to Gavin’s book!

Quick Thoughts: Cathy Maxwell is one of my favorite authors and I was really sad I didn’t love The Match of the Century more. I just never connected to Elin or Ben. I liked them as a couple at the end but it just took to long for me to start rooting for them. My problem was while I waiting to fall in love with them, I found myself annoyed with them more. They had lots of thoughts that they just needed to share with each other but alas the road to romance is not always straightforward. I did like the action and the mystery surrounding Elin. The side characters in that part of the story were fantastic. In other words, that part was pure Cathy Maxwell fantastic.

In the end, I fell in love with Gavin (Ben’s Brother) and I am REALLY looking forward to his book. Though next we get Jack (Ben’s other brother) and that should be downright FUN! That final invitation was just bloody FANTASTIC! So overall while this was not my favorite story by Cathy, it did introduce a couple of characters that I am really looking forward to spending more time with.

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Overall Rating
3 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3 / 5
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15 responses to “Review: The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell

  1. I just finished a romance type book where I couldnt’ connect with the female at all, and so I disliked the book, so I get where you are coming from with this one.

    • Yep sometimes the characters just aren’t connecting at least with me as a reader. That makes the book hard to love. I did love the world and with Cathy this is the first time I haven’t liked a couple—so I am really looking for the rest 🙂

  2. I tend to get annoyed when characters don’t resolve issues that would easily be taken care of by talking with one another, so I totally get the frustration with the characters! Glad you still want to read more, though! That’s always a good sign 🙂

    • In this particular case, I think I was annoyed with that and I just didn’t see them as a good match . Usually I can from the beginning (even if they don’t) but in this case it took the whole book!

  3. I don’t think I have read this author, so I need to look her up. Maybe not start with this one since you didn’t love it. Do you have a recommendation?