The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell
Date Read: January 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance
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?
Also by this author: His Christmas Pleasure, The Bride Says No, The Devil's Heart, If Ever I Should Love You br> br>
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
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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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