by Cathy Maxwell
Released: November 24th 2015
Series: Marrying the Duke #1
Published by Avon
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
“There were things about this book I enjoyed a lot, some that didn’t stand out, and some that missed the mark.”
~ Under the Covers
I’ve read Cathy Maxwell before and when I saw she had a new series I wanted to give it a try. Even though her books in the past have been hit or miss. The premise of this book sounded fun. The heroine, Elin, grew up next door and was basically promised in marriage to one of their sons, a future Duke. But she then fell in love with the younger brother, Ben. Their relationship developed early on and she thought they would be together until one day he just left. She’s resigned herself to marrying his brother, doing what her family expects of her and bringing a title to their family, and being a good wife. Until Ben comes back.
There were things about this book I enjoyed a lot, some that didn’t stand out, and some that missed the mark. The story is original and the book has that light and fluffy quality that I tend to like at times in my historical romances. And as much as the characters were good there were still things that kept me from diving in completely. I didn’t like dragging the Duke, Gavin, along. He’s such a nice guy that I can’t help but be a little upset about him not getting the girl.
In terms of the romance between Ben and Elin, I liked the basis of their relationship and that they have been best friends since childhood. They share an undeniable connection. But I thought there could’ve been more. The fact that I didn’t he fought hard enough to have her in his life. Then and now. But then at the end of the story it’s sort of an easy resolution. I wanted more from this.
I will continue this series because the next book IS about the Duke and I just have to see him get a fun HEA.
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I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.