Review: The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell

Posted March 11, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

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

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 24th 2015
Series: Marrying the Duke #1
Published by Avon
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
 

“There were things about this book I enjoyed a lot, some that didn’t stand out, and some that missed the mark.”
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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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About Cathy Maxwell

Cathy Maxwell’s enthusiasm for life graces the pages of her books and are the topic of the talks she gives to readers and writers groups about her chosen career.

She is no stranger to the limelight.  After graduating from college, Cathy started off as a news broadcaster.  She later decided reporting was boring compared to making news and joined the navy.   After a successful stint in Naval intelligence, including a tour with the Pentagon, Cathy proceeded to pursue writing.  Now, she has over thirty-five published romance novels (and five anthologies) to her credit, many of them spending significant time on the New York Times and USA Today mass market best-seller lists.  Several have been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award and  has been honored with RT Book Review’s  “Love and Laughter” award among others.  Recently, the Washington Romance Writers named her a recipient of the Kathleen Gilles Seidel “Legend” award for her service to the chapter.  Best of all, she has made some wonderful friends along the way and has had a great time.

Originally from Kansas, she now finds herself in Texas! When not writing she is likely to be busy with one of many local charities or packing her bags to research her next novel.  Cathy’s motto is “travel light” and she enjoys meeting her fans all over the world.

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Thanks for the review Francesca

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I read a book of hers before and found it meh as well

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Thanks for sharing. We offer all type buy online book at cheap prices. Just now and visit it;

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Thanks for your review.

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Heather Hicks

I’ve read other books of hers, not overly impressed but I liked it enough to pass the time and maybe try another one. I am into more serious histo fiction with the romance. Edward Webster’s Soul of Toledo is my current read, very serious and thought provoking. When I am done with it I will need a read like Maxwell’s maybe.