Review: The Fairest of Them All by Cathy Maxwell

Posted November 9, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: The Fairest of Them All by Cathy Maxwell
The Fairest of Them All
by Cathy Maxwell

3.5 Stars


Released: May 31st 2016
Series: Marrying the Duke #2
Published by Avon
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook

“THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL has a fun and fresh plot and characters that blend very well together.”
~ Under the Covers

A story about twins!  I confess I’ve forgotten about this book for a while and just realized I never read it when the third book recently came out.  I had some higher expectations for book 1 and it was just ok so this one got pushed back.  After finishing it, I do like this one better than the first.  The concept of the twin of a Duke having left years ago and made a life in America only to come back now to try and stop a war between the two countries was very intriguing.  Add in to that the fact the woman the Duke has his sights set on to marry is also the one his twin is attracted to adds in to the appeal.

THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL has a fun and fresh plot and characters that blend very well together.  This wasn’t an over the top story, but it was a breeze to read and kept me interested all throughout.  I was obviously rooting for Charlene and Jack to have their HEA, but I couldn’t help and feel bad for the Duke at the same time.

I loved Lady Charlene’s character because she can be soft when she needs to be, but she’s also adventurous and daring when facing the realities of her life.  Sometimes she even finds those situations thrilling instead of cowering because of them but they haven’t made her jaded.  Jack’s character is very similar to her and that’s why I think they were the perfect pair, both unconventional and ready to face all new adventures the world brings.

But now I really need to see the Duke get an HEA (finally!), so I’m anxious to read the next one and the fact that we met his unconventional heroine in this one leaves me even more excited for it.




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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.


Her books are hit or miss for me…but I may check this out


Thanks Francesca for the review