Wednesday, May 12, 2010

THE MARRIAGE RING Scandals & Seductions Series book 3 by Cathy Maxwell

Publisher: Avon Books
Date published: February 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-177192-7
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained via publisher

Three words that do not describe Grace MacEachin are dainty, gentile and well-bred. Grace is determined to find justice and revenge against the Lynsted family for they tore her life apart years ago. Richard Lynsted is determined to stop the woman he thinks is blackmailing his father. Grace thinks Richard is stuffy, insufferable and Richard thinks she is plain aggravating. When Richard agrees to hear Grace’s story and they travel to Scotland to find out what happened from her father, what they think would be a simple trip turns into something so much more.

THE MARRIAGE RING is something of a surprise to me as I haven’t read a really interesting historical romance in a bit. Ms. Maxwell pens a story so surprising and intriguing that it kept me up well past my bedtime just so I could see what would happen next for Richard and Grace.

Meet Grace MacEachin, a woman who is determined to find the truth about what destroyed her life years before. Seeking justice and a little bit of revenge she goes after the Lynsted family. Richard Lynsted is determined to stop the woman he feels is out to ruin his father and after meeting her, agrees to hear her side of the story. He thinks she is lying and she thinks he is a jerk but Richard agrees to travel to hear what her father has to say and both find themselves learning that sometimes first appearances are not all as it seems. Danger, mystery and love happen along the way that will surprise even Grace and Richard. These two are so amazing together. I have to admit I fell for Richard after the first chapter. He was a complete opposite to what I have read in a historical romance. He wasn’t a rake nor adventurer but upright, moral and stuffy. Grace is a woman who made it on her own after her father’s scandal and the darling of the stage. Two complete opposites yet both are perfect for the other. Ms. Maxwell created two wonderful characters the readers can get behind and root for. I loved these two together and found myself eager to see what would happen next with them.

THE MARRIAGE RING is a wonderfully entertaining story that will keep the reader glued to the pages and eager for more at the end. I haven’t read the others in the series but am looking forward to checking them out in the future. If you enjoy a highly addictive historical romance, then grab THE MARRIAGE RING. It will be one adventure you will not want to stop reading.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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