Monday, July 15, 2013

LYON’S BRIDE by Cathy Maxwell

The Chattan Curse Series, Book One
Avon Books
April 24th, 2012
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher


He is Lord Lyon-proud, determined and under a curse. He needs a bride and a marriage of connivance is a perfect fit especially if he can break the curse forever. He just never anticipates meeting Thea Martin again. Beautiful, headstrong and society’s most popular matchmaker, Lyon charges her to find him his perfect bride. These two find that love blooms even as these two dance around their growing feelings. Can Lord Lyon stop from falling in love with this vibrant woman even as Thea finds herself falling in love all over again for Lyon? Two people perfect for one another yet all that is standing between them is a curse and a stubborn heart.

I really have enjoyed Cathy Maxwell’s past books and this introduction into her new series is fun, intriguing and a perfect afternoon read on a lazy Sunday. I really enjoyed the supernatural aspect of this story and the premise of the series. Ms. Maxwell delivers a twist in the historical romance genre that leaves you eager for more. Well written, story flowed nicely and some wonderful romantic sex scenes. The one thing that had me grimacing was our heroine, Thea. She came off, at first, as annoying and she was difficult to enjoy until midway through the book. Then she became a bit better rounded and enjoyable in my opinion. The secondary characters are well written and kept the story flowing smoothly for the most part.

LYON’S BRIDE is a fast paced storyline that gives the reader a bit of the supernatural with their historical romance and keeps you on the edge of your seat, eagerly flipping the pages to see what happens next. The author does an admirable job in setting up the trilogy/series and I thought the ending was quite well written though it did make me want to race to get book two, The Scottish Witch, as it wasn’t the ending I anticipated when I first started the book. But overall, it works and I was eager for more. There were a few slow parts in the book that had me wishing it would pick up some speed but overall, it worked out nicely. Ms. Maxwell is a talented writer that always delivers an engaging story to enjoy. I can’t wait to see where the next book goes and hope it is just as good.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


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