Books by Cathy Maxwell

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A Match Made in Bed

We’ve all read historicals where the heroine is an heiress, ones where the leads share a past, ones with a misunderstanding resulting in the heroine being ruined. It’s a fairly common trope. And yet as familiar as everything is in A Match Made in Bed, it was such a fun, fast read that I enjoyed ...

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If Ever I Should Love You

If you're like me, you turn to historical romances when you're looking for a bit of light-hearted fun, and that's exactly what I was seeking when I started If Ever I Should Love You, the first book in Cathy Maxwell's Spinster Heiresses series. However, it didn't take long for me to realize that Ms. ...

C
A Date at the Altar

If you know nothing else about me, you should know I very rarely read books out of sequence.  When I’m assigned a book to review and it’s number two or three in a series, whenever possible, I seek out earlier books and read them in advance.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to re ...

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The Fairest of Them All

Lady Charlene Blanchard, born to minor nobility and poverty alike, is socially and financially down at the heel due to her father’s poor choices.  The orphaned Char has become an adroit pickpocket to support herself at the suggestion of her former-actress-and-thief-godmother, Lady Baldwin, after ...

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The Match of the Century

First in a new series from this much loved author, The Match of the Century tells the story of Elin Morris, a beautiful young woman from a loving, wealthy family who has been promised for years to a handsome young duke – and who would thus seem to have it all. But Elin has kept a secret from her b ...

C
The Earl Claims His Wife

Normally I love a good romance rekindled theme. I'm big on second chances and I like seeing lovers have another go at working out their relationship. In the case of The Earl Claims his Wife, though, the compromises seemed a bit one-sided and I had a hard time wanting to see this couple get back to ...

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In The Highlander's Bed

Cathy Maxwell’s In The Highlander’s Bed started out strong – especially since I usually enjoy a good kidnapping story with a Scotsman involved. However, there are two critical elements that I found lacking as I delved into the story and reached its end: The hero and the HEA. ...

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Bedding the Heiress

Bedding the Heiress is a cliché-ridden mess. Here is the synopsis: Feisty heroine Angry hero Chick-in-pants housebreaker Whore! Was that a maidenhead? Special license That tells you everything you need to know, doesn't it? You can all connect those dots, I'm sure. What, I have to write more? Ok ...

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In the Bed of a Duke

In the Bed of a Duke is a fast-paced read and a relatively painless way to spend some time, as long as you don’t take it too seriously. The story's speed means that one is usually not bored, though that doesn’t mean it always makes sense. A few clichéd twists are offered in a wildly over-the-to ...

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Temptation of a Proper Governess

According to the back blurb, Michael Severson, the hero of Temptation of a Proper Governess is "complex" and "tortured." If you say so. I'm afraid I found him uninteresting and shallow. As for the heroine, Isabel, she wasn't interesting at all. This was one bland book. Michael Severson, the y ...