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Author: 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 30 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. It’s clear that Cathy has succeeded in achieving her goals to a rare degree!

This native of Olathe, Kansas now resides in Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats. When not writing or tending her beloved animals, 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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If Ever I Should Love You - The Spinster Heiresses, #1

If Ever I Should Love You
  • Number: B06XZV7SJT
  • Release: 2017-12-26
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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Once upon a time there were three young ladies, who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as “the Spinster Heiresses” . . .

He’s inherited a title, but not a penny to speak of, so the Earl of Rochdale knows he must find a wife—preferably one tolerably pretty and good-tempered, but definitely wealthy, and who will exchange her fortune for his family name.

His choice: Leonie Charnock, one of the season’s “Spinster Heiresses.” Years before, the earl had saved the dark-eyed beauty’s reputation and she is still breathtakingly lovely, leading Rochdale to hope that their marriage will be more than in name only.

However, Leonie doesn’t want to be anyone’s wife. Nearly destroyed by the secrets in her past, Leonie agrees to their union with one condition: there will be a wedding but no bedding. But it’s a condition the new Countess Rochdale isn’t sure even she can keep. . .


A Date at the Altar - Marrying the Duke

A Date at the Altar
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780062388650
  • Release: 2016-10-25
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s glittering Marrying the Duke series continues—Twice he has been close to the altar and still no duchess.

Will the third time be the charm? A duke can’t marry just anyone. His wife must be of good family, be fertile, be young. Struggling playwright Sarah Pettijohn is absolutely the last woman Gavin Whitridge, Duke of Baynton, would ever fall in love with.

She is an actress, born on the wrong side of the blanket, and always challenges his ducal authority. She never hesitates to tell him what she thinks.

However, there is something about her that stirs his blood  . . . which makes her perfect for a bargain he has in mind: In exchange for backing her play, he wants Sarah to teach him about love.And he, in turn, has a few things to teach her about men  . . .


The Fairest of Them All - Marrying the Duke, #1

The Fairest of Them All
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780062388636
  • Release: 2016-05-31
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s glittering new series, wedding bells are ringing…but which Whitridge twin is the right groom?

The penniless orphan of a disreputable earl, Lady Charlene Blanchard thrives on the adventure of picking the pockets of unsavory gentlemen to survive. But due to her extraordinary beauty and prized bloodlines, she is hand-chosen as a potential bride for the Duke of Baynton, who is on the hunt for a suitable wife to provide heirs. All Char has to do is act the part she was born to play and charm a duke she’s never laid eyes on into proposing. Except the duke turns out to be the tall, dark and sexy stranger who just caught her red-handed as a thief! 

Or is he? Jack Whitridge is the duke’s twin who had “gone missing” over ten years ago. Now back in England, he knows that the supposed Lady who has his brother’s love is hardly duchess material—except he needs her to save his adopted country from war. He is willing to bargain with her heart, until he finds himself falling for Char . . .


The Match of the Century - Marrying the Duke, #1

The Match of the Century
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780062388612
  • Release: 2015-11-24
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell's glittering new series, wedding bells are ringing… until the return of a rake throws a bride's plans— and heart—into a tailspin

Every debutante aspires to snag a duke. Elin Morris just happens to have had one reserved since birth. But postponements of her marriage to London's most powerful peer give Elin time to wonder how she will marry Gavin Baynton when she cannot forget his brother, Benedict.

Already exasperated at being yanked from the military to meet "family obligations," now Ben must suffer watching his arrogant sibling squire the only woman he has ever loved. Joining the army saved Ben from sinking into bitterness, but seeing Elin again takes him back to the day they surrendered to their intoxicating desire.

As the wedding draws near, Elin tries to push Ben far from her thoughts. When danger brings them together, there is no denying their feelings. But can Elin choose love over duty...?


A Little Thing Called Love - Marrying the Duke, Prequell

A Little Thing Called Love
  • Number: B00RLVDGHU
  • Release: 2015-09-22
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse
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Grandmother, grandmother, who shall it be

Who shall it be who will marry me?

Duke, Earl, a powerful marquess?

When my heart is given to Fyclan Morris…

In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell's new novella, beautiful Jennifer Tarleton has no lack of noble suitors, but the only man who captures her attention is the one her father will never let her marry: Fyclan Morris. He's a brash adventurer, witty, courageous…and Irish! Even worse, her father blames her for their reversal of fortune…

And it's a fortune—or rather, his grandmother the fortune teller—who foretold that Fyclan would meet "the one,", a love prophesied in the stars. He vows nothing will stand in the way of making Jennifer his bride, but is the price too high? Or is a thing called love worth every challenge?


The Bride Says Maybe - The Brides of Wishmore

The Bride Says Maybe
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780062219275
  • Release: 2014-02-25
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with a delicious new series, The Brides of Wishmore

What happens when a bride says maybe?

She'd once been the toast of London, but now scandal has brought her down. Still, pretty, petted Lady Tara Davidson can't believe her new fate. She had wanted to marry for love . . . but her profligate father has promised her hand to none other than Breccan Campbell, the "Beast of Aberfeldy" and laird of the valley's most despised clan! Well, Tara may have to marry him, but Breccan can't make her love him—can he?

What happens when the groom insists?

Breccan Campbell is nobody's fool. He knows that Tara is trouble. Yet he's determined to reform the Campbell name even if it means forging an alliance with the arrogant beauty. There's no doubt that Tara is a challenge, and Breccan loves nothing more. For he's vowed to thoroughly seduce Tara—and make her his in more than name alone.


The Bride Says No - The Brides of Wishmore

The Bride Says No
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780062219251
  • Release: 2014-01-28
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with a delicious new series, The Brides of Wishmore

What happens when a bride says no?

He is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publically jilted by some chit of a girl! Blake Stephens' pride isn't about to let him be humiliated, so he charges after his bride to the wilds of Scotland, determined to bring her to the altar.

What happens when the heart says yes?

He is promised to one woman, but discovers his soul stirred by . . . the chit's sister! Lady Aileen Davidson's reputation was ruined ages ago, which is why she's buried herself in the country, but her fiery spirit and bold beauty threaten to bring Blake to his knees, making him wonder if he has proposed to the wrong lass.

And now he must make a choice: marry for honor . . . or marry for love?


The Devil's Heart - The Chattan Curse

The Devil's Heart
  • Number: 9780062070241
  • Release: 2013-04-30
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell continues the her popular historical romance series, the Chattan Curse, with The Devil’s Heart.

Lady Margret Chattan, one of the most desirable women in all of England, has no interest  whatsoever in marriage. When her brother’s lives are put in danger, she travels to the Scottish Highlands, intent on saving them. There she meets Heath Macnachtan, who is trying to find out who murdered his own brother. Together, they team up to investigate the powerful curse that is behind the deaths, but instead find themselves falling in love.

Exceptionally entertaining and charming, The Devil’s Heart mixes a well-crafted love story with complex characters and pulse-pounding adventure.


The Scottish Witch - The Chattan Curse

The Scottish Witch
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780062070234
  • Release: 2012-10-30
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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Every man has his demons - For almost two hundred years, the Chattans have attempted to fight the powerful curse of a Scottish Witch. Now Harry Chattan is taking the battle back to Scotland where he will fight not only for his family's honor, but for his life. Every woman has her dreams - On a moonlit night, Portia Maclean attempts a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family. Instead, she finds herself drawn to a man tortured by his own failings and determined to right legendary wrongs. But will that battle destroy her as well?


Lyon's Bride - The Chattan Curse

Lyon's Bride
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780062070227
  • Release: 2012-04-24
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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"When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above..."

They call him Lord Lyon, proud, determined— and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love, he dies. His fervent hope is that by marrying— and having a son—without love, perhaps he can break the curse's chains forever.

Enter beautiful Thea Martin—a duke's headstrong, errant daughter and society's most brilliant matchmaker. Years ago, she and Lyon were inseparable, until he disappeared from her life without a word. Now she is charged with finding Lyon's bride—a woman he cannot love for a man Thea could love too well.


When Dreams Come True

When Dreams Come True
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780380797097
  • Release: 1998-01-01
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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Everyone knew the earl of Penhollow needed a wife, so one thunderous night the villagers gathered together to ask the ocean to deliver a bride to the bachelor lord . . .

When Pierce Kirrier rescues a mysterious beauty from the billowing ocean waves, he has no idea who she is or where she came from. But at first sight of this enchanting maiden, he knows he must claim her for his own. Taking her back to Penhollow Hall, he pampers her like a princess, determined to win her trust and her heart.

For Eden, awakening in an elegant bedchamber in a remote corner of Cornwall is like a perfect dream. In Pierce’s arms she has discovered true love, true joy, and a passion she never imagined could exist. Yet she knows in her heart that, once her secret past catches up with her, her dreams could be shattered . . . forever.

Re-Issue - Original 1998


Because of You

Because of You
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780380797103
  • Release: 2011-10-25
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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Is a reckless rogue worthy of the love of an innocent enchantress?

Pretty Samantha Northrup knows it is her duty to marry-but the chaste English vicar's daughter secretly desires to be swept off her feet by a man whose kisses leave her breathless. And when a seductive stranger arrives at her door one stormy night, Samantha's neat and orderly life is turned upside down-especially when she finds herself in a most compromising position . . . and is forced to marry a man she barely knows!

Samantha is unaware that her mystery bridegroom is Yale Carderock, the dashing, disinherited rakehell son of a duke, banished by his father years before. Now Lord Yale has returned-wealthier but only somewhat reformed-and he is bewitched by his lovely new bride's awakening sensuality and innocent fire. But can this marriage of convenience be something more . . . and can a confirmed cad and society outcast truly change his ways enough to merit the lady's tender love?


The Seduction of Scandal - Scandals and Seductions

The Seduction of Scandal
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780061772122
  • Release: 2011-08-30
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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The Seduction of Scandal—the fifth book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s Scandals and Seduction historical romance series—is a thrilling tale complete with secret identities and runaway brides, a notorious English highwayman and dangerous intrigues…and, of course, wildly passionate love! This is romance, adventure, sensuality, and wit blended to perfection—ideal for fans of Christina Dodd and Victoria Alexander—as a strong-willed hellion fleeing an unwanted arranged marriage is taken captive by a Robin Hood-like criminal...and discovers in his arms just how delightfully seductive scandal can be!


Falling in Love Again

Falling in Love Again
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780380787180
  • Release: 1997-08-01
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Avon Books
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Hell hath no fury like a bride scorned!

Highborn country heiress Mallory Edwards was dutifully fulfilling family obligations when she exchanged marriage vows with a dashing gentleman she barely knew. But the charming beast abandoned her on their wedding night. Years later—facing prison because of her husband's debts—she has finally found the blackguard, John Barron, again. And she's not leaving until the faithless rogue grants her a divorce!

John is enchanted by this delightful hellion who causes a scene at his London soirÉe. Could this be the forgotten rural miss whom his father once forced him to wed? Now that Mallory's reentered his life, John desperately wants her to stay—and not merely to help him snare the criminal who is ruining them both. But winning her hardened heart will take more than sweet words and sensuous kisses—he will have to become the caring, thoughtful husband who is truly worthy of her passion and her love.


His Christmas Pleasure

His Christmas Pleasure
  • Stars 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780061772061
  • Release: 12/01/2010
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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When her father threatens to marry Abigail Montross to a man twice her age (and with 13 children!), she elopes instead with the irresistibly handsome Baron de Vasconia. She knows he's London's most notorious, seductive playboy, but he vows to protect her...so, guarding her heart at all costs, she allows herself to be tempted into his bed.

Andres believes he's merely entering a marriage of convenience with the charming and wealthy Abigail. But the days -- and nights -- they spend together soon reform this rogue. He'll do anything to gain her love -- until old heartbreaks resurface when each lover discovers the other's dark secrets.

 


The Marriage Ring - Third book in the Scandals and Seductions series

The Marriage Ring
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780061987885
  • Release: 2010-02-23
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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The woman who will wear Richard Lynsted’s ring will be genteel, dainty, and well-bred.
 
This eliminates Grace MacEachin on all three counts. A hellion of the first order, the alluring, infuriating woman would be nothing more than a passing temptation to an upstanding gentleman like Richard--if it weren’t for the fact that she’s trying to blackmail his father!
 
Or, as Grace sees it, trying to get justice--and maybe just the slightest hint of revenge on the family that tore her life asunder when she was just a girl. And as for Lynsted, well, the stuffy, humorless man wouldn’t suffer for time spent in company more exciting than that of his company ledgers. Only when Richard gets Grace alone, she discovers he many know a thing or tow about excitement after all....


The Earl Claims His Wife - Scandals and Seductions series, book 2

The Earl Claims His Wife
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780061350993
  • Release: 09/29/2009
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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She'll be his perfect wife . . .

Preoccupied with fighting Napoleon and making love to his mistress, Brian Ransom has ignored his wife since their wedding. But now that he's become the Earl of Wright, he's ready to fetch his bride back to London. He's shocked to find she's become a bold, beautiful woman, exactly the kind he lusts after . . . and she wants nothing to do with him.

Lady Gillian is desperate to seize the love she's been denied . . . but not with her rakish husband! So she makes a bargain—for thirty days she'll be the perfect wife, then he'll set her free. But no matter how she hardens her heart against her damnable earl, her body begs her to surrender . . .


Four Dukes and a Devil

Four Dukes and a Devil
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780061787362
  • Release: June 30, 2009
  • Authors: Jeaniene Frost, Cathy Maxwell, Sophia Nash, Elaine Fox, Tracy Anne Warren
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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Fall in love with the unpredictable and irresistible dukes (and one dog named Duke) in this collection of stories by bestselling authors Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash, and Tracy Anne Warren, for tales of noble danger and devilish desire.

Delicate young ladies must be protected from him.

First he steals her clothes, then he steals her heart.

Most would be terrified of this powerful vampire—but not him.

He's "the catch of the century" . . . but she's the one he can't have.

A young miss demands a kiss. But he won't rest once she's touched her lips to his.

With four dukes and one devil, there's no limit to love.


A Seduction at Christmas - Scandals and Seductions, Book 1

A Seduction at Christmas
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780061350986
  • Release: 10/28/2008
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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She never expected it would come to this

Desperation and an empty stomach forced Fiona Lachlan to agree to a plan that ended up luring the wickedly notorious Duke of Holburn into trouble. Everything went terribly wrong, and now she has found herself posing as his ward! And while she swore nothing could make her desire a scoundrel, even if he was a duke, she is now drawing ever closer to the one man she cannot have . . .

"Beware of innocence!"

The Duke of Holburn had spent years heeding this warning, and in doing so, managed to avoid the virginal young ladies who had been put in his path. But now his wild ways have gotten him into real danger. There are killers at the door and a temptingly beautiful woman in his arms. He is about to find himself seduced . . . and he isn't quite sure he wants to resist this time.


In the Highlander's Bed

In the Highlander's Bed
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780061122101
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Cathy Maxwell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
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Highland warrior Gordon Lachlan has spent his life fiercely battling the English. Now, to claim victory for his clan, he must retrieve the legendary Sword of the MacKenna from the hands of his mortal enemies. His plan: to kidnap Constance Cameron from her remote boarding school and force her wellborn relatives to surrender the sword as her ransom. But Lachlan is surprised that the woman he's snatched from her bed is no malleable miss. Constance longs for adventure. She's tantalized by Lachlan and his passionate cause . . . and tempted enough by his seductive ways to wonder what it would be like to find herself in the Highlander's bed . . .