Cathy Maxwell’s "A Match Made in Bed" is the second in her “Spinster Heiresses” series and is the first book I’ve read by this author. The plot is interesting and starts out strong – there’s an old family feud, and a rift of a more personal nature between Cassandra Holwell and Soren York. They not only share a history, but also an attraction that’s hard to resist. After an unfortunate incident, Cassandra finds her future plans turned upside down, and Soren’s offer of marriage seems the best solution. These two have an interesting banter that is quite engaging. Soren and Cassandra face a number of obstacles and also have some secrets and misunderstandings between them. However, I didn’t feel like issues had satisfactory resolutions. Cassandra, though starting as a very independent thinker, seems to simply accept what fate has dealt her. She does make some active decisions by the end, but I felt like she and Soren reunited too quickly without enough discussion or compromise.
Cassandra Holwell is set to make a match to a man with a title. The only condition – that man cannot be Soren York, Earl of Dewsberry. The Yorks and Holwells have been enemies for years. In addition, Cassandra dislikes Soren on a personal level. So despite his evident interest in her, and her money, she is determined to ignore him and any attraction she may feel.
Soren York knows he needs to marry an heiress. But the only heiress that seems to keep his attention is Cassandra Holwell. He knows that she is as attracted to him as he is her, so why does she resist him so? When the opportunity presents itself, Soren’s offer of marriage is reluctantly accepted. And now that he has the chance, Soren intends to prove to Cassandra that their marriage of covenience can be one of pleasure as well.
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” . . .
Miss Cassandra Holwell is too tall, too bookish, and too smart—but she does have money and a father who wants a grand title for her. Cassandra hasn’t felt a desire to marry until she meets the sinfully handsome Duke of Camberly, who captures her imagination . . . until Soren York, Earl of Dewsberry and her family’s sworn enemy, steps in the way.
The Holwells ruined Soren’s family, and he’s lived on the knife’s edge trying to resurrect their fortunes . . . until he considers marrying the Holwell Heiress. Not only would her dowry give him the funds he needs, he has secretly had an eye on the independent-minded bluestocking since they both first realized the differences between men and women.
She likes to read; he has no patience for books. She knows little of sex; he is a man of the world and willing to school her. Her family destroyed his; his offer of marriage may be her only salvation.
Now Cassandra and Soren must learn to love each other for who they are, not what they are—and the lessons are becoming an exercise in absolute pleasure.