The Match of the Century

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The Match of the Century

Marrying the Duke, #1

Cathy Maxwell delivers a delightful historical romance with love triangle in her latest book. Elin Morris is a wonderful heroine who has flaws and strengths and her imperfections make her all the more powerful. she has a kind heart and an intelligence that is engaging. Lord Ben seems to have more weaknesses than most leading men but he is after all just a man, a man in love and it is easy to, if not overlook his failings at least forgive them. The Duke is a fascinating man, he had me tied up in knots, trying to decide if I liked him, if he was as he appeared or if he was just able to keep up a formidable facade. Each and every character in this story is engaging and informative and the bonus of a mystery made everything all the more enjoyable. The setting and the addition of some people and places not normally seen in a traditional Regency romance was enlightening and amusing. I loved that so many serious issues were dealt with in this story and were handled in such a way that made the book so pleasing. I'm looking forward to reading the next story in this series as my appetite has already been whetted by a little forshadowing. If you enjoy your historical romances chalk full of substance and superb characters you have to pick this one up.

Elin Morris has always known she would marry Gavin Baynton, she's been promised to the Duke since childhood but on the brink of the engagement announcement Gavin's younger brother returns home. Elin had lost her heart and her innocence to Ben years ago and now Elin doesn't know if she can choose love over obligations.

Book Blurb for The Match of the Century

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...?

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2015 4.00