Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Review: Lyon's Bride (The Chattan Curse #1) by Cathy Maxwell

Title: Lyon's Bride (The Chattan Curse #1)
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Source: Self Purchased
Genre: Historical - Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2
Sexual - 3

"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.

Book Two Review: The Scottish Witch 
Book Three Review: The Devil's Heart

The final book of a series I read completely backward just didn't live up to what I had come to expect from reading books two and three.  I'm glad that I had read them out of order, or I don't know if I would have continued the series.

The Chattan family line has been cursed - and this generation is determined to be the last.  They will not fall in love, they will not have children, and the curse will die with them.  But Lord Lyon has to go and change his mind - right before Thea re-enters his life.  He has hired a match maker to find him a wife he doesn't like (that was a little bit funny) only to discover she's the one that he just may fall in love with.

Thea thinks the curse is a load of rubbish and nothing Lyon can say will change her mind.  Their book was a little too tame and predictable for me.  I found myself knowing what was going to happen before I turned the page (and not because I had read the rest of the series).  It just didn't have the little extra unique-ness I like in a relationship and relied too heavily on the curse to make the story seem different.

Thea's two children were a lot of fun though.  I can imagine them running around all over the place and getting into trouble while trying to stay out of it.  They were quite the charmers and their relationship with both Thea and Lyon was very nice.

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