Monday, April 2, 2012

Lyon’s Bride-Cathy Maxwell

Lyon’s Bride

Cathy Maxwell

Avon, Apr 24 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780062070227

In 1814 London, Sir James Smiley, Esq. sends a letter to Thea Martin asking for her to come see him. Thea assumes her brother the duke has found some other means to ruin her for eloping with Boyd Martin. Now a widow with two sons (seven years old Jonathan and five years old Christopher) hopes instead that it is a lucrative matchmaking commission like the one she did for Peter Goodfellow.

Sir James’ client Neal Hattan, Lord Lyon, needs a wife but must wed someone he does not love to prevent the activation of the family curse; Fenella the witch cursed the Chattan clan centuries ago so any who foolishly falls in love die young. Neither he nor his siblings (Harry and Margaret) want an early demise so in their own respective way avoid entanglements of the heart. Thea and Neal know each other as she thought at one time he loved her before he ended their friendship abruptly. As she searches for a mate he will never love, Thea knows her client still owns her heart while Neal knows the matchmaker owns his.

The first Chattan Curse regency paranormal romance is an intriguing historical as Neal and Thea are in love, but she learns to her horror the curse exists. Action-packed yet character driven by the actions and reactions of the three siblings (and the first beloved) to the curse, Lyon's Bride is a strong opening act.

Harriet Klausner

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