Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Publisher: Avon books,
Available for preorder
Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
“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.
A witch cursed Lord Lyon Chattan’s lineage and for several hundred years the Chattan men have died shortly after falling in love. In this new series from Cathy Maxwell we will learn if the curse will stand or be broken.
Lyon fell in love with Thea when they were just teens and his father pulled him away to save his life. Now years later Lyon and Thea are reunited and although they both swear to help each other out of friendship, they can’t deny the spark between them. There are major obstacles to overcome and we read avidly to see if love will win out. The paranormal elements are intertwined in the story. They present the initial obstacle to Thea’s accepting Lyon’s mandate to find him a bride he cannot love and further obstacles to their happiness.
This is the first time I have read one of Ms Maxwell’s books( last Monday I reviewed the second book I have read of Cathy Maxwell) and it certainly won’t be the last. She is a gifted writer and the story moves along at a welcome, page turning pace. The side characters are well drawn, with a tempting introduction to the next book in the series by our meeting Lyon’s brother Harry and sister Margaret. There is a cliff hanger at the end of the story so we must stay tuned to the next book (Harry’s story, THE SCOTTISH WITCH, Fall of 2012) to see how things progress.