When I read the description of this book, I was hooked on the premise. After all, it has a curse, and it’s been a while since I read about a good curse. And it is a curse that dooms men who fall in love to die. That isn’t very romance novel-y. The hero is supposed to fall in love. That is something that I know I take for granted when I read. So, there was no way that I was not reading this book. Cathy Maxwell does a wonderful job setting the scene for the curse and tells a delightful romance (with one major caveat).
Thea Martin once chose love over duty, marrying far below her station and earning her family's eternal enmity. Now widowed with two sons, Thea is finding it difficult to make ends meet. She does have a successful matchmaking career among the lower gentry, but is devastated when her nest egg is stolen. When Neal Chattan, Lord Lyon requests her matchmaking services she has little choice but to help.
She has very mixed feelings about helping Lyon. He was once her closest childhood friend who simply disappeared without any explanation. And, he wants Thea to find him a wife – a wife who he will not love. As a woman who suffered through an unhappy marriage, Thea is almost offended by Lyon’s marital plan. Plus, she does not believe in curses and finds it inconceivable that Lyon gives any credence to such hogwash.
Thea does agree to help. But things do not go according to plan. At a house party full of Thea’s possible matches, Thea and Lyon end up in a compromising position and get married soon after that. This is, of course, when the trouble starts. Lyon cannot fall in love or he will die – and Thea will settle for nothing less than Lyon’s love.
So, this brings us to the caveat. This series is about the curse, so I don’t think it is really a spoiler to point out that the curse is not lifted in “Lyon’s Bride.” Readers can draw their own conclusions for what this means. But be warned that the expected happy ending isn’t as happy as most might want. I have no doubt that Maxwell will rectify this at the end of the trilogy, but it was a bit of a shock. For maximum enjoyment, I recommend approaching the book as one piece of a larger puzzle.
Aside from the aforementioned issue with the ending, “Lyon’s Bride” is a delightful book to read. The curse makes for a fascinating story – it is something that has deeply impacted the Chattan family, so much so that the three Chattan siblings, Neal, Harry and Margaret, are afraid to live. It has become a massive cloud hanging over their family. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out – and learn how love will eventually conquer the Chattan curse.
“Lyon’s Bride” is a fascinating start to Cathy Maxwell’s new trilogy about a cursed family. The romance is filled with emotional ups and downs that make for a satisfying courtship. However, it is the curse that takes center stage. I am definitely hooked and can’t wait to find out how this series plays out.
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