Friday, November 27, 2015

Blog Tour: The Match of the Century (Marrying the Duke #1) by Cathy Maxwell

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Marrying the Duke #1
Cathy Maxwell
Releasing Nov 24th, 2015
Avon Books

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…?



Match of the Century is the first book in the Marrying the Duke series. A novella that's about Elin's parents named A Little Thing Called Love is the prequel to the series and sets the foundation for this book. If you haven't read the novella I suggest to read it first because it will be easier to get fully into the story.

I was reluctant to begin this book even though I wanted to start devouring it from the moment I got my copy because I wasn't sure if I was going to like the "I am in love with you, but I have to marry your brother thing". And I can't blame Elin for that. Her parents fed her the prophesy Fyclan's grandmother told her and I understand her reasoning. While I was reading the book I was wondering how things would end and I was sort of hoping for Gavin to die so the main couple would get their happily ever after. I couldn't imagine then that by the end of the book I would be half in love with him and I was going to wait anxiously for his book. Which isn't going to be the next one. Which is killing me and I hate it. The sneak peak at the end of the book was so misleading I want to make myself forget I ever read it.

What bothers me is something that happened early in the book. It's hard to see a character I know that belonged to someone else ending up with another person. I don't want to explain with more details because I will spoil something big and I don't want to. I am not sure if I am completely satisfied with that even though I know that what happened happened in real life, is completely normal and is something that many people wish to happen to the people they know that are in similar situations.

Elin is a very good heroine and I; liked her. It doesn't happen often, but I appreciate heroines like her. She isn't spineless and goes for what she wants. And she stands up to the hero. Ben is also a good character who has his legit reasons for doing what he did. He is a great match for Elin and I am going to love seeing them in the next book.

Of course and I am going to recommend the book. It has a nice plotline that has action and mystery and it doesn't bore the reader. I am still reading in the high of the epilogue and I couldn't be more happy. I hope the rest of the series will be as good.

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New York Times Bestselling Author, Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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