"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.
©2012 Catherine Maxwell, Inc. (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
"Brilliant start to a new series"
Lord Lyon is cursed - he must not fall in love 'cause if he does then the curse will claim him. He has known Thea since they were children and, although he has tried, he cannot stop the attraction between them from building. Thea, now widowed with 2 children, doesn't believe in the curse.... that is, until it's far too late.
Loved the story, great family interaction, good romance but BEWARE this book does not have a wrapped-up ending like so many historical romances - I think its a trilogy.
Definitely worth the credit, I'm glad I used mine on this one.
"Suspense and romance"
I liked that there is a mystery/suspense that carries on to the next book. The friendship that develops between the main characters in this book, as well that all sub characters are equally important. The kids in this book are too cute! (reminded me of my son). The plot of the book is unique and yet very familiar. I would give the story a B+. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
I love Rosalyn Landor's voice in all of the books she has read - she doesn't disappoint.
"It was like a movie with a continuation"
Lyon's declaration of love!
When they were in the country for the selection of a spouse and when thea was caught in Lyon's room.
"Enjoyed all three"
I thought it was good and could hardly wait to find out how they might squelch the witch and the curse.
Got this book on a sale and really liked it went to buy the rest in the series and you can buy 3rd in the series but 2nd is not available, not happy, don't get why you would not have a whole series available
Great listen but left me wanting more that I can't have
I love Audible sales. A great time to try new authors and this was a winner. The second book is not available on Audible so I went straight to the third. A nice series about family and love.
"Excellent Start to the series!"
Curse vs Love
No other book I can think to compare.
Neal - his strength in the face of adversity.
Yes and I did listen in one sitting.
Would be nice if book 2 - Scottish Witch - was available on audible. I will be ordering the paperback I suppose.
The story between Neal and Tess, of course. This was a well put together storyline. Once again Roslyn did an exceptional job narrating and Cathy did well on this storyline.
For me, when the boys along with the Chattom siblings playing marble! Priceless. Then it was all interrupted by the Dowager Chattom.
The scene in Lyon's room with the ladies and later with him and Tess.
Yes and I would have had there not been minor interruptions here and there. I finished it however in a day and some hours.
Is there a book 2? I am patiently waiting for it to continue.
"Good Story - Wonderful Narrator"
This is the first installment of the Chattan Curse series by Cathy Maxwell, and I must say, what a marvelous start! This book is *sigh* inducing and oh, so romantic. A great story of second chances and true love conquering all .
Neal Chattan aka Lord Lyon and his family are cursed. The Chattan Curse is to punish and prevent any of them from falling in love. For generations, his ancestors have been attempting to avoid or stop the curse only to wind up with the same fate, death. Lyon's brother and sister have made a pact that the curse will end with them, not continuing with their blood line. But Lyon has other plans.
Widowed with two young sons, Thea Martin has become the town's successful match maker. Lord Lyon requested for her services but with specific requirements. Although Thea was against them, Thea accepts the job as her financial status has gone to a dwindle. The problem is Thea and Neal shared a past that will complicate their business arrangements.
I love second chances at love. Ms. Maxwell has given this couple a chance at a well deserved happiness despite their life struggles.
The world building was great and Ms Maxwell's writing flowed. The character buildup was also good even for the secondary characters. Thea was a great heroine, a kick ass single mom who knew her priorities. And Neal the honorable hero who makes the right decision in the end. I love that their romance was done in good timing and being acquainted in the past, their love only needed to grow. Some parts of this book were totally cliche but every bit as heart warming.
With that, I leave you with a quote:
"No woman had ever completely over powered him with desire. She was quicksilver and light. She was the stars, the moon, the sun. In this moment, she owned his entire being."
"Not bad...but not good either...it was just okay"
Yes and no. I feel that I might judge this story a little more harshly than I might have if I had a different narrator. It passed the time, but I doubt I'll ever listen to again. To me, a good book is a good book when you want to read it more than once. Also, since it looks like the "Chattan curse" will not be defeated until the third book, it's hard to be a fair judge since it plays such a central role in the story. This story seems unfinished--and therefore a little unsatisfying.
I like that the two main characters choose love over fear.
PLEASE. NOT. AGAIN. Don't get me wrong, she is an excellent narrator. She speaks clearly and at the perfect pace, but I think she might be better suited for children's books--maybe something in the vein of Harry Potter? I have listened to her before and it's always the same stuffy-sounding British male voice that she chooses for the romantic male lead. Ugh. She just makes him sound snooty--not at all sexy. Plus, her cadence and inflections just don't suit the romance genre well--especially the sex scenes. It sounds like your grandmother is reading them to you. Or your third grade teacher. Big turn-off.
Depends on who plays Neil and Thea.
This is not Cathy Maxwell's best, but I'm hoping the rest of the series will give this story a boost.
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