Series: Marrying The Duke #1
Published by Avon on November 24th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Buy on Amazon
In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell's glittering new series, wedding bells are ringingÔÇª until the return of a rake throws a bride's plansÔÇöand heartÔÇöinto 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?
Cathy Maxwell is one in a small handful of go to authors for Historical Romance. The Match Of The Century, book one of her newest series Marrying The Duke, does not disappoint. ┬áThe story opens with young Elin Morris contemplating her impending marriage to The Duke of Baynton Gavin Whitridge. Elin had been betrothed to the Duke since birth and thus the two families share a strong bond. But there are just a few things that promise to get in the way of these nuptials.
For one, Elin has a strong need to be truthful and honorable, but she has a secret she believes she should share with the Duke. But this would quite likely change her fate and the DukeÔÇÖs opinion of her. Before Elin has the chance to shake things up, her life gets flipped upside down and Elin has a sort of reprieve. ┬áWhat follows includes a lot of countryside action involving Ben, the DukeÔÇÖs brother and ElinÔÇÖs first love.
The story has a good flow to it, and the angst is inherent in the circumstances. The thing about Gavin and Elin is that they hardly know each other, so any relationship they have is perfunctory at best. ┬áElinÔÇÖs a loyal daughter who will do what she is told, ┬ábut sheÔÇÖs also self assured and knows what she should do.
Once Ben enters the picture again, obliging her duty becomes more and more unlikely. The brothers are at odds and Elin is only a piece of that. ThereÔÇÖs a bit of a mystery and once we are privy to the Dukes thoughts, I felt very conflicted about him. IÔÇÖm thrilled that the story of the Duke of Baynton continues. ┬á4 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
All of London, even down to the riffraff, already knew what the ballÔÇÖs special announcement would be. There was no mystery, although the dowager Duchess of BayntonÔÇÖs guests would feign surprise when the moment for the announcement arrived.
They called it the Match of the Century.
Her son, the duke of Baynton, LondonÔÇÖs richest and unarguably most handsome gentleman, would announce his betrothal to the Miss Elin Morris, also known as Morris Heiress, thereby uniting two great fortunes and two magnificent adjoining country estates in Leicestershire along the River Trent.
And the reason everyone anticipated the ÔÇ£announcementÔÇØ was because it was a well-known fact that Elin had been promised to the duke almost since the day of her birth. Yes, she had been presented at Court and had gone through the motions of a First Season but it had all been just a formality, a ÔÇ£show.ÔÇØ The duke was hers. She had Baynton, the epitome of a lordly lord, the Nonpareil.
ÔÇ£And I am not worthy of him,ÔÇØ Elin whispered, stopping the furious pacing sheÔÇÖd been at for the last ten minutes in an attempt to settle anxious nerves and a confused mind.
Her bedroom in her parentÔÇÖs London house was fit for a princess. The India carpet in hues of blue was thick and soft beneath her stockinged feet. Her furniture was gilded in the opulent manner her parents preferred.
Back in Heartwood, the Morris family estate, which adjoined the BayntonÔÇÖs family seat, the furniture in her room was simple and to her tastes. Here, her parents ruled. They were London creatures, darlings of society.
And Elin? Well, their only child preferred the quieter life at Heartwood. Of course, all that would change when she became BayntonÔÇÖs duchess. He was too important to have his wife rusticate in the country.
She caught a glimpse of herself in her dressing table mirror, a lone figure in finely woven petticoats, her face pale beneath a mop of over-curly brown hair. Her dark eyes reflected her agitation. They threatened to swallow her face.
ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs not that I donÔÇÖt want Baynton,ÔÇØ she attempted to explain to her image. ÔÇ£It is that I shouldnÔÇÖt have him. Not without telling him–ÔÇØ
New York Times Bestselling Author, Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, ÔÇ£Why do people fall in love?ÔÇØ 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.
Rafflecopter Giveaway (a Complete Print Set of The Brides of Wishmore Series (THE BRIDE SAYS NO, THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE and THE GROOM SAYS YES))
a Rafflecopter giveaway