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Fusion of Regency Romance And Fantasy Genres Did Not Work,
This review is from: Lyon's Bride: The Chattan Curse (Mass Market Paperback)
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"Lyon's Bride" tries to combine two genres -- Regency romance and fantasy/paranormal. The two different genres are not fused in a convincing manner in this novel.
The novel starts in the 17th century when a member of the Chattan family jilts the daughter of another noble Scots family. The abandoned fiancee and her mother commit suicide, but not before the vengeful mother places a curse on future Chattan males -- if they marry for love, they die soon afterwards.
That's the fantasy part of the novel.
Then the reader is abruptly dumped into London in 1816, where a strong-minded heroine, Thea, who's been widowed and abandoned to poverty by her ducal relatives, struggles to support herself and her sons by working as a matchmaker. She secretly nurses a broken heart for Lord Lyon, a Chattan family member who abandoned their teenage friendship without explanation.
Lord Lyon asks Thea to find him a bride whom he will not love, but who will give him children and be a creditable aristocratic wife, thereby allowing him to avoid dying young of the family curse. I found it unbelievable that he would ask a woman who he had a serious crush on as a teen to come in constant contact with him as a matchmaker and thus risk the revival of their feelings.
I also couldn't connect the semi-pagan world of early 17th century Scotland with the brisk modernity of the Regency setting. The author seemed to have started out writing one type of novel and then abruptly switched to a different type of novel. The curse simply wasn't credible in the Regency part of the book. I couldn't suspend disbelief.
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Initial post: Feb 25, 2012 12:21:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2012 12:23:16 PM PST
Kim Adams says:
I had a different experience with this book. I found the curse to be the conflict that forced the characters to look within themselves. In fact, I found the curse to be a metaphor for why we often fail to achieve our own success. Regarding their business relationship, Lyon did not know Mrs. Martin was his childhood friend until he met her. Likewise, Thea didn't know who was her client until she met Lyon in the solicitor's office. Thea walked away from the "job". Lyon offered the job to Thea again after the theft and she accepted it because of the theft.
Even if this story didn't work for you, I recommend you read another book by Cathy Maxwell. She is known for exploring relationships and perhaps another story will be satisfying to you.
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