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Lyon's Bride: The Chattan Curse Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012
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"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.
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I really liked the heroine, Thea, and her sons, Jonathan and Christopher. I don't come across widows as heroines very often any more, so in that respect, it was different from what I typically read. The hero, Neal, was the typical historical romance hero. Nothing really distinguishing about him. Neal's siblings, Harry and Margaret (lead characters in the remaining books in the trilogy, I'm assuming) are great, as well. Even though there is a large amount of push-back from them regarding Neal and Thea's marriage, they still end up coming off as really great, well-rounded characters. I really look forward to reading more abou them in the future.
The fantasy elements are very light. In fact, I would barely even call them that. The next book, however, seems to have much more potential for these elements to have an important part in the next book, The Scottish Witch: The Chattan Curse.
I wasn't really a fan of the trilogy. I know the author is trying to tie them all into a trilogy, but it was too close to a cliffhanger for my taste. (Yes, I do know that this is a romance novel and I'm sure the author is not going to kill off any main characters, but I just don't like that it's not explicitly wrapped up.)
I will definitely pick up the remaining books in the trilogy, just to finish out the story. I do find myself interested in the remaining characters and would like to see them happy and paired off, sans curse.
This is the first book in the Chattan curse trilogy; the next book The Scottish Witch: The Chattan Curse is coming out in fall 2012. The premise of the series is that the Chattan family is under a curse that causes them to die if they fall in love. A note to readers with little or no tolerance for "woo woo" supernatural elements: It isn't over the top but there is some of that in this book. I'm not overly fond of the "woo woo" but it was manageable for me in this book. If for religious or other reasons you do not want any magic or supernatural (what I call "woo woo") in your books, then you will want to avoid this series.
The members of the Chattan family in this series are brothers Neal & Harry and sister Margaret. This is Neal's story. In an attempt to avoid falling victim to the curse, but still have children to carry on the family line, Neal hires a matchmaker to find a wife he can't love. But the matchmaker turns out to be Thea, who was Neal's teenage sweetheart until he left without notice. Thea is a duke's daughter who was disowned when she eloped with a poor commoner and is now a widow with two young sons.Read more ›
I appreciated so much that this was not a thinly disguised erotic novel like so many historicals have become. The book starts off with an intriguing prologue and then digresses a bit into a somewhat boring and predictable romance, but not unenjoyable. The main problem I had with the heroine is she professes to love and respect the hero, yet she continually laughs off his serious belief in his "curse" and I dislike the plot device of the heroine realizing she must leave the hero out of love and his subsequent pursuit whereby they wrap it all up and decide they'll face their foes together. If it's drawn out enough to be believable, I could go with it, but in this case it's done in about the space of a short chapter - much less convincing.
The ending is equally as intriguing as the prologue - the story started to become interesting again as the brother becomes determined to end the curse. The strange plot additions happen here, though, with the hero's arm going numb and him casually announcing that this is how the curse begins - when we've been given no indication, insight, or foreshadowing that anyone else in the line of the curse has had these symptoms. But then he says, oh this is how happened with my father...and I think OK, but you had been estranged from your father how would you know?
I do want to know how the curse will end so I will be picking up the next book and hoping for a more intriguing tale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good start to a promising trilogy. I have read a lot of Cathy Maxwell books, but this one offers something different. Read morePublished 23 days ago by bookiewookie
I loved this book!
I was glued to the pages, every chance I got to read. And I didn't want to stop!
I can't wait to read more
I've been waiting to get the first book in this trilogy. It did not disappoint! Great characters, wonderful storyline. I could not wait to read the next two books in this trilogy.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful and enchanting. I love stories with a long history of a family curse and the love that unfolds to break it. Very well written. On point for a Cathy Maxwell biok. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michele Gardner
This was my 2nd Cathy Maxwell novel and I like her style. She writes a heartfelt, romantic tale where the woman is an equal partner with the man. I like that. Read morePublished 23 months ago by grandpa
Have already read book 2. Had to go back to read book one. Already have downloaded book 3 next. Good series.Published on June 9, 2014 by B Mallory
The final book of a series I read completely backward just didn't live up to what I had come to expect from reading books two and three. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Jasmyn9
I really liked all three of the books --I wish she had another story about the curse --maybe she will.Published on April 22, 2014 by Julie Martin