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 o..Show More »h, 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."
At twenty-seven, Portia Maclean has accepted the fact that she's a spinster. Never having fallen in love, and having grown up witness to her parents' ..Show More »strained relationship, she doesn't really feel she's missing out. But she's determined that her sister will be able to marry for love. In spite of their precarious position, they've been able to make it work... until now. When Harry Chattan arrives in their small village, Portia comes up with a plan. Chattan is searching for a witch he thinks may finally relieve his family of the curse that was set upon them generations ago. And Portia just happens to have recently discovered a book of spells. If she plays the situation right, she may be able to take Chattan's reward money and get her family set -- for a little while. But Chattan is not some silly man suffering from crazy superstition, nor is he one to be played for a fool.
THE SCOTTISH WITCH was a perfect sort of pick me up, light read. This is an adorable story and one that I want to see through to the end. I've not yet read book one, though it's not totally necessary to read it prior to SCOTTISH WITCH as LYON'S BRIDE concerns Harry's brother. Their story will come to a conclusion in book three, THE DEVIL'S HEART, which concerns Harry's sister, Margaret.
The Scottish moors, a curse, witches, and all set in the 1800s, this was bound to be fun. And it most definitely was! Throw in a headstrong and stubborn pair of leads and some steamy scenes, and THE SCOTTISH WITCH turns into the perfect read for a cold and dreary evening. As always Rosalyn Landor was outstanding with the delivery of the story and really brought the story to life.
THE DEVIL'S HEART by Cathy Maxwell is an exciting Scottish Historical Romance with magical elements set in 1814 Scotland. #3 and final installment in ..Show More »"The Chattan Curse",but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Lyon's Bride",and "The Scottish Witch". What a wonderful conclusion for the English Chattan family and the Macnachtan Clan. Follow, Lady Margret Chattan,the most "Unattainable" lady in England Society,whose plaqued by the "Chattan Curse", her brothers Lyon, and Neil are dying due to this centuries old curse. Margret sets off to the Scottish Highlands to break the curse,and save her beloved brothers but what she finds is the power of love. Heath Macnachtan, the Macnachtan clan's Laird,a poor clan burdened with debt and determined to find is older brother's murderer,what he finds is the beautiful Lady Margret. They are bitter enemies, if you have not read any of this amazing trilogy, than I don't want to give any seek peeks,but let me say the curse effects both families, the Chattan and the Macnachtan clan. Fast paced,filled with danger, magic, passion, betrayal and love. You will not be disappointed in the "The Devil's Heart" with a bit of magic and the power of love, an evil witch must be defeated in order to save both the first female Chattan, and the last Macnachtan. A powerful story of love, forgiveness, healing and family. With a bit of humor at times, I found myself smiling at times. If you have read the other two in this amazing trilogy, I would highly recommend all three in this powerful trilogy. You will not be disappointed. Ms. Maxwell is a wonderful storyteller, with powerful plots, who characters are realistic,memorable and engaging. A must read for anyone who enjoys Scotland, historical romance, England, folklore, and a great listen.
Rosalyn Landor as always was outstanding with the delivery of the story.