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2.0 out of 5 starsAll Around Blah
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2019
Its been quite some time since I read a Maxwell book. It will be quite some time (if ever) before I read another. You will know who the villain is the minute you meet him early on despite how nice he seems. The author tries to portray the heroine as strong, brave and smart. She is none of those things. Rather she is emotionally immature, spoiled and whiney, She is going to sprain an ankle with all her jumping - to conclusions. Her maid is much smarter and interesting. The hero is a little more interesting but not much. Grandma is cookie cutter straight out of thousands of other HRs. There is absolutely no chemistry that explains why these two are attracted to each other, much less in love. Not an ounce of historical accuracy or dialogue. Just another book that is historical solely so they can wear beautiful gowns, go to amazing balls, ride in carriages, live in England with titles and no visible means of support and all the other trappings of so-called romantic age. Really, don't bother.
Valerie A KaderTop Contributor: Historical Fiction Books
3.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
I love regency romances! I’ve read a few of this author’s earlier books with mixed reviews. This book was disappointing. The premise was fine - arranged marriage results in love. The heroine, Willa Reverly, was my biggest problems with the book - she was plain, bland, and meek. The author’s attempts to give her strength felt out of character to me. The hero, Matthew Addison, Duke of Camberly, was a little more compelling - handsome, aristocratic, and loyal, but also bland. They had little chemistry and no sizzle. The storyline was my other problem with this book - it was chock full of predictable wedding night horrors, misunderstandings, and kidnappings. Overall, not unreadable but not a good book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
"The Duke That I Marry" by Cathy Maxwell Dec. 2018 (Spinster Heiresses Series #3) Matthew Addison, the Duke of Camberly inherited the title after his brother died. He also inherited a bankrupted estate. So what was he to do? His grandmother found him an heiress so he met her, proposed to her and then headed for his estate in the country to figure out the full intent of his estate problems. Miss Willa Deverly thought that the handsome Duke might fall in love with her but after being abandoned after the proposal, she wrote him that she was releasing him of his promise to marry her. Well that shook him up a bit and he went back to London on his fastest horse to see if he could change her mind. There is also a mystery involved with the estate and danger to himself and Willa. I was actually quite pleased that this was such a fun story. I love the cover. Happy Reading! ReadingGenie
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
I have read this whole series. I enjoyed them very much , but I can say that this book was my favorite of the bunch. We meet Leonie, Cass and Willa , the spinster heiresses, in book one: If Ever I Should Love You. I should say that book one made me a little angry on Leonie's behalf. She seemed surrounded by holier -than -thou people. However, book two was a little better than book one. This last book is the cherry on the cake. I liked the couple Willa and Matthew. Even though there was danger, I enjoyed what fun it was to read.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great read from Cathy Maxwell.
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2018
I never tell the plot of a book in a review but I will say that this light-hearted, fast moving read is a perfect continuation for the series. I do not think any reader of Cathy Maxwell's previous books will be disappointed. Enjoy
It takes time to find out that you are made for each other. Nice ending to the Spinster Heiresses series. Willa wants what her friends have while Matthew needs money to keep his estate going. There was tensions and an added danger to their marriage. A nice mix of romance, misunderstanding and danger keeping the tension high. I liked how both worked to make their marriage work. Each admitting to some mistakes.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2020
Willa is a daughter of a man of trade but rich and her groom will get a hefty sum. While betrothed to Matt his family estate is in ruins because of his grandparent was blackmailed. While not wanting a forced marriage both will have toearn to trust one another and maybe they might learn theu are a love match after all