The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell | Book Review

Posted December 3, 2015 by Zeee in Reviews3 Comments

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The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell | Book ReviewThe Match of the Century written by Cathy Maxwell
Publication Date: November 24th 2015
Series: Marrying the Duke #1
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062388614
Rating:  Stars
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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?

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The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell | Book Review


One of my favorite tropes is reunion romances and A Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell was going to be that.  However, I was hugely disappointed.  I really tried to soldier on and finish the book, but I just couldn’t do it!  I finally gave up at 79% and decided to just let it go and mark it as DNF.

What did not work for me

  • I did not like Elin at all!  She wasn’t a strong heroine for me and that really sucks.  One of the things I really love about historical is the strong women, but this one just didn’t cut it.
  • Elin is a TSTL heroine.  She just made mistake after mistake and also acted like she was too good to be true.  She was also too naive for me.  View Spoiler »
  • The hero, Ben is another one.  I did not like him at all.  He was too martyr-ish and he just did not appeal to me at all.
  • Everything that happened was just too convenient.  From the time the carriage was attacked to the time when View Spoiler »
  • The plot was too slow. When I stopped at 79%, there was no relationship development between Ben and Elin.  I understand that they were friends when they were younger, but they had drifted apart.  As adults, I wanted there to be a reestablishment of their friendship.

My Recommendations.

I’m not really sure why this book just didn’t do it for me but if you might try this and let me know what you think.  Definitely, read this if you like reunion romances.


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About Cathy Maxwell

Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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