Lyon's Bride (Chattan Curse Series #1)

Lyon's Bride (Chattan Curse Series #1)

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by Cathy Maxwell
     
 

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“Maxwell mixes humor with meticulous characterization to create memorable stories.”
Publishers Weekly

With Lyon’s Bride, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathy Maxwell kicks off a wonderful historical romance series, The Chattan Curse—concerning a generational bane that 

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“Maxwell mixes humor with meticulous characterization to create memorable stories.”
Publishers Weekly

With Lyon’s Bride, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathy Maxwell kicks off a wonderful historical romance series, The Chattan Curse—concerning a generational bane that  ominously portends, “When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above.” In this sensational marriage of convenience tale with a delightful twist, the so-called “Lord Lyon” is the latest family member cursed to eschew love or die. So he seeks a bride he does not love, only to be smitten by an English duke’s headstrong daughter, who compels him to dangerously tempt fate. Lyon’s Bride is the kind of lush and sensuous love story that will appeal not only to RITA Award nominee Cathy Maxwell’s legion of fans, but to the many devoted readers of Christina Dodd and Victoria Alexander as well.

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Publishers Weekly
Love overcomes superstition in this delightful first installment of the Chattan Curse Regency trilogy. Disowned widow Thea Martin has steadfastly and stubbornly made a name for herself and supported her young sons as a London matchmaker. When her childhood friend, Neal Chattan, Lord Lyon, attempts to hire her, she initially refuses, still bitter from his abrupt abandonment of their friendship and skeptical of his claim that he is cursed. Handsome Neal wants a bride he cannot love, for any Chattan male who falls in love dies soon afterward; he ditched Thea because he feared his feelings for her. Thea finally promises to help him find a wife, but doesn’t anticipate that she and Lyon will resurrect their friendship as romance. Confused by the curse and her emotions, Thea must decide whether love can conquer all. Maxwell (A Seduction at Christmas) spins a pleasant, unchallenging tale perfect for new romance readers. (May)
Smart Bitches Trashy Books Lindlee
“His Christmas Pleasure may become one of my favorite [marriage of conveniece] stories”
Romance Reviews Today
For a fun, well-written novel with a unique plot and endearing lead players, A SEDUCTION AT CHRISTMAS shouldn’t be missed.
RT Book Reviews
“The first of the Chattan Curse series explores the power of love and second chances with deft prose and strong emotions. A consummate storyteller, Maxwell creates living, breathing characters who fight for love, freedom and independence with a passion modern readers can understand.”
RT Book Reviews--4 stars
“The first of the Chattan Curse series explores the power of love and second chances with deft prose and strong emotions. A consummate storyteller, Maxwell creates living, breathing characters who fight for love, freedom and independence with a passion modern readers can understand.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062070258
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Series:
Chattan Curse Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
45,446
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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Lyon's Bride: the Chattan Curse 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Cathy Maxwell's books and this one did not disappoint. A twist with the curse makes you wonder what will happen through out the entire book. Can't wait for the 2nd book "The Scottish Witch".
Bwitchd3 More than 1 year ago
This book has all the things that people love about romance novels, and then it adds a little more. The chemistry between Thea and Lyon is passionate and heartwarming, however, one of the best parts about this book is that Maxwell doesn’t throw away characters. Each one is a real person with real hopes, fears, and dreams. Lyon’s siblings, especially his brother, provide the story with some light moments and wonderful plot twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I found this author and all 3 books are now out so I can go right into Harry's story, book 2. I really loved Neal and Thea, plus her children are so love able. This story is so heart warming at times, and fearful too. I also loved the secondary character's. A very unique story line, the author brings the character's to life in less than 200 Nook pages. You need to complete all 3 books or you won't know if the curse is broken, sort of a small cliffhanger. (Ljb)
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and characters but it ends abruptly with a cliff hanger to be continued. It has more detailed sex scenes than I am comfortable with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Cathy's series! And this one is no different- can't wait for the next one!
AngelaCarr More than 1 year ago
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 oh, 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." * Review copy provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story by Cathy Maxwell. Delightful characters but wanted more at the end. Oh well on to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to next segment
ajenkins979 16 days ago
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
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
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. I'm glad that I had read them out of order, or I don't know if I would have continued the series.  The Chattan family line has been cursed - and this generation is determined to be the last. They will not fall in love, they will not have children, and the curse will die with them. But Lord Lyon has to go and change his mind - right before Thea re-enters his life. He has hired a match maker to find him a wife he doesn't like (that was a little bit funny) only to discover she's the one that he just may fall in love with.  Thea thinks the curse is a load of rubbish and nothing Lyon can say will change her mind. Their book was a little too tame and predictable for me. I found myself knowing what was going to happen before I turned the page (and not because I had read the rest of the series). It just didn't have the little extra unique-ness I like in a relationship and relied too heavily on the curse to make the story seem different.  Thea's two children were a lot of fun though. I can imagine them running around all over the place and getting into trouble while trying to stay out of it. They were quite the charmers and their relationship with both Thea and Lyon was very nice. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me interested and I can't wait to read more in the series.
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So very exciting story ! I'm will definately be reading the next two books in the trilogy.
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