A Match Made in Bed: A Spinster Heiresses Novel

A Match Made in Bed: A Spinster Heiresses Novel

by Cathy Maxwell

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ISBN-13: 9780062655769
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Series: Spinster Heiresses Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 139,949
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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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A Match Made in Bed: A Spinster Heiresses Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Cassandra Howell is a bluestocking and eminently proud (even boastful) of the fact that she’s smart and bookish. She’s also spoilt rotten, often selfish, consistently snobby and has a tendency to look down on those she feels beneath her (and many are as she is quite tall for a woman). In short, while I found Leone (from the first book) perplexing and a bit contrary, Cassandra encouraged few, if any, feelings that were positive, making her character one that needed redemption and some serious growing up to bring her to equal footing with the handsome and quite worldly Duke of Camberly, Soren. Soren is what one would expect – handsome, a bit more patient with Cassandra’s boorishness and snobbery, and wholly determined to overcome the family history and restore the coffers decimated by Cassandra’s family. He’s far more loyal to her than she deserves, and loyalty to his family and friends, sometimes to his detriment is one of the many things to enjoy about him. He’s also clearly able to communicate his wants, needs and secrets to Cassandra, and after a bit of hesitation and the reveal of the secrets – their communication is solid. But Cassandra! Usually Maxwell is very much able to bring my initial impressions of a character around to positive – but it was a seriously hard slog here. Totally unsuited for anything than what she was – a spoiled daughter free to pursue her own interests and an often grandiose estimation of her own intelligence and standing, while her family life wasn’t perfect, she’d not really provided a true sense for her own behavior – nor her intelligence. That felt way more told than shown, and while I was able to gather some sympathy for her when shocking truths about her family were revealed, my admiration and enjoyment of Soren in his single-minded determination to have and appreciate this woman are what made the relationship work for me. Maxwell is one of my favorites when writing a flawed character, and most times they come to be easily understood and their flaws and behavior can be put into context when their secrets are revealed and they start to grow into the person that they were meant to become. I just didn’t find enough change or growth in Cassandra to totally redeem her, and from the first to the last page it was Soren who engendered the empathy, admiration and brought the fun to this story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review; all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Love her books but prefer longer deeper storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm surely going to read this one sgain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out promising, but the more I learned about the hero the less I liked him. Did not make it to the end because I just couldn't stand him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want the story to end.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I really liked both Cass and Soren. Going in I knew liking Cass was a given--a bookish heroine? Of course!--and hoped that Soren would be a good match for her. For the most part, he didn't disappoint. I liked the fact that for the most part Cass and Soren talked things over like the adults that they were. Yes, he kept a pretty big secret from her (which I wasn't crazy about) and she kept a smaller one from him, but for the most part Ms. Maxwell didn't go the "big misunderstanding route" (at least not for long) in creating the bulk of her conflict, instead letting her characters engage in real conversations. (Cass's initial grudge against Soren was a bit ridiculous, but then again she was twelve at the time, so...) The two of them were really good together--and not just "in bed""--and I really enjoyed watching Cass go from a sheltered, somewhat spoiled young woman to a wife with a real inner core of strength. My main complaint, though, is that the pacing of the last third or so of the book felt off. There wasn't a real significant relationship crisis there, and what conflict there was was resolved far too quickly and easily. I would have liked to have seen a lot more family building going on at his country estate than we do; hopefully we'll get at least a glimpse into how their HEA is going in the next book. A Match Made in Bed is the second book in the Spinster Heiresses series, but would work just fine as a standalone--the hero and heroine from the first book are scarcely mentioned, and don't make an actual appearance here at all. The third book ( The Duke That I Marry ) is heavily hinted at, making me all the more anxious for its release... Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.