The Match of the Century (Marrying the Duke #1)
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Release Date: 24 November 2015
In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell's glittering new series, wedding bells are ringing… until the return of a rake throws a bride's plans—and heart—into a tailspin...
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?
Elin and Gavin have been betrothed since they were young. Their match will bring together two wealthy and powerful families and Elin will become a Duchess. What more could a young debutante wish for? Elin and Gavin may have sailed into a blissful ton marriage, if not for one itty bitty complication- Ben, Gavin's brother. Elin imagined herself in love with Ben when they were younger, before he seduced her and promptly abandoned her. But he's back and this time determined to make Elin choose him.
Elin tries hard to forget her indiscretion with Ben and to put it in her past. She wishes to marry Gavin and make both of their families happy. Yet when Ben reappears in her life she struggles to keep her feelings in the past and soon she struggles between the choice of duty or love.
Ben was sent to enlist in the military after his and Elin's secret was discovered. He's built a life for himself and is frustrated when his brother forces him to come home and back to the family. Ben's feelings for Elin are still there and he wants her to choose him.
This story certainly has enough to keep your attention, although the pace can be a little slow. The plot takes a turn when someone attempts to kill Elin. This brings Ben and Elin together as he protects her and they try to find out who wants her dead. Elin then finds herself torn between her betrothed and her love, presenting her with a difficult choice. The intrigue and danger mix with the forbidden romance between Ben and Elin to produce an engaging story. I'll be very intrigued to read Gavin's story and see him get his happy ending.
*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!
About the Author
New York Times Bestselling 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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