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Cathy Maxwell

Autor/a de Temptation of a Proper Governess

58 obres 6,206 Membres 147 Ressenyes 11 preferits

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Obres de Cathy Maxwell

Temptation of a Proper Governess (2004) 285 exemplars
Four Dukes and a Devil (5-in-1) (2009) — Col·laborador — 280 exemplars
In the Bed of a Duke (2006) 275 exemplars
Married in Haste (1999) 255 exemplars
The Price of Indiscretion (2005) 230 exemplars
The Marriage Contract (2001) 228 exemplars
Bedding the Heiress (2007) 226 exemplars
A Seduction at Christmas (2008) 216 exemplars
A Scandalous Marriage (2000) 210 exemplars
Adventures of a Scottish Heiress (2003) 208 exemplars
In the Highlander's Bed (2008) 202 exemplars
The One That Got Away (Anthology 4-in-1) (2004) — Col·laborador — 200 exemplars
Because of You (1999) 198 exemplars
The Wedding Wager (2001) 192 exemplars
The Lady is Tempted (2002) 188 exemplars
The Earl Claims His Wife (2009) 173 exemplars
The Seduction of an English Lady (2004) 165 exemplars
Falling in Love Again (1997) 149 exemplars
You and No Other (1996) 145 exemplars
The Marriage Ring (2010) 145 exemplars
His Christmas Pleasure (2010) 132 exemplars
When Dreams Come True (1998) 128 exemplars
All Things Beautiful (1994) 117 exemplars
The Bride Says No (2014) 114 exemplars
Treasured Vows (1996) 107 exemplars
The Scottish Witch (2012) 106 exemplars
Lyon's Bride: The Chattan Curse (2012) 104 exemplars
The Devil's Heart (2013) 101 exemplars
The Bride Says Maybe (2014) 95 exemplars
The Match of the Century (2015) 86 exemplars
The Seduction of Scandal (2011) 81 exemplars
The Groom Says Yes (2014) 80 exemplars
The Fairest of Them All (2016) 78 exemplars
A Date at the Altar (2016) 74 exemplars
If Ever I Should Love You (2017) — Autor — 73 exemplars
A Match Made in Bed (2018) 65 exemplars
The Duke That I Marry (2018) — Autor — 65 exemplars
Tea for Two (In a Moonlit Garden/ Hunting Season) (2002) — Col·laborador — 62 exemplars
His Secret Mistress (2020) 47 exemplars
Her First Desire (2021) 36 exemplars
A Little Thing Called Love (2015) 32 exemplars
His Lessons on Love (2022) 28 exemplars
For Love and Honor (2012) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
In a Moonlit Garden [novella] (2002) 7 exemplars
Nightingale (2004) 7 exemplars
Under the Mistletoe Box Set (2012) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Aux bons soins de Gemma (2022) 1 exemplars


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Good start to the new series. Gwendolyn, Dara, and Elise are three sisters and daughters of a gambler. The girls lived with their grandmother when he went off on his travels. It's been a long time since anyone heard from him, so when their grandmother dies, their unscrupulous cousin claims the heir's rights and moves into the house. He promptly tries to marry the girls to anyone who will have them. Middle daughter Dara decides their best bet is to go to London for the season and find dukes to marry.

The three women are short of cash, so when they sneak off on their trip, they stop first at their father's favorite gaming hell in Dublin. Gwendolyn disguises herself and enters a game of faro to win the money they need. Though a talented player (she counts cards), she finds herself losing badly, unaware that the dealer is cheating. She is rescued by a gentleman named Becket Steele, who stakes her further play in exchange for a later favor and stops the cheating. Gwendolyn rapidly makes up for lost time, returns the stake, and escapes when things turn rowdy.

We next see the sisters in London, where things start slowly, thanks to their one Society connection being out of town. Thanks to the mysterious Mr. Steele and Michael Brogan, an Irish MP, they get a break. Suddenly Elise and Gwendolyn are declared the "Incomparables" of the season, and men have lined up at the door to court them. Dara remains in the background, believing she is the "plain" sister. But Dara is the brains behind the plan and keeps her sisters focused on the prize. But that focus gets disrupted as Michael Brogan begins paying attention to Elise, who eats it up. Dara is furious and does her best to discourage him.

Dara irritated me at first with her mercenary approach to husband hunting. I got that they needed husbands, but her narrow focus on dukes left out many perfectly suitable men. I enjoyed seeing Michael give her a hard time about it. It quickly became apparent that there was a strong attraction underneath their antagonistic encounters. However, Dara refused to accept it, knowing how Elise felt about him. It isn't easy, and a couple of passionate kisses complicate her efforts.

I enjoyed seeing the progression of the relationship between Dara and Michael. The bickering between them is a different sort of flirting, though neither realizes it. I liked Michael's realization that he got much more enjoyment out of his duels with Dara than he did talking to Elise, and I was happy to see him pull back from that relationship. Dara's life becomes even more complicated when her rescue of a drowning child and Michael's assistance put her at the center of a scandal. Suddenly the sisters find themselves again on the outside looking in, with their plans in ruins. I loved Michael's insistence on doing "the right thing" and had to laugh at Dara's attempts to get out of it.

Besides his duties as a member of Parliament, Michael has learned of an ongoing embezzlement problem at the War Office. With Steele's help, he has identified one of the players, but Dara inadvertently interferes with one of his attempts to learn more. She is later with him when they witness a murder, and I loved how her practicality helped temper his emotional response and how he's impressed with how much help she is when there is more trouble. I also approved of his protectiveness when he realized she was in danger. I ached for Michael when he thought the investigation was ruined and cheered when an unexpected twist turned things around. The resolution was very well done.

At the same time, Michael and Dara realize the truth of their feelings for each other but fear rejection if they say anything. I liked seeing Dara gain her courage first. Her confession was fun and quintessentially Dara-like, followed by the most Michael-ish response. I hope we get to see more of them in the following books.

I liked the dynamics among the three sisters and loved their aunt "Tweedie." Dara is the planner, but all three are intelligent, well-spoken women interested in more than your average debutante. As the book continued, you could feel their frustration at hiding who they were. Dara tends to be heavy-handed in her need to keep them on the straight and narrow, and eventually, her sisters rebel. Gwendolyn was okay, just more interested in having some time for her pursuits as well as their Society obligations. But Elise was a spoiled brat. Her popularity quickly goes to her head, especially regarding Michael's early attention. She doesn't seem to notice when he backs off and becomes insufferable when she discovers Michael is more interested in Dara. She desperately needs an attitude adjustment. The book finishes with an epilogue that appears to be a lead-in for the next book and is Elise's story. I have high hopes that she will get that awakening.

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scoutmomskf | Mar 28, 2023 |
Starts off very well with good chemistry between the leads and charming secondary characters but it devolves into a comedy of errors that is more annoying than funny. It also relies heavily on several coincidences that simply stretch credulity and some extreme turn-arounds from the dude.
wonderlande | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jan 1, 2023 |
His Secret Mistress by Cathy Maxwell
A Logical Man Guide’s to Dangerous Women #1. Historical romance.
Kate Addison owns and manages a traveling acting troupe. Brandon doesn’t want her on his land because she broke his heart many years ago but he soon finds himself involved with her actors and designing sets. Maybe she can stay awhile.

An amusing plot and entertaining story that culminates is a grand romance and life changing decisions. Once they get past their history and trust issues.… (més)
Madison_Fairbanks | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Nov 19, 2022 |
I'll come back to this to read the rest of the book, but I really liked Frost's story, Devil to Pay. A touch of angst from a loner/hermit heroine who's shut people away. I love the Night Huntress world and characters, and this was a great read.

I also enjoyed the Irish Duke, being a fan of spinsters. He bits of insecurity made me like her all the more. None of the rest of the stories jumped out at me so this book will stay in my to-read queue.
Rhiannon.Mistwalker | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Aug 19, 2022 |



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