If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: The Love Match by Lily Maxton / @entangledpub @ScandalousBooks @LilyMaxton


Title: Sisters of Scandal #3: The Love Match
Author: Lily Maxton
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Release Date: October 13, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Entangled Publishing

Hampshire, 1818

To her family, Olivia Middleton is a problem of the most vexing sort. With her eldest two sisters married off, Olivia is now the target of her mother’s matrimonial scheming. Shy and somewhat plain, Olivia prefers the thrill of a gothic novel to the hunt for a husband. And as far as her family is concerned, something must be done… But Olivia has no interest in the men paraded before her.
Only the charming and infuriating Mr. William Cross (a rake in the making, and certainly not a suitable husband) holds the slightest fascination for her…

After watching his father die of a broken heart, William has sworn never to wed for a love match. Yet he’s intrigued by the bookish Olivia. And though he tried, staying away from her turns out to be impossible. But a scandalous liaison lands them both on the marriage block, William is shocked when Olivia refuses to wed for anything less than love – propriety be damned.

Now William must do the unthinkable… learn to love his reluctant fiancee.

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 A young woman ruined by choice by a man who frustrates and intrigues her. Olivia was an interesting female protagonist. She has no desire to marry the men her mother presents to her. They're men of society but they don't catch her eye like Mr. William Cross does. According to her mother, William isn't a man worth considering.

William's reason for not marrying isn't because of a broken heart, an unfaithful fiancee, a deceased wife. His father died of a broken heart. He gave his love to a woman who didn't deserve it. William vows never to give his heart to any single woman, thus eliminating any chance of having his heart broken. Yet he can't help but find his interest in Olivia runs deeper than satisfying his need for sex.

Man, oh, man, did I want to fist pump when Olivia rejected William's proposal. Though she isn't against marriage per se, she refuses to marry a man who doesn't love her, who wishes to marry her out of obligation. Her reasons were sound and, to be honest, William had it coming. After all the time he'd spent with her, he should have known where she would stand on the subject of marrying out of necessity.

The ending was totally sigh worthy. I loved it, loved how Ms. Maxton took William's love of writing and turned it into his way of declaring his love for Olivia. From a writer to a reader, it was just what they needed to move forward. Ms. Maxton did a great job telling Olivia's story, writing William's conflict with her refusal, and reconciling their relationship. For any historical romance lover looking for a quick read, this one is right up your alley.

Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer.

When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

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