Review: The Love Match

cover-the love matchTitle: The Love Match
Author: Lily Maxton
Series: Sisters of Scandal #3
Genre: Regency Romance
Length: Novella
Available: Now


Hampshire, 1818

To her family, Olivia Middleton is a problem of the most vexing sort. With her older 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.

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 tries, staying away from her turns out to be impossible. But a scandalous liaison lands them both on the marriage block, William is shocked to when Olivia refuses to wed for anything less than love—propriety be damned.

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

Source: Review copy from Entangled: Scandalous via NetGalley

After one well-behaved sister went from a countess to a bookseller’s wife and the other went from an outspoken, unmarriageable prospect to a countess, Olivia is the only unmarried Middleton left – and she has quite a lot to live up to. The trouble is that unlike her sisters, Olivia is neither prim and proper nor bold and opinionated. Instead she’s shy and much prefers books to the company of others. Which makes the idea of husband hunting at a country house party sound like her idea of torture.

Olivia isn’t even certain that she wants to marry – unless she can have a true love match. Since she doesn’t expect to ever find one, she doesn’t hold out much hope for marriage. Especially when the only man paying her any attention is Mr William Cross, a charming would-be rogue of whom Olivia’s mother does not approve. Yet there’s something about William that lets Olivia be herself, and soon it seems that she’s the one doing the charming.

I liked this third installment of the Sisters of Scandal series, it’s every bit as fun and quick as the previous two books and Olivia is a likeable heroine, with her shy, bookish ways and her unwillingness to stand for any of William’s nonsense. I liked William too – he’s handsome and understands Olivia perfectly. They are adorable together.

However, I have to admit the idea of the pair of them having an affair in the middle of a house party for an entire week without notice definitely stretched the bounds of my credulity. I didn’t think much of William either for allowing things to go so far without thinking about Olivia or marriage. He’s a bit too careless for my liking, and his change of heart is really sudden.

If you can overlook those things, though, this is a quick, fun Regency read with a nice touch of heat and plenty to enjoy. The characters are nice – if not quite as compelling as others in this series – and the story romps merrily along. I’d recommend any of these three novellas to anyone looking for a quick escape into a romance with a light historical feel. I really liked them.

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