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"When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above..."They call him Lord Lyon, proud, determined— and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love, he dies. His fervent hope is that by marrying— and having a son—without love, perhaps he can break the curse's chains forever.Enter beautiful Thea Martin—a duke's headstrong, errant daughter"When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above..."They call him Lord Lyon, proud, determined— and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love, he dies. His fervent hope is that by marrying— and having a son—without love, perhaps he can break the curse's chains forever.Enter beautiful Thea Martin—a duke's headstrong, errant daughter and society's most brilliant matchmaker. Years ago, she and Lyon were inseparable, until he disappeared from her life without a word. Now she is charged with finding Lyon's bride—a woman he cannot love for a man Thea could love too well....

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Lyon's Bride Reviews

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2019-06-22 09:36

    Lyon’s Bride is the first book in Cathy Maxwell’s historical romance series, The Chattan Curse. These books center around a curse cast upon Charles Chattan in 1632 when he broke the handfast to Scottish lass, Rose Macnachtan, to return to England and marry a Sassenach. Rose was so in love with Charles that she believed he’d return to her, and even kept watch for him on his wedding day. When Charlie didn’t return, so great was her grief that Rose ended her life. And thus, so great was her mother’s grief, that she placed a curse on all Chattan males: Watchers of the threshold, Watchers of the gate,open hell and seal Chattan’s Fate.When a Chattan male falls in love,strike his heart with fire from Above.Crush his heart, destroy his line;Only then will justice be mine.” The curse has held true through the generations, and death has, without fail, found each male of the line who falls in love. The curse is well known within the family, and no matter what they've tried, it has not been broken. This brings us now to London, 1814, and the story of Neal Chattan and Thea Martin.They call him Lord Lyon, proud, determined-- and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love, he dies. His fervent hope is that by marrying-- and having a son--without love, perhaps he can break the curse's chains forever.Enter beautiful Thea Martin--a duke's headstrong, errant daughter and society's most brilliant matchmaker. Years ago, she and Lyon were inseparable, until he disappeared from her life without a word. Now she is charged with finding Lyon's bride--a woman he cannot love for a man Thea could love too well.This is my first taste of Cathy Maxwell's writing, and I quite enjoyed it! This world she's created is definitely intriguing, and Lyon's Bride is sweet, it's poignant, it's sexy, and nicely sets the stage for the stories to come! Up next is Harry's story. He'll travel to Scotland in hopes that the witch who cursed his family so long ago is still alive and willing to set his family free. After meeting him in this first book, I have to say, I'm thrilled that I have his story in my hot little hands and can dive right in!3.5 starsMy thanks to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-06-18 06:42

    ★★★☆☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Man-oh-man! As much as I love Rosalyn Landor narrating, even she can’t do anything about a major – yes major – cliffhanger. I don’t mind little ones in a series, especially if they are to set up the next character in the series. (Actually, I’ve just gotten used to them.) However, nothing is really resolved in this one. If I wanted to run that risk, I could read Urban Fantasy, or even some PNR.By the way, when I was listening to this last night the story changed to the brother. I thought, okay... good stopping place; I’ll listen to the rest of the story tomorrow. Well, the rest of the story was about seven minutes longer! Eep! The end. Or should I say, "To Be Continued." I am so unhappy about it, I don’t know if I'll even continue with the series.

  • SOS Aloha
    2019-05-26 08:43

    Fortune and love favor the brave. - Ovid Lord Lyon amassed a fortune. He even lent some of it to Prinny. But he is not brave enough to love – he fears a century’s old curse:When a Chattan male falls in love,strike his heart with fire from Above.Yet Lyon desires children and his solicitor recommends the matchmaking services of Mrs. Martin. Lyon does not realize until he meets the widowed Mrs. Martin that she is his childhood friend. He abandoned her when his father revealed the curse. Lyon asks Thea to find him a bride that he will not like but will give him children. This kicks off the adult relationship between Lyon and Thea – a business partnership that succumbs to passion, love, and hope. Along the way, their growing attraction has a pinball effect on others who must also find courage to face their own fates. Maxwell is known for delving into relationships and she is in top form with LYON’S BRIDE. Maxwell delivers the whole package – families and friends who work through their fears to find happiness within their lives. I am a slow reader yet I read LYON’S BRIDE in two days – it is a compelling story that quickly drew me into the characters’ strengths and struggles. Maxwell’s writing flows from chapter to chapter as she reminds readers why we read romance – that love can conquer all. Maxwell treats us to a unique twist of the HEA, one that you will have to read for yourself!

  • Booklover, Indianapolis
    2019-06-14 05:01

    (June) I know I've read CM before and I'm sure I've liked her stuff well enough - she is, to me, one of those middle-of-the-road historical authors - can't imagine she's anyone's favorite, but usually her stuff is good, sometimes great (although when I read the titles and descriptions of many of her books, none stand out, many I can't really remember at all!). This book was ok, but it was so very bland (if someone wanted to try romance and started here, I don't think they'd ever continue). Good concept - witch curses males of a family to die if they fall in love - and 200 years later, the curse is still working. Neal hires a matchmaker to help him find a woman to marry - he wants her to be someone he can't like so he does not fall in love - but expects her to be a good mother, warm to their children. Well, if she's a good, warm mother, isn't there a chance he'll fall in love with her? If she's not a good person enough for him to love, then why would he want her raising his kids? He hires a matchmaker, Thea, a widow, who turns out he knew (and almost started loving) many years ago. She plans a house party to introduce him to potential brides - but there are no other men there, so it's more of a desperation bride auction. There is really no significant interaction between Neal (who is referred to as Lord Lyon - but no mention is ever made of his title - although once Thea is referred to as his Countess, so I think he's an Earl?) and Thea - one or two conversations, and they both decide that they've always been in love w/one another for all the years they didn't see each other. A few longing glances, some internal musings about each other, and one compromising situation later, they are married, much to the delight of her two boys (how old are they - never says) and the dismay of his two sibs, who hope that if they all remain single and childless the curse will break. Well, of course it will - if they are the last of their line, when they die the curse will die. Sister Margaret is annoying, brother Harry is a tortured soul who will star in the next book, but he is more interesting than Neal who is really quite milquetoast. When Thea decides, somewhat out of the blue, she must leave him which will cause him to hate her which will save him from dying, I rolled my eyes so hard they hurt! I mean, come on - they are all over each other, and then he starts having "I'm dying" symptoms, so she thinks "I'll leave and he'll hate me." Yeah, sure it'll happen that way - he'd not understand why you left, he'd never hate you, and he'll find you and your boys, etc. Dumb. Add to that the most PG boring love scenes. Meh, just not a winner. That said, I will read the next one and see what happens when Harry goes on a witch hunt!

  • Lover of Romance
    2019-06-11 05:40

    Thea Martin, after struggling for years to make by after losing her husband, has managed a almost profitable business as a matchmaker, saving her earnings for her son's schooling. Then she is informed that Lord Lyon is looking for her for her matchmaking abilities because he desperately needs a wife. Once, many years ago Thea and Neal were close friends as children, but then Neal one day just abandoned Thea, and they hadn't seen each other since; until now. Neal, needs a wife, one he could never love or care for, just one to tolerate and someone to give him children. His family suffers from a curse, where all the men will die if they fall in love, so he is determined to make sure he never does so. However upon seeing Thea again, he is overwhelmed with feelings of desire for her. Only as Thea finds suitable matches for him, his only thoughts are for her and before he knows it he knows he is in love with her, only, will he be able to make the right decision, Marry her and risking dying but having a chance of a few months of love and warmth in his life, or marrying someone else and live a lonely and desolate life?Lyon's Bride is the first installment in Cathy Maxwell most recent series: The Chattan Curse. Lyon's Bride, we see the start of this amazingly fun and exciting story, about three siblings, and in Lyon's Bride Maxwell starts with Neal, who would make any woman sucuumb to his charms. He is sexy, intelligent, and willing to fight for those he loves, who could resist? Then we have the heroine Thea, who doesn't believe in the unseen like some old curse, she just believes its superstition in the beginning, and it was amusing to watch Neal convince her otherwise. I also loved the interaction between Neal and Thea's two sons, it was tearjerking at times. The whole story overall was very emotionally provoking, it had elements through the whole story, that would bring a tear to one's eye, and then a sparkle of laughter in another moment. It definitely was full of passioin, witty humor, exciting plot that keeps the reader entertained to say the least. Overall a very well written story that engages the reader at every turn!!!! Loved Every Moment!!!

  • Susan
    2019-06-11 13:04

    Very good book. Thea is a widow who is working as a matchmaker. Lyon comes to her to find a bride for him - one that would be a suitable mother for his children but that he is in no danger of loving. His family has been suffering under a curse for a long time and he doesn't want to take a chance. He and Thea had been friends as teenagers until he began to care for her and his father took him away to protect them both. Now they find that their youthful feelings are growing. Thea doesn't believe in curses and has come to love him very much. Lyon knows he cares but refuses to admit it. When circumstances force them to marry, they start a wonderful life together. Then the dreams start and Lyon's health starts to suffer. I really liked Thea and the love she felt for her sons. I also liked the way she didn't want to let the curse define their lives. Lyon finally admitted that he cared for Thea and decided to go for the love for as long as possible. I also loved how good he was with Thea's sons and how much they liked him showed what a good person he really was. In the end, they and Lyon's brother and sister decided to take measures to find out more about the curse in hopes of breaking it, which is where the next book will begin. I really liked both of Lyon's siblings also. In both you can see the tortured effect of the curse, and want to root for them to receive their own happy ending.

  • Lu
    2019-06-23 05:44

    The beginning of the book goes a little slow but it really becomes a very interesting story. Lion is the descendent of a man who betrayed a lady he had promised to marry causing her to commit suicide. The mom of the lady was a healer and used a ancient book of cures to put a curse on the man and all his descendants. They would die if they would fall in love. Saying like this it sounds cheesy, but in the book it's well construed and works.Well, Lion lost his father to the curse and several other relatives so he believes it and decides to have a loveless marriage, but his plans are put on check once he meets again his childhood friend Thea.Should he go forward with his marriage plans? Is it worth to die for love?It's a nice ode to love and to it's importance in anyone's life.Important to note that this book is not a stand alone, as it ends up in a cliff hanger. Luckily the two other books of the series are already published, so you don't have to wait a year to see how it ends.My first book from this Author... I liked it a lot.

  • Zel Polev
    2019-06-14 08:01

    I liked this book. It resembled a book I read before and was worried I had read this one already and just forgot. However, this one was much better. Although the premise of the heroine matchmaker and the titled hero was the same, it veered off into different path in the second half. I thought this book was good. Their story was interesting and the characters weren't dumb either. There is one glaring exception though, which is when she ran away. I thought it was falling too easily into romance novel cliches and I begged that it would not leave a bad taste in my mouth. All in all, I liked it. I thought the hero and heroine had a level head on their shoulders. I liked that the heroine defended herself and the hero's plight was a bit charming. His paternal instincts were kicking, which is a nice reverse I guess. It wasn't the desire to father an heir, it was about having children to love. I thought the children were adorable. The Chattan family were also charming in their own right. They are messed up but they are quite normal, as much as their circumstances allow. The story revolves around the Chattan curse. They must not fall in love because once they do, they die. It started with Charles, who handfasted a Scottish lass but left her for a wealthy English girl. The scottish girl killed herself and her mother cursed the family thereafter. Lyon's father is the first to father more than one children because he deliberately married a hateful bride. He didn't try to get close to her. When he did marry for love, he died soon after. Lyon wanted his own children but heeded the curse well. He was also looking for a bride he won't fall in love with. He hired Thea, who was a well known matchmaker. She assembled a group of girls for him to choose from. It was a matchmaking hell with the families and the girls acting very rudely, because they were just horrible people. However, Lyon ended up being married to Thea to save her from ruin. They were caught in a compromising position after Thea tried to stop a scheme to entrap Lyon. She was being painted in a bad light with all of the guest calling her a slut while being courteous to Lyon. Lyon improvised with a surprise engagement, which they were just celebrating. The guests were disapproving but they couldn't really gainsay him. They marry. At this point, she started dreaming of the witch. She started believing when Lyon's step mother came and she had the same dream. Thea concocted a plan of making Lyon hate her by leaving. She succeeded in being hated, only by her kids. She tricked them into coming with her and they left the comfort of the Lyon's house to live in a cottage. Lyon found her anyway and they went back home together. She didn't really need to be talked into it. She went pretty easy, making her decision to leave pretty useless. When Lyon started showing signs of dying, she thought about fighting. She enlisted Harry to track down the witch who cursed them, and thus the bait for the next book is set. If I didn't have the next book, I would have been pissed by this ending.

  • Carrie
    2019-06-15 11:01

    Grade B-Reviewed for Speaking of Audiobooks column at All About Romance 5/14/12 : by Rosalyn LandorA family cursed long ago, it’s believed a Chattan male will die if he finds his true love. The present Earl of Lyon, Neal Chattan is looking for a wife – not for love but for the children he desires. A widowed childhood friend who is now a matchmaker, Thea Martin, agrees to help Neal find an “unlikeable but acceptable” woman to marry. Thrown into close proximity, old hurts and new misunderstandings cause instant friction and the two have a difficult time focusing on the wife hunt.The first third of Lyon’s Bride is full of wonderful details, character development, and conversations that Rosalyn Landor only enhances further with her talented narration. She’s at her best here - her voice is well modulated and clear while her narration is unhurried without being slow. While some listeners have remarked in the past that her male voices can sound too gruff or old, that is not a problem in this book. Her male characters sound strong and are easily differentiated. The sound quality is excellent with smooth editing and clear chapter and scene breakWhile the writing is strong and the character development is excellent, Lyon’s Bride is not an action-driven book. Maxwell often interrupts scenes with the internal thoughts of a character. Thankfully, the listener has no problems following the interruption since Ms. Landor clearly distinguishes the dialogue portions from the internal musings. Thea is a strong woman making the best of a situation caused in part by her own poor choices. Her stubbornness, which Ms. Landor captures well in her narration, is the source of much conflict in the book. While I admired her, it took me a while to warm up to Thea.From the beginning, Neal is the more likeable of the two and Ms. Landor succeeds in capturing his strength of character. The secondary characters are well developed, especially Neal’s brother and sister, who I expect will each get a book since the issue of the curse is not resolved in Lyon’s Bride.Other than the gothic-esque plot line involving the witch’s curse, Lyon’s Bride is a fairly predictable story of a nobleman falling in love with a woman who is beneath him. That gothic twist tilts this story off its axis, creating an uneasy marriage of paranormal and…well…normal, that didn’t work for me. Thea and Neal are just too English - too solid, practical, and sensible. Perhaps the curse story line will prove more effective in The Scottish Witch: The Chattan Curse which stars Neal’s angst-ridden brother, Harry. Even with my reservations about Lyon’s Bride, my interest is peaked enough for me to find out what happens next.

  • Amy
    2019-06-07 04:47

    Thea Martin and Neal Chattan, Lord Lyon have a past together. As teens, they were heading toward a true love. Then Neal was warned by his father that any such relationship will only end in tragedy. Neal tore himself away from Thea, Neal set himself against marriage and Thea married for what she thought was love. They had parted ways, thinking to never reconnect until one fateful day when they found themselves together in a solicitor's office. Their feelings for each other had not waned and were quickly reignited.LYON'S BRIDE by Cathy Maxwell is a good read. Is it a great read? I don't think so but it's the beginning of what appears to be a very intriguing series. Having already read the second book in this series which I will review on Monday, I can tell you without a doubt that this one, LYON'S BRIDE, is a must read if you wish to have an understanding of what is happening in the second book.As a second chance romance, LYON'S BRIDE works very well. More importantly, it lends itself very well to setting the stage for what's to come in the next two books. This is definitely a trilogy that must be read in order to both understand the current story and the fight to end the curse that's been laid upon the Chattan family. By reading this story first, you learn some of the tale of the unfortunate suicide of Rose, the daughter of Fenella - the witch who cursed the Chattans.Cathy Maxwell has set the stage for a mystery that will carry us through to the end of the third book and hopefully provide us with a Happily Ever After for Neal and Thea and Neal's siblings, Harry and Margaret. For if the curse is not ended, Neal will surely die followed by Harry and Margaret, if they fall in love as well. I found Neal a bit stuffy at first, but thankfully, Thea brings out the best in him and you can't help but pray that the curse will be lifted. Harry, Neal's brother, is the charmer and thankfully, the hero of book two. Whereas all three siblings had decided never to fall in love, so that hopefully the curse would end with them, you know that just isn't going to happen in romance novels.I have to recommend LYON'S BRIDE by Cathy Maxwell not because it's a really wonderful romance, it was a good read, but rather because if you wish to enjoy what comes next, you definitely need to read this one. This is definitely a continuous series and we won't see any real HEAs until the series concludes.**Print copy of Lyon's Bride provided by publisher to me for private reading without expectation of review but this is an honest and unscripted review.

  • Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-05-29 11:06

    4.5 FeathersThis review also posted at Under the Covers Book BlogtThis is the first installment of the Chattan Curse series by Cathy Maxwell, and I must say, what a marvelous start! This book is *sigh* inducing and oh, so romantic. A great story of second chances and true love conquering all .Neal Chattan aka Lord Lyon and his family are cursed. The Chattan Curse is to punish and prevent any of them from falling in love. For generations, his ancestors have been attempting to avoid or stop the curse only to wind up with the same fate, death. Lyon's brother and sister have made a pact that the curse will end with them, not continuing with their blood line. But Lyon has other plans.Widowed with two young sons, Thea Martin has become the town’s successful match maker. Lord Lyon requested for her services but with specific requirements. Although Thea was against them, Thea accepts the job as her financial status has gone to a dwindle. The problem is Thea and Neal shared a past that will complicate their business arrangements.I love second chances at love. Ms. Maxwell has given this couple a chance at a well deserved happiness despite their life struggles.The world building was great and Ms Maxwell's writing flowed. The character buildup was also good even for the secondary characters. Thea was a great heroine, a kick ass single mom who knew her priorities. And Neal the honorable hero who makes the right decision in the end. I love that their romance was done in good timing and being acquainted in the past, their love only needed to grow. Some parts of this book were totally cliche but every bit as heart warming.With that, I leave you with a quote: "No woman had ever completely over powered him with desire. She was quicksilver and light. She was the stars, the moon, the sun. In this moment, she owned his entire being." * Review copy provided by publisher

  • Dianne
    2019-06-06 12:36

    I can easily see that this is a trilogy and I can even understand that we won't know if the "curse" has been lifted until the last sibling has found love; but really. The at least could have been some sort of definitive HEA in THIS book.This honestly has to be one of the slowest moving, mind-numbingly boring books I have ever read.A curse has been cast over the Chattan family, and as you can expect they all vow never to fall in love since once they do, they soon die.There are 3 siblings in this branch of the family and they feel it is up to them to kill off the name. So one has become a cold fish who looks into hiring a 'matchmaker' to find him someone who is also a cold fish, someone that he will never fall in love with. This would be the sibling that this particular book revolves around. Unfortunately for Neal his matchmaker is someone that he was falling in love with many years ago. Thea now has two sons and is cut from society because of marriage she engaged in long ago. The children are an interesting and humanizing touch. The other brother has become an addict so that should make for a properly horrible story to read, and the remaining sibling is a female. I couldn't quite get a hold on her, but she seems quite odd to me. I do not look forward to reading her story either. It was so difficult for me to lose myself in this story, I couldn't even begin to be able to put myself in any of their shoes. The dialogue was stilted and unbelievable for the most part, the narrative wasn't as smooth as I've come to expect from authors of this ilk. The premise of a cursed family is an old and trite one and I can only hope that the story will get more interesting with the next two books.

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2019-05-29 09:50

    An old friendship is rekindled when the present Earl of Lyon is forced to engage the help of a match maker to find him a wife that he will not be able to fall in love, and she turns out to be his childhood friend. The curse bestowed upon his family has prevented them to fall in love, unless they pay the consequences with their life. This is the reason given by Neal to explain to Thea when she tries to talk him out of this loveless marriage. He is determined and she is skeptic about the whole curse idea, but agrees to help him out. Once the misunderstanding of their estranged friendship is cleared out, the realization of strong feelings arise and the consequences are put in the back burner until it makes its presence known.The cast of characters is great an Thea's sons gives the light hearted and fun touch to the arrangement. The romance is gradual following the premise of the honorable attributes that they share. Once they finally realize that they can't escape their feelings for each other, the fight to overturn the curse begins. The ending sets the beginning of the sequels using the not so impeccable characters of Neal's brother and the secret behind his sister when they engage in the fight to release the curse's hold and peaking your curiosity for what's to come. Loved the way it flowed and kept you turning pages unstop.

  • CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
    2019-05-27 12:41

    This was an ARCIt was a pretty clean copy for an ARC so the problem isn't with the grammar or the type setting. My issue was that there were a lot of things glossed over. Important things. It made the story, while interesting, seem very rushed.I wanted to know more about Neal and Thea's friendship, more about how they fell in love, more interactions between them other than the house party. I didn't feel an attraction between them until that house party so it seemed very ... stilted to have them suddenly...well, I'll let you read it for yourself.Also, how Thea suddenly went from Scully to Mulder in her belief about the curse. I like her spirit but she did play the typical heroine in distress at one point and it just seemed out of character. I get that love makes you do stupid things but it still seems out of her character.Will I read the next one? Probably. It's a good premise even if the execution wasn't all that spectacular.

  • Kati
    2019-06-03 10:36

    Wow! This is one of my favorite historicals this year. A wonderful new series from Cathy Maxwell that all Maxwellians will enjoy. A centuries old curse, a woman who believes that a person makes their own choices, a man hellbent on pushing that woman away because Fate has other things in store for him, a second chance at love and a ready made family of his own, wrapped in laugh out loud antics, heartbreaking moments, a mother's love for her sons and a happily ever after you want to root for. Review pending...

  • Leslie
    2019-06-09 12:59

    I am normally not much of a romance reader, but I was given this and The Scottish Witch, and I read both books in two nights...i couldn't put them down! They were terrific...entertaining with enjoyable characters that you could identify with (or wanted to!) and just enough realistic "fun" to make this historical romance very enjoyable. I just am disappointed that I have to wait for the third book to come out...fortunately it's supposed to be in May!

  • Oriane
    2019-05-29 11:36

    Déçue, déçue, déçue ... Déjà par le résumé qui omet soigneusement "quelques détails" (genre l'héroïne est "veuve" (et encore j'ai des gros doutes quant à certaines formulations) avec enfants), puis par l'histoire qui est juste attendue de chez attendue et enfin par cette pseudo fin qui est loin d'entre être une en mode "lisez le(s) tome(s) suivant(s) pour savoir si le héros va survivre à son amour et vaincre la malédiction" ...

  • dumbells
    2019-05-26 12:59

    Just too annoying for a heroine. I mean first she doesn't believe the curse, and she is just so close minded about it all. And the when it turns out "oh my god, the curse might be real" she turns all knowing and expert on it. She just "knows" they "together" can beat it. Wish there was a bit more... just more to the characters.

  • Nonieღserenity2bliss
    2019-06-12 13:01

    I find the simplicity in the author's writing and story extremely charming. It's a really good read on lazy days and when you need to take your mind off things. I highly recommend this if you're looking for something sweet, simple, and satisfying.

  • Paranormal Romance
    2019-05-28 11:03

    The heroine may have a few regrets, like her hasty marriage to a man who turned out to be a addict and a loser who abandoned her and their children but never could she regret her sons. They are the centre of her universe, they are what she workers so hard for, so she can provide them a decent up bringing. She's saved and sacrificed to send her eldest to school and she's so close, she can taste it. Life may not be easy or the way she was accustomed to when growing up the daughter of a Duke but with her children, she is happy. As a matchmaker, she's quite skilled and she's been known to pair the most unlikely of people together. She when she's offered a large sum to pair a reclusive Duke with his bride, she leaves her children with a woman she barely knows but trusts and jumps at the opportunity. But when she lays eyes on the man who once was her best of friends during childhood, she is stunned. The man had grown up from the boy who sat with her by the lake and was now hansom and enticing. But the old bitterness of his abrupt departure and this talk of a curse makes her turn him down and flee. Returning home, she realizes her money has been stolen and she is now lost as to how to feed her children. The hero's family lives under a brutal curse that will kill him if he should fall in love. His siblings have made a pact to never marry or fall in love so that the curse ends with them but the hero cannot stand living his life that way. He wants what he didn't have growing up. He wants laughter and joy and he wants children of his own to adore and fill his lonely days. He left all those years ago because he knew that if he stayed he could come to love the heroine and that terrified him. Now, he's stuck in the place between wanting her like no man has ever wanted a woman and knowing she could very well be the death of him. Despite the dangers, he seeks her help in finding him a suitable wife under the restrictions that this woman be someone he could never like. An odd request and one the heroine disproves of yet still manages to summon 4 potential matches. Unfortunately, the torture of having to watch him court these women who could never make him happy sits very badly with her. She naysays anyone who hints at any feelings she may have for him or him for her but the chemistry is there and worse they both know it. It was only a matter of time before it came to a climax and finally, while attempting to help the hero avoid a compromising situation, she heroine herself finds herself suddenly compromised. The hero offers marriage before he could even know what he was doing. Because it felt so right, despite the curse. They marry and even though the future looks grim, they have a happy marriage. He loves her children....and she loves him. She loves him like she's loved him since they were children and worse, where once the idea of a curse was ludacris she now knows it to be true. The hero's life is in danger if she stays but can she find the strength to leave? I've read the 2 books in the series that follow this debut and while I didn't LOVE it as much as I did them, I really really enjoy it. It's hard to dislike something that's so full of longing and the desire for some happiness in a lifetime. I adored the hero because he was looking for that sense of fulfillment and was willing to risk himself for the chance of obtaining it. He could lies to himself and others about his lack of caring for the heroine but he was kidding no one. It was obvious from the second they reunited to the end that there was something special between them. It practically leapt off the pages and the wonderful tone of unrequited/forbidden love was palpable and added a lovely layer of tension. Perhaps it was predicable and what was suppose to happen in a historical romance happened right on cue but I can't stay I wasn't satisfied by the events as they unfolded. The hero was a kind man and once who didn't have a mean bone in his body. The heroine too was kind but she was required to gain a backbone after her husband died leaving her penniless with 2 young boys but she was a dedicated mother and very smart woman. I admired the characters greatly and the supporting cast of the characters that followed with their own books respectively were just as damaged. This series has been a treat for the eyes and one I'd highly recommend to anyone who's a fan of historical romance with a paranormal twist.

  • Virginia Boylan
    2019-06-03 07:56

    I liked the characters in this story, but found the curse far-fetched. First, the curse is placed because a woman’s daughter commits suicide after being jilted. Second, it’s a complex curse. Third, it’s supposedly unbreakable, but Lyon vows to find a way to break it. Fourth, it curses the most powerful force for good in existence: love. None of that makes sense to me. Despite the weak premise, however, I enjoyed the novel and am rooting for Lyon’s success.

  • Sue Davenport
    2019-06-05 09:06

    I loved the story. I didn't like the way it ended but at least Lyon's didn't die yet. I was really afraid he was going to and it's not to say he won't in later stories. I am going to have to go buy the next two books to finish the series. I hope the second one is great....and the one about Margaret has to be the best...can't wait to read them.

  • Reforming
    2019-06-02 10:05


  • Oksana
    2019-06-03 05:38

    Amazing story. I am not a big fan of superstition topics but this book is different, the center of it is about love.

  • Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams) Robison
    2019-06-08 05:57

    3.5 for first 2/3 of book, 3 for last third. Cathy Maxwell a little sappy and stilted but the curse is an interesting plot line. Will continue the series.

  • AmandaG
    2019-06-11 05:46

    The one about the matchmaker and the peer with the curse.

  • Sarah Mitchell
    2019-05-27 12:45

    easy reading, historical fiction, some romance, a witches curse, lots of things I like.

  • May
    2019-05-28 09:41

    Interesting I would like to know how all this ends ..

  • Laura Beth
    2019-06-24 07:52

    The first book in the Chattan Curse series and it was a good read. Typical for the historical genre except that their is a cliffhanger at the end of the book that is not resolved until the third book. So if you like resolution like I do, have all 3 books on hand when you start. I was a little frustrated when I had to wait for book 3. I loved the way the characters related to each other and the love that they choose over the curse (I suppose that is a slight spoiler, sorry). Overall a good read.

  • Jess
    2019-06-22 12:04

    Review posted: Happily Ever After - ReadsBlog rating: 3.5/5This series is centered around a curse – generations earlier, a Chattan man wronged a witches daughter. The daughter, loving the man so much and unable to live with his rejection, killed herself and in mourning and rage her mother cursed the Chattan males: they would die when they found love. Since then, every male has died soon after falling in love. Neal Chattan, his brother and sister are living single, lonely lives. His siblings, Harry and Margaret, want the curse to die with them and plead with Neal to not fall in love and get married. Neal is desperate to have a family, especially kids, but he doesn’t want to love his wife. Enter Thea, a matchmaker Neal hires without realizing that his matchmaker is his close childhood friend that he hasn’t seen in years. He wants her to find him a wife that he can get along with but never love. Thea, being a single mom trying to earn enough to put a roof over her and her young son’s heads and food on the table, accepts his offer. Thea and her sons are struggling to make ends meet. She’s hit with some bad luck when all her money is stolen, money that she was saving to use to send her oldest son to school. Now, desperate, she has to take her old friend’s offer of work and find him a wife. I’m a sucker for this type of set up – single mom with two young boys (adorable boys) who is reunited with the hero, her best friend when she was growing up. It was the perfect beginning that grabbed me right away and I was anxious to see where everything was going. The story follows Neal and Thea falling in love against everyone’s better judgment with the curse hanging over his head. But her sons win over Neal’s brother and sister and even though Thea is a non-believer in the curse at first, signs start showing up in the form of dreams and Thea realizes that the curse might have more weight than she first thought. The romance between Neal and Thea was nice but very light. It didn’t blow me away, the sex scenes are understated, but their love does come across and seeing Neal let himself love after being terrified of it for years was sweet. The scenes with the whole family were some of my favorites, I have such a soft spot for little kids in stories, but it can make or break the book. In this case, I enjoyed all the scenes that the boys were in and liked seeing them get into not only Neal’s heart but in Harry and Margaret’s as well. Harry and Margaret play large supporting roles and they both expect to fall under the curse as well. Harry has his own issues, aside from the curse, to deal with, and is spiraling downward. Who doesn’t love a troubled hero, and with Harry’s story up next, I’m definitely left wanting and needing to know more about him. There were a couple things that left me feeling a little “eh” – Thea, the entire book, is strong and even when she starts to believe in the curse I still got the impression that she was in charge and would stand by her man and fight this…she didn’t. It almost felt like a throw away scene because about 5 pages after she leaves Neal (making him hate her ‘for his own good’), even though time is noted as having past, Neal finds her and they’re back together. It just felt completely unnecessary and it took me out of the story a little bit. The ending isn’t clear cut. The curse is still out there, Neal isn’t “cured” from it, and while there is an HEA for Neal and Thea, their story certainly isn’t left on solid ground. My rating is 3 ½ stars. I enjoyed the family dynamic in this story, from Neal and Thea and her boys to Neal’s siblings, the interactions and getting a feel for all the different personalities has me interested in getting Harry and Margaret’s story. Harry is up next and he’s off to try and stop this curse once and for all. I wish there would have been more closure of some kind for Neal and Thea, but then I guess the curse couldn’t continue to play a role in Harry and possibly Margaret’s life. I’m looking forward to book 2, Harry is a complex guy fighting a lot of demons and I want to see what he learns about the curse and who the woman is that catches his heart.