Release Date: Nov 27, 2018
Series: The Spinster Heiresses
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
Maxwell’s finale to The Spinsters Club series goes out with a bang!
This is my first Cathy Maxwell historical. Yes, I can hear the gasps echo across the internet. I’ve heard of the author, have even met her, but never picked up one of her books before. Seeing some of the reviews and comments about the earlier books in this series caught my eye and I decided to give this one a chance. I’m glad I did. On a side note, I can happily say that Avon publishers a growing list of Historical Romance Authors that I enjoy. Maxwell ‘s name will be added.
Now to the good stuff… the book opening with a fabulous jilting. That’s right, our hero, Matt the Duke of Camberly, gets a letter from his bride-to-be, Willa that says she’s through with him. Naturally, this is right after Camberly’s grandmother tells him the truth about the estate going bankrupt. It’s all sordid, there’s some blackmail, and our dearest duke has to marry Willa or there will be no chance of anything.
Willa wants something more from life… really she wants what her friends got in the previous books, true love and a successful, happy marriage. What’s good for her friends is certainly good for her. When she ‘won’ the duke, in the previous book, she expected him to give her a smidge of attention and instead he took off for his estate. Fast forward to the day before the wedding, did I mention that, and she decides to jilt him. This woman has some brass ta-ta’s and I love her for it. She’s also got spunk and daring for days, though she’s hidden these parts of her away for most of her life. And, a powerful attraction for our man, Camberly.
Yep, you guessed it… she still marries him. Though the ensuing marriage is fraught with an interesting wedding night, temptation of the nekkid body kind, jealousy towards a previous paramour, kidnapping, a whorehouse adventure, and the twist I kind of saw coming, but really wished hadn’t happened.
I really enjoyed Willa. She is so fierce for being a small, petite thing. Her independence and eagerness to join into the fray endeared her to me quickly. Camberly, he’s a bit aloof at times, but he’s also kind and nice, which works because no hero is perfect. This story also has an excellent relationship build. Sure both characters are fiercely attracted to one another, but Maxwell did a fantastic job of showing a marriage of convenience grow into something more. Their relationship conflict is driven by internal goals and fears, though every romance has this, these characters read with a fresh take.
The plot is definitely filled with plenty of intrigue plus a good dose of twists and turns that kept my writer brain guessing. Definitely, a good mystery element, so if you like a little case of who-done-it, this is the story for you.
Overall, this is a perfect read to wrap up the month before digging into those Christmas romances. For readers who enjoy Lynsay Sands or Sophie Jordan.