Series: Brides of Wishmore

Review: The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell

Posted March 3, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell
Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell
Series: Brides of Wishmore #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon Books on February 25, 2014
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss

Also in this series: Bride Says No
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Book Links: Goodreads
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Book Description:

Book Description:
New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with a delicious new series, The Brides of Wishmore...

What happens when a bride says maybe?

She'd once been the toast of London, but now scandal has brought her down. Still, pretty, petted Lady Tara Davidson can't believe her new fate. She had wanted to marry for love . . . but her profligate father has promised her hand to none other than Breccan Campbell, the "Beast of Aberfeldy" and laird of the valley's most despised clan! Well, Tara may have to marry him, but Breccan can't make her love him—can he?

What happens when the groom insists?

Breccan Campbell is nobody's fool. He knows that Tara is trouble. Yet he's determined to reform the Campbell name even if it means forging an alliance with the arrogant beauty. There's no doubt that Tara is a challenge, and Breccan loves nothing more. For he's vowed to thoroughly seduce Tara—and make her his in more than name alone.


Lynn’s Review:
Tara Davidson wants to race her sister’s horse.  This is a flashback in how she meets Ruary Jamerson.  And this was how they became friends.  If you want to know more about some of the characters that are mentioned in this book, you will need to read book one in the series.

Breccan Campbell has a wish to marry so he makes a bargain.  Tara seems to be very spoiled (and this also carries over from The Bride Says No.  At times, it felt like a retelling of the Taming of the Shrew.  That’s part of what makes this a great follow up to the author’s first book and well worth reading.  Cathy’s descriptions immerse the reader into a Scotland from long ago.

When I think of Breccan, I can imagine someone like book cover model Fabio or the actor Lou Ferrigno.  You will understand when you read how he is described.  Our author has written the perfect couple for this book.  It shows how much there is to learn about the other when you start with a clean slate.  He’s a character you will fall in love with.  Tara will take some time before you warm up to her.  But I think that is exactly what the author wants.

The read is very romantic – Cathy woos her readers just as Breccan does Tara.  This read was totally old fashioned and I loved it that way.  It shows how a couple may have acted during the 19th century.  She also added in some scene-stealers and they never say a word.  I hope this will give you one more reason to read this book.  At the end, the reader gets a sneak peek for the next book, coming out in October, titled The Groom Says Yes. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)

Brides of Wishmore Series

The Bride Says No (Brides of Wishmore #1) – Lynn’s Review

The Bride Says Maybe (Brides of Wishmore #2)

The Groom Says Yes (Brides of Wishmore #3) – Coming September 30th, 2014

Review: The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell

Posted January 27, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review:  The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell
Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell
Series: Brides of Wishmore #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
Published by Avon Books on January 28, 2014
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss

Also in this series: Bride Says Maybe
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
Lady Aileen never thought she’d be in this position—falling in love with her sister’s betrothed! Of course, her sister did run away rather than marry him, and he doesn’t seem to be all that interested in her sister either, but even so, such a match is impossible...isn’t it?

Aileen is certain she must turn away from the man she loves in order to protect her sister’s reputation. However, he’s not one to give up without a fight, and now that he’s met a woman he wants to marry, nothing on earth could convince him to let Aileen go.


Lynn’s Review: 
This book is told in the first person.

Aileen Davidson lets her little sister, Tara, know that falling in love is an adventure.  Ruary Jamerson trains horses and Tara’s in love with him.  But Blake Stephens is Tara’s intended.  The beginning of Cathy’s story is like reading a Regency soap opera.

Aileen is a character that you feel is like a good friend – you want to see her happy.  But will her circumstances say otherwise.  She is a woman that at times I just wanted to yell at and tell her to go after what she wants.  Then I had to remember that they lived in a time where things are totally different.

One of my favorite scenes is where Aileen stands up to her father – especially in a time period where women would never talk back to a man.  Women, for the most part, were more like property than equals.  And our author reminds her readers that there were different standards for men and women.

Aileen’s sister reminds me of one of those women who feels she’s entitled to any man she desires and who wants everything her way.  At other times, I just wanted to yell at Tara and tell her to grow up!  She just seems to be so self-absorbed.

I’m not going to tell you anything about Ruary or Blake because I want you to experience them for yourself and they are a big part of what makes this a great page-turner.  There’s a little bit of suspense because you are kept wondering what each of the characters are going to do and who’s going to end up as the bride and groom.

As I got closer to the end, things got really interesting – you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out. Cathy’s ending also gives the reader a hint as to the subject of the next book.  The Bride Says Maybe comes out on February 25.  I have a feeling that this is going to be a great series and I hope you will feel the same after you read this first book of The Brides of Wishmore series. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)