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Lyon's Bride (The Chattan Curse #1)

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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
ebook, 194 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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’
Lisa Kay
(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 chan
SOS Aloha
Feb 25, 2012 SOS Aloha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 T
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 i ...more
Lover of Romance
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 ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(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 ...more
Zel Polev
Feb 16, 2015 Zel Polev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Grade B-

Reviewed for Speaking of Audiobooks column at All About Romance 5/14/12 :

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

A 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
Once Upon
Sep 06, 2012 Once Upon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 cur ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

4.5 Feathers
This review also posted at Under the Covers Book Blogt

This 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 cu
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
This was an ARC

It 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
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. Revi ...more
Sometimes I was glad that I read the second book before this one, and sometimes I felt a little bit sorry. Mostly I'm glad. I don't know if I would have read Scottish Witch if my first view of Harry had been in this book. I don't have a thing against addict characters. He was just obnoxious, and would have been just as obnoxious and foot-stampy if sober.

I still like the premise of the Chattan Curse as a curse and as a series. In this book, it affects the eldest son Neal and Thea, who was his chi
Mar 10, 2013 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ursula Lecoeur
This is an interesting twist on the romance "formula," since the heroine, a widow cut off from her ducal family, has set herself up in business as a matchmaker. She has already been married to an opium addict and has two young sons. The hero has been cursed (centuries ago) by a Scottish witch. The gist of the curse is that when a scion of the Lyon line falls in love, he'll die.
These two--Thea and Lyon--loved each other as teenagers, however, and when he hires her to find him a wife that he CAN'
Apr 26, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read/listened to this series out of order, starting with the 3rd book. They stand well on their own, but it was great to get some of the back story. I can't wait to listen to the final book and will download it immediately.

I found the writing of this book quite compelling and very well read by the narrator. This story of a curse physically destroying a family is mostly of the romance genre, but it also fits into the paranormal arena.

I normally don't enjoy romances where the lead characters hav
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.
The first book of a questionable trilogy. Im not a huge Cathy Maxwell fan. What I've read is generally okay but not all that memorable. My problem with this trilogy was with the initial underlying premise for everything - love, deceit, despair, death and a curse. Charles wooed and loved young Rose. They handfasted. Charles's family arranged for his marriage to the daughter of a wealthy English aristocrat. Charles spends one last evening with arose affirming their live before he abandons her. Rea ...more
Nov 19, 2014 S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the rest of this series, I decided to read this one, the first in The Chattan Curse series. Good read even if I knew how the whole series would all end. This is a second chance at love story since Lyon was on his way to falling for Thea when they were young and was told about the curse by his father who made Lyon leave Thea before he truly loved her (and die). Sounds practically Russian. So the deal is, is it truly better to have loved and lost (one's life) than to have never loved ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I typically adore books that have the combined elements of being a historical romance as well as paranormal elements (Amanda Quick novels are among my favorite). I ended up speed reading over several chapters of this book, however. I can't even tell you why...the writing was fine, I liked the heroine and the hero and how they came together. I liked their history together. Maybe it was that the heroine didn't believe in the paranormal aspect for much of the book. I will read the next book because ...more
Jane Night
In fairness I have to say that this book is part one of a series and I have only read this one so far. My opinion of the book may significantly increase after the other two.

I liked Lyon and was sympathetic to his plight although I felt the curse thing was kind of ridiculous. All the men in the Chattan family fall in love, get married, sire a single son (except for Lyon’s father who broke several of the rules) and then they get tingly and after a few months they die.

I did like that the author ga
The final book of a series I read completely backward just didn't live up to what I had come to expect from reading books two and three. I'm glad that I had read them out of order, or I don't know if I would have continued the series.

The Chattan family line has been cursed - and this generation is determined to be the last. They will not fall in love, they will not have children, and the curse will die with them. But Lord Lyon has to go and change his mind - right before Thea re-enters his life
Dahlia (yadkny)
Jun 26, 2012 Dahlia (yadkny) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
Their young Summertime friendship came to an abrupt end when Neal was forced to walk away from Thea without a word as to why. His father made it perfectly clear that their budding romance would end his life if continued, so Neal left with his cursed reasons and Thea was left with no choice but to walk away with her doubts. As their lives continued in different directions, Thea now finds herself a scandalized, disinherited widow and Neal now Lord Lyon finds himself still victimized by the curse t ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bawdy-books, 4-star
This review is also posted at

Oh where to start. Lets see, how about Oct. 30th, 2012. What is that you say, that is the date the next book in this series comes out. I liked this book so much, that I got online and looked up when the next one comes out within minutes of finishing this one. This book hit almost all of my requirements for a “Oh dear god, you have to read this” romance novel. The only thing missing was steaminess, and to be honest I only really missed it just
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Neal Chattan, Lord Lyon, is cursed. Centuries ago, his ancestor promised to marry a girl, Rose, then reneged on the promise and the girl committed suicide. As punishment for this crime, the Rose’s mother cursed his family. Whenever a Chattan male falls in love, he dies. Every member of his father’s family has succumbed to this curse and he is determined to never fall prey to it, but he desperately wants kids. Enter Thea Martin, a
I was really nervous when I opened this book and saw the year 1632 listed as I had requested this under the impression that it was set during the Regency time period and I was really craving that. Happily this is only a prologue chapter that sets up the basic premise of this book (and the next two that will follow) and what a wallop it packed! See in 1632, Fenella's beloved daughter Rose handfasted with Charles Chattan; but he proved to be faithless, marrying an Englishwoman of title and power. ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love second chance stories!

Thea and Neal are close friends when they are young and all of a sudden Neal disappears from her life with no explanations, no goodbyes. Years later she is hired to find a wife for none other than this long lost friend of hers. She is angry and hurt by what she saw as betrayal all those years ago and he is running from a curse that was bestowed on his family generations past. He needs to find a wife whom he cannot love and is seeking her help in finding that wo
May 14, 2012 Dianne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-arcs
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
Virginia Campbell
I enjoy series books as long as each entry is worthy of its own space and not just a weak extension of the original story concept. Trilogies are the perfect size for series, and four well-written books can also make a great series. Beyond that number and the creative process and quality control has to really be sharp. Trilogies can allow certain characters to develop through the first two books before they become fully-fleshed in the final book, and that can be very rewarding for the reader. I r ...more
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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.
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