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Lyon's Bride

(The Chattan Curse #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  992 ratings  ·  139 reviews
"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 sonwithout love, perhaps he can break the curse's chains forever.

Enter beautiful Thea Martina duke's headstrong, errant daughter and
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Lyons Bride is the first book in Cathy Maxwells 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 hed return to her, and even kept watch for him on his wedding day. When Charlie didnt return, so great was her grief that Rose ended her life. And thus, so great was her mothers
Lisa Kay
★★★☆☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Man-oh-man! As much as I love Rosalyn Landor narrating, even she cant do anything about a major yes major cliffhanger. I dont mind little ones in a series, especially if they are to set up the next character in the series. (Actually, Ive 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
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
SOS Aloha
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 centurys 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
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
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
Zel Polev
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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, its 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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
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
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
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.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Strong start, but kinda (sappy and) weak ending as the book dragged on into an unexpected series cliffhanger.

I liked Thea and Neal both as characters. Thea is steady, hard-working, loving & loyal. Neal is strong, noble, loving and kind. And I loved his relationship with Thea's two boys.
I would have liked to see Thea and Neal fall in love a bit more (at the house party). I know that they had an off-page history (where they essentially already loved each other) but the second they get
Ms M
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curse vs Love

The Chatan Curse Trilogy and this book 1, story of Lord Lyon, the eldest of 3 siblings with the heroine, Thea, single mom with 2 adorable little boys.

Thea, the matchmaker, hired by Lyon to match him with someone but without love, affection, so the curse won't work.

The curse, a couple hundred years ago, in Scotland, the beginning, Charles Chatan, broken his promised to Rose Macnachtan daughter of late father Laird Macnachtan and a witch blood mother., Fenella. She killed herself
Virginia Lee Boylan
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
I liked the characters in this story, but found the curse far-fetched. First, the curse is placed because a womans daughter commits suicide after being jilted. Second, its a complex curse. Third, its 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 Lyons success. ...more
Sunny B
i've had this series in my Kindle forever and i finally decided to read it. was so-so. I finished this book but unfortunately i don't have the drive to read the rest, i find i don't really care what happens next. I have so many books in my TBR list i wont waste my time on a book that doesn't suck me in more than that
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
I felt like this book ended in a cliffhanger. The story is clearly not over and that bothers me because I usually like complete stories in one book. Nevertheless I found the story intriguing and cant wait to see what happens with Neil and the curse.
The narration is stellar like all the work Rosalyn Landor does. Very entertaining historical romance.
The one about the matchmaker and the peer with the curse.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read..hope the series get better
Michelle Duhon
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite by Cathy Maxwell
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story. I am not a big fan of superstition topics but this book is different, the center of it is about love.
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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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