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Preview — The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell
The Bride Says No
Aileen is certain she must turn away from the man she loves in order to protect her sister’s reputat ...more
I thought at first that I would really enjoy this book. It was my first by Cathy Maxwell, and it seems as if she is a fairly prolific HR writer, so I hoped for the best. The reason I only give this two stars is because the hero and heroine of this book get just as much, if not less, face time as the secondary characters. There was very little face time between the two. Definitely not enough time to build some kind of bond. Maybe a titillating affection, but no ...more
Forced to follow society rules? No thank you.
But it’s Scotland in the times of arranged marriages and absolute levels of proper society. Tara agreed to marry Blake but runs away to be with the horse wrangler. But he’s already engaged to someone else. Aileen, Tara’s sister, and Blake then fall in love but Tara won’t release him from his promise. Not to mention the bride price that her father has already received.
What a mix up.
Sweet and entertaining.
It took un ...more
And yes you can't help who you fall in love with. But you sure as heck can control who you open your legs to!
So there is no excuse for Aileen sleeping with Blake while he's still promised to marry ...more
Story: 2 stars
Once again, narrator Mary Jane Wells gives a wonderful performance! But YIKES, this is quite possibly the most unromantic romance novel I have EVER read.
It wasn't all bad. It is a traditionally published book after all.
"God knows I've made terrible mistakes in my life, but they have brought me to the woman I am today. And I rather like her."But the few shining moments couldn't make up for the overwhelmingly dishonorable characters and their dishonorable actions. ...more
I usually start my reviews with a summary in my own words and then move on to how I felt about the romance, plot, characters, etc. I’m going to do things a bit different with this review.
Blurb from Goodreads:
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, b...more
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 mu ...more
Forbidden and scandalous romance, here we come! Aileen falls for her sister’s fiance! Did that catch your interest yet? As much as that caught my interest and I was sort of …. intrigued by the execution. I think this could’ve been a little more.
This book does something different in comparison to other traditional historical romances. There are several POVs in the story and the main couple is not necessarily the main focus of the story. Some may think that there’s too much else going o ...more
That’s not to mention the instant dislike/lust that they both found themselves in from the start, and the chemistry between them was delicious.
One thing that really stood out about this story for me wa ...more
- no chemistry between the main characters
- and no romance. There wasn't time for that. They knew each other all of a week and they fell madly in love
- the main heroine although not a bad character was way too self sacrificing
- and the awful awful spoiled little brat that was the sister. I can't even explain how much that character annoyded me. She almost drove me insane. And t ...more
Modern characters, historical lite setting, glorificati ...more
Blog rating: C
Lady Aileen left her country home and the younger sister she’s raised after their mother died giving birth to her to live her life and find a husband in London. Her father pretty much sells her to the highest bidder, a mean man who abused Aileen. But her name is the one that’s dragged through the mud during their divorce. She’s finally free of him and has now moved back to her family’s country home to settle into a quiet, lonely life. Her si ...more
The above quote comes from the 1992 movies with Geena Davis, Dustin Hoffman, and Andy Garcia, portraying a journalist, con man, and homeless veteran, respectively. Their lives interest after Davis’ plane crashes, Hoffman rescues the passengers, but Garcia (as Bubber) is hailed the hero.
How does a contemporary movie relate to a historical romance? Cathy Maxwell delivers an emotionally satisfying love story with characters, like those in HERO, who ...more
Forbidden and scandalous romance, here we come! Aileen falls for her sister's fiance! Did that catch your interest yet? As much as that caught my interest and I was sort of .... intrigued by the execution. I think this could've been a little more.
This book does something different in comparison to other traditional historical romances. There are several POVs in the story and the main couple is not necessarily the main focus of the story. Some may think that there's too much else going on
This book reminded me very strongly of a certain quote: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave." There was certainly a very tangled web trapping all of the characters in this book. And that turned out to be a wonderful historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this book, tangled web and all.
Aileen was a lovely heroine. She was a bit of a shrew at first, but she had reason to be bitter with her cruel ex-husband and society's scorn at her for being a divorced lady. Underneath that, t ...more
A decent read - Aileen and Blake were nicely suited and enjoyable to read. However upon reflection I would probably say that the first half of the book was more engaing. I felt like the second half lacked the same depth and whilst I liked the side plot between Ruary and Jane there was just a bit too much hysterics for my liking. I would have actually been inclined to rate the book slightly higher had it not been for Tara. Oh, Tara. It's been a while since I've come across such an annoying, ...more
This book is delightfully read with a lilting Scottish brogue by Mary Jane Wells. The narration is crystal clear and easy on the ears, and her nuances and inflections were spot-on; her higher pitched voice for Tara is perfect as is her sluggish, drunken reading of the wastrel Lord Tay. And the lower, deeper, and austere voice for Blake is quite seductive.
Cathy Maxwell is a new-to-me author who has written quite a few historical romances. As I ...more
She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.