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The Love Match

(Sisters of Scandal #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Hampshire, 1818

To her family, Olivia Middleton is a problem of the most vexing sort. With her older two sisters married off, Olivia is now the target of her mother's matrimonial scheming. Shy and somewhat plain, Olivia prefers the thrill of a gothic novel to the hunt for a husband. And as far as her family is concerned, something must be done. But Olivia has no interest in
ebook, 95 pages
Published October 13th 2014 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Addie H
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A novella, 95 pages short, so again not much depth to the story, but this was my least favourite of the first 3 as the romance felt rushed, lust based, but more importantly lacked romance and charm.

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“I don’t find you…” she trailed off helplessly.
“Don’t say it,” he said. “I can tell you’re thoroughly unimpressed.”
“Perhaps you’re trying too hard,” she said.
He shot her a sour look. “Other women like my company. You may not believe this, but they actually seek me out.”
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story, these novellas by Lily Maxton really are too short for me to feel connected in any ways but they are just cute little stories. I went through this book in 20 minutes. lol

In this book we have a shy heroine Olivia, and a "I will not get married" hero William. Both are rather typical characters. Olivia was shy and liked book. William was popular with the ladies and was not crazy about getting leg-shackled in the holy matrimony but did not mind a tupping with our bookish shy Olivia. But
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely little story.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A splendid novella tracing the romancing between Miss Olivia Middleton and the rather dashing Mr. William Cross. Olivia is the youngest unmarried daughter her mother is determined to marry off, preferably to a Baron or beyond. The problem is Olivia would prefer to read than ride horses or flirt (not that she was any good at either of the latter!)
Still Olivia and William's paths and interests do collide, most frequently when they shouldn't. When they are discovered after a compromising situation
3.5 stars!


...clearly I cannot get through a review of a Lily Maxton book without yelling in all caps. I blame it on the prose. No, seriously. The way she’s able to weave certain words together that result in the highest emotional effect possible...it’s just incredible. And I’m probably overblowing my reading
2.5 stars

Arc Provided by Entangled Publishing through Netgalley

Release Date: October 13

First of all, let me start by saying that I am following the infamous Goodreads classification in which a two star rating is an okay read.

And by okay read,_ in this one_ I mean that I liked reading it. So why not a three star rating?

Because this was just too short!!! (yes, I know this is a novella o_O but even so, a little more development in quite a number of fronts would just do this tale justice!)

Juliana Philippa
4.5 stars Loved it!!
To pass the time, she turned to the mantel and examined the figurines placed there. The one nearest was a porcelain cow. Rather ugly, she thought, as she lifted it and turned it over in her hands.

“Searching for ghosts?”

She jumped, and the cow flew out of her hand.

Mr. Cross deftly caught it in midair and set it back on the mantel where it would be safe from her. “Still skittish, I see.”
Setting. 1818, Hampshire, England.

The Sisters of Scandal Series. Read Books 1-3 of th
Very short novella that was very entertaining and enjoyable.
2/6/19 Lily Maxton's books are currently on sale for 99c via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00... ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 "not bad" stars ...more
The Love Match is a short, historical romance novella. Olivia Middleton is the youngest (and shyest) of three sisters and her mother despairs of her ever marrying. At a house party, while her mother schemes to get Olivia noticed by the lord of the manor, Olivia’s eye is caught by Mr. William Cross (definitely not what her mother had in mind). William is intrigued by Olivia’s quiet and shy ways, especially when she’s anything but shy in his presence. As these two get to know one another at the ho ...more
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Olivia Middleton is the happiest crawled up with a good book (I love her already), but she is the last unmarried daughter of her family & her scheming mom wants to go to house party STALK her next prey aka son-in-law. Mr. William cross is there with his glorious hair, dazzling eyes & he is a walking heart breaker, at least that is what Olivia heard. William has never meet a female he couldn't charm or compliment until Olivia enters into his life, but she charms him with her terrible lying when s ...more
Sara Beth
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you have just a couple of hours to immerse yourself in a regency romance, Lily Maxton’s A Love Match is a great choice that just hit the market. This novella is the third one in Maxton’s Sisters of Scandal series, and it features a delightful bookworm named Olivia Middleton who catches the attention of the charming and slightly infuriating William Cross during a country house party. Now that Olivia’s two older sisters are happily married, Olivia is forced to attend the party by her overbearin ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Sweet, but not very compelling. The main characters were initially quite engaging. The hero, for example, keeps startling the heroine by walking up behind her unnoticed, and there are some amusing exchanges between them in these scenes. He's interested in her, but not sure why, and she is not susceptible to his practiced flirtatious charm, so there's a naturalness to how things develop at first. However, there's a spiteful rival to Olivia, and Olivia's mother is a tiresome harridan caricature wi ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Although this story is just as good as the ones before, it was not so memorable to me. You get a bookish and socially awkward youngest sister Olivia who is now the target of her mother's ruthless matchmaking schemes. She prefers books to socializing but Lady Middleton is anxious to hook her daughter up to a titled gentleman at a house-party. William Cross is not someone who'd be expected to be intrigued by the brainy beauty but he found himself more and more captivated by her.

So okay, we've been
I have the same comments and complaints for The Love Match as I did for Book 2 in the series, The Wager (which was a little bit better than this one). Novellas are not the right format for Lily Maxton stories. She is too good of a story teller to limit her tales to 80ish pages. The characters are interesting and the plots are unique but because they are novellas, there is not enough development in either category and the book ends up being a shadow of a tale than the story it aught to be.

She do
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Short stories are not very popular with me. I tend to feel rushed or unfulfilled. Sometimes the character development suffers. This was definitely not the case here. I loved the story! Olivia was charming and William was a great match for here. I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Only thought i have is that this was short and sweet. Nothing amazing but read and enjoyed in one sitting. Characters are decent but nothing special.
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Lady Wesley
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 ★★★★ rounded up to four. Very sweet short story about the misfit sister who finds true love with the man who never intends to marry.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Olivia is the third sister in her family. Her elder sisters are happily married to men they love. Her mother wants Olivia to make a good match. Only a title will do.

William is known as a women charmer. He is personable and handsome and he has vowed he will only marry when he finds a love match. In his heart he admits to himself that will never happen.

William is interested in Olivia because she is intelligent, amusing and a really bad liar. Olivia is not interested in William until she finds that
Nov 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Olivia and William develop a beautiful relationship not solely based on their physical chemistry. I enjoyed how much they both loved books and found common threads through that. As this is a novella, things all happen relatively quickly, but I found myself not complaining about the speed at which they fall in love. Their arc is developed enough to have left me feeling satisfied.

I do wish there were more positive female characters in the story though. You have William's mother who abandoned Will
Feb 23, 2022 rated it liked it
I found this installment to be less appealing than the other two. I liked the set-up with a heroine who isn't impressed with a pretty face, but then it devolved into a no-strings attached affair and they get caught and need to decide what to do.

This story felt more about lust than enduring love and thus I found it less satisfying.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
a pleasant enough read.

(i know it's a novella and to complain that it was just too short would be pointless but still!)

also both H and h love books!! so of course i'm already partial to both of them.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want a nice short story with all the good romance troupes, you're in luck! ...more
Olivia and William. Four to five chapters to resolve their differences. A happy ending. I felt satisfied.
I don't like the insta-love (but hey, it's a novella! What do you expect), but other than that, I like it. ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romanticals
If you’re gonna steam up a library you better deliver the goods. This was not the way to pace a novella.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Easily the worst of the three. Maxton has given up with this series but is still plodding along, telling horrible unremarkable stories.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Love Match (A Sisters of Scandal Novella) by Lily Maxton
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Hampshire, 1818

To her family, Olivia Middleton is a problem of the most vexing sort. With her eldest two sisters married off, Olivia is now the target of her mother's matrimonial scheming. Shy and somewhat plain, Olivia prefers the thrill of a gothic novel to the hunt for a husband. And as far as her family is concerned, something must be done... But Olivia has no interest in the men paraded before her.
Only the charm
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oooh, what a yummy book! Olivia is the last unmarried daughter of three in her family and her mother is scheming any way she can to get her married and she wants him to carry a title. But Olivia isn't interested in any of the men her mother has brought her way. She would much rather curl up with a good gothic novel. When an invitation to a house party is given, Olivia is told she is hunting for barons!

Once at the house party, no one catches Olivia's eye except William Cross, whom she met before.
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Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer.

When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

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“You have ink on your cheek,” he noted softly.

She glanced at his dirty hands. “That’s your fault. I hope it washes off.”

“It should.” He stared at her as though trying to puzzle her out. “When I was first introduced to you last Season, I thought you were the picture of the wilting wallflower. But you’re not, are you?”

“I thought I was,” she said, nearly as puzzled as he was.

“But not with me?”

“Not with you,” she agreed.

“Probably because I’m so unimpressive.”

“Most likely,” she said.

And after a heartbeat, they smiled at the same time.”
“I don’t think we’re very different at all. You simply hide yourself in plain view. You ooze charm and—” “I sound like an infected wound,” he remarked.” 0 likes
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