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An Ill-Made Match

(Vawdrey Brothers #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  928 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Roland Vawdrey is used to the best. As the King’s champion he sets all the maiden’s hearts a-flutter. When it comes to picking out a wife, he knows exactly what he requires, perfection of face and form. Naturally, his choice falls on the fair Lenora. His dreams may be haunted by a stolen kiss with uptight Eden, but he’s not about to throw himself away on some prim, paragon ...more
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published October 23rd 2018

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Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"As a wooer, Roland Vawdrey may have been indifferent. But as a husband, he is without peer. I love him, and I will have no other."

Another fantastic book. Loved Roland and Eden equally! The supporting cast was just as endearing, both human and canine. I am looking forward to many more from Ms. Coldbreath. And I won't be satisfied until Cuthbert gets his own story.

His staff was monstrous huge and unwieldy!

I did want to point out that there were quite a few editing errors. Auto-cor
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I thoroughly enjoyed Roland's story! :)

He was such a great character who, with total naivete, accepted since the very beginning the situation and just couldn't understand why eden didn't! It was hilarious!

Eden, on the other hand, got on my nerves. She had such a huge (view spoiler) that made her almost hateful! But, at the same time, I was sorry for her and admired her because, against all odds, she managed to make herself appreciated!

In the previous books, where
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First about the fair Lenora, the h's incredibly beautiful cousin/ow - I disliked her intensely in book #2 because she comes across as selfish and vacuous if not an out and out vamp. When I started this book immediately after the second book, I couldn't stomach her legitimization/elevation so I dropped off in disgust.
Now, picking up the book after a year, I can see Lenora, her self-doubts and her relationship with Eden (the h) from a more unbiased and fresh perspective. In fact, I am excited to
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was a total disappointment. Although I wasn't interested in this book, I just finished it because I was bored.

I thought the female protagonist would be strong but she just turned out another meek, naive woman. The male protagonist didn't have much depth to his character. There isn't much of a plot either.. Overall, nothing extraordinary neither very enjoyable.
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I've been putting off reading this book because the H is such a manwhore in the previous books. But I've run out of Alice Coldbreath books and so I went ahead and hoped for the best. And it turns out that I really enjoyed this one. (which shouldn't be a surprise since I love this author's writing style)

Roland and Eden are discovered in bed together naked both having no idea how they got there. They are forced to wed immediately and they leave for Roland's home. Eden is a prissy prude who was rai
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dastardly Roland gets punked!
Those of you who have read the previous two Vawdrey Brothers books will wonder how in the world will selfish and self-centered youngest brother Roland get turned into a hero. Well, it happens reluctantly, slowly, and yet, somehow, overnight. Circumstances place the immature superstar "athlete" of the medieval setting with the queen's right-hand woman, who is utterly self-possessed, cultured and far too busy to worry about men. But Roland rolls with it. And I loved ev
I didn’t plan to read Roland’s story.
The youngest son, good for nothing of Vawdrey Brothers.

From book #1, his character is similar with a dumb jock of NA books! 😂
And that’s very obvious when one of your brother is a General and the other is King’s Spy Chief.

But, I shouldn’t have any doubt with Ms. Coldbreath ability to write a fantastic story.
Then, she pair him with a nerd girl, who always wears black!

Alice, I’m officially one of your big fan now!


Mathilde’s book next, she appeared in previous
Not as good as the first one but loved it anyway!
. 3.5 stars rounded up.
I quite enjoyed this one but it wasn't as engaging as the first two books.
The audio reader was fabulous.

Roland is as clueless about love as his two brothers were. He makes the mistake of deciding to marry the most beautiful woman he can (Lenora) when he really just wants Eden (Lenora's poor cousin).
Now this kinda thing would bug me like crazy, but for Roland's drunken confession at the betrothal dinner, that the bride to be was 'the wrong one'...'shoulda bin Eden'... he s
There is no denying this author writes the exact type of heroes I love. I’m talking, possessive, jealous, protective and inst-love/lust without ever being over the top, heroes. And while Roland and Eden’s story may not have been my very favorite, these are the type of books that even the least favorite still outshines the best of some authors.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Roland. He didn’t exactly fare well in the first book of the series when he was part of that couple’s problem
This was what I’ve come to expect from Alice Coldbreath: something completely engaging, light hearted and charming with just a bit of depth. I liked the dual povs, the funny Vawdrey brother idiosyncrasies and the fact that there was no OP drama at all. I wish that Roland wasn’t such a manho before this story took place but at least (view spoiler). All in all, an adorably fun tale.

The plot has become a bit formulaic but there were enough dif
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May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The youngest Vawdrey brother finally gets his own tale. Roland Vawdrey is used to things going his way, as the King’s Champion he has ladies swooning for him and the appreciation of those at court, and yet he finds himself unable to eradicate from his mind the kiss he shared with prim Eden Montmayne. She isn’t at all the type of lady he feels he should be attracted to, rather it is her fair cousin Lenora he should desire, and yet when the two ladies are together, it is Eden who ensnares his gaze ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had high expectations from this one. Maybe because of the promising blurb.

But I was finding hard to compete it.
The writing style was...umm..okay .
Characters were good but there progress was rather slow.
The protagonists weren't shown having some connections before they got married.
It felt rushed. One moment they were ignoring each other and the very next hero decided to make her his bride.
See, so rushed!

And what about the kiss they have been talking about in half if the books!??

The start was s
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would give this wonderful book 8 stars if I could. Such a great and unexpected story.
At first, I was hesitant whether I could like Roland from what I knew of him from previous books. Yet he turned out magnificent. It wasn't as if he all of a sudden becomes an angel, he is still crude and unartistic in his speech and manners. But when it comes to marriage he takes to it with great responsibility. Well, it could be due to his secret obsession with Eden.
Portrayal of Eden took this book to anoth
I didn't Expect Roland and Eden story will be my favorite.... marriage of conveyance, angst, slow burn, kind of Highland/ laird romance,Alpha-Jealous, Possessive Hero..all my favorite troops in in one book.. plus beautifully written story...its just yummy... i finished the book in one sitting...
This all setting remind me one of my favorite author Julie Garewood's book.... i missed her books... How i love GR books.. May be need to re-read re-read 100th time.
Izzie d
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Good story.
Couple caught in a compromising situation so they are forced to marry.

Apparently the Hero had a man-whore reputation in previous book but in this book he kissed the heroine 6 months previously and hasn't been with anyone since.
She's been on his mind so although the marriage is forced he's not unhappy about it.

No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine.
Virgin heroine.

Previous characters from previous books in series appear and breadcrumbs dropped for future books in series.

Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ever read a romance novel and come across a rather snooty, seemingly bitchy, but in the end, good-hearted grand dame? Ever wonder what she might be like in her younger years? Well, this book basically gives a good idea of that in Eden, the heroine.

Oh, the baby of the Vawdry's is all grown up, and he's in for it!
I'll get the things that irritated me out of the way, because I really enjoyed this quite a lot. But, it would have benefited from better proof-reading and editing. There were several in
Just a reader
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, Vawdrey Brother n.3
I hated Roland in the first book, he became nice in the second, and I was happy with how his story was dealt with in this volume. I like that almost immediately he understands that he has a soft spot for Eden: he is right to say that he is the one who does better with marriage than his brothers 😂
I also like that this novel is fun, that there are jokes and comic moments between the characters (the first book was funny, the second more serious).
Like in a detective novel whe
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it - 3* ,narration 4.5*

While this book follows fairly directly from the second Vawdrey Brothers book it is entirely stand alone. I did not want to pay $5 for it but did have an audible credit to use so I got the delight of listening to Anne Flosnik's narration. Given the formatting issues and typos that one has to deal with in the books of the series I did not listen to I was quite happy with this decision.

While I generally liked this story and the characters I found the court scenes l
Oh Roland, you poor thing, ending up with such a shrew. I feel sorry for you.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
All the stars because of the OTT J/P Hero. He's absolutely besotted for the heroine, and he's a man of action and few words, and this causes some confusion for the h. She's a prude, very opinionated about right and wrong and is shocked by him, his nakedness, and her response to him and his nakedness. The interactions are so funny and very sweet. Best book ever.
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one. I absolutely loved Roland....
But Eden frankly irritated me at times with a stick up her ass. Also, I think the author should rather not create a romance where heroine is a little discussted by hero's desire/intimacy/lust for her, I mean what's the point of a romance if there is a lack of attraction on both sides. I know that she seems involved in the process but her comments about the "act" as indignant and lack of desire to be with Roland was put off for me
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read

This is a shorter read then the last two in the series, but still very well done. My only issue is language and not because it offends me, but because in the time period it isn't a word known or even yet used. It's completely out of place and Roland uses it a lot. I tripped over it a lot as it took me out of the historical feeling of the book, into something that just didn't make much sense. Otherwise, it was a very good read full of passion, love, and some mystery and funny antics
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quite the surprise

To start I have loved all of Ms. Goldberg's books to the degree that I purchased all of them even though I have Kindle Unlimited and could read many of them for free. That being said I kept putting off reading this one cause I really couldn't see Roland as a hero and Even was so prissy in the earlier books. But to my great surprise I loved this book. Roland was no longer an obnoxious boy and you understood so much more what was going on with Eden. They still had their misunders
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ill-made match

This was brought up in court by the queen who had the dubious task of deciding whether their marriage would stand or not. I really liked Roland. He was a man's man with no apologies for who he is. Eden has been taken into her uncle's home but more as a companion to his daughter. She is not treated as an equal. They are found in a compromising situation. Such a scandal! Now they are married and trying to get to know one another and make the best of the situation. How I loved their r
Deborah KV
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, Humorous, Sweet

It is not very often that I come across a novel that has all of the elements of a great story. Both the heroine and the hero are complex in their characters; they occasionally do stupid things without being reduced to being stupid characters. There is a side plot, but it doesn't overshadow the romance nor does it become a pitiful attempt at mystery novel. Ultimately, the story culminates in an HEA that is anticipated and flows naturally from the preceding course of events.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roland and Eden

This is 3rd book in the Vawdrey Brothers series. I enjoyed the book but I must confess I liked the first book in the series the best. But I did enjoy all three. Roland is the youngest of the three brothers and the most immature but he finally was struck by the love bug with the prim and proper Lady Eden. I like these books because there’s not a lot of angst that isn’t settled very quickly. (Can’t stand those books that draw out the angst between the lovers throughout the entire bo
Martha J Nelson
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another Great Winner!

If you're looking for something to read that will keep you awake during the long dreary Winter months ahead, then you you must purchase all three of the Vawdrey Brothers trilogy. This author, (Alice Coldbreath), can make you forget to breathe. She actually puts you between the sheets. Her descriptive writing is far beyond any author I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. If in doubt, please just download Book No. 1 if you are not a wimp when it comes to sexual testimonial
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Roland Vawdrey is the youngest, held in his father's esteem and outside the support of his two brothers, he is the King's Champion. He judges women by their beauty, but has been fixated on Eden Montmayne with her challenging good works and despite her beautiful cousin. So when he wakes up after his betrothal dinner naked with the wrong cousin, he knows that he needs to make the best of the situation.

Why I started this book: Was eager to read about the last brother Roland and see him redeemed.

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