Title: A Match Made in Bed
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Series: Spinster Heiresses #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Regency romance
Dates read: 21st – 22nd January 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: Cassandra didn’t undestand why someone hadn’t appied a brush and paint to the problem.
Once upon a time there were threee young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the Marriage Mart a bit too long. They were known as the “Spinster Heiresses”…
Is it wrong for a woman to want more?
Miss Cassandra Holwell is too tall, too bookish, and too smart – but she does have money and a father who wants a grand title for her. Cassandra hasn’t felt a desire to marry until she meets the sinfully handsome Duke of Camberly, who captures her imagination… until Soren York, Earl of Dewsberry and her family’s sworn enemy, steps in the way.
The Holwells ruined Soren’s family, and he’s lived on the knige’s edge trying to resurrect their fortunes… until he considers marrying the Holwell Heiress. Not only would her dowry give him the funds he needs, but he has secretly had an eye on the independent-minded bluestocking since they both first realized the differences between men and women.
She likes to read; he has no patience for books. She know little of sex; he is a man of the world and willing to school her. Her family destroyed his; his offer of marriage may be her only salvation
Now Cassandra and Soren must learn to love each other for who they are, not what they are – and the lessons are becoming an exercise in absolute pleasure.
I absolutely adored this book. There was just something about it that was easy, fun and totally impossible to put down. Which I’m starting to find as a bit of a trend in the regency romances I’m obsessing over at the moment. Again, I read this in a ridiculously short amount of time, found it impossible to put down and really wanted to pick up The Duke That I Marry immediately on finishing this. I didn’t, because I have papers to write and an adult life to live… but I might have to do so pretty soon.
After the intensity of Leonie and Roman’s relationship in If Ever I Should Love You, I was completely expecting Cass and Soren to have a major falling out once they’d agreed to marriage. And I completely dreaded it. They had a little more of a battle to actually get to their happy, nuptial state, and I really, really didn’t want to see that suddenly destroyed and having to be fixed in the first moments of their “happily ever after”. It didn’t happen. Which made me ridiculously happy.
I could kind of tell that the father of Cass was kind of horrible. And a dick. But even I was surprised at the depths of the horribleness of her family. After reading two books in this trilogy in which the parents of the bride are completely deplorable… I’m really, really hoping that the third, and final book has parents that are at least abideable. Not holding my breath… but horrible parents somehow tears my heart strings more than anything else. There is just something so drastically sad about such a thing.
As much as I loved this book. There were two themes that I really and truly adored.
The first was the discussion about compromise and finding a way to make everything work. Both Soren and Cass are stubborn and opinionated. But they find a way to work each others’ needs and desires into their actions. Passion and romance is always featured, but compromise in a relationship? That’s something that I think we all need to focus on a little bit more…
And secondly, and finally, this story is really about getting over the past and moving on. About finding a way to move forward and act like an actual human being, rather than holding onto the horrors of the past. There’s even a great example in there which shows you just how much you can be twisted by holding onto the past with such vicious bitterness.