Series: Matchmaker & Co. Series #2
Author: Cynthia Woolf
Published Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: self-published by author
Copy provided by: Black Lion Book Tours
Genre: historical romance
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Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: Heiress Ella Davenport survived a carriage accident that killed her father. Her life saved in exchange for savage scars marring her beautiful face. Her friends, socialites, showed their true colors, casting Ella aside like damaged goods and leaving her a social pariah. Even her wealth can’t buy her the kind of marriage she wants. Desperate to find a husband who can accept her despite her scars and, without knowing about her money, she seeks to become a mail order bride. Matchmaker & Co. is her one chance to start over and leave the pain and betrayal far behind her.
Nathan Ravenclaw was run out of town by the father of the girl he was courting once he discovered Nathan’s Arapaho heritage. It didn’t matter that Nathan was a successful rancher, businessman, and a positive member of society. The white community suddenly saw only a half-breed. Even his money couldn’t buy him a wife. That was ten years ago. He moved and rebuilt everything that cold rancher once took from him. He has it all...except a wife. Matchmaker & Company promises to send him a woman willing to start a new life with him. But Nathan's battered heart lacks the ability to trust. He longs for children, not romance. His new bride, scarred and cast aside like himself, promises to be perfect for him. Until he meets his mail order bride. Fierce desire and an even more dangerous hope roar back to life within him. Two things he swore never to indulge in again.
My Review: I'd like to thank Black Lion Book Tours and the author for letting me read this book for an honest review.
This was a really quick, mindless, enjoyable read that I needed after a supremely stressful week both at work and personally. I read it in one day, I truly enjoyed it, and would love to read the first one to see how the series started. I'd also like to see if the owner of Matchmaker &Co. finds her own man further in the series.
If you like western historical romances, you'll love this book. The only drawback to the story is that it's very cookie-cutter. Is there a recipe out there somewhere in writing romances, historical or otherwise? There must be, and if there isn't, here it is:
1. Main female character is beautiful and a virgin, could possibly have some emotional scarring somewhere along the line.
2. Main male character is drop-dead hot. Probably a warrior of some kind, definitely possessive, alpha male personality.
Note: One or both are filthy rich.
3. Someone is out to kill/harm/maim the main female character, which then causes the main male character to realize how much he absolutely loves the main female character and provides suspense to carry the plot to the end.
4. 50% chance that pregnancy ensues, which further causes main male character's alpha male characteristics to come out even more.
5. Main characters survive and happily ever after happens.
This is just an observation from readng many romances throughout the years.
Now, I am not trashing the book at all. Instead, at this point, I needed this type of book and I really enjoyed it.