The Groom Says Yes by Cathy Maxwell

The Groom Says Yes by Cathy Maxwell
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Quince

He had a noose around his neck and a price on his head…

Sabrina Davidson, dutiful daughter, avowed spinster, thought she’d secured a place for herself in Aberfeldy society—until her hard-earned acceptance of her fate is challenged by the arrival of Cormac Enright, Earl of Ballin, trained physician, soldier of fortune, and convicted felon.

A prim and proper miss was the last thing he needed…

Mac is determined to clear his name, but first he has to find the man whose testimony sentenced him to a hangman’s noose. Of course, Robert Davidson is missing and protecting Mac is Davidson’s daughter, the most entrancing, frustrating, beguiling, stubborn woman Mac has ever met.

And it doesn’t help that he has already tasted her kisses. Or that he has found in her a passion for life and adventure to rival his own.

Mac has turned Sabrina’s world inside out—but what will happen when he leaves?

Or will the Groom Say Yes?

I am not usually a fan of love at first sight romances, but what Cathy Maxwell managed to do with The Groom Says Yes is worthy of applause. She manages to convince me that a couple can meet, fall in love and find their happy end in a course of just a few days.

The Groom Says Yes is the third installment in The Brides of Wishmore series, but it can be read as a standalone. Some characters are recruited from the two previous stories, while some are newly introduced. Cathy Maxwell writes beautiful and rich stories and this one is no different. The story started strong, adventurous, suspenseful, with a prison escape and lots of action. But unfortunately after a while it started to drag. The major problem was that both hero and heroine had these long monologues; especially the heroine who had ones concerning her moral doubts. These monologues slowed the pace of the plot. Fortunately, after a while the author shifted her attention from the heroine’s doubts to building the relationship between the hero and heroine. Once they were brought together, things started to roll again. From that point on until the very end the story was truly a delightful read.

I like both the hero and heroine. I like how they change and grow through the story. While the heroine realizes that she has to live her life to the fullest and not hide behind her pianoforte and charitable work, the hero realizes that being angry is the wrong path in life. But what I like the most is their realization that love is a strong and powerful force and once you find your soul mate you should never let that person go.

As I already mentioned, the Cathy Maxwell is a great storyteller and this was a highly satisfying read for me.

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