Jun 25, 2019

A Matchmaker for a Marquess by Christi Caldwell Review

A Matchmaker for a Marquess
Heart of a Scandal #3
By Christi Caldwell
Release Date: June 25th, 2019
ARC: ARC provided by the author

She lived by a strict set of rules… 
Meredith Durant believes those who won’t marry, matchmaker, and she’s made a notable career for herself helping young women find the perfect mate. Having suffered a broken heart years before, she’s quite content in her work and determined to never fall prey to love again. Her most recent job finds her working for the unlikeliest of households, never expecting her assignment would be her best friend's younger brother, Barry—who's not so little anymore. He’s a grown man who leaves her breathless and wishing just maybe this time she could have a happy ending. But how can that happen when, once her job is done, she must watch him wed another? 

He's decided to break her rules...
Barry Aberdeen, the future Duke of Gayle, knew his days of freedom were numbered. With his sister recently married, his mother turned her marital aspirations to him. She’s even gone as far as to hire a matchmaker. Worse, the matchmaker is a childhood friend--Meredith Durant. Only the rigid, serious creature is not the carefree girl he remembered. If he’s going to be saddled with a matchmaker, he’s going to have fun loosening Meredith’s too-tight chignon. What he doesn’t expect is how entranced he’ll be when those strands come falling down around her shoulders. 

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

I’m so thrilled to be reading another masterpiece from the amazing Christi Caldwell! If you have read any of her books before you will know that she writes the most amazing Historical Romances! What makes them so special? Christi writes about those with PTSD, Disabilities and Older women, that let’s be frank here,  99% of other authors will either completely shy away from, or they will be a footnote! But that doesn’t happen with this author! No, she feels that everyone deserves their happily ever after! And I not only wholeheartedly agree, but commend her for that. 

Meredith Durant is the daughter of the steward to the Duke of Gayle's Estate, well he was, as now he has been let go, and they are being forced from their home, and Meredith feels not only heartbroken but betrayed too! Not only by the man that claimed to love her, but lied to her, but by the Duke and Duchess, her were also her godparents, but finally by the one person that cause all this mess, or should I say his failing mind did, her Father. The only one who offered her any comfort in this time of pain, was Barry, the Future Duke of Gayle. But even he was powerless to stop this runaway train. 

Fast forward thru a lot of pain, and Meredith is truly on her own now, so she did the only thing she thought she could do, and that was to reinvent herself into become a matchmaker to the wealthy… that is until she bumped into her past! I will leave the story there, but I will honestly say that this book moved me, and at times I felt like I was feeling Meredith’s hopelessness and pain, and my heart broke for her!   

Now before you get nervous about not reading any of the other books in the series BEFORE A Matchmaker for the Marquess, it is just like with all of the author's books, has been written as a stand-alone, but I hope you do read the other books in the series, as it is truly special. 

I give A matchmaker for the Marquess 5 stars! 

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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