Lord Lyon wants to marry. He wants children, but the Chattan curse holds him back. If he weds someone he loves he will die. Mrs. Martin is a match-maker. Lord Lyon commissions her to find him a bride he can't love. This is not particularly difficult. Lyon is wealthy and there is no dearth of interest in becoming his bride.
The problem is that Mrs. Martin is Thea, daughter of Duke of Duruset, estranged from her family because of a runaway marriage. She and Neal were inseparable as teenagers. His father recognizing that he was falling in love with her, took his heir out of temptations way. But now Neal and Thea are thrown together. The curse hovers over them, but love is a strong motivator.
This novel is very light reading. The historical element is minimal. It could be set in any time period with the modification of a few details. I found the characters rather tedious in the beginning. Thea doesn't believe in the curse and keeps harping on how important love is, but Lord Lyon can't forget the sword hanging over his head. In the second half of the book, things pick up a little, but not enough for me to get interested in the fate of the characters.
The book is the start of a trilogy so predictably the end of the book isn't really the end. You have to read the next book and probably the third to get a resolution of the story. If you love light romance, this may be for you. If not, give it a miss.
I reviewed this book as part of the Amazon Vine Program: Lyon's Bride by Cathy Maxwell.