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ARC Review: His Lessons on Love by Cathy Maxwell
His Lessons on Love
Book Info

Released: January 25, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women #3
Pages: 384

“A fun, sweet historical romance.”

~ Under the Covers

A fun, sweet historical romance.

The Earl of Marsden (Mars) is known for being a man about town. Then an ex-mistress shows up and drops of a new baby girl. He doesn’t want his daughter to be abandoned, belittled, or ignored, but he also knows absolutely nothing about babies. Clarissa Taylor, village spinster and matron-in-training, seems like the perfect fit to help out. Clarissa ends up agreeing because she wants to make sure she can take care of herself and isn’t beholden to anyone anymore. Plus, she understands about being a castoff. Some complications come up, resulting in Mars and Clarissa having to marry. But sometimes a marriage of convenience turns into an actual family.

First off, Clarissa is so strong, which I absolutely appreciate. She stands up to Mars in a way that most people don’t and has clear ideas about what she wanted from life. They even have a bit of an enemies-to-lover situation going on, at least at the beginning. Setting clear rules for what she wanted out of a marriage to Mars was a chance for her to grow as a person and also created some tension and angst for the rest of the book. She also wanted to make sure that others orphans/abandoned children like her have good lives. Even when she had her doubts about Mars, she could see that he cared about Dora (his daughter) and wanted to make sure that she never felt censure. I also really enjoyed the matrons of Maidenshop, even though (because?) they were completely ridiculous.

While I enjoyed the story as a whole, it definitely didn’t really go in the direction I expected. The blurb suggested that the focus was all about Dora and teaching Mars how to be a parent. However, that only really applies for the first 20% or so of the book and the rest was really about Mars, Clarissa, and their growing attraction. It’s really a marriage of convenience story, not a growing-up-and-becoming-a-parent story. Although it was interesting to see them each figure out what they wanted out of a relationship, I would have liked to see some more of them working with Dora and getting a chance to see Mars figure out how to be a father.

Overall, if you like sweet historical romance stories, especially with the marriage of convenience trope, I think you’ll enjoy this book. It’s not ground-breaking or super unexpected, but the inclusion of Dora makes for an interesting variation on the usual formula. If you’ve read the other books in this series (The Logical Man’s Guide to Dangerous Women), then this is also an opportunity to finally see Clarissa get her happy ever after!

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About Cathy Maxwell

Cathy Maxwell’s enthusiasm for life graces the pages of her books and are the topic of the talks she gives to readers and writers groups about her chosen career.

She is no stranger to the limelight.  After graduating from college, Cathy started off as a news broadcaster.  She later decided reporting was boring compared to making news and joined the navy.   After a successful stint in Naval intelligence, including a tour with the Pentagon, Cathy proceeded to pursue writing.  Now, she has over thirty-five published romance novels (and five anthologies) to her credit, many of them spending significant time on the New York Times and USA Today mass market best-seller lists.  Several have been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award and  has been honored with RT Book Review’s  “Love and Laughter” award among others.  Recently, the Washington Romance Writers named her a recipient of the Kathleen Gilles Seidel “Legend” award for her service to the chapter.  Best of all, she has made some wonderful friends along the way and has had a great time.

Originally from Kansas, she now finds herself in Texas! When not writing she is likely to be busy with one of many local charities or packing her bags to research her next novel.  Cathy’s motto is “travel light” and she enjoys meeting her fans all over the world.

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