Monday, February 24, 2014

Aloha to Cathy Maxwell and THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE


On this day in in 1303, the Scots engaged the English Army at the Battle of Roslin during the First War of Scottish Independence.   Five hundred years later, another battle of independence takes place in Cathy Maxwell's THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE, Book 2 in the Brides of Wishmore series:

What happens when a bride says maybe?

She’d once been the toast of London, but now scandal has brought her down. Still, pretty, petted Lady Tara Davidson can’t believe her new fate. She had wanted to marry for love . . . but her profligate father has promised her hand to none other than Breccan Campbell, the “Beast of Aberfeldy” and laird of the valley’s most despised clan! Well, Tara may have to marry him, but Breccan can’t make her love him—can he?

What happens when the groom insists?

Breccan Campbell is nobody’s fool. He knows that Tara is trouble. Yet he’s determined to reform the Campbell name even if it means forging an alliance with the arrogant beauty. There’s no doubt that Tara is a challenge, and Breccan loves nothing more. For he’s vowed to thoroughly seduce Tara—and make her his in more than name alone.

Schiehallion Summit with Loch Tummel
Schiehallion overlooks Laird Brecan's crumbling
Released to Public Domain link 

I threw a wish in the well, Don’t ask me, I'll never tell.
I looked to you as it fell, And now you're in my way.
- Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen

Cathy Maxwell writes on the dedication page, “I am wealthy in my friends”. The perception of wealth is the basis of this book. The heroine, Lady Tara Davidson, is short on friends. A renowned beauty, Tara doesn’t have friends to guide her through beauty’s pitfalls. She grew up with her older sister substituting for her dead mother. Her sister married but returned home divorced from an abusive marriage, adding to the scandal that her father is a relentless gambling. Although Tara met “friends” in London during her debut, they simply envied her beauty and gossiped about her family. Tara, as a secondary character in THE BRIDE SAYS NO, walked away from an arranged marriage after she realized she stood in the way of two people finding love. She grew a heart ala the Grinch.

Maxwell recaps the events of THE BRIDE SAYS NO in the opening chapters of Book Two, THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE. Now it’s time to test Tara’s mantle.

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Castle Campbell
Image by Alister Young
Creative Commons Attribution (link)

Unlike Tara, Laird Breccan Campbell is no beauty. He grew up being taunted for his over sized hands and awkward bearing. But he was comforted by a loving mother (who has since passed away) and supported by quirky uncles (one served in the Navy - a nod to the Navy blood that runs in Maxwell's family). Breccan is mesmerized by Tara’s beauty. He buys up her father’s debts to trade for her hand, thinking Tara’s elegance will bring respect to his family. Sadly, his family is the poor relations within the notorious Campbell Clan.

Once again, Tara is forced into a marriage that she doesn’t want to a bear of a man. Still, she bargains with Breccan – she’ll give him two bairns in exchange for a life in London after she delivers. But she has to deliver living inside a medieval castle that has not been modernized to Regency standards. Likewise, she is greeted by a pack of indoor dogs who do not take kindly to her elevated status in their master’s heart. The “wedding night” is pure fun with the dogs!

Tara soon realizes that Breccan’s clan may not be wealthy with money, but they are wealthy with love. Over time, Tara and Breccan fall in love, recognizing that their shared passion is wealth enough. Of course, there are a few hurdles to jump … and a villain from a previous series makes an appearance to stir the pot.

Maxwell delivers all that I love about Scotland – the rugged majesty, the close connection with the land, the endearing characters within a family, and the realization that wealth is more than coin. I thank Maxwell for giving Tara the opportunity mature into a true Scottish lady … and rewarding Breccan with a partner who makes him feel beautiful inside and out.

Recommended read for those who enjoy Regency romance, Scottish landscape, and a “Beauty and the Beast” theme.

I posted my review on Goodreads (link) - I appreciate your "like" vote!   I am giving away THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE - winner's choice of format - to one randomly selected commenter.  Let's have some fun ... over the weekend, Cathy spoke on a panel with Dr. Ruth at the Mohegan Sun Resort Big Book Getaway.  Kimberly from Book Obsessed Chicks posted pictures on Facebook at this link.   

1.  If you met Dr. Ruth, what would say?  Offer her sex tips? Trade cookie recipes?  Or something else?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 1, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 2.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



  1. I just love to hear Dr. Ruth talk and to laugh - so I'd probably just observe & listen.

  2. I liked to know from Dr. Ruth what to do with a 50 year old husband when he doesn't feel as "manly" as he used to.

  3. I don't know what I'd say to Dr Ruth, she's so honest and forthright, I'd probably blush and stammer over her comments. So I'd probably try to talk about books or something besides sex. :D

  4. I would just love to hear her talk. I'm sure she would be quite a kick!

  5. I've always enjoyed her but would probably be tongue-tied if I actually met her lol.

  6. I love Dr. Ruth! If I met her, I would probably want to hear more of her views on sex.

  7. I'd want to get her advice on relationships.

  8. I doubt I would know what to say. I'd hope she would lead the conversation.

  9. I have no idea what I would say! I'd probably be too shy to ask any questions, I'd probably just say hi.

  10. I think I would be afraid to talk to her at all. Maybe we can talk pets.

  11. I would ask her what the best advice is that she has ever given.

  12. I would ask her out to lunch and we could talk sex and seniors.

  13. I would ask her how she managed to gather such knowledge, and was a lot of it from experience!!

  14. I would THANK HER. I watched her TV show years ago and learned to ask for what I wanted in bed. Here I am, still married after 37 years, to a man (who owns 2 kilts) who LISTENED. Love Scots!

  15. LOL... I'd probably pick her brain :) Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love her. She is a riot. I would probably ask her for any tips!

  17. I used to watch Dr. Ruth when she was a regular on TV. Learned some good "things" from her! But if I met her now, I'd probably ask her what to do about a waning sex I now prefer just to read about sex scenes. :-) Thanks for the question.

  18. If I met Dr. Ruth, I'd be polite with small talk and probably leave graciously as soon as I could.

    I am really looking forward to Cathy's new book. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

  19. I don't think I'd ask her any sex questions, but I would say hi and give her a hug. She's a legend and so tiny in real life. LOL

    Marcy Shuler

  20. I would ask if I could get a picture with her to prove to my friends that I met her! :)

  21. I would probably say hello and make small talk :)
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  22. I'd probably just congratulate her on all her advice over the years and for all the people she has helped. Looking forward to reading The Bride Says Maybe.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  23. I would probably be too star struck and self conscious that I would say something embarrassing! Thanks for the giveaway.


  24. Love Dr. Ruth, I probably ask her some questions.

  25. I'd probably just make small talk.

  26. I'd probably ask her if her job is easier now then when she started out.