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Peek Inside The Love Match

Hampshire, 1818

To her family, Olivia Middleton is a problem of the most vexing sort. With her eldest two sisters married off, Olivia is now the target of her mother’s matrimonial scheming. Shy and somewhat plain, Olivia prefers the thrill of a gothic novel to the hunt for a husband. And as far as her family is concerned, something must be done… But Olivia has no interest in the men paraded before her.

Only the charming and infuriating Mr. William Cross (a rake in the making, and certainly not a suitable husband) holds the slightest fascination for her…

After watching his father die of a broken heart, William has sworn never to wed for a love match. Yet he’s intrigued by the bookish Olivia. And though he tried, staying away from her turns out to be impossible. But a scandalous liaison lands them both on the marriage block, William is shocked when Olivia refuses to wed for anything less than love – propriety be damned.

Now William must do the unthinkable… learn to love his reluctant fiancee.

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Hampshire, 1818


To her family, Olivia Middleton is a problem of the most vexing sort. With her eldest two sisters married off, Olivia is now the target of her mother’s matrimonial scheming. Shy and somewhat plain, Olivia prefers the thrill of a gothic novel to the hunt for a husband. And as far as her family is concerned, something must be done… But Olivia has no interest in the men paraded before her.


Only the charming and infuriating Mr. William Cross (a rake in the making, and certainly not a suitable husband) holds the slightest fascination for her…
After watching his father die of a broken heart, William has sworn never to wed for a love match. Yet he’s intrigued by the bookish Olivia. And though he tried, staying away from her turns out to be impossible. But a scandalous liaison lands them both on the marriage block, William is shocked when Olivia refuses to wed for anything less than love – propriety be damned.


Now William must do the unthinkable… learn to love his reluctant fiancee.

Praise

Review

"Engaging, funny, sweet, and so so readable...I adored (William and Olivia's) flirtation, their rich, unexpected dialogue, and every moment spent with them from page one until the end." -Night Owl ReviewsTop Pick

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751033
Series: Sisters of Scandal, Book 3
Release Date: Oct 13, 2014
Page Count: 92
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: marriage of convenience, opposites attract

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By Juliana Philippa February 09, 2017

4.5 stars Loved it!!

To pass the time, she turned to the mantel and examined the figurines placed there. The one nearest was a porcelain cow. Rather ugly, she thought, as she lifted it and turned it over in her hands.

“Searching for ghosts?”

She jumped, and the cow flew out of her hand.

Mr. Cross...
...more

By Patty October 11, 2014

Olivia Middleton is the happiest crawled up with a good book (I love her already), but she is the last unmarried daughter of her family & her scheming mom wants to go to house party STALK her next prey aka son-in-law. Mr. William cross is there with his glorious hair, dazzling eyes & he i... ...more

By Kiltsandswords September 25, 2014

The Love Match (A Sisters of Scandal Novella) by Lily Maxton
Overview by Amazon:
Hampshire, 1818

To her family, Olivia Middleton is a problem of the most vexing sort. With her eldest two sisters married off, Olivia is now the target of her mother's matrimonial scheming. Shy and somewhat plain, Olivi... ...more

By Sara Beth October 20, 2014

If you have just a couple of hours to immerse yourself in a regency romance, Lily Maxton’s A Love Match is a great choice that just hit the market. This novella is the third one in Maxton’s Sisters of Scandal series, and it features a delightful bookworm named Olivia Middleton who catches the att... ...more

By Maria Rose March 31, 2015

This delightful historical romance novella is the story of Olivia and William. Having had two sisters end up in marriages tainted by scandal, Olivia knows she is expected to make a proper match, preferably with a gentleman of high society. When she meets William, a writer and book lover himself,... ...more

By Miriam October 14, 2014

A young woman ruined by choice by a man who frustrates and intrigues her. Olivia was an interesting female protagonist. She has no desire to marry the men her mother presents to her. They're men of society but they don't catch her eye like Mr. William Cross does. According to her mother, William... ...more

By XxTainaxX October 01, 2014

Short stories are not very popular with me. I tend to feel rushed or unfulfilled. Sometimes the character development suffers. This was definitely not the case here. I loved the story! Olivia was charming and William was a great match for here. I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem. ...more

By Tera October 28, 2014

Only thought i have is that this was short and sweet. Nothing amazing but read and enjoyed in one sitting. Characters are decent but nothing special.
arc from NetGalley ...more

By Ian October 15, 2014

This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blo... ...more

By Deborah April 13, 2016

Oooh, what a yummy book! Olivia is the last unmarried daughter of three in her family and her mother is scheming any way she can to get her married and she wants him to carry a title. But Olivia isn't interested in any of the men her mother has brought her way. She would much rather curl up with... ...more

By Becky October 19, 2014

A bookworm and a writer? A match made in heaven--with an absolutely sigh-worthy proposal. Why don't more proposals involve books? An oversight, surely...

Olivia's the last remaining Middleton sister--we saw her two elder siblings marry in The Affair and The Wager , and though she's happy for th... ...more

By Book Gannet February 28, 2016

3.5 stars.

After one well-behaved sister went from a countess to a bookseller’s wife and the other went from an outspoken, unmarriageable prospect to a countess, Olivia is the only unmarried Middleton left – and she has quite a lot to live up to. The trouble is that unlike her sisters, Olivia is... ...more

By Camille October 17, 2014

3 1/2 stars - also posted @ Girl meets Books

Why did I want to read this book?

I absolutely adored The Wager, book 2 in the Sisters of Scandal novella series by Lily Maxton. That was my first book from this author so I’m really excited to read another one of hers.



What worked for me?

The chemistry... ...more

By Amy October 11, 2014

This is book 3 in the Sisters of Scandal series.

Since her two older sister have gotten married, Olivia Middleton is the sole focus of her mother who is trying to get her married to a man with a title. Going to a house party where she can mingle with eligible men, Olivia would much rather be in th... ...more

By Lindsey October 26, 2014

One of the most important events for a young woman of marriageable age to attend is a country house party. Even though the last thing Olivia wants to do is find a man, she is forced to put herself on the market. When she meets the handsome and unentitled William, she never suspects she might have... ...more

By Amaranthine October 13, 2014

Our heroine Olivia is a stand-offish wallflower interested in very little beyond wiling away her time reading. She assumes that—unlike her older sisters—she’ll eventually become a spinster, a label that does not concern her in the least. Which is unfortunate, as she is also cursed with a title-hu... ...more

By Farrah October 01, 2014

A perfectly sweet and lovely historical romance novella, The Love Match was a nice and quick read that I really liked.

Both characters in this book were good. Olivia was quiet, shy, and somewhat socially awkward. But, she had a quiet brand of strength and it kept her determined to do what made he... ...more

By Maura March 04, 2017

I'm seeing consistently good stories out of this author...she's on my favorites list for sure. This story involves the third Middleton sister, Olivia, who is bookish. All these years, her way of dealing with her mother was to remain out of sight and to hide who she is. But now that her two older... ...more

By Romantic Reads and Such October 14, 2014

William and Olivia see thru each other pretty much right away. She knows that beneath the charming and flirtatious mask that he shows the work, William is hiding the real man. And he quickly realizes that while everyone else sees a dull and unusual woman, there is something quite engaging about O... ...more

By Babel October 12, 2014

This is the third novella I've read by this author, and I've grown accustomed to her elegant, witty and thoroughly sexy writing style. She's able to comprise both a tender love story and unique characters into a small amount of pages with no lack of depth and satisfaction. She's totally worth it,... ...more

By Maria October 17, 2014

This short read was great. I love an erotic historical Romance. Olivia Middleton is the younger sister of the Middleton sisters. She is the last to be unwed. Her mother and father want their empty nest to be empty now.

Olivia is very bookish, not a very endearing quality to most nobles seeking a... ...more

By Amanda November 23, 2014

This was a very sweet, very good novella. Oliva is different than the usual debutante, she likes to read and doesn't like to ride horses. Her two older sisters are married and now it is her turn for her mother to get her married off. William declared in front of a crowd that he would only marry f... ...more

By Vero December 14, 2016

This is Book 3 in the Sisters of Scandal Series. Now it is the turn of Olivia,the youngest of the three sisters. Olivia is shy, loves to read and she managed until now to stay outside the manipulative shadow of her mother but now with her two sisters gone,her mother decides that it is a good time... ...more

By Cheesecake June 18, 2015

William and Olivia. A nice little love story. Olivia's sisters are wed and she is the only thing stopping her parents from a life a satisfied 'empty nesters'. William has been quoted by the rags as planning to never marry unless for love. They all come together at a house party. There's no instan... ...more

By Sylvia October 28, 2014

This is the third book in the Sisters of Scandal series. I really love this series. All of the sisters in the series have different personalities that you would truly enjoy. Lady Olivia Middleton is the baby sister who is sweet, quiet and timid. Lady Olivia would rather stay lost in a fantasy of... ...more

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3.75 avg Goodreads.com rating
Lily Maxton

About the author

Lily Maxton

Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer. When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

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