Because of You by Cathy Maxwell

Title: Because of You

Author: Cathy Maxwell

Genre: Historical Romance

Is a reckless rogue worthy of the love of an innocent enchantress?

Pretty Samantha Northrup knows it is her duty to marry—but the chaste English vicar’s daughter secretly desires to be swept off her feet by a man whose kisses leave her breathless. And when a seductive stranger arrives at her door one stormy night, Samantha’s neat and orderly life is turned upside down—especially when she finds herself in a most compromising position . . . and is forced to marry a man she barely knows!

Samantha is unaware that her mystery bridegroom is Yale Carderock, the dashing, disinherited rakehell son of a duke, banished by his father years before. Now Lord Yale has returned—wealthier but only somewhat reformed—and he is bewitched by his lovely new bride’s awakening sensuality and innocent fire. But can this marriage of convenience be something more . . . and can a confirmed cad and society outcast truly change his ways enough to merit the lady’s tender love?

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog know that Melanie is usually the one that reads historical romance. So the other day when I got a package in the mail with some historicals I immediately put them all in a pile for Melanie. Except for one. For some reason this book kept telling me READ ME READ ME. So I gave in and read the book. I only meant to start the book and then finish was what I was doing previous. However the next thing I knew I was closing the book. I’d read the whole thing.

From the moment Yale and Samantha meet sparks fly. When the towns people decide that they have to marry after they forced her to take care of him while he was sick, Samantha decides to make the most of it and embrace her new husband and marriage. Yale however is hiding something, something huge. He isn’t who he says he is, and when the truth comes out he sees a side of Samantha that makes him want her more.

I loved every thing about this book. From the relationship between Yale and Samantha to Yale’s relationship with his siblings. They each bring something unique to the book, making for a rich and interesting book. They all have these misconceptions about who the other really is and when something happens that has the potential to destroy one of them, their real and honest feelings come out in a surprising way, at least to one person.

If you have never read a Cathy Maxwell book, then this is one that you need to rectify this with. It has it all. Love, passion, anger, betrayal, hope, forgiveness.

Grade A-

***We have one copy of this book to giveaway. Just tell me what you love about historical romances. Open to US and Canada only.***




  1. Kim in Hawaii

    What’s not to love? The escapism. The gaiety. The pageantry. And, of course, the HEA.

  2. Cathy P

    Hiistoricals are my favorite. I love the history, escapism, and HEA. Because of You sounds like it has it all.

  3. Liz

    Love the history, the usually exotic settings, and the twists to HEA.

  4. Na

    I like historical romances because of their customs. It’s different from my reality and like the times when gentlemen truly existed and followed conventions for the most part and sometimes that means forbidden love and passionate affairs.

    I like seeing rakes get hit with cupid’s arrow. Sometimes love can help redeem the baddest of men. This sounds like a great story.

  5. Sarah

    Ooh-I love a good marriage of convenience story, and this one sounds excellent! As for historical romances, I love the social aspects of the books – not just Almack’s and aristocrats and all that, but the customs and mores of the time. I find those things utterly fascinating.

  6. Carol L

    I love reading about the past. A different time then my own. Different rules and society in general. And the best of course is the HEA.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (do) com

  7. Terri C.

    I love historicals because they take me away to a different time and place.

  8. Maureen

    I love historicals since they bring you to another place and time.

  9. Diane Sallans

    Historical Romances take me to times I can only imagine living in – some beautiful & some quite harsh. Some are so descriptive of living conditions they remind me of how glad I am to be living in the 21st century.


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