HIS LESSONS ON LOVE
Cathy Maxwell returns with the next installment in her A Logical Man’s Guide to Dangerous Women series
Today, we have a book review for His Lessons on Love, the third book in historical romance author Cathy Maxwell’s A Logical Man’s Guide to Dangerous Women series with Avon Books.
In His Lessons on Love, a romance blossoms between a reprobate earl and a sensible spinster who agree to marry under some scandalous circumstances. From dealing with snap judgments of each other to dealing with the cool, calculating methods of others, Clarissa and Mars must learn how to be a team, trust in each other, and in themselves.
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His Lessons on Love by Cathy Maxwell
Series: A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women #3
Published by Avon Books on January 25, 2022
Genres: Historical Romance
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New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s delicious Logical Man’s Guide to Dangerous Women series continues with this provocative romance between a reprobate earl and a sensible spinster who agree to marry under scandalous circumstances. Perfect for fans of Sophie Jordan and Sabrina Jeffries.
Lesson #1: A man, even titled and handsome, cannot be careless forever.
The Earl of Marsden—better known as Mars to all—has lived his life by his own rules…until he is presented with a very big problem in a very tiny package—a baby girl, his daughter cast off by his ex-mistress. Mars won’t let his child be cast adrift, except he doesn’t know the first thing about babies.
Panicking, he turns to a woman for help. Not just any woman, but Clarissa Taylor, village spinster, matron-in-training, and Mars’s greatest critic. Still, who better to tend a motherless child than a woman who was abandoned as a babe herself?
Lesson #2: Life always plays the upper hand—especially when it comes to love.
Clarissa desperately wishes to not to be beholden to anyone. She has spent a lifetime being pitied by the village. Her plan is simple—to use what the intolerable earl will pay her to become her own woman. It all sounds so straightforward until the threat of scandal sends her and the one man she can’t abide toward . . . marriage?
Mars and Clarissa are about to learn the greatest lesson of all—that sparks always fly when the iron is hot.
What a fun romance read!
I absolutely adored Clarissa and Mars. Both were strong-willed and prideful, but man, I loved how they continually challenged each other. And while the two started out with a hate-hate relationship, or rather a dislike-dislike relationship, they found something much stronger through learning how to communicate and trust in one another. Of course, there were still complications between them, which, given their childhood experiences and how very little trust they hold in the world and the people who inhabit it, is to be expected. Yet once they found common ground with each other, they were truly great together.
When a man has an intelligent wife,
he should listen to her.
I loved the inner journey Mars went on in this book. Though he started out as a man completely lost to himself, thanks to Clarissa and his daughter Dora, he learned who he was…and who he wasn’t.
And Clarissa? She went on an equally strong internal journey, learning so much about herself but also about the world around her. She may not have lived the kind of life Mars grew up in, but she knows what matters most, and she’s a good decent person who is capable of not only speaking her mind but doing so in a way that makes others listen to her. She has perfected the art of growing through adversity, though it does not mean she isn’t susceptible to her own flaws, like sometimes passing judgment far quicker than she should.
If you are looking for a fun historical romance with two headstrong leads and a story that will completely charm you, be sure to pick up a copy of His Lessons on Love by Cathy Maxwell. It is an absolute delight of a read.
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