100 Followers Day 5- The Love Match by Lily Maxton- Review, Interview & Giveaway

Author: Lily Maxton
Publisher: Entangled- Scandalous
Publishing Date: October 13th 2014
Part of a Series?- Book 3 in the Sisters of Scandal Series
Blurb Description: Hampshire, 1818

To her family, Olivia Middleton is a problem of the most vexing sort. With her older 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-except, perhaps, the sought-after bachelor William Cross. But she's not about to inflate his already oversized ego by telling him so.

William has sworn never to wed, but that doesn't mean he can't enjoy women. What he excels at most is flirtation... unless the woman is question is Olivia Middleton. She barely bats an eyelash at his most creative compliments. She laughs at his attempts to flatter her when other ladies would swoon. William is reluctantly intrigued by Olivia, particularly when he discovers the passion simmering beneath her wallflower facade. A passion that should be to his benefit...

Because he's determined to impress her, by fair means or foul...

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1. The Strangest Situation you've ever been in:

There was a time when my family and I were driving home from a trip. We were on the interstate, passing by a cemetery, and a naked man with a mask on ran through the cemetery right when we went by.  I don’t know if that’s a “situation” per se, but it was definitely strange.

2. The weirdest thing about you:

I have some obsessive-compulsive tendencies. I’ll do things like check that the stove is off or the door is locked like four times in a row. It drives my husband crazy.

3. This Or That:
-- Skimpy Dresses or Ball Gowns
Ball gowns (or it would be, if I ever went anywhere with a really fancy dress code)
-- Alone Time or Go To A Bar
Alone time
-- Chinese or Italian

And now, onto your masterpiece:

4. The Love Match is a Novella- is it a part of a series? And how did it all come alive in your head?

Yes, it’s the third in the Sisters of Scandal series. The first two books are also novellas, featuring Olivia’s sisters. I’m working on a fourth installment in the series right now, and that one should be novel length.

I think everything really started with Cale Cameron (from The Affair). I wanted to write a rakish hero who owned a bookshop, because a love for the written word is a very sexy trait in a man. And then I needed to find his perfect match, so I paired him with Elizabeth, a high born lady who longed for an escape from society’s strictures. And I found that I really enjoyed writing about Elizabeth’s family, so I thought her sisters should get stories, too. One thing just kind of flowed into another.

5. What does it feel like to have your books out there, for the world to read?

It feels awesome and at the same time it feels terrifying. I love writing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But putting something you’ve written out there is scary because writing is such an inherently personal thing, and I don’t think it will ever stop being scary. Though I do think the love by far outweighs the fear.

6. What is your opinion on Negative Reviews?

What negative reviews?  So, in seriousness, there are different kinds of negative reviews which tend to fall into two main groups—the constructive/reasonable or the unconstructive/unreasonable. The first type is great because those types of negative reviews can help pick out weaknesses in the writing or story and that can make you a better writer in the future. The second type is best ignored or they’ll make you go completely insane.


Just a Gist: I can only wish there was more- even for a novella! 

I'm going to keep this review short and sweet- I wish (with ALL my heart) that this book was a full length novel and not a novella- I mean, I could see all the elements of a GREAT historical romance, but the book was way too quick for it.

When the bookish Olivia gets invited to a week long soiree, her mother feels that it's the perfect time to go "husband hunting" She is awkward when it comes to social niceties and would love nothing but to get away from everyone and everything and dream herself into a book...

But you pretty much got all of that from the synopsis, and the fact that Olivia and William's attraction would pretty much be like bees towards honey, but, again, I just wish there was MORE. More courtship, more flirting, more everything.

All in all, a book I would have given a five star rating is there was, well, more.

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