Thursday, October 7, 2021

A Reckless Match by Kate Bateman

Can lifelong hate turn to true love?

Meet the Davies and Montgomery families – two households locked in an ancient feud, destined to be on opposing sides forever. Until now...


Madeline Montgomery grew up despising––and secretly loving––the roguish Gryffud “Gryff” Davies. Their families have been bitter rivals for hundreds of years, but even if her feelings once crossed the line between love and hate, she’s certain Gryff never felt the same. Now, she’s too busy saving her family from ruin to think about Gryff and the other “devilish” Davies siblings. Since he’s off being scandalous in London, it’s not like she’ll ever see him again...


As the new Earl of Powys, Gryff Davies planned on spending his post-war life enjoying the pleasures of London. But when an illegal duel forces him to retreat to his family’s Welsh castle, he realizes the only exciting thing in the dull countryside will be seeing the fiery Maddie Montgomery. Thoughts of his nemesis sustained Gryff throughout the war; but the girl he loved to tease has grown into a gorgeous, headstrong woman – who loathes him just as much as she ever did. Will secret tunnels, dangerous smugglers, and meddling from their feuding families be enough to make Maddie and Gryff realize that their animosity is really attraction... and maybe even love?

A Reckless Match is the first in a new regency romance series by Kate Bateman about two feuding families, and reunited childhood enemies whose hatred turns to love.


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A Reckless Match by Kate Bateman

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

A Reckless Match is the first installment in the Ruthless Rivals series.

At the start, I was hooked on the long-standing, bad blood history between the neighboring families. Intrigued, I had to learn more. The Montgomerys versus the Davies. The English versus the Welsh, even their lands bordering one another had to rub each other raw. A never-ending feud fueling each generation to loathe one another over the centuries, even if the true reason behind the feud was lost in translation as time crept forward.

Bringing unexpected levity, Madeline Montgomery and Gryff Davies hold to tradition, pranking and teasing, and just generally annoying one another to the point of frustration. This is most certainly a situation where Gryff pulls Madeline's pigtails because he secretly likes her. Nothing like irritating your crush to garner attention.

If the pattern holds true, then the Montomerys and the Davies throughout the generations probably enjoyed each other’s company, enough to focus on it so heavily, similarly to how our hero and heroine's fathers had a secret friendship over the course of their lives.

Sweet, taunting, and surprisingly entertaining, Madeline and Gryff poke one another in various ways over the course of the novel, drawing in angst and drama and lighthearted romance, all surrounding a not-too complicated mystery.

The future pairings of the series draw a bit too much attention for my taste, feeling as if the focus was diverted from the main couple of this novel. While this laid the groundwork for future installments, establishing a connection for future antagonizing couplings, this overshadowed the current romance happening on the pages. If the reader becomes more intrigued with what could happen in the future, taking the experience from our narrators, the story we're reading in the now loses its luster.

A quick afternoon read, the pages flying by in a few short hours. I was entertained, left looking forward to the next installment. I recommend to historical romance fans of the author.



Author Bio

KATE BATEMAN, (also writing as K.C. Bateman), is the #1 bestselling author of historical romances, including her RITA® nominated Renaissance romp, The Devil to Pay, the Bow Street Bachelors series (This Earl of Mine, To Catch an Earl, and The Princess and the Rogue), along with the novels in the Secrets & Spies series (To Steal a Heart, A Raven’s Heart, and A Counterfeit Heart). When not writing novels that feature feisty, intelligent heroines and sexy, snarky heroes you want to both strangle and kiss, Kate works as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several popular TV shows in the UK. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England.

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St. Martin’s Press.

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Reckless Match (Ruthless Rivals #1) by Kate Bateman to read and review.

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