Review: A Reckless Match by Kate Bateman

Posted October 4, 2021 by Ang in Historical Romance, Rating A, Reviews Tags: , , ,

Book cover of A Reckless Match by Kate BatemanA Reckless Match
Kate Bateman
Rating: A

What I’m Talking About:

If you are familiar with the Hatfields & McCoy feud or any other legend involving two families at war over who-knows-why-anymore-that’s-just-the-way-it’s-always-been, you will enjoy A Reckless Match. It is a charming retelling with plenty of chemistry, lots of humor, and enough twists & turns to keep you turning pages.

So as not to give spoilers, I’ll review in the most general, back of the book kind of way.

Maddie and Gryff are stubborn, funny, delightful characters wading their way through generations of family feud baggage. While fighting against their mutual attraction, they stumble on illicit activity on their shared land that may bring the end of both of them. Hopefully their strengths and stubbornness will prevent their demise and maybe even bring the families together in a way no one, except maybe the aunts, would ever suspect.

The characters in this tale are brightly written, completely engaging and endearing.  I love that Maddie is able to accomplish exactly what she needs to to save her family, and Gryff doesn’t attempt to stand her way.

Truly, if you are looking for a delightful retelling with wonderful characters that will give you all the feels, check out A Reckless Match.

My Rating:  A, Loved It

About the Book:


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?

Release Date: September 28, 2021
St. Martin’s Press
Ruthless Rivals #1
Historical Romance
paperback (336 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)