from Mia Marlowe...

Mia MarloweToday, I’m turning the Jaunty Quills over to romance reader and blogger extraordinaire, Kim Lowe. I first met Kim online when she hosted me on one of my many blog tours. Then when I visited Hawaii with my family last year, our online friendship blossomed in real life! Kim met us the day before we boarded our cruise ship and took us on a wonderful, behind-the-scenes tour of Pearl Harbor and Hickham AFB. Then after our cruise, she met us at the dock with a rental van and drove us into the fragrant hills overlooking Honolulu for a tour of Queen Emma’s Summer Home. Kim was so knowledgeable and such fun, she was the highlight of our vacation!

And true to her giving spirit, Kim is here today to share a great read with us all. Ok, Kim. The Jaunty blog is now yours.


Mahalo, Mia, for hosting me today at the Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.   I love the name of this blog – the sisterhood.  Blogs like Jaunty Quills offer me entrée into a cyber sisterhood of romance readers.  Perhaps this is why I enjoy continuing series – I grow comfortable with the extended cast of characters.   Yet all good things come to an end, including series.

Today I chat about the bittersweet anticipation of Cathy Maxwell’s THE DEVIL’S HEART, the finale of the Chattan Curse.    The series began with a 17th century curse,

When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above…

Devil's HeartCharles Chattan abandoned his Scottish sweetheart, Rose MacNachtan, for an English heiress, prompting Rose’s mother to cast a devastating curse on the Chattan family.   Fast forward to the 19th Century where the Chattan family is socially connected in Regency England.  Yet Neal Chattan, Lord Lyon, desires a family in Book 1, LYON’S BRIDE.   He hires society matchmaker, Thea Martin, to find him a bride he cannot love … only to fall in love with Thea.

Neal’s willing to risk his life for love prompts his brother, Harry, to wake up from his drunken stupor to find a witch to reverse the curse in Book 2, THE SCOTTISH WITCH.  He encounters a desperate Portia Maclean posing as a witch, only to fall under her spell.

With both brothers in peril, their sister Margaret, a London lady, ventures into the heart of the Highlands in Book 3, THE DEVIL’S HEART.   She confronts the witch’s descendent, Heath Macnachtan, a sensible laird who cannot understand Margaret’s fear of the curse – a fear that his clansmen also share.   Despite that fear, Margaret is welcomed into the sisterhood of his household, where she sees love abound despite their financial difficulties.   Margaret draws from her brothers’ courage and Heath’s compassion to track down the long dead witch.

As much as I wanted Margaret to find a resolution, that meant the story (and series) would be over.   As hard at it was for Margaret to let go of her brothers so they could find love, it is hard for me as a reader to let go of this series set in Scotland.  In the end, Margaret proved that she, too, deserves her own HEA along with Neal and Harry.  But how did she secure the HEA for all three siblings?  Let me just say that Cathy Maxwell surprised me and satisfied me with the climax.   THE DEVIL’S HEART should be labeled, “Read with a box of tissue”, as Margaret also learns that love is worth the risk.

I would like to offer a print copy of THE DEVIL’S HEART to one commenter here at the Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.  Three seems to be the magic number in a series – how many books do you think is “just right” for a series?

Bellows BeachAbout Kim: Kim Lowe is a military spouse and romance enthusiast.  After four years in Hawaii, she is moving back to Baltimore this summer, ready for in person sisterhood with other romance readers.   Check out her travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, at


Mia here again. Thanks, Kim! The Devil’s Heart sounds great.

Ok, now it’s your turn. What’s the right number of books for a series? (I’d also be interested to know your favorite series!)

35 thoughts on “A Romance Recommendation from my Hawaiian Friend

  1. CateS says:

    At least three, but I’m also a fan of the Bridgertons so you know I like MORE!!! I love Cathy Maxwell!! Thanks for sharing! I’m hoping Mia does a Baltimore Blog !!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      What Baltimore blog did you have in mind, Cate?

  2. I adore Cathy Maxwell! I think that at least three books are needed in a series but if it’s a world I love then I don’t mind if the series just keeps on going.

    Thanks for stopping by our Sisterhood today!


  3. helen says:

    I am reading this book now 😉 so good and I love books in a series I am happy with how many the author wants to write as long as it keeps drawing me in. I too loved The Bridgertons and am loving Shana’s series as well. Have Fun

    1. Shana Shana says:

      Thanks, Helen!

  4. Shana Shana says:

    Hi, Kim! Thanks for stopping by. I got Cathy’s book at RT and am looking forward to starting it.

    I think 3 is right for a series. Possibly 4.

  5. Laurie G says:

    I don’t care how many are in a series.

    I loved Lisa Kleypas’s seasons with 4 books, Nora Robert’s Bridal Quartet was another favorite with 4 books. Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove has a lot in the series, Robyn Carr’s Virgin River has a lot of books too.
    Julianne MacLean’s Heiress In Love series,
    Karen Hawkins’ Hursts and MacLeods,
    Pamela Clare’s Surrender trilogy,
    Linda Lael Millers Creeds, Blackthornes and McKentrick’s,
    Jillian Hart McKlaskin family,
    Diana Palmer Jacobsville and Tyler, Texas ex-mercs series,
    Victoria Alexander sisters,
    Madeline Hunter 4 woman seeking shelter together, Jillian Hunter Boscastle family

    I feel that the author usually has a vision and knows when to draw the series to a close.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      All great series, Laurie. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I like 3 or 4, personally. Otherwise, I start to feel a little lost. Virgin River is the exception for me…and the Bridgertons…heck, I guess it depends on the author! Love Cathy Maxwell and her books! Thanks for joining us today, Kim!

  7. Maureen says:

    I like trilogies because I find them easier to keep track of the characters since three books limits how many names I have to keep straight.

  8. may says:

    I think 3 seems to be fine… Although if it’s a really good series, I would like 5 books!

  9. CrystalGB says:

    Hi Cathy. The Devil’s Heart sounds great. I don’t have a limit to the number of books in a series. If the books are good, I want to read more.

    1. CrystalGB says:

      😳 I meant to say Kim instead of Cathy. Sorry about that.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Obviously you agree with the Bard, eap. Brevity is the soul of wit!

  10. catslady says:

    Please don’t enter me as I was very lucky to have just won this book – yay!! I usually like trilogies – a beginning, middle and end. Kathryne Kennedy had an Elven trilogy that I really enjoyed!

  11. Stefanie D says:

    I think three is a minimum, but I don’t mind more books at all. As long as I don’t loose the overall view of all the characters and their stories.

  12. Lorelei says:

    Aloha, Kim and Mia! 🙂 I think 3-4 maybe 5. You don’t want to lose track of what happened previously in the other books. But like Kristan says, it depends. Virgin River has 20 and I really love that series and manage to remember the characters/ H/h. Thanks for the chance to will and I love the title of Sisterhood, too.

  13. Sharlene Wegner says:

    3 or 4 is fine. Some authors have 3 books a year, but continue the series over a few years. I am fine with that, as long as I get in at the beginning! Catch up is tough! I have a lot of favorite series. Lets go with Jill Shalvis Animal Magnetism series!

  14. Kathleen OD says:

    Well at least three and it also depends on how other secondary characters are in a story. Sometimes it is great to give them there own books too. Or if it is a series based on a small town, well new people are always moving in…

  15. pjpuppymom says:

    Hi Kim! Love Cathy’s writing! I’m always happy to see her bring out a new series.

    I like at least three books in a series but am perfectly happy with more if the author keeps it fresh and interesting. Virgin River and The Bridgertons are both good examples. I also like trilogies (with a story arc over three books) that exist within a longer series.

    I’m currently enjoying Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series.

  16. RobynDeHart RobynDeHart says:

    I like trilogies, but I can get behind longer series too – like Harry Potter and JD Robb and Dresden Files so like Kristan, I think it depends on the author.

    Hi Kim! Thanks for joining us today.

  17. Trisha says:

    How many books in a series? As many as it takes to tell the story correctly. For some authors that’s three..others more like 33. :mrgreen:

  18. Mia Marlowe says:

    I keep thinking about mystery authors. They don’t really get established till the 10th or 11th book in a sleuth’s series.

  19. bn100 says:

    Don’t have a set #, but anything over 10 would be a lot

  20. Melody May says:

    Three or 4 is good. However, I think it depends on the series.

  21. Jo's Daughter says:

    Three is a good number. If I really love a series then I’m thinking 5 would be even better. I guess it all depends on how original the books are in a certain theme. If it’s more of the same or dragging on a bit towards the end, three can also be enough. I don’t know a lot of series that I felt should have been cut short, but many movies should not have had a sequel! The best series have books that are great on their own & also inspire you to try them all. Like Sarah Maclean & Julia Quinns books, really enjoyed those 🙂

  22. Thank you for your post and question, Kim. My response: There is no “right number” for a series. It all depends on how big the overall story is, what the author is trying to say, and what the readers want.

    And if it’s an open-ended series, there might not be any final number. Even after the author’s death, others can continue it.

    Keep up the good work!

  23. Barbara Elness says:

    If I love the series, three is never enough! I’ll keep reading as long as the stories are interesting, although if it gets up there really high, it’s harder to keep track of all the books. 😀

  24. Quilt Lady says:

    I think three is about right for me. After that sometimes I get a little bored with them. Sometime I will read a few more but three suits me.

  25. Rhonda says:

    I read Robyn Carr’s Virgin River Series and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and both had approx 20 books – some series I’ve put on hold bc I got bored with them…

  26. Ann s. says:

    I love a trilogy, but a quartet is good too. I have also read series that have 20 or more books in them. I guess there is no perfect number.

  27. Ada says:

    I like long series, especially when it’s a series that centers around families. Multiple siblings, cousins, spin-off series with their children spanning generations – those are fun because you get to stay with “old friends” and keep up with them long after their own happily ever after. Some of my favorite are The Hathaways by Lisa Kleypas, the Mallory novels by Johanna Lindsay and my all-time favorite, The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn. :mrgreen:

  28. Anita H. says:

    I like smaller numbers like 3-4 for series because it’s long enough to get to know them but doesn’t drag on forever. I would say some of my favorite series are Nora Roberts’ Bridal Quartet, Kieran Kramer’s Impossible Bachelors and Margaret Mallory’s Return of the Highlanders series.

  29. LilMissMolly says:

    This book sounds amazing! I really enjoyed 5 books of the Hathaway siblings by LIsa Kleypas a few years ago.

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