A Reckless Match – Ruthless Rivals Book 1 by Kate Bateman

A Reckless Match
Ruthless Rivals Book 1
Bestselling Author
Kate Bateman



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

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


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. 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 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?


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Madeline Montgomery is really hoping Gryffud “Gryff” Davies or one of his siblings doesn’t show for this required handshake. If they don’t the property becomes her family’s and they won’t fall to total ruin. Unfortunately for her Gryff does remember to show and it leads an interesting development. Instead of just a handshake, he kisses her and when she doesn’t head for home he follows her. A wishing well gone dry becomes the focal point of the story as Madeline determined to find the cause falls into a network of tunnels.

Gryff isn’t going to let her explore what is a joint owned property alone. She may be an amateur archeologist but she’s still a woman. Madeline needs to find something anything so she doesn’t have to marry Sir Mostyn. Of course she’ll never mention her family’s problems to Gryff, they are ‘enemies’ after all.

These two have an attraction that won’t let up even as they investigate some interesting findings from the cave network.

An enthralling read, with suspense, romance and intrigue!

5 Contented Purrs for Kate!

Coming Soon!

A Daring Pursuit


Kate Bateman

Kate Bateman (also writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she’d ‘never finish the thing.’ She gleefully proved him wrong. Her Regency and Renaissance-era romances all feature her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to both strangle and kiss.

When not traveling to exotic locations ‘for research,’ Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a number-loving husband who still owes her that dollar.

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