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Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress: The Matchmaker Trilogy #3 by Theresa Romain with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my review of Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress book 3 in Theresa Romain’s Matchmaker Trilogy. Please be sure to read the excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of 5 copies of IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE by Theresa Romain

Book Review:

The final installment in Theresa Romain’s Matchmaker Trilogy, and what a fun ride! Set outside of London in Bath, this gives some freedom from the more rigid society moments so frequent in other historicals.

Augusta is a wonderful heroine, an heiress that is always at the center of one controversy or another, she is on the hunt for a lover – not a husband.  This makes her rather unusual for the time, and her rather matter-of-fact realization of the anachronisms and inappropriate behaviors are not beyond her acknowledgement.

Joss is completely aware of just who Augusta is; he sees right through her deceptions but finds her utterly intriguing nonetheless.  Their interactions range from quite clever to wholly inappropriate, and they are both aware, at least in conversation just how odd their relationship is. While not completely ‘traditional’ in romance terms, these two share deeper and more meaningful ideas and concepts than love giving them a more complete understanding and awareness of one another.

I enjoyed these two characters, and their interplay – but I particularly enjoyed Joss’ cousin – a spoilt, alcohol sodden busybody with a bit too much time on his hands.  His character was thoroughly unapologetic in both his good and bad moments, and often added several layers of comic relief when the story became tense.

A fun and light historic romance that presented me with a few anachronisms that I had troubles reconciling.  First was slang / language use, which for me is most important in historical fiction. One cannot use modern language and hold the ‘feel’ of the past.  There are certain ‘allowances’ made for behaviors that are more modern in construct, but language should always hold. Secondly is the use of the handshake: they were not at all popular in England until AFTER the Second World War.  People were terrified of disease and germs, and that just wasn’t done. Also, mixed classes do NOT shake hands on meeting.  Those of the upper classes may doff their hat, or tip it, but hugs, handshakes and the like are not done when meeting on the street. It would be considered the height of hubris for a working or lower class person to touch or ‘accost the person’ of their betters.  These two issues kept pulling me from the story and interrupted my flow, and did diminish the story engagement. But, for readers who aren’t as fussy about those things, this is a wonderful installment.

Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress: The Matchmaker Trilogy #3 by Theresa Romain with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress
Author: Theresa Romain
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 6 January, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Rated: four-stars
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About the Book:

Misfit heiress Augusta Meredith stirs up gossip in the town when she goes husband hunting instead of mourning the loss of her parents. Contrary to this flighty facade, Augusta has a shrewd mind and deep wounds from a love affair gone violently wrong. She fashions herself anew in Bath, where wry Joss Everett catches her eye. But Joss, an Anglo-Indian with his own secrets, is chasing a blackmailer and cannot indulge in trivial affairs . . . or can he?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

She tilted her head, setting the loose curl free again. “Are you doing what you wish?”

Doing what he wished? No, of course he wasn’t.

 

Right now he wished he could make her smile as she had when giving away her gloves. He wished he could dispense with his conscience and plead for her to take him as a lover. He wished he could pluck the pins from her sunset hair and send it tumbling over her naked skin, wished he could stop kissing her only to make her cry out in pleasure.

 

But always, in the face of a wish, came prosaic reality. A scarred wooden table, a plate of mutton and potatoes, a wedge of cheese. An adequate fire and a roof over one’s head. Such a reality was perfectly acceptable, even if it didn’t hold the luster of a gemlike fantasy.

 

“I try to wish,” he said in a calm voice, “for what I know I might attain. For respectable employment for a reasonable wage. For a reasonable employer.”

 

This brought a faint smile to her features, but the expression fell away in another instant. “That seems a very small dream.”

 

“What on earth do you mean by that? It’s a very suitable dream.”

 

“But it’s not really a dream, is it? It’s what you have now, just shuffled about a bit.”

 

Again, he folded his arms. She lifted her hands, placating. “As you say, it’s perfectly suitable. And if you insist that it’s exactly what you want, then I suppose it is a dream, after all.”

 

Of course it wasn’t a dream. It was good sense. It was practicality. “I don’t know what else I ought to wish for. This is my life. I am a man of business for a nobleman.” Remembering Chatfield’s words, he added, “I am not in bodily danger, nor in mortal peril. It could be far worse.”

 

“It could be. But if you want it to be better…”

 

“Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to buy happiness.”

 

“No one is fortunate enough for that.” She turned over her fork and scratched the tines into the surface of the table. “That’s not what I meant. I know happiness can’t be bought, or I would have bought it.”

 

 

 

About Theresa Romain

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.


 

 

 

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