Vivienne Lorret returns to the blog with the second in her Misadventures in Matchmaking, a truly unique historic romance featuring three very determined sisters and their wish to make a success of themselves and their business in
Ten Kisses to Scandal
Briar Bourne is the youngest of the three sisters, tired of being the ‘trained monkey’ of the bunch, serving tea and scones and handling the filing. With an addiction to Austen’s Emma and an imagination that is as engaging as it is wildly romantic, she’s determined to make her mark for the agency and gain an elusive, if well known, client to add to their rolls. She’s hopeful and optimistic, if a bit unworldly, but none of that is going to stop her from accomplishing her mission, and her habit of jumping first before considering consequences could prove to be a downfall to the agency and her reputation. Fortunately, her heart is in the right place, always, and she’s truly very invested in seeing everyone finds their ‘happily ever after’.
Nicholas, Lord Edgemont is a dedicated and confirmed rake, with zero intentions of ever changing or making another foray into marriage after his first ended with him horribly damaged and hurt. He is, however, determined to see his younger cousins, Daniel and Temperance married and happy as well. While Briar would not normally take on a rake with no redeemable qualities, she’s learned that Edgemont is kind and loyal to his family, and fortunately his cousin is also Briar’s best friend. While Nicholas is averse to any and all mentions of debutantes and marriage, he’s intrigued by the boldness and temperament of Briar, and he’s drawn to protect and shield her, amused by her antics, rather than do what comes naturally to a rake.
When Briar puts it together, that Nicholas is her best friend’s cousin, a fortunate circumstance as she’s been ‘hired’ for the princely sum of fifty pounds to find him a wife, unbeknownst to Nicholas and from some rather shady (and self-serving) woman. But, intrigued by Briar, he’s amused by her unworldliness and makes a deal to ‘teach’ her how to best discover innate clues to thoughts in her proposed matches for the sum of a kiss. One new insight for one new kiss – the only rules- no falling in love. Of course, that’s not going to happen as slowly but surely Briar’s own nature works as a balm to Nicholas’ and the wall he built around his heart, and soon her presence becomes as dear to him as air, despite his stubborn determination to ignore all of the signs, signals and changes in his own behavior. Briar makes him want to be worthy of her: and when he shares his biggest regret and how he hurt Daniel, treating him as someone incapable of making decisions – a situation Briar rails against daily with her own sister’s determination to shelter her and her feeling ‘set aside’ from the real business of the matchmaking, she’s hurt and angry – and it will take monumental effort on Nicholas’ part to get her to listen and to understand.
These two are perfectly suited as Nicholas truly enjoys Briar – her imagination, questions and joy for life – she brightens every room she enters and gives him a view of the word as she grabs it by the handles and dives in. From deciding to stay away and forget her, to discovering that he craves her in every way possible, and can’t help but see just how she works her magic on everyone she meets. And she’ll work that magic on readers as well – bright, funny, sweet and with just enough angst and confusion thrown in for good measure, this is a series, and a story, that is unlike other historicals out there, and sure to be a favorite of many.
Title: Ten Kisses to Scandal
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Series: Misadventures in Matchmaking #2
Also in this series: How to Forget a Duke, The Rogue to Ruin
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon
Published on: 24 December, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 42 minutes
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The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule—never fall in love with the client. However, they never said anything about kissing a rake…
Briar Bourne’s matchmaking career could be summed up in two words—comic disaster. Unless she can learn about the irresistible forces that draw men and women together, her professional future looks rather bleak. But Briar has an intriguing plan—enlisting London’s most irredeemable rake to teach her everything he knows about attraction. Given his notorious reputation, it’s no surprise that Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont, requests one thing in exchange for his tutelage. For every lesson, he wants a kiss in return. And what harm could there be in a simple kiss? After all, Briar would never fall for a scoundrel…
Nicholas has no romantic notions about love, and no intention of changing his ways. He’s only helping Briar so that she can find the perfect bride for his jilted cousin. Yet Briar is so clever, so curious, so candid—so blasted tempting—that soon, Nicholas can’t stop wondering what it might be like if he was irresistible to her.
Ten lessons. Ten kisses. And a million ways to fall hopelessly, scandalously in love.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.