Published by Pocket Star on February 5th 2018
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Travel back in time to Scotland with bestselling author Julia Kelly for this delightful second installment in her latest historical romance series, The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. Accomplished matchmaker Moira Sullivan knows that sometimes, the most unlikely pair can be the most entertaining.
Only desperation could have driven Caroline Burkett to her brother’s home in Scotland, but desperate is exactly what she is. After suing her former fiancé for breaking their engagement and causing a scandal in the papers, her only hope of starting over is to enlist the help of Edinburgh’s famous matchmaker, Moira Sullivan.
Born to a butler and maid, Jonathan Moray fought hard to find his place in Edinburgh society. Now a powerful newspaperman, he can make or break a person’s reputation with his headlines, but Jonathan knows his success isn’t guaranteed. He needs salacious stories to keep his readers enthralled, and Caroline’s story is just the sort to sell papers in droves.
When Moira introduces Jonathan and Caroline at a salon, Caroline knows the editor is exactly the wrong man to associate with if she wants to find a husband and restore her reputation, but even as another, more suitable suitor begins to court her, she can’t deny the power of her attraction to Jonathan. Now she must ask herself if she’s strong enough to choose between the man who can give her a secure, quiet life, or the one who promises her a passion she’s never known.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Taste of Temptation is the second book in the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series by Julia Kelly.
Caroline Burkett flees to Edinburgh for two reasons: To escape the scandal of suing her ex-fiance for breaking their engagement and to find a husband who can give her security. The latter she hopes to do with the help of Moira Sullivan, Edinburgh’s famous matchmaker.
Jonathan Moray comes from a poor background which he keeps a secret. He has worked hard to leave all that behind and is now a wealthy newspaper owner/editor. In order to increase sales of his paper, he needs a good story and what better story than the one of Caroline Burkett. The minute he finds out she is in Edinburgh he is determined to meet her and get her to agree to let his paper tell her story, all the facts from her. She declines but Jonathan is determined to get his way.
What he doesn’t realise is that the more time they spend together in his attempt to get that story, the more they find themselves attracted to each other. Moira Sullivan has a good idea of how they feel and although she parades a lot of single men in front of Catherine, she always makes sure Jonathan is on the scene too. Jonathan knows he isn’t the gentleman he portrays and believes that Catherine can do much better than him when it comes to marriage. Will their attraction turn from just lust to love, and will Catherine choose him once she finds out his background?
I read this story as quickly as possible because it hooked me from page one. I loved the setting of the story with the newspaper offices and the people who work there. I was sad for Catherine for all that she had to go through in London, but knowing that Moira Sullivan and Jonathan are on her side I was happy to know that she would have to have her happily ever after! Moira Sullivan, the matchmaker is a delightful character and I loved reading about the soirees she holds. She’s such a savvy woman. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series to see who she matches up next.
I couldn’t find fault with this book at all and happily recommend it!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.