Published by Avon on December 24, 2018
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Ten Kisses to Scandal is the second book in the Misadventures in Matchmaking series by Vivienne Lorret. You can read this as a standalone, but if you haven’t read the first book then I am sure you will want to when you have read this one.
If you have read any of my reviews before you will find that occasionally I will say how it annoys me that I can’t put into words sufficiently how much I enjoy a book. This is one of those times. I loved every single thing about this story. It had me running the gamut of emotions, but most of all I laughed and smiled. This is definitely a feel-good story that will lift the spirits of anybody who reads it.
Briar Bourne and her two sisters work at their Uncle’s matchmaking business. Being the youngest of the three sisters she finds herself relegated to making tea and welcoming potential and current clients. She would much rather take part in the matchmaking process and is frustrated that they don’t think her capable of it. Taking matters into her own hands, in a bid to prove to them that she can indeed make a match, she endeavours to convince a very influential bachelor to join their client list. Things go terribly wrong when she sneaks out of the house to try to catch him in a cafe for her clandestine mission. She hails a cab only to have it taken by somebody else. Somebody else who is wasting time in a shockingly public display of kissing before deigning to use the cab she is so desperate for.
Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont is that man. A man with a well-earned reputation as a rake. After seeing off his lover, Briar has words with him. She is fuming that he took her cab, and he is absolutely delighted with her outrage. She is like a breath of fresh air and when given an opportunity to spend some time with her he takes it. In order for making up for taking her cab and possibly making her late for her meeting, he promises he can help her with her endeavours of matchmaking. For every lesson that he gives her though he expects payment with a kiss. But only if she promises not to fall in love with him. Briar agrees as long as he keeps his hands to himself, she has seen first hand where his hands wander when he is kissing.
So begins the wonderful story of how Nicholas firmly entrenches himself into Briar’s heart despite promising she wouldn’t fall in love with him. The lessons he teaches her and the payment he receives make immensely enjoyable reading. Will she soften his heart enough for him to see that they could be a perfect couple, or will his past always make him keep up his barriers. Hurt in love, his wife no less being the culprit, he never wants to be in that position again.
The story doesn’t only focus on the budding romance between Briar and Nicholas, we also see how Briar comes to terms with and learns why her sisters have always been so protective of her. We see her meeting with her half-brother for the first time where more secrets are revealed to her. Nicholas has a secret too, one that he knows will estrange him from his brother if it were to be known. One that would also stop any hope he might have of a future with Briar. Will the secret be told, undoubtedly, but will he ever be able to make amends?
I honestly can’t express just how much I loved this book. I absolutely recommend it, it’s a perfect feel-good romance that will have your heart melting and you smiling from ear to ear. I definitely recommend it.