Release Date: Dec 24, 2018
Series: Misadventures in Matchmaking
Heat Level: Sensual
Imprint: Avon Books
The second book in Lorret’s Misadventures in Matchmaking is a winner!
The end of the year is upon us. Normally, I’m waist deep in holiday romances, but when I saw Ten Kisses to Scandal was available for review I had to grab it. The first book came out earlier this year, in fact I reviewed it. I remember enjoying the story and finding that Lorret does a good job of keeping me on my toes as a reader. Meaning I can’t predict how the story will end and this one kept the surprises coming.
This story is about the youngest sister of three, Briar Bourne. She’s the optimistic one, the one with an imagination that would rival some writers, and for all her fanciful thoughts, she’s also determined to prove herself. I’ll say this; Briar is not the best matchmaker at the beginning of this story. In fact, she’s horrible at it. For all her efforts though, I love her determination and her wistful nature. Of course, a matchmaker is only as good as the matches she makes… enter the rake.
Nicholas, Lord of Edgemont, hedonistic and a rake to the core, is only eager to engage Briar’s help because he needs to find a wife for his cousin. There’s some serious guilt related stuff there, a mountain of it, but no spoilers. Of course, being a rake he won’t do anything without something in it for him. Briar needs a little help with her matchmaking skills anyway. Exchanging kisses for lessons sounds right up his alley.
I really enjoyed Briar’s light and Nicholas’s dark. They were ying and yang to each other. Their banter is priceless, with a lovely slow burn element that gets hotter with each chapter. Briar finds a way to burrow under Nick’s skin in a way he’ll never be able to remove. I also believe there is an excellent amount of groveling when said hero makes a hash of everything. The groveling in this book is epic.
This story is also bit off the beaten path setting wise. Not so many ballrooms, but mainly private dinner parties, a trip to Almack’s, and other odds and ends. Lorret keeps these fated lovers traveling around London and even into the countryside. A wide breadth of setting is sometimes hard to pull off, but this author does so wonderfully.
Overall, Ten Kisses has a very big nod to Austen’s Emma and is a lovely segway on the journey to the final book in this series. P.S. For readers who enjoy Tessa Dare because the humor in this book is too good to let slip by.