Series: Misadventures in Matchmaking #2
on December 24th, 2018
Genres: Regency Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Ten Kisses to Scandal by Vivienne Lorret
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A new to me author, Vivienne Lorret delivered what have been my most favorite Regency Romance reads all year. The appeal of the matchmaking family trope pulled me in , but it was Briar and Nicolas’ dazzling dialogue and their slow burn sizzling connection that totally captured my heart. I’m elated to find an author with a vast catalog that I can set my sights on for future “to reads”.
Ten Kisses starts with an unusual meet-cute as Brian happens upon the Earl of Edgemont seducing a women in the early morning hours
“Shouldn’t all rogues and roués be abed by sunrise?”
“Only the fortunate ones,” he said in an even lower tone that altered the meaning of her statement, turning it decidedly risqué. “Men such as I, however, never sleep. It’s just a constant parade of sin all day long.”
Part of her—and she would reprimand herself for this later—wondered what a parade of sin might look like. With such limited knowledge, her imagination didn’t even know where to begin. The notion was intriguing to say the least.
But Briar had no time for murder or for random titillation.”
Yes, Briar was a mission and when the two later discover a connection that keeps them in each others orbit, it’s a pure & joyous read. Being in Briars’ head, spending time with her as she cultivates her families matchmaking business, and later being privy to the deal these two strike made for one of the most pleasurable reads. Everything just flowed so well.
The slow-burn frenemies to HEA love story plays out over a few months time and the buildup of their alliance to a dalliance seems ill-fitting and at times I felt bereft that perhaps they weren’t mean to be. Maybe she was immune to his charms and vice versa. Nicholas has built a fortress around his heart but he does seem to come around as Briar unwittingly charms the man who has been burned by his own naivete at a young age. But when shocking revelations about Briar’s family threaten her heart, Nicholas steps up for Briar. And when secrets that Nicholas have been guarding come to light, the depth of their connection is tested. However, adversity often leads to clarity leading to a wonderful love match for this matchmaking
I highly recommend this story as it’s built with characters that are charming and complex. What also makes this a interesting and fun read is the correlation of Jane Austen’s “Emma” to Briar’s matchmaking business and sense of purpose. Every chapter begins with a quote from the story that often reflect scenarios that motivate the union of Briar and Nichols, after all some lessons need to be repeated in order to stick.
~Review by Cyndi