Ten Kisses to Scandal
by Vivienne Lorret
Series Misadventures in Matchmaking Series
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Books
Publication Date December 24, 2018
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 inreturn. 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.
“I’d better stand or else I’ll end up on your lap.”
“I wouldn’t mind, love,” Nicholas crooned, patting the tops of his thighs and earning a perturbed glare.
Even so, Briar was too intent on her goal and stood, settling her cool, delicate hands on his face. The simple touch of her fingertips, soft and uncertain,stirred a low flame of arousal.
“I thought your rule was ‘no hands.’ ”
“Hush.I am immersing myself in the full experience,” she whispered as if afraid of breaking the spell. “Besides, it was my rule for you, not for me. Now close your eyes, if you please.”
He complied, half humoring her and half curious to see if she would balk and shy away. Yet she lingered, her warm, clean fragrance filling his nostrils and making him think of fresh bed linens, sun-kissed and wind-beaten into a decadent suppleness. He wanted to lie down with that scent, tumble with it,bury himself inside of it. And all this was before he felt the sweet rush of her breath over his lips.
Loved this one!
It’s my first full-length story from Ms. Lorret (I read a Christmas novella in an anthology a while back) and it absolutely won’t be my last. The first book in the series (How to Forget a Duke ) was added to by TBR before I was even a third of the way though, and the third ( The Rogue to Ruin ) was added almost as soon as I’d finished, so…
Briar and Nicholas’s story was absolutely adorable. It’s loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma –there’s even a short quote from that book at the beginning of each chapter–but of course you don’t have to have read it to appreciate this story 🙂 Briar’s the youngest of three sisters, all of whom work for the family business, a matchmaking service. She’s been feeling stifled by her older siblings–they’re overprotective, and they don’t let her have as large a role in the business as she thinks she deserves. Much like Emma, some of Briar’s matchmaking isn’t quite up to par (there’s one LOL moment early on that she doesn’t find *quite* as LOL as the rest of society does…or, you know, at all LOL) though it does put her into the path of Nicholas, a confirmed (according to him) and ancient (according to Briar) bachelor and rake. They end up making what they think will be a mutually beneficial deal, which of course results in high jinks galore, and of course they fall in love. Though she doesn’t want to and it naturally takes him three times longer to realize it, so…
Luckily for him, seldom have I witnessed as fabulous a grovel as Nicholas’s. Truly, the guy could write a book. Several books, maybe. He’s that good.
Throughout it all, there’s hints galore about the next book’s hero and heroine (I. Can’t. Wait!) and plenty of glimpses of the last book’s heroine–but it’s not a problem if you haven’t read that story yet; this one was fine as a standalone. (Spoiler: she’s happily married to the hero of book one. Shocking, I know.)
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of works including: The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Season’s Original Series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. For more information on her books, sign up for her newsletter at www.vivlorret.net.
To celebrate the release of TEN KISSES TO SCANDAL by Vivienne Lorret, we’re giving away one paperback copy of How to Forget a Duke!
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