"Ten Kisses to Scandal" by Vivienne Lorret is a delightful second installment to her Misadventures in Matchmaking series.
Briar Bourne is the youngest sister of the Bourne Matrimonial Agency and is determined to prove her worth to her sisters. To do that, she enlists the help of Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont, to teach her what truly brings two people together.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, even if the meet cute wasn’t my favorite. I’m not a fan of the heroine seeing the hero with another woman, but that might just be me. The exchange between the H/h directly after that made up for it, however, and helped me dive right into the rest of the book.
I absolutely loved Briar the entire book and thought Nicholas was a great guy. One of my favorite parts of the book was Briar’s journey to prove herself as something more than a woman capable of serving tea. And Nicholas was there to help her the entire way.
I thought the backstory behind Nicholas’ motives was great and it, along with his and Briar’s adventures, kept me reading. I did, however, think the main conflict at the end of the book could’ve been resolved with a simple conversation. I did love the way Nicholas resolved things though.
I really enjoyed this title and can not wait to read the next!
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.