Published by Pocket Star on February 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Fiction, Romance
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Travel back in time to Scotland with bestselling author Julia Kelly for this delightful second installment in her latest historical romance series, The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. Accomplished matchmaker Moira Sullivan knows that sometimes, the most unlikely pair can be the most entertaining.
Only desperation could have driven Caroline Burkett to her brother’s home in Scotland, but desperate is exactly what she is. After suing her former fiancé for breaking their engagement and causing a scandal in the papers, her only hope of starting over is to enlist the help of Edinburgh’s famous matchmaker, Moira Sullivan.
Born to a butler and maid, Jonathan Moray fought hard to find his place in Edinburgh society. Now a powerful newspaperman, he can make or break a person’s reputation with his headlines, but Jonathan knows his success isn’t guaranteed. He needs salacious stories to keep his readers enthralled, and Caroline’s story is just the sort to sell papers in droves.
When Moira introduces Jonathan and Caroline at a salon, Caroline knows the editor is exactly the wrong man to associate with if she wants to find a husband and restore her reputation, but even as another, more suitable suitor begins to court her, she can’t deny the power of her attraction to Jonathan. Now she must ask herself if she’s strong enough to choose between the man who can give her a secure, quiet life, or the one who promises her a passion she’s never known.
The Taste of Temptation is a beautiful historical tale and is the second installment in The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. The two books don’t necessarily have to be read in order, but I personally would recommend reading the first one, just because it was really good, oh, and it does also introduce you to the “mathcmaker” too.
This one centers around Miss Caroline Burkett, she’s recently been the center of a court proceeding. It was in all the papers, and was the talk of just about everywhere. Miss Burkett, sued her ex-fiance for breaking their engagement, and won. It caused such a scandal, that she seems to have lost her way a little, so decides to go Scotland and stay with her not so welcoming brother and his lovely wife. While there she meets, Mr. Jonathon Moray, who is a reporter, in fact her owns three newspapers. When he gets wind of her arrival, he does everything he can to get close to her, but this woman does not like him. And I do mean, at all… But her story is just what is financially struggling business needs. And he is kinda stubborn, so of course he isn’t going to give up.
Now that Caroline is living with her family, she is trying to put all the gossip and heart ache behind her but she also knows that she should marry. I guess that would help calm all the whispering around town. So, she enlists the help of the best to help her find a husband. Moira, The Matchmaker. With the scandal and her age, she’s afraid she will never find a man who will take her. Moira is good at her work, she sets her plan in motion. There are gorgeous balls, and private dinners, and those eligible men are there of course. But little Miss Matchmaker puts a kink in Caroline’s thinking when she invites Mr. Moray. I even thought to myself, this is not going to end well. These two are bickering at each other soon as they see each other. Their banter had me smiling and snickering though but it also made me think maybe there is something more to it. Like kids “like” each other, and they pick at each other, so maybe Moira was right all along with these two.
It was such a joy to follow Caroline while she found herself again, and we did get to learn a little about her brother and his wife. And even Jonathon. He is quite a complicate man. His history is one that pulled on my heart strings. The banter was fantastic, and the chemistry was too if you get them to just be quite, and really talk and listen. I really enjoyed so many things about this, the setting is absolutely beautiful, and the characters are ones you might want to shake a few time, but want to root for so badly. The third installment in the series, The Allure of Attraction will be out in May, so I am anxious to see who Kelly introduces us to next. I think fans of historical romance will love this one. I did!
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