A poor relation to his cousin, Baron Sutcliff, Josiah Everett serves as the baron's man of business. Josiah has always been on the outskirts of society, thanks to his Hindu blood and coloring. Sent to Bath to sell some land and stop a blackmailer so the baron can continue to enjoy his frivolous lifestyle, Josiah encounters Augusta. Seeing through her deception, he calls her on it. Although he promises to keep her secret, she doesn't quite trust him. So she offers to help him find buyers for his cousin's land and someone to help him nose out the secrets that will lead him to the blackmailer, if he will help her decide which man to seduce. Can the man she seeks be right under her nose?
A fun tale, SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS, the third book in author Theresa Romain's MATCHMAKER trilogy, is a charming historical romance. Joss and Augusta are two vulnerable people who are unhappy with their lives. Joss is looking for a better life, making a living at a regular job on his own terms, instead of being at the beck and call of his irresponsible cousin, whereas Augusta wants to be loved for herself, not her fortune. Since she hasn't been able to find that love and has been hurt in the past, she is ready to console herself with a lover she can walk away from. The relationship between Joss and Augusta is allowed to slowly develop, without a lot of the explicit sex shown in so many romance novels today. The secondary characters are memorable, adding humor and depth to this story.
While most historical romances seem to feature members of the aristocracy, this one stars two characters who are on the outer edges of society, for a refreshing change. With witty banter, blackmail, mystery, humor, deception, friendship, romance and love, this story is a delight. Although this book is part of a trilogy, it can be read as a standalone. However, if you enjoy SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS, you are sure to also appreciate the first two MATCHMAKER novels, IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE and TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS. Fans of historical romance are sure to relish the entire series!