Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress

Author: Theresa Romain

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: January 6, 2015

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5


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Augusta, an heiress whose fortune was made from trade, is not accepted by the ton, no matter what she tries. She is no stranger to scandal and has no use for a husband. After all, she had thought herself in love before with a man who took her innocence before he left her with a broken heart. After trusting a man who did not deserve it, Augusta was badly hurt and she never wants to feel that vulnerable again. Instead, all she wants is a lover who she can walk away from once their passion runs its course. So when she travels to Bath, where she is not known, with her friend Lady Tallent, Augusta dons the persona of a widow named Ms. Flowers. This will provide her with the opportunity to find a lover without ruining herself. But just as she is getting started, an acquaintance from London arrives and recognizes her.

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!

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