Ten Kisses to Scandal

Book 2

Print: December 24, 2018

eBook: December 25, 2018

Publisher: Avon Romance

ISBN: 9780062685513

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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.

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"Lorret’s bright humor and sharp wit shine in this charming historical romance." Kirkus Reviews

“Lorret has created a delicious world filled with complex, charming characters. A touch of passion and some comic relief make this a well-blended novel...” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lorret continues with her marvelously fun Misadventures in Matchmaking series, which gives a graceful nod to Jane Austen’s classic Emma, with another sparkling Regency romance that deftly marries buoyant wit with luscious sensuality.” Booklist

"...a delightful second installment to her Misadventures in Matchmaking series.... I really enjoyed this title and can not wait to read the next!" Night Owl Reviews

"A brilliant page turner... Regency romance lovers are bound to devour this story!" Sophie Barnes

"... swept me off my feet and had me smiling the whole time!" Under the Covers Book Blog

"such a lovely story!" Read More Sleep Less Blog

"I absolutely loved this book! ...I had a happy grin on my face the whole time. It just made me laugh and tingle, and it gave me butterflies – what more could I ask for? " Romancing Romances

"Loved this one!" "...seldom have I witnessed as fabulous a grovel as Nicholas’s. Truly, the guy could write a book." Becky on Books...and Quilts

"This might very well be my favorite book of 2018." Flippin' Pages Book Reviews

"As far as ‘meet cutes’ go, this one tops my favorites list. It’s imaginative and fun, which is a great way to start off this fantastic love story." Lindsey Gray Reviews

"A sizzling and swoon-worthy page-turner!" Woman's World

"...bright, funny, sweet... this is a series, and a story, that is unlike other historicals out there, and sure to be a favorite of many." I Am, Indeed

"Lorret works her magic again, drawing the reader so fully into the story that the next thing you know, it's two a.m. and you are ten pages away from a HEA." Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk

"The second book in Lorret’s Misadventures in Matchmaking is a winner!" Smitten by Books

"Briar is an interesting mix of respectable lady and feminist - she'd definitely work as a modern Rom-Com heroine." Zilly in the Sky

"I loved Ten Kisses to Scandal and can't wait for the third book in the Misadventures in Matchmaking series." Bookfoolery

"...freaking delightful!" Smexy Books

"...captured my heart." Once Upon a Page

"Loved. It." The Romance Mom

"...the most spirited, vivacious, refreshing heroine I have read about in a long time." Read Escape Repeat

"addictive, engaging, and humorous" Urban Book Reviews

Other Books In This Series

  • How to Forget a Duke

    Book 1 May 29, 2018

  • The Rogue to Ruin

    Book 3 July 30, 2019
    eBook: July 30, 2019


“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 to 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.