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Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress: A captivating and hilarious Regency Romance (Matchmaker Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – January 6, 2015

4.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Matchmaker Trilogy Series

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"Anyone seeking a different Regency setting and non-royal characters is certain to find Romain's novel a bright light. Well written, filled with likable characters and topped off with a mystery... Expect to shed some tears of joy by the wonderful conclusion." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Romain concludes her Matchmaker Regency trilogy (after To Charm a Naughty Countess) with irresistible brio and wit... It's all good deceptive fun as the cat-and-mouse games are augmented by spirited repartee, with comic relief provided by Sutcliffe and his wife." - Publishers Weekly

"Romain brings her Matchmaker trilogy to a splendidly satisfying conclusion with this smart, sexy, and emotionally involving historical that gifts readers with a beautifully realized Bath setting and a refreshingly different, wonderfully nuanced hero and heroine." - Booklist

"I really enjoyed everything about this book. The characters were fascinating and not the standard duke (I don't have anything against the standard duke, mind, but I like reading about the 99%, too). I loved Joss' identity issues, and the setting made me so happy. I also really liked that there wasn't an evil villain in the background twirling his moustache and cackling. This was a delight." - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"By far this book is one of the best romantic novels that I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Romain is a delightful, fun entertainer..." - Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick!

"It's a lovely story and well written. I look forward to more from this author." - The Reading Cafe

" I would highly recommend this brilliant yet stunning novel to readers all over. It's the most captivating romance readers will ever find." - Romancing the Book

"Beautifully written, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress is a must-read for anyone who enjoys romance." - Long and Short Reviews

About the Author

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.
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Product Details

  • Series: Matchmaker Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402284055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402284052
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2015
Format: Mass Market Paperback
(No Verified Purchase badge here because I found this at the library.)

This is the type of romance that bores many readers. There's lots of talk and very little sex. There are no spies, villains, abductions, Big Misunderstandings, and no tedious and excessive talk about tented breeches, etc. I enjoyed this for the good writing, excellent dialogue and a love slow in developing and slow to be acted upon intimately. So call me old, but if I want excessive pages of sex, I'll go to the erotica section. If I want real romance, somebody like Theresa Romain is the way to go.

Middle-class but very wealthy soap-company heiress Augusta Meredith has recently lost both parents in a tragic accident and at the same time lost the man she had loved and lost her 'virtue' to when he threw her over for another rich woman. Hero Joss Everett is a low-ranking member of the upper class, cousin to a baron and working as that baron's man of affairs. Joss has Indian blood so is neither fish nor fowl in society. Not very acceptable in the upper class and treated like a servant by his own family. Not only that but his self esteem is so low that he quietly accepts his poor treatment by the baron.

Joss and Augusta are acquaintances from London but meet here in Bath where Augusta is pretending to be a Mrs. Flowers, looking to take a lover in an affair that she will be totally in control of, not wishing to be vulnerable to hurt again. Joss is in Bath on a mission for his cousin the baron, whose indiscretion with a maid has him being blackmailed. If Joss is successful in his endeavors for the baron, he's hoping to be able to leave his position and find something that will give him more self-respect.

So there. It's not a big deal story. What's the big deal for me is the writing. Any HR author can write a story. Not just any HR author can write a story well. There's humor, poignancy, warmth and romance, all developed by a talented writer.
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Heiress Augusta Meredith can’t help it, no matter how much wealth she possesses she doesn’t have the necessary bloodlines to be accepted in the ton. But when she travels to Bath with her best friend Lady emily Tallent, no one should know her and as a vivacious widow, she could be herself. Except Joss Everett a darkly handsome young man arrives from London, and her charade is about to be exposed unless she can persuade Joss to keep her secret in exchange for a secret of his own.

*** In SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS author Theresa Romaine uses two somewhat tortured unhappy people who as it turns out have much in common in spite of the vast difference in their financial situations. In spite of her wealth Augusta, had not only lost her beloved parents but at approximately the same time, the man she planned to marry, dropped her and married another. Not only had Augusta’s heart been broken but her trust in men was severely diminished.

Joss however, was somewhat different. Actually he became something of a challenge. After turning down Augusta’s (aka the lovely widow Mrs. Flowers) offer to become her lover - a man she could control and discard at will she was disappointed Joss refused. However, he did promise to keep her secrets and also agreed to help her find a more agreeable lover.

One of the things I liked about this story, even though I felt it a bit slower in pace than I like, was the way the author slowly built a trusting relationship between the two. Augusta had severe trust issues to overcome, as well as finding out who she really was as a person, instead of the ‘fake widow’ or the outrageous flirt she had been tagged as in London.
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The final installment in Theresa Romain’s Matchmaker Trilogy, and what a fun ride! Set outside of London in Bath, this gives some freedom from the more rigid society moments so frequent in other historicals.

Augusta is a wonderful heroine, an heiress that is always at the center of one controversy or another, she is on the hunt for a lover – not a husband. This makes her rather unusual for the time, and her rather matter-of-fact realization of the anachronisms and inappropriate behaviors are not beyond her acknowledgement.

Joss is completely aware of just who Augusta is; he sees right through her deceptions but finds her utterly intriguing nonetheless. Their interactions range from quite clever to wholly inappropriate, and they are both aware, at least in conversation just how odd their relationship is. While not completely ‘traditional’ in romance terms, these two share deeper and more meaningful ideas and concepts than love giving them a more complete understanding and awareness of one another.

I enjoyed these two characters, and their interplay – but I particularly enjoyed Joss’ cousin – a spoilt, alcohol sodden busybody with a bit too much time on his hands. His character was thoroughly unapologetic in both his good and bad moments, and often added several layers of comic relief when the story became tense.

A fun and light historic romance that presented me with a few anachronisms that I had troubles reconciling. First was slang / language use, which for me is most important in historical fiction. One cannot use modern language and hold the ‘feel’ of the past. There are certain ‘allowances’ made for behaviors that are more modern in construct, but language should always hold.
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