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The Taste of Temptation (The Matchmaker of Edinburgh Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Jonathan Moray is a self-made man, coming from less than nothing, he’s managed to purchase and make a success of two newspapers: the leading gossip tabloid of Edinburgh, The Tattler, and the leading and well-respected daily that presents actual news that is important. He wants to start an evening edition, but his own determination not to borrow against either paper or place himself in debt have him needing to increase circulation and improve the bottom line before adding the newest release. When one of his ‘spotters’ sees Caroline arriving at the station, he knows that one thing will make his dreams of an evening edition come true: convince her to share the “real” story of her engagement, being set aside and the trial. He intends to charm, cajole and even scare Caroline into agreeing to his terms, he knows that she may be shorter of funds than originally thought, and that becomes a consideration as well.
Meantime at her brother’s house, Caroline and his wife Elsie are finding themselves developing a true friendship, and Caroline is seeing that Elsie is more than welcoming, needing a break from the oft-demanding and grumpy Michael. With an introduction to Moray at her first night out after her arrival, Caroline is alternately intrigued and frustrated that yet another ‘journalist’ is concerned with her story, but the sparks and conversation are both intriguing. But, she wants a secure and quiet life, the sparks, the conversation and the attraction are all far more than she wants or deserves. Of course, when she meets Moira Sullivan, a woman of considerable wealth, an eye for who’s who, and an endless series of successful matches, Caroline is clear in her intentions to marry quickly, whomever will have her, and Moray is the only person she’s not interested in. Never say never, as Moira issues a coveted invitation to Moray, seats him next to Caroline, and watches the sparks fly. That is, until a rival for her attention, and wholly more suited man, if boring and self-centered, enters the room.
Kelly takes us on a ride with two characters who are completely unaware of their own worth and desirability. Caroline is beautiful, intelligent, honest and loyal: the right man would be honored to have her, and while she considers herself ruined and tainted, she believes that the very limited options for women of her time have her constrained to say yes to the first taker. Moray is so consumed with making a success of his papers and keeping his past a secret, determined that love is a pipe dream and that his coming from less than nowhere doesn’t make him a viable option for any woman: and this obsession he has for Caroline is little more than wanting the story to quiet his insatiable curiosity. Fortunately, for both of them, the secondary characters in this story are not above a bit of manipulation, straight talk and some serious interference. From his best friend Gavin and his wife Ina (a sculptor) to his editor Eva, her partner Catriona and even Moira and the dressmaker Mrs. Parkem are all wiling to push, prod and even speak plainly to have them see what is right in front of their eyes. Fortunately, even if delayed and right at the brink, they both see sense and dare to bare their hearts and dreams, living a life together that neither could have dared to hope for. Kelly’s writing is wonderfully descriptive, the dialogue sharp and a sense of both the societal pressure and self-esteem play on the progression of the relationship and story: making the place and the people easy to understand, enjoy and cheer for. A read in one sitting story that shows dreams, even those far beyond what is ‘conventional’ can come true.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Although Caroline Burkett had thought her life in London was going well, all it took was one incident to alter her future in a detrimental way. After the man to whom she was engaged broke up with her, things became more distressful when he was later sued by her. Even though two years have passed, people still gossip about what happened and Caroline is tired of not being accepted in society. So she has traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to live with her brother, where hopefully there will be no more scandals while finding a willing husband.
Unfortunately, the first man who seems interested in Caroline is Jonathan Moray, the owner of two newspapers who is only seeking to interview her. While she had wanted to live a quiet existence in Scotland, it seems her wish is not to be. Before coming to Edinburgh, she had heard about a local resident named Moira Sullivan who is known for her success in matching couples, and thankfully the Londoner is taken on as a client. When a gathering at the woman’s home pairs Jonathan and Caroline, both wonder at the motive. Yet it seems Moira has her reasons.
I really liked Caroline, especially when she could let her personality shine, as she is intelligent and witty. She definitely had great comebacks to some of Jonathan’s remarks. A woman living in this era was frequently at the mercy of men, as a male individual could dictate what path the female must follow. Ever since Caroline went against this rule, her life has been ridiculed and she has been scorned. I truly felt for her and what she suffered, and the author showed plenty of moments where her genuine feelings are portrayed.
When Caroline and Jonathan met, I could sense the sparks between them, and the attraction heightened even more during the times they encountered one another again. I found their conversations to be particularly entertaining, as both are smart and can think quickly. As I learned additional facts about Jonathan and Caroline, I came to realize how important being respected was to them. They try to make sure this is how they are seen, and the author’s carefully thought-out explanations let me know what drove them to feel this way. Julia Kelly makes THE TASTE OF TEMPTATION emotionally rewarding with realistic scenes.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion
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