Thursday, January 23, 2020

Review: The Matchmaker's Rogue by Regina Scott

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it


Grace-by-the-Sea: Where romance and adventure come home.

Polished Jesslyn Chance has one of the most enviable positions in the little Regency coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She is the hostess of the spa, arranging introductions and entertainments and playing matchmaker to the ladies and gentlemen who come to take the waters, promenade through the shops, and dance at the assembly. But when a rogue returns from her past, Jess finds herself suddenly at sea.

Always an adventurer, Larkin Denby left Grace-by-the-Sea to right the wrongful death of his father. Now he’s back on a mission: to identify the mysterious Lord of the Smugglers who allegedly sails from Grace Cove and takes England’s secrets to France. But Grace-by-the-Sea is the perfect little spa town, run by the still oh-so-perfect Jesslyn Chance. When the village’s future is threatened, Jess must work with Lark to solve the mystery and protect the town’s own. In doing so, the matchmaker of Grace-by-the-Sea may just find that the best match for her is the rogue who stole her heart years ago.

My Review

I'm so excited to have a new Regency series from Regina Scott! I love the unique setting of a seaside spa village, and the elements of suspense and intrigue that were incorporated which brought momentum to the pace of the book. This is a second chance love story, but Jesslyn and Lark had been apart for several years and become strangers. I liked how their renewed acquaintance turned quickly to friendship again, and working together to investigate the smuggling brought a sense of camaraderie. I didn't feel much in the way of romance between them- they each had their reasons for repressing any feelings, and with their friendship working so well combined with the focus on the plot, I felt there wasn't much romantic tension. There is a great supporting cast of family and townspeople to liven things up and all the quirks and mannerisms were entertaining. I'm looking forward to the next in the series!

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

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