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Discover the first installment in the new delightfully charming Scottish romance series where the matchmaker of Edinburgh uses her uncanny abilities to create the perfect matches—even if the couples are doubtful they’ll ever find love.An accomplished sculptor with secret ambitions, Ina Duncan has managed to avoid marriage for years until an accidental encounter at a partyDiscover the first installment in the new delightfully charming Scottish romance series where the matchmaker of Edinburgh uses her uncanny abilities to create the perfect matches—even if the couples are doubtful they’ll ever find love.An accomplished sculptor with secret ambitions, Ina Duncan has managed to avoid marriage for years until an accidental encounter at a party leaves her near ruin and in need of a husband. Fast. Determined to find a willing husband for Ina, Edinburgh’s most powerful matchmaker, Moira Sullivan, quickly realizes that the solution to Ina’s problem might be right in front of her.Ina’s best friend, Gavin Barrett, has a secret no one knows: he’s loved her for years. As the second son of a baronet, however, he knows he has little chance with his brilliant, beautiful friend. All that changes when Moira convinces Ina to propose a marriage of convenience to Gavin to save her from ruin. Ina only wants two things from him in return: a vow she can continue to sculpt and a promise they’ll remain in Edinburgh.After a rocky start, happiness—and maybe passion—seems on the horizon for the newlyweds until a twist of fate bestows the title of Sir Barrett on Gavin and forces him to assume responsibilities he’s never wanted. Forced to mold herself into the perfect baronet’s wife, Ina must choose between her dreams and the man she’s learning to love....

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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    2019-04-03 05:21

    'The Look of Love' by Julia Kelly is the First Book in a New Series called "The Matchmaker of Edinburgh". Gavin and Ina are friends but Gavin has a secret that he has been keeping from Ina. Gavin is in love with her but as a second son he would not be able to pursue is feelings he thinks. Ina only has eyes for her work until she is scandalized and needs a husband fast. Moira Sullivan is a match maker and wants to help Ina. Moira talks Ina into asking Gavin to marry her and she does with several conditions he must meet. But later Gavin is graced with a Title and that may throw their marriage of convenience into something else.

  • Jenea Whittington
    2019-04-04 04:37

    The Look of Love is a wonderful love story in the year 1875 set in the beautiful Edinburgh Scotland. Gavin has always been there for Ina, being her escort to society functions and other events, and she adores him for it. But as a friend of course. Ina and Gavin’s real story begins when Miss Ina find herself in a compromising position and is in need of a husband to maintain her reputation. And Gavin steps up to help her, they lay out ground rules. It will only be marriage for appearances, nothing more. But we all know, things never go according to plan when there are hidden feelings.Ina is a strong and independent women for her time. She sculpt, and one day does want to be recognized for them, but women of this time should not being doing such things. She doesn’t care what other think of her, or what she does and that is what made her such an intriguing character. I have always liked the rebellious ones. Now Gavin, well, what can I say but he was such a sweetheart. And there was no doubt that his feelings were sincere for Ina. But his family on the other hand, they were just awful. It’s a wonder he turned out to be such a good man. I will say that they all played their parts, even if I want to smack some of them. Now Ina and Gavin, I found them to be absolutely delightful.The story moves along quite nicely and at a good pace with plenty of banter between Ina and Gavin. It’s easy to see that these two have been best friends for a long time, but Gavin has been harboring feelings for Ina for years. He has never said a word, for fear of what it would do to their friendship. Now that they are married, miscommunication becomes the everyday thing, they withhold things from each other, causing problems and disagreements. And to make things even more complicated, he will have to decide what to do about his new found estate after his Fathers dies. I wanted to know what was going to happen with it all. Would Gavin stay with his family and take care of the estate? Would Ina go back home? So many many questions that I wanted answers for. There are so many ups and downs within their relationship, and times that were simply beautiful and I enjoyed it from start to finish. The ending was so worth the wait.The Look of Love is one that fans of historical romances will devour, it full of sweet and sensual moments that will sweep up into their story. I am looking forward to the next installment to see where it take us next.

  • Maria Dariotis
    2019-04-16 03:44

    This is my first book by Julia Kelly and I really liked her style of writing.Ina Duncan is a sculptor who is unconventional and not in any hurry to marry her life is complete . Her art and her best friend Gavin Barret is all she wants. Life has a way of throwing curveballs and that’s just what happened to Ina. At a social gathering she’s compromised by a rake but things aren’t what they seemed, her reputation is in tatters Gavin has a secret he’s in love with his best friend has been for the longest time. Scared that if he made his feelings known to her he’d loose her friendship and a life without Ina isn’t what he wanted. When the unthinkable happens and they’re husband and wife he doesn’t know what or how to act so he pushes her away after their unbelievable passionate night together!When he becomes à baronet after his fathers and brothers death and old secrets are unveiled Ina and Gavin will have to put aside pride and fight for their happiness!I truly enjoyed this story it was extremely heartwarming I love friends to lovers tropes. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book from the publisher through NetGalley, all opinion are my own.

  • Candy Briggs
    2019-04-05 07:44

    Gavin Barrett is a writer, English and very in love with Ina. Ina Duncan is a sculptor and a good one , and Gavin is her best friend. She becomes compromised, thru no fault of her own and has to marry Gavin. This is an amazing story. It is light hearted, but also dark because, of course, no one's life is easy going. The tale flows smoothly and makes the reading so easy. It is full of misunderstandings, unsaid thoughts and the evil mother-in-law. She really doesn't understand love, she never got it from her father, so it is a hard concept for her. I found it hard to put down and finished it in one setting. I really loved this book and very highly recommend it. If you like a wonderful, totally satisfying romantic story, this is one you will love.I received this from Net Galley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  • Tam
    2019-04-05 05:27

    In this charming, Scottish romance tale, Moira, a professional matchmaker, brings together Ina, a woman who needs a husband quickly, and Gavin, Ina's best friend and also the man who has been secretly pining away for Ina. The story line was unique and refreshing, and the characters were heartwarming and endearing. There were so many wonderful, descriptive details, that Kelly made you feel as if you were a part of every scene. I think that this book was a great start to The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series, and I definitely plan to read the next one.*I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley & Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in order to read and provide a voluntary and honest review, should I choose to do so.

  • Tami
    2019-03-23 02:23

    3.5Nice historical romance set in the regency era.This review is based on the ARC I received from the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Chrissy
    2019-04-16 06:44 who follows me and my reviews knows Historical Romance is definitely not a genre that I jump into at all, but there was something about the blurb of this book that made me want to dip my toe in and read this book, and man am I glad I gave The Look of Love a shot. This book grabbed me from the first paragraph and I was unable to put it down!In The Look of Love we meet Ina and Gavin who are great friends, but when scandal arises, the only way to save Ina’s name is for Gavin and her to get married. They agree to rules to save their friendship, but the problem is Gavin holds a secret that he is madly in love with her, and Ina has no clue. When things heat up between them, Ina doesn’t understand how strong Gavin’s feelings are for her, and things get intense. Just when you think things are going to go great for them, everything takes a turn for these two and things get a little bit crazy, and their relationship is definitely put to the test.I adored how much Gavin truly cared for Ina, and put her wants and needs as a priority in their relationship. He knew how much her sculpting meant to her, and never wanted to take that away from her. I hated though how he felt like he wasn’t good enough for her, when all she wanted was for him to continue following his dreams and being the Gavin she always knew. When they are forced to make some big decisions, the Gavin he became I wasn’t fond of. I understand that he was in a stressful situation, but anyone could see that Ina was miserable and everyone around her was making her even more so. I hated Grace and Sophie and how they made her feel and I wish Gavin could have seen through it and stood up for her more. Ina could have spoken up more, instead of trying to handle everything on her own, but these two characters are very headstrong, and it was the downfall of them for quite some time.These two definitely had a long road to their happily ever after, but their story was beautiful and I fell deeply in love with both of them. Gavin and Ina both grew so much in this book and their love for one another transformed as the book went on. For anyone who loves historical romances, or those of you like me who this genre may not be their cup of tea, I highly recommend this book. It grabbed me from the beginning to the end, and I really could not put this book down. The writing was amazing and it took me back to a time and place where you would think things were much simpler, but it was just a different set of drama these characters had to deal with. The ending of this book was beautifully written and I can’t wait to see who the Matchmaker ends up making a match for next! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books bu Julia Kelly in the future, as she may have just turned me into a historical romance fan!I have received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amelia
    2019-03-24 01:44

    In the first book of the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series, emotional issues become very complicated when turmoil enters the lives of two individuals. A man from England and a Scottish woman have a friendship in 1875, and while not everything in their lives is rosy, the many companionable moments they spend together bring much enjoyment. But it only takes one wrong decision to change both their lives forever. I eagerly kept reading to discover what would ultimately happen to them. Julia Kelly takes the couple down a path where choices are not always easy, and much soul-searching must be done when entanglements arise. THE LOOK OF LOVE has unpredicted developments, sincere feelings, and engaging characters.Though most women Ina Duncan’s age would be looking for a husband, she plans to stay single since most men would not give their approval of her working on sculptures. While attending a gathering at the home of Moira Sullivan, she ends up in a situation where her reputation could be destroyed. With the host being a renowned matchmaker, she concocts a solution which will have Ina marrying her best friend, Gavin Barrett.The writer has known Ina for several years, and although he has adored her since their first meeting, he has never revealed his feelings and just let her think of him as a close acquaintance. So when it is strongly suggested that he marry her so she will not be banished from society, Gavin readily agrees. When the couple wed, Ina has some rules for them to follow, yet like much in life, things do not always go as wished.Julia Kelly begins her new series with a compelling theme about matchmaking, and THE LOOK OF LOVE is a historical romance filled with realistic challenges and heartfelt emotions. Although Gavin and Ina were very familiar with the other, neither thought a wedding would ever bind them together. I never knew what was going to happen to them, as one unpredictable incident after another keeps occurring. Both have aspirations that they want to achieve, but some type of obstacle often kept them from reaching a certain goal. During this time period, women were definitely hindered by how society dictated their behavior, while birth order frequently had a man seen as the less important son. Gavin and Ina may be good friends and share much of their life experiences with each other, but she is clueless as to how he really thinks about her. This secret plays a big part in the story, and what they come to realize as they explore the depths of their inner feelings could greatly affect their futures. Their relationship is believable, as reactions are candidly forthright, and some of their comments contain delightful humor. I enjoyed watching the couple go through the many ups and downs of being married. Julia Kelly has brought an entertaining romance to life with compelling details.I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion

  • Lubnaa
    2019-04-20 07:17

    I received this ARC from NetGalley and voluntarily chose to write a review. This was actually pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised. The writing was decent, but there were quite a few grammatical errors and typos, more than usual in an ARC. But that's okay, since I'm assuming these will all be fixed before publishing. My main issue with the writing has to do with the writer not clesrly describing the characters' physical appearances until much later. For instance, I never knew that Gavin was a blonde until after the wedding. Another example would be Norris. At first, I assumed that he was an aged butler and that's how I constantly pictured him. But then all of a sudden, we find out way after that Norris is actually a young, handsome man. It was hard to switch my perceptions this abruptly. I think characters should be described the minute they are introduced to reduce this kind of confusion for the reader. I really enjoyed Ina as a character and I rooted for her from the very beginning. I did like Gavin at first, but then he started getting on my nerves. Surprisingly, I thought Ina was patient even though she needed to accept the fact that she was a baronet's wife. I understood where she was coming from, especially with Gavin's bitch of a mother and sister-in-law constantly degrading Ina. Gavin started angering me after him and Ina went to Oak Park. And when he revealed his feelings, he had the nerve to act as though he deserved a cookie for having loved Ina for so many years. He acted belligerently as if he deserved to get Ina's love after being her good friend for so many years. What even?? It's like he completely changed. He wasn't like that at all before and I understand that he was saying this while he was angry, but still. That is too much. He even thought that Ina was disloyal after all the yearshestood by her. I'm sorry, do you want another cookie for being a good friend? To be honest, I don't think Ina was disloyal at all. Gavin should have reprimanded his female relatives more harshly. And he should have done a better job defending his wife. Anyway, that was my main complaint. I really did enjoy the angst though. I think the author did a great job with the marital conflict. In the end, both Ina and Gavin realize that they needed to compromise. There were, however, some unresolved issues: (view spoiler)[ Now that they are titled, will Gavin and Ina have children? They never discussed that. Did Gavin keep withdrawing after they reconciled? How exactly will they divide their time between England and Scotland?(hide spoiler)]Anyway, this was still an enjoyable read. I only wish these unresolved issues were answered. I look forward to Moray's story! I originally thought he might end up with one of Ina's friends, but his heroine is a new character. This should be exciting.

  • Kathy (My Nook Books and More)
    2019-04-03 01:28

    The Look of Love is a romantic friends-to-lovers story. I loved Ina and Gavin!The Look of Love is set in 1875 Edinburgh, Scotland, and Ina Duncan is a strong willed young lady. Instead of attending lavish dinner parties or balls, Ina spends her time in her art studio. She has become an accomplished sculptor but society does not approve of women artist and the scandalous nude sculptors. Ina ignores society rules and continues to follow her passion. By her side are her supportive friends, one of them being Gavin Barrett. He has also broken society rules and against his father’s wishes has pursued a career as a writer. The moment he met Ina he was smitten with her intellect, talent and beauty. As years go by their friendship grows stronger but Gavin’s feelings for Ina grows to love. Ina refuses to get married and is clueless to Gavin’s attraction. When Ina is on the verge of a scandal Gavin jumps to her rescue and agrees to marry her. Their marriage is a business deal but from the moment of their wedding kiss a spark of passion ignites. Can Ina and Gavin stay just as friends? Or will they open their hearts to a future together as man and wife? You have to read The Look of Love to find out all the steamy details!I fell in love with Ina and Gavin. I loved how they connected as friends, being supportive and protective of each other. They had great chemistry and I loved the fun banter. Because of their painful past they both felt unworthy of love but together they face their fears. It was an amusing twist to see the lengths they took to show their love for each other (and it was absolutely swoon worthy). I am a huge fan of historical romance and I found a new author to add to my must-read list for this genre. I thought author Julia Kelly’s writing was amazing and I loved the creativity and wit of her story. This is a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to read more of Julia Kelly’s books.I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.

  • AnnMarie
    2019-04-10 03:27

    The Look of Love is the first book in The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series by Julia Kelly.Gavin Barret is the second son of a Baronet. His independence caused trouble between him and his father and their relationship suffered terribly for it.Ina Duncan equally loves her independence but unlike Gavin, it hasn't caused any rift in the family. She loves art and she especially loves to sculpt in marble. It is her dream to one day have her work shown in an all-male orientated society.Gavin and Ina have been the best of friends for years, but for Gavin, it's more than friendship, he has secretly loved her for as long. When Ina finds herself ruined by a notorious rake, one who was trying to force himself on her, Gavin steps in and offers to marry her. She knows it's the only option she has, so they marry as quickly as possible.One kiss at the church and Ina realises that she definitely would like more from Gavin, but he's just her friend, how can she tell him she'd like to more than that from him. Their marriage is going along nicely until Gavin is called upon by his mother to return to his father's estate, now HIS estate because of a tragic accident. Life, as he and Ina were enjoying, comes to an abrupt halt when he has to take on the responsibilities of being a Baronet. Can their marriage survive, or will they be ripped apart due to circumstances beyond their control?I read this book in just one sitting because I needed to know just how it was going to end. I really couldn't see how our couple could have a happy ending especially with Gavin's mother making it obvious that she didn't like Ina. Despite as well, an ex-love of Gavin's being ready to throw herself at him. I love how the author made my heart ache for Gavin, and how even though I could have shaken Ina for being blind to Gavin's love, I really felt for her as well. A book that can drag me into the story is a perfect book for me.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers' copy of this book.

  • Janet
    2019-04-22 03:17

    Ina Duncan is an accomplished sculptor with secret ambitions, who has managed to avoid marriage for years until an accidental encounter at a party with Lord Kier leaves her near ruin and in need of a husband. Determined to find a willing husband for Ina, Edinburgh’s most powerful matchmaker, Moira Sullivan, quickly realizes that the solution to Ina’s problem might be right in front of her & convinces Ina to propose a marriage of convenience to Gavin to save her from ruinIna’s best friend, Gavin Barrett, has a secret no one knows: he’s loved her for years. As the second son of a baronet who survives on a pittance of an allowance, he knows he has little chance with his brilliant, beautiful friend. Ina only wants two things from him in return: a vow she can continue to sculpt and a promise they’ll remain in Edinburgh.After a rocky start, the newlyweds seem to be finding happiness until a twist of fate bestows the title of Sir Barrett on Gavin and forces him to assume responsibilities he’s never wanted. It also means they have to go to his estate in Northumberland & Ina has to deal with his mother & sister in law.A well-written lovely story of friends to lovers. The characterisation is very good, Gavin & Ina are very well portrayed & very likeable although I wanted to shake each of them at times. His mother & sister in law are horrid & I was aghast as to how he didn’t banish them immediately. The attraction of the pair is SO apparent but they are both riddled with insecurities. I hope Moira has lots more matchmaking to doMy honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  • Katina Fragakis
    2019-04-17 07:36

    Julia Kelly has delivered a quality introduction to her Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. Her writing is smooth, descriptive, easily assimilated. Her characters are well-developed and real, accompanied by all the human weaknesses we attribute to Victorian society. This all adds up to a very entertaining read.Ina Duncan is an independent Scottish lady who has been allowed the freedom to pursue her passion for sculpting, even though it is frowned upon as a proper career for a female. Her father is engaged in interests of his own, and her mother, a lady of poor reputation, died when she was young. So when she found herself in a compromising situation, she turned to her closest friend, Gavin Barrett, an author and disowned second son of an English baronet. Together they forge a marriage supposedly based upon friendship. This is complicated by the fact that Gavin has loved her for years, and Ina is incapable of recognizing love, due to her lack of exposure to it. Consequently, misunderstandings abound.I respected Gavin for his devotion to Ina, but he infuriated me with his secrets, especially when they had to travel to his English home. I felt for Ina because, as strong as she appeared, she was covering her insecurities. Lady Sophia and Grace, the ladies of Oak Park, were perfect bitches, as expected. And Moira Sullivan is the consummate matchmaker, certain of her perception of people and their suitability. She will be interesting to follow in the rest of the series.I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Debra Martin
    2019-04-05 01:40

    Englishman Gavin Barrett has loved sculptor Ina Duncan for years. Ina is talented, spirited and Gavin's dearest friend. She has more freedom than most young ladies living in Edinburgh and happily works on her sculptors while Gavin escorts her to society events. She secretly dreams of being recognized for her accomplishments. When Ina is nearly compromised by a rake at a party, Gavin steps up and agrees to marry her. Can Gavin settle for just being Ina's friend now that he's kissed her sweet lips? When a family tragedy changes Gavin's circumstances, will Ina stand by her husband and return to England with him?This was a quick read and I finished the book in one sitting. The plot moves along well with witty banter, romance, misunderstandings and the ultimate sacrifice. Ms. Kelly allows the reader to know both Gavin and Ina inner thoughts and feelings, each feeling love blossom only to suffer the heartache of rejection. Cruel family members fuel Ina's insecurities and Gavin is pulled between his duty and his wife. Will he realize that his wife is the most important thing to him or will he be pulled under all the responsibilities suddenly heaped on his shoulders? And will Ina regret her actions and stand by her husband? No spoilers here. Read this enjoyable romance and find out.I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Kel
    2019-04-22 08:34

    Note: I received a free e-copy through the Goodreads Giveaways program.The Look of Love is a friends to lovers romance featuring a heroine who just wants her art and friendship. Ina is passionate about her work but, despite her tendency to buck society's norms, in her personal life, she's determined to maintain the status quo. Gavin (best friend, loved her for years, too poor to be a proper suitor) is willing to play along. However, once engaged in a marriage of convenience, the status quo can't stand--especially when Gavin unexpectedly inherits a title and estate far from Ina's beloved Edinburgh.The bulk of Ina and Gavin's problems probably could have been resolved with better communication, but it mostly made sense given their personalities and backgrounds. Their thoughts also got a little too repetitive, especially near the end where little else was happening.Biggest complaint: I didn't get enough Scotland. We're dealing with a sculptor and a writer, so I probably shouldn't have expected a lot of outdoorsy descriptions and travelogue-ing, but I was still kind of hoping to come out of this book ready to hop on a plane to Edinburgh. (Not that I don't want to do that anyway, but not because of the book.)Final word: decent historical romance.

  • Amanda Richardson
    2019-04-08 08:23

    "The Look of Love" by Julia Kelly is a very sweet romance. Ina has never been interested in marriage or the traditional role of a high society woman, she is a sculptor and only wants to be recognized for her sculpting. She has a male friend, Gavin, who fully supports her sculpting attempts. Gavin's problem is that he is in love with Ina and has been for years. He knows she isn't interested, but she turns to him when she is compromised by a disreputable man.Gavin agrees that he should marry Ina to protect her reputation. Ina agrees to the marriage, but the couple starts off on shaky ground. They are no longer just friends. Ina realizes that she may actually desire Gavin and maybe she should pursue these feelings. So they do.There are many misunderstandings between these two. And secrets that when uncovered will be painful for both. Gavin and Ina are a sweet couple, they really do belong together. Would recommend for readers who like their romances on the sweeter side, very good story.I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mell
    2019-04-07 08:15

    I'm in the minority in saying that I didn't love this. I found it meh, and would rate 2.5 stars.This reads more like a novella, in that the narrative and plot feel condensed and cramped. The transition within the story are abrupt and almost jarring. Something barley evolves and develops before the action ricochets in another direction. This happens several times and feels less like suspense and more like awkward editing.The characters are thinly sketched and more like caricatures: we've got cold cruel bitch, unconfined Bohemian artist, manipulative seductress, creepy rake, etc. For all the fuss about the famous matchmaker, we barely see her and learn absolutely nothing about her.Overall, this novel doesn't offer anything unique or of much of interest. We have another quirky, independent heroine ahead of the time in her interests and education. The male lead is more evolved and modern than others I've read. This could have made for a great read, but the magic wasn't there for me.

  • E
    2019-04-10 07:18

    This is a book about friends – one in love with the other and one who doesn’t know it as yet. Ina grew up in a time when young women of the aristocratic realm were expected to learn the arts of capturing a rich husband. Ina had other aspirations; like being a well-respected sculpture artist, something frowned upon by her family, peers and betters. She pursues her art and is supported by her friend Gavin. When scandal threatens Ian, Gavin comes to the rescue by marrying her. They both agree this will be a marriage of convenience, only things don’t turn out the way they are supposed to. Gavin’s and Ian’s lives turn upside down when Gavin unexpectedly assumes the role of Baronet of his family’s estate. Will this be their undoing? Ms. Kelly paints a lovely historical romance rich in strong characters and her words bring to life a long gone era. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I won this e-book from

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-23 00:44

    This was an entertaining story about a woman sculptor, Ina Duncan and her friend Gavin Barrett, a writer. This follows their relationship and the way in which Society of the day, dictated the path they should take. This doesn’t mean that they necessarily followed it! It emphasises how women’s capabilities were viewed by some men and the restrictions placed upon them. It also takes into account the way in which second sons were often viewed and the affect it had on the son. I found this book difficult to put down, it kept me gripped until the end. There were a number of interesting secondary characters as well. I received a copy from Netgalley and have voluntarily reviewed it. This is my honest review.

  • Susan
    2019-03-28 06:23

    In a book like this, readers expect a happily ever after and what matters is how you get there (and whether the characters are compelling/enjoyable in their setting). I tend to get annoyed when the obstacles in the way are the usual "we can't be bothered to actually talk to each other" communication issues. In other words, the characters set up their own obstacles instead of having external ones to overcome.This book falls into that trap - the characters are pushed together at the beginning and spend the rest of the book avoiding each other or failing to talk about their feelings/wishes/anything, even though they have been best friends for years. On the other hand, the writing is good and the characters are different, even if I didn't particularly like them. I'd continue the series or try something else by this author to see if it was just these characters that didn't particularly suit me. It would be interesting to learn more about the history/background of "The Matchmaker of Edinburgh" and how that character will be used throughout the series.Overall, this is a standard historical romance - good for an afternoon's distraction but not one I'd go out of my way to recommend. **Received free through Goodreads Giveaways**

  • Melinda M
    2019-03-30 08:20

    The Look of Love by Julia Kelly is the first book of The Matchmaker of Edinburgh Series. It is a historical romance set in the Regency era. The use of a matchmaker was not abnormal at the time. I enjoy the role of the matchmatcher in getting couples together. Moira the matchmaker brings together Ina and Gavin. As with life , the couple has bumps in the road to happiness to get thru. Julia Kelly gives you a good feel for the society that she has the story set in. It kept me interested and wanting to know what was going to happen next. It is a good start to a new series.I received a copy thru a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Zena
    2019-04-15 04:34

    This is a wonderful story about a Scottish lady and an Englishman. It really is beautifully written with each event following clearly and grippingly so that as a reader you are compelled to read the next page and the one after that and then the next one and so on.It had every evoking emotion in it that could possibly be written into it and there were several scenes that stick in my mind like the proposal, the reconciliation and the heroine's eventual claim to fame as a sculptress.I am extremely happy to recommend this book and hope you enjoy it as much as I have.I received a free advance copy of this book and is is my unbiased review of it.

  • Karen
    2019-04-19 05:37

    Ina is an unconventional woman. She is a sculptor. She speaks her mind and sometimes acts without thinking. Ina’s best friend, Gavin, tries to keep her out of trouble. Gavin secretly loves Ina, but is afraid that she only sees him as a friend. As a second son of a baronet, he also feels unworthy of her. One night Ina's rash behavior alters both their lives forever. I enjoyed reading this story and following along as they struggle to come to terms with the many changes that transform their lives.

  • Angela
    2019-04-07 00:30

    Here is what I like about this story – Ina. She is a sculptor who does not really care what others think of her. She loves her art. Gavin is a true friend. He will do everything in his power to help her. I really liked how they had to learn to live together – you know, the “does he love me, does she love me, am I saying the right thing, should I be aggressive”. Theirs is a nice story that shows the give and take in a relationship. Definitely cannot wait for Moray’s story.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-17 02:36

    My first time reading Julia Kelly and I really enjoyed her writing style, the depth she gives to her characters, her creativity and a natural flow to her story line. A wonderful story set in Scotland of two friends with great chemistry that face their fears and insecurities together to find lasting love. As an avid fan of historical romance I am definitely adding this author to my favorites!

  • Arlene Downey
    2019-04-01 08:18

    Very entertaining and very unusual couple. Gavin is a writer and Ina is a sculptor. A marriage to save her reputation reveals their true feelings for each other.Then he unexpectedly inherits his father’s estate; and discovers he has a knack for estate management but would rather be writing!I received a free book from Goodreads Giveaways.

  • Theresa Hurley
    2019-03-29 05:19

    Wonderful story!

  • Jaimie
    2019-03-24 04:15

    This was a fun read! Characters were interesting and surprisingly diverse for the historical setting. Also, the sex scenes were sexy. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • Lux Lewis
    2019-03-26 05:30

    A wonderfully-written friends to lovers trope.Ina Rose Duncan, a sculptor who longs to be a part of the Royal Sculptor Society but find it impossible as it requires male-only membership. That obstacle doesn't deter her from joining the sculptor competition by using just her initials to disguise her gender.Gavin Barrett, Ina's best friend, second son of a baronet, a writer. Unbeknownst to Ina, Gavin has loved her for years.Ina was found in a compromising situation which could lead to her ruination. Moira the matchmaker, has proposed a marriage of convenience between Ina and Gavin to save Ina's reputation. They marry in Edinburgh but Gavin's father and his brother the heir to the barony died, Gavin, accompanied by Ina, has gone back to England to assume the duties and responsibilities he never wanted.Both of them were unprepared for the daunting task ahead of them. Gavin's obnoxious mother didn't help matters, this has put strain on their marriage, Ina fled back to Edinburgh. This was a beautiful story of two people trying their hardest to make their marks in the world despite all odds. When Gavin followed his wife back to Edinburgh and grovel to win her back, they deserve their happy-ever-after.I received a complimentary eGalley copy from the publisher. This is my honest review.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-01 07:22

    The Look of Love, the first book in Julia Kelly's The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series, was such a fun romance to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was in a book slump before I read it and it was just what I needed to get me out of it. First off, I really loved the two principle characters in this book. Ina was quite quirky and adorable and I loved that she wasn't willing to give up the things she loved for anything. And then Gavin was sufficiently adorable and lovable. I loved that he and Ina were best friends before they married because the initial friendship between them was what made me love them so much together in the beginning. I loved that he supported her love of sculpting and was always there for her when others either wished to harm her or ridicule her for being an artist. But while I loved the friendship they first had, what really made this book for me was the ways their relationship changed and grew once they were married. I loved that despite being married they tried and failed to keep things platonic between each other. And I also loved that their relationship wasn't all good and that they went through ups and downs as they settled down together and accepted that they had real feelings for each other. Overall, this book was an absolutely fantastic historical romance and I'm looking forward to some more Matchmaker of Edinburgh books in the future. Yes, I really recommend this book.