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Travel back in time to Scotland with bestselling author Julia Kelly for this delightful second installment in her latest historical romance series, The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. Accomplished matchmaker Moira Sullivan knows that sometimes, the most unlikely pair can be the most entertaining.Only desperation could have driven Caroline Burkett to her brother’s home in STravel back in time to Scotland with bestselling author Julia Kelly for this delightful second installment in her latest historical romance series, The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. Accomplished matchmaker Moira Sullivan knows that sometimes, the most unlikely pair can be the most entertaining.Only desperation could have driven Caroline Burkett to her brother’s home in Scotland, but desperate is exactly what she is. After suing her former fiancé for breaking their engagement and causing a scandal in the papers, her only hope of starting over is to enlist the help of Edinburgh’s famous matchmaker, Moira Sullivan.Born to a butler and maid, Jonathan Moray fought hard to find his place in Edinburgh society. Now a powerful newspaperman, he can make or break a person’s reputation with his headlines, but Jonathan knows his success isn’t guaranteed. He needs salacious stories to keep his readers enthralled, and Caroline’s story is just the sort to sell papers in droves.When Moira introduces Jonathan and Caroline at a salon, Caroline knows the editor is exactly the wrong man to associate with if she wants to find a husband and restore her reputation, but even as another, more suitable suitor begins to court her, she can’t deny the power of her attraction to Jonathan. Now she must ask herself if she’s strong enough to choose between the man who can give her a secure, quiet life, or the one who promises her a passion she’s never known....

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the taste of temptation the matchmaker of edinburgh 2 Reviews

  • Gaele
    2018-10-31 03:30

    I don’t know HOW I missed the first in this series, as I loved Kelly’s Governess series, but miss it no more, the second book in The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series has plenty to recommend it, and it’s set in Victorian Scotland, with characters who are taking advantage of the potential in this upwardly mobile society. Caroline Burkett has spent the past years in London as the subject of scandal, derision and idle gossip. When her engagement to a viscount fell through, her mother filed a breach of promise suit, and Caroline was left to fend off journalists, societal censure and the embarrassment of public interest into her most trying time. Although she won a settlement, the money went to solicitors and debts, leaving her with little and a need to stay with relations as an unmarried woman. She’s decided that Scotland is her best shot, and moves in with her brother (a banker) and his wife, with an introductory letter to Moira Sullivan, the Matchmaker of Edinburgh. She’s closed herself off to flights of fancy concerning love, and wants little more than a quick marriage to ensure her security and remove herself from the notice of the tabloids. 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.Review first appeared atI am, Indeed

  • Wit & Wonder Books
    2018-10-19 07:39

    *** ARC provided by the author for an honest review ***What do you do with your life once things don’t quite work out in your favor? That is a question addressed in The Taste of Temptation by Julia Kelly.Caroline Burkett is leaving London by way of Scotland. Her life has been in shambles due to the fact that she sued her ex fiancé for becoming engaged to another woman. They were engaged for years, and due to situations that were out of their control, life and expectations changed, and so his wants and needs changed as well.Jonathan Moray is a newspaperman. He actually owns three separate newspapers under one roof, and wants to start an additional one. He is having challenges without having money, and must find a way to make things happen. Caroline’s story is just what he needs in order to be able to get to where he needs to be. Status is everything and competition is growing everyday. Caroline hasn’t shared her story with anyone, and he will do anything to get it.Before she left London, Caroline was given the information for the penultimate matchmaker. Moira is famous for what she has done in the past, and what she can do in the present. She can assist individuals with finding their perfect match. However, when Moira connects Caroline and Jonathan, has she made the wrong connection, or has her connecting the two been the best thing that could have ever happened to them?I liked this book. I appreciated the pacing of the coming together of Caroline and Jonathan. It didn’t feel forced, it felt as though the author took her time in that she understood, that the personalities of the characters needed the time for them to come together. And in this, it was really nice because as a reader, I could take my time in their relationship.Four stars.

  • Jenea Whittington
    2018-11-02 08:38

    The Taste of Temptation is a beautiful historical tale and is the second installment in The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. The two books don’t necessarily have to be read in order, but I personally would recommend reading the first one, just because it was really good, oh, and it does also introduce you to the “mathcmaker” too.This one centers around Miss Caroline Burkett, she’s recently been the center of a court proceeding. It was in all the papers, and was the talk of just about everywhere. Miss Burkett, sued her ex-fiance for breaking their engagement, and won. It caused such a scandal, that she seems to have lost her way a little, so decides to go Scotland and stay with her not so welcoming brother and his lovely wife. While there she meets, Mr. Jonathon Moray, who is a reporter, in fact her owns three newspapers. When he gets wind of her arrival, he does everything he can to get close to her, but this woman does not like him. And I do mean, at all… But her story is just what is financially struggling business needs. And he is kinda stubborn, so of course he isn’t going to give up.Now that Caroline is living with her family, she is trying to put all the gossip and heart ache behind her but she also knows that she should marry. I guess that would help calm all the whispering around town. So, she enlists the help of the best to help her find a husband. Moira, The Matchmaker. With the scandal and her age, she’s afraid she will never find a man who will take her. Moira is good at her work, she sets her plan in motion. There are gorgeous balls, and private dinners, and those eligible men are there of course. But little Miss Matchmaker puts a kink in Caroline’s thinking when she invites Mr. Moray. I even thought to myself, this is not going to end well. These two are bickering at each other soon as they see each other. Their banter had me smiling and snickering though but it also made me think maybe there is something more to it. Like kids “like” each other, and they pick at each other, so maybe Moira was right all along with these two.It was such a joy to follow Caroline while she found herself again, and we did get to learn a little about her brother and his wife. And even Jonathon. He is quite a complicate man. His history is one that pulled on my heart strings. The banter was fantastic, and the chemistry was too if you get them to just be quite, and really talk and listen. I really enjoyed so many things about this, the setting is absolutely beautiful, and the characters are ones you might want to shake a few time, but want to root for so badly. The third installment in the series, The Allure of Attraction will be out in May, so I am anxious to see who Kelly introduces us to next. I think fans of historical romance will love this one. I did!

  • Roses R Blue
    2018-11-04 11:37

    As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-ItAfter being engaged for several years, Caroline Burkett's fiancé unexpectedly inherits a title. His family had never been overly pleased with the engagement, and now they pressure him to jilt Caroline for a more suitable match. While Caroline is crushed, her mother is furious, and brings a breach-of-promise lawsuit. While Caroline eventually wins the suit, the bulk of the proceeds have to be used to pay off the lawyers, and the disgrace has left Caroline all but a social outcast and fodder for the scandal sheets. Wanting a fresh start, Caroline travels to Scotland, hoping that Moira Sullivan, a matchmaker, will help her to find a husband.Jonathan Moray has risen from his humble beginnings to own two newspapers, one of them being a scandal sheet, The Tattler. Jonathan has eyes everywhere, and when he learns that Caroline has arrived in Edinburgh, he is determined to get an exclusive interview with her. Rather than being underhanded about it, (a fact I greatly appreciate) Jonathan approaches Caroline directly with his request. As you would imagine, Caroline wants no part of it, and is not shy about letting Jonathan know her feelings. He is a determined man, however, and won't give up.As the matchmaker, Moira, begins to introduce Caroline to various eligible gentlemen at different social events, it seems that Jonathan is always there. Caroline finds her initial dislike turning to a reluctant respect and liking for Jonathan, and that slowly blossoms into a passionate relationship. Even though Jonathan cares deeply for Caroline, he feels his background is too far beneath hers for any chance at a future together. When the tables are turned, and Jonathan becomes the subject of the scandal sheets, he learns how it feels to have one's actions put under a microscope - and it's a revelation for him.I was hesitant about both of these characters until I learned more about them and the truth of their pasts. Initially, I couldn't imagine why a young lady would subject herself to the humiliation of bringing a lawsuit, or why a self made man would want to publish a scandal sheet. Their stories are slowly revealed as their romance develops, and I could better understand them and root for them to be together. The scenes where they divulge their secrets to each other are touching as they allow themselves to finally be vulnerable to another.Aside from Caroline's and Jonathan's passionate affair, THE TASTE OF TEMPTATION showed how women of that period were truly victims of the time, and had limited choices. Caroline is provided with a safe option, one that will restore her reputation, if she chooses it. Jonathan is also given the chance to change the path he's taken for a more honorable one. Will their respective choices allow them a future together? THE TASTE OF TEMPTATION is well written and has a storyline and main characters that are refreshingly different. I enjoyed the read!

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-19 10:36

    I received The Taste of Temptation from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. It is the second book in Julia Kelly's Matchmaker of Edinburgh Series. It can be read as a stand alone. I didn't read the first book in the series, but have since picked it up to read.Caroline Burkett has had her 15 minutes of fame in London that has been everything but kind to her. Defeated, she regroups and heads to her brother in Edinburgh to enlist help from fame matchmaker Moira Sullivan. Jonathan Moray is an ambitious newspaper owner who wants to write Ms. Burkett side of the story. Their first meeting is instant attraction and yet, both continue on their original course of their plans.Caroline meets Robert Trevlan, an acquaintance of her brother. Though boring, she thinks he is exactly what she needs in a husband. As Mr. Trevlan continues to court Caroline, it becomes more and more apparent they are not a fit at all. He likes to hunt and live in the country, she likes city life and the theater among other differences. Jonathan, while continuing to pursue Caroline for a story, also begins to develop feelings for her. In his attempt to protect Caroline, Jonathan finds some dirt on Trevlan and relays that to Caroline. Though concern, Caroline feels her options are limited and continues with her plan. Julia Kelly did a WONDERFUL job of making the reader realize just how limited options for a woman was during the Victorian era. The conversations between Jonathan and Caroline go in depth about dreams and reality, likes and dislikes, passion and apathy. The build up was slow but exploded into steamy passion once Jonathan and Caroline couldn't contain themselves any longer. I also feel in love with the back story of Caroline brother and his wife, Michael and Elsie, and hope that Kelly writes about them.All in all, this was a wonderful introduction to Julia Kelly's writing for me. I will be happy to pick up more books by her and continue the series. #TheTasteofTemptation #NetGalley

  • Meghan V
    2018-10-14 05:55

    A basic romance between a heroine with a scandalous past and a hero wanting to get ahead no matter the cost. Set in Edinburgh and with a self-made hero, I was intrigued by the premise and prospect but ultimately nothing took off for me. It was just too predictable a story and the characters felt too stereotypical for me to get behind one. Good writing, but I like more intrigue and diversity and spice in my romances.

  • Tam
    2018-10-15 04:44

    Great characters. Full of surprises. A fantastic follow up to the first book in the series!*I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley & Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.

  • Tracy Emro
    2018-11-02 10:27

    Caroline Burkett is traveling to Scotland to live with her brother Michael and his wife Elise, and hopefully to begin anew, she hopes to be taken on by Moira Sullivan, the Matchmaker of Edinburgh. Two years ago she was jilted and sued her ex for breach of contract. She won her suit, but destroyed her chances for marriage in the process. Hounded by the press and humiliated in court, Caroline just wants to find a husband and fade into obscurity. Jonathan Moray is the founder and owner of two papers in Edinburgh, he would love to start a third paper, but refuses to borrow money to do so, he tells his staff that they need to sell more papers. When he learns that Caroline Burkett, the "Lovelorn Lady" has come to town. He wants to get an exclusive interview with her and has a plan.They "accidentally" meet when he is in her seat at the theater. She is immediately attracted to him and is delighted when he asks to talk to her during intermission. When they meet up, she learns who he is and what he wants and she is disgusted. The press was relentless in their pursuit of her story and made her life a living hell. She has no love for newspapermen and tells Moray so. He makes a counter offer, tell him her story or he will begin to dog her every step in his scandal sheet. She refuses and makes the acquaintance of Robert Trevlan, a friend of her brother. Trevlan immediately makes his interest known and Caroline feels a little bubble of hope that her dream to marry might actually happen.The next morning, she receives an invitation to meet Mrs. Sullivan. The woman agrees to help Caroline, but tries to convince Caroline to want more than just security. Caroline is firm, she just wants a husband and almost any man will do. After her experience in London, she doesn't trust her own judgement and wants no part of a "love match" as love only brings pain.At her first dinner party, Mrs. Sullivan invites Moray and seats Caroline between him and Trevlan. Caroline is at first annoyed, especially since she enjoys talking to Moray. For his part, Moray is attracted to Caroline, but he has secrets that could ruin everything he has worked so hard to build. He knows that Caroline is looking for a husband, but he could never be that man. He tries to refocus on his goal and ignore his attraction to her.These two are thrown together several more times and a friendship of sorts blossoms. When they share a kiss and some personal confidences, Caroline knows that she wants him. He desperately wants to see her, but she is being watched by the press and he doesn't want to give them anything to gossip about, he knows Trevlan is staking a claim and learns disturbing information about him. There is no opportunity to see her alone, so he sneaks in her room.They embark on a heated affair and they both share their deepest, darkest secrets. But when Moray's secrets are revealed, he turns on the only woman he has ever loved and pushes her in to the arms of his rival.This was a very well written, well paced story that was surprisingly steamy (much to my delight), I really became invested in these two characters and found myself shaking my head and chastising them both at times, while still rooting for their HEA. This is the second book in the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series, but I did not read the first book and had no problems at all following this story. I would happily recommend this book and look forward to reading more by this author in the future!* I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

  • Amelia
    2018-10-26 03:45

    Julia Kelly has written an interesting story set in the later years of 1800. Progress has been made in many areas, but women still often have little say in what takes place in the lives. Caroline Burkett has gone through a very trying time in London, and she wants to make a better life in Scotland, where hopefully a man will marry her despite all the unfavorable things that have been said. Yet when she meets Jonathan Moray, a newspaperman, she fears nothing will be different in a new city. The second book in the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series tells how two people with very opposite agendas just might have more in common than either would have thought. THE TASTE OF TEMPTATION delights with spirited characters, emotional challenges, and lively discussions.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

  • AnnMarie
    2018-10-17 09:33

    The Taste of Temptation is the second book in the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series by Julia Kelly.Caroline Burkett flees to Edinburgh for two reasons: To escape the scandal of suing her ex-fiance for breaking their engagement and to find a husband who can give her security. The latter she hopes to do with the help of Moira Sullivan, Edinburgh's famous matchmaker.Jonathan Moray comes from a poor background which he keeps a secret. He has worked hard to leave all that behind and is now a wealthy newspaper owner/editor. In order to increase sales of his paper, he needs a good story and what better story than the one of Caroline Burkett. The minute he finds out she is in Edinburgh he is determined to meet her and get her to agree to let his paper tell her story, all the facts from her. She declines but Jonathan is determined to get his way.What he doesn't realise is that the more time they spend together in his attempt to get that story, the more they find themselves attracted to each other. Moira Sullivan has a good idea of how they feel and although she parades a lot of single men in front of Catherine, she always makes sure Jonathan is on the scene too. Jonathan knows he isn't the gentleman he portrays and believes that Catherine can do much better than him when it comes to marriage. Will their attraction turn from just lust to love, and will Catherine choose him once she finds out his background?I read this story as quickly as possible because it hooked me from page one. I loved the setting of the story with the newspaper offices and the people who work there. I was sad for Catherine for all that she had to go through in London, but knowing that Moira Sullivan and Jonathan are on her side I was happy to know that she would have to have her happily ever after! Moira Sullivan, the matchmaker is a delightful character and I loved reading about the soirees she holds. She's such a savvy woman. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series to see who she matches up next.I couldn't find fault with this book at all and happily recommend it!I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers' copy of this book.

  • Margaret Watkins
    2018-10-22 06:55

    On the cusp of a new era, Jonathan Moray is a self-made man, one who has built his printing business on other people’s scandal. However, even though he will do whatever it takes to get the news out first, he nevertheless has a deep sense of right and wrong, and adheres to a code of morals. Initially Caroline Burkett, the young woman who took the unprecedented step of suing her fiance for breach of promise, is fair game and Jonathan stakes his future on her story. As he gets to know Caroline through the machinations of Edinburgh matchmaker Moira Sullivan, Jonathan and Caroline find they have more in common than they first thought. I found this book to be very well written, and for an advanced reader copy, it was surprisingly free of grammatical and spelling errors I felt the unfairness of Caroline’s situation, that after having been strung along for years, her fiance ditched her when a rich heiress came on the scene, and that she had surprisingly little support from her family. It would appear that everyone was looking after their own interests rather than protecting her. As the book came to an end, I got really worried that Caroline was going to take the line of least resistance and get married regardless of the cost to her, all the while hoping that Jonathan would get his head screwed on the right way. I enjoyed the characters in this book as well as insights into the advances and state of technology in the Victorian era. Despite Victorian times having a reputation of being emotionally repressed, this book brought out the signs of change taking place in society. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  • Debra Martin
    2018-11-12 08:30

    Miss Caroline Burkett is infamous for suing an ex-finance and winning her case. Unfortunately, by the time, the decision was made, every aspect of Caroline's life had been picked apart and scrutinized. She flees London and heads to Scotland to live with her brother until she can marry. She's looking to marry as soon as possible and hires the services Mrs. Sullivan, a matchmaker in Edinburgh, Scotland. Caroline hopes to never cross paths with another newspaper ever again. Jonathan Moray owns two successful newspaper--one serious articles and the other, a gossip newspaper. When he finds out Caroline has fled to Edinburgh, he knows that she's the key to selling newspaper. What he doesn't realize is Caroline is unlike anyone he's ever known.I loved this second book in the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. Ms. Kelly takes her time in establishing a relationship between Caroline and Jonathan and their attraction toward each other doesn't feel forced. This was a serious subject that I'm sure didn't happen very often during the times, but I felt that Ms. Kelly handled it very well. By the end, I was routing for Caroline and Jonathan to finally admit what they felt for each. Fans of historical romances will definitely enjoy this one.I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Denise
    2018-11-08 11:40

    Caroline Burkett's life is in a shambles after her fiance's betrayal, her court case for his jilting her, winning said case, and the complete devastation of her reputation thanks to the scandal being reported on in exacting detail. She flees London to her brother's home and a chance at meeting the matchmaker Moira Sullivan in Edinburgh. Caroline is hoping Mrs. Sullivan will find her a husband that hasn't heard of the scandal or doesn't care about and find him quickly. Unfortunately, Jonathan Moray has spies everywhere, which are your lifeblood as a newspaperman. Jonathan has been clawing his way to the top from unfortunate beginnings and now owns two Edinburgh newspapers with the hopes of starting a third. One of them is a scandal sheet. He loses no time reporting on Caroline's appearance in Edinburgh. Needless to say, they do not get along at all, but are oddly attracted to each other. It doesn't help that Mrs. Sullivan is pushing them together.Jonathan finds himself in a competitor's scandal sheet and he does not like it one bit. That is when he starts to realize what it must have been like for Caroline. I cannot say more without ruining the book, so, read it. You won't be disappointed.

  • Katina Fragakis
    2018-11-04 03:37

    Julia Kelly has produced another captivating romance facilitated by the Matchmaker of Edinburgh. Caroline applies to her after fleeing London being shadowed by scandal. She hopes to find a suitable husband to provide her a home and a family. Along with other gentlemen, she is introduced to Jonathan, a newspaperman skilled in wielding the power of the press in both his daily newspaper and a scandal sheet . Her fear of him is equal to her attraction. What Caroline doesn't know is that Jonathan fears the exposure of his own secret. As the relationship progresses, they each must decide what power they allow secrets and scandal to exert.Along with the portrayal of both characters' viewpoints, Ms. Kelly penned a clueless stodgy brother, a neglected disparaged sister-in-law, and a vindictive villain. All this, coupled with an involved depiction of newspaper publishing at that time, gives the reader an exceptionally satisfying reading experience..I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Donna
    2018-10-31 03:29

    Caroline Burkett is in a big hurry to leave London after her fiancé breaks off their engagement. She leaves for Edinburgh,Scotland to stay with her brother and sister-in-law. Caroline is determined to marry as soon as possible so she hires a famous matchmaker to help her along. Unfortunately, Caroline's infamous notoriety from a London love affair follows her to Scotland. A prominent owner of an Edinburgh gossip column newspaper, Jonathan Moray, meets Caroline at the theatre and tries to get the story for his local tabloid. Caroline is a beautiful woman so Jonathan must “get in line” to try to get close to her. Clearly, this is the best historical romance I’ve read this year. I absolutely loved the story and stayed up till early morning because I couldn’t put it down. Wish that I could give it a rating over 5 stars since this book is one of the best in a long time. The Taste of Temptation by Julia Kelly will be available February 5, 2018 from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books. An egalley of this book was made available from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  • Angela
    2018-11-07 08:30

    You know when you read a book and there is a character in that book that you know will make a great hero and you cannot wait to read his story? That was the previous book to this one. Jonathan Moray is a newspaperman, a well-rounded guy, a bastard, and a big man who is a gentleman but not always. Oh, how I love his type. This is the kind of story that is relevant to today’s world of newspaper/tabloid writers. Why are we always so caught up in the private lives of others? I understand Caroline’s hesitancy to be involved with Jonathan and I understand his need as a newspaperman to scoop the story. Like oil and water. But sometimes things do not go as planned. Their disagreements only fuel the fire and it explodes. Fireworks. Fantastic book, fabulous ending!!!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    2018-11-11 10:37

    The Taste of Temptation by Julia Kelly is book Two in 'The Matchmaker of Edinburgh" series. This is the story of Caroline Burkett and Jonathan Moray. Caroline is trying to live through a scandal and find a way away from it. This has taken her to her brother's place in Edinburgh and to look for the famous match maker. This leads her to an 'accidentally' meeting with Jonathan after a mix up with a theater seat. Caroline is attracted to Jonathan but shortly learns what he wants from her. Which is something she does not want to do, but Jonathan wants Caroline's story to help with his paper. Robert Trevlan, a friend of her brothers has shown interest in her and he would be a safe choice for her in a husband But the matchmaker thinks Caroline shouldn't play it safe but look for something way stronger. Really good read!

  • Anna Swedenmom
    2018-10-18 10:55

    A good read. I must admit that at first I would of rated five stars but the pacing in the beginning left me to four. This book was an unexpected treasure in some ways. Not set entirely among the London ton, it travels to Scotland and just keeps getting better. Once the pace started rolling I became caught in the story for it was indeed not the norm. It had so many elements that I was not expecting. I like the heroine and the hero, even though at times my emotions bordered on frustration with both. It is a story that demands you have time to read in peace so you can catch all the small happenings and nuances. A nice edition to the matchmaker series. I will look forward to the next. I was given this book in return for an honest review via NetGalley. Regards, Anna

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-01 11:53

    This was a very entertaining read. The two main characters Caroline and Jonathan were very likeable. There first meeting is due to Jonathan’s ownership of a newspaper and his attempts to get an exclusive story from Caroline about the scandal she’s left behind in London. The banter between them is engaging. Caroline is attempting to find a husband. Caroline got Jonathan to see what it was like to be a victim of press harassment. They have quite an interesting time together, plus there is a suitor in the background who makes his presence felt. It was a book I had to keep reading. It was good to meet up with the characters from the previous book, Ina and Gavin. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy . All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • MDM
    2018-11-02 07:50

    Appealing elements of a romance novel: Strong minded heroine (Caroline Burkett sued her previous fiance when he broke off their engagement) Physically appealing hero, with no more than a personality flaw or two to overcome (Jonathan Moray is certainly handsome, and his personality flaws? he works too hard? he is too humble about his own background?) A setting in a time long ago and far away (Check)Julia Kelly has written another entertaining novel with which to while away a rainy afternoon or two.

  • Kety
    2018-10-17 06:34

    The Taste of Temptation by Julia Kelly is book Two in 'The Matchmaker of Edinburgh" series. The story is well developed and full of surprise with two main characters Caroline and Jonathan very likeable.A surprising and interesting book where the heroine would like to live a life without scandal and the hero is a publisher and would like to use her story to sell more paper. They are strong and full of life.This is a very entertaining read and you will love it.

  • Adria (Musings and Reviews)
    2018-11-06 09:37

    Originally posted on Adria's Musings and Reviews* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.What’s it About? Caroline Burkett created a scandal when she sued her former fiancée for breaking their engagement so she fled to her brother’s home in Scotland. Once there she’s desperate enough for a new start that she hires Edinburgh’s most famous matchmaker, Moira Sullivan. Moira then introduces her to the last possible man Caroline would ever consider for a husband: newspaperman Jonathan Moray. Jonathan is looking for something to put on his paper that will give his readers something no one else can and Caroline’s story is perfect. What starts off as a mutual mistrust and active dislike starts to turn into a fiery attraction that neither expected. But Caroline feels she must marry a respectable man to temper the fallout from her scandal and Jonathan is anything but ready to marry.Overall reaction to the story? I was fascinated by the premise of The Taste of Temptation. A woman who sued her fiancée for breaking her engagement? I just had to get to know this woman! I wasn’t disappointed either, Caroline was strong but vulnerable and to pair her up with a man who makes it his life’s business to share secrets and news? It could have been a disaster but I liked Jonathan too! I’ve never read a book by Julia Kelly before but if this is a sample of her skills as an author then I’ll be picking up more books by her in the near future.Describe the hero in five words: Stubborn. Determined. Intelligent. Lonely. Fair.Did you like him? Yes.Why? Before you judge Jonathan Moray by his profession, give him a chance to show what a good guy he is. Is he determined to get “The” story for his paper? Yes, he has to be, if not he’ll lose his livelihood and so will all the people who work for him. I liked that while he was so hell bent on getting his story he never crossed the line with Caroline or did anything remotely sleazy in order to force her to cooperate. I loved that the author highlighted Jonathan’s character by showing how ruthless and cutthroat his competitors could be towards Caroline. Jonathan wasn’t a pushover though and I liked the balance between hard hitting newspaperman and the everyday man. All this guy did was work and he needed a break from that just to be himself but at the same time I don’t think he knew who he was outside of the paper. I enjoyed his growth from an extension of the newspaper to an actual human with actual feelings.Describe the heroine in five words: Stubborn. Determined. Intelligent. Gentle. Kind.Did you like her? Yes.Why? Caroline wasn’t made of steel. She didn’t go around bashing men for their treatment of her and there is actually a story to the lawsuit against her fiancée. I loved that Caroline had the guts to stand by her lawsuit but it did have its affects on her like it would a normal human being. I think Caroline avoided scandal as best as she could but she wasn’t going to let people browbeat her either. When she had to she could be quite the force to be reckoned with. My favorite thing about her though was the snarky side of her that would come out whenever Jonathan tried to ruffle her feathers. She was sharp but not cruel with her responses and she was honest enough to admit to herself that she felt more alive when she was matching wits with him. I also liked her vulnerable side, the side that felt she had to marry someone quickly before the scandal completely destroyed her.Let’s talk about the romance: As enemies to lovers romances go, The Taste of Temptation was a good one. Jonathan and Caroline couldn’t be at more opposite ends of the scandal spectrum. He made a living off of scandal and she just wanted to put it behind her. While they certainly weren’t friends in the beginning, they weren’t hardcore enemies either. Jonathan never actually hated Caroline but he wasn’t exactly fond of her either. Caroline on the other hand couldn’t stand him and that animosity added some delicious chemistry between them. As their attraction grew and they constantly found themselves together, a mutual respect and admiration started to grow and I loved that about their relationship. By the time their emotions were engaged Jonathan and Caroline had built a solid foundation that had me totally rooting for them. He respected Caroline as a human and never treated her like property or some foolish woman who needed a man to care for her. Caroline learned to see the newspaper industry through a different point of view instead of just hers. I just loved these two as a couple.How about that supporting cast? Since The Taste of Temptation is my first book by Julia Kelly I was unfamiliar with Jonathan’s friends but I enjoyed them so much that I know I just have to get the first book in this series.Click It or Skip It? Click It. Julia Kelly delighted me with her characters and had me falling in love with the romance between Jonathan and Caroline.

  • nikkia neil
    2018-10-16 08:49

    Thanks Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and netgalley for this ARC.Loved this second book in the Matchmaker series. Scandal, heartbreak, and two hardheaded lovers fight against their feelings for each other. So much more than this simple description! Julia Kelly's novels are fun, passionate, and a pleasure to read.

  • Jaimie
    2018-10-27 06:33

    Another fun read from Julia Kelly. How can you not love the awesome characters she creates?

  • Stevie Carroll
    2018-10-27 05:35

    To be reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread.

  • Emily S.
    2018-11-07 04:31

    Pretty much hated everything about this. Nothing to connect to or enjoy.

  • Laura
    2018-10-23 03:34

    Caroline Burkett has just been through a major scandal for suing her former fiancé after he married an American heiress. She believes her only hope at marriage is to find it while staying at her brother’s home in Scotland, Little does anyone know but she is procuring the help of match maker, Moira Sullivan. Caroline’s scandal made her fodder for the gossip sheets so she can’t imagine Moira would find Jonathan Moray a match. Moray has risen to success as a newspaper owner. Caroline’s notarity would sell even more papers. He just needs to ignore the growing attraction he has for her each time they meet. Jonathan may publish secrets but he has a few of his own he is protective of. Will both Caroline and Jonathan be able to trust each other with their secrets with so much at stake?There was so much I loved about this story. I was glad this couple was not forced together by a match maker but instead came together on their own. Their story progressed at a nice pace with still enough heat for this genre. The only downside for me, as in the last book in this series, was that the hero didn’t grovel enough after their error in judgement. Jonathan’s pride would have cost a HEA if it wasn’t for Caroline taking the reins in her own life. The epilogue was helpful with this issue however.On a side note to the author and publisher: A novella on Caroline’s brother, Michael, and his attempt to make a go of his Society marriage would be wonderful!

  • Synergy
    2018-11-02 07:29

    4.5 stars - There's nothing like reading a good romance based in Scotland on a crisp winter day.This is an entertaining read with two admirable main characters and just the right amount of heat. It’s light and fun, but also manages to remind us that at the root and tip of every gossip story is a human being whom likely is worth more than any story to which they find themselves tied.I received an ARC of this book, from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.