The Matchmaker's Surrender The Matchmaker Series Book 2
by Tammy L. Bailey Genre: Historical Romance
Surrendering her heart could be the scariest thing of all...
Miss Jane Dalton, one of London’s most successful matchmakers, believes it's much safer bringing couples together than falling in love herself. In fact, she could not think of anything more frightening than to have loved and lost.
Fate, however, disrupts her plans to remain a single matchmaker when Mr. Nicholas Waverley, her brother’s best friend, is forced to kidnap her after she becomes entangled in an assassin’s web.
Forced together under dangerous circumstances, Jane realizes her true feelings for Nicholas. In the end, however, is her love for him worth the fall?
The Matchmaker's Surrender is a Regency romance novella and the second book in The Matchmaker's Series.
For years, Jane had been so busy encouraging other people to dance, she hadn’t bothered perfecting the art herself. While she didn’t wish to impress Mr. Waverley, she didn’t want to crush his toes either.
“Oh, Mr. Waverley. Have you come all this way to ask my daughter for a turn around the room?”
“Mama!” Jane scolded, wanting the floor to open up and swallow her whole.
“She’s an exquisite partner, sir. I taught her myself.”
“Aunt!” Jane admonished, shaking her head. Her Aunt Sophia was a petite lady with a round face and ample hips whose sole purpose in life was to spoil and embarrass her niece and nephew equally. Jane was enormously grateful for her.
“I’m afraid my talents have been exaggerated,” she said to Mr. Waverley. “You don’t understand the perils or the pain you face with such an invitation.”
A wicked grin spread across his handsome face. “I do appreciate a little danger, Miss Dalton.”
He extended his hand, and she accepted. His touch, his smile, his undivided attention made her feel light and invincible. They danced, the breadth of his shoulder and the sensual curve of his mouth diverting her from noticing anyone but him, even as the dance separated them.
“You look beautiful,” he whispered when they came back together.
Jane faltered. His words strummed a wondrous tune inside her. Oh, why did she care so much of what he thought about her? Had she tried extra hard to fix her hair and pick out a dress so he would notice? Well, of course she had.
“Thank you. You look…very handsome, as well.”
He chuckled and then cleared his throat. “You don’t sound certain.”
Their gazes locked, and the dimple on his cheek disappeared. Her heart, already racing from his nearness and the exercise, thundered inside her chest. For a moment, the music hushed, and they were the only ones in the room.
His deep and perplexed tone pulled her out of her trance.
“Yes, well, you must know you’re one of the most handsome gentlemen here, Mr. Waverley.” She paused to glance around at the young ladies waiting their turn with him. “Do you not see how they stare at you?”
He didn’t once shift his attention away from her. “I don’t care how they stare at me.”
A LEO wife, mother, and military veteran, Tammy began writing when the shows and movies she watched didn't end the way she wanted them to end. Whether it's historical or contemporary, for her, there must always be a happy ending.
When she's not writing, she's spending time with her husband and two boys near Cleveland, Ohio. Without their sacrifice and understanding, she believes she would have never been able to pursue her passion of writing or her accomplishment of becoming a published author.