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The Matchmaker’s Rogue

(Grace-by-the-Sea #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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 t
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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 d ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Eight years is a long time to wait for someone, even if you didn't realize you were waiting. Jess and Lark met eight years ago when he visited her small coastal town. He broke her heart and now he is back.

The Matchmaker's Rogue was a pleasure to read. I loved the characters. The eccentric residents and the "crazy" aunt all added a wonderful feel to the book. Aunt Maudie always popped in with one of her "fantasies" at the right moment. Whether it be trolls, mermaids, pirates, or the occasional me
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
What an absolutely delightful read! I laughed and I swooned, and my heart was warmed by my visit to Grace-By-The-Sea.

While Jess and Lark are the protagonists in The Matchmaker’s Rogue, all of the rather quirky townspeople give the book its heart. The cast of colorful personalities – and intriguing backstories – kept me grinning throughout, and that ending! Has me completely hooked for the next book when it releases. This little coastal town has much more going on than meets the eye, and Regina S
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful and clean Regency tale! Romance with a dash of mystery and danger mixed together in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Grace-by-the-Sea.

I enjoyed these characters, from Jess and Lark, to the various and frequently amusing side characters. Jess’s Aunt Maudie provided such comic relief in an endearing manner. I loved the way most of the residents shrugged off her fanciful comments, while accepting her for the woman she was.

The Matchmaker’s Rogue was such a good story! I en
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Have a care, Miss Chance. Dark forces are afoot.'

I do enjoy a good Regency and Regina Scott does them well indeed. She kicks off a new series with this one, set in a small village called Grace-By-The-Sea in Dorset, England. We meet the wonderful inhabitants of said village and I'm quite fond of them, including our heroine, Jessalyn Chance, and our hero, Larkin Denby. Lark is in the village hoping to find smugglers plying their dastardly trade, and Jess is equally adamant that there are no smugg
Miss Jesslyn Chance loves her position of spa hostess in the small, coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She does an excellent job of arranging introductions and entertainments, playing matchmaker to and soothing hurt feelings. She also puts up with her Aunt Maudie's wild imaginings with good grace and humor. Imagine- pirates in Grace-by-the-Sea?! There may not be pirates but one rogue from Jess's past steps into the spa and threatens to upend her calm equilibrium. Larkin Denby, a Riding Officer ...more
Carole Jarvis
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Whether it’s historical or Regency romance, Regina Scott always delivers an entertaining, solid story. Regencies are a strong suit for her, however, and I loved The Matchmaker’s Rogue, which begins a new series set on the Dorset coast.

The year is 1804, during the Napoleonic Wars, the setting is the idyllic town of Grace-by-the-Sea, a quaint coastal village built around the healing mineral waters of a local spa, and whose very name calls to me
Lynda Edwards
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I have long considered Regency novels one of my favorite, especially those written by authors I have read and enjoyed before. So it was with eagerness that I picked up the first in a new series by Regina Scott. I expected a fun story, but in this instance, the novel exceeded my expectations by giving me a mysterious tale that kept me guessing until the end; even after I felt like I had perhaps figured it out, the need to confirm it ensured I turned those final pages to make sure I hadn’t missed ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great start to the series!

Oh, hooray! Another adventure series by Regina Scott. And it started out with a bang in The Matchmaker's Rogue!

Jess is the perfect hostess and knows just how to make everyone at the spa comfortable and happy. I adored the wonderful descriptions of her in this role and how marvelously she fit and yet how alone she was.

Jess' Aunt Maudie was a riot! She saw mermaids, trolls, and fairies everywhere. I cracked up when Lark was speaking to her thinking he was getting inform
Suzie Waltner
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
In her brand new series, Regina Scott invites readers to Grace-by-the-Sea. This small seaside village appears tranquil and idyllic on the surface yet what lurks under the surface is questionable.

The Matchmaker’s Rogue introduces many of the villagers, including Jesslyn Chance who works as the hostess of the local spa. She finds contentment in providing assisting the visitors, providing for their needs. When a man from her past shows up with claims of nefarious happenings in her home, Jesslyn pro
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My second book by this author and once again she has written another wonderful story.
Great characters with a great plot that will keep you reading until the book is finished.
I also liked the setting of the story.
The way this has written it made me feel like I a part of the story.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Matchmaker’s Rogue is the start of the new series by Regina Scott Grace by the Sea. I love Regina’s writing and this one is probably among one of my favorites I have read by her to date. I loved this sweet and delightful regency era story. Jesslyn and Larkin were great characters to get to know. There are some scenes that did make me giggle and smile, especially from the aunt. There is a little bit of suspense that kept me wondering what was going to be on the next page.

I am giving The Matc
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I’m excited about this new series!
3.5/5 stars
Full review to come
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Four stars for the start of this series!

I continue to enjoy all of Regina Scott’s books and this one is no exception. Jess, our heroine, holds a prominent position in Grace-by-the-Sea, one she
enjoys and one which has earned her the admiration of most people in the town, including visitors. Lark, our hero, is back in GbtS (sorry Ms. Scott), which causes an upheaval of Jess’ famous calm composure. She has met and lost her heart to Lark before.

Lark left Jess the first time to avenge his father’s
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you follow my blog, you know that I love books! You may also know that I love clean Regency romance books. I think my love for the time period and genre started in junior high when I started reading my grandma’s Georgette Heyer books like Arabella and Venetia. The genre is still a favorite of mine, and I always love finding a new series.

I’ve read books and novellas by Regina Scott before, and I am a fan! Her characters are always so well written and lively. The characters in The Matchmaker’s
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very good story, but I have put this as a 4-star because it was not one that would keep me glued to. This is about Jesslyn Chance and Larkin Denby. Jess is the hostess of the spa at Grace-at-the-Sea, which she took over after her physician father passed away. Lark is undercover for the King to find the Lord of Smugglers. Jess and Lark, in the past, had been, shall we say, friendly. She is wondering first of all, why is he there and is he trying to pick up where they left off years bef ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Matchmaker's Rogue by Regina Scott
Grace-by-the-Sea Series Book One
Jesslyn Chance is the spa hostess in the small village of Grace-by-the-Sea. The spa, with its healing waters, helps the whole village. Jesslyn family had started it a hundred years ago, a man in the family always a physician. Until her dad passed a year ago, and she continues as hostess. But life is changing and a new future looms ahead.

Larkin Denby has returned to the small village he hasn't been in for eight years. As a Runn
Bethany Swafford
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Larkin Denby is sent to Grace-By-The-Sea to search out the identity of "the Lord of the Smugglers" who is rumored to set sail from Grace Cove. Jesslyn Chance is the hostess of a spa to support her small family. These two had been attracted to each other years before. Will their love be strong enough this time?

This is a delightful start to a new series by this author. From the start, Jess leaps from the page as a determined young lady who isn't about to let life sit her by. She works hard at her
Luci Jamison
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Clean romance with more

Larkin and Jesslyn’s story speaks of lost love and years separated from each other. It also has intrigue, smugglers and war looming with Napoleon.
A well written story and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
They are stand alone but for sure better for the others to continue the mystery.
Gina Hott
It was enthralling, mysterious, romantic, and… fun.
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and characters of The Matchmaker’s Rogue, but what truly sets it above other books is the hint of whimsy, the snappy zingers, and personalities ingrained in Grace-by-the-Sea. I SO can’t wait for more!
Thanks again Regina for another amazing read and start of a new wonderful series!
Susan J
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love By The Sea

I have been a fan for many years. Clean, well written plots, action, romance, period accurate stories. Never disappoints. Loving this new series. Going back for more 😀
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From sleepy town to smugglers hold

A lovely romance with intrigue, spying and some smuggling all wrapped up in a spa. The characters are memorable and a lot of interesting personalities. A fun read.
Carol Guthrie
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't expecting this tale of romance, community life, and intrigue in a tiny coastal English town to be so much fun - but it certainly is. I look forward to learning more about Howland in the next installment. ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book

The h & H were both good people who intelligent and kind. Family is important and love doesn’t doesn’t make people stupid. No silly misunderstandings just honest communication. Wonderful!
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Slow very slow. Slow mystery which really isn't solved, possibly will be in other books in the series. Slow romance that was hard to care about. I did like Maudie and her imagination. Good book if you are not in any hurry. ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful setting

Our hero and heroine are delightful real. The Spa is perfect for intrigue and love. Looking forward to more adventure there.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute, a little slow and predictable at times, but I enjoyed the ending.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Kinda slow, but one time read.
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Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She is now the author of more than 5 ...more

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