There’s no matchmaking an unruly heart...
When a prominent Scottish family faces a major scandal weeks before their daughter’s wedding, they turn in desperation to the enigmatic fixer for the aristocracy, Nichol Bain. Remarkably skilled at making high-profile problems go away, Nichol understands the issue immediately. The family’s raven-haired ward, Maura Darby, has caught the wandering eye — and rather untoward advances — of the groom.
Nichol assuredly escorts Maura toward his proposed solution: an aging bachelor for her to marry. But rebellious Maura has no interest in marrying a stranger, especially when her handsome travelling companion has captivated her so completely. Thankfully, Nichol loves a challenge, but travelling with the bold and brash Maura has him viewing her as far more than somebody’s problem. Which raises a much bigger issue — how can he possibly elude disaster when the heart of the problem is his own?
London's sixth Highland Grooms historical (after Tempting the Laird) is enticing from the very first page as an 18th-century Scottish expert in crisis management meets his match. Nichol Bain is hired by Calum Garbett to repair the engagement between Calum's daughter, Sorcha, and Adam Cadell, son of Thomas Cadell. The engagement is part of a business deal between Calum and Thomas, but Sorcha and Adam are opposed to it. Winning them over requires finding a husband for Maura Darby, Calum's ward, who had been banished from the Garbetts' home after Adam kissed her. After rescuing Maura from the filthy hovel where she's been staying, Nichol and Maura travel to the estate of Dunnan Cockburn, the man who has agreed to marry her. Maura is unprepared for the sparks that flare between her and Nichol, and she realizes she feels safe with him. Nichol has never met a woman like Maura, who ignites his deepest emotions. London's story highlights the reality of the limited options for unmarried women in 18th-century Scotland as it showcases two magnetic protagonists and their delightful journey toward love.