Reviewed By: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
It is eighteen seventy one, and Mrs. Selby of Matchmaker & Co. has once again made what she believes is the perfect match. Ella Davenport is a New York City heiress. A year ago someone tampered with the carriage she and her father were driving in. A serious accident ensued, killing her father and leaving Ella badly scarred. Due to the constant stares and looks of pity, she has secluded herself in the home she shares with her brother Joshua. Now Mrs. Selby has found her a husband, and she will be travelling to Denver to marry him. He knows about her scars and has accepted her anyway, so now she has no fear of someone only marrying her for her money.
Nathan Ravenclaw has accepted Ella Davenport to be his wife since he has scars of his own. He is a successful rancher, but he is half Arapaho and in spite of people being willing to do business with him, they frown on their daughters or sisters marrying him. Ella knows about his heritage. She accepts his scars and he accepts hers.
When they first meet, Ella is shocked at how handsome Nathan is, and he seems to feel she is beautiful in spite of her face. Could this be what they have both wanted and needed in their lives, someone to love them unconditionally? This meeting will change their lives forever.
Ella is accepted by everyone on the ranch and in town, and she begins to feel comfortable in her role as Nathan’s wife. The only problem is, he has admitted that he cannot love her, but he will always care for her. Not something a woman wants to hear from a man she is falling for.
Then danger rears its ugly head in the form of someone wanting Ella dead. Is this the same person who tried to kill her in New York City? What reason would someone have to wish her dead? Well, the guilty party took everyone by surprise including me.
This is the second book in the Matchmaker & Co. series, and like the first it is a heartwarming story about people with problems looking for love. We catch up on Sarah and John from book one who happen to be Nathan and Ella’s neighbor. I hope there are more books in this series, because so far I have not been disappointed.