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Excerpt from THE MATCHMAKER'S SURRENDER by Tammy L. Bailey

Surrendering her heart could be the scariest thing of all.


Miss Jane Dalton, one of London’s most successful matchmakers, would rather bring couples together than choose a gentleman for herself. In fact, she could not think of anything more frightening than falling in love. 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.

Brought together under dangerous circumstances, Jane realizes her true feelings for Nicholas. In the end, however, is her love for him worth the fall?

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In the author's words . . .

I never intended to write this book. This is the second in The Matchmaker Series, and I only started writing it because so many readers wanted to know Jane's story. The rest is history.

Enjoy a sneak peek from The Matchmaker's Surrender

by Tammy L. Bailey

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.

“Miss Dalton?”

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.”

End of Excerpt

Copyright © by Tammy L. Bailey

Learn more by visiting the author's website. THE MATCHMAKER'S SURRENDER released May 19, 2019.

"Oh, it is wonderful to see the matchmaker, who always thinks she may never find her match, to be ensnared by someone so close! Such was the case with Jane, who had just attended the wedding of her best friend Lily and her brother Henry. (Book 1, don't miss it!). With the help of Henry's best friend Nicholas Waverley, they had orchestrated a romantic meeting between the two and the rest was history! But oh, Nicholas Waverley, was so handsome and that dimple in his cheek! But those blue eyes.... She cannot help staring at him and he does seem to pay her a lot of attention!

Can I just say wow I loved this story and yes, yes I did fall a little in love with Nicholas who was such an amazing man. Unpretentious she had called him! Well when he kidnaps Jane to keep her safe after she is at the wrong place and runs into him and a known criminal, the adventure begins! What is so heartwarming is that Nicholas has had strong feelings for Jane for a long time. Be still my heart!

This story has a little of it all! Intrigue, action, humor and of course a sizzling attraction that will come off the pages! When I see a new story by Tammy, I know it will be exactly what I want to read and sigh as I turn the last page. Oh yes, it happens every time!! Cannot wait for more in the delightful series!" - Lori D., Netgalley Review

Meet the Author

Tammy L. Bailey writes both historical and contemporary fiction with clever, romantic, and unexpected escapes combining delicious tension and laugh out loud humor.

Before she began writing romance, Tammy served in both the active Army and the Air National Guard. She was once asked if she wanted to become a navigator on a C-130. However, after getting lost to the recruiter's office, she was persuaded to choose another job.

Today, she lives with her husband and two sons in Northeast Ohio where she balances her time between family, her full-time job as a nursing secretary, and being a writer. Whether it's historical or contemporary romance, for her, there must always be a happy ending.

If you want to connect with Tammy or want to know when she'll be releasing her next book, please visit her website at www.tammylbailey.com and sign up for her newsletter. She can't wait to hear from you.

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The Matchmaker's Surrender by Tammy L. Bailey

Genre: Historical Romance

Type: Novella

Heat Level: 4

Language Level: 2

Violence Level: 1

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