"The Troublemaker" by Rexanne Becnel, the sequel to "The Matchmaker",introduces us to Sarah Palmer, a snobby social butterfly who seems to attract trouble everywhere she goes. After she is caught trying to run away with a young man, Sarah is given two options: marry the man or go to visit her sister in Scotland until the scandal dies down. Sarah, seeing that the man in question suddenly revolts her, decides to visit her sweet half-sister Olivia and her family in Kelso. Upon arriving, Sarah discovers that her sister and her family have traveled to Glasgow for a month. Knowing that she should inform someone that she is unescorted and alone in Byrd Manor, Sarah decides to use this time to her advantage and relax a little. How much trouble could she possibly get into there?.......
Marshall "Marsh" MacDougal is out for revenge! After his mother's death, Marshall learns that his father, Cameron Byrd, never died, but in fact abandoned his wife and unborn son and remarried and had a daughter. Hell bent on getting revenge and restoring his mother's honour, Marsh begins to search for his father. Learning that his parents may have met and married in Scotland, Marshall begins his journey across the Atlantic and ends up in Kelso. Once in Scotland he meets a wealthy young woman, Sarah Palmer, who stirs his blood and his heart. There seems to be a catch to the attraction between these two though, Sarah's half-sister is also Marsh's half-sister. Sarah, upon learning the truth of Marsh's visit to Scotland, decides to protect her family at all costs and begins searching for the alleged truth behind Marsh's parent's marriage. Along the way, the hatred and distaste Marsh and Sarah feel for each other begins to turn into something even more dangerous....passion. But will Marsh's thirst for revenge drive Sarah away from him forever?
"The Troublemaker" is your typical Regency romance: a moody hero, a wealthy socialite, and a scandelous love. But Becnel also adds a tasty helping of steamy, passionate love scenes that leave you wide eyed and wanting more. Aside from the love scenes, the story itself is very captivating. It's interesting to watch Marsh and Sarah fight their feelings towards each other. I couldn't put the book down until I found out if Marsh's parents actually married and if he was going to follow through with his revenge on Sarah's mother and sister. This is a really great book and I look forward to reading Rexanne Becnel.