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A Match of Wits

Jen Turano
A Match of Wits

Two years ago, Zayne Beckett left his life in New York City with his almost-fiance. Now, he's back in New York City trying to piece his life back together. The woman he loved, left him. And he left everything he loved, for her. Zayne unexpectedly runs into his old friend, Ag... Read More

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Two years ago, Zayne Beckett left his life in New York City with his almost-fiance. Now, he's back in New York City trying to piece his life back together. The woman he loved, left him. And he left everything he loved, for her. Zayne unexpectedly runs into his old friend, Agatha Watson who wants nothing to do with him now.

Agatha sees Zayne's awful state, but the last thing she can handle is all of his problems. She's working as a reporter for the New York Tribune and doing quite well for herself. But she can't seem to ignore Zayne forever. He needs to be taken back to his family-- whether he wants to or not.

The two find themselves slipping back into the familiar banter of an old friendship. Can two stubborn people learn to like-- even love each other again?
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 2014
  • UPC: 9780764211270
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Jul 1, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0764211277

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Delightful Story by Deanna on 8/13/2014

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano is a most delightful story that had me laughing out loud several times in each chapter. Agatha Watson is an investigative reporter for the New York Tribune and is now in Colorado hoping to outwit someone in New York who wants her dead. To Agatha’s dismay, the newspaper has provided her with a bodyguard and she tries daily to shake him and go off on her own. Her dear friend, Zayne Beckett, is also in Colorado but neither of them wants to run into the other. Agatha does run into Zayne in a saloon where he is drunk and looks as if he has not bathed, shaved, or washed his clothes in months. She know that she is the one that must get him back home to New York and his family. Zayne does not want to go home but Agatha insists and when they arrive in New York after many trying situations, he finally realizes that Agatha is in real danger. He tries to become her protector but she rejects his efforts and what follows is a royal battle of wills that makes for some exciting moments and sometimes a good laugh.

Jan Turano did an excellent job in developing all the characters in this story. They were so well written that they definitely came to life on the pages of the book. They were so realistically portrayed that I was right there beside them in every adventure. The description of the scenes made them come to life and pulled me right into the middle of what was happening. I cannot remember reading any book in which the dialogue gave me so many laughs. And there were many twists and turns to the plot line and these kept me guessing until the end of the book. There was enough suspense to keep me reading when I should have been doing other things.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an historical novel that is filled with lots of laughs. I also think that men might also enjoy the book.

Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Hilarious story of two trouble-bound souls!! by Becky on 8/9/2014

Everyone knows independent women, but apparently not many existed back in the late 1880's. Certainly none as forward as Agatha Watson, who in a man's world of journalism, has won many prizes for her NY Times stories championing the less fortunate. With threats on her life, Agatha is forced, with two companions, to flee to Colorado for safety.

Unfortunately, while there, she finds Zayne Beckett, the one man to break her heart. Zayne is injured both outwardly and inwardly when his former fiance dumps him. Agatha decides she needs to revive the old cheerful Zayne, but is very controlling and even dangerous in doing so.

Zayne, for his part, sees his former friend in need of a husband to keep her out of trouble..and begins writing a list of eligible young suitors.

Once back in NYC, the two friends continue to try to manipulate each others' lives under the guise of protectiveness. Eventually, they have to evaluate what makes them so protective...but by then there is competition on both sides and the likelihood that at least one of the two won't survive to address the issues.

Secondary characters are endearing, surprising, relief comedy, and more. And don't forget Matilda!! She steals many a scene!

A fun, lighthearted book perfect for an evening of entertainment. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

A Match of Wits and Love by Robin on 7/4/2014

A Match of Wits
Jen Turano

Book Summary: After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiance, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home. Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home. . . until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempt to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they'll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics. Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth--until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?

Review: This was a fun story with strong characters. They were the same as they started out as in Change of Fortune. It was a fun storyline! There were great twists and turns that made the story great. Going from Colorado back to New York provided a great change of scenery and a great first meeting after two years apart. Drusilla and Francis brought added humor and interesting secondary characters to the story. The madcap adventure that Agatha takes everyone on whether she tries to or not is always fun. The plot was solid and all the characters were believable and realistic. This story was just as exciting as when the series started. Easily to read whether within the series or as a standalone.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

A Great New Addition to the Series! by Preethi on 6/23/2014

When I first began reading this novel, I remembered little about the last book in the same series, ‘A Talent for Trouble.’ So when the first male character I encountered was Mr. Blackheart, I truly believed that Agatha’s stoic bodyguard would be the hero of the story. Then I went through the novel’s synopsis and realized that it was Zeke, the man who broke Agatha’s heart (keep in mind that I had no memory of these people in the last book), who was going to win her heart, and I got a little pissed off. Just a bit. Then I went back to my review of ‘A Talent for Trouble,’ and saw that I had written these exact words a little more than a year ago:

"If there’s another book in this series, I’m hoping that it revolves around Agatha, one of Felicia’s best friends in ‘A Talent for Trouble’. In the book, her long-time crush is getting married to another person, and she’s just getting over it. While I’m hoping that Zayne is the main male lead for her – they seem so perfect t together! – I’ll be fine as long as she finds someone in the next book."

Of course, I can’t really argue with myself, so I settled back into the book, content as a little pig eating chalk (it’s a reference to the story…I’m not actually calling myself a pig). To keep it short, Matilda is an adorable little pig who likes eating chalk and candy from the streets, hates the word ‘pig’, and ‘ham’, and will run snorting out of your home if you serve lamb (or ham). She’s also a great personal bodyguard. Can I have a Matilda please?

The pig wasn’t the only adorable character in the book, however: Zeke and Agatha were cute in their own ways, Zeke because he knew almost absolutely nothing when it came to women, and Agatha because of her tendency to find herself in a troubling situation, as well as her tendency to annoy the heck out of everyone while still be loved by them. As stated in the novel many, MANY times, they really were perfect for each other. The plot was a bit more of a “best friend turns true love” type of story, and while they usually don’t appeal to me in contemporary romances, they work well in historical fiction for some reason. It was also refreshing that the heroine was a wanted woman, as in someone wanted her head. One of the things I found funniest about the novel is the fact that Agatha was her own, and Zeke’s, knight in shining armor. For you feminists out there, you may really enjoy this book since it totally disintegrates the idea that men are the stronger species, and that they must protect their women.

If my memory serves correctly, I enjoyed reading the previous installment in the ‘Ladies of Distinction’ series more than this one, but that may be because the two books are so similar. There are more disguises and more brothels, though this time Zeke doesn’t have to shave off his chest hair. I loved how there were actually two romances in the book: the obvious Zeke & Agatha thing, but it turns out Mr. Blackheart aka Francis gets some romance too. I know I said in the beginning that I wanted Blackheart to get Agatha, but in the end I’m glad he didn’t. I still can’t figure out how old he is, though >.<

‘A Match of Wits’ is a great new addition to the ‘Ladies of Distinction’ series, and reading this book has only convinced me more that I must catch up on the first two books in the series. I’m not sure whether or not this will be the last ‘Ladies of Distinction’ book, but if it’s not, I only hope that the next book will be centered around a plot that differs from this and the last novel. Overall though, fans of the series will be delighted at Agatha’s story, and though the preaching about God was a bit less than normal (Zeke refused to pray to God when it seemed his leg would never work again, then when he was told his leg would heal perfectly, he had no qualms about prayer…not cool, dude), the storyline was almost exactly what I’d expected it to be.

Activate Your Faith - Phillipians 4:13
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