Rayleigh’s Review: A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

A Match of Wits

The Synopsis:

After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancee, 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 attempts 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?“

My Review:

UPS: A Match of Wits brings back the glorious characters from The Ladies of Distinction yet again and gives light to my personal favorite characters in the series, Agatha and Zayne. In the books that I have read of this series (Gentleman of Her Dreams and A Talent For Trouble), these two characters were involved in many a fiasco as background characters but were sort of “the brains” of the operations. So, having them in the spotlight was very fun and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. The writing is very smooth and understandable, the description is excellent, and the dialogue is spectacular.

DOWNS: Because Agatha is a journalist who seeks uniqueness amongst others, she often finds herself searching for stories in shady businesses, such as opium dens, pubs, and brothels. Though there are no scenes of what goes on in the brothels (aside from one female kissing a man as he walks in), there are a few fights and drinks taken in the pubs that need to be taken into consideration when purchasing for younger audiences. There are also a few gun fights/wounds that are mildly descriptive.

OVERALL: I absolutely loved this book and give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. If you love Historical Fiction/Romance then I highly suggest you pick up this book, as well as the entire series, you will not regret it!

“I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

Author Bio/Website


“Jen Turano is the critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction Series, published through Bethany House.  Her novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Romance for 2013.

Jen grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio, a small city bordering Wheeling, WVA.  Her childhood was idyllic and she spent many an hour ice-skating on a little pond, playing with friends in her treehouse, boating at the lake, and reading under the shade of numerous trees.  High School, surprisingly enough, was fabulous.  She roamed the halls with eight wonderful girls, all of whom she’s still friends with to this day.  Student Council took up much of her time as she was Secretary of her class all four years, Vice-President of Student Council her junior year and President her senior year.  After High School, she began her next great adventure – College.  Pursuing a degree in Clothing & Textiles, Jen was a member of Alpha Phi sorority.  She left college after the required four years and set out to take the fashion world by storm, finding out that fashion wasn’t nearly as glamorous as she’d been led to believe…..

You can read the rest of her bio here, at her blog.

Links For Purchase


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