by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: An American Heiress in London #1
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Historical Romance
What happens when a carefree, disreputable, stone-broke bachelor is forced to find a wife in a hurry? He hires a matchmaker, of course. What happens when the matchmaker doesn’t want to help him? Well, that’s when the fun begins…
Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge, loves his life just as it is: dissolute, scandalous, and deuced good fun. His father, the Duke of Landsdowne is not amused, and when he cuts off Nicholas’ trust fund, the fun-loving marquess is forced to find an alternate source of income—in other words, he has to marry an heiress. Every new-money American heiress knows Lady Belinda Featherstone is the key to social acceptance. Once a new-money nobody herself, Belinda discovered first-hand how heartbreaking the game of love and matrimony could be after a reprobate British earl married her for her money. Now a respectable widow, Belinda has become England’s most successful matchmaker, guiding young American heiresses through the hazards of the London season and helping them to find husbands worthy of them. To her mind, the Marquess of Trubridge is nothing but a fortune-hunting scoundrel and she has no intention of allowing him to charm his way into any American girl’s heart, including her own
When the Marquess Met His Match is set in Regency London filled with wonderful, feisty, and flawed characters. This is the first in a new series called, An American Heiress in London. From almost the beginning I knew what was going to unfold, but the journey to get there was delicious. I laughed, shouted and swooned as I devoured this in a single afternoon. Mini review: wicked, delicious and romantic.
Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge a notorious rake, with a disreputable past is broke thanks to his father and in need of a wife; a wealthy wife. Lady Belinda Featherstone is known as a matchmaker to new money American’s looking for a match for their daughters. Having been the victim of marrying a nobleman who only cared for her trust fund, she is determined to protect her young wards. Belinda is determined to protect the young ladies of the ton from the scoundrel, but can she protect her own heart from him.
Can I just say I love flawed, opinionated, feisty female characters? Lady Belinda Featherstone is positively delightful, and above reproach with the ton despite being an American from Ohio. I adored this straight-laced romantic. Nicholas Stirling, the Marquess of Trubridge is equally flawed and desperately misunderstood. Did I mention he is yummy? I love a good rake in need of saving who is more than initially meets the eye. The chemistry between them was wicked, and I loved the banter and dance that ensued. Guhrke did an exceptional job of peeling back their layers, exposing their secrets and flaws as she made me fall in love with them. She gave us a dreadful villain to loathe and other colorful characters who added to the tale. I am hoping we get a particular young man’s story next.
When the Marquess Met His Match was wonderfully entertaining, and the trope a familiar one, but the author really made this her own. From the pacing to the slow building romance filled with sexual tension, and wicked banter I was completely immersed in the tale. Despite knowing from the onset how this tale would end, Guhrke filled it with tension and had me flipping the pages at a maddening pace. I love when a book captures me like this, and is a high I often chase. I connected with the characters, got caught up in their adventures and laughed as they tangoed. Despite the physical attraction the author allowed the romance to develop slowly as the characters revealed their inner selves, making it feel genuine. The steamy love scenes were beautifully done and curled my toes. Not since Sabrina Jeffries have I been this excited by a new series and cannot wait to read the next book!
Fans of historical regency romance, with fleshed, out feisty characters are sure to enjoy When the Marquess Met His Match. How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days is the next book in the series and is expected to release in April 2014. I for one cannot wait.
Four and half cups of coffee out of five
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