Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review ~ " A Match of Wits" by Jen Turano

A Match of Wits (Ladies of Distinction, #4)A Match of Wits by Jen Turano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Bethany House to Review
Genre: Historical/Comedy/Mystery/Romance

Book Description:  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 thoughts: Cute. Cute. Cute!

This is the first book of Jen Turano's that I have read. While it is the fourth book in a series, I was able to read and enjoy it as a stand alone. I could tell that there were couples that had a history that was known to readers, but I didn't feel lost or left out.

Agatha is a meddling reporter. Trouble seems to find her. She can't stay away from it. She is well intention-ed, but would be a grown up Junie B, if we were comparing literary characters. I loved reading her experiences and found myself often smiling or laughing. Some of the situations seem ridiculous, but with a character like Agatha, you could see it happening.

Imagine a pet pig, men dressing up as women, women dressing up as men, bumbling assassins, surly bodyguards, and dynamite accidents.... The list goes on of unique and humorous situations. I need to mention that there is an awkward romance. I adored the wit match between Agatha and Zayne.

I am very grateful that I requested to read this book. It is a keeper, I know that I would love to visit this book again sometime in the future. First, I think I need to read the three books before this one.

About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she's not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.jenturano.com.

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