Monday, 22 September 2014

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

Back Cover: 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 armour, 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: I read the previous book in this series, A Talent for Trouble, earlier this year and absolutely loved it. So when I saw a new book by Jen Turano, I jumped on it. A Match of Wits stars a very intriguing character from "A Talent for Trouble' - Agatha Watson. She's smart, sassy, opinionated, and considers herself as good as a man in… well…almost anything. She also has an incredible knack for trouble - to the point where she has a full-time body guard, whom she drives completely mad as he scrambles to try and rescue her from one crisis to the next.

Despite all her opinionated, stubborn ways, Agatha has a soft heart…and her heart has always had a particularly soft spot when it comes to a certain Zayne Becket. Zayne, for his part, has never considered Agatha more than a child-hood friend, but when she drags his pathetic self out of the mines where he was wallowing in self-pity and back to New York - he begins to realize that his frustrating, annoying, child-hood friend is evoking feelings he never would have expected. As Zayne begins to realize Agatha's value to him, the danger her news writing has unwrapped begins to escalate and he is faced with the very real reality that Agatha might not survive this latest danger… and neither will his heart.

What follows is a maddeningly hilarious escapade as Zayne attempts to save Agatha - who completely disagrees that she needs saving.

A great book, as are all that I have read by Jen Turano so far.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

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