My rating: 2 stars / It was okay
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?
Even though I read tons of great reviews for Jen Turano's Ladies of Distinction series... from the two books I've read now I've decided that they are just not my style. If I'm going to read about socialites I think I prefer the Regency era. The characters in A Match of Wits, while romping around on ridiculous adventures, come across to me as thoughtless and self-centered. They redeem themselves in the end, but it wasn't enough for me to really enjoy following their journey. I find that Mary Connealy's brand of humor and adventure is more to my liking since she infuses depth and compassion as well.
(Thank you to Bethany House for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)