When The Marquess Met His Match (American Heiress in London Series #1)

When The Marquess Met His Match (American Heiress in London Series #1)

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by Laura Lee Guhrke
     
 

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In the first of a dazzling new series, USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke introduces London's most renowned matchmaker—and a scoundrel intent on seducing his way to the altar.

She's the matchmaker . . .

Lady Belinda Featherstone's job is to guide American heiresses to matrimony, and away from men

Overview

In the first of a dazzling new series, USA Today bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke introduces London's most renowned matchmaker—and a scoundrel intent on seducing his way to the altar.

She's the matchmaker . . .

Lady Belinda Featherstone's job is to guide American heiresses to matrimony, and away from men like Nicholas, Marquess of Trubridge. But the charming, disreputable marquess needs a wealthy bride, and he hires Belinda to help him find one. Her task seems easy: find that scoundrel the sort of wife he so richly deserves. But Nicholas's hot, searing kiss soon proves her task will be anything but easy.

He's the perfect match . . .

Nicholas plans to wed a rich, pretty young darling to restore his fortune, and he's happy to pay a marriage broker to help him. But one taste of Belinda's lips and Nicholas's sensible scheme to marry for money goes awry, and he yearns to show his beautiful matchmaker he's the perfect match . . . for her.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/15/2013
Lady Belinda Featherstone, a former American heiress and now the quite happy widow of the Earl of Featherstone, has become the matchmaker of choice for aspiring American debutantes in London—and keeping them safe from philandering fortune hunters is one of her goals. So when the infamous rakehell Marquess of Trubridge asks for her help, naturally she refuses and sets out to turn the tables and scuttle his plans—only to find the tables turned on herself. VERDICT A formidable society matchmaker with an axe to grind against fortune-hunting suitors meets her own match when one of her noble clients decides she is the woman for him. This delightful, well-written story filled with characters who develop nicely is sure to be a treat for the many fans who have been waiting for Idaho-based Guhrke's (Trouble at the Wedding) next work.
Julia Quinn
“I adore everything she writes.”
Romantic Times
“An emotionally powerful novel that captures the spirit of the era...Kudos to Guhrke for delving into this colorful, exciting, exhilirating time period.”
BookPage
“A delicious, sensual read about two good people rediscovering themselves and their belief in love.”
Teresa Medeiros
“Fresh, fabulous and ravishingly romantic, WEDDING OF THE SEASON is one of the best romances of the season! Laura Lee Guhrke has earned a permanent spot on my keeper shelf.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Graced with an abundance of memorable characters and rich in lush sensuality, WHEN THE MARQUESS MET HIS MATCH is pure reading bliss.”
Romance Reader on Not So Innocent
“An enchanting romance with two lively leads who may well steal your heart.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub - 4 stars
“Guhrke enchants with a charming tale of a rogue and a prim widow who are at odds until a surprising passion changes the course of their lives.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062118189
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Series:
American Heiress in London Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
17,290
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.

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When the Marquess Met His Match 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been enjoying this series by Laura Lee Guhrke. The concept is clever and each story has been entertaining. I enjoy the character development and the amusing dialog for pure escapism into a simpler time period.
TawnyHI More than 1 year ago
This is the first Laura Lee Guhrke book I have ever read. I will definitely be reading more of her. I'm not a huge romance fan. I usually read them between murder mysteries and thrillers to bring my brain into the light, so to speak. I found Ms. Guhrke's writing refreshingly witty. Her writing is for women, not girls. Her characters are clever and the dialog witty. Her writing reminds me of Jane Austen because of the snappy dialog. She writes in detail about how the people are dressed and how social calendars were handled. Everything about this book was delightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would strongly suggest this one. She does give him a hard time but there are valid reasons for it on both their parts. Overall a good read and well written. There are a few typos that were missed in the last chapter or so of the book, but they can be easily overlooked.
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Stirling is quite the charming devil, he makes me wish I was an heiress born in a different place and time. Lady Belinda had me giggling out loud quite a few times as she dealt with the Marquess of Trubridge and while she was very stern in her judgement of him in the beginning; it was quite understandable given the circumstances. I do believe that he won me over well before he did his matchmaker. I think Nicholas is one of the most fascinating heroes I have ever come across, he is charming and appears to be carefree yet he has so many layers to his personality and an interesting history. Belinda is a product of her past as well and while she was very stern in her reactions I couldn’t help but understand why she came to the conclusions she had. The supporting characters are wonderful and add just the right amount of depth without taking over. This is the first book I’ve read by this author but I know it definitely will not be the last as I’m hooked on these cheeky American heiresses.
Callie3 More than 1 year ago
Strong female character with a strong male lead. Have read several books now by this author and she never disappoints.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. I enjoyed it. The American Heiress who becomes a Matchmaker to take care of herself because her husband wasted all of her dowry and gets himself killed. She help other American Heiresses to launch in England, the Heiresses are of families of new money and New York are not accepting them and English men need money. In comes a Marquess who is was living off the money of a trust from his Mother that his father has total control over and cuts him off and he has to find a bride. Of course he is going to do everything opposite of what his father wants and he ends of falling in love with Lady Featherstone. He is friends with her brother in law and know that she was left penniless but begs for her help and ends up falling in love with her, now all he has to do is get her to fall in love with him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I've read a couple of this author's books before but not all, and liked them. This is a good one,  likable characters, ok chemistry, ok storyline, entertaining. Looking forward to the next one.
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The heroine was not likable at all, and there was little chemistry between the two.  She maintained an unreasonable anger against the man which made me thing she was not terribly intelligent, and very, very bitter and unpleasant.  I couldn't finish the book.  Read 1/3 of the way and just gave up.  This is my first Guhrke book but will try another.  
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AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
4 Stars...A Hero Strong Enough to Be Her Man Acceptance amongst the Knickerbocker New York ‘aristocracy’ wasn’t attainable for a New Money girl from Cleveland, Ohio. Miss Belinda Hamilton found love instead…or so she thought. She was swept off her feet by the Seventh Earl of Featherstone, settled in England, and fleeced of all her money to pay her husband’s debt. The widowed Countess of Featherstone learned a hard lesson. As a sought after matchmaker, she earns her living while protecting naïve American heiresses from meeting the same fate she did. Nicholas, Marquess of Trubridge, is just the type of scoundrel she despises. He is a friend of Belinda’s squandering brother-in-law. She has heard about their exploits. Nicholas, with his dashing good looks and charming ways, is just the type of man who would win a young girl’s heart to later shatter it into a million pieces. Belinda’s interference in his desperate pursuit for a wealthy wife leads to skirmishes between the two. Eventually, there’s only one option left to Belinda, which is to become Nicholas’s matchmaker. She doesn’t count on learning there is more to him than meets the eye. Nor does she expect him to unintentionally offer glimpses of the vulnerable man he hides. Nicholas makes her feel alive for the first time in many years, but can he prove to Belinda that he is the man she wants and needs? This may seem like a story about an archetypical wastrel son in need of an heiress, but it’s not! Nicholas’s squandering ways are motivated by factors explained early in the story. Belinda and Nicholas reveal their wounds to the reader and to each other through their fears and actions. That they are perceptive characters is a rewarding characteristic; time is not wasted in the storytelling waiting for them to have revelations. In a way, Nicholas is the poor little rich boy rebelling against his father and Belinda is the lonely widow nursing a broken and bitter heart, but there is more to their characters to keep the reader engaged. When the Marquess Met His Match brings two vulnerable characters together and they ignite! Laura Lee Guhrke pares them down and puts them into impressive motion for the readers to enjoy. The hero and heroine have chemistry, wit, charm, and pride. The romance, dialogue, setting, and storytelling are what you would expect from a seasoned historical romance writer. Overcoming Fears. Earning Respect. Giving One’s Love. The characters have to work for it! When the Marquess Met His Match shows when love encourages one to be a better person. It is the first book (and a winner!) in the American Heiress in London series. *ARC courtesy of HarperCollins via Edelweiss
Zeeelicious More than 1 year ago
I love Laura Lee Guhrke and was excited when I found out that she would be featuring American Heiresses in her next series.  Although I am a fan of her work (see Girl Bachelor series), I was a little bit disappointed about this one which is why I rated it 3.5 hearts. I had a hard time warming up to Belinda Featherstone and a little bit put off my Nicholas.  The heroine is unlike LLG’s heroines that I know and love.  Belinda, being an American, is a widow of an earl who married her for her money, pretending to have feelings for her and revealing his true colors after their marriage.  Once she became a widow (husband died in the arms of his mistress), she starts supporting herself as a matchmaker for American heiresses, making sure to find the right match for them and also making sure that they are matched with the right peer who will not marry them only for her money.  This leads Nicholas, the heir of a dukedom, to hire her to find him an American heiress. I enjoyed the chemistry between Belinda and Nicholas, especially their verbal sparring.  The only thing that I did not like was Belinda’s low opinion of him despite him not giving her any reason to hate him other than being a scoundrel.  I thought that was a little hypocritical of her. The element that saved this book for me was the tension between the Nicholas and his father, the Duke.  I also loved the selfless way Nicholas went about confronting his father and giving up everything just to marry Belinda.  Of course, I also loved it when Nicholas found out that Belinda stormed the Duke’s residence and gave him a piece of her mind. I also love that my ebook had a short sneak peek of the next book in the series, How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days, which features Edie, one of Belinda’s “failure matches.”  Can’t wait to read that one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
fantastic